Rula Lenska headlines as the Rotunda makes its Buxton Fringe return

Rula Lenska brings to life the memoirs of her mother.
Rula Lenska brings to life the memoirs of her mother.

The Rotunda returns to the Pavilion Gardens, with one of the UK’s best-loved actors of stage and screen heading the bill.

Rula Lenska brings to life the memoirs of her mother Elizabeth ‘Bisia’ Carroll in From Dzikow to Willesden in a moving, funny and sometimes devastating story of a countess who escaped Nazi-occupied Poland.

Alma Bond’s play follows the great soprano Maria Callas from her birth and rejection by parents, who wanted a boy, to her triumphs at La Scala, and includes arias O mio babbino caro and Vissi d’arte.

A different kind of household name features in The O.S. Map Fan Club. Join Ordnance Survey enthusiast Helen Wood in celebrating the simple beauty of the much-loved paper map.

Ross Ericson returns with The Unknown Soldier, a story of comradeship, betrayal and promises, both broken and kept, following the carnage of the First World War.

The classic John Godber comedy, Teechers, is performed by Crewe Lyceum Young Company.

More comedy comes with The Cat and the Canary from the BBC - the Buxton Broadcasting Corporation - which presents the classic comedy thriller as a live radio broadcast.

In the Very Perry Show, Kate Perry, a writer for Woman’s Hour an d Radio 4, performs a happy hour of funny monologues inspired by people she has ‘collected’.

On tour from Oxford University, Doom’s Day features Josephe and Phylisse Doom as they prepare for civilisation’s promised end.

And in something a bit different, Rotunda’s new Pay What You Will event, In for a Quid, will showcase new writing for only £1. Audiences can leave an extra donation at the end of the performance - if they think it deserves it.

Details of all the shows can be found at

• The Buxton Festival Fringe runs from July 4-22.