Acts lined up for popular festival

PUBLISHED: 14:59 21 August 2014 | UPDATED: 14:59 21 August 2014

Syd Lawrence Orchestra,  Photo credit: James Laws

Syd Lawrence Orchestra, Photo credit: James Laws


The Halesworth Arts Festival has grown over the years to become one of the region’s most popular festivals and this year one of this country’s finest actors will be taking part.

Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens who are bringing their West End hit show Eric and Little Ern to the Halesworth Art Festival.Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens who are bringing their West End hit show Eric and Little Ern to the Halesworth Art Festival.

The 13th year of this highly successful north Suffolk festival features 17 events and two art exhibitions.

The festival is known for its wide variety of top rate concerts, comedy and drama and this year is no exception with something for all to enjoy.

The festival begins on Saturday, October 11, with a performance of Kart Jenkins’ “The Armed Man” by Halesworth Festival Voices and Orchestra at St Mary’s Church, Halesworth.

The vast majority of the events are being held at The Cut, Halesworth.

At 7.30pm on Sunday, October 12, two grand legends in the world of folk, Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick, present a new collection of traditional songs and instrumentals. Tickets £14.50.

Festival highlights include Sarah Fox and James Burton with songs from the Cole Porter Songbook, a brilliant re-telling of The Canterbury Tales and the Carducci String Quartet with music by Mozart, Shostakovich and Dvorak.

On Thursday, October 16, one of this country’s finest actors will star in “The Man Jesus”.

Simon Callow, one of Britain’s best-loved actors, performs this fresh and moving account of biblical stories including the raising of Lazarus, the wedding at Cana and the journey to Jerusalem. His powerful portrayal of the tyrants, traitors and madmen in Jesus’ life asks people of all faiths and none: what sort of a man was able to inspire the history of the world?

Saturday, October 18, sees “Eric and Little Ern”, starring Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens as they create their Morecambe and Wise West End hit. Together they make a brilliant comedy that recreates the all-ages appeal of Morecambe and Wise in their heyday.

The Syd Lawrence Orchestra concert on October 26 is “Tunes of Glory” and marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War with popular songs of the time including “Pack Up Your Troubles”, “Tipperary” and “Keep The Home Fires Burning”.

Tickets can be booked online at the Festival website, by post, by phone on 01986 874264 or in person at the Festival Box Office at The Cut.

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