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: July 18, 2017
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Young Critics Review: Pride and Prejudice Live

The Lichfield Festival Young Critics are all aged 18 and under.  They attend a number of events at the Lichfield Festival and send us their review within 24 hours.  

Pride and Prejudice Live

The reading of the well-loved novel “Pride and Prejudice” at the Lichfield Garrick on Friday night was a very captivating and engrossing performance.

Beverly Klein was a wonderful stand–in, who held the attention of the audience well. Klein was accompanied by the two instrumentalists, a pianist and violinist, who tied the story together. The narrator was animated and hugely engaging. Whenever the regal Lady Catherine de Burgh spoke, Klein would put on a disgusted, imperious voice and manner, which added humour. The repetition of the short sentences made Lady Catherine seem more controlling, meanwhile enriching her character.

I particularly enjoyed the way the music complemented the story, for example, when Darcy refuses to dance the music accompanying abruptly stops reflecting the shock of Elizabeth and those at the Meryton assembly. In contrast, the “charming Mr. Bingley” was complemented by the violinist, Matthew Trusler, who played in a light, airy and bouncy manner because as a character he was more popular with Hertfordshire society. Later, the pianist, Ashley Wass, played in a march- style in response to the introduction of the new character of Mr. Wickham and the Officers.

Especially entertaining was the proposal scene when Mr. Collins’ short sentences alternated with Elizabeth’s . Each part of the conversation was interrupted by the violin whose notes reflected Elizabeth’s increasing horror. This was one my favourite parts.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this performance and thought it as “remarkably accomplished!”

By Emily Robson

Young Critic