Below is our date-order listing of all current and upcoming theatre festivals in London, and major theatre festivals around the UK.
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1 January 2017 to 19 December 2017
Explodes with new perspectives, extraordinary artists and challenging ideas, presenting a year of vibrant and urgent performance from the turbulent Soviet century.
First Drafts 2017
29 November 2017 to 15 December 2017
For 2 weeks in December, 15 artists share their brand new ideas in front of an audience for the first time.
One Festival 2018
9 January 2018 to 27 January 2018
A festival full of great stories, of all shapes and sizes, told in a myriad of exciting ways, with each piece performed by just one actor.
London International Mime Festival 2018
10 January 2018 to 3 February 2018
Promotes and celebrates contemporary visual theatre.
16 January 2018 to 17 February 2018
The Yard's annual festival of new performance over 5 weeks starting on 15 January 2018.
Calm Down Dear 2018
16 January 2018 to 4 February 2018
Celebrated feminist theatre festival which returns to Camden People's Theatre in early 2018 (16th January - 4th February), placing artists of colour in the spotlight.
Vault Festival 2018
24 January 2018 to 18 March 2018
VAULT is London's biggest arts festival, which happens every year between January and March.
2 February 2018 to 28 February 2018
Omnibus Theatre celebrates 1996 - the year that Clapham Common hosted the Pride after-march party.
Breaking Loose Festival 2018
18 February 2018 to 25 February 2018
A new festival aiming to explore the importance of intersectionality and solidarity, and the need for these to advance true change.
London Student Drama Festival 2018
Expected: March 2018
Bringing together the best of student-driven new writing from across the London universities. Judged by a panel of industry experts, the winners of the semi-finals will perform one last time.
Pub Theatre Festival 2018
Expected: March 2018
Theatrefullstop will team with 3 pub theatre's; The Bread and Roses, Canal Cafe and Ye Olde Rose and Crown to present the 2nd Pub Theatre Festival set to be staged from March - April 2018.
Festival of New London Irish Plays 2018
12 March 2018 to 17 March 2018
Following the sell-out of Traitors, Cads and Cowards in 2016, Green Curtain Theatre are staging plays from their second London Irish Play Festival at the Bread and Roses again.
Talos Festival 2018
22 March 2018 to 25 March 2018
Talos returns in 2018 to stage even more plays with science fiction and fantasy elements, providing a platform for mind-blowing new writing and testing the boundaries of contemporary theatre.
National Student Drama Festival
24 March 2018 to 30 March 2018
A week long festival, which welcomes hundreds of young people, established artists and local audiences.
INK Festival 2018
7 April 2018 to 8 April 2018
A festival of new writing from East Anglia in a weekend of quality, live back-to back performances of short plays and films plus live music, cafe and bar in a dynamic venue.
Brighton Fringe 2018
4 May 2018 to 3 June 2018
England's largest arts festival and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world.
British Asian Festival 2018
4 May 2018 to 6 May 2018
Rifco Theatre Company and Watford Palace Theatre bring you three days of British Asian arts and culture.
Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival 2018
25 May 2018 to 3 June 2018
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.
Pulse Festival Ipswich 2018
31 May 2018 to 9 June 2018
A 10 day festival of performance produced by the New Wolsey Theatre in partnership with festival directors China Plate.
London Bridge City Summer Festival 2018
Expected: June 2018
Free live music 5 nights a week, after work DJ sessions, fitness and dance classes, street performances, live theatre, a big screen showing blockbuster films and some of the summer's sporting events.