Theatre festivals in July 2018

Wednesday 13 June 2018


Plenty of theatre festivals to enjoy up and down the country next month with Underbelly, LIFT and the London Burlesque Festivals continuing, and River Stage and Greater Manchester Fringe among others starting-up.

Find below our list of theatre festivals in London and across the UK starting or continuing during July 2018.

They are listed in order of their starting date.

For more details about each festival, click on its title.

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Underbelly Festival 2018

Mix of electric live entertainment and some of the capital's most buzzing outdoor drinking spaces which has made it one of London's most popular festivals.

Start: 6 April 2018

End: 30 September 2018

LIFT 2018

LIFT explodes across London every two years in the summer.

Start: 26 May 2018

End: 22 July 2018

Breaking Out 2018

A festival of world premiere shows by six of the country's most exciting emerging theatre companies, chosen by The Bunker artistic team from over 45 different projects.

Start: 11 June 2018

End: 7 July 2018

The Last Word Festival 2018

The festival is packed with performances for the bold, the curious and those who like to think differently. Over 17 days, different perspectives and stories will take over the Roundhouse and raise its big circular roof.

Start: 13 June 2018

End: 4 July 2018

Greenwich & Docklands International Festival 2018

London's leading festival of free outdoor performing arts (theatre, dance, and street arts), an annual celebration of extraordinary outdoor events that transform people's lives.

Start: 21 June 2018

End: 7 July 2018

From the Forest - Theatre and Arts Festival 2018

London's newest Theatre and Arts Festival, taking place in Walthamstow. Championing the creation of new performances in great venues the festival aims to provides an affordable platform for artists to showcase their material.

Start: 21 June 2018

End: 1 July 2018

Incoming Festival 2018

A Younger Theatre and New Diorama Theatre join forces once again to bring you INCOMING Festival 2018: Ten days of the best emerging theatre companies from across the country.

Start: 25 June 2018

End: 4 July 2018

RADA Festival 2018

An annual event taking place over the summer bringing together an eclectic range of artists, writers, directors and practitioners to celebrate the possibilities of theatre today.

Start: 27 June 2018

End: 7 July 2018

Greater Manchester Fringe 2018

A multi-venue, open access arts festival providing support for all art forms to show their work, creating an arts community, encouraging first time participation in arts production and performances across Greater Manchester.

Start: 1 July 2018

End: 31 July 2018

Buxton Festival Fringe 2018

The Fringe provides a showcase for performers and artists of all kinds in a variety of venues. Dance, drama, music, poetry, comedy, film, exhibitions and magic are just some of the forms that have appeared - all genres are welcome.

Start: 4 July 2018

End: 22 July 2018

International Youth Arts Festival 2018

One of the largest and most diverse youth arts events in the world. A platform for the best emerging international artists under 27 years old.

Start: 6 July 2018

End: 15 July 2018

Buxton International Festival 2018

Recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK's leading arts festivals, Buxton International Festival is a summer celebration of the very best opera, music and literature at the heart of the beautiful Peak District.

Start: 6 July 2018

End: 22 July 2018

Latitude Festival 2018

Bursts with the very best from music and the arts; wander from film to music, comedy to literature and theatre to poetry in the stunning setting of Henham Park in the Suffolk countryside.

Start: 12 July 2018

End: 15 July 2018

River Stage Festival 2018

The free outdoor Summer festival organised by the National Theatre in partnership with five of the UK's leading arts and culture organisations begins on London's South Bank this July.

Start: 13 July 2018

End: 12 August 2018

Directors' Festival 2018

Three plays in repertoire showcasing emerging directors from the Orange Tree and St Mary's University's MA Theatre Directing course.

Start: 13 July 2018

End: 21 July 2018

Postcards Festival 2018

Two full weeks to watch the agitators, the badasses, the reprobates of the circus, cabaret and theatre world serving out undiluted, 150-proof pleasure each night.

Start: 17 July 2018

End: 28 July 2018

Petersfield Shakespeare Festival 2018

Takes place in the inspiring grounds of Bedales School, next to the 17th Century Sotherington Barn.

Start: 18 July 2018

End: 29 July 2018

The Great Yorkshire Fringe 2018

The Great Yorkshire Fringe has wowed York with three years of festivals and aims to become a key summer event in York's entertainment calendar, bringing the best in comedy, cabaret, theatre and music to Yorkshire.

Start: 19 July 2018

End: 29 July 2018

Alexandra Palace Summer Festival 2018

The Summer Festival takes place within the 196 acre Park at Alexandra Palace, one of London's most iconic events venues, with stunning panoramic views of the capital.

Start: 22 July 2018

End: 22 July 2018

Actor Awareness New Writing Festival 2018

New writing festival from Actor Awareness Campaign - 10 writers over 6 nights at Barons Court Theatre, London.

Start: 23 July 2018

End: 28 July 2018

Grimeborn 2018

'East London's ... irreverent and influential festival of new opera' (Time Out) offers bold new versions of classic operas and rarely-seen and long-forgotten works.

Start: 24 July 2018

End: 26 August 2018

The Camden Fringe 2018

Performing arts festival, established in 2006, which takes place in Camden during August.

Start: 30 July 2018

End: 26 August 2018

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