Date(s) - 21/07/2018
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018, the award-winning Holt Festival brings eight days of outstanding theatre, music, comedy, film, literature, children’s and visual art events to the picturesque north Norfolk town.
John Hurt as Artist, the first exhibition anywhere in the world of the late screen legend’s paintings, and a group of unpublished letters by George Orwell are highlights of this year’s festival.
Sir John Hurt painted all his life. He attended Grimsby Art School and in 1959 won a scholarship to St. Martin’s School of Art. Most of the paintings in the exhibition have been loaned by his wife, Lady Anwen Hurt. To coincide with the exhibition a short series of Sir John Hurt’s films will be screened. These are The Hit, The Field and Love & Death on Long Island.
Unpublished love letters from George Orwell to his secret lover Eleanor Jacques, never before seen in public, feature in the exhibition Blithe Spirit alongside artworks by Sir Stanley Spencer, Philip Wilson Steer, Margaret Mellis, John Piper and others.
Linda Marlowe performs Berkoff’s Women, her Josie Lawrence directed, acclaimed theatrical exploration of sensuality, revenge, pathos, heart-breaking loneliness and riotous humour.
Bob Kingdom brilliantly brings the trailblazing writer of classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood to life in The Truman Capote Talk Show. He also performs his other great characterisation, Dylan Thomas: Return Journey, which follows the Welsh playwright on his last great lecture tour.
Former Home secretary Alan Johnson will discuss his life and career with ITV broadcaster Becky Jago while Lord ‘Paddy’ Ashdown, will be in conversation with BBC Radio Norfolk’s Nick Conrad. Anne Widdecombe, Conservative MP for Maidstone from 1997-2010, will be talking about her life and views with Nina Nannar, ITV News Arts Editor. Multi-award winning journalist and BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson will be in conversation with BBC TV’s Susie Fowler-Watt.
Internationally renowned Italian concert pianist Gloria Campaner interprets Scriabin’s Vers la Flamme in Shadows and she teams up with Polish jazz pianist Leszek Możdżer for Two Pianos: Heart of Stone – the duo’s only planned UK appearance of the year.
Soprano Lisa Cassidy and actress Tracey Catchpole appear in a double bill La Voix Humaine/The Human Voice by Francis Poulenc and Jean Cocteau respectively.
Seventies chart-topper Leo Sayer will be performing a set featuring all his well-known hits.
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