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 Sunday 20th May 2018 – Great Expectations

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Charles Dickens’ classic  ‘Great Expectations’ receives a brand new treatment with this exciting musical version staged by Gordon Clarkson productions, in association with BroadstairsLit.
Original musical score by Laurie Hornsby.
We are first taken aboard one of the ‘hulks’ the awful prison ships due to depart for Australia, and witness the escape of two convicts: Magwitch and Compeyson, one of which interrupts young Pip as he visits his mothers grave. Thus begins the story of Pip’s journey from rags to riches,  beginning with his visit to Satis House to meet Miss Havisham, forever mourning her lost love dressed in the tattered wedding gown that was never used, where he falls in love with the spoiled and spiteful Estella, never thinking his lot could change.
Pip  grows up and, out of the blue, is informed by the solicitor Jaggers he has a mysterious benefactor who has paid to send him to London to become a gentleman of means. As the story twists and turns, each song is perfectly placed to move the action along, until the triumphant finale of ‘Tear down the curtains’!
The talented cast comprises of : Gordon Clarkson, Jane Pulford, Frank Tucker, Daisy Relf, Joseph Wyatt, Jake Warner, and Stephanie Williamson accompanied by The Paul Stewart Duo.
Tickets £11 in advance via WeGotTickets (3pm performance – ; 7:30pm performance – or direct from booking office 01843 448040
£13 on the door
Venue: The Pavilion, Harbour St. Broadstairs
Performances 3pm (doors open 2:30pm) and 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)
Group booking discounts 0800 7813452


Thursday 21st June 2018 – Being David Archer with Tim Bentinck and Sunny Ormonde (Lillian Bellamy)

The Pavilion – doors open and drinks available at 7pm, interview starts at 7:30pm. Tickets – £12.50 (includes a welcome drink)


1982 was an eventful year for Tim Bentinck. It was the year he landed the part of David Archer, son of the eponymous household in the world’s longest running radio series, The Archers. He has been playing this character ever since. But that’s not all. He is also the voice of ‘Mind the Gap’ on the Piccadilly Line.

In “Being David Archer” Tim recounts his enormously varied life with wry, self-deprecating humour. With five million loyal Archers listeners, Tim takes the reader behind the scenes of the longest running drama series in the world, a British institution with a theme tune that Billy Connolly wants to be the National Anthem.

Sunny has been playing the “outrageous and naughty” Lilian Bellamy in The Archers for the past 17 years and has become one of the listeners’ favourite characters. Her antics have kept the nation gripped and entertained, whether it be riding round Ambridge on a Harley Davidson, drinking the Bull and Cider shed dry with Eddie Grundy, absconding to Costa Rica with her beloved and very wicked Tiger or recklessly kicking off her sling-backs and leaping into bed with Tiger’s brother Paul.

She has appeared regularly with fellow Archers cast members in  stage shows, “Come Rain, Come Shine”,  “Larkin About”(with John Telfer-  Ambridge’s  Vicar Alan Franks)  and “Wicked Women” – the latter performed with her dear friend Sara Coward who played Caroline Sterling in the The Archers for 32 years. Sunny is delighted to be visiting beautiful Broadstairs.

Tim and Sunny will be in conversation with Jane Wenham-Jones. Ticket price of £12.50 includes a welcome drink.

Tickets are available from (subject to a small booking fee) or from House of Martin, 60 High Street, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1JT (Weds to Sat 10:00 to 17:00 – cash only please).

Friday 19th October 2018 – Vinyl Revival with Graham Jones

The Pavilion – doors open at 7pm, interview starts at 7:30pm. Tickets – £10.

Graham Jones

Graham Jones has spent 30 years as a record company sales rep and is one of the founders of Proper Music, one of the largest independent music distributors in the UK. His third book “The Vinyl Revival and the Shops that Made it Happen” is scheduled for release in September 2018.

Graham has collected a vast stock of music industry anecdotes during his working life and he will be entertaining us with a talk and a music quiz. In addition, he will be bringing along a number of promotional CDs that will be available in return for a donation to charity.

Expect a hysterical evening, chock full with tales from the crazy world of record retailing.

Tickets are avaiable from (subject to a small booking fee) or from House of Martin, 60 High Street, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 1JT (Weds to Sat 10:00 to 17:00 – cash only please).

Also coming in 2018

We are excited to announce that we are planning more events in 2018, with a number of well known and fascinating guests being lined up. In addition to the events above, we can can confirm that Peter JamesHelen Lederer, and Miriam Margolyes will be among our guests – dates and further details will follow as soon as they are finalised.


Finally, we would like to thank our three partners who are helping us get this literary venture off the ground – Thorley Taverns, and the Pavilion in particular, The Yarrow Hotel and Sharp Printing Services. Big thanks all three organisations for their great support.

Please note that, for anyone travelling from further afield, The Yarrow Hotel are offering special accommodation rates for anyone attending a BroadstairsLit event. If you want to take advantage of this offer, please contact the hotel manager directly, James Redshaw, at