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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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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Big Show Entertainment at Bournemouth International Centre

Big Show Entertainment at Bournemouth International Centre

Dance, music, sports or comedy? It's all on offer at the Bournemouth International Centre.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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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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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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Immerse yourself in Southampton’s buzzing city scene

Immerse yourself in Southampton’s buzzing city scene

Spend a couple of days exploring the ‘Cruise Capital of Europe’ with its fascinating museums, lively nightlife and trendy hotels.

Location: Southampton, Hampshire

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Get Down to business at Upfest

Get Down to business at Upfest

Europe's largest street art and graffiti festival is now a firmly established part of the Bristol calendar with over 250 artists coming from around the world to take part.

Location: Bristol

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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 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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Take a trip to the theatre in Worthing

Take a trip to the theatre in Worthing

Worthing’s four distinctive venues bring an ever changing combination of nostalgic and cutting edge theatre.

Location: Worthing, West Sussex

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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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Enjoy a summer festival of fun

Enjoy a summer festival of fun

The South Tyneside Summer Festival promises to be music to the ears of anyone looking to be entertained during the summer months.

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

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Performing art at the Ropetackle Arts Centre

Performing art at the Ropetackle Arts Centre

Immerse yourself in the arts at this newly-built, intimate venue located on the bank of the River Adur.

Location: Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

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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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Get those creative juices flowing at the Lighthouse

Get those creative juices flowing at the Lighthouse

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn a new skill or watch the creative talents of others at Poole’s Lighthouse.

Location: Poole, Dorset

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A theatrical experience with a difference

A theatrical experience with a difference

The compact and cosmopolitan city of Lancaster has a vibrant cultural scene during the summer, including the UK's biggest Walkabout Theatre experience.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

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Catch a musical at the Chichester Festival Theatre

Catch a musical at the Chichester Festival Theatre

Enjoy Broadway classics at one of England’s flagship theatres.

Location: Chichester, West Sussex

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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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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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Get Footloose on a theatre trip to YMCA Theatre

Get Footloose on a theatre trip to YMCA Theatre

The theatre is renowned for its year-round repertoire which has widened in recent years to include plays, ballets and musicals.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Explore Brighton and Hove’s wartime heritage

Explore Brighton and Hove’s wartime heritage

Commemorate the First World War with a cultural holiday in Brighton and Hove, roaming around the city’s lively cultural quarter.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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