About Us

London International
Mime Festival


Festival Team
Helen Lannaghan
& Joseph Seelig OBE

Technical Manager:
Bill Deverson

Anna Arthur

Graphics/web designer:
Iain Lanyon


LIMF Advisory Board:
Jeni Draper
Kane Husbands
Alison King (Chair)
Andy Lavender
London International Mime Festival (LIMF) is an established, annual festival of contemporary visual theatre. Essentially wordless and multi-disciplinary, its programme embraces circus-theatre, puppetry/animation, object theatre, mime, live art and physical theatre.

Founded in 1977 at the Cockpit Theatre as a one-off event to showcase the work of British mimes, theatre clowns and other physical and visual theatre artists, the festival rapidly grew in scale, quality and reputation. Since that start in one small theatre LIMF has used more than thirty London venues – from Tate Modern and West End theatres, to the Almeida, Barbican, Battersea Arts Centre, ICA, Jacksons Lane, Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, Shunt Vaults, Soho Theatre, Shoreditch Town Hall and Southbank Centre. To date, the festival has presented over 800 productions over its 46-year history. 2023 will be the 47th festival year.

LIMF assists in the creation and presentation of excellent, innovative non text-based theatre that is new to London. Most shows are UK premieres. It works with young, up and coming artists as well as established companies.

LIMF has an international reputation and is the UK’s longest established annual, international theatre festival. In recent years the festival’s productions and its two directors have received various honours and awards, most notably three Olivier Award nominations including winner of Best New Dance Production in 2015 (Peeping Tom’s 32 Rue Vandenbranden at The Barbican), a Total Theatre lifetime achievement award and the 2017 Empty Space – Peter Brook Special Achievement Award.

"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

"An explosively inventive programme of visual performance" Evening Standard

"The Mime Festival has had an enormous impact on British theatre" WhatsOnStage

"January in London always means the varied, zany mime festival, when international performers can be enjoyed without a language barrier... I invariably leave the mime festival invigorated and touched" Quentin Letts

"Too amazing for words - it's the best physical theatre from around the world" Time Out

"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

Main photo: Opposable Thumb Coulrophobia LIMF20 © Adam Laity
London International Mime Festival is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
Arts Council England

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