Holt Festival nears a climax

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Credit: Archant

There is just one weekend of events left for this year's Holt Festival but there's still chance to catch some of the most exciting shows in the north Norfolk town.

Tomorrow (Friday, July 29) there are still tickets left for The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, sure to be a sensational show. Arthur had a worldwide smash hit in 1968 with Fire - a song that still sends a shiver up the spine – and Arthur has been recording and performing ever since. He still sports his flaming helmet and his powerfully soulful voice is as strong as ever.

On Saturday the concert by Dire Straits founder John Illsey has sold out but there should still be tickets for brilliantly inventive and witty comedian Mark Watson at 4pm and swashbuckling family adventure Captain Morgan and the Sands of Time (featuring the acting skills of former Greshams pupil Matt Lister). And don't forget there is late night entertainment from Suzie Heath from 10pm to midnight at The Lawns Hotel.

On Sunday Jane Austen at Home is a one-woman show by Emerald O'Hanrahan celebrating the variety and wit of Austen's writings with extracts from her memoirs, letters, juvenilia, poetry and novels. In Playing Maggie Pip Utton gives an award-winning performance as an actor preparing to play Margaret Thatcher. As he transforms into Mrs T she invites the audience to ask any questions they want…

Fossils is an exclusive Edinburgh festival preview from the award winning Bucket Club theatre company, returning with a new show after last year's Lorraine & Alan. Sure to be a treat, the show takes in extinct fish, a missing father, the Loch Ness monster and has a live music score.


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Finally to close the festival until next year are sixties hitmakers The Searchers. These Merseybeat stalwarts have an impressive back catalogue of hits including Sugar and Spice, When You Walk in The Room and Needles and Pins. They play them all, interspersed with anecdotes and reminscences in a set packed with welcome early sixties nostalgia.

Check www.holtfestival.org or phone 01603 598699 for ticket availabilities.

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Don't forget that the art trail, loan exhibitions and Holt Festival Art Prize are also all open until Sunday.

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