Full programme for Holt Festival 2017 revealed

Renowned Radio 4 broadcaster Sue MacGregor will be interviewed by Alan Johnson MP. Picture: Holt Fes

Renowned Radio 4 broadcaster Sue MacGregor will be interviewed by Alan Johnson MP. Picture: Holt Festival - Credit: Holt Festival

It has been described as one of the most important cultural events in Norfolk.

Holt Festival's Artistic Director Charles Pugh. Picture: Holt Festival

Holt Festival's Artistic Director Charles Pugh. Picture: Holt Festival - Credit: Holt Festival

And this week the full programme for Holt Festival 2017 - North Norfolk's award winning, multi-arts, international festival - has been announced.

Now in its ninth year, the Festival brings outstanding theatre, music, comedy, literature, children's and visual art events to the picturesque Georgian town for eight days, from July 22 to 30.

This year's festival is the final year of Charles Pugh's tenure as Artistic Director, and he has delivered a programme that combines the best of national and international talents with some of the cream of our own Norfolk performers.

Major new announcements include former Today/Women's Hour anchor Sue MacGregor interviewed by Alan Johnson MP; an exclusive exhibition of original paintings by internationally renowned, Norwich-born artist Edward Seago; and, by popular demand, a repeat appearance by Margaret Hodge, renowned as the scourge of the waste and inefficiency of successive governments.

Holt-based James McDermott returns to his hometown to perform his play, Rubber Ring, which is set in

Holt-based James McDermott returns to his hometown to perform his play, Rubber Ring, which is set in Sheringham. Picture: Holt Festival - Credit: Holt Festival

UEA graduate poet and broadcaster Luke Wright, who enjoyed massive multi award-winning success with his first play 'What I Learned From Johnny Bevan', including a three week sell out season in London's West End, performs his new show The Toll; and Norfolk resident James McDermott brings his five-star hit Rubber Ring back to the region that inspired it.

There are lots of free events for families and children too, with a full day of outdoor family fun and an extensive programme of free activities and shows for children through the week.

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Outgoing Artistic Director Charles Pugh said: 'I'm so proud of this programme. I think, perhaps the most diverse we've yet delivered. From the unabashed popularity of glam rocker Suzi Quatro and one of the country's funniest comedians Jasper Carrott, to tales of warmongers, witch hunters, brain attacks and public money squanderers.

'We begin and end this year's festival with tributes to radio broadcasting - my favourite medium and in between take in some of the finest music, theatre, comedy, cabaret/burlesque and literary events that Holt has seen.'

UEA graduate poet and broadcaster Luke Wright. Picture: Idil Sukan

UEA graduate poet and broadcaster Luke Wright. Picture: Idil Sukan - Credit: Idil Sukan/Draw

Each year Holt Festival makes a substantial donation to the Holt Youth Project - one of England's most imaginative, award-winning youth schemes. Serving young people across north Norfolk, it prides itself on preventative programmes that allow young people to reach their full potential.

Chair of the Board of Trustees Adney Payne concluded: 'Once again I am astounded that Charles has managed to bring us an amazingly eclectic mix, there truly is something for everyone. I'd like to pay a special tribute to him as he completes his third and sadly final year as our Artistic Director.

'I'd also like to thank our Ambassadors, Sponsors, Friends, Subscribers and Advertisers who provide much needed funding, and to our wonderful volunteers, all 70 of them, for the work they put in over the year, as well as during the week itself.

'Our gratitude goes to our media partners North Norfolk News, Eastern Daily Press and Future Radio and of course to Gresham's School, Holt Parish Church, the Community Centre and Holt Bookshop, without whom the Festival simply would not happen.'

Margaret Hodge is set to make a return this summer. Picture: Holt Festival

Margaret Hodge is set to make a return this summer. Picture: Holt Festival - Credit: Holt Festival

Tickets for the new shows are on sale from May 2 to members of the Holt Festival Friends Scheme with general booking opening on May 15 via 01603 598699.

For details of all these and other Holt Festival events, and to book, visit www.holtfestival.org

Theatre

Happy Days star Suzi Quatro is among the headline acts to appear at the ninth annual Holt Festival.

