MimeLondon 2024 will leave you speechless

The spiritual successor to the London International Mime Festival highlights astonishing productions by four acclaimed international companies.

For five decades, the London International Mime Festival was one of the top global events highlighting the art of mime, but it sadly ended in 2023. Helen Lannaghan and Joseph Seelig, the festival's directors, are keeping busy however.

Their new curatorial project, MimeLondon 2024, brings four excellent shows by acclaimed international companies to the capital. Across four weeks, the Barbican Centre will host remarkable productions that focus on extraordinary visual performances without any speech. MimeLondon 2024 will kick off on Tuesday 23 January with “Ambergris”, a spooky puppet theatre premiere about the twists and turns of life, on until 27 January.

“Ambergris” will be followed by “Antechamber” (30 Jan–3 Feb), where a pair of visual artists will create a love story live on stage through sketching, painting, and film. Next up is “Entrañas (Insides)” (6–10 Feb), where the renowned Spanish puppet company El Patio Teatro will unravel the mysteries of the human body. Finally, MimeLondon 2024 will end with “This & That” (13–17 Feb), a playful shadow puppetry performance about the universe by an award-winning duo.

MimeLondon 2024 is on at the Barbican Centre from late January to mid-February. Finds out more about the shows and book tickets here.