And the Guest Director for the 2012 Brighton Festival is...drum roll please...Vanessa Redgrave!
Yes, the people at Brighton Festival have done it again. Following on from renowned sculptor Anish Kapoor in 2009, Brian Eno in 2010 and Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 2011, the legendary stage, screen and television actress and doyenne of the performing arts takes the Guest Artistic lead in this year's festivities.
A much loved and respected leading light of the acting world, Vanessa Redgrave rose to prominence in 1961 playing Rosalind in As You Like It with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Since then she has made more than 35 appearances on London's West End and Broadway and starred in more than 80 films. She is also a prominent political activist.
Keep your eyes peeled on the Brighton Festival website for special events featuring Vanessa Redgrave, plus the whole festival lineup.
Personally I can't wait - I'm especially looking forward to the new project from dreamthinkspeak - The Rest Is Silence - a textual and visual deconstruction of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Brighton Festival takes place every May conjuring up a spectacular medley of classical music, innovative theatre, contemporary dance, groundbreaking debates and striking visual art and film. This year's Festival will run from the 5 - 27 May 2012, alongside the Brighton Festival Fringe.
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