Theatre festivals in London and the UK
Below is our date-order list of current and upcoming theatre festivals in London, and major theatre festivals around the UK.
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Bechdel Theatre Festival
20 March 2016 to 31 December 2018
Bechdel Theatre is holding pop-up conversations in theatre bars and cafes, in a celebration of plays that ace the Bechdel test.
Underbelly Festival 2018
6 April 2018 to 30 September 2018
Mix of electric live entertainment and some of the capital's most buzzing outdoor drinking spaces which has made it one of London's most popular festivals.
London Burlesque Festival 2018
27 April 2018 to 2 June 2018
London Burlesque Festival acts as a centre stage for the world's finest performers, raising the global profile of burlesque.
Brighton Fringe 2018
4 May 2018 to 3 June 2018
England's largest arts festival and one of the largest fringe festivals in the world.
5 May 2018 to 27 May 2018
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.
Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2018
11 May 2018 to 27 May 2018
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.
London Clown Festival 2018
17 May 2018 to 3 June 2018
A festival of physical comedy and clown influenced contemporary performance.
Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival 2018
25 May 2018 to 3 June 2018
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.
26 May 2018 to 22 July 2018
LIFT explodes across London every two years in the summer.
Early Bloom Festival 2018
31 May 2018 to 3 June 2018
Entering its fourth year, the Early Bloom Festival is the perfect opportunity for local talent and budding artists to showcase their work, and for audiences discover the hottest emerging acts in comedy, music and family friendly entertainment.
Pulse Festival Ipswich 2018
31 May 2018 to 9 June 2018
A 10 day festival of performance produced by the New Wolsey Theatre in partnership with festival directors China Plate.
Taking Flight Festival 2018
1 June 2018 to 2 June 2018
Red Dragonfly Productions present: an evening of 'Three New Plays, by Thee New Writers' from British East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian communities.
London Bridge City Summer Festival 2018
Expected: June 2018
Free live music 5 nights a week, after work DJ sessions, fitness and dance classes, street performances, live theatre, a big screen showing blockbuster films and some of the summer's sporting events.
HF ArtsFest 2018
2 June 2018 to 10 June 2018
An inclusive, open arts event for all, with over 100 Arts Partners and 200 events from performing arts to literature, visual arts to film.
GMDF One Act Play Festival 2018
4 June 2018 to 9 June 2018
One Act Play Festival from the Greater Manchester Drama Federation.
Catford Fringe Festival
4 June 2018 to 10 June 2018
First ever Fringe Festival at the Broadway Theatre, Catford. The Festival will be a celebration of theatre, music and dance.
The Bedford Park Festival
8 June 2018 to 24 June 2018
One of London's best-loved arts and community events, attracting thousands of people of all ages.
Breaking Out 2018
11 June 2018 to 7 July 2018
A festival of world premiere shows by six of the country's most exciting emerging theatre companies, chosen by The Bunker artistic team from over 45 different projects.
The Last Word Festival 2018
13 June 2018 to 4 July 2018
The festival is packed with performances for the bold, the curious and those who like to think differently. Over 17 days, different perspectives and stories will take over the Roundhouse and raise its big circular roof.
Greenwich & Docklands International Festival 2018
21 June 2018 to 7 July 2018
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.