Comedian’s opening arts festival show a sell-out

March 29 2018

THE opening night of this year’s Thornbury Arts Festival is already a sell-out, with all tickets for comedian Jeremy Hardy snapped up and a waiting list launched.

Events featuring Baroness Shirley Williams, who has just retired from the House of Lords after 50 years in politics, and TV wildlife presenter Simon King are also proving popular.

Despite box office venues at the town hall and library yet to open from early April, festival-goers have been able to go online, as well as apply by post, for tickets since the start of February.

It has allowed organisers to meet the expected early high demand for a number of events in the festival, which starts on Friday, April 20, and continues for nine days.

It features a range of entertainment from music and drama to cinema and lunchtime talks, with a show by The Swinging Rascals - described as a 21st century Rat Pack act with an 11-piece live band - set to bring the event to a foot-tapping close.

Two of Thornbury’s own stars will be made especially welcome when TV food show producer Andy Clarke and Paralympian Kate Grey return to the town.

Andy has worked on high profile programmes such as Blue Peter and Saturday Kitchen for BBC1, James Martin’s French Adventure and James Martin’s American Adventure for ITV, as well as Richard and Judy on Channel 4.

Kate became a Paralympic swimmer who represeted GB for ten years and took part in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. She went on to become a broadcaster and was part of the broadcasting team covering the recent Winter Olympics.

On the drama front, the critically acclaimed Jane Eyre: an Autobiography will be performed by Rebecca Vaughan, while a wide range of music on offer comes courtesy of the Remi Harris Trio - gypsy swing, jazz and blues - the baroque ensemble Passacaglia and prize-winning flute and guitar duo Icaris.

Passacaglia has appeared at top venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank, has toured internationally and featured on many BBC and worldwide radio broadcasts.

Icaris comprises Vicky Guise and Will Browne, who completed their masters degrees at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and were artists in residence at the 2017 Cardiff Guitar Festival.

Visit for details of the performances and how to buy tickets. Brochures have also been distributed in Thornbury and surrounding areas.