Main Programme

Main Programme

 

Sunday 22nd July

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Elégie, Rachmaninoff - A Heart in Exile

Elégie is a ‘Composer Portrait’ scripted by pianist Lucy Parham. It chronicles the life of Sergei Rachmaninoff, narrated and read by actor Alex Jennings.

8.00 pm
Auden Theatre
£22

Monday 23rd July

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The Rt. Hon. Alan Johnson in conversation with Becky Jago

Alan Johnson is one of our most popular and respected former politicians, as well as being an award-winning author. He talks about his life and varied career.

2.00pm
Auden Theatre
£18

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Anna Mudeka - Music of Our Ancestors

Zimbabwean Anna Mudeka’s singing and Mbira (thumb piano) performance offers complete immersion into the musical evolution of her homeland.

4.00pm
Holt Community Centre
£12

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James Gilchrist & Matt Wadsworth

‘Shall I Strive with Words to Move’ - music of Dowland, Britten and Purcell, sung by the superlative tenor James Gilchrist, accompanied on the lute and theorbo by Matt Wadsworth.

6.00pm
St Andrew's Church
£22

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Naughty – Created & Performed by Pamela Shaw

Australian cabaret sensation Pamala Shaw jets in from New York to launch her spirited child from within; its gonna be a wild ride!
Photograph: Juliet Rose

9.00pm
Auden Theatre
£20

Tuesday 24th July

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Berkoff's Women - from the works of Steven Berkoff

Having worked with Steven Berkoff for over 20 years, Linda Marlowe brings us some of the most rewarding and exciting moments from Berkoff’s female roles.
Photograph: Faye Norman

2.00pm
Auden Theatre
£20

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The Truman Capote Talk Show

Truman Capote - social butterfly, gossipmonger and faded novelist - is brought back from the dead in Bob Kingdom’s brilliant one-man show.
Photograph: Simon Tyszko

4.00pm
Holt Community Centre
£18

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The Human Voice/La Voix Humaine

La Voix Humaine is Francis Poulenc’s one act opera, set to the uncompromisingly realistic play by Jean Cocteau. First we have the play performed by Tracey Catchpole and then the opera with coloratura soprano Lisa Cassidy.

6.00pm
Britten Building
£18

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Colin Cloud

Referred to as the Sherlock Holmes of entertainment, and the star of the Royal Variety Performance 2017, the acclaimed stage mentalist brings us his new PSYCHO(Logical) show before he heads to the Edinburgh Festival.

8.15pm
Auden Theatre
£25

Wednesday 25th July

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Lord Ashdown in conversation with Nick Conrad

2018 marks 30 years since Paddy Ashdown became leader of the Liberal Democrats. He is one of the country’s best known and respected political figures. He will be in conversation with Nick Conrad, Radio Norfolk, about various topics including aspects of his varied career.

2.00pm
Auden Theatre
£18

John Hurt The Hit

John Hurt film, The Hit, plus Q & A

The Festival is delighted to be screening a selection of John Hurt’s favourite films, introduced by his wife Anwen, who also takes a Q&A session following each film.

1984 1h 38mins Rated 18
Image courtesy of Park Circus/ITV Studios

4.00pm
Britten Building
£8

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Dylan Thomas: Return Journey

Bob Kingdom’s remarkable portrait of Dylan Thomas offers a chance to experience the electrifying presence of Thomas on his last great lecture tour.

6.00pm
St Andrew's Church
£18

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Tankus the Henge and Skyhook

Having played over 1000 shows worldwide, including Glastonbury, the Tankus the Henge live experience is something to behold. You have been warned!

7.30pm
Holt Community Centre
£18

Thursday 26th July

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Ann Widdecombe in conversation with Nina Nannar

Outspoken and controversial, Ann Widdecombe is one of the most high-profile former politicians of recent times. She talks about her life and work including her appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.

