Stroud Arts Festival
Stroud Arts Festival

Laurie Lee Centenary Celebrations 2014


The centenary of Stroud's most celebrated writer Laurie Lee (1914 -1997) is being marked with a host of events throughout the year in Stroud and the surrounding valleys. People of all ages will have a chance to discover or re-discover Laurie Lee's writing, to explore the beautiful Cotswold landscapes which inspired him and to take part in activities which Laurie Lee's works have in turn inspired.

Look out for music, poetry, exhibitions, walks and workshops. Sample Stroud's vibrant cafe culture and Cheltenham's prestigious literary festivals. Click the link to view a full year's diary of events.

The celebrations are organised by local community groups and supported by Stroud Arts Festival, Stroud District Council and The Summerfield Charitable Trust.

You can view & download the official Laurie Lee Centenary Celebrations brochure here.


As well as the Laurie Lee specials, we are also welcoming back our favourite opera company, OperaUpClose. This season's presentation is La Traviata. See below for details.


LA TRAVIATA - OperaUpClose

Saturday 26th April at The Cotswold Playhouse
Tickets £18 (£16 under 18)
buy online at or by phone 0844 8700 887

Olivier Award-winning company OperaUpClose return with their new version of La Traviata. The story of Violetta, a so-called 'fallen woman' who sacrifices her own happiness for the sake of her lover's family and future, La Traviata has been thrilling audiences for generations.

Set in the prohibition era of speakeasies and bootlegging, with Violetta's lover Alfredo a passionate young man whose optimism has been shaken by time at the front in the first world war, Violetta's protector 'the Baron' a gang boss, and Alfredo's father a crooked politician, this new production reveals the hypocrisy and heartache behind the glittering façade of parties.

Featuring a stunning young cast whose acting abilities are more than a match for their vocal talents, and with Verdi's sumptuous melodies accompanied by a trio of clarinet, cello and piano, this production is bound to be every bit as entertaining and moving as La Bohème.

La Traviata is a co-production with OperaUpClose, Malmo Opera House and The Belgrade Theatre Coventry.

Visit OperaUpClose's web site for more infomation.

Prudence Sanders (Violetta) & Christopher Jacklin (The-Baron)
Prudence Sanders (Violetta) & Christopher Jacklin (The Baron)
Photo - Christopher Tribble


The Stroud Festival Board of Directors is distributing funds on behalf of the Margaret & Netlam Bigg Trust, a charity promoting the arts and culture in the Stroud District. The Directors are currently inviting applications for grants up to £500 from local groups and organisations. To find out more, visit the grants page.


Stroud Festival Ltd. Registered Charity N0: 255857, Registered Address: 2 Upland Villas, Springfield Road, Uplands, Stroud GL5 1TR