|May 25, 2012||to||June 3, 2012|
The 23rd Charleston Festival sets the mood for this year‚s celebrations, anniversaries and landmarks – Dickens bi-centenary; Captain Scott‚s centenary; Alan Turing‚s 100th; the Jubilee and the Olympics ˆ with a bountiful list of speakers and performers, many tying in with public events and preoccupations, both national and international.
PILGRIMAGES: Annie Leibovitz reveals her most personal collection of images; David Wilson discovers the lost photographs of Captain Scott; Wade Davis mourns Mallory‚s doomed attempt on Everest; Andrew Motion returns to Treasure Island; Robert Macfarlane and Ronald Blythe explore rural landscapes; Michael Frayn escapes to Skios.
THE WORLD AT WAR: Alan Hollinghurst invents a legendary WW1 poet; Matthew Hollis follows Edward Thomas to the trenches; Ian McEwan and Asa Briggs commemorate Alan Turing and Bletchley Park; William Boyd fictionalises World War 11 intelligence; Max Hastings conveys the terror and the pity of the Second World War.
REVOLUTIONS: Andrew Miller evokes pre-revolutionary Paris; Ahdaf Soueif and Jon Snow bear witness in Tahir Square; Paul Mason wonders why it is kicking off everywhere; John Lanchester and Robert Skidelsky question how much capital is enough.
ART: Brian Sewell remains an outsider; Fiona MacCarthy re-evaluates Edward Burne-Jones.
CELEBRATIONS: Claire Tomalin congratulates Dickens; Michael Pennington, Tim Pigott-Smith and others perform Simon Gray‚s Little Nell; Chad Harbach considers whether sport illuminates the human condition; Andrew Marr analyses modern monarchy.
PLUS: Joanna Lumley, Ruth Rendell, Hannah Rothschild, Kate Summerscale, Jeanette Winterson, Marina Warner, Edmund White and many more.
AND ALSO: BBC Radio 4‚s Start the Week comes from Charleston; Faber Academy taster workshops; Annie Leibovitz Exhibition in the Charleston Gallery.
„Follow the vibe at the Charleston Festival: from Tahir Square to the Square Mile; the English rural idyll to the New York Jazz scene; revolutionary Paris to Bletchley Park; Ab Fab to Accrington; sensuous art to pioneering photography; heroic explorers to A list novelists‰. Diana Reich – Artistic Director
Events take place in a traditional marquee in the grounds of Charleston, which nestles under the South Downs between Brighton and Eastbourne. Shuttle bus service from Lewes Station to/from all events.
Tickets available from Monday 27th February: Brighton Dome Ticket Office: 01273 709 709 www.brightonticketshop.com
Friday 25 May 3.30 pm Absolutely: Joanna Lumley with Colin McKenzie
Friday 25 May 6 pm Tahir Square: Ahdaf Soueif and Jon Snow
Friday 25 May 8 pm Going Viral: Paul Mason with Caroline Lucas
Saturday 26 May 12 pm A Sense of Place: Robert Macfarlane and Ronald Blythe
Saturday 26 May 2.30 pm The Good Life?: John Lanchester and Robert Skidlesky
Saturday 26 May 5 pm Pure: Andrew Miller with Kate Williams
Saturday 26 May 7.30 pm Roads to France: Matthew Hollis with Marcel Theroux
Sunday 27 May 12 pm The Invention of Adultery: Kate Summerscale with Judith Flanders
Sunday 27 May 2.30 pm Mistress of the Plot: Ruth Rendell with Peter Kemp
Sunday 27 May 5 pm All that Jazz: Hannah Rothschild with Bonnie Greer
Sunday 27 May 7.30 pm Feats of Endurance: Wade Davis and David Wilson with Sara Wheeler
Wednesday 30 May 3.30 pm Pilgrimage: Annie Leibovitz with Giles Waterfield
Wednesday 30 May 6 pm States of Play: Chad Harbach and Anthony Quinn with Ed Emith
Wednesday 30 May 8 pm The Stranger‚s Child: Alan Hollinghurst with Rachel Cooke
Thursday 31 May 3.30 pm The Outsider: Brian Sewell
Thursday 31 May 6 pm All Hell Let Loose: Max Hastings
Thursday 31 May 8 pm Special Relationships: Asa Briggs and Ian McEwan
Friday 1 June 3.30 pm Resurrections: Andrew Motion, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya and Francesca Segal with Jenny Uglow
Friday 1 June 6 pm The Diamond Queen: Andrew Marr
Friday 1 June 8pm Best Friends: Edmund White and Bethan Roberts with Damian Barr
Saturday 2 June 12 pm The Call of the Wild: Tim Jeal and Christopher Ondaatje with Sigrid Rausing
Saturday 2 June 2.30 pm Skios: Michael Frayn with Lynne Truss
Saturday 2 June 5 pm Waiting for Sunrise: William Boyd with Virginia Nicholson
Saturday 2 June 7.30 pm Mothers and Daughters: Jeanette Winterson
Sunday 3 June 12 pm High Society: Jessica Fellows and Juliet Nicolson
Sunday 3 June 2.30 pm Myths and Magic: Fiona MacCarthy and Marina Warner with Frances Spalding
Sunday 3 June 5 pm The Inimitable: Claire Tomalin with Michael Farthing
Sunday 3 June 7.30 pm Festival Finale ˆ Little Nell by Simon Gray