Gala Evening

The gala evening

Nigel Havers will open the Festival with our exciting Gala Evening held at Bere Mill on Saturday, 10th June, 6-8.30pm.

Nigel will be interviewed by writer and former BBC and ITV presenter and journalist Philip Geddes and this will be followed by a reception at which we will serve Coates and Seely award winning Britagne from the Test Valley and canapés by Becka. There will also be an introduction to the important work of the North Hampshire Medical Fund.

To end this special evening there is the opportunity for an exclusive late evening stroll through the beautiful gardens of Bere Mill.


Tickets for this event cost £45 and are strictly limited. They are available to purchase from the North Hampshire Medical Fund. To reserve your tickets, please download the booking form and email to Molly Hawkins at or call her on 01256 314759 for further information.


Saturday 10th June from 6.00pm to 8:30pm.

Guest Speaker – Nigel Havers

Nigel Havers trained at the Arts Educational Trust in London and early stage work included Richard II and Edward II for Prospect Theatre Productions. Royal National Theatre work includes “The Importance of Being Earnest” and Harold Pinter’s “Family Voices”, both directed by Sir Peter Hall. Other theatre credits include tours of “Ricochet” and “Season’s Greetings”.

West End appearances include “Conduct Unbecoming”, Richard II and Man and Superman for the RSC. Nigel played Serge in both the touring and London productions of “Art” at Wyndham’s Theatre, and subsequently has appeared in hugely successful touring productions of “Rebecca”, Alan Bennett’s “Single Spies” and Nick Fisher’s comedy “Basket Case”, as well as several sell out seasons in pantomime. He appeared in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Harold Pinter Theatre on tour, followed by a successful West End run, and he followed this with another pantomime season, also in Bath. His pantomime season 2016/17 was the award winning production of Cinderella at the London Palladium.

One of Britain’s leading television actors, Nigel has starred in many outstanding productions including “Upstairs Downstairs”, “The Glittering Prizes”, “Pennies from Heaven”, “A Horseman Riding By”, “Nancy Astor” and “Churchill the Wilderness Years”. Other British television successes include “Don’t Wait Up”, “The Charmer”, “A Perfect Hero”, “Sleepers” and two series of “The Good Guys” with Keith Barron. He starred in “Destiny – The Life of Elizabeth Taylor” for NBC and “Bridge of Time” for USA network. Other appearances include “Murder Most Horrid” with Dawn French for the BBC, “Element of Doubt” – a two-part thriller directed by Christopher Morahan, “The Heart Surgeon” for the BBC and two series of “Dangerfield” as Dr. Jonathan Paige. He was seen in “Murder in Mind” and two series of the successful BBC comedy “Manchild”. Other appearances include “The Sarah Jane Adventures” for the BBC and two seasons of the hit US series “Brothers and Sisters”. He has completed a second series of the BBC comedy “Lunch Monkeys” and reprised his role of Lewis Archer in “Coronation Street”. His recent appearances have been in “The Life of Brian Pern”, “Celebrity Carry on Barging” and the new series of “Benidorm”. He also appeared in the Radio 4 production of “Reluctant Persuaders”.

Nigel’s films include Hugh Hudson’s “Chariots of Fire”, David Lean’s “A Passage to India”, Steven Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun” and Claude Chabrol’s “Quiet Days in Clichy”.   He also starred with Michael Caine in “The Whistle Blower” and with Nick Nolte in “Farewell to the King”.

Nigel has written a best-selling autobiography entitled “Playing with Fire”.

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