The Festival will run from 2nd - 7th July 2024

Back for 2024!

The first week in July will see Ripon come alive again with a huge and colourful array of street entertainment, open-air theatre, family shows, storytelling, dance and comedy.

All ticketed events are now on sale with new acts, new venues and lots of surprises.

From twilight story-telling in a cosy bar and family theatre in a tent to  Shakespeare and poetry in the grandest surroundings, you will be spoilt for choice.

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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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Check out the 2024 Festival Guide

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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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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News

History, heritage and theatre – our 2024 collaboration with Ripon Museums

History, heritage and theatre – our 2024 collaboration with Ripon Museums

Remember Jubilee at the Workhouse? A great partnership between Ripon Museums and Ripon Theatre Festival in 2022. Well, there’s more collaboration planned this summer and one final chance for you to get involved! …

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Call Out to Care Homes – We’ll Bring the Show to You

Call Out to Care Homes – We’ll Bring the Show to You

We are pleased to have secured funding this year from The Brelms Trust and The Two Ridings Foundation to enable us to include some outreach performances as part of our 2024 festival. We are excited to …

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Introducing our Storyteller in Residence

Introducing our Storyteller in Residence

We are delighted to welcome Ilaria Passeri as our first ever Storyteller in Residence. Ilaria will be staying with us for three days, performing and running workshops for both adults …

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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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