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.


If you're organising a theatre festival and would like us to list it, use this form to send us details.


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London International Mime Festival

18 to 31 Jan 2021


Taking place each January, its programme spans the spectrum of contemporary visual performance including live art, physical and circus-theatre, mask, puppetry, movement and object theatre.


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Manipulate

28 Jan to 6 Feb 2021


Puppet Animation Scotland's annual celebration of innovative visual theatre and animated film.


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SMASHfestUK

Expected: Feb 2021


SMASHfestUK is a narrative driven festival with a specific mission to widen participation and build diversity in science, technology, engineering and maths, STEM, through the Arts and Design.


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MT FEST UK

1 to 13 Feb 2021


A celebration of new musical theatre from around the world.


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Imagine Children's Festival

Expected: Feb 2021


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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Evolution

Expected: Feb 2021


The Lyric's annual emerging artist festival.


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Creative Disruption

Expected: Feb 2021


A festival of stories from Arcola's community companies.


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Connections

Expected: Feb 2021


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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Calm Down, Dear

Expected: Mar 2021


Camden People's Theatre's festival of feminism.


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Telegraph Hill Festival

Expected: Mar 2021


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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Sprint Festival

Expected: Mar 2021


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


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Croydonites Festival of New Theatre

Expected: Mar 2021


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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Sam Wanamaker Festival

Expected: Mar 2021


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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WOW - Women of the World Festival

Expected: Mar 2021


Global movement of festivals celebrating women and girls, and looking at obstacles they face.


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National Student Drama Festival

Expected: Mar 2021


A week long festival, which welcomes hundreds of young people, established artists and local audiences.


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Homegrown Festival

Expected: Apr 2021


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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The Last Word Festival

Expected: Apr 2021


The Last Word Festival is a celebration of the power of words.


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INK Festival

8 to 11 Apr 2021


INK is an East Anglian based Theatre Company and registered charity, that sources, develops, and produces, the best new short plays for stage and radio by writers from across the UK, but especially welcomes those with connections to East Anglia.


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Brighton Festival

1 to 23 May 2021


Brighton Festival is an annual celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events - taking place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks every May.


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Bath Fringe Festival

Expected: May 2021


A festival of all the arts, with few rules as to what should be in or out - it's what people want to do, and what venues in Bath want to put on.



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