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Plenty of entertainment on offer at the Lichfield Festival including Ruth Rendell, Paul Merton and Lord Paddy Ashdown

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: July 04, 2014

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ENTERTAINMENT including funny man Paul Merton, crime writer Ruth Rendell and jazz legend Courtney Pine will be on offer at the Lichfield Festival.

The annual event starts tomorrow and runs until July 13, bringing 10 days of music, dance, drama, poetry, literature and art to the city.

Former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown will also give the Lichfield Lecture at 12.45pm on Wednesday.

The festival kicks off tomorrow with the Brodsky Quartet at St Michael's Church at 3.30pm. Performances in the evening include Clare Teal at Lichfield Cathedral, comedy show Fascinating Aida at the Garrick and Julie Madly Deeply at the Garrick Studio.

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Saturday will include a Florette Festival market, with Paul Merton's Impro Chums at the Garrick Theatre at 8pm.

Ruth Rendell is in the city on Sunday at 12.30pm at the Garrick, followed by television funny man and writer Charlie Higson at 2.30pm.

Performances continue throughout the week with Ji Liu on the piano in the Young Artist concert on Monday, television journalist Peter Snow at the George Hotel on Tuesday and Miles Jupp on stage at the Garrick, on Tuesday.

The John Wilson Orchestra celebrates Frank Sinatra at Lichfield Cathedral at 7.30pm, Once Upon a Time in a Western takes to the Garrick stage on July 10, from 8pm, The Great War, an evening of poetry and remembrance, takes place at the National Memorial Arboretum on July 11, luminosity workshops for youngsters, a vintage tea party and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at Lichfield Cathedral on July 12, as well as jazz musician Courtney Pine at the Garrick at 8pm.

The festival concludes on July 13 with talks by authors Rod Liddle and Sir Hew Strachan, both at the George Hotel.

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