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The Charleston Trust

Charleston,
Firle,
Lewes,
East Sussex,
BN8 6LL

Charleston Festival 2017

To book all day tickets or all event tickets, please scroll down to the bottom of this page.

HERALDING THE HOGARTH PRESS - Friday 19 May

Hermione Lee, Deborah Levy and Juliet Nicolson celebrate the innovative Press founded by Leonard and Virginia Woolf in 1917.

Tickets include:

  • Heralding The Hogarth Press - Single Ticket £17.00

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A WOMAN’S WORK - Friday 19 May

Harriet Harman and Lennie Goodings consider the legacy of Bloomsbury women in relation to current feminism.

Tickets include:

  • A Woman's Work - Single Ticket £20.00

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IN THE WINGS - Friday 19 May

Simon Morrison, Tamara Rojo and Judith Mackrell expose backstage Bolshoi Ballet scandals and the UK equivalents.

Tickets include:

  • In The Wings - Single Ticket £20.00

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BRINGING HOME THE NEWS - Friday 19 May

John Simpson and Christina Lamb honour the role of foreign correspondents, past and present.

Tickets include:

  • Bringing Home The News - Single Ticket £20.00

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HAUNTINGS - Saturday 20 May

Laura Elkin and Deborah Levy reveal the extent of Virginia Woolf’s influence on their work to Catherine Taylor

Tickets include:

  • Hauntings - Single Ticket £14.00

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LES PARISIENNES - Saturday 20 May

Anne Sebba with Carmen Callil uncover the impact of the German Occupation on Parisian women.

Tickets include:

  • Les Parisiennes - Single Ticket £17.00

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FEMMES FATALES - Saturday 20 May

Artemis Cooper and Edmund Gordon compare their biographies of Elizabeth Jane Howard and Angela Carter with Catherine Taylor

Tickets include:

  • Femmes Fatales - Single Ticket £17.00

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RUSSIAN ROULETTE - Saturday 20 May

Anna Pasternak and Douglas Smith contrast stories of legendary Russian figures, Rasputin and Boris Pasternak with Catherine Taylor.

Tickets include:

  • Russian Roulette - Single Ticket £14.00

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TURNER V MONET - Saturday 20 May

Franny Moyle and Ross King debate the genius of Turner and Monet. Virginia Nicholson moderates. The audience decides.

Tickets include:

  • Turner V Monet - Single Ticket £17.00

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BABYBOOMER BLUES - Sunday 21 May

William Nicholson, Miranda Sawyer and Imogen Lycett Green analyse male and female mid-life crises.

Tickets include:

  • Babyboomer Blues - Single Ticket £14.00

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THE EMPATHY INSTINCT - Sunday 21 May

Peter Bazalgette and Robert McCrum extol the virtues of putting oneself into the shoes of others.

Tickets include:

  • The Empathy Instinct - Single Ticket £20.00

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THE LAST TABOO - Sunday 21 May

Julia Samuel, Cathy Rentzenbrink and Bella Pollen exchange strategies for dealing with death and grief.

Tickets include:

  • The Last Taboo - Single Ticket £14.00

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BETWEEN THEM - Sunday 21 May

The great American author, Richard Ford, discusses his Southern States family background with Olivia Cole.

Tickets include:

  • Between Them - Single Ticket £20.00

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SPIRITUAL SPLENDOUR - Sunday 21 May

Simon Jenkins and Christopher de Hamel rejoice in remarkable manuscripts and spectacular cathedrals.

Tickets include:

  • Spiritual Splendour - Single Ticket £17.00

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WHAT WE CANNOT KNOW - Monday 22 May

Marcus du Sautoy suggests there are more things in heaven and earth than we comprehend.

Tickets include:

  • What We Cannot Know - Single Ticket £20.00

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THE CHARLESTON-EFG JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES PRIZE - Monday 22 May

This year's recipient, Professor Stephen Hawking, delivers a talk and accepts the Prize.

Tickets include:

  • The Keynes Prize - Single Ticket £30.00

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CHARLESTON FESTIVAL DINNER - Tuesday 23 May

Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg discusses the current assault on liberal values with Isabel Hilton; Min Kym laments her lost Stradivarius and plays the violin.

