Festival season beckons in Buxton

Published: 22 April 2012
Reporter: Steve Orme

Buxton Opera House is gearing up for a busy summer season which includes the Derbyshire town's annual festival and festival fringe, the Buxton Puppet Festival and the 19th international Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.

Highlights of the Buxton Festival from 7 until 25 July include Strauss's Intermezzo, Handel's Jephtha and The Turn of the Screw by Britten.

The festival fringe, one of the largest in England, runs from 4 until 22 July, making way for the puppets which are back for their tenth year in the town with a selection of performances and workshops from 23 until 28 July.

The Opera House and the Pavilion Arts Centre will host the Gilbert and Sullivan Festival which runs from 28 July until 18 August.

The new season at the Opera House which runs until October will include John Godber's Weekend Breaks from 3 until 5 May; Clive Francis's adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles from 17 until 19 May; Murder Mistaken by Janet Green from 6 until 9 June; Alan Ayckbourn's Intimate Exchanges from 14 until 16 June; the life story of Glenn Miller in Bugle Boy from 30 August until 1 September; Melvyn Hayes and Katy Manning in You're Only Young Twice from 6 until 8 September; Hull Truck's presentation of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde from 20 until 22 September; and Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat from 16 until 20 October.

Outdoor theatre features a break from the usual Shakespeare as Cambridge Touring Theatre presents King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone on 30 June and 1 July; and Chapterhouse Theatre performs Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest on 11 and 12 August.