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Showbiz Legend Nicholas Parsons

We're delighted that broadcasting veteran and host of Just A Minute Nicholas Parsons will open this year’s festival. This promises to be a hugely enjoyable event in the company of a true showbiz legend.

Nicholas Parsons was born in Grantham and moved to London with his family at the age of eight. In 1940 he travelled to Glasgow and served a full engineering apprenticeship with a pump firm in the harsh world of Clydeside. His career as an entertainer began with impersonations, and after the war he became a professional actor. He has rarely been unemployed since.

Nicholas has worked in almost every branch of showbusiness, as a serious actor, comedy performer, solo cabaret artist and stand-up comedian. He was host of the television show Sale of the Century and has been the chairman of Just a Minute since 1967 and continues to this day. Hailed as the finest straight man in the business of comedy, he has worked with many of the greats, including Arthur Haynes, Tony Hancock, Kenneth Williams and Paul Merton.

Nicholas actively supports a number of children’s charities, including the Lord’s Taverners. He was rector of St Andrews University, from which he holds an honorary degree, and was in 2004 awarded an OBE.

FRIDAY NIGHT TICKET OFFER: Buy tickets for both Nicholas Parsons and Kate Adie and save £4. Tickets must be bought in the same transaction to receive the discount.