Tickets include:

  • Charleston Festival Dinner - Single Ticket £110.00
  • Charleston Festival Dinner - Table of 10 £990.00

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AFTER J’ACCUSE - Wednesday 24 May

Michael Rosen and Caroline Lucas are shocked by the price Émile Zola had to pay for defending Alfred Dreyfus.

Tickets include:

  • After J'Accuse - Single Ticket £17.00

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TOUCH - Wednesday 24 May

Maggi Hambling talks with Simon Martin about her celebrated and controversial artistic career.

Tickets include:

  • Touch - Single Ticket £20.00

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BEYOND LUCY BARTON - Wednesday 24 May

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Elizabeth Strout, talks to Claire Armitstead about her new book Anything is Possible.

Tickets include:

  • Beyond Lucy Barton - Single Ticket £20.00

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EAST WEST STREET - Wednesday 24 May

Philippe Sands, lawyer and winner of the Baillie Prize, speaks with Maureen Freely about crimes against humanity.

Tickets include:

  • East West Street - Single Ticket £17.00

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DESIGN MUSEUM 2.0 - Thursday 25 May

Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, discusses his vision for their new building with Dinah Casson.

Tickets include:

  • Design Museum 2.0 - Single Ticket £14.00

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REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST - Thursday 25 May

Elif Shafak and Madeleine Thien exchange literary and world views with Arifa Akbar.

Tickets include:

  • Remembrance Of Things Past - Single Ticket £20.00

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COMMONWEALTH - Thursday 25 May

American novelist Ann Patchett unravels family secrets with Claire Armitstead.

Tickets include:

  • Commonwealth - Single Ticket £20.00

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TRAGI-COMIC - Thursday 25 May

Israeli author Dorit Rabinyan converses with former Canon of St Paul’s, Giles Fraser.

Tickets include:

  • Tragi-Comic - Single Ticket £17.00

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BEHIND THE HOARDINGS: CENTENARY PROJECT TOUR - Friday 26 May

Join architect Jamie Fobert on a hard hat tour of Charleston’s ambitious Centenary Project. With Alistair Burtenshaw, Terry Reeves and Nick Rose.

Tickets include:

  • Behind The Hoardings - Single Ticket £15.00

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TEA AND TEQUILA - Friday 26 May

Joanna Moorhead and Joanna Biggs discuss the life of Leonora Carrington, surrealist artist and writer.

Tickets include:

  • Tea And Tequila - Single Ticket £14.00

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FESTIVAL DEBATE: Originality in Literature is Overrated - Friday 26 May

John Mullan and Maggie Gee pit tradition against novelty. Christina Patterson moderates. The audience votes.

Tickets include:

  • Festival Debate - Single Ticket £17.00

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LES MISÉRABLES - Friday 26 May

David Bellos and William Nicholson divulge the dramatic story behind Victor Hugo’s masterpiece.

Tickets include:

  • Les Misérables - Single Ticket £17.00

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HOUSE OF NAMES - Friday 26 May

Novelist Colm Tóibín re-imagines Greek classics with Charlotte Higgins.

Tickets include:

  • House Of Names - Single Ticket £20.00

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EYEWITNESS TO REVOLUTION - Friday 26 May

Helen Rapport, Robert Skidelsky and Jonathan Heawood delve into Russian history and society from the Tsars to Putin.

Tickets include:

  • Eyewitness To Revolution - Single Ticket £14.00

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ROGUES’ GALLERY - Saturday 27 May

Philip Hook and Georgina Adam investigate corruption and scandal in the art market.

Tickets include:

  • Rogues' Gallery - Single Ticket £14.00

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LABOURS OF LOVE - Saturday 27 May

Ida John (wife of Augustus) and Stanley Spencer are assessed by their descendants Rebecca John and John Spencer. Chaired by Jane Ridley.

Tickets include:

  • Labours Of Love - Single Ticket £14.00

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CIVILISATION - Saturday 27 May

David Olusoga, James Stourton and Frances Spalding re-visit the BBC's groundbreaking series.

Tickets include:

  • Civilisation - Single Ticket £17.00

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THE ESSEX SERPENT - Saturday 27 May

Sarah Perry and Lucy Atkins follow the trail of the mythological beast from first idea to bestseller.

Tickets include:

  • The Essex Serpent - Single Ticket £20.00

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THE ROBBER OF YOUTH - Saturday 27 May

Linda Grant and Kathryn Lougheed dissect the history and treatment of tuberculosis in fact and fiction with Michael Farthing.

