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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Shakespeare Schools Festival 2019


1 October 2019 to 30 November 2019


This annual festival is Shakespeare Schools Foundation's flagship project and the world's largest youth drama festival.


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Voila! Europe 2019


4 November 2019 to 17 November 2019


London's landmark festival of European theatre will return for a seventh year this November to showcase boundary pushing work from across the continent.


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Maiden Speech Festival 2019


5 November 2019 to 16 November 2019


A dynamic and exciting theatre festival that provides a much-needed platform to showcase the boldest new work from a new generation of theatremakers.


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Shout Festival 2019


5 November 2019 to 17 November 2019


SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture is Birmingham's annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) performance, film, and visual arts.


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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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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


Expected: January 2020


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


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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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MT FEST UK


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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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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