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.


Below is our extensive date-order list of current and upcoming theatre festivals.


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Typhoon 2019


27 September 2019 to 25 October 2019


Popular biennial playreading festival from Yellow earth showcasing a new selection of bold new writing by playwrights of East Asian decent from around the globe.


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Perception Festival 2019: Nasty Women


1 October 2019 to 27 October 2019


Muses and assassins. Mothers and punks. Radical feminists and the 'perfect' wife. A striking collage of theatre and performance, shaped by an all-female mix of uncompromising theatre-makers.


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Shakespeare Schools Festival 2019


1 October 2019 to 30 November 2019


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


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London Horror Festival 2019


8 October 2019 to 2 November 2019


The UK's original and largest festival of live horror performance will return from 8th - 25th October 2019 at The Pleasance Theatre Islington, and 8th October - 2nd November 2019 at the Old Red Lion Theatre.


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Roundabout Festival 2019


10 October 2019 to 26 October 2019


Theatre Royal (Stratford East) are hosting Paines Plough's acclaimed pop-up theatre Roundabout for a mini festival throughout October.


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ShoutOut Festival


14 October 2019 to 26 October 2019


A festival of visual and performing arts calling out the violence and prejudice that many face on a daily basis in direct response to community concerns raised at Citizen's Assemblies and Youth Assemblies.


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Brighton Horrorfest 2019


15 October 2019 to 27 October 2019


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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Belfast International Arts Festival 2019


15 October 2019 to 3 November 2019


Belfast International Arts Festival, formerly known as Belfast Festival at Queen's, is the city's longest running international arts event.


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Pint-sized: October-fest 2019


21 October 2019 to 26 October 2019


Each night you'll see the Pint-Sized you know and love; five short plays, chosen from over 1500 entries, with the writers mentored by the likes of Lucy Kirkwood, Simon Stephens, Lucy Prebble and more.


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Handle with Care


22 October 2019 to 9 November 2019


A three-week festival interrogating trigger warnings, no platforming and the culture of the so-called 'snowflake'.


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DARE Festival 2019


24 October 2019 to 26 October 2019


A three-day extravaganza of inventive, unexpected, challenging and ground-breaking new work is back for its fourth year in The Ditch at Shoreditch Town Hall.


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Get It While It's Hot


25 October 2019 to 2 November 2019


Across two weekends, dancers, comedians, theatre makers and poets will throw open their rehearsal room doors and invite you in to watch and discover.


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Emerge Festival 2019


Expected: November 2019


Shines a spotlight on emerging dance and physical theatre work, all created by choreographers and theatre makers from a rich mix of experience.


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5 Minute Festival 2019


Expected: November 2019


Ten companies per night will battle it out with five minute pieces designed to entertain a sell-out live audience. Only ten companies can make it to the Grand Final where one will be crowned winner.


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Voila! Europe 2019


4 November 2019 to 17 November 2019


London's landmark festival of European theatre will return for a seventh year this November to showcase boundary pushing work from across the continent.


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Maiden Speech Festival 2019


5 November 2019 to 16 November 2019


A dynamic and exciting theatre festival that provides a much-needed platform to showcase the boldest new work from a new generation of theatremakers.


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Shout Festival 2019


5 November 2019 to 17 November 2019


SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture is Birmingham's annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) performance, film, and visual arts.


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Christmas in Leicester Square


8 November 2019 to 5 January 2020


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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Calm Down, Dear 2020


Expected: January 2020


Camden People's Theatre's festival of feminism.


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London International Mime Festival 2020


8 January 2020 to 2 February 2020


Taking place each January, its programme spans the spectrum of contemporary visual performance including live art, physical and circus-theatre, mask, puppetry, movement and object theatre.




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