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									Brighton Festival
May 5 – 27 2007 Booking opens: 2 March 2007 Ticket Office: 01273 709709 Website:
Three weeks of world class national and international events at the 41st Brighton Festival
England’s largest and most innovative arts festival is back this May, celebrating a wealth of local, national and international talent during three weeks. Brighton Festival has a growing reputation as the most exciting commissioning arts festival in the UK and offers an unrivalled programme of the highest calibre, giving a platform to some of the best Brighton-based creative talents, as well as bringing the best national and international artists. Brighton Festival also has a reputation for staging site specific performances, making the most of the City’s unique atmosphere. This year is no exception and events will take place in venues across the City ranging from the Regency grandeur of Brighton Dome and the Royal Pavilion to Glyndebourne, and from the former railway station car park to the Victorian police cells in the city’s Town Hall. This year’s highlights feature thirteen premieres including seven events produced or commissioned by Brighton Festival: Brighton Festival Productions and Commissions:  Classical/Film: For the Laurence Olivier centenary Henry V will be performed with live music by William Walton for the first time ever in its newly re-mastered digital form  Theatre: Commissioned by Brighton Festival, The Maids directed by Neil Bartlett to be found in the car park of the Old Ship Hotel  Books/debates: 41 Places is a collection of found narratives by journalist William Shaw displayed in different ways throughout the city  Theatre/Children: Them with Tales – two new works commissioned by Brighton Festival and an improvised work based on audience ideas, for adults and children alike  Dance: commissioned UK premiere of Import Export by Belgian dance company Les Ballets C. de la B.  Theatre: Harold Pinter’s short works in a variety of locations including police cells  Theatre: English premiere of Suspect Culture, National Theatre of Scotland and Brighton Festival’s co-production of Futurology: A Global Review Other Premieres  Music: World premiere of the iconic 90s film Run Lola Run exclusively presented with live music from The Bays  Classical: The Hispanic early music group Charivari Agreable give the world premiere performance of their new album  Opera: Purcell’s King Arthur in a new world premiere production by the returning opera company Armonico Consort  Opera: World premiere of Dido and Aenaes 1700 in a new extended version reconstructed by Philip Pickett  Performance: UK Premiere of PlayRec by KompleX KapharnauM at the New England development, formerly Brighton Station Car Park  Opera: Ensemble Musica a Palazzo present their own chamber version of Verdi’s La Traviata in a UK premiere promenade performance at the Royal Pavilion The complete Festival programme is available via and a little more information on a few of the highlights is available below:

Theatre Brighton Festival is known for commissioning high-quality and diverse theatre and this year is no exception. The world premiere performance of The Maids marks the first new UK production from internationally renowned theatre maker Neil Bartlett since stepping down as Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith in 2004. Jean Genet’s infamous theatrical fantasy will take place in that most iconic of all Brighton locations: an upstairs room in a seafront hotel…Also commissioned is another site specific performance, The New World Order, a series of Pinter’s political miniature’s set throughout Brighton’s Town Hall including the depths of the Victorian police cells. Dance Brighton Festival is proud to present the best in international contemporary dance, including the UK premiere of Import Export by renowned Belgian dance company Les Ballets C. de la B. This Brighton Festival co-commission combines dance, performance, acrobatics, live music and song in an athletic and adventurous investigation of powerlessness, all set to French Baroque music. Music The iconic 90s cult film Run Lola Run will be presented with live music by The Bays. The film's original soundtrack was the pulsing heartbeat of Lola's frantic race against time. Now, in the official world premiere, exclusive to Brighton Festival, electro-improv renegades The Bays return to Brighton to perform an exhilarating live improvised soundtrack to this cult classic. Classical One legendary film icon – Laurence Olivier. One classic movie – Henry V. One major 20th-century composer – William Walton. One long lost score. Add to this some revolutionary new technology, the pre-eminent conductor of his generation, Carl Davis, one of the world's greatest orchestras, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and over 200 performers, and you have this unique world premiere performance. Opera In 1852 the Fenice Theatre in Venice commissioned Verdi to write an opera which resulted in the ever popular La Traviata. So it is particularly fitting that a new chamber production of this classic opera will be performed by Italian Ensemble Musica a Palazzo, with singers and players drawn from Venice’s famed La Fenice, in this unique promenade performance set in various locations throughout the Royal Pavilion, where the intimate audience almost joins in! Books and debate Opening up the world of words and ideas is this programme of stimulating discussions, innovative collaborations, illuminating debate and audience interaction. From politics to poetry, from entertainment to environmentalism, it gives voice to the hottest topics and keenest minds. This year will include a fascinating variety of people ranging from Gordon Brown to Bernard-Henri Lévy and from tea at the Grand Hotel with Joan Bakewell to the annual Thomas Paine lecture which will be given by leading human rights speaker Shami Chakrabarti. A new commission for the 41st Brighton Festival year is 41 Places. This collection of found narratives by journalist William Shaw will tell a story about what happened to someone at a particular place. These short stories of an easy-to-read length will be displayed in different ways throughout the city – on street furniture, on pavements, on walls, in shop windows, at street corners, in phone boxes, on benches and many more accessible and enticing places. A map can guide you round them all in one day, or just discover them by chance.

Performance PlayRec is the UK premiere of a major outdoor installation piece by the highly acclaimed French company Komplex Kaphanaum. This multi-media company incorporates video, music, performance and work with local communities to create an audio-visual adventure in this site-specific promenade performance in the old Brighton Station car park. Outdoor events Brighton Festival’s Children's Parade is one of the most spectacular community events of its type anywhere in the country. Over 3000 participants from 70 schools and community groups take part in this riot of carnival colour through Brighton’s streets which open’s the Festival. This year’s parade culminates in Madeira Drive, where the children will sing City by the Sea which was written by West End musicals writer Stephen Clark and Mark Chadwick of The Levellers for the 40th celebrations last year. Performers from around the world descend on Brighton to join in the UK’s biggest celebration of street arts, Streets of Brighton. This forms an unmissable part of Brighton Festival and is a chance to see the highest quality in street arts ranging from comedy and live music to dance and circus.

Brighton Festival will run from May 5-27. Full programme information is available in several formats: For a brochure please call 01273 260 830 Online, please go to For further press information please contact one of the press team: Shelley Hughes on 01273 260 803 Ben Chamberlain on 0207 240 5220 or Anna Christoforou on 07818 035 690 or

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