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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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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Underbelly Festival 2018


6 April 2018 to 30 September 2018


Mix of electric live entertainment and some of the capital's most buzzing outdoor drinking spaces which has made it one of London's most popular festivals.


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LIFT 2018


26 May 2018 to 22 July 2018


LIFT explodes across London every two years in the summer.


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Greater Manchester Fringe 2018


1 July 2018 to 31 July 2018


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.


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Buxton Festival Fringe 2018


4 July 2018 to 22 July 2018


The Fringe provides a showcase for performers and artists of all kinds in a variety of venues. Dance, drama, music, poetry, comedy, film, exhibitions and magic are just some of the forms that have appeared - all genres are welcome.


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Buxton International Festival 2018


6 July 2018 to 22 July 2018


Recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK's leading arts festivals, Buxton International Festival is a summer celebration of the very best opera, music and literature at the heart of the beautiful Peak District.


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Clout! Festival


12 July 2018 to 29 July 2018


Between 12 -29 July 2018, Barking will see a range of top-notch performances come to the Studio 3 Arts theatre, spanning physical theatre, poetry and spoken word, comedy, puppetry, dance and drama.


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River Stage Festival 2018


13 July 2018 to 12 August 2018


The free outdoor Summer festival organised by the National Theatre in partnership with five of the UK's leading arts and culture organisations begins on London's South Bank this July.


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Directors' Festival 2018


13 July 2018 to 21 July 2018


Three plays in repertoire showcasing emerging directors from the Orange Tree and St Mary's University's MA Theatre Directing course.


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Postcards Festival 2018


17 July 2018 to 28 July 2018


Two full weeks to watch the agitators, the badasses, the reprobates of the circus, cabaret and theatre world serving out undiluted, 150-proof pleasure each night.


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Petersfield Shakespeare Festival 2018


18 July 2018 to 29 July 2018


Takes place in the inspiring grounds of Bedales School, next to the 17th Century Sotherington Barn.


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The Great Yorkshire Fringe 2018


19 July 2018 to 29 July 2018


The Great Yorkshire Fringe has wowed York with three years of festivals and aims to become a key summer event in York's entertainment calendar, bringing the best in comedy, cabaret, theatre and music to Yorkshire.


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Alexandra Palace Summer Festival 2018


22 July 2018


The Summer Festival takes place within the 196 acre Park at Alexandra Palace, one of London's most iconic events venues, with stunning panoramic views of the capital.


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Actor Awareness New Writing Festival 2018


23 July 2018 to 28 July 2018


New writing festival from Actor Awareness Campaign - 10 writers over 6 nights at Barons Court Theatre, London.


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SparkFest


23 July 2018 to 26 July 2018


The realisation of an exciting and dynamic festival from Bath Spa University's Field of Music and Performance.


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Grimeborn 2018


24 July 2018 to 26 August 2018


'East London's ... irreverent and influential festival of new opera' (Time Out) offers bold new versions of classic operas and rarely-seen and long-forgotten works.


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Dismantle Festival


24 July 2018 to 4 August 2018


How do we dismantle existing power structures, both in theatre and the wider world? Dismantle: a Festival about Power will interrogate these questions.


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The Camden Fringe 2018


30 July 2018 to 26 August 2018


Performing arts festival, established in 2006, which takes place in Camden during August.


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Edinburgh Fringe 2018


3 August 2018 to 27 August 2018


The largest arts festival in the world, takes place every August for three weeks in Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city.


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Edinburgh International Festival 2018


3 August 2018 to 27 August 2018


An unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for peoples of all nations.




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