This year, with 79 separate events (54 of which are free) in 28 locations, King’s Week promises to be bigger and more exciting than ever. The musical offerings will include the hugely popular perennials such as the atmospheric Serenade in the Cathedral Cloisters; the Jazz Concerts; Virtuosi; the Gala Symphony Concert; and this year’s tribute band playing some of the greatest hits by Queen. The plays include The Merchant of Venice, in the Mint Yard open air theatre; and both DNA and The Love of the Nightingale in St. Mary’s Hall. All this and more will fill seven days of packed entertainment, showcasing the very best of what King’s has to offer within the stunning surroundings of the cathedral precincts.
New events for this year are: The Green Court Finals, creating a similar iconic atmosphere to Chariots of Fire as pupils race to set the ‘fastest lap in history’ around Green Court; Passion for Britten celebrating the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth with both music and lyrics; King’s Parliament, where budding politicians will debate their party line as if in the House of Commons; a Poetry Slam, set around the Norman Staircase, ready to do battle with words; a Film Festival showing some of the work of the next generation of film directors; and a twist on last year’s King’s Week Challenge, where academic departments will compete for the coveted general knowledge trophy.
Around the Green Court there will also be further new spectacles and participation opportunities; record your own podcast or decorate your own cup-cake; join in with the Art Workshop to help create the longest ever painting here at King’s; learn some science at Lab on the Lawn; surf the net via the Green Court Wi-Fi hotspot; or simply relax and enjoy a complimentary cup of tea at the Green Court Tea Tent.
With such a vast range of art, drama, music, and scholarship it seems amazing that we can squeeze it all into just seven days. Please do browse this website carefully and follow us on Twitter. It promises to be an unforgettable King’s Week.
King's Week Manager