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

Performing arts

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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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 an award-winning kids’ theatre

Catch a show at an award-winning kids’ theatre

Looking for something to keep the kids entertained and adults smiling? Try a show or creative workshop at the egg.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Be moved by world-class opera and ballet

Be moved by world-class opera and ballet

Powerful performances by Opera North and Northern Ballet will take your breath away with powerful stories in atmospheric venues.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 
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

 
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

 
Take in a play during Shakespeare season in Newcastle

Take in a play during Shakespeare season in Newcastle

Every autumn the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) heads north to Newcastle’s Theatre Royal for their annual season.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 
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

 
Experience Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Experience Glyndebourne Festival Opera

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

Location: Lewes, East Sussex

 
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

 
Find romantic things to do at Chester’s hot new Storyhouse

Find romantic things to do at Chester’s hot new Storyhouse

Fall in love at this new cultural centre combining theatre, cinema, bars and more.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
See a play under the stars

See a play under the stars

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

Location: Regent's Park, Greater London

 
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

 
Murder Mystery Weekend

Murder Mystery Weekend

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

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

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