Theatre festivals

Below is our date-order listing of all 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.

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One Festival 2018

9 January 2018 to 27 January 2018

A festival full of great stories, of all shapes and sizes, told in a myriad of exciting ways, with each piece performed by just one actor.

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London International Mime Festival 2018

10 January 2018 to 3 February 2018

Promotes and celebrates contemporary visual theatre.

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Black Box Festival 2018

10 January 2018 to 20 January 2018

One of London's most exciting annual theatre festivals by one of London's best pub theatres - Etcetera Theatre, Camden.

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Calm Down Dear 2018

15 January 2018 to 4 February 2018

Celebrated feminist theatre festival which returns to Camden People's Theatre in early 2018 (16th January - 4th February), placing artists of colour in the spotlight.

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Now 18

16 January 2018 to 17 February 2018

The Yard's annual festival of new performance over 5 weeks. It's exceptional artists who The Yard think are making the most exciting and radical performance right now.

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Vault Festival 2018

24 January 2018 to 18 March 2018

VAULT is London's biggest arts festival, which happens every year between January and March.

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manipulate Visual Theatre Festival 2018

27 January 2018 to 3 January 2018

Enables audiences and Scottish-based artists to see and engage with world-class visual theatre and animation.

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Queer Contact Festival 2018

27 January 2018 to 24 February 2018

Celebrates the rich diversity of LGBT+ arts and culture across Greater Manchester.

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Connections 2018

Expected: February 2018

The National Theatre's annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools. The biggest youth theatre festival on the planet!

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96 Festival

2 February 2018 to 28 February 2018

Omnibus Theatre celebrates 1996 - the year that Clapham Common hosted the Pride after-march party.

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Imagine Children's Festival

7 February 2018 to 18 February 2018

12 days of jam-packed half-term fun in an annual festival run by kids for kids.

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SMASHfestUK Flood! 2018

12 February 2018 to 16 February 2018

A big adventure for all the family - comedy, music, performance, arts, crafts, science, engineering, games, activities and experiments.

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One Billion Rising 2018

14 February 2018 to 8 March 2018

One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history.

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The Festival 2018

17 February 2018 to 18 February 2018

The Festival at Hampstead Theatre returns for a fourth year running, showcasing unique events including workshops and panel discussions.

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Breaking Loose Festival 2018

18 February 2018 to 25 February 2018

A new festival aiming to explore the importance of intersectionality and solidarity, and the need for these to advance true change.

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Invisible Women: A Mini Festival

20 February 2018 to 24 February 2018

Spare Tyre returns with a provocative programme from a range of overlooked women artists and communities.

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BasicSpace Festival 2018

Expected: March 2018

Site-sensitive theatre festival of Peckham, UK. What began as a simple idea has grown into an opportunity for artists and audiences to open up their minds to different creative possibilities, in the most unlikely of places.

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ImproFest UK 2018

Expected: March 2018

Aims to capture the depth and diversity of improvisation in the UK, including new experimental formats as well as more established games and narrative shows.

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Sprint 2018

Expected: March 2018

Flagship annual festival of adventurous new performance from Camden People's Theatre.

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