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.
The London Student Drama Festival 2018
12 February 2018 to 19 March 2018
For its 6th year, the London Student Drama Festival returns to offer a range of performance, educational and social opportunities to the students within and around London.
26 February 2018 to 14 April 2018
A festival of productions celebrating the people and diversity of East London.
5 March 2018 to 24 March 2018
Flagship annual festival of adventurous new theatre from Camden People's Theatre.
Strike a Light festival
21 March 2018 to 27 March 2018
Strike A Light is a Gloucester based organisation striving to make Gloucester a city with a vibrant culture for all.
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.
22 March 2018 to 24 March 2018
The third Questival will include an eclectic mix of theatre: drama, comedy, new writing, physical theatre and everything in between.
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.
Pub Theatre Festival 2018
30 March 2018 to 30 April 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.
Greenwich Children's Theatre Festival
31 March 2018 to 15 April 2018
Gives families with children of any age the opportunity to share the experience of going to the theatre.
3 April 2018 to 6 May 2018
Founded in 2009, CircusFest is London's biennial international festival of contemporary circus taking place at the Roundhouse and partner venues across London.
Homegrown Festival 2018
3 April 2018 to 7 April 2018
A week of bold ideas, live music and performance from young voices.
Almeida For Free
3 April 2018 to 5 April 2018
Free festival for those aged 25 and under at the Almeida Theatre.
Young Harts Writing Festival 2018
6 April 2018 to 7 April 2018
An inter-borough new writing festival, which merges the gap between emerging young artists and professional artists.
Underbelly Festival 2018
6 April 2018 to 30 September 2018
Mix of electric live entertainment and some of the capital's most buzzing outdoor drinking spaces which has made it one of London's most popular festivals.
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.
The Outcast Festival
10 April 2018 to 14 April 2018
The Outcast Festival was developed out of an interest in presenting work focused on the forgotten, lost, and marginalised groups of our society. Directed by MFA Theatre Directing candidates at East 15 Acting School.
The Significant Other Festival 2018
17 April 2018 to 21 April 2018
Ten writers, 40 actors and 5 assistant directors will be asked to create 10 new individual stories completed within 10 days all combined into one full, immersive play.
17 April 2018 to 28 April 2018
Is working-class "cool" again? Or is that a smokescreen for never-ending austerity: the most sustained attack on people with low incomes in living memory? Is there "a class-shaped hole" in the diversity debate - and what can we do to plug it?
London Burlesque Festival 2018
27 April 2018 to 2 June 2018
London Burlesque Festival acts as a centre stage for the world's finest performers, raising the global profile of burlesque.