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A Nation’s Theatre Festival Celebrates UK Theatre This Spring

Published by: Carolin Kopplin on 1st Feb 2016 | View all blogs by Carolin Kopplin

This spring the A Nation’s Theatre Festival will spill across London as part of a two-month celebration of theatre from around the UK, in partnership with the Guardian. 18 theatres in the capital are joining forces to shine a light on theatre-makers based in villages, towns and cities with wildly different backdrops and characteristics that colour the work that they make. 


A multitude of styles and formats provide a snapshot of UK theatre and creativity. Audiences are invited to experience and champion a rich variety of work including one-on-one aerial circus made in Glasgow, fairytales rooted in Cornwall brought to life by hand-carved puppets and an audio performance from Belfast experienced whilst lying in a hospital bed. 

During the festival in April and May over 60 shows will be performed by more than 350 artists, with some travelling over 400 miles to reach venues across London. The festival will also feature takeovers of London venues from Sheffield showcase Forge North, Glasgow’s //BUZZCUT// festival, Leicester’s Curve Theatre and Leeds-based Transform festival. Artists Emma Frankland and Myriddin Wannell from Truro, Little Bulb Theatre from Farnham, Victoria Melody from Cheshire and Tom de Freston from Sidmouth will also design and create performances for Battersea Arts Centre’s new artist bedrooms and living quarters, inspired by where they live and where they grew up. 

For early-career artists interested in discovering what support initiatives exist across the country a day-long event – All Tomorrow’s Theatre – will bring them together with venues, producers and organisations to discuss the future of artist development. Ideas for new shows will also be bubbling away during artist residencies at venues across the city. 

Over the coming months a clutch of Guardian Live conversations will be presented by Arena Theatre and Unlimited in Wolverhampton, Farnham Maltings, National Theatre of Wales and Curve Theatre in Leicester to discuss questions including whether disability is a creative advantage and how to ensure the very best theatre is being shown all over the UK, accompanied by a series of Guardian Theatre blogs and articles. 

As well as celebrating the rich breadth of theatre being made across the UK, A Nation’s Theatre Festival aims to provoke thought on topics including reversing the flow of theatre from London out to the rest of the UK, encouraging more arts provision outside of the capital and what theatre can tell us about politics, devolution and identity. 


For the full festival programme please visit:



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