Spectacular Festival Finale in store

Friday April 27 2012

This year’s Lichfield Festival is going to close in a new and extraordinary way with a performance of Barricade, an amazing mix of aerial and acrobatic acts, pyrotechnics, comedy chases and breathtaking fireshow finale from the innovative contemporary circus company No Fit State.

The festival will open with Anthem, an Olympic-themed concert featuring Lichfield schoolchildren and the Lichfield Festival’s community choir.

In between there is a concert of English classical favourites performed by Sir Mark Elder and the Halle, a family orchestral concert featuring the Orchestra of the Music Makers from Singapore with an illustrator drawing live during the performance.

Other highlights among the 100 plus events over 12 days include concerts by folk-rock band Bellowhead and German chanteuse Ute Lemper in Lichfield Cathedral, a Big Read appearance by Radio 5 Live film critic Mark Kermode, a Little Read appearance by former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, and comedy gigs by Phill Jupitus and Miles Jupp.

This year’s Lichfield Lecture is to be given by Sir Jonathan Miller, the brilliant humorist, doctor, and opera director, and there is an extensive series of daytime author talks at the George Hotel, including John Julius Norwich talking about the history of England, A C Grayling on a secular bible and Dan Cruikshank on country houses.

Comic theatre comes in the form of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, who take on this year’s Olympic theme with The Complete World Of Sports (Abridged), and LipService return with a Sherlock Holmes spoof called Move Over Moriarty.

The 2012 Lichfield Festival runs from Wednesday 4 to Sunday 15 July and packs over 100 events in to those 12 days. Booking opens on Tuesday 8 May and Festival Guides are now available.

Information: 01543 306270  Festival Box office: 01543 412121   www.lichfieldfestival.org