5th May - All England Theatre Festival Western Area Semi-final

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The All England Theatre Festival is a national competitive festival for one-act plays. The Shaftesbury Theatre is proud to be hosting the Western Area Semi-Final.

The plays taking part will be the winning entries from TADDfest in Dawlish (on the 16th-17th March), and Exmouth Festival (in the week commencing 9th April), and the winners from the Wessex and Southern Divisions. 

The plays will be adjudicated by Jan Palmer Sayer GoDA.

Winners from this round will go straight on to the English Final in June, which is being held in Stoke in Trent this year.  The full Festival timetable can be seen here.

The Festival is a member of the National Drama Festival Association (NDFA) who also organise the British All Winners Festival.


There will be two sessions, an afternoon one starting at 2.30pm with two performances, and an evening one with two further performances starting at 7pm. Please click here to view the running order.

Tickets are £8.00 for one session: £14.00 to cover both  

Please contact Freda Welton on 01626 775140 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information.

Box office is open on the 4th & 5th May from 10am to 12 noon, and on 5th May also from 1.30pm to 2.30pm, and 6pm to 7pm.