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It's a wrap

Once again Ripon came alive with a huge and colourful array of street entertainment, open-air theatre, family shows, storytelling, dance and comedy.

From twilight story-telling in a cosy bar and family theatre in a tent to  Shakespeare and poetry in the grandest surroundings, there was something for everyone.

Check back soon for photos and videos from this year’s festival, and we hope to see you again next year.

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Comedy cook George Egg launches RTF 2024

Thursday 21 March – Tickets on sale now! 

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Looking back on 2023

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2024 Highlights

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Brollies in the Bandstand!

Brollies in the Bandstand!

Umbrella Project Update Our community art installation is coming together ready for the weekend. Across 3 locations, participants have been busy upcycling umbrellas and putting their own ideas, inspirations and …

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Ripon BID’s Support Brings the Festival to Life

Ripon BID’s Support Brings the Festival to Life

We are so grateful that Ripon BID has generously supported this year’s Theatre Festival, sharing our vision of the festival as a cornerstone of our local culture, bringing together the …

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Room deal at The Ripon Inn – stay the night!

Room deal at The Ripon Inn – stay the night!

Our fabulous friends at The Ripon Inn are offering 20% off their best available rate on room bookings during the Ripon Theatre Festival. Located in the centre of Ripon, The …

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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 £30,000 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:

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  • Volunteer your time
  • Encourage your company to sponsor us

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