2.00pm
Auden Theatre
£18

John Hurt The Field

John Hurt Film, The Field, plus Q & A

The Festival is delighted to be screening a selection of John Hurt’s favourite films, introduced by his wife Anwen, who also takes a Q&A session following each film.

1990 1h 47mins Rated 12
Image courtesy of Park Circus/ITV Studios

4.00pm
Britten Building
£8

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Matt Wates Jazz Band

A modern jazz band with a happy sound, playing highly accessible jazz, featuring melody, groove and tight ensemble work. They are joined by the fabulous singer, Liz Fletcher.

6.00pm
Holt Community Centre
£15

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Stand-Up Comedy

Top drawer comedy with Francis Foster, recently supporting Eddie Izzard on tour, Paul F Taylor, award-winner from the Edinburgh Fringe, Helen Bauer, featured in BBC Three’s Things Not to Say and Phil Nichol, another Edinburgh Award Winner with his Your Wrong show.

8.00pm
Feathers Hotel
£16

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Jo Harrop Jazz Quintet

Jo Harrop celebrates the sultriest songstress of them all, Peggy Lee. Expect classics including 'Why Don't You Do Right', 'He's A Tramp' and 'The Folks Who Live On The Hill'.

8.15pm
Auden Theatre
£20

Friday 27th July

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Gloria Campaner SHADOWS

The internationally renowned Italian concert pianist performs in the first of two concerts. Here
she explores Scriabin’s Vers la Flamme (Towards the Flame).

12.00pm
Auden Theatre
£15

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TS Eliot’s Four Quartets (by kind permission of the estate of T S Eliot and Faber and Faber)

Peter Wilson performs the four poems that have been described as ‘the greatest twentieth-century achievements in the poetry of philosophy and religion’.
Photograph: Garlinda Birkbeck

4.00pm
St Andrew's Church
£15

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The Nimmo Twins

Comedy legends in their home city of Norwich, The Nimmo Twins bring their award-winning sketch show, The Country Members, to Holt for the first time.

6.00pm
Auden Theatre
£20

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Tom Baxter Band

The man who co-wrote the song “Better” - a modern classic that has become part of so many people’s lives. His songs have been covered by artists from Dame Shirley Bassey to pop bands Take That and Boyzone. Expect a melodic and magical evening!

8.15pm
Theatre in the Woods
£20

Saturday 28th July

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John Simpson in conversation with Susie Fowler-Watt

The BBC’s World Affairs Editor and multiaward winning journalist reflects on his 50 year career in international journalism.

2.30pm
Theatre in the Woods
£20

John Hurt Love and Death on Long Island

John Hurt film, Love & Death on Long Island, plus Q & A

The Festival is delighted to be screening a selection of John Hurt’s favourite films, introduced by his wife Anwen, who also takes a Q&A session following each film.

1997 1h 33mins Rated 15
Image courtesy of The Works Film Group Ltd

4.00pm
Britten Building
£8

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Gloria Campaner and Leszek Możdżer

Two top pianists combine their talents in an unforgettable show featuring music from Prokofiev to Debussy, from Chopin to Lutoslawski.

6.00pm
Auden Theatre
£25

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Leo Sayer

Known for hits including Thunder in My Heart, Moonlighting, One Man Band, I Can’t Stop Loving You and transatlantic number ones When I Need You and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, Leo Sayer is back in his home country, looking forward to giving his audience a high energy concert of his greatest hits. You’ll feel like dancing too!

8.15pm
Theatre in the Woods
£30

Sunday 29th July

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Frank Gardner in conversation with Alex Dunlop

The BBC’s Security Correspondent will be discussing the themes and ideas in his new novel ‘Ultimatum’ and his recent travels in Papua New Guinea.

4pm
Auden Theatre
£18

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Jasper Carrott

Thankfully restored to good health, the legendary Jasper Carrott is back with a new stand up show, before introducing Bev Bevan (founder of ELO and the Move) and his musical compatriots. Don’t miss this unique show!

7.30pm
Theatre in the Woods
£30