Happy Days star Suzi Quatro is among the headline acts to appear at the ninth annual Holt Festival. Picture: Holt Festival - Credit: Holt Festival

The Auden Theatre at Gresham's School has always been a precious resource for the Festival and this year hosts five star hits and a brand new show that are sure to prove popular with audiences. Don't Mime Me is a new, mime show that holds its world premiere in Holt. As a theatre handyman pursues his destiny around the world, a hat stand, a downtrodden housewife and a few countries are just three of the obstacles that prevent him finding his soul mate. A 1940's radio studio is the setting for The Gin Chronicles, a vintage radio-style comedy that follows the adventures of two amateur detectives searching for a missing gin magnate. Four actors and a foley artist present this five star rollercoaster verbal and visual comic treat. Edinburgh hit Cautionary Tales for Daughters by Tanya Holt, described as having the 'playfulness of Victoria Wood with the satrical bite of Tim Minchin', features a mix of comic song, live action and animation. It comes to Norfolk, following a sell out London season that delighted audiences and critics alike, to take the festival audience on a musical foray to the dark heart of growing up and the dark arts of modern parenting. Rubber Ring, written and performed by Norfolk resident James McDermott, tells the story of sexually confused, teenager Jimmy; a Morrissey obsessive stuck in Sheringham. When Morrissey comes to London he flees to the city to find his hero and himself. Based on James' own experiences of his struggle with his sexuality and regional identity this laugh-out-loud one man play received rave reviews in Edinburgh and London.

Talks & Literature

Luke Wright is now one of Britain's most popular poets as well as a broadcaster, playwrite and curator of spoken word programmes for Latitude, Festival Number 6 and the Edinburgh Book Festival. Following the unprecedented success of his first play Luke has chosen poems for The Toll from his recently published collection of the same name. A wordsmith at the top of his game, his verse explores the flat-roofed pubs and half-bought couches of Brexit Britain and the toll it takes on us all. Wright's poetry ranges from the laugh out loud funny to the tear-inducingly poignant and back again.

TV comedian Jasper Carrott will combine a stand up set with music. Picture: Holt Festival

TV comedian Jasper Carrott will combine a stand up set with music. Picture: Holt Festival - Credit: Holt Festival

One of the UK's most experienced and respected broadcaster's, Sue MacGregor CBE will be in conversation with Alan Johnson MP to reflect on 50 years of broadcasting, including the tensions that can arise between politicians and the media. Margaret Hodge talks to former Director of Norwich Theatre Royal Peter Wilson about her book Called To Account that takes readers on a fascinating first hand journey inside the NHS, the BBC and defence, as well as tax avoidance from the likes of Amazon, Starbucks and G4S.

Professor Michael Trimble sheds light on the 17th century witches of Norfolk whilst writer and former editor Robert McCrum discusses matters of life, death and literature in conversation with Festival Artistic Director Charles Pugh. Doctor, scientist, TV and radio presenter, politician and IVF pioneer Lord Robert Winston discusses our obsession with our genes in Modifying Humans: When Does Genetics Stop? Drawing on more than 25 years of global reporting experience for the BBC and Sky News Tim Marshall shares his insights on the world of global politics as set out in his latest books: Prisoners of Geography and Worth Dying For.

Music

The evocative open air Theatre in the Woods stage hosts some old favourites this year covering rock, pop and a little folk/country music. Suzi Quatro, the godmother of glam rock, is still rocking the leather jumpsuit and playing gigs around the world. Expect a rockin show featuring old favourites like Can the Can, Devil Gate Drive and 48 Crash. Jasper Carrot's Stand Up and Rock closes the festival with a blend of comedy and the best 60s and 70s rock and pop music, played by an all star band featuring Bev Bevan, founding member of The Move and ELO, and Geoff Turton from the Rockin Berries.

Roots in the Woods brings together The Vagaband and The Wangford Bass Combo Featuring Bj Cole for a night of Americana, country and folk/rock. Featuring Norfolk's finest exponents of original roots music, and Hank Wangford's boombastic experimental country experience this will have everyone on their feet.

The musicians and dancers of Viva Cuba are a joyous combination of some of the biggest UK artistic talents in the genre. They bring their wide variety of latin styles, blending in dance heavy funk and R&B fusion along the way. Ronnie Scott's All Stars Soho Songbook celebrates the unique world of London's world-famous jazz club and its incredible history, combining world-class live jazz, narration and rare archive images. There's more jazz as Suzie Heath returns with her trio augmented by harmony group The Samphires for a heartfelt tribute to Cole Porter.

