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Line-Up Announced for Preston Live Arts Festival

Preston Live Artist Line Up

Preston Live Artist Line Up

21 May 2021

Preston Live Arts Festival, a celebration of arts, culture, and homegrown talent in Preston, announces the initial line-up for this year's Summer Festival which will run at venues across the city from 21 - 30 June 2021. 

Preston Live Arts Festival has something for the whole family. Tickets for the events go on sale today and can be purchased from the Preston Live website.

Get ready to pick your jaws up from the floor with Hey Presto-n!

Illusion and Magic

A night of illusion and Magic at the Charter Theatre on 30 June as a cast of incredible conjurers defy reality and blow you away with mind bending tricks!

The magical line up of superstar illusionists includes:

  • 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)
  • Alex Jenson's Matricks.

Two-nights of Comedy

Tickle your funny bones at Live From the Guild Hall a two-night comedy extravaganza on 21 and 26 June.

The first night features top family friendly Britain's Got Talent comedians such as:

  • Lost Voice Guy
  • Steve Royle
  • Jonny Awsum
  • Ben Hart.

Or for those with an adult sense of humour the second night is the perfect tonic with Preston legend Dan Nightingale leading a hilarious line up of comedians including:

  • Adam Rowe
  • Lauren Pattison
  • Paul Smith

This is a strictly 18 years + event.

Lockdown Stories

A series of Scratch Nights, Lockdown Stories, will celebrate the huge array of homegrown talent the city has to offer as selected artists of Preston share their lockdown stories.

Each performance night at the Charter Theatre will be a tapestry of short inventive pieces, commissioned especially for the festival.

Split across three nights and three specialties, dance, drama and spoken word on 22, 23 and 28 June; each evening will be a uniquely imaginative celebration of local voices and experiences.

Family Fest

Families can look forward to visiting the Family Fest which will be hosted at Avenham Park on 26 and 27 June where they can catch up with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show.

A theatrical recreation of Eric Carle's beautifully imaginative stories which features a menagerie of 75 loveable puppets faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle's stories:

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear
  • 10 Little Rubber Ducks
  • The Very Lonely Firefly
  • The star of the show The Very Hungry Caterpillar who celebrated its 50th birthday in 2019.

Preston's College Dance 'Unlocked

Preston's College will present Preston College Dance 'Unlocked' an evening of dance at the Guild Hall 25 June, from students who have worked with staff and other students to create exciting pieces over the previous year dancing in their kitchen garages and gardens! 

Finally able to bring this to life on stage for a live audience.


Local theatre company Create Theatre will bring together an evening of musical theatre at the Charter Theatre on 29 June celebrating the best of Preston's talent through the shows of London's West End in Prest-End! 

The concert production will be performed by a cast of local professionals and will also feature the talented students from Create Theatre Academy.

Expect a fantastic range of musical moments. With performances from many of the nation's favourite shows from Jersey Boys to Billy Elliot and Wicked to Les Miserables.

Mayor of Preston Councillor Javed Iqbal said:

 "We are delighted to announce our initial line-up for Preston Live Arts Festival which combines much-loved, high profile acts with a selection of specially commissioned projects from our local creative community, the response to which has been overwhelming.

It is brilliant that the city is being able to reopen safely and offer great arts, events and experiences for all the family"

Councillor Peter Kelly, Cabinet Member for Culture and Arts said:

"As Preston comes out of lockdown we are committed to working towards putting our arts and cultural offering firmly back on the map, rebuilding our live performance programme and local audiences. 

We see the Preston Live Arts Festival as a key catalyst for the growth and development of the city whilst also providing our residents and visitors fun and engaging events and activities for the whole family to enjoy".

With more to follow including a number of musical events, family workshops and a visual art exhibition follow Preston Live Arts Festival @PrestonArtsLive #PrestonLive.

Sign up for more information and book tickets on the Preston Live website.

Limited concessions will be available for Key workers to receive a 10% discount off ticket prices check the website for details.

Preston Live Arts Festival has been made possible following funding from the DCMS Cultural Recovery Fund

All events and performance will be compliant with all current government recommendations and legislation at the time of the event.

Details will be available on the Preston Live Arts Festival Website.

Preston Live Events Listing

  • Live at the Guild Hall - Comedy night 1 ( Lost Voice Guy, Steve Royle, Jonny Awsum, and Ben Hart) - Preston Guild Hall - 21-June 2021
  • Lockdown Stories Scratch nights - Drama - Charter Theatre Preston - 22-June 2021
  • Lockdown Stories Scratch nights - Dance - Charter Theatre Preston - 23 -June 2021
  • Preston College Dance 'Unlocked' - Preston Guild Hall  - 25-June 2021
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Family Fest Avenham Park 26 and 27-June 2021
  • Live at the Guild Hall - Comedy night 2 (Dan Nightingale Presents Paul Smith, Adam Rowe and Lauren Pattison - Preston Guild Hall - 26-June 2021 - (18+)
  • Lockdown Stories Scratch nights - Spoken Word - Charter Theatre Preston  - 28 - June 2021
  • Prest End! - Drama - Charter Theatre Preston - 29-June 2021
  • Hey Presto-n! - An Evening of Magic - Charter Theatre Preston - 30-June 2021

Additional Information 

  • Preston City Council actively applies and prioritises the principles of Community Wealth Building wherever applicable and appropriate. Community Wealth Building is an approach which aims to ensure the economic system builds wealth and prosperity for everyone. 
  • This programme of events has been made possible through the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund as well as match funding and technical support from Preston City Council.
  • The programme will take place before the end of June as per the stipulations of the funding.
  • The Guild Hall is being used to host this funded art programme, not for commercial use at this time.

About Selladoor

Selladoor Worldwide are an integral player in the UK and Ireland's regional theatre landscape and ever increasingly on a global scale.

From the very outset, Selladoor Worldwide's aim has been to make accessible work for our audiences, and their experience is at the heart of the company's artistic planning.

Our objective is to continue to encourage the next generation of theatregoers, and increase first-time attendance.

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