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.

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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.

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The Caledonian Express

1 September 2018 to 31 December 2018

Edinburgh transfer festival will play at the Pleasance from September to October 2018.

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Winds of Change/Ashita No Kaze Vol 2

7 September 2018 to 28 September 2018

A month long festival brings to the UK a new series of contemporary Japanese plays by some of Japan's most celebrated playwrights.

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From Page to Stage 2018

11 September 2018 to 25 September 2018

Aria Entertainment's thriving festival of new musical theatre, From Page To Stage, returns for its 6th year, showcasing 7 new works in various stages of development.

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Camden Underground

11 September 2018 to 29 September 2018

An array of cracking events made for intimate or unconventional theatre spaces.

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Rye Arts Festival 2018

15 September 2018 to 30 September 2018

The Festival is Rye's principal annual arts event, running a packed programme of literary, music and arts events. This is the festival's 47th year.

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HighTide Festival Walthamstow 2018

18 September 2018 to 30 September 2018

HighTide Festival returns to Walthamstow for a second year of world-class live performance at affordable prices.

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Litmus Fest 2018

25 September 2018 to 30 September 2018

Six companies will be given the space and time to trial new ideas, culminating in a weeklong festival of public work-in-progress sharings at the end of September.

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Clapham Fringe Festival 2018

27 September 2018 to 14 October 2018

A Performing Arts Festival taking place at The Bread & Roses Theatre.

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Dublin Theatre Festival

27 September 2018 to 14 October 2018

Established in 1957, Dublin Theatre Festival is Europe's longest running theatre festival, running for 3 weeks each autumn.

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Shakespeare Schools Festival 2018

1 October 2018 to 30 November 2018

This annual festival is Shakespeare Schools Foundation's flagship project and the world's largest youth drama festival.

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Pint-sized: October-fest

1 October 2018 to 6 October 2018

Pint-Sized bring their first week-long festival to The Bunker. Each night you'll see five short plays, chosen from 1,681 entries.

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And What? Queer Arts Festival

1 October 2018 to 31 October 2018

An October-long celebration of Queerness, Art and Experiences. This years Festival features over 20 events, in venues and spaces around London.

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The Blacktress Season

4 October 2018 to 22 December 2018

A season on the voices of Black British Womxn will give a platform to self identifying Black Womxn and their shows.

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Untold Stories New Writing Festival - Autumn 2018

6 October 2018 to 11 November 2018

Untold Stories New Writing Festival brings their New Writing Festival to The Pleasance this Autumn.

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London Horror Festival 2018

7 October 2018 to 3 November 2018

The UK's original and largest festival of horror in the performing arts will return to the Old Red Lion Theatre in London for 4 weeks this October.

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Vibrant 2018 - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights

7 October 2018 to 25 October 2018

The Finborough Theatre's annual celebration of new writing returns for the tenth consecutive year.

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Strike a Light Festival 2018

10 October 2018 to 17 October 2018

Strike A Light is a Gloucester based organisation striving to make Gloucester a city with a vibrant culture for all.

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Brighton Horrorfest 2018

16 October 2018 to 28 October 2018

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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