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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Queer Contact Festival

29 Apr to 1 May 2021


Contact Theatre's beloved celebration of Queer culture returns for 2021.


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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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London Clown Festival

Expected: May 2021


A festival of physical comedy and clown influenced contemporary performance.


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Mayfest

Expected: May 2021


Bristol's unique festival of contemporary theatre, dedicated to presenting a broad range of unusual, playful and ambitious work from leading theatre makers from Bristol, the UK and beyond.


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MT FEST UK

17 to 29 May 2021


8 new pieces of musical theatre live at The Turbine Theatre.


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Norfolk and Norwich Festival

17 to 30 May 2021


The flagship arts festival for the East of England. Brings a world class programme of international art and home grown talent to venues and open spaces across the region.


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Bath Fringe Festival

28 May to 13 Jun 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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Brighton Fringe

28 May to 27 Jun 2021


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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West End Live

Expected: Jun 2021


Free annual event showcasing the best of the West End! All live, all for free in the iconic setting of Trafalgar Square.


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96 Festival

Expected: Jun 2021


A glittering line-up of artists set up camp at Omnibus Theatre for a spectacular celebration of queerness and theatre.


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Incoming Festival

Expected: Jun 2021


Incoming Festival is a celebration of the best emerging theatre companies from the UK and beyond, and invites audiences to try something new for just a fiver.


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Vibrant - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights

Expected: Jun 2021


The Finborough Theatre's annual celebration of new writing.


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The HF ArtsFest

Expected: Jun 2021


The HF ArtsFest is an annual platform to celebrate the exceptional local artists living and working in the Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham; working in partnership with a large range of arts and community venues on its doorstep!


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SparkFest

Expected: Jun 2021


An exciting and dynamic partnership between Bath Festival and Bath Spa University, promising a fresh look at how young talent engages with Bath audiences and the region's artistic community.


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London Bridge City Summer Festival

Expected: Jun 2021


London Bridge City hosts London's largest free festival, transforming the iconic riverside location into a summer haven and a hub of not-to-be-missed live entertainment, food and drink all summer long.


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HF ArtsFest

Expected: Jun 2021


The HF ArtsFest is an annual platform to celebrate the exceptional local artists living and working in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham; working in partnership with the world-renowned arts venues on its doorstep!


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The Bedford Park Festival

12 to 27 Jun 2021


The Bedford Park Festival - including its opening Green Days weekend - takes place in Chiswick every June and is one of the highlights of the local year.


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Shubbak Festival

20 Jun to 17 Jul 2021


Shubbak Festival is London's largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture.


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Wandsworth Arts Fringe

25 Jun to 11 Jul 2021


Every year, WAF shakes up South West London with an eclectic programme of arts and culture that thrills, moves and inspires audiences from across the city.


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Barnstaple Fringe Theatrefest

27 Jun 2021


An annual celebration of theatre in all its varied forms that takes place in Barnstaple over four days in late June.



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