Ripon Theatre Festival announces partnership with Stray Ferret
Last updated Mar 20, 2024

Ripon Theatre Festival, which goes from strength to strength, has announced a strategic partnership with the Stray Ferret.

North Yorkshire’s leading online news service has been appointed media sponsors for the fast-growing festival, which was launched in 2022,

As preparations continue for an extended third year programme and with tickets now on sale festival director Katie Scott, said:

“We are delighted to welcome the Stray Ferret as our media sponsors for the 2024  festival.

“We have appreciated the encouragement and coverage which the Stray Ferret has given us. Working together helps us to reach more people with news of our vibrant and exciting plans for the summer.

“All of us involved in planning for and running the festival. like to think that we “punch above our weight”

Ms Scott added:

“With its wide range of professional and community performances and activities,  entirely volunteer-led, we make this happen though imaginative partnerships with venues, funders and community groups who are all working to help put Ripon on the map and make it a great place to live, work and visit.”

Charley Christopher, marketing and audience manager at the Stray Ferret, said:

“We are thrilled to be the festival’s principal media sponsor. It’s a partnership we’re excited about and we know from recent research, our readers are very much inspired by arts, culture and events happening in the area.

“Not only does the festival make the arts accessible to all and encourages visitors to this beautiful, unique city.”

Festival highlights for 2024

This year’s festival highlights include an appearance by radical theatre company Red Ladder, a cabaret act featuring the music of Victoria Wood and a return visit from actor Barrie Rutter.

Newby Hall will be a new location for festival favourites and open-air theatre specialists Illyria and the garden at the Old Deanery will provide a backdrop for theatre al fresco when it hosts the Sunday night Shakespearean finale.

Full details of all the festival’s plans including street theatre, pop-up events and free family activities will be announced at the official launch on Thursday, March 21.

Tickets are already on sale for this event, which features comedy cook George Egg with his latest show Set Menu. Tickets include the show, refreshments and festival information.

Full information is available here.

Picture: Ripon Theatre Festival director Katie Scott (right) is pictured with Charley Christopher, the Stray Ferret’s marketing, events and customer manager.

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