About Us

London International
Mime Festival

Somerset House, Strand,
London WC2R 1LA
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7637 5661

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Festival Team
Helen Lannaghan
& Joseph Seelig OBE

Technical Manager:
Bill Deverson

Anna Arthur

Artists Managers:
Stephanie Brotchie
Shanti Freed

BSL Interpreter:
Jacqui Beckford

After-show discussion hosts:
Diana Damian
Lyn Gardner
Martin Hargeaves
Simon Hart
Donald Hutera
Helen Lannaghan
James Pidgeon
Guillaume Pigé
Kate White
Thomas Wilson
Sarah Wright

Graphics/web designer:
Iain Lanyon

Richard Fitzmaurice

“One of the pleasures of the festival has always been its flagrant disregard for British theatre’s tendency to put art into boxes… The LIMF programme constantly tempts us out of our comfort zones”

The Guardian

London International Mime Festival (LIMF) was founded in 1977 by producer, Joseph Seelig, at the instigation of mime-clown, Nola Rae. He was joined by Helen Lannaghan as co-director in 1986. It is the Capital’s longest established international theatre season.
Taking place each January, its programme spans the spectrum of contemporary visual performance including live art, physical and circus-theatre, mask, puppetry, movement and object theatre.

LIMF’19 runs Wed 9 Jan > Sun 3 Feb

“An explosively inventive programme of visual performance”
Evening Standard

 “The Mime Festival has had an enormous impact on British theatre”

“The London International Mime Festival might seem a bit of a mouthful as a title. But really it’s a remarkable feat of compression given that it ought to be called “Things That Have Grabbed the Attention of Co-Directors Helen Lannaghan and Joseph Seelig That Others Might Label Variously Dance, Performance Art, Circus and Puppetry, Not Always From Abroad, Sometimes With Talking”
Daily Telegraph

London International Mime Festival is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

The 2019 London International Mime Festival gratefully acknowledges co-operation/financial support from:
Arts Council England
Finnish Institute in London
Institut français
Royal Norwegian Embassy, London
Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI)

"This epic festival showcases some of the most gaspworthy theatre you will see all year”

The Guardian

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Empty Space... Peter Brook
Special Achievement Award
Joseph Seelig and Helen Lannaghan received the 2017 Peter Brook Special Achievement Award for LIMF’s spectacular programme of visual performances over the past 40 years, in a ceremony at the National Theatre Studio on 31 October.
read the article in The Stage >
Arts Council England
National Portfolio Organisation
London International Mime Festival gratefully acknowledges core financial support from Arts Council England and we are delighted to announce the festival’s continued status as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation for the next funding cycle, 2018-2022.
More info >