Ludlow Fringe Festival

Ludlow Fringe Festival is gearing up for its exciting, action-packed programme taking place live at covid-secure venues in the Ludlow area and online from 18 June to 19 July 2021 as well as an art and sculpture trail sure to suit its diverse and ever-growing audiences.

To support its ambitious programme, The Ludlow Fringe Festival has received a grant of £49,500 from the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund to help the organisation recover and reopen. More than £300 million has been awarded to thousands
of cultural organisations across the country including the Ludlow Fringe Festival in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund.

The grant will go towards supporting a mixed-model programme with live outdoor and indoor performances in carefully selected venues and a broad and diverse on-line programme of live streamed and pre-recorded performances from local, national and international artists of all genres. There is also a planned Art Trail with exhibitions in and around the beautiful medieval town of Ludlow and a Sculpture Trail held in the magical and inspiring grounds of Stokesay Court. The trails will feature uplifting, inspiring artworks from 60 exhibiting artists, painters, sculptors, makers, photographers and other creatives.

Shakespeare lovers will be overwhelmed for choice this year with a 6-night production of King Lear in the fabulous grounds of Stokesay Court, a one-night performance of Midsummer Night’s Dream by London-based Quantum Theatre, The Tragedy of Macbeth from award-winning Flabberghast Theatre and a radio play version of Midsummer Night’s Dream for listening at home and bought to you by 2 Score Theatre.

Comedy has always been a cornerstone of the Ludlow Fringe and this year is no exception. From stand up to mad-cap magical escapades from touring comedy theatre groups, there is sure to be some great opportunities for a much needed, rib-tickling laugh. Well-known names include Ivo Graham, Mark Thomas and Alex Kealy.

This year, the Ludlow Fringe’s Grand Finale will be a whole weekend of music and entertainment at the Ludlow Brewery. A chance to hear some great bands, relax, drink some of Britain’s finest ales and celebrate our local community with help from Chaos Theory, Shop Front Heroes, Fight the Bear and Call of the Kraken.

The Ludlow Fringe Festival is vital to the local community, drawing visitors and locals and
providing a much needed, economic boost to the town after a year constrained by pandemic restrictions. Artists who were deprived of outlets to pursue their passions will now be able to entertain audiences live. With more than 100 events, over 28 days, Ludlow Fringe aims to help everyone get back on their feet. Whether you enjoy music, comedy, theatre, film, cabaret, poetry, dance, visual art, workshops, talks, kid’s activities, or story- telling – there is a jam-packed schedule brimming with amazing talent to inspire and excite the senses. Plan your visit to Ludlow between 19 June – 18 July 2021 and take in some of these incredible performances covering a wide range of genres.

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