First Shows On Sale For Lichfield Festival

Tue, 06/03/2018 - 15:07

4-14 July 2018

The first shows in what promises to be a fabulous Lichfield Festival have been announced and early bird booking is now open.  The Festival, which runs from 4-14 July, is one of the region’s premier cultural events attracting around 40,000 visitors annually with its vibrant mix of music, theatre, comedy, dance, talks, family events and much more.  

The glitzy Cathedral opener on Thursday 5 July is Somnium: A Dancer’s Dream, a brand new show created by Strictly Come Dancing stars and World Champion Latin dancers Neil and Katya Jones.  Charting the rise of the celebrity couple’s career and love story, the show has been commissioned exclusively by Lichfield Festival and features exciting choreography, music and a host of internationally renowned dancers.

Restaurant critic Jay Rayner shares stories of some of his most excruciating nights out in his entertaining show My Dining Hell at The Lichfield Garrick.  When he’s not sampling menus he’s playing the piano in the Jay Rayner Quartet.  The jazz foursome have been busy gigging at some of the UK’s great cabaret and jazz clubs and come to the Garrick Theatre on Friday 13 July.

Two rib-tickling comedians are also on the early booking list.  Tom Allen is known to many through his numerous TV appearances on shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. He’ll be entertaining Lichfield with his trademark acerbic wit and camp, riotous storytelling at the Garrick Theatre on Saturday 7 July.  Then, on Saturday 14 July, Mark Steel, star of Mark Steel’s in Town and newspaper Columnist of the Year, presents his new show, Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright, which takes a look at the crazy world we live in.

BBC National Orchestra of Wales make a welcome return to the festival in a programme of Russian music with Danny Driver as soloist in Rachmaninov’s enduringly popular Second Piano Concerto.  There’s also a new work by Thomas Hyde, a comic overture inspired by the antics of comedian Les Dawson, 25 years on from his death in 1993.

Early bird tickets are now on sale from or 01543 412121 (except BBC National Orchestra of Wales which opens on Monday 12 March).  Full Festival details will be announced in late March.