Theatre festivals in London and the UK


If you're a theatre fan you might want to check-out the wide-ranging theatre festivals that regularly crop-up in London and around the UK.


Below is our extensive date-order list of current and upcoming theatre festivals.


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Now 20


21 January 2020 to 22 February 2020


NOW is back in 2020. The festival for the best theatre for right now, with 10 exceptional artists in 5 mind-blowing double bills.


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Vault Festival 2020


28 January 2020 to 22 March 2020


VAULT Festival is London's biggest and boldest annual arts and entertainment festival, hosting hundreds of events each year; reaching across theatre, comedy, cabaret, immersive experiences, late night parties, and more.


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Connections 2020


1 February 2020 to 7 July 2020


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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CAN Festival 2020


3 February 2020 to 23 February 2020


Following a fantastic inaugural festival in 2019, CAN Festival returns to London in 2020.


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Creative Disruption Festival 2020


10 February 2020 to 15 March 2020


A festival of stories from Arcola's community companies.


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Two Fest


11 February 2020 to 22 February 2020


A festival of new duologues commissioned from a team of exciting new and established writers.


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Imagine Children's Festival 2020


12 February 2020 to 23 February 2020


The largest festival of its kind in the UK, Imagine Children's Festival is dedicated to families experiencing and enjoying all kinds of art and culture together.


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Women's Writes Festival


23 February 2020


After selling out at The Arcola Theatre Women's Writes comes to VAULT Festival 2020. A brand new event showcasing new writing from female identifying playwrights.


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Emerge Festival 2020


25 February 2020 to 7 March 2020


Shines a spotlight on emerging dance and physical theatre work, all created by choreographers and theatre makers from a rich mix of experience.


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Sprint Festival 2020


5 March 2020 to 28 March 2020


Sprint is Camden People's Theatre's annual festival of new and unusual theatre.


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Cheshire One Act Drama Festival 2020


13 March 2020 to 15 March 2020


Part of the All England Festival, this will see multiple productions competing, with the winners going through to the Northern regional competition.


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New Nordics Festival


16 March 2020 to 21 March 2020


A week-long festival in London in March 2020 showcasing the best new Nordic plays from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.


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Telegraph Hill Festival


21 March 2020 to 5 April 2020


A local Festival, by and for local people. Events are drawn from local people's ideas and it is their energy which sustains those events.


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London Climate Change Festival 2020


23 March 2020 to 16 May 2020


The Festival will inform, inspire and bring both hope and guidance on how to live a plastic and carbon-free life. It will bring a necessary focus and ease to a more immediate change in how we live on this planet.


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Homegrown Festival: Going Global


30 March 2020 to 9 April 2020


Over 10 days, every nook and cranny of the building will burst with bold theatre, dance, gigs, parties and workshops exploring big ideas from young voices on the climate crisis, migration, and the digital world.


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CircusFest 2020


Expected: April 2020


Founded in 2009, CircusFest is London's biennial international festival of contemporary circus taking place at the Roundhouse and partner venues across London.


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INK Festival 2020


17 April 2020 to 19 April 2020


Held every April at The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk, showcases over 40 brand new short plays staged and performed by professional actors and directors.


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Brighton Fringe 2020


1 May 2020 to 31 May 2020


Brighton Fringe is the largest open-access arts festival in England. It is an international festival that is at the same time rooted in the community.


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Croydonites Festival of New Theatre 2020


Expected: May 2020


Croydonites is a festival of new theatre and performance for Croydon. Its mission is to showcase local theatre makers, and bring some of the best contemporary performance work from around the UK to your CR0 doorstep.


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Unbroken Festival 2020


Expected: May 2020


A mini-festival showcasing several pieces looking at the important issue of mental health from a variety of different angles.




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