Stevenage Festival

STEVENAGE FESTIVAL - June 2019


The Stevenage Festival provides a showcase for the wealth of local artistic and performing talent to be found within the Stevenage area.

In 2019 we are holding our normal two-yearly festival with a number of events over a total of 11 days with a programme of fringe events. The heart of the Festival is at the Gordon Craig Theatre, enabling local people, particularly our talented youngsters, to realise a dream by performing on stage in their community's own theatre.

The Gordon Craig programme of events is listed below, but there are a number of vibrant Festival fringe of community arts events around Stevenage.

Wednesday 19th of June to Saturday 29th of June 2019

Click on links below to jump lower down the page for more details on the event.
Please note: The ticket prices at GCT have appeared to go up somewhat from last year however this price now includes the GCT booking Fees. So the ticket price below reflects the price per ticket you will pay...with no other charges. Also new this Festival is that some events have Family tickets, scroll down to find out which.

 

Wed 19
June
7:00pm

Stevenage Primary Schools

Gordon
Craig
Theatre

Primary Schools on stage

Our youngest participants from primary schools across the Stevenage area take to the stage to share their musical talent. Stevenage Festival is always pleased to give this opportunity to young people to enjoy the experience of performing on a big stage, supporting their first steps in musical performance.

Tickets: £11, No Concessions
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Thur 20
June
7:30pm

NO Knebworth Players event this year

Gordon
Craig
Theatre

WATCH THIS
SPACE

We will be trying to put other events here ... come back and check here often.

 

Fri 21
June
7:30pm

NO Knebworth Players event this year

Gordon
Craig
Theatre

WATCH THIS
SPACE

We will be trying to put other events here ... come back and check here often.

Fri 21
June
8:00pm

Parnassus Poetry present:
Words without frontiers

Gordon
Craig
Theatre

World Without Frontiers poster

The usual irreverent evening of poetry and music from the Parnassus poets where the raucous and the comedic mixes with the serious and the tragic and the thoughtful and contemplative, and sometimes all in the same poem or song.
Parnassus and their musical guest Don Court aim to cover all bases.

And for any students of language, Wah ak Sabarr means Words and Drums in Wollof...

Tickets: £ 6, No Concessions
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Sat 22
June
7:30pm

Philippine Theatre UK presents:
Papa Chie and the Summer Solstice Mystery

Gordon
Craig
Theatre

  

Philippine Theatre UK with European Network of Filipino Diaspora and Stevenage Filipino community presents the Show to Remember - Papa Chie and the Summer Solstice Mystery- an original production.

Tickets: £19, No Concessions
(Early Bird Offer £15 until end of March)
Family ticket (4 people to include one adult and one child) £70
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Sun 23
June
7:00pm

Sparks Theatre present:
Armadia

Gordon
Craig
Theatre

Join Aliana as she travels on a life changing adventure to the world of 'Armadia'. Through love and friendship she must find a way to overcome her fears and thoughts in a battle against evil and the hardest of enemy's...
Love...

Join us for this brand new musical at The Gordon Craig Theatre as part of The Stevenage Festival!

Tickets: £11, No Concessions
Family ticket (4 people to include 1 adult and 1 child) £37
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Mon 24
June
7:00pm

Secondary Schools present:
Magic of the Musicals

Gordon
Craig
Theatre

Dancing and aerial ballet on stage

Stevenage Secondary Schools come together to present an evening of music, dance and theatre.
You'll be amazed and inspired by the talent shown by these young people.

Tickets: £11, No Concessions
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Tue 24
June
7:00pm

Dance Extravaganza

Gordon
Craig
Theatre

Our Dance Extravaganza performance brings together pupils of all ages from Stevenage dance schools for an exciting and colourful evening featuring all styles and forms of dance.

Tickets: £11, No Concessions
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Wed 26
June
7:00pm

Herts Music Service present:
To the Stars!

Gordon
Craig
Theatre


(Image courtesy of Pexel and Studio 7042) 

Come and join our Senior wind band for a evening that will be quite literally out of this world!
Come on a journey through space and time, visit new worlds and experience alien civilisations. The evening will culminate in Nigel Hess' "To the Stars" - a fantastic musical trip to outer space to see the life forms that exist at the edge of the universe. The band will be joined by the Let's Sing children's Choir and Royston Youth Choir for this stellar performance.
Book early for what promises to be a fabulous evening.

Tickets: £11, No Concessions
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Thu 27
June
7:30pm

Jupiter Singers present:

Gordon
Craig
Theatre

 

Join the brand new 150 strong choir "The Jupiter Singers" for an evening of music, all accompanied by a live band and featuring solos & ensembles as well as huge vocal numbers from the choir. Expect to hear fantastic arrangements of great songs, including Life On Mars (David Bowie), I'm Still Standing (Elton John) and a selection from The Greatest Showman, along with many other well-loved songs from the 60's up to the present day. Evening conducted by Pippa D. Collins.

Tickets: £16, No Concessions
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Fri 28
June
7:30pm

London Show Choir

Gordon
Craig
Theatre

 

An outstanding, vibrant show choir on London's musical landscape is coming to the Gordon Craig Theatre for one night only. Having recently recorded at Abbey Road, Studio 1, with a top orchestra of West End players (click here to watch a YouTube video of part of the recording session), and having spent 2018 on tour supporting both Russell Watson and Kerry Ellis, the London Show Choir are fast becoming one of the go-to choirs. With their bespoke arrangements, stunning harmonies and exceptionally high standard, you won't be disappointed. This utterly unique choir will dazzle you with songs from the world of Musical Theatre, jazz and film.
This is a night not to be missed!
(With special guests & host to be announced.)

Tickets: £19, No Concessions
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Sat 29
June
7:00pm

Festival Finale:
Silver Anniversary Concert

Gordon
Craig
Theatre

2019 is a Special year for us... 25 years since the first Festival was put on.
This will be an evening of all sorts of Arts - dance and music - in solos and in choirs. Should be a very special evening.

As part of the concert there will be a special performance of Alanna's song Golden Wings by the combined choirs of Peartree School (where Alanna is a pupil) and the Let's Sing Children's Choir from Stevenage Music Centre.

Stevenage Arts Guild has commissioned James Treweek, a phenomenal pianist and prolific arranger who grew up in Stevenage, to arrange Alanna's song specially for the Stevenage Festival. James, together with other musicians will accompany the song. He will also be performing solo piano on the night.

James Treweek - Composer/arranger

Alanna's story:

Alanna first visited Stevenage Music Centre when she attended Singing Day in 2016. She then joined the Songwriter project as soon as she received the flyer from her school's music coordinator.

This very talented young musician loves singing and writing stories. For her songwriter combines the two activities she enjoys the most, as the project allows for her to sing and write about anything.

Alanna feels that if the unique opportunity Songwriter provides is not there; "More children will not have the time to be in a happy place."
Why this project offers something for every student is best described in Alanna's own words; "To be creative and educational at the same time. Creative is where you can just open a whole new world and write about anything you want. Educational if you want to be a singer songwriter the club helps you to get closer to that."

Alanna

Tickets: £11, No Concessions
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For information about other events that are taking place during this mini Festival please see the following list of Fringe Events.