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Programme announced for 2015 HighTide Festival

The line-up includes new plays by Luke Norris and Anders Lustgarten

Lampedusa is part of this year's HighTide Festival

The programme has been announced for the 2015 HighTide Festival, which runs in its new home, the Suffolk coastal town of Aldeburgh, from 10 to 20 September 2015.

It opens with So Here We Are, a 2013 winner of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting by Luke Norris, which will transfer to the Royal Exchange in Manchester after its HighTide run.

This will be followed by a new play by E V Crowe, Brenda, about a young woman who doesn't think she's a person.

Also showing is the premiere of Harrogate, by award-winning playwright Al Smith, which sees a "marriage laid bare"; and Anders Lustgarten's Lampedusa, which recently ran at Soho Theatre.

The festival will also feature a range of events including an evening of "readings and reminisces" with Vanessa Redgrave, and comedy from Shappi Khorsandi, Sam Simmons, Nish Kumar and John Kearns.

Artistic director Steven Atkinson said: "This year's HighTide Festival is all about new beginnings. New stories, playwrights, and ways of creating theatre. And a new home for the Festival in Aldeburgh.

"Theatre can now be added to an unparalleled annual line up of festivals in every artistic discipline, which makes Aldeburgh world famous."