British Final Festival of One-Act Plays 2019

British Final Festival of One-Act Plays

The pinnacle of all the regional rounds, across the four countries: all the months of rehearsing, travelling and last-minute nerves.

At the end of June/beginning of July, the winner of the Wales One Act Final represents the country by competing against their English, Irish and Scottish counterparts at the British Final Festival of One Act Plays.

The British Final moves around the four countries: in 2020, it will come back to Wales.

The Best Production winners of the British and Welsh Finals are listed on their own pages Winners of British One Act Final Festival and Winners of Wales One Act Final Festival.

Rules for the Festival can be found here (PDF 1.36 MB)


British Final Festival of One-Act Plays 2019

The festival will be held on 26-27 June 2020 at the Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl. The adjudicator will be David Price GoDA



British Final Festival of One-Act Plays 2019

The 86th British Final of One-Act Plays will take place in Harrogate, at the town’s splendid late Victorian theatre, 7pm Friday & Saturday, 5th & 6th July 2019. Hosted by All England Theatre Festial 

Winning plays from England and Wales will perform on Friday evening, Northern Ireland and Scotland on Saturday.

The Festival Adjudicator will be Robert Meadows GoDA

How to book
Theatre tickets will be available from April and should be booked direct with the theatre, tickets cost £17 single session or £30 double session. Buy them directly from the Harrogate Theatre Box Office, by Phone, 01423 502116 or online

Harrogate Theatre

Lead accommodation is the Cairn Hotel, located on the Ripon Road, HG1 2JD around half a mile from the theatre. Bed & breakfast accommodation can be booked. £119 per night for two people in a double room (£109 single occupancy). £109 per night for a twin room (£99 single occupancy). Booking form via Dennis Yardley, 5 Riverside Avenue, Farington Moss, Leyland, PR26 6RQ. British Final Booking Form 2019

Social events will take place in the Mountbatten Room at the Cairn Hotel, on both nights. Further details TBA

Saturday Afternoon: Free of charge (donations to the theatre welcome) a rehearsed performance of the winning play in the Geoffrey Whitworth Competition, hosted by the Knaresborough Players at the Frazer Theatre, in the ancient market town of Knaresborough with its Norman Castle. (Cheques made payable to AETF Northern Area) There is a wide range of alternative accommodation available in and near Harrogate. Further information can be found on

British Final websites




At the close of the festival a traditional highland Quaich is passed onto the following years organisers.  This four handled "Cup of Welcome" represents the four countries with the engraving "British Final of One-Act Plays. Ludit qui bene laborat. Laborat qui bene ludit" (He is playing who works well. He who works well is playing).





Updated October 2019

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