Theatre festivals in London and the UK


Below is our date-order list of current and upcoming theatre festivals in London, and major theatre festivals around the UK.


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London International Mime Festival 2019


9 January 2019 to 3 February 2019


Promotes and celebrates contemporary visual theatre.


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Now 19


15 January 2019 to 16 February 2019


NOW is back, the festival of the best theatre for right Now. 10 exceptional artists in 5 weeks of explosive double bills. Wild and wildly different shows by the best makers, dancers, opera singers, punk drummers.


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Vault Festival 2019


23 January 2019 to 17 March 2019


VAULT is London's biggest arts festival, which happens every year between January and March.


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Deptford International Heritage Festival


1 February 2019 to 28 February 2019


Londons largest International Heritage Festival with poetry, walks, talks, tours, drama, music, history, performance and more.


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Connections 2019


1 February 2019 to 7 July 2019


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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IBT19 Bristol International Festival


Expected: February 2019


Biennial event in various locations across the city, from theatres and galleries to city streets, and outdoor spaces with performances across dance, theatre, live art, activism over the five day festival.


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London Lovecraft Festival 2019


3 February 2019 to 9 February 2019


Taking place over seven nights, the festival will have original and gently-loved productions presented to London audiences deep in the depths of darkest pub theatredom.


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Babylon


8 February 2019 to 16 February 2019


Celebrating the contemporary global influences and experiences of Black and Brown people, from their local influences on British culture, through to an international dialogue around contemporary exile across the globe.


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MT FEST UK


11 February 2019 to 23 February 2019


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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Strike a Light Festival 2019


12 February 2019 to 27 March 2019


Strike A Light is a Gloucester based organisation striving to make Gloucester a city with a vibrant culture for all.


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Imagine Children's Festival 2019


13 February 2019 to 24 February 2019


Southbank Centre's Imagine Children's Festival returns in 2019 for 12 jam-packed days of fun.


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96 Festival 2019


26 February 2019 to 4 March 2019


96 Festival is back by popular demand! A glittering lineup of artists will set up camp at Omnibus Theatre for a spectacular celebration of queerness and theatre.


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Sprint 2019


Expected: March 2019


Flagship annual festival of adventurous new theatre from Camden People's Theatre.


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Rest & Resistance


4 March 2019 to 16 March 2019


Battersea Arts centre hosts a ground-breaking inclusive festival of theatre, dance, art and performance for all ages that will showcase the very best of the disability arts scene.


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WOW - Women of the World Festival 2019


8 March 2019 to 9 March 2019


In 2019, WOW presents an incredible line-up of events to mark the launch of The WOW Foundation and begin the countdown to 2020 - the 10th anniversary of WOW.


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Homegrown Festival 2019


18 March 2019 to 12 April 2019


Over four weeks, Homegrown Festival: Occupy invites young artists, collectives, entrepreneurs, activists and local communities to occupy Battersea Arts Centre during the period that the UK may exit the EU.


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My White Best Friend


18 March 2019 to 23 March 2019


Rachel De-Lahay and director Milli Bhatia have commissioned eleven writers to respond with their own letters that say the unsaid to the people that matter most.


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Sam Wanamaker Festival 2019


31 March 2019


Students from the UK's leading drama schools and from Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare's Globe present scenes by Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the Globe Theatre.


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The Pub Theatre Festival 2019


Expected: April 2019


Theatrefullstop will team with 3 pub theatres to present the 3rd Pub Theatre Festival set to be staged in April 2019.


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The Significant Other Festival 2019


Expected: April 2019


Annual festival of 10, 10 minute plays created in just 10 days.




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