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The Understudy at the National Theatre

Forthcoming Events

All events are free, so save the date and we'll see you then!

For directions and current opening times, please refer to the main Understudy page.

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25 March - Boxcar tap takeover. Modern and experimental beers from Bethnal Green.

28 March - Garage Beer Co. Showcasing a range of beers from this influential Barcelona brewery.

Every Friday - Zilla Nights 7.30pm - 1am. Find out more below.

First Friday of the month - PriZilla Nights 7.30pm - late. Find out more below.

The Understudy Pub Quiz

How do you learn all those lines? Anything I would know? Why is the queue for the toilet so long?

People ask all sorts of questions in theatres so it was only a matter of time before we held a pub quiz.

Join us at 7pm of the first Tuesday of every month for an evening of general trivia and nonsense. Questions will be asked, answers will be scrawled, and prizes of varying quality will be won.

Zilla & PriZilla Nights at the Understudy

Zilla Nights, the brain and musical child of DJ Blondezilla, takes over the Understudy every Friday evening, bringing the sunshine of the tropics to the South Bank, no matter what your weather app is telling you. Spinning a set of pan-African vinyl treats from every corner of the continent, you can expect anything from classic West African funk and Afrobeat, to 1970s Kenyan-Congolese fusion, Somalian pop, Senegalese Sabar music and beats from beyond the shores. Blondevilla will be inviting new and unique guest DJs to join her, playing music from old or new school Africa, the diaspora across the Caribbean and Latin America, and the melting pot of our very own London.

Every Friday 7.30pm - 1am. Free entry.

Music & DJs: DJ Blondzilla and D'Vo playing an assortment of music from the African diaspora

PriZilla Nights, a celebration of LGBT anthems. Join us and raise your pints to your sparkling new one-stop-shop for iconic pop, disco, funk and rnb. Our resident DJs will be spinning you right round (baby) on the first Friday of every month. So come down and dance, jive, and have the time of your life...or at least weekend.

Every first Friday of the month, 7.30pm - 1am. Free entry.


Zilla Nights in The Understudy with DJ Blondezilla

Board Game Sunday - Free Drink for Every Winner

Board Game Sundays are here to level-up your weekend. With riverside views, craft beer and both new and classic board games, Sunday afternoons have never felt so good.

Every Sunday pick up a board game from our collection with your pint, and we'll give the winner of your game a free drink.

Free entry, though a card will be held as a deposit. Booking advised.

Maximum prize of one drink per group, per hour. Free drink a 175ml house wine, a single house spirit and mixer including alcohol-free options, soft drink, or anything on draught (appropriate serve size).

Board Games at the National Theatre