Stand up for comedian Jeremy Hardy - the opening act for Thornbury Arts Festival 2018
Published on: 01 Sep 2017
COMEDIAN Jeremy Hardy will launch the next Thornbury Arts Festival when he performs on the opening night of the 2018 event.
A regular on The News Quiz on Radio 4, his other work on the station includes Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation, I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and You’ll Have Had Your Tea.
Television work ranges from Blackadder Goes Forth, Loose Talk, Saturday Live and Now Something Else with Rory Bremner.
Hardy has also been in three films and written several books but he is still a stand-up comic, performing his one-man show in theatres and arts centres throughout Britain and Ireland, and is part of the live touring version of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.
The festival will run next spring from Friday, April 20, to Saturday, April 28, and the early confirmation by the organising team of Jeremy Hardy’s appearance comes just a few months after completion of the successful 2017 festival.
Also booked for 2018 is the Birmingham Town Hall Gospel Choir, winners of the first Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year.
The choir describes itself as a family of individuals from all walks and backgrounds with a love of singing unifying them.
With nearly 40 members and a long waiting list, its many projects have included singing with opera star Sir Willard White and the South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela.
If she hadn’t been so busy with touring dates at home and abroad, this year’s festival would have featured actor Rebecca Vaughan and her award winning drama Jane Eyre: an Autobiography. It meant her appearance in Thornbury was delayed but she has now been confirmed as part of the 2018 event.
Her dramatisation of the well-loved Charlotte Bronte classic won top reviews at the Edinburgh Festival and is expected to be among the highlights of Thornbury’s programme.
Festival organisers are still working on the remaining programme and will announce other acts as they are booked. Tickets will go on sale at a later date.