Our favourite East London queer nightspot, The Glory is back on the Southbank at The National Theatre’s River Stage from tonight 5th July for the fourth year running, bringing a show-stopping and totally free Alternative Pride Weekender, featuring shows, comedy, parties and enough joy to put a smile on the face of even the grumpiest Londoner.
Jonny Woo and John Sizzle are you hosts, bringing along all their Glory favourites promising “the biggest, loudest and brashest three days of events your Pride-filled hearts could wish for.”
Friday 5th July 6pm – 11pm
Jonny Woo kicks off the weekend costumed to the hilt with a very special guest, the Duchess herself Diane Chorley, for a post-work sing-a-long. John Sizzle leads the line up of stars from The Glory’s biggest showcase of infamous new drag talent with LIPSYNC1000 and they close Friday with an international pop party celebrating our love for The EU.
Saturday 6th July 1pm – 11pm
Saturday is of course London Pride and for the first year The Glory have teamed up with The National Theatre to bring you their infamously alternative celebration of Pride. The day is launched with queer family friendly fun from Baby Lame & co, a showcase of Asian queer performers with The Bitten Peach cabaret and a look at the superstar drag kings from Man Up 2019. Comedy troupe, Sex Shells perform before Jonny Woo re-joins the festivities to host a very special homage to Judy Garland and Prides of yesterday with live song and lipsync from The Glory stars including Sooz Kempner, Grace Shush, Alexis Gregory and of course the wonderful Lavinia Co-op. John Sizzle will really get the party started with his collection of fabulous scene faces for a two hour Kylie homage of live music, lipsync, dance and spectacular drag. The day will close with a lazer-filled, glitter-ball spinning Queer Anthem Pride Party before heasing back to the actual Glory to dance ’til 3am!
Sunday 7th July
Sunday is time to kick back and take things easy, starting with The Glory’s legendary life drawing session. John Sizzle is joined by the amazing Ginger Johnson to bring you an hour of drag brunch lols before the crown jewel of The Glory’s performance roster, The Big Gay Songbook, provides a centre piece for the closing Glory Gala where Rudi Douglas sings and plays the keys joined of course by Woo, Sizzle and a host of familiar faces to get the post Pride throngs singing out the songs that made them gay.
The details: The Glory takes over the National Theatre’s River Stage with Alternative Pride Weekender 5-7th July 2019. For more detailed timings head to the National Theatre website.