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Stars Light Up Our Autumn Season

Tuesday 26th August 2014

Stars light up Stratford Literary Festival’s Autumn Plus Programme

Three of the biggest stars of the small screen will be appearing this Autumn for the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival Plus Season.

On Friday, 24th October, chat show host and compere Graham Norton will be in conversation at The Courtyard Theatre talking about his much-anticipated memoir The Life and Loves of a He Devil. Graham Norton has been entertaining audiences and having fun with the world’s biggest stars for nearly twenty years. He first made his mark as a stand up comedy drag act at the Edinburgh Festival, then went on to appear in Father Ted before coming to host some of the most successful shows in television including So Graham Norton, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and The Eurovision Song Contest. As well as his popular weekly Radio 2 show, Graham hosts the hugely successful BBC1 chat show The Graham Norton Show. He’s won just about every award going including 7 BAFTAS - and most recently the BAFTA for Best Entertainment Programme.

Tickets are available by calling the Box office on 0844 800 1110 or booking online at Tickets cost £30 and include a signed copy of his much anticipated memoir, The Life and Loves of a He Devil.


Actress and star of the hit show Miranda, Patricia Hodge has been delighting theatre and TV audiences for many years. She will be talking about her prolific career with Fiona Lindsay at Stratford Artshouse on Thursday, 30th October, and reflecting on some of her great theatre roles - which have included the works of Shakespeare, Pinter and Miller – and her many films and TV appearances including Poirot, Waking the Dead, The Life and Loves of a She Devil, Robin of Sherwood and as Margaret Thatcher for the BBC in The Falklands Play. Currently she is best known as 'what I call' Miranda Hart's mother Penny, in the series Miranda where, when she's not nagging her daughter, everything is 'Such fun!'

Tickets are available from the Stratford Artshouse box office on 01789 207100 or online at and cost £17 with concessions.


On Sunday, 30th November we welcome Alison Steadman OBE a national favourite of TV, stage and screen since she played Beverley in Abigail's Party in 1977, directed by Mike Leigh. Since then she has never disappeared off our radar with appearances in The Singing Detective, Fat Friends, Secrets and Lives, Life is Sweet, A Private Function, Shirley Valentine, the neurotic Mrs Bennett in Pride & Prejudice and of course Gavin & Stacey. She has won an Olivier and National Society of Film Critics Award and has received two BAFTA nominations. Alison is currently appearing as Joyce in Boomers on BBC1 and is a mad birdwatcher. She'll be talking about all this with Fiona Lindsay.

Tickets are available from the Stratford Artshouse box office on 01789 207100 or online at and cost £17 with concessions.

‘We are so excited by the Autumn line-up,’ says Festival programming Director, Annie Ashworth. ‘Graham’s appearance with us will be the first time he has talked about the new book, and he is such a huge and popular star. We are also looking forward to exploring stage and screenwriting, and to welcome two actresses of such renown to Stratford is an immense privilege.’ 

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