Top names from worlds of art and showbiz at Holt Festival

Jacqui Dankworth is performing a concert inspired by the poetry of William Shakespeare at Holt Festi

Jacqui Dankworth is performing a concert inspired by the poetry of William Shakespeare at Holt Festival - Credit: Archant

Top names from the many different worlds of entertainment will gather in north Norfolk this month for the annual Holt Festival, from July 23-31.

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Credit: submitted

Auden Theatre highlights include singer Jacqui Dankworth and friends performing Shakespeare and all that Jazz, July 25, 2pm-3pm; Former BBC chief news correspondent Kate Adie will talk about her book Fighting on the Home Front, telling women's stories of the First World War years, July 27, 2pm-3pm; String Fever - three brothers and a cousin will play electric string instruments with humour and originality - July 27, 8pm; and author Joanna Trollope talks about Love and Marriage, July 28.

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown is in the Theatre in the Woods on July 29 at 8.15pm and the following day comedian Marc Watson will bring his show, I'm Not Here, to the same venue, from 4pm-5pm.

There's an hour of readings from Jane Austen's writings by actress Emerald O'Hanrahan at Holt Community Centre, on July 31, 1.30pm-2.30pm.

And, among many other offerings, there are still a few tickets left to hear internationally-acclaimed pianist Mariola Cieniawa play works by her fellow Pole, Chopin, in St Andrew's Church, on July 25 at 6pm.

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This year sees special emphasis on a Children's Festival.

Youngsters will get the chance to join in a Play in a Day, music, art and poetry. There will be a Comedy Club 4 Kids, storytelling, streetdance, puppets, and a swashbuckling adventure.

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Charles Pugh, festival artistic director, said he had made a conscious decision to put children's events at the heart of the festival.

'Families can really make the most of them as most are free and take place in the mornings,' he said. 'There are shows suitable for the whole family and workshops aimed at young participants.'

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