The 2018 Festival

10 January -
3 February

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Booking opens from
Monday 16 October

Welcome to the 2018 edition of LIMF

Come and enjoy our selection of innovative physical and visual theatre from around the world, including three festival co-commissioned works from British companies: Arbonauts, Gandini Juggling and Vamos.

At The Peacock, Jakop Ahlbom’s five star Horror team returns with another movie-inspired masterpiece, Lebensraum, while at the Barbican two large-scale shows from Belgium see the return of 2015 Olivier Award winners, Peeping Tom, and the UK premiere of epic and extraordinary FC Bergman. Elsewhere there’s exquisite object and mechanical theatre from France, 19th century stage magic from Finland, a heartwarming Mexican wedding and, as always, breathtaking new circus-theatre at the start of the year in which we celebrate the 250th anniversary of this artform, pioneered by Phillip Astley in London in 1768.

All this plus a rarely seen silent movie classic with live piano accompaniment, discussions, and workshops in puppetry and physical/visual theatre led by internationally renowned professionals.

Roll up! Book early! Choose from one of the event boxes below or start here >

Helen Lannaghan and Joseph Seelig
Festival Directors

Post Show Discussions

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Thu 11 Jan: Kalle Nio / WHS
Friday 12 Jan: Fauna
Sat 13 Jan: Trygve Wakenshaw & Barnie Duncan(4pm perf)
Sat 13 Jan: Cie MPTA
Mon 15 Jan: Gandini Juggling
Wed 17 Jan: Arbonauts
Thu 18 Jan: Bêtes de foire
Fri 19 Jan: Yasmine Hugonnet
Sat 20 Jan: Gabriela Muñoz
Thu 25 Jan: Sacekripa
Fri 26 Jan: Peeping Tom
Sat 27 Jan: l’Insolite Mécanique (3pm perf)
Sat 27 Jan: Nacho Flores
Thu 1 Feb: Jakop Ahlbom
Fri 2 Feb: FC Bergman
Sat 3 Feb: Vamos Theatre

Circus Theatre

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Betes de foire
Compagnie Mpta
Gandini Juggling
Jakop Ahlbom
Nacho Flores

Clown/Mask Theatre

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Gabriela Muñoz
Trygve Wakenshaw and Barnie Duncan

Physical / Visual Theatre

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FC Bergman
Jakop Ahlbom
Peeping Tom
Kalle Nio / WHS
Trygve Wakenshaw & Barnie Duncan

Family Friendly

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Betes de foire
Compagnie Mpta
Fauna Jakop Ahlbom
l’Insolite Mécanique
Nacho Flores

Live Art

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l’Insolite Mécanique
Yasmine Hugonnet

Puppetry / Object Theatre / Illusion

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Betes de foire
l’Insolite Mécanique
Nacho Flores
Vamos Theatre
Kalle Nio / WHS


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THEATRE RE The Moving Reverie Led by Guillaume Pigé
ANGELA DE CASTRO How to be a Stupid
LISPA BERLIN The Poetic Body Led by Thomas Prattki
DIDI HOPKINS The Art of Commedia
NOLA RAE Broaden Your Mime
DOROTHY MAX PRIOR Dance Yourself Stupid
ANGELA DE CASTRO How to be Even More of a Stupid
DAVID GLASS Devised Theatre