Never one to shy away from tough topics, the bestselling author of We Need to Talk About Kevin’s new novel asks: what if we could choose when to die? After watching their ageing parents’ slow decline and determined to avoid a similar ending, fifty-somethings Kay and Cyril make a pact: once they both turn 80 they will commit suicide together. Fast forward three decades and the appointed day arrives: will they stay or will they go? Rosie Goldsmith talks to Lionel Shriver about a novel which asks bold questions about ageing, free will and what makes a good life, and a good death.

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Should We Stay or Should We Go


Cheltenham Town Hall, Baillie Gifford Stage

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.

There is no tiered seating at this venue for any of our Festivals.

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