Ripon Theatre Festival 2023

Helen Tabor Photography

See you in October

And we're done!

Over 50 shows – over 100 performances, packed into 5 days. 

Amazingly, everything was bigger and better than last year, the weather was gorgeous and the city came out in big numbers to experience our magical festival. 

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in, bought tickets, encouraged and supported the festival this year, helping to make it such a success. 

We think you will agree that there was something for everyone.  Check out photos from Helen Tabor and Ben Colson now.

We have one final event this year: An Audience with Barrie Rutter, on 1st October at the Ripon Arts Hub, presented in partnership with Ripon Poetry Festival. Ticket have been on sale for a while already, and we’re expecting another sold-out show.

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As we add events to the Festival you'll find everything here

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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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An Audience with Barrie Rutter OBE

Catch our final event of 2023 on 1st October

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Can we Summarise RTF 2023 in Five Words?

Can we Summarise RTF 2023 in Five Words?

Busy As promised, this year’s festival did turn out to be bigger, brighter and bolder than before. Even with over 80 events in more than 20 venues, we were able …

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A fantastic start to this year’s festival

A fantastic start to this year’s festival

A very happy place The festival got started on Wednesday evening with Happy Place at the Arts Hub.   Sell-out for Tales from the Scriptorium A packed  event at Ripon …

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Pop-Up Highlights in Surprising Places

Pop-Up Highlights in Surprising Places

The weather looks good for Festival Saturday, but don’t forget our intriguing and entertaining indoor Pop-Up events. Here’s two that we are particularly looking forward to. Award-winning storyteller, Gav Cross …

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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
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  • Buy lots of tickets
  • Make a donation
  • Volunteer your time
  • Encourage your company to sponsor us

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