Lovers of classical Spanish guitar will be pleased to hear that one of the world's greatest classical guitarists Mariano Mangas is returning this year, following his sell-out show in 2015. Million selling, Brit Award winning (and former Gresham's School pupil) Humphrey Berney takes temporary leave from Blake for an evening of songs and virtuosic piano featuring mezzo soprano Charlotte Tetley and pianist James Sherlock. Pop Up Opera bring their innovative performance of Emmanuel Chabrier's deliciously madcap and witty Une Éducation Manquée to Holt. This rarely seen tale of two very young and very innocent aristocrats striving to solve the puzzles of a unfulfilled marriage in the time of Louis XVI is both a pleasure and a delight. There will be a UK exclusive visit from Spanish opera stars Javier Agulló (tenor) & Amparo Navarro (soprano) who will perform Jalousie, a story of operatic passion with arias and duets from Monteverdi and Mozart to Verdi and Puccini.

Children's and Family Events

There's plenty for the kids and families. Rhubard Theatre's Granny's Game is a delightful tale for 4 - 10 year olds based on the real-life heroism of journalist and explorer Nellie Bly. A combination of physical theatre, song, puppetry, shadow and dance create a real theatrical extravaganza.

Tinderbox sees Norwich Puppet Theatre retell Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale for ages 3 – 8. A roguish soldier acquires a magic tinderbox giving him the power to summon three extraordinary dogs to do his bidding. Young people 8-18 are invited to join Sheringham Little Theatre to create A Musical In A Day. There'll be coaching in singing and dancing and the fun-filled day will end with the creation of a new musical to be performed in front of family and friends. There's also storytelling from Amy Finnegan and Paul Jackson and the opportunity for youngsters to run away to the circus with hours of fun with Foolhardy Circus Troupe's Circus Skills Workshops.

The 2017 Festival also has a full day of outdoor events when the town centre will come alive with free fun for the young and young at heart. Music comes from Cromer & Sheringham Brass Band who recently celebrated their 60th anniversary and there's jazz, folk and country from Hoofbeat Street Band. Three Suitcases is a street-treat for all the family from Rhubarb Theatre. Three quirky characters waiting for a train pass the time with mime, physical theatre, music and fun. Close-up magician Robert Rathbone will amaze, amuse and astound as he performs astonishing feats that defy explanation.

Comedy and Cabaret

As well as Jasper Carrott there's an evening of stand up comedy with double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Andrew Maxwell, Piccadilly Comedy Club New Comedian of the Year 2016 Eshaan Akbar, deliciously dark musical comedian Kate Lucas and TV regular David Morgan as compere.

Cirque du Cabaret returns with a new show featuring thrills, chills and plenty of slightly inappropriate behaviour from cast members old and new. Amongst the newcomers are 1920's burlesque starlet Bonnie Fox and circus thrills from international stars from as far afield as Russia.

Norfolk-based duo Kit & McConnel also return to their favourite festival for a riotous evening of freshly-minted, up-to-the-minute cabaret songs, musical improvisation and all-round silliness.

Visual Art

It had become something of a tradition for Sir John Hurt to award the prize to the winning artist of The Holt Festival Art Prize, and following his untimely death in January, the prize was renamed Holt Festival - Sir John Hurt Art Prize as a tribute to one of the Festival's most loyal and generous supporters. The winning entry will be announced on 23 July and will be exhibited in the foyer of the Auden Theatre throughout the festival alongside all short-listed entries.

Holt is renowned for its galleries and many of them are taking part in the annual art-trail. There are also two exclusive loan exhibitions running throughout the Festival with works drawn from public and private collections. The Instinctive Artist – Edward Seago features original works by the Norwich born, Norwich School artist best known for his landscapes and portraits. Largely self-taught Seago (1910 – 1974) received great acclaim during his lifetime with admirers including the Royal Family and the Aga Khan. Benton End and Friends features original paintings and sculpture telling the story of painters Cedric Morris and Lett Haines, their houses The Pound and Benton End, and their informal art school on the Suffolk/Essex borders. The show includes works rarely seen in the county by Cedric Morris and Lett Haines, Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Lucian Frued, Maggi Hambling, John Nash and others. A series of free gallery talks from leading experts including Holt Festival visual art curator James Glennie will give an insight into the exhibitions and the stories behind them.

