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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1 January 2017 to 19 December 2017
Explodes with new perspectives, extraordinary artists and challenging ideas, presenting a year of vibrant and urgent performance from the turbulent Soviet century.
1 February 2017 to 31 July 2017
The National Theatre's annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools. The biggest youth theatre festival on the planet! Various stages of the festival take place between February and July 2017.
Underbelly Festival 2017
28 April 2017 to 30 September 2017
A new multi-arts extravaganza on London's South Bank merges the hugely successful Udderbelly Festival and London Wonderground into one festival running throughout the entire summer.
1 May 2017 to 31 July 2017
To mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, the NT looks at how theatre has charted the LGBT+ experience through a series of rehearsed readings, exhibitions, talks and screenings.
Brick Lane Theatre Festival 2017
23 May 2017 to 2 July 2017
A summer season of experimental work curated by The Old Red Lion Theatre in partnership with the Old Truman Brewery and Big Mouth Catering. The work will be performed in the space that was formerly the iconic Vibe Bar at 91 Brick Lane.
London Bridge City Summer Festival 2017
1 June 2017 to 30 June 2017
Free live music 5 nights a week, after work DJ sessions, fitness and dance classes, street performances, live theatre, a big screen showing blockbuster films and some of the summer's sporting events.
Festival of Independence
7 June 2017 to 21 September 2017
A festival from Shakespeare's Globe honouring those who have fought for independence, and those who continue to do so across the world today.
A Festival of Sex, Love and Death
22 June 2017 to 1 July 2017
A multi-disciplinary arts festival, to take place over two weeks in June 2017. Each event will be connected by the overarching themes of Sex, Love and Death, with Mozart's Don Giovanni as the flagship production.
28 June 2017 to 8 July 2017
RADA opens its doors to bring together an eclectic range of artists, writers, directors and producers for a festival that celebrates the possibilities of theatre today.
Manchester International Festival 2017
29 June 2017 to 16 July 2017
The world's first festival of original, new work and special events. Launched in 2007 as an artist-led festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture.
Greater Manchester Fringe 2017
1 July 2017 to 31 July 2017
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.
The East London Fringe Festival 2017
Expected: July 2017
Combines music, visual art, comedy, theatre and lifestyle events drawn from East London's thriving creative communities and beyond.
First Drafts 2017
Expected: July 2017
Taking place over a month in July, the festival will see over twenty artists perform new ideas in front of an audience for the first time.
3 July 2017 to 9 July 2017
CLAW - Contemporary Latin American Writers - Festival is a week-long initiative designed to confront London's audiences with the vibrant talent driving the new creative scene from Latin America.
Women and War Festival - Exodus
4 July 2017 to 30 July 2017
A month long multi-discipline festival documenting, exploring and giving voice to the experiences of women from across the centuries who have been displaced as a result of conflict.
International Youth Arts Festival 2017
7 July 2017 to 16 July 2017
A festival showcasing emerging artists taking place in venues across Kingston.
The One Hour Play Festival 2017
9 July 2017 to 23 July 2017
A festival of plays lasting no longer than 60 mins.
10 July 2017 to 22 July 2017
The King's Head Theatre's festival of brand new writing.
Lambco Fringe Festival
10 July 2017 to 30 July 2017
Festival making available the Lost Theatre to performers otherwise unable to afford theatre space.
11 July 2017 to 29 July 2017
A three-week festival of circus, cabaret and extraordinary performance at Jacksons Lane.