Theatre festivals

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.

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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.

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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.

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London International Mime Festival 2018

10 January 2018 to 3 February 2018

Promotes and celebrates contemporary visual theatre.

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Now 18

16 January 2018 to 17 February 2018

The Yard's annual festival of new performance over 5 weeks starting on 15 January 2018.

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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.

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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.

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96 Festival

2 February 2018 to 28 February 2018

Omnibus Theatre celebrates 1996 - the year that Clapham Common hosted the Pride after-march party.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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