Holt Festival 2017 Full listings:

Saturday 22 - Sunday 30 July 11am to 5pm FREE

BENTON END & FRIENDS (exhibition)

Original paintings and sculpture telling the story of Cedric Morris and Lett Haines, their houses The Pound and Benton End and their informal art school on the Suffolk/Essex borders. Includes works by Cedric Morris and Lett Haines, Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Lucian Freud, Maggi Hambling and John Nash.

Holt Festival at The Meeting Room, St Andrew's Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB

Saturday 22 - Sunday 30 July 11am to 5pm FREE

THE INSTINCTIVE ARTIST – EDWARD SEAGO (exhibition)

Work by Norwich School artist Edward Seago best known for landscapes and portraits. Born in Norwich, self taught Seago received international acclaim and had admirers including the Royal Family and the Aga Khan.

Holt Festival at The Garden House Studio, Station Road, Holt NR25 6BS

Saturday 22 - Sunday 30 July 11am to 5pm FREE

ART TRAIL (exhibition)

Discover an eclectic variety of historic, modern and contemporary art and photography at Holt's many art galleries.

Holt Festival at various galleries around Holt town centre

Sunday 23 – Sunday 30 July 11am to 5pm FREE

SIR JOHN HURT ART PRIZE EXHIBITION (exhibition)

The winner and all the shortlisted entries from this prestigious art prize. The winner receives £1,500 and will be shown at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre Foyer, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Sunday 23 July 8.15pm £20/£5

THE GIN CHRONICLES (comedy/theatre)

Join The Misfits of London for the first adventure in their 5-star reviewed vintage comedy series as detectives search for missing gin magnate Cornelius Juniper.

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Monday 24 – Saturday 29 July 10am for under 7s FREE

CHILDREN'S STORYTELLING with AMY FINEGAN (children's)

Songs, stories and games for under 7s.

Holt Festival at The Holt Book Shop, 10 Appleyard Holt NR25 6AR

Monday 24 July 11.00am ages 3-8 FREE

STORYTELLING WITH MUSIC by PAUL JACKSON (children's)

Songs and tall tales from round the world blended with appropriate musical accompaniment.

Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN

Monday 24 July 2pm £15/£5

ROBERT McCRUM: Life, Death and the Endgame (talk)

Former Literary and Associate Editor of The Observer, BBC Radio Four broadcaster and distinguished veteran of the British book world discusses matters of life, death and literature. In conversation with Festival Artistic Director Charles Pugh.

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Monday 24 July 4pm £12/£5

TIM MARSHALL – WORTH DYING FOR & PRISONERS OF GEOGRAPHY (talk)

Drawing on more than twenty-five years of global reporting experience Tim Marshall shares his insights on the

world of global politics as set out in his two latest books: Prisoners of Geography and Worth Dying For.

Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN

Monday 24 July 6pm £20/£5

MARIANO MANGAS (music)

One of the finest exponents of classical Spanish guitar in the world returns to Holt after his sell out performance in 2015.

Holt Festival at St Andrew's Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB

Monday 24 July 8.15pm £20/£5

TANYA HOLT – CAUTIONARY TALES FOR DAUGHTERS (theatre)

A hugely acclaimed journey through comedy, song and animation to the dark heart of growing up and the dark arts of parenting.

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Tuesday 25 July 11am Ages 4+ FREE

TINDERBOX by NORWICH PUPPET THEATRE (children's)

Hans Christian Anderson's classic tale about a roguish soldier who acquires a magic tinderbox which gives him the power to summon three extraordinary dogs to do his bidding.

Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN

Tuesday 25 July 11am FREE

GALLERY TALK Edward Seago (talk/exhibition)

James Glennie talks about the Norwich born artist.

Holt Festival at The Garden House Studio, Station Road, Holt NR25 6BS

Tuesday 25 July 2pm £15/£5

PROFESSOR ROBERT WINSTON - Modifying Humans: When Does Genetics Stop? (talk)

Doctor, scientist, TV and radio presenter, politician and IVF pioneer discusses our obsession with our genes. Very soon we may be able to enhance humans by genetic modification. Will ethical considerations prevent us from the next step – manufacturing stronger, more gifted and very intelligent children?

