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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Fest Norwood

9 to 15 Aug 2020

Arts festival for West Norwood and its community produced by the South London Theatre.

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The Maltings Open Air Theatre Festival

14 to 31 Aug 2020

The Maltings Theatre will present a two-week open air festival of Shakespeare (and more) at the Roman Theatre of St Albans during August.

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Greenwich & Docklands International Festival

28 Aug to 12 Sep 2020

London's leading festival of free outdoor performing arts (theatre, dance, and street arts), an annual celebration of extraordinary outdoor events that transform people's lives.

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Expected: Sep 2020

Blackfest is a series of events showcasing a mix of work from a variety of Black artists and communities.

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Bristol Festival of Puppetry 2020

Expected: Sep 2020

A ten-day, biennial celebration of all things animated on stage and screen - featuring shows, films, workshops and free stuff for all tastes and ages.

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Brighton Fringe

Expected: Sep 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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Cambridge Drama Festival

17 to 19 Sep 2020

An annual, competitive festival for One Act plays.

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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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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

15 to 31 Oct 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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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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