Ripon Theatre Festival 2022

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This year's festival will run from 7 - 11 June 2023


We’re back with more this June!

Thank you so much to everyone who has encouraged and supported the festival this year, helping to make it even bigger and brighter.

The 2023 festival not only features two full days of free family events in and around the city centre, but more ticketed shows in a wonderful variety of venues, both indoors and open-air.

See you there!

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Pick up your copy of the Festival Guide from the Ripon Arts Hub, Ripon Library, supermarkets and other shops.  Or open the guide using the button below and save to your PC or mobile device.

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Young Leaders Prepare for Opening Night

Young Leaders Prepare for Opening Night

We’ve been enjoying getting to know the Ripon YMCA Young Leaders. This remarkable group of young people has been working with the Festival and with visiting theatre company Forget About The Dog over the last …

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The Local  Line-Up – Full list of Community Performers announced

The Local  Line-Up – Full list of Community Performers announced

Twenty different community groups and local performers will be joining us over the weekend of the festival to bring music, dance, drama and colour to the city. We are so …

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Your Harrogate comes on board as media partner

Your Harrogate comes on board as media partner

We’re delighted to be working with the team at Your Harrogate as media partner for this year’s festival to make sure you’re getting all the latest festival news. Katie spoke …

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About Us

Ripon Theatre Festival is managed by Ripon City Festival Trust 1986 (Registered Charity: Number 514981) with support from Ripon Together.

The Ripon City Festival Trust has a long track record of co-ordinating community events which benefit the people of Ripon, including Ripon By the Sea and the annual Pancake Races.

Ripon Theatre Festival is being run by a small group of volunteers as a sub-committee of the Trust.

Get Involved

The festival welcomes professional performers onto our city streets and venues, but it’s the people of Ripon who will really make the festival fly!

We rely on volunteers for:

  • Event Stewards
  • Publicity team members
  • Walkabout Marshalls
  • Venue & Refreshments staff
  • Performers for our Musical Fringe
  • Performers for our Community Cabaret

Whether you want to check tickets, look after our visiting performers or sing your heart out on a street corner, please do get in touch.

Support Us

The festival costs over £20,000 to stage. We are very grateful to all those who have supported us in our journey so far, but of course we constantly need to find new sources of funding.  As a registered charity, all the funding we raise goes directly towards making the festival happen.

Ways you might like to help us:

  • Follow us on social media
  • Like and share our posts
  • Buy lots of tickets
  • Make a donation
  • Volunteer your time
  • Encourage your company to sponsor us

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