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Tuesday 25 July 4pm £12/£5

DON'T MIME ME (theatre/mime)

World Premiere of mime show about a theatre handyman pursuing his destiny around the world. A hat stand, a downtrodden housewife and a few countries are just three of the obstacles that prevent him finding his soul mate. Work in progress

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Tuesday 25 July 7pm £20/£5

VIVA CUBA (music & dance)

A joyous Cuban Combination of some of the biggest UK artistic talents in the genre. Musicians and dancers offer a wide musical variety of latin styles from danzon and traditional Cuban son to salsa and merengue styles, blending in dance heavy funk and R&B fusion along the way.

Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN

Wednesday 26 July 11am FREE

GALLERY TALK Benton End and Friends (talk/exhibition)

James Glennie talks about the artists in the festival loan exhibition Benton End and Friends.

Holt Festival at The Meeting Room, St Andrew's Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB

Wednesday 26 July 4.15pm FREE

GALLERY TALK Maggi Hambling in Conversation (talk/exhibition)

Holt Festival at The Meeting Room, St Andrew's Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB

Wednesday 26 July 9.30am (ages 4-8) and 11am (ages 9-16)

CIRCUS SKILLS WORKSHOPS with FOOLHARDY CIRCUS (children's)

Hours of entertainment and fun with the infamous foolhardy circus troupe teaching circus skills including juggling, diabolo, devilstick, unicycling, and even a low standing tightrope.

Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN

Wednesday 26 July 2pm £15/£5

LUKE WRIGHT – THE TOLL (poetry/spoken word)

Stunning new show from the latest collection from one of Britain's most popular poets that finds him at the peak of his powers. These poems explore the flat-roofed pubs and half-bought couches of Brexit Britain and the toll it takes on us all.

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Wednesday 26 July 4pm £12/£5

THE WITCHES OF NORFOLK with PROFESSOR MICHAEL TRIMBLE (talk)

Witches were identified in abundance in Norfolk in the 17th century. Professor Michael Trimble, author and an Emeritus Professor of Behavioural Neurology, identifies key people, illnesses and trials in this saga of religion, misogyny, masochism and the emergence of neuropsychiatry.

Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN

Wednesday 26 July 6pm £20/£5

JALOUSIE – AN OPERA GALA by Javier Agulló & Ampara Navarro (music/opera)

A rare visit from Spanish opera stars Javier Agulló (tenor) & Amparo Navarro (soprano) who will perform a story of operatic passion with arias and duets from Monteverdi and Mozart to Verdi and Puccini.

Holt Festival at St Andrew's Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB

Wednesday 26 July 8.15pm £20/£5

CIRQUE DU CABARET (circus/burlesque/cabaret)

A brand new show from London's longest running cabaret company with thrills, chills and a dollop of sauce. Mz Marelena (AKA Abi Collins) returns as host and new cast members include 1920's burlesque starlet Bonnie Fox and spectacular circus skills from international stars from as far afield as Russia.

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Thursday 27 July 10am-4pm, ages 8-16 FREE

MUSICAL IN A DAY with SHERINGHAM LITTLE THEATRE (children's)

A musical theatre workshop for young people to create and rehearse an original piece of theatre with popular musical songs and dance routines.

Performance at 3.30pm for family and friends.

Holt Festival at Gresham's Pre-Prep School, Market Place, Holt NR25 6BB

Thursday 27 July 11am FREE

GALLERY TALK Cedric Morris – Gardner, Plantsman and Iris Breeder (talk/exhibition)

By Sarah Morris

Holt Festival at The Meeting Room, St Andrew's Church, Church Street, Holt NR25 6BB

Thursday 27 July 6pm, £12/£5

SUZIE HEATH TRIO presents: King Cole – a musical tribute to the 1930s (music)

Vocalist and pianist Suzie brings her trio to Holt to celebrate the unforgettable and poignant songs of Cole Porter and his contemporaries. She is joined by harmony group The Samphires.

Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN

Thursday 27 July 8pm £16/£5

STAND UP COMEDY CLUB (comedy)

The best of contemporary comedy with double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Andrew Maxwell, Eshaan Akbar, musical comedian Kate Lucas and TV regular David Morgan as compere.

