“…an increasingly significant fixture in the theatre year… a vibrant, varied programme full of theatrical treats… a brilliant place to spot new talent…”

The Stage

“London’s answer to the Edinburgh Fringe.”

Time Out

“The epitome of underground theatre… a cavernous treasure trove… the spirit of the Fringe is alive, well and thriving in SE1.”

A Younger Theatre


From new writing and solo shows to physical theatre and breathtaking aerial performance, VAULT is London’s home for innovative, exciting work of all styles for newcomers and established companies alike.


The perfect opportunity for comedians to try out new material, revive older material, or to take a punt and find their feet as a newcomer. Surreal sketches, stand-up and everything else is welcome.


These takeovers occupy the entire main bar area every Friday & Saturday night of the Festival. We’ve hosted multi-band gigs, themed immersive events & club nights – the party possibilities are endless.


An opportunity for film collectives to showcase their (or other’s) work as part of London’s biggest arts festival. Show brand new material from filmmakers or showcase “best of” from previous outings.

The Basics

What is VAULT? VAULT is London’s biggest arts festival, which happens every year between January and March. Our home is The Vaults, Waterloo, London a cavernous labyrinth featuring dozens of venues, pubs and hidden treasures.

Who can apply? Anyone at all. Whether you’re an individual artist or a full fledged company, you can apply to bring your show to the Festival next year.

When can I apply? Right now – applications for all four strands of the Festival are open until 31st August 2017.

What else do I need to know? All the information you need to apply can be found in application packs for each of the four programming strands. Follow the links above to find the right path for your show.

Previous Years

VAULT Festival has been running since 2012, and in that time has hosted more than 450 different productions across all artistic disciplines. Check out the videos below for highlights from VAULT 2017 and 2016. You can see more over at our YouTube channel.