Preston fest announces line-up

Published: 23 May 2021
Reporter: David Upton

Preston Live Arts Festival

Preston Live Arts Festival, a celebration of arts, culture, and homegrown talent in the city, announces the initial line-up for events which will run at venues across the city from June 21–30.

Hey Presto-n! is a night of illusion and magic at the Charter Theatre on June 30 with a cast of conjurers including Jamie Raven (Britain’s Got Talent), Edward Hilsum (The Magic Circle Triple Crown Champion), Mark Shortland (from Penn and Teller Fool Us), Marcus Lewis (The Hypnotist) and Alex Jenson’s Matricks.

There’s a two-night comedy extravaganza on June 21 and 26. The first features BGT comedians such as Lost Voice Guy, Steve Royle, Jonny Awsum and Ben Hart. Or for those with an adult sense of humour, the second night sees Preston legend Dan Nightingale leading a line-up of comedians including Adam Rowe, Lauren Pattison and Paul Smith, strictly 18+.

A series of scratch nights, Lockdown Stories, will celebrate homegrown talent as selected artists share lockdown stories. Each performance night at the Charter Theatre will be a tapestry of short inventive pieces.

Families can look forward to visiting the Family Fest at Avenham Park June 26 & 27.

Preston College will present Unlocked, an evening of dance at the Guild Hall June 25.

Local theatre company Create brings together an evening of musical theatre at the Charter June 29.