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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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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
July events: Get down to business at Upfest

July events: 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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
See spectacular autumn shows at the Stephen Joseph Theatre

See spectacular autumn shows at the Stephen Joseph Theatre

Pencil in a cultural weekend break in Scarborough, and watch three Alan Ayckbourn plays in one day at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 
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

 
May events: The Norfolk & Norwich Festival

May events: The Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Norwich becomes a hotbed of international art and performance every May.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
October events: Laugh out loud at Birmingham Comedy Festival

October events: Laugh out loud at Birmingham Comedy Festival

Watch stand-up performances from some of the world’s top comedians, then learn the tricks of the trade for yourself.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

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