Theatre and drama
Festival of contemporary art «Territoriя»: Akram Khan’s iTMOi. © Pavel Poboruev

Our Drama & Dance programme promotes the best of the UK’s performing arts sector in Russia through a range of activities and events. We reflect the innovative and diverse nature of the UK’s performing arts sector including classical theatre, modern ballet, new writing, physical and visual theatre, contemporary dance, live art and outdoor performance.

We support tours of new UK productions to Russia, the development of collaborative projects between British and Russian companies and a wide range of educational activities including talks by UK actors and directors, workshops for young theatre professionals to develop practical skills, and schemes which help develop the future generations of playwrights.   

Biennial British Council Showcases

The British Council globally organises and supports showcases of the best UK theatre and dance through Biennial British Council Showcases:

Biennial Edinburgh Showcase 

Biennial Edinburgh Showcase – the single biggest opportunity for UK theatre companies to introduce their work to international promoters. It takes place in August and partially coincides with the International Edinburgh Festival. This year’s programme is already available on the website.


Unlimited Festival

Unlimited Festival - a biennial festival in London (2012, 2014, 2016) which presents visual art, drama and dance by disabled artists to the wider audience.  It includes a conference with talks and workshops on the mainstreaming of inclusion and equality and the sharing of disabled artists’ international experience. To find out more about the project see the website.

UK-Russia Year of Culture 2014 Theatre and Dance Programme

Recent highlights included the tour of Shakespeare’s Globe around Russia with their productions of Hamlet and Midsummer Night’s Dream organised by the International Chekhov Festival, also the programme included classic and contemporary ballet from Scotland and such prominent companies as Gecko and Sadler’s Wells. We are also proud to have brought the inclusive dance company Stopgap with their recent work ‘Artificial Things’ to Sochi within the Cultural Olympiad of Paralympic Games 2014. 

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