A Nation’s Theatre Festival

A Nation’s Theatre is coming to take over CPT from April – May 2016, celebrating brilliant theatre from every corner of the UK.

For this festival, a whole host of venues across London will offer a rare taste of the brilliant work made by artists based in villages, towns and cities, highlighting the unique backdrops and personalities that makes their work shine.

We can’t wait to play host to some of our very favourite theatres and organisations from across the UK:

Arc Stockton will be asking what scares us about dying,

In Good Company (East Midlands) will be retracing their ancestors’ footsteps,

Theatre Delicatessen Sheffield will be showcasing brand new work from five eclectic Sheffield-based theatre-makers.

Buzzcut (Glasgow) will be undertaking bold artistic experiments with performances, music and chaos!


Dress our Nation’s Windows:

To make them feel at home, we want to give their communities a chance to decorate our windows. We want your ideas on what makes Stockton, the East Midlands, Sheffield, and Glasgow great! Whether you love Glasgow for Billy Connelly and its Whiskey (combined) or you love Sheffield for its accent and its Fishcakes then don’t be afraid to share those ideas with us.

Send us your suggestions on Facebook or tweet us with the hashtag #CPTANT. Then come and see if your suggestions have appeared in our window!


Arc Stockton presents:

Luca Rutherford’s exploration of our relationship with death in Learning How to Die’ (3 – 5 May);

Daniel Bye’s Fringe First winning ‘Going Viral’ (3 – 7 May);

Ivo’s take on contemporary surveillance and the relationship between citizen and State in ‘In the Vice Like Grip of It’ (6 & 7 May).

Derby Theatre presents:

Jack Britton’s 1.9 (11 & 12 May), an exploration of the artist’s love of Parkour;

‘Us and Them’ (13 May), a scratch night from the Tetrad Collective with trademark unconventional hosting methods using games, scores and sketches.

Zoo Indigo’s ‘No Woman’s Land’ (11 & 12 May), a story of two women retracing their grandmother’s journey through World War II.

Theatre Delicatessen present:

Forge North (10 May), a showcase of brand new work by five Sheffield-based artists including Joe Bunce, Heather Morgan, and Epiphany VR.

Buzzcut presents:

‘//Buzzcut// On Tour: Let England Shake’ (15 May), an evening’s programme of wild and exceptional Scotland-based artists, including Steven Anderson and Craig Manson.

All Tomorrow’s Theatre (Thu 19 May, BAC), presented with Battersea Arts Centre

This celebration of the UK’s Artist Support platforms, in partnership with Arc Stockton, Derby Theatre, National Theatre Wales, and Nuffield Theatre. The day-long event brings together early career artists, venues and producers, for a day of discussion, as well as brand new work-in-progress sharings. Artists visiting from partner venues will also visit a number of London theatres, learning more about how they work with artists, and seeing work on their stages.


A Nation’s Theatre Festival is an initiative spearheaded by Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) and involves over 17 London venues offering space to companies hailing from all parts of the UK. There are about 350 artists and theatre-makers putting on over more than 60 innovative and provocative work – giving voice to the nation’s creativity and diversity.