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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Experience an on-stage extravaganza at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Experience an on-stage extravaganza at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Plan a theatre trip to Birmingham and enjoy classic performances by the famous Birmingham Royal Ballet, comedy, drama, opera and fun-filled musicals.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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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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Toe tapping & hip wiggling at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Toe tapping & hip wiggling at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

For 17 days during May, Norwich becomes a hotbed of international art and performance creating a plethora of entertainment for all ages.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Climb aboard for a theatre trip to York

Climb aboard for a theatre trip to York

Celebrate York’s grand locomotive history with two iconic plays at the National Railway Museum – In Fog and Falling Snow and The Railway Children.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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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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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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Have a VIP Royal Shakespeare Company experience

Have a VIP Royal Shakespeare Company experience

Get the full VIP experience at the Royal Shakespeare Theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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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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A royal night out in Bath at the Georgian Royal Theatre

A royal night out in Bath at the Georgian Royal Theatre

A sophisticated night out in Bath invariably includes pre- theatre dinner, then trip to the Georgian Theatre Royal for a first-class West End show.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Enjoy dinner and a show at Kilworth House Hotel & Theatre

Enjoy dinner and a show at Kilworth House Hotel & Theatre

Not many luxurious English hotels come complete with their own open-air theatre, but Kilworth House has always been a little bit special.

Location: Kilworth, Leicestershire

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Give a standing ovation to Plymouth’s lively arts scene

Give a standing ovation to Plymouth’s lively arts scene

Explore the works of Plymouth's legendary artists – Beryl Cook, Robert Lenkiewicz and Sir Joshua Reynolds, as well as today's talented young artists.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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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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Celebrate children’s creativity at the Juice Festival

Celebrate children’s creativity at the Juice Festival

Get up to NewcastleGateshead and be inspired by a festival centred around art and creativity in children.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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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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Laugh, cry and sing-along at the Playhouse

Laugh, cry and sing-along at the Playhouse

Since opening in 1990, the Playhouse has become one of Leeds' premiere events venues.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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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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Take the cultural quarter trail in Leicester

Take the cultural quarter trail in Leicester

Absorb yourself in rich performances and visual arts in Leicester’s cultural quarter and enjoy architectural splendour and fine dining.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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See open-air Shakespeare plays in Lincolnshire

See open-air Shakespeare plays in Lincolnshire

If your only experience of Shakespeare is being bored rigid in a school classroom, then it’s about time you gave the great Bard another chance.

Location: Stamford, Lincolnshire

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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 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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