Tickets include:

  • The Robber Of Youth - Single Ticket £14.00

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MOUNTAIN OF LIGHT - Sunday 28 May

William Dalrymple and Anita Anand trace the chequered history of the Koh-i-Noor diamond.

Tickets include:

  • Mountain Of Light - Single Ticket £20.00

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HARPER’S BAZAAR’S 150TH - Sunday 28 May

Justine Picardie and Erdem Moralioglu delve into archives to discover the magazine's relationship with writers and artists.

Tickets include:

  • Harper's Bazaar's 150th - Single Ticket £17.00

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HAMLET: GLOBE TO GLOBE - Sunday 28 May

Dominic Dromgoole, former artistic director of the Globe Theatre, recollects performances of Hamlet in every country in the world with Michael Farthing.

Tickets include:

  • Hamlet - Single Ticket £17.00

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VANESSA ON VANESSA - Sunday 28 May

Esteemed actress Vanessa Redgrave reads the letters of Bloomsbury artist Vanessa Bell. Joined by Virginia Nicholson who puts her grandmother's letters in context.

Tickets include:

  • Vanessa On Vanessa - Single Ticket £30.00

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HABITATS - Monday 29 May

Nicholas Crane, Adrian Tinniswood and Tom Stuart-Smith enjoy the landscape and country houses on Bank Holiday Monday.

Tickets include:

  • Habitats - Single Ticket £14.00

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STILL LIFE - Monday 29 May

Susan Fletcher and Bernadette Murphy share their fascination with tortured artist Van Gogh with Frances Spalding

Tickets include:

  • Still Life - Single Ticket £14.00

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SOLACE - Monday 29 May

Helen Macdonald, Fiona Stafford and Sue Stuart-Smith exult in the ability of the natural world to inspire and heal.

Tickets include:

  • Solace - Single Ticket £20.00

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HUMPHRIES’ CHOICE - Monday 29 May

Entertainer Barry Humphries reveals his passion for literature and music.

Tickets include:

  • Humphries' Choice - Single Ticket £30.00

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Other tickets / extras

Item Price Qty Subtotal
Friday 19 May All Day Ticket
Includes entry to 4 events: Heralding the Hogarth Press; A Woman’s Work; In the Wings; Bringing Home the News.
£70.00 Sold Out £0.00
Saturday 20 May All Day Ticket
Includes entry to 5 events: Hauntings; Les Parisiennes; Femmes Fatales; Russian Roulette; Turner V Monet
£70.00 Sold Out £0.00
Sunday 21 May All Day Ticket
Includes entry to 5 events: Babyboomer Blues; The Empathy Instinct; The Last Taboo; Between Them; Spiritual Splendour
£75.00 Sold Out £0.00
Wednesday 24 May All Day Ticket
Includes entry to 4 events: After J’Accuse; Touch; Beyond Lucy Barton; East West Street
£65.00 £0.00
Thursday 25 May All Day Ticket
Includes entry to 4 events: Design Museum 2.0; Remembrance of Things Past; Commonwealth; Tragi-Comic
£65.00 £0.00
Friday 26 May All Day Ticket
Includes entry to 5 events: Tea and Tequila; Debate: Originality in Literature is Overrated; Les Misérables; House of Names; Eyewitness to Revolution *Centenary Tour is not included in the All Day ticket.
£75.00 Sold Out £0.00
Saturday 27 May All Day Ticket
Includes entry to 5 events: Rogues’ Gallery; Labours of Love; Civilisation; The Essex Serpent; The Robber of Youth
£70.00 £0.00
Sunday 28 May All Day Ticket
Includes entry to 4 events: Mountain of Light; Harper’s Bazaar's 150th; Hamlet Globe to Globe; Vanessa on Vanessa
£75.00 Sold Out £0.00
Monday 29 May All Day Ticket
Includes entry to 4 events: Habitats; Still Life; Solace; Humphries’ Choice
£70.00 Sold Out £0.00
All Event Ticket
Includes entry to 42 events, reserved seating, VIP parking, and an invitation to a Festival drinks reception. *Dinner (23 May) and Centenary Project Tour (26 May) not included.
£550.00 Sold Out £0.00
Total £0.00

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