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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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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The Camden Fringe 2019


29 July 2019 to 25 August 2019


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


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Grimeborn 2019


29 July 2019 to 7 September 2019


Bold new versions of classic operas. Rarely-seen and long-forgotten works. Brand new pieces from the most exciting up-and-coming composers, musicians and companies.


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HighTide Festival Edinburgh 2019


31 July 2019 to 26 August 2019


As part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, HighTide has partnered with Assembly Festival to present: Disruption: the future of new theatre, co-curated by HighTide and Assembly, exclusively at Assembly Roxy.


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Edinburgh Fringe 2019


2 August 2019 to 26 August 2019


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 2019


2 August 2019 to 26 August 2019


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


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This is Black


5 August 2019 to 25 August 2019


A festival of world premiere theatre shows by four, new, exciting Black writers. The festival will explore identity, hate crime and family relationships with alternating double bills.


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Opera In The City Festival 2019


Expected: August 2019


Aims to create a new hub for classical music right in the heart of the City of London, presenting innovative productions which push the boundaries of classical music.


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Bristol Festival of Puppetry 2019


23 August 2019 to 1 September 2019


A ten-day, biennial celebration of all things animated on stage and screen - featuring shows, films, workshops and free stuff for all tastes and ages.


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HighTide Festival Walthamstow 2019


Expected: September 2019


HighTide Festival returns to Walthamstow for world-class live performance at affordable prices.


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From Page to Stage 2019


Expected: September 2019


Aria Entertainment's thriving festival of new musical theatre, From Page To Stage, showcasing new works in various stages of development.


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Cambridge Drama Festival 2019


5 September 2019 to 7 September 2019


An annual, competitive festival for One Act plays.


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HighTide Festival Aldeburgh 2019


10 September 2019 to 15 September 2019


An annual festival of new plays on the Suffolk Coast.


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Age Against the Machine


13 September 2019 to 6 October 2019


A new cultural festival centred around the subject of ageing and creative approaches to the issue of growing old.


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Rye Arts Festival 2019


14 September 2019 to 28 September 2019


The Festival is Rye's principal annual arts event, running a packed programme of literary, music and arts events. This will be the festival's 48th year.


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Kenilworth Arts Festival 2019


19 September 2019 to 28 September 2019


An annual, week-long festival that takes place across a range of venues in Kenilworth.


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Clapham Fringe Festival 2019


26 September 2019 to 13 October 2019


A Performing Arts Festival taking place at The Bread & Roses Theatre.


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Typhoon 2019


27 September 2019 to 25 October 2019


Popular biennial playreading festival from Yellow earth showcasing a new selection of bold new writing by playwrights of East Asian decent from around the globe.


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Perception Festival 2019: Nasty Women


1 October 2019 to 27 October 2019


Muses and assassins. Mothers and punks. Radical feminists and the 'perfect' wife. A striking collage of theatre and performance, shaped by an all-female mix of uncompromising theatre-makers.


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Brighton Horrorfest 2019


Expected: October 2019


Shows and events that celebrate all things terrifying and chilling, presenting some of the finest scares from across the UK over 13 days of productions.




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