Theatre festivals in London and the UK


Here is our date-order list of current and upcoming theatre festivals in London and major theatre festivals around the UK.


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Connections 2019


1 February 2019 to 7 July 2019


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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Underbelly Festival 2019


5 April 2019 to 29 September 2019


Open from April until the end of September, Underbelly Festival Southbank brings the best in live circus, comedy, cabaret and family entertainment to the heart of London.


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London Burlesque Festival 2019


13 April 2019 to 29 June 2019


London Burlesque Festival acts as a centre stage for the world's finest performers, raising the global profile of burlesque.


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Croydonites Festival of New Theatre 2019


2 May 2019 to 25 May 2019


Croydonites is a festival of new theatre and performance for Croydon. Its mission is to showcase local theatre makers, and bring some of the best contemporary performance work from around the UK to your CR0 doorstep.


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Brighton Fringe 2019


3 May 2019 to 2 June 2019


England's largest arts festival and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world.


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Brighton Festival 2019


4 May 2019 to 26 May 2019


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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The Camden Roar


7 May 2019 to 25 May 2019


A three-week festival of theatre by, for and about Camden and its people.


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Foreword Festival


7 May 2019 to 1 June 2019


The Foreword Festival is the Space's premier new writing festival, presenting the debut plays of four promising playwrights.


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Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2019


10 May 2019 to 26 May 2019


The flagship arts festival for the East of England. Brings a world class programme of international art and home grown talent to venues and open spaces across the region.


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SparkFest 2019


10 May 2019 to 17 June 2019


An exciting and dynamic partnership between Bath Festival and Bath Spa University, promising a fresh look at how young talent engages with Bath audiences and the region's artistic community.


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London Persian-English Theatre Festival 2019


23 May 2019 to 26 May 2019


The 6th London Persian-English Theatre Festival.


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Bath Fringe Festival 2019


24 May 2019 to 9 June 2019


A 'classic' kind of fringe festival which takes place each year during the late May to early June period.


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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival 2019


24 May 2019 to 2 June 2019


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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Plymouth Fringe Festival


27 May 2019 to 1 June 2019


Plymouth Fringe Festival is the city's annual celebration of theatre and live performance, showcasing some of the most exciting companies from across the UK along with the best in homegrown talent from the South West.


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Science Fiction Theatre Festival


27 May 2019 to 1 June 2019


Short plays, talks with industry experts, new writing, imaginary worlds and mind-bending visions of our world that will provoke, inspire and, above all, entertain.


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Calm Down, Dear 2019


28 May 2019 to 16 June 2019


Camden People's Theatre stages its sixth 'Calm Down, Dear' festival of feminism.


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Pulse Festival Ipswich 2019


30 May 2019 to 8 June 2019


A 10 day festival of performance produced by the New Wolsey Theatre in partnership with festival directors China Plate.


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London Bridge City Summer Festival 2019


Expected: June 2019


London Bridge City hosts London's largest free festival, transforming the iconic riverside location into a summer haven and a hub of not-to-be-missed live entertainment, food and drink all summer long.


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Sidcup Fringe 2019


Expected: June 2019


In partnership with Sidcup Bid, was held in the High Street, brings businesses and the local community together over two days.


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HF ArtsFest 2019


1 June 2019 to 9 June 2019


The HF ArtsFest is an annual platform to celebrate the exceptional local artists living and working in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham; working in partnership with the world-renowned arts venues on its doorstep!




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