Official Press Release

Saturday 3rd March 2012

2012 du Maurier Festival, Fowey

With a line-up including Nik Kershaw. Blake, Sir Terry Wogan, June Tabor & Oysterband Julian Clary 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 only way to guarantee you have the best seats in the house for this year’s Festival is to become a Patron and enjoy priority booking. 

Full details on this year’s programme have just been announced, together with news on how to become a Festival Patron, on the Festival’s website: .

 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: Sir Trevor McDonald, Richard Madeley & Judy Finnigan, E V Thompson, Mike Shepherd, from Kneehigh, former poet laureate Andrew Motion, Fern Britton, Georgie Fame, comedian Jimeoin.

 Jonathan Aberdeen, Festival Director, says: “A major event of the 2012 Festival is 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 showing of the film, a panel of actors and members of the production team will discuss the making of this imaginative re-working of du Maurier’s classic tale.  Joining them on the panel will be Christian Browning, son of Daphne du Maurier.” 

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 Department.

 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.

 Ends:  Jonathan Aberdeen, Festival Director – Tel: 01726 223439


Tickets go on sale to Festival Patrons on 12th March and on general sale on 26th March

200 + events over 12 days 

Approximately half of the Festival’s content is events organised by community groups, involving several hundred participants. 

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