“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”


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.

“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

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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.
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    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.
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