Friends of Ludlow Arts Festival

Thank you! What an amazing Festival - What else in on?

A wonderful evening...

As You Like It under the lee of Ludlow Castle on 14th August was a super occasion in the best (dry!) Ludlow Festival tradition of open air Shakespeare.

The production by The Lord Chamberlain's Men was as good as it gets – seven very gifted actors (all male) playing all 17 parts... and the biggest part is for a girl!

The special treat for Friends of Ludlow Arts Festival was a pre-performance talk and back-stage tour (top photo) – Isaac Stanmore (Rosalind) and Christopher Rowland (Celia) explained how they 'trained' to be girls: their 'observations' of how girls walk, sit, stand and use their arms, hands and heads made them quite believable (middle pic).

And thanks to Bentley's Wine Merchants andThe Ludlow Hamper Co for offering Friends special discounts on wines and hampers to make a pre-play picnic a great start to a wonderful evening – plus thanks also to theGreen Café for staying open.

The good news is TLCM will be back next year with Romeo and Juliet – please put 13 August 2014 in your diary! The Millennium Green proved to be a perfect, open air river-side setting for Shakespeare (bottom pic).

Shakespeare Film Festival

Saturday, Oct. 26th, 9-9pm

1 Mill Street

Ludlow, Shropshire

The Friends of Ludlow Arts Festival will be holding the first

Shakespeare Film Festival in Ludlow.

It’s a one‐day event and includes rare silent film screenings with

piano accompaniment of several Shakespeare plays and two

illustrated talks about unusual film adaptations.

The day culminates with a feature film screening at

Ludlow Assembly Rooms of Helen Mirren as ‘Prospera’

in Julie Taymor’s 2010 version of The Tempest.

Before the evening screening, there will be a panel

discussion with various film experts about the way

Shakespeare has been adapted for film.

Interested? Then please give us your contact details

(they won’t be passed to third parties) and we will be in

touch with more details about this exciting day and booking


Welcome - A guide to Ludlow Arts Festival:

What an amazing Festival we had. The Festival is now over, but keep checking here for other events in town. Details on next years Festival event will be available shortly.

It was - FRIDAY 21 to SUNDAY 30 June

More about the Fringe:

Over 100 events from Music to Art, Poetry to Comedy, Street Theatre to Jazz. The big idea is a Fringe for everyone, at affordable prices. Find out what’s on when at the Fringe by visiting

Look out for lots of free and family-friendly experiences all around the town centre. And joining us for fun at the Fringe will be Andy Kershaw, Jo Brand, Lucy Porter, Joe Lycett, Alfie Moore, Steve Gibbons, La Bordello Boheme, jazz sensation Liam Dunachie, and renowned poets Helen Ivory and Brian Johnstone to name but a few.

Friends of the Festival

We provide a means of raising funds for arts activity in Ludlow and the surrounding area. Recently two local youth dance projects were awarded £250 each to get involved in Ludlow Arts Festival this summer, and our second funding pot has just opened and we welcome applications.

Our mission is to make sure future generations will enjoy events in Ludlow. By offering membership, fans of the festival can enjoy exclusive benefits, VIP access and social events with us. Join:

Arts Festival Tickets

Simply 14 outstanding events in the Castle, over 10 days. As well as outdoor concerts, we also have a big-top Theatre for seated events. The Festival includes top names such as Jools Holland, Paul Merton and 10cc, plus various firework displays and family entertainment.

Dont miss a thing, look at the amazing program below! Plus - You can watch multiple events and save money, details online.

Book by Telephone: 0844 248 5165

Book Online:

Book in person: Ludlow Castle gift shop 10am - 4pm (Fri-Mon in May & June open seven days a week)

More events during the Festival: