Organisers of the 2021 Petworth Festival are pinning their hopes on the lifting of all restrictions on July 19.
The festival will go ahead either way, but without full lifting, it will certainly take a hit.
Stewart Collins, Petworth Festival’s artistic director, has put together an exciting programme on a scale similar to the programme he would have been offering in a normal year.
The problem, of course, is that this is not a normal year.
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Events will run between July 14 and 31.
The wide-ranging line-up of leading musicians and performers includes:
· Classical star-of-the-moment, saxophonist Jess Gillam, who appears with her new ensemble as part of their debut tour
· Multi-million selling author, comedian and former NHS doctor Adam Kay who brings his West End hit show This is Going to Hurt
· Living legends on the blues circuit, The Blues Band, fronted by Paul Jones who perform in the atmospheric Stable Yard of Petworth House
· Theatre-cabaret show Radio Live! a romp through 50 years of BBC Radio with Alistair McGowan, The Rev Richard Coles, Garry (‘here’s Garry with the sport’) Richardson, Charlotte Green and special guest Joe Stilgoe
· The Petworth Festival Summer Weekend, two days of free family theatre, hands-on participatory workshops, street acts and live music staged in the Pleasure Garden of Petworth House by permission of the National Trust
The box office is online 24/7 at www.petworthfestival.org.uk or on 01798 344576 Tues-Sat, 10am-1pm.