A Nation's Theatre Festival is both a celebration and a provocation.

It is A CELEBRATION of the UK theatre ecology, shining a light on the breadth of innovative theatre and ideas produced by companies, artists and theatres from around the nation. It's an opportunity for London audiences and theatres to experience, recognise and champion work from around the UK.

It is A PROVOCATION to encourage conversations and debate.

  • How can we reverse the flow of theatre from London out to the rest of the UK?
  • How do we encourage more arts provision outside of the capital?
  • What can theatre tell us about politics, devolution and identity?

A range of different themes have been explored through editorial on the Guardian blog and through Guardian Live conversations held across the UK.

We now have over 60 shows and events in the festival, across 16 London venues, performed by more than 350 artists from outside London. This group of organisations and theatre makers came together because they feel passionately that, while we have much to celebrate about UK theatre, there are also things that we need to debate and change.