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VAULT Festival 2023

24 January 2023 to 19 March 2023 The Vaults

The VAULT Festival will feature the very best and boldest in theatre, comedy, cabaret, immersive experiences, and late night entertainment from leading artists. Tickets are on sale NOW for more than 500 shows across this brilliant and diverse programme.

Alongside the renowned programme of thrilling live theatre and performance, VAULT Comedy Festival is the first chance to see fresh material from more established comics and debut performances from the next generation of comedic talent. You can expect low prices, huge talent, and plenty of laughs.

Brand new for 2023 will be The Flair Ground, a purpose-built venue featuring the finest imaginations in cabaret, drag, burlesque, circus and performance art talent. Prepare to enter a weird and wonderful world of celestial delights like you’ve never seen before, with both daytime family-friendly fun and late night entertainment. The party starts with our Big Birthday Bash to celebrate more than a decade of VAULT Festivals, with electrifying live performance from leading artists. Don’t forget to bring your party hat!

As part of many special highlights in this year’s programme, we’re delighted to present five dazzling new shows from the VAULT Five, cutting-edge artists taking part in our unique development programme. You can expect original and ambitious work from performance makers who should definitely be on your radar.

Generation V asks you to prepare yourself for the brazen, original work from the newest generation of performance makers. Featuring Joy from the VAULT Young Company, VAULT Creative Arts’ year-round ensemble of theatre artists of the future, and a season of shows from the UK’s leading creative drama schools, East 15 & Fourth Monkey, Generation V showcases the best and boldest up-and-coming talent. Get ready for something different.

As part of the wider VAULT Festival, an incredible wrestling ring will be set up for the one-day Wrestling Festival, featuring kickass parenting narrative Mummy Vs, NHSmackdown in collaboration with Sh*t Theatre, and queer cabaret and pro wrestling night Fistclub Vaulterdome.

Edinburgh Fringe favourite Police Cops bring Badass Be Thy Name for a two-week run, and VAULT Festival Pick of Summerhall Award winner Intruder | Intruz comes to VAULT Festival with a heartwrenching, unique and brutal true story of immigration and judgement. Manchester’s thriving cultural hub HOME comes to London with Ugly Bucket’s smash Edinburgh Fringe hit Good Grief, fulfilling a dying wish with clowning and a thumping techno soundtrack.

Familiar faces returning to VAULT Festival include Adam Scott Rowley, James Rowland and Roann McCloskey. Katie Arnstein (It’s A Girl trilogy) brings brand new show The Long Run and queer-cult sensation In PurSUEt returns to entertain audiences once more with its tale of celebrity obsession and internal battle.

VAULT Festival’s family programme will delight and captivate audiences of all ages. Cabababarave sets The Flair Ground alight with some of the finest circus performers entertaining children under two, alongside Edinburgh Fringe hit Science Adventures of the Power Pickle. Around the World With Nelly Bly will captivate young audiences with puppetry, and Blue Badge Bunch educates and entertains, using interactive games to give audiences the experience of understanding what it is like to have different disabilities.

VAULT Festival Director & Co-Founder Andy George comments, “It’s been a tumultuous few years for us and our artists. There have been many times when the story of VAULT Festival could have ended. But through those challenging moments we kept believing in the idea; that VAULT Festival can affect positive change in our world through joy and creativity. Our resolve has been pushed to the limit.”

Further Information including full programme: Events | VAULT Festival