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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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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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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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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Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival

Expected: May 2021

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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London Clown Festival

Expected: May 2021

A festival of physical comedy and clown influenced contemporary performance.

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Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Expected: 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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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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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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The Bedford Park Festival

Expected: Jun 2021

One of London's best-loved arts and community events, attracting thousands of people of all ages.

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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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Barnstaple Fringe Theatrefest

Expected: 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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Manchester International Festival

Expected: Jun 2021

The world's first festival of original, new work and special events. Launched in 2007 as an artist-led festival presenting new works from across the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture.

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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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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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LIFT 2021

Expected: Jun 2021

LIFT explodes across London every two years in the summer.


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