Line-up for the 2016 Lichfield Festival is unveiled

Comedian Rob Beckett and film critic Mark Kermode are among the stars set to appear at the 2016 Lichfield Festival.

Rob Beckett

Rob Beckett

The celebration of music, film, theatre, comedy, dance, visual arts and talks will take place from July 1 to 10 at venues across the city.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Lichfield Festival and will see appearances from the likes of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ballet Cymru and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

Others scheduled to appear include comedian Susan Calman, singers Kate Rusby and Claire Martin. There will also be a world premiere from composer in residence, Deborah Pritchard, and a specially-commissioned production of Mozart’s opera Così fan tutte.

Other highlights include a light show projection on the walls of Lichfield Cathedral, a ragdoll trail across the city and a festival fete.

Sonia Stevenson

Sonia Stevenson

Sonia Stevenson, artistic director of the Lichfield Festival said: “What makes the Lichfield Festival so special and unique is its history, its setting and its programme. This year is no exception.

“With a programme featuring major orchestras alongside star comedians, where big name authors rub shoulders with legends from folk and jazz, where all the family can enjoy a day out, and where you will laugh, sing and cry, this is a festival like no other.

“I’d urge people to come along in July and discover for themselves what the Lichfield Festival is all about.”

Full details and listings are available online. Tickets go on sale on April 21.

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