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.

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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August events: See the classic works of Gilbert & Sullivan in Harrogate

August events: 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

 
Experience Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Experience Glyndebourne Festival Opera

See opera's biggest stars hit the high notes at Glyndebourne.

Location: Lewes, East Sussex

 
Experience life the Shakespearian way

Experience life the Shakespearian way

Visit the historic attractions of Shakespeare’s England and see the places that played a role in the playwright’s life.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 
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

 
Explore Brighton's Cultural Quarter

Explore Brighton's Cultural Quarter

Find an exotic Royal palace, classical concerts, West End shows and fine art all within a moment’s walk of each other.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 
Laugh out loud at England's best comedians

Laugh out loud at England's best comedians

Catch famous acts at the Bath Comedy Festival – a series of events in April.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Catch a show at the Bristol Old Vic

Catch a show at the Bristol Old Vic

The oldest continually working theatre in the world hosts an abundance of theatrical works throughout the year. .

Location: Bristol

 
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

 
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

 
See Britain's finest comedians at Leicester Comedy Festival

See Britain's finest comedians at Leicester Comedy Festival

Get a glimpse at the future of British comedy at the annual Leicester Comedy Festival.

Location: Leicester

 
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

 
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

 
Enjoy a performance at Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Enjoy a performance at Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Take in a show in the City's newest state-of-the-art performance and arts venue, Milton Court.

Location: London, Greater London

 
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

 
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

 
See an open-air play at the Minack Theatre

See an open-air play at the Minack Theatre

Carved into a granite cliff face on the southern tip of Cornwall, the Minack Theatre is a wonderfully unique theatrical experience.

Location: Porthcurno, Cornwall

 
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

 
May events: Push boundaries at the London Burlesque Festival

May events: Push 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

 
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

 
Shakespeare and nature on Brownsea Island

Shakespeare and nature on Brownsea Island

See Shakespeare acted out in the open air, part of this summer’s theatre programme on the National Trust’s Brownsea Island in Dorset.

Location: Poole Harbour, Dorset

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