Her Majesty will make an appearance at a Merseyside arts festival this June – albeit on screen in the form of Oscar-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren.
The hit 2006 film The Queen, on Tuesday, 19 June, is just one of a series of Diamond Jubilee events on the Prescot Festival programme this year.
The 10-day music and arts festival will also commemorate 60 years of Elizabeth II’s reign with its traditional Proms-style finale, on Sunday, 24 June, which this year features Aughton Male Voice Choir and local soprano Laura Hudson.
In a free talk on Saturday, 23 June, Liverpool John Moores University scholar Rosemary Tyler will revisit the royal history of Prescot, the historic Lancashiretown that boasts ties to Shakespeare, Henry VIII and Lord Nelson.
“We’ve always strived to reflect our heritage and history in the festival,” said Artistic Director Dr Robert Howard, “and we’re proud to be joining the rest of the nation in celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year.”
Dr Howard added: “As usual, there’s a bit of everything on the programme, from classical choirs and orchestras to film and contemporary acoustic music. We’ve made a real effort to keep ticket prices low, so everyone can come along and enjoy the festival.”
The Eighth Annual Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts runs from Friday 15 to Saturday 24 June. The full programme is available online at the official website, prescotfestival.co.uk.