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2018 Aldeburgh Festival

HighTide Festival of Live Performance

11th-16th September Aldeburgh, Suffolk

'One of the most exciting theatre festivals in the country'

Time Out


In September 2018, we presented the twelfth annual HighTide Festival of live performance in Suffolk. This year saw our new Festival Hub launched, located in the Garage Gallery and featured  our exhibition on set design. In 2018, we partnered with Fishers gin who created the first HighTide Cocktail, and our hub featured fabulous bohemian furniture from Debenham Antiques.

HighTide 2018 featured innovative and challenging work including five fantastic new productions direct from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Our headline production was not only by a young local writer, Tallulah Brown, but her touching coming of age play Songlines is set just up the coast in Reydon. Songlines features live music performed by the award-winning band, TRILLS, and music is a strong feature across this year’s programme.

Our opening night featured the acclaimed East Anglian poet and theatre maker Luke Wright, and the closing event on was Wonderful Beast’s latest project, their play The Last Woodwose, the sequel to Return of the Wildman, and featuring the superb Diana Quick.

In addition to the new Festival Hub, our performances took place across the town in the Jubilee Hall, Pumphouse, Aldeburgh Cinema, Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and for the first time this year we’re staging late night events in Ye Old Cross Keys. We were thrilled to also have partnered with The Aldeburgh Bookshop on our literary In Conversations with novelists Kate Mosse and Patrick Gale, sponsored by Lansons in celebration of our award-winning ten year partnership.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our Festival Board who promote our Festival year round, all our volunteers, our business sponsors, Friends of the Festival, arts partners and Archant, our media partner.

You can find below the programme from the Aldeburgh 2018 Festival.


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