On Saturday 18 March The Grand Opera House York hosts a York Literature Festival event promoting the arts in York, with an emphasis on literature, spoken word and poetry. It also features music, comedy, cinema and theatre in the programme and this year boasts a conversation with British comedy legends Mark Gatiss and Michael Palin.
MARK GATISS IN CONVERSATION: 3.00pm - 5.30pm
Mark Gatiss first came to prominence as one of the writer/performers of the award-winning comedy troupe The League of Gentlemen. As well as appearing in Doctor Who, Mark has written television scripts for four Doctors, and co-created the international hit Sherlock, in which he also plays Mycroft Holmes.
Other television credits include Wolf Hall, Nighty Night, Game of Thrones and writing and directing the revived A Ghost Story for Christmas. His fictional adventurer Lucifier Box has featured in three bestselling novels.
MICHAEL PALIN IN CONVERSATION: 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Michael Palin CBE is a founding member of the internationally renowned Monty Python team, revelling in the fish-slapping dance, the lumberjack song, and performing the Dead Parrot sketch more times than is good for anyone. He went on to co-write and star in Ripping Yarns with Terry Jones, before becoming the nation’s favourite travelling companion with Around the World in 80 Days, Pole to Pole and Full Circle. His big screen credits have included many collaborations with Terry Gilliam, including Jabberwocky, Time Bandits, _Brazil _and, most recently, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
He starred opposite John Cleese in A Fish Called Wanda and its ‘equal’ Fierce Creatures. His many publications include the West End play The Weekend, a collection of limericks, the novel Hemingway’s Chair, Bert Fegg’s Nasty Book for Boys and Girls, and three bestselling volumes of diaries. Michael was made a BAFTA Fellow in 2013.
Mark Gatiss and Michael Palin will be in conversation with Robert Ross, who has written a library of books on the history and stars of British comedy, including The Carry On Story, The Monty Python Encyclopaedia, Steptoe and Son - Any Old Iron, The Complete Frankie Howerd, Sid James - Cockney Rebel and Marty Feldman - The Biography of a Comedy Legend which inspired his play Jeepers Creepers that premiered at the Leicester Square Theatre last January. He has also written several Big Finish Doctor Who adventures for the sixth Doctor Colin Baker. A regular show business pundit, his credits include Ball-Breakers on the Box and The One Show.
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