Hay Festival 2020 Earlybirds

We are delighted to announce our earlybird tickets for events in 2020. We are particularly excited to be hosting Shakespeare's Globe on Tour. Please be aware that tickets for these events are extremely limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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Event 45

Jane Dodds, Fay Jones, Tom Davies

Hay Hustings

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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A hustings with the Liberal Democrat, elected MP earlier this year in a by-election, and the Conservative and Labour candidates for the Westminster parliamentary seat of Brecon & Radnor.  Farming subsidy, rural transport, affordable housing, the NHS, social care, living wage, the green new deal and Brexit will feature. The general election will be held on 12 December. Chaired by Oliver Bullough.
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Event 1

Nancy Lavin Albert

Hay Castle Update

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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When will it open? What’s inside? What will it look like? The MD of Hay Castle Trust will report on the restoration project, recounting the low points and highlights of the journey so far, with bats, medieval arches, roof tiles – and 90,000 metres of scaffolding thrown in for good measure. A glimpse into the inner workings of a large-scale heritage conservation project and some of the lessons learned along the way.

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Nancy Lavin Albert

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Derek Addyman, Ollie Cooke, Greg Coombs, Aubrey Fry, Ros Fry, Pat Thornton and friends

Long Live the King!

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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Booksellers and friends, courtiers and admirers remember the maverick visionary Richard Booth, King of Hay and founder of the international Book Town movement, who died this year at the age of 80. Come and celebrate the life and times of King Richard.

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Derek Addyman, Ollie Cooke, Greg Coombs, Aubrey Fry, Ros Fry, Pat Thornton and friends

Event 3

Mid Wales Opera presents Mrs Peachum's Guide to Love and Marriage

Venue: St Mary’s Church
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MWO's SmallStages team romps onto stage with a radical reworking of John Gay's 1728 work The Beggar's Opera. Join Mrs Peachum, her daughter Polly and the Beggar himself in their bawdy, ballsy take on relationships and the relative virtues of virginity.
Horrified to learn of Polly’s illicit marriage to an errant highwayman, Mrs P contrives to get the rascal hanged so Polly can claim the reward. Loyalty and love are put to the test as murder, rage and fury drive this rumbustious tragicomedy towards its conclusion. Will things really be left so unhappily and will Polly remain true to her man and abandon her mother to the lure of London Gin?
MWO are delighted to premiere this new one act opera, adapted by Richard Studer, in a new musical version by Jonathan Lyness, accompanied by MWO's SmallStages Ensemble of four musicians and starring Northern Irish mezzo Carolyn Dobbin as Mrs Peachum and Welsh soprano Alys Mererid Roberts as her feckless daughter.


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Mid Wales Opera presents Mrs Peachum's Guide to Love and Marriage

Event 4

Russell Kane talks to Oliver Bullough

Son of a Silverback

Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage
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“Dads: we become like them or we become their opposite. If they are absent, we pour energy into that void and it takes on any old random shape, like Terminator 2. Mind you, their over-presence can also be somewhat challenging. Maybe I do overplay the ‘Dad thing’, but I saw life through a big Dad-sized lens (probably meat-coloured, given the man’s brawn and his addiction to roasted proteins). I know, I know, the self-centred me generation – but it’s my honest experience of the world.” From one of Britain’s most popular and prolific comedians comes a hilarious and deeply moving memoir of life lived under the rule of a Silverback dad...

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Russell Kane talks to Oliver Bullough

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