Haverhill Festival, learn how Shakespeare’s actor danced from London to Norwich

PUBLISHED: 17:12 19 June 2017

Haverhill Arts Festival

Haverhill Arts Festival


The story of how in 1599, Will Kemp, an actor in Shakespeare’s company danced his way from London to Norwich will be told as part of Haverhill Festival, which is running until July 1.

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On Thursday, June 29, the musicians Ancestral Voices will use music of the period and readings from Kemp’s own account of his journey to tell his tale.

Other events include an Armed Forces Day in the town on Saturday, June 24, where there will be stalls, street entertainment and military vehicles as well as a flag raising ceremony and parades.

Sponsored by the town council, the festival includes comedy and family days. The choir, Africa Entsha will sing Zulu songs on Friday, June 16, (7.30pm, tickets £8.50 and £6.) The ELO play on Saturday, June 17 with lights, projections and lasers (8pm. Tickets £13.50).

On Saturday, June 24, there is the Vera Lynn Story. How did a young woman from East Ham become the most famous singer of her era? When the Second Word War began, she thought “there goes my singing career”. Sometimes, it’s wonderful to be wrong.

Saxophonist Snake Davis and his band’s show Classic Sax Solos is on Sunday, June 25.

On Saturday July 1, the Haverhill Street Festival will see the town centre populated by all sorts of weird and wonderful characters to entertain you as you shop and if you get thirsty, you can always grab a beer at the food, drink and beer festival on the Market Square.

To find out more about the festival download the brochure from Haverhill Town Council’s website or call Haverhill Arts Centre Box Office on 01440 714140.


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