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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The Caledonian Express


1 September 2018 to 31 December 2018


Edinburgh transfer festival will play at the Pleasance from September to October 2018.


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Shakespeare Schools Festival 2018


1 October 2018 to 30 November 2018


This annual festival is Shakespeare Schools Foundation's flagship project and the world's largest youth drama festival.


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The Blacktress Season


4 October 2018 to 22 December 2018


A season on the voices of Black British Womxn will give a platform to self identifying Black Womxn and their shows.


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Perception Festival 2018


30 October 2018 to 24 November 2018


A daring collage of theatre, music and movement - animated by exceptional artists with different points of view.


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Homotopia Festival 2018


2 November 2018 to 1 December 2018


"I Will Survive!" themed festival. Highlights include John Waters, Travis Alabanza, Scottee, Jinkx Monsoon and much more.


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Voila! Europe 2018


6 November 2018 to 18 November 2018


Voila! Europe is an annual theatre rendez-vous in London, bringing together British and European theatre makers. The curated programme is a border-busting mix of multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary performance.


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International Arts and Homelessness Summit & Festival


12 November 2018 to 18 November 2018


This festival is set to attract a wide audience to come together, enjoy the impressive arts events on show, and be a part of a crucial wider conversation on homelessness.


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5 Minute Festival 2018


12 November 2018 to 17 November 2018


Ten companies per night will battle it out with five minute pieces designed to entertain a sell-out live audience. Only ten companies can make it to the Grand Final where one will be crowned winner.


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Chrysalis Festival 2018


15 November 2018 to 17 November 2018


A platform for ambitious performance by young theatre-makers. It showcases emerging talent, sparks critical debate and challenges perceptions of youth theatre.


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Another Kick Up The Arts


19 November 2018 to 23 November 2018


Another bootcamp festival from So & So Arts Club at The Bridge.


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The Shape of Things To Come 2018


21 November 2018 to 25 November 2018


Camden People's Theatre bring to the stage the most exciting and hottest-off-the-press new projects out there, from CPT and its favourite artists.


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Next


27 November 2018 to 8 December 2018


NEXT is The Yard's newest festival. It brings together electrifying artists who are making the most risk-taking and soul-shaking work out there. These artists are the next big thing.


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Maiden Speech Festival 2018


27 November 2018 to 8 December 2018


A dynamic and exciting theatre festival staging brand new work by emerging theatremakers. Back for a second year, Maiden Speech is bigger, bolder and it's got bite!


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London International Mime Festival 2019


9 January 2019 to 3 February 2019


Promotes and celebrates contemporary visual theatre.


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Now 19


15 January 2019 to 16 February 2019


NOW is back, the festival of the best theatre for right Now. 10 exceptional artists in 5 weeks of explosive double bills. Wild and wildly different shows by the best makers, dancers, opera singers, punk drummers.


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Vault Festival 2019


23 January 2019 to 17 March 2019


VAULT is London's biggest arts festival, which happens every year between January and March.


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Deptford International Heritage Festival


1 February 2019 to 28 February 2019


Londons largest International Heritage Festival with poetry, walks, talks, tours, drama, music, history, performance and more.


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IBT19 Bristol International Festival


Expected: February 2019


Biennial event in various locations across the city, from theatres and galleries to city streets, and outdoor spaces with performances across dance, theatre, live art, activism over the five day festival.


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Babylon


8 February 2019 to 16 February 2019


Celebrating the contemporary global influences and experiences of Black and Brown people, from their local influences on British culture, through to an international dialogue around contemporary exile across the globe.




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