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.


To get more details, just click on the individual titles.


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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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Calm Down, Dear 2020


11 May 2020 to 30 May 2020


Camden People's Theatre's festival of feminism.


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Bath Fringe Festival 2020


22 May 2020 to 7 June 2020


A festival of all the arts, with few rules as to what should be in or out - it's what people want to do, and what venues in Bath want to put on.


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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival 2020


22 May 2020 to 31 May 2020


Scotland's largest rural multi-artform festival. Exciting and innovative world-class performing arts in music, theatre, dance, comedy and the spoken word to venues across the region for 10 days of the year.


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Italian Theatre Festival 2020


5 June 2020 to 7 June 2020


The hugely successful Italian Theatre Festival returns for the third year with three days of thought provoking and entertaining theatre from some of Italy's most admired writers and performers.


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96 Festival 2020


9 June 2020 to 27 June 2020


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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RUMAH Fest


13 June 2020


RUMAH Fest is a one-day festival to open up spaces for integration amongst Artists from the various Asian Diasporas based in London.


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Greenwich & Docklands International Festival 2020


19 June 2020 to 4 July 2020


London's leading festival of free outdoor performing arts (theatre, dance, and street arts), an annual celebration of extraordinary outdoor events that transform people's lives.


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First Light Festival 2020


20 June 2020 to 21 June 2020


A 24-hour multi arts festival in a beautiful coastal setting. This is a festival for thinkers, for dreamers and for fun-seekers.


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RADA Festival 2020


24 June 2020 to 4 July 2020


The annual RADA Festival brings together an eclectic range of artists, writers, directors and practitioners to celebrate the possibilities of theatre today.


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Barnes Fringe Festival 2020


Expected: July 2020


Blend of excellent comedy, theatre, variety and more!


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Bedford Festival Fringe 2020


Expected: July 2020


Celebrates the success of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the fringe arts in general (new work and up-and-coming stars!).


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Buxton Festival Fringe 2020


Expected: July 2020


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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CASA 2020


Expected: July 2020


CASA is London's Festival of Latin American arts (theatre, dance, film, art and music).


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Clout! 2020


Expected: July 2020


Clout! is a new performance festival for East London which gives opportunities to artists and theatre companies to present new and existing work and work in development.


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Buxton International Festival 2020


3 July 2020 to 19 July 2020


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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River Stage 2020


3 July 2020 to 2 August 2020


The free outdoor Summer festival organised by the National Theatre.


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Playmill 2020


13 July 2020 to 25 July 2020


Playmill is the King's Head Theatre's festival for new work. For two weeks every July, it opens its doors to the UK's most exciting and ambitious emerging companies.


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Kaleidoscope Festival


25 July 2020


Alexandra Palace once again throws open its gates to welcome a vibrant and eccentric cast of performers for a summer celebration like no other, where music, theatre and comedy will embrace.


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The Camden Fringe 2020


3 August 2020 to 30 August 2020


Performing arts festival, established in 2006, which takes place in Camden, usually during the month of August.




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