Latest Press Release from the du Maurier Festival

Wednesday 11th April 2012

2012 du Maurier Festival, Fowey

With a line-up including Nik Kershaw. Blake, Sir Terry Wogan, June Tabor & Oysterband, Julian Clary, Sir Trevor McDonald, Dennis Locorriere comedian Jimeoin and many other national and internationally known writers, performers and celebrities tickets for the 2012 du Maurier Festival, Fowey, are sure to be much in demand. 

The 2012 Festival takes place between Wednesday 9th and Sunday 20th May.  It begins with a schools concert, featuring children from Fowey Community College, Fowey Primary School and Lostwithiel School and ends with a special day of events at the University of Exeter’s Tremough Campus, Penryn. 

The majority of the remaining events take place in and around Fowey.  Also confirmed to appear his year are: Richard Madeley & Judy Finnigan, E V Thompson, Mike Shepherd, from Kneehigh, former poet laureate Andrew Motion, Fern Britton, Georgie Fame, John Williams & John Etheridge, Lord David Owen, Helen Dunmore and a long list of other nationally and internationally known writers, performers and celebrities. 

In addition to the star names, the Festival also has a programme of community events over its 12 day period, including concerts, music, plays, talks, workshops and guided walks.  In total, there are almost 200 events over the Festival’s 12 day period. 

There is also a special advance screening of a new film version of Daphne du Maurier’s story The Scapegoat, commissioned by ITV and starring Matthew Rhys (from the hit US series Brothers & Sisters).  Prior to the screening a panel of actors and behind-the-screens crew will discuss the making of film. 

Jonathan Aberdeen, Festival Director, believes this year’s Festival will prove to be extremely popular.  “I think it’s as strong a line-up as we’ve ever had. The screening of The Scapegoat, ahead of its ITV premiere and cinema release, promises to be very special.  In addition to the film, a panel of actors, production team and Kits Browning, du Maurier’s son, will talk about the making of this exciting and imaginative re-working of du Maurier’s classic story.” 

Last autumn, the Daphne du Maurier Festival Society was formed to take over the management and running of the annual community arts & literature Festival held each May in Fowey.  The Festival was set-up by Restormel Borough Council in 1997 and in recent years has formed part of Cornwall Council’s Cultural Services Dept. 

The du Maurier Festival Society is a company limited by guarantee and is registered as a charity.  Cornwall Council gives the Festival a grant towards the staging of this prestigious annual event, acknowledging its importance to Cornwall, not just as an artistic event, but as major tourism event and a provider of a much-needed boost to the County’s economy, prior to the start of the main summer season. 

Full Festival information and online booking are available at or, ring the Box Office on 01726 879 500 

Ends.  Further information: Jonathan Aberdeen,

Festival Director: 01726 223439



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