It is with much sadness that we have taken the decision to postpone our literature festival. Given current conditions and advice, we want to ensure that all our audiences, authors, volunteers and staff remain as healthy as possible and we feel it is our duty and responsibility to protect others by not proceeding with our events at this time.

We are currently investigating options for rescheduling events and ask that you bear with us in the meantime whilst we talk with different venues and authors. We are also in talks with our box office - run externally - and appreciate your patience whilst we finalise information for those who have purchased tickets for events due to take place at the end of March. We will keep you informed as soon as we have further information.

Thank you all for your continued support - as a charity we rely so much on income from our audiences and sponsors to keep running and hope that, however uncertain the future is at present, we can continue to bring high-quality, inspiring multi-arts experiences to the Midlands.

(Last Updated: 17th March)

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Published date: March 22, 2017
Last modified: March 22, 2017

Guest Artistic Director for 2018 announced

Lichfield Festival has named Damian Thantrey as Guest Artistic Director for the 2018 Festival.  The Midlands’ premier multi-arts festival announced that he will take over the reins from Sonia Stevenson, currently in her third year as Artistic Director, as she leaves to have a baby.

Born in Burton-on-Trent, Damian trained first as a lawyer before becoming a professional singer appearing on stages around the world.  More recently he has also moved into producing, and runs his own festival in the Northamptonshire village of Hargrave.

Damian Thantrey has produced several shows for Lichfield including the Mozart operas The Magic Flute in 2015 and last year’s Così fan tutte in which he also sang the role of Guglielmo.  This year, he will produce a celebration of Broadway legend Richard Rodgers with a cast of West End soloists and talented musicians from Chethams Music School, co-commissioned with Cheltenham Festival.

Speaking about the role, Damian Thantrey said, “I’m delighted to be appointed guest Artistic Director and am very much looking forward to planning next year’s Festival.  Being involved in a small way over the last three years has shown me the huge commitment, hard work and support that goes on behind the scenes and enables the Lichfield Festival to thrive; I will endeavour to match that with my own efforts for 2018!”