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 throughout the year.

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

To get more details for a festival, just click on its box.

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RADA Festival

2 Jul to 31 Dec 2020

The annual RADA Festival brings together an eclectic range of artists, writers, directors and practitioners to celebrate the possibilities of theatre today.

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2 Jul to 31 Dec 2020

A series of new commissions from HOME Manchester inviting artists to create new works at home, for an audience who are also at home.

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Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival

26 Jul 2020 to 1 Jan 2021

Opera festival.

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Kenilworth Arts Festival

18 to 25 Sep 2020

An annual, week-long festival that takes place across a range of venues in Kenilworth.

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ShoutOut Festival

Expected: Oct 2020

A festival of visual and performing arts calling out the violence and prejudice that many face on a daily basis in direct response to community concerns raised at Citizen's Assemblies and Youth Assemblies.

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London Horror Festival

Expected: Oct 2020

The UK's original and largest festival of live horror performance.

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Dalston Children's Festival

Expected: Oct 2020

Festival in Hackney for young people aged under 18.

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Inside Out

1 to 4 Oct 2020

From Marble Arch through Leicester Square to Covent Garden Piazza, the Inside Out festival will feature performances and installations from some of the area's top theatres, opera houses, and galleries.

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Greater Manchester Fringe

Expected: Oct 2020

A multi-venue, open access arts festival providing support for all art forms to show their work, creating an arts community, encouraging first time participation in arts production and performances across Greater Manchester.

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Stroud Theatre Festival

2 to 4 Oct 2020

Theatre festival performing different and varied shows to demonstrate the wide variety of theatre that is on offer.

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Belfast International Arts Festival

12 Oct to 1 Nov 2020

Belfast International Arts Festival is the city's longest-running international arts event.

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Bloomsbury Festival

16 to 25 Oct 2020

Celebration of the area's pioneering creativity. Presenting an inspiring programme of arts, science, literature, performance, discussion and reflection.

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Brighton Horrorfest

19 to 30 Oct 2020

Shows and events that celebrate all things terrifying and chilling, presenting some of the finest scares from across the UK over 13 days of productions.

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Unlocked Festival

21 Oct to 7 Nov 2020

For a three-week period, this Autumn, Nottingham Playhouse will open its doors to the public for the first time since March to host an exciting and eclectic festival of live and live-streamed events.

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DARE Festival

22 to 24 Oct 2020

A three-day extravaganza of inventive, unexpected, challenging and ground-breaking new work. 2020 marks its fifth year in Shoreditch Town Hall's Ditch and will be bigger and better than ever with twelve new commissions.

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Shout Festival

Expected: Nov 2020

SHOUT is Birmingham's Annual Festival of Queer Art & Culture, taking place at venues across the city, SHOUT celebrates and platforms the work of LGBTQ+ artists and communities.

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Expected: Nov 2020

Homotopia is the UK's longest running LGBT+ arts and cultural festival.

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Chrysalis Festival

5 to 7 Nov 2020

A platform for ambitious performance by young theatre-makers. It showcases emerging talent, sparks critical debate and challenges perceptions of youth theatre.

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Voila! Europe

9 to 22 Nov 2020

Annual theatre rendez-vous of European theatre makers in London. Our curated programme is a border-busting mix of multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary performance.

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Homecoming: A New Theatre Festival

10 to 14 Nov 2020

After pioneering online new writing with their award-winning show Bare E-ssentials, acclaimed genre explorers Encompass Productions return to the White Bear Theatre with Homecoming - A New Theatre Festival.


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