Theatre festivals in London and the UK

If you're a theatre fan you might want to check-out the wide-ranging theatre festivals that regularly crop-up in London and around the UK.

Below is our extensive date-order list of current and upcoming theatre festivals.

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Christmas in Leicester Square

8 November 2019 to 5 January 2020

Transforms the centre of bustling London into a wonderland including traditional Christmas markets with hand-crafted goods and delicious food and drinks, a Santa's Grotto, plus a whole host of fantastic shows.

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Calm Down, Dear 2020

Expected: January 2020

Camden People's Theatre's festival of feminism.

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London International Mime Festival 2020

8 January 2020 to 2 February 2020

Taking place each January, its programme spans the spectrum of contemporary visual performance including live art, physical and circus-theatre, mask, puppetry, movement and object theatre.

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Now 20

21 January 2020 to 22 February 2020

NOW is back in 2020. The festival for the best theatre for right now, with 10 exceptional artists in 5 mind-blowing double bills.

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Shorts Festival

23 January 2020 to 26 January 2020

A Festival of Solo Stories. A unique celebration of solo-storytelling featuring 12 brand new international pieces performed across 4 days.

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The Scene

28 January 2020 to 1 February 2020

Presenting 30 short plays across 5 nights, using a company of multi-roling actors and skilled, diverse directors - come to one night, come to all 5, you are bound to see something you love.

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Vault Festival 2020

28 January 2020 to 22 March 2020

VAULT Festival is London's biggest and boldest annual arts and entertainment festival, hosting hundreds of events each year; reaching across theatre, comedy, cabaret, immersive experiences, late night parties, and more.

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Imagine Children's Festival 2020

Expected: February 2020

Southbank Centre's children's fstival.

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manipulate 2020

Expected: February 2020

Puppet Animation Scotland's annual celebration of innovative visual theatre and animated film.

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Expected: February 2020

A two-week festival of new musical theatre presenting new work by emerging and established writers, as well as programming talks and concerts from some of the most celebrated performers, writers and producers.

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Connections 2020

1 February 2020 to 7 July 2020

The National Theatre's annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools. The biggest youth theatre festival on the planet!

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New Nordics Festival

16 March 2020 to 21 March 2020

A week-long festival in London in March 2020 showcasing the best new Nordic plays from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

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Telegraph Hill Festival

21 March 2020 to 5 April 2020

A local Festival, by and for local people. Events are drawn from local people's ideas and it is their energy which sustains those events.

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Homegrown Festival: Going Global

30 March 2020 to 9 April 2020

Over 10 days, every nook and cranny of the building will burst with bold theatre, dance, gigs, parties and workshops exploring big ideas from young voices on the climate crisis, migration, and the digital world.

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CircusFest 2020

Expected: April 2020

Founded in 2009, CircusFest is London's biennial international festival of contemporary circus taking place at the Roundhouse and partner venues across London.

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INK Festival 2020

17 April 2020 to 19 April 2020

Held every April at The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk, showcases over 40 brand new short plays staged and performed by professional actors and directors.

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Brighton Festival 2020

Expected: May 2020

Brighton Festival is an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events - taking place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks every May.

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Unbroken Festival 2020

Expected: May 2020

A mini-festival showcasing several pieces looking at the important issue of mental health from a variety of different angles.

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Mayfest 2020

Expected: May 2020

Bristol's unique festival of contemporary theatre, dedicated to presenting a broad range of unusual, playful and ambitious work from leading theatre makers from Bristol, the UK and beyond.

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LIFT 2020

Expected: June 2020

LIFT explodes across London every two years in the summer.

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