London International Mime Festival

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The London International Mime Festival (LIMF) is an annual theatre event in London. Its directors are Joseph Seelig and Helen Lannaghan, winners of the International Theatre Institute Award for Excellence.

LIMF features live art, new circus, clown, object and physical theatre at various central London venues. It was established in 1977 by Joseph Seelig and Nola Rae and it is the longest running event of its kind in the world.

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London International Mime Festival Dates for the next festival are Monday 9 January - Saturday 4 February 2017

'The aesthetic outlook of the London International Mime Festival, founded in 1977, remains evergreen, varied and vital. The works of physical/ visual theatre programmed by its astute co-directors enliven the typically bone-chilling post-holiday doldrums.' Donald Hutera, The Times

‘This epic festival showcases some of the most gaspworthy theatre you will see all year.’ The Guardian

“The consistently innovative London International Mime Festival knows no boundaries.” Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard

London International Mime Festival is Europe’s leading showcase for ground-breaking visual theatre, starting each year off with a dynamic programme of award-winning new circus, performance art, physical and object theatre - a host of more or less wordless shows that defy categorization.

“LIMF now functions as a very high-level international festival of dance, circus and puppet theatre. The shows have been carefully selected and curated, so whatever you see is likely to be, at the very least, inventive and interesting.” Andrew Haydon, The Guardian

Venues for the 2017 include the Barbican (Pit and Theatre), Jacksons Lane, The Platform Theatre, Sadler's Wells (The Peacock and Lilian Baylis theatres), Soho Theatre, Shoreditch Town Hall and Southbank Centre.

Please look at website for full programme details and booking links.

The London International Mime Festival gratefully acknowledges financial assistance from Arts Council England.