Performing arts

Weekend theatre breaks

On weekend theatre breaks, take a cushion and a bottle of something sparkly and enjoy an al-fresco evening in the company of world-class opera singers, Shakespearean actors or lithesome ballet dancers. Often, the setting will be as stunning as the performances. Make the most of theatre breaks by taking in a show of every type, from dramas to musicals to children’s plays. And theatre trips don’t need to be restricted to the city. Smaller towns and villages host touring arts companies and stage regular music and performing arts festivals of their own.

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Re-live the Good Old Days at the City Varieties Music Hall

Re-live the Good Old Days at the City Varieties Music Hall

The Good Old Days are back with a little help from the country’s top-performing acts.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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See a play under the stars at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

See a play under the stars at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Experience theatre performed in the open air, amid the beautiful, green surroundings of Regent's Park.

Location: Regent's Park, Greater London

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Enjoy days and nights out on Hull’s buzzing marina

Enjoy days and nights out on Hull’s buzzing marina

Yorkshire’s only waterfront city boasts an array of attractions, from artisan shops and lively cultural events to inviting restaurants and pubs.

Location: Hull, East Yorkshire

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Experience a little piece of Island Culture

Experience a little piece of Island Culture

Open air theatre, art and craft galleries, music and history - the Isles of Scilly has a range of attractions and activities for culture vultures.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Enjoy a show at the Bristol Hippodrome

Enjoy a show at the Bristol Hippodrome

If you’ve been to London, seen all the shows, got the T-shirt (and the signed programmes), then how about taking your seats somewhere different for a change?

Location: Bristol

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Experience world-class theatre in Yorkshire’s Deep South

Experience world-class theatre in Yorkshire’s Deep South

Some of the best theatre in the country can be found in Sheffield as the city is home to the largest regional theatre complex outside of the capital.

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire

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See the classic works of Gilbert & Sullivan in Harrogate

See the classic works of Gilbert & Sullivan in Harrogate

Experience the witty, satirical libretto of Gilbert and the glorious music of Sullivan at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival throughout August.

Location: Harrogate, North yorkshire

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Enjoy a romantic escape in Shakespeare’s England

Enjoy a romantic escape in Shakespeare’s England

Shakespeare’s England, home to Romeo and Juliet - the greatest love story of all time, is the perfect place for a romantic escape.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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See spectacular autumn shows at the Stephen Joseph Theatre

See spectacular autumn shows at the Stephen Joseph Theatre

Pencil in a cultural weekend break in Scarborough, and watch three Alan Ayckbourn plays in one day at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Learn the art of laughter at Birmingham’s Comedy Festival

Learn the art of laughter at Birmingham’s Comedy Festival

Watch stand-up from some of the world’s top comedians and then learn how to be funny yourself at the Birmingham Comedy Festival.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Murder Mystery Weekend

Murder Mystery Weekend

Elaborate plots, professional actors and the chance to play detective.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Enjoy carols by candlelight at Goodrich Castle

Enjoy carols by candlelight at Goodrich Castle

Listen to classic carols performed by a local choir within the stunning ruins of Goodrich Castle.

Location: Goodrich, Herefordshire

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Alfresco Shakespeare in Eastbourne’s pretty Italian Gardens

Alfresco Shakespeare in Eastbourne’s pretty Italian Gardens

Discover one of the South Coast’s best kept secrets, with hidden gardens, secluded walkways, outdoor Shakespeare and rock pooling.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Escape to Camp Bestival for fancy dress and festival fun

Escape to Camp Bestival for fancy dress and festival fun

Camp Bestival (Bestival’s baby sister) brings music, comedy and family fun to the Dorset coast each summer.

Location: Lulworth, Dorset

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Experience lakeside theatre in Cumbria

Experience lakeside theatre in Cumbria

Inspiring and international performances in a charming lakeside setting.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

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Learn from a quarter of a century of acting know-how

Learn from a quarter of a century of acting know-how

Let your budding thespians tread the boards in style, with Warwick's famous acting troupe.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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See the dance world's freshest acts onstage in Birmingham

See the dance world's freshest acts onstage in Birmingham

Every dance taste imaginable is catered for at Birmingham's showcase festival.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Join the arts takeover of a seaside town

Join the arts takeover of a seaside town

Inspired by the famous Edinburgh event, the Ventnor Fringe brings all varieties of arts to the Isle of Wight.

Location: Ventnor, Isle of Wight

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Catch a performance at the Barbican

Catch a performance at the Barbican

The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982, and is a world class arts venue pushing the boundaries of all major art forms.

Location: London, Greater London

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Push the boundaries at the London Burlesque Festival

Push the boundaries at the London Burlesque Festival

Witness the world’s most diverse artists and performers from the risqué world of Burlesque.

Location: London, Greater London

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