The Festival on The Close with Cancer Research UK is four days of pulsating music, dance, comedy and drama, there is something for everyone with hundreds of free creative workshops and unique once in a lifetime experiences for children working with professional artists. 

An Evening with Dolly Alderton - Mon 24 June

A unique event to hear the multi-talented author, journalist, presenter and film director Dolly Alderton talk about her life and work. Dolly Alderton is a columnist for The Sunday Times Style, co-host of the current affairs and pop culture podcast The High Low and author of the best-selling memoir Everything I Know About Love.

The Industry - an evening with TV and film makers - Mon 24 June

A fascinating panel event with leading figures from the TV and Film industry. Panel includes Laura Neal, best known as writer on the popular Netflix series Sex Education.

39 Steps adapted from the novel by John Buchan (Student Performance) - Mon 24 June

Alfred Hitchcock’s film version classic spy thriller, The 39 Steps, comes to life in this hilarious Rugby School student production directed by Andy Chessell.

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra​ - Mon 24 June

NYJO is world-famous as a glittering showcase for the UK’s best young jazz musicians. Under the direction of Mark Armstrong, the orchestra deftly mixes established classics from the big band repertoire, new work by composers at the leading-edge of the art-form and special arrangements by band members.

The Cancer Research UK Comedy Night with Jason Manford and special guests - Tues 25 June

An uproarious evening of live stand-up comedy right here at The Festival on The Close as the one and only Jason Manford headlines this fantastic charity event.

Monologue Slam (Student Performance)​ - Tues 25 June

Join some of Rugby School's most talented young actors, many of whom are current LAMDA students in a back-to-back celebration of all things monologue. Directed by Kim Thompson.

West End to Broadway - Rugby School students' musical theatre (Student Performance)​ - Tues 25 June

Enjoy an evening of musical theatre treats with our talented students' own interpretations of some of their favourite showstoppers.

The Shadow Maker by Nick Fisher (Student Performance)​ - Tues 25 June

A brand new play by Nick Fisher with original music by Rob Colley. At the end of World War II, Oppenheimer was one of America's preeminent physicists. By 1953, he was denied security clearance amidst allegations that he was a communist. He prioritised his loyalties with a moral ambiguity. 
The shadow of his legacy lingers around the world today. 

STOMP with student stompers - Tues 25 June

A memorable performance as members of the world-famous percussion-dance-theatre sensation Stomp perform live with over 100 local school students at The Festival on The Close.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical direct from the West End in London - Wed 26 June

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical has been a rip-roaring success since the show started in 2008. It has had eleven sell-out years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, two West End runs, an Olivier award and a BBC Radio 4 series.

My Kind of Michael by Nick Cassenbaum​ - Wed 26 June

Nick Cassenbaum returns to the Macready Theatre following his international hit show Bubble Schmeisis(“generous and poignant”★★★★ The Stage). This time he has created a passionate and playful tribute to his childhood hero, Michael Barrymore.

Gravity & Gibbon - A Dance Theatre Double Bill by Motionhouse & Gibbon by Patfield & Triguero, co-produced by Gandini Juggling​ - Wed 26 June

Gravity by Motionhouse

As we approach 50 years since the first moon landing, this brand new duet Gravity combines hand-to hand acrobatics with Motionhouse’s signature contact choreography. Using breath-taking balances and extraordinary trust, Gravity sees two white-clad performers in an evocative exploration of weightlessness and zero gravity. An overwhelming sense of isolation underlies the precise, haunting choreography.

Gibbon by Patfield & Triguero, co-produced by Gandini Juggling

Gibbon is a surreal and charming feast of juggling choreography, with a sense of humour and a hint of absurdity. Achieving success while masking failure, a narrative is formed as the action cuts between the creation and the execution of hypnotic patterns and juggling movement sequences.

Hometown Glory – with Natalie Black as Adele plus full live band - Thurs 27 June

Hometown Glory is the ultimate tribute to the world famous and much loved soul singer Adele. This award winning show which has been performing around the world since 2011 is recognized as the UK's number 1 choice for Adele fans everywhere.

21 Futures by Olly Hawes (Student Performance)​ - Thurs 27 June

Olly Hawe's brand new absurd comedy takes a sideways look at the lives of modern teenagers on the brink of futures they can't yet begin to imagine. A cast of 21 talented young actors present a wildly satirical vision of modern society: vapid, vacuous and vain.

Team of the Decades by Will Dickie​ - Thurs 27 June

In this team, there’s 1 coach, 1 captain, and 10 of you. The pitch extends beyond the park, along the pavements and out of the city. This is a game about figure and ground, strength and weakness, fathers and sons, collisions and hugs.

Monteverdi's Flying Circus - a concert of choral music (Student Performance)​​ - Thurs 27 June

Join Rugby School's Head of Vocal Studies - acclaimed international tenor  - James Oxley with some of Rugby School's finest young choral singers in a stunning concert of early music from composers including Dowland, Schütz, Lully and Monteverdi.

The Art of Science - A lecture by Nick Fisher​​​ - Thurs 27 June

Fellow of the Institute of Physics and former IOP and Salters Physics Teacher of the Year, the wonderfully entertaining Nick Fisher returns to The Festival on The Close to discuss how both art and science have influenced our culture, modern society and the way we see the universe. The presentation illuminates the intersections between Art and Science, explores their relationships, their mutual influences and the common themes which have resonated during their historical journey.

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