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, 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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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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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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Paint the town red with a London hotel and theatre break

Paint the town red with a London hotel and theatre break

Take in the bright lights of London’s prestigious West End and its many fantastic musicals on a short break in the capital.

Location: London

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Take a cultural break to Bristol's Watershed

Take a cultural break to Bristol's Watershed

One of the UK's leading cultural centres, Watershed produces and presents original ideas and content and curate a diverse programme of talent development, cinema exhibition, events and festivals.

Location: Bristol

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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

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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

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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

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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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Experience a cultural awakening at Leeds Grand Theatre

Experience a cultural awakening at Leeds Grand Theatre

From ballet to opera, West End musicals to drama, Leeds Grand Theatre has it all under one roof.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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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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Laugh out loud at one of the top comedy events in England

Laugh out loud at one of the top comedy events in England

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

Location: Bath, Somerset

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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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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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Indie A-listers in a country oasis at End of the Road Festival

Indie A-listers in a country oasis at End of the Road Festival

The intimate surroundings of the End of the Road Festival give you the chance to get up close and personal with the bands and their music.

Location: Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset

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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

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Experience Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Experience Glyndebourne Festival Opera

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

Location: Lewes, East Sussex

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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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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

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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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