Holt Festival at The Feathers Hotel, Market Place, Holt NR25 6BW

Thursday 27 July 8.15pm £20/£5

HUMPHREY BERNEY AND GUESTS (music/opera)

Million selling, Brit Award winning, Humphrey Berney goes on temporary leave from Blake for an evening of songs and virtuosic piano featuring mezzo soprano Charlotte Tetley and pianist James Sherlock, themselves both major award winners.

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Friday 28 July from 10.30am FREE

HOLT FESTIVAL GOES OUTDOOR (music/children's/family)

Entertainment for all throughout the day featuring music from the Cromer & Sheringham Brass Band, Hoofbeat Street Band, Rhubarb Theatre's mime performance Three Suitcases and magic from Robert Rathbone.

Holt Festival at Fish Hill, Holt NR25 6BD

Friday 28 July 11am Ages 5y+

GRANNY'S GAME by RHUBARB THEATRE (children's)

John and Julia discover a mysterious game at Gran's house and embark on a globetrotting adventure, wrestling snakes and climbing ladders. Based on the real-life heroism of journalist and explorer Nellie Bly.

Holt Festival at The Feathers Hotel, Market Place, Holt NR25 6BW

Friday 28 July 2pm £20/£5

RONNIE SCOTT'S ALL STARS SOHO SONGBOOK (music/jazz)

A unique afternoon celebrating the unique world of London's world-famous jazz club and its incredible history, combining world-class live jazz, narration and rare archive images. The programme will include music from the many greats that have performed at Ronnie Scott's such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Dave Brubeck.

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Friday 28 July 4pm £12/£5

MARGARET HODGE: IN CONVERSATION WITH PETER WILSON (literary talk)

The former MP and scourge of waste and inefficiency to successive governments discusses her book Called To Account that takes people on a fascinating journey inside the NHS, the BBC and defence, as well as tax avoidance from the likes of Amazon, Starbucks and G4S.

Holt Festival at Holt Community Centre, Kerridge Way, Holt NR25 6DN

Friday 28 July 6pm £20/£5

KIT & MCCONNEL (music/cabaret)

Norfolk-based duo Kit & McConnel return to their favourite festival for a riotous evening of freshly-minted, up-to-the-minute cabaret songs, musical improvisation and all-round silliness.

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Friday 28 July 8pm £15/£5

ROOTS IN THE WOOD: The Vagaband & The Wangford Bass Combo Featuring BJ Cole (music/americana)

Americana, country and folk/rock featuring Norfolk's finest exponents of original roots music, and Hank Wangford's boombastic experimental country experience featuring pedal steel maestro Cole.

Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Saturday 29 July 6pm £18/35

SUE MACGREGOR CBE IN CONVERSATION WITH ALAN JOHNSON MP (talk)

Renowned broadcaster Sue MacGregor reflects on 50 years of broadcasting including tensions between politicians and the media as she is interviewed by Alan Johnson MP.

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Saturday 29 July 6pm £18/£5

POP UP OPERA: UNE EDUCATION MANQUÉE (music/opera)

Innovative touring company performing Emmanuel Chabrier's deliciously madcap and witty Une Éducation Manquée - a rarely seen tale of two very young and very innocent aristocrats striving to solve the puzzles of an unfulfilled marriage in the time of Louis XVI.

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Saturday 29 July 8.15pm £35/£5

SUZI QUATRO (music)

Still rocking the leather jumpsuit and celebrating a career that spans over 50 years and 101 weeks in the UK charts. Suzy comes with her full 7-piece band for a set that promises to set the (Theatre in the) Woods on fire!

Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Sunday 30 July 6pm £15/£5

RUBBER RING: JAMES MCDERMOTT (theatre)

Jimmy is sixteen, sexually confused and stuck in Sheringham. When pop star Morrissey visits London he flees to the city to find his hero and himself. A laugh-out-loud one man play about a Norfolk boy's struggle with his sexuality and regional identity, that has had rave reviews in London and Brighton.

Holt Festival at the Auden Theatre, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

Sunday 30 July 7.30pm £30/£5

JASPER CARROTT'S STAND UP AND ROCK (comedy/music)

A unique show that sees the legendary comedian perform his new stand up show before introducing his musical compatriots - an all star band featuring ELO and The Move's Bev Bevan that have been 'rockin' audiences all over the world.

Holt Festival at Theatre in the Woods, Cromer Road, Holt NR25 6EA

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