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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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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Strike a Light Festival 2019


12 February 2019 to 27 March 2019


Strike A Light is a Gloucester based organisation striving to make Gloucester a city with a vibrant culture for all.


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96 Festival 2019


19 February 2019 to 31 March 2019


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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Festival Of Brexit


4 March 2019 to 27 March 2019


This first Festival of Brexit evening will consist of short pieces based on ideas so far submitted. Do join us and join in the discussion - whatever your take on Brexit.


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Homegrown Festival 2019


18 March 2019 to 12 April 2019


Over four weeks, Homegrown Festival: Occupy invites young artists, collectives, entrepreneurs, activists and local communities to occupy Battersea Arts Centre during the period that the UK may exit the EU.


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My White Best Friend


18 March 2019 to 23 March 2019


Rachel De-Lahay and director Milli Bhatia have commissioned eleven writers to respond with their own letters that say the unsaid to the people that matter most.


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Enable US Festival Spring 2019


25 March 2019 to 6 April 2019


Two weeks of new professional performances at the Drama Studio.


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Sam Wanamaker Festival 2019


31 March 2019


Students from the UK's leading drama schools and from Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare's Globe present scenes by Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the Globe Theatre.


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The Pub Theatre Festival 2019


Expected: April 2019


Theatrefullstop will team with 3 pub theatres to present the 3rd Pub Theatre Festival set to be staged in April 2019.


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The Significant Other Festival 2019


Expected: April 2019


Annual festival of 10, 10 minute plays created in just 10 days.


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Young Harts Writing Festival 2019


Expected: April 2019


An inter-borough new writing festival, which merges the gap between emerging young artists and professional artists.


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Pub Theatre Festival 2019


Expected: April 2019


Theatrefullstop will team with 3 pub theatres to present the 3rd Pub Theatre Festival set to be staged in April 2019.


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Cambridge Drama Festival 2019


Expected: April 2019


An annual, competitive festival for One Act plays.


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The Sick Of The Fringe 2019


5 April 2019 to 7 April 2019


Amidst a time of great and nerve-wracking societal change, The Sick of the Fringe present their second London programme: Care & Destruction.


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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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A Piece Of The Continent


8 April 2019 to 27 April 2019


The Actors Centre, in association with Voila! Europe, is bringing together European artists for a Festival of theatre in April 2019, in response to the UK's exit from the European Union.


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INK Festival 2019


12 April 2019 to 14 April 2019


Held every April at The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk, showcases over 25 brand new short plays staged and performed by professional actors and directors.


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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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Fertility Fest 2019


24 April 2019 to 18 May 2019


Let's talk about the science of making babies and modern families as the only arts festival devoted entirely to this affecting and relevant subject arrives at the Barbican for the first time.


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Transform Festival 2019


26 April 2019 to 4 May 2019


Biennial international festival based in Leeds.




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