King's Lynn: Otherwise known as Festival Town
From the evidence of last weekend’s cultural events in Lynn as two festivals, the King’s Lynn Festival Extra and the King’s Lynn Shakespeare Festival, were on show, this town must now be considered as one of the leading Festival Towns in the country, both in terms of quantity and quality!
Of course, the main draw was the very welcome and eagerly awaited appearance of one of the country’s finest and most distinguished actors, Sir Ian McKellen.
He gave two guest performances, both sold out well in advance.
The show that I attended was a tour de force, witty, warm and light hearted at times, with many hilarious anecdotes coming from his fascinating life, and then on the more serious side moving speeches from Shakespeare and other fine poets and writers.
Entertainment at all levels of the highest standard and professionalism, from start to finish. A warm man who engaged with the audience both off and on stage and it was a privilege to meet him informally.
Just as enjoyable was a celebratory performance of Shakespeare entitled: The Ages of Man given by Festival Artistic Director Andrew Jarvis.
Andrew has been a professional actor for 50 years and seems to be involved in all things Shakespearean. His great experience and enthusiasm is proving to be a great asset both to the Theatre Company and the cultural life of our area.
Other Shakespeare Festival events included a practical Shakespeare acting workshop, and talks by leading Shakespearean scholars on all aspects of The Bard. St. George’s Guildhall, where Shakespeare may well have performed in 1592 was at the centre of the weekend’s events. Congratulations to Andrew and all involved!
For further details do visit the Theatre Company’s website: kingslynnshakespeare.com
Alongside the Shakespeare Festival, the King’s Lynn Festival Extra took place and here also was a fine feast of events.
Concerts, talks, exhibitions and one of Dr. Paul Richard’s popular walks were held with the Elizabethan era at it’s centre.
There is still enough time to view the exhibitions at St. George’s Courtyard, PE30 1EU . At The Fermoy Gallery, Landscape in Abstraction, consisting of Modern and Contemporary Art from Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery is well worth a visit, as is the Connect Exhibition at The Red Barn, in partnership with Stories of Lynn. Both exhibitions finish tomorrow.
The King’s Lynn Festival holds many exciting events throughout the year, and of course, July 14-27 is when there is much more to enjoy.
Pick up one of the Festival brochures now or visit: www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk to learn more about events not included here.
Congratulations to all involved with these festivals, including the volunteers, for providing and devising this enriching cultural entertainment and scholarship.