Theatre festivals


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


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Bechdel Theatre Festival


20 March 2016 to 31 December 2018


Bechdel Theatre is holding pop-up conversations in theatre bars and cafes, in a celebration of plays that ace the Bechdel test.


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Vault Festival 2018


24 January 2018 to 18 March 2018


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


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Queer Contact Festival 2018


27 January 2018 to 24 February 2018


Celebrates the rich diversity of LGBT+ arts and culture across Greater Manchester.


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96 Festival


2 February 2018 to 28 February 2018


Omnibus Theatre celebrates 1996 - the year that Clapham Common hosted the Pride after-march party.


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Stronger Than Fear


6 February 2018 to 24 February 2018


A festival of hope showcasing work focusing on the current state of affairs in the world today from new theatre companies and artists.


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The London Student Drama Festival 2018


12 February 2018 to 19 March 2018


For its 6th year, the London Student Drama Festival returns to offer a range of performance, educational and social opportunities to the students within and around London.


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One Billion Rising 2018


14 February 2018 to 8 March 2018


One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history.


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Breaking Loose Festival 2018


18 February 2018 to 25 February 2018


A new festival aiming to explore the importance of intersectionality and solidarity, and the need for these to advance true change.


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Invisible Women: A Mini Festival


20 February 2018 to 24 February 2018


Spare Tyre returns with a provocative programme from a range of overlooked women artists and communities.


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Creative/Disruption 18


26 February 2018 to 14 April 2018


A festival of productions celebrating the people and diversity of East London.


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BasicSpace Festival 2018


Expected: March 2018


Site-sensitive theatre festival of Peckham, UK. What began as a simple idea has grown into an opportunity for artists and audiences to open up their minds to different creative possibilities, in the most unlikely of places.


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ImproFest UK 2018


Expected: March 2018


Aims to capture the depth and diversity of improvisation in the UK, including new experimental formats as well as more established games and narrative shows.


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London Student Drama Festival 2018


Expected: March 2018


Bringing together the best of student-driven new writing from across the London universities. Judged by a panel of industry experts, the winners of the semi-finals will perform one last time.


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Pub Theatre Festival 2018


Expected: March 2018


Theatrefullstop will team with 3 pub theatre's; The Bread and Roses, Canal Cafe and Ye Olde Rose and Crown to present the 2nd Pub Theatre Festival set to be staged from March - April 2018.


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Sprint 2018


5 March 2018 to 24 March 2018


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


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WOW - Women of the World Festival 2018


7 March 2018 to 11 March 2018


WOW - Women of the World festival celebrates women and girls, and looks at the obstacles that stop them from achieving their potential.


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Festival of London Irish Plays 2018


12 March 2018 to 17 March 2018


Following the sell-out of Traitors, Cads and Cowards in 2016, Green Curtain Theatre are staging plays from their second London Irish Play Festival at the Bread and Roses and Lion and Unicorn Theatres.


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Talos Festival 2018


22 March 2018 to 25 March 2018


Talos returns in 2018 to stage even more plays with science fiction and fantasy elements, providing a platform for mind-blowing new writing and testing the boundaries of contemporary theatre.


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The Questival


22 March 2018 to 24 March 2018


The third Questival will include an eclectic mix of theatre: drama, comedy, new writing, physical theatre and everything in between.


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National Student Drama Festival


24 March 2018 to 30 March 2018


A week long festival, which welcomes hundreds of young people, established artists and local audiences.




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