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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ORIGINS Festival

13 May 2021 to 12 May 2022

A multidisciplinary celebration of Indigenous arts and culture from around the world.

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Underbelly Festival

1 Jul to 26 Sep 2021

Underbelly Festival, a feast of top-quality live entertainment, atmospheric outdoor bars and premium street food and drink, is one of the UK's top summer festivals.

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London Wonderground

15 Jul to 26 Sep 2021

A major new summer festival on the site of the former Earls Court 2 Exhibition Centre.

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The Garden Theatre Summer Festival

1 to 14 Aug 2021

Following last year's pop up season in Vauxhall, The Garden Theatre is back this summer with a festival of exciting and eclectic work in a new pop up theatre at St. Gabriel's Halls in Pimlico.

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The Camden Fringe

2 to 29 Aug 2021

Performing arts festival, established in 2006, which takes place in Camden, usually during the month of August.

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Edinburgh Fringe

6 to 30 Aug 2021

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the single biggest celebration of arts and culture on the planet. For three weeks in August, the city of Edinburgh welcomes an explosion of creative energy from around the globe.

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Edinburgh International Festival

7 to 29 Aug 2021

The Edinburgh International Festival exists to bring world-leading artists together with audiences.

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Greenwich & Docklands International Festival

27 Aug to 11 Sep 2021

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 2021

CASA is London's Festival of Latin American arts (theatre, dance, film, art and music).

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The Wanstead Fringe

Expected: Sep 2021

Features theatre, comedy, music and arts, with new events in new venues and some old favourites.

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Festival of Spanish Theatre

Expected: Sep 2021

The Festival of Spanish Theatre, London, is an independent initiative designed to promote cultural exchange between Spanish theatre companies and London audiences.

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HighTide Festival Aldeburgh

Expected: Sep 2021

An annual festival of new plays on the Suffolk Coast.

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Rye Arts Festival

10 to 26 Sep 2021

The Festival is Rye's principal annual arts event, running a packed programme of literary, music and arts events. This will be the festival's 48th year.

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Clapham Fringe Festival

22 Sep to 9 Oct 2021

A yearly festival running since 2015 at The Bread & Roses Theatre.

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Tsitsit The Jewish Fringe

Expected: Oct 2021

Tsitsit is a new fringe festival for anyone wanting to perform music or shows of Jewish interest. From comedy to klezmer, musicals to mime, if it's Jewish enough for you, it's Jewish enough for us.

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Spill Festival

Expected: Oct 2021

An international festival of contemporary arts and activism.

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Expected: Oct 2021

A mini-festival showcasing several pieces looking at the important issue of mental health from a variety of different angles.

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Bloomsbury Festival

15 to 24 Oct 2021

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

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London Horror Festival

19 to 31 Oct 2021

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

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Christmas in Leicester Square

Expected: Nov 2021

Transforms the centre of bustling London into a wonderland including traditional Christmas markets with hand-crafted goods and delicious food and drinks, a Santa's Grotto, plus a whole host of fantastic shows.


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