Frequently Asked Questions

Our Frequently Asked Questions page is regularly updated as the Warwick Arts Centre 20:20 Project progresses.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Then please email us on warwick2020@warwick.ac.uk and we will try to help.

Audiences

Audience: FAQs

You may come and see a performance every week, or simply head our way once a year, but however often you visit or whatever you come to see; your questions may be answered here.

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What happens with the programme whilst the redevelopment is taking place?
Throughout the three years of redevelopment, we will be running a full programme of events – theatre, dance, circus, comedy, music, classical music, family events – in fact everything you are used to seeing at Warwick Arts Centre.

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What will happen when the theatre and studio are shut in 2017 – 2018?
A complete programme of performances for all ages will be scheduled throughout 2017 – 2018. You may see some of our venues (like the Helen Martin Studio and the Butterworth Hall) used a little more over this period too. In addition, there will be a temporary theatre space (The Goose Nest) that will seat 300, situated just outside Warwick Arts Centre. We will be announcing more information about this over the coming weeks.

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Will there be a Christmas show?
Yes! Christmas 2017 will see us programme not one, but two Christmas shows! These are now on sale Snow Mouse in the Helen Martin Studio and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in The Goose Nest.

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Will the Café Bar be open?
There will be food and drink available throughout the period 2017 – 2020. When the new development is completed in October 2020 there will be an extensive new café and brasserie of superb quality and range. The foyers will be extensively improved with more opportunities to encounter art.

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Will Le Gusta be open?
Le Gusta will close at 9pm on 4 August 2017. Michael and the team at Le Gusta would like to thank customers for their loyal custom over the years. We’re going to miss you! Alternative casual dining options are Fusion in Rootes Building, which will be managed by Michael, and is a spacious restaurant serving delicious Asian inspired cuisine or Xananas (based in the Students’ Union building) which serves an imaginative menu of freshly prepared meals, light bites and a tempting array of delicious desserts. Details of all food and drink outlets on campus can be found here.

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What will be happening to the Mead Gallery from Oct 2018 to Oct 2020?
The Mead Gallery will be open 2017 – 2018. It will be closed from Oct 2018 to Oct 2020 and in this period there will be opportunities to experience art on campus through the University Art Collection and the University Sculpture Trail. An exciting visual arts programme is being planned to take exhibitions out across campus.

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What will happen to the cinema from Oct 2018 to Oct 2020?
Our existing cinema will be closed from Oct 2018 until Oct 2020, whilst we build three new digital auditorium (which will seat 60,180 and 250 people in each). We are currently investigating alternative cinema spaces for this period so that we may continue a film programme. As soon as we have updates on this, we will inform all our customers.

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Will the Theatre Bar be open throughout?
The Theatre Bar will temporarily close from Oct 2017 to June 2018. However, we will be serving a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the Cafe Bar and from a pop up bar space during this period.
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Will there be any disruption to parking and travelling around campus?
We do not expect much disruption during the first year of the refurbishment (2017 – 2018), but as always, we would urge you to arrive on campus as early as you can and use the variety of car parks on campus. We will keep these pages and our Getting Here pages up to date with all the latest parking info.

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Students

Student: FAQs

Are you a current student or a prospective student? You may find the answer to your question here.

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I use the practice rooms in the Music Centre – where will I do that next year? The Music Centre will be relocated at Westwood in the academic year 2017-18 and then it will be back at Warwick Arts Centre from Oct 2018.

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I am a member of a student orchestra, where will I perform?
The Butterworth Hall and the Helen Martin Studio will be open throughout

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I am a steward at Warwick Arts Centre, will I have a job next year?
Yes. Warwick Arts Centre will be presenting a programme throughout and we will continue to support the dynamic team of performance stewards, who are crucial to our business.

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I graduate during this period, where will my graduation ceremony take place?
The Butterworth Hall will continue to be open for graduation ceremonies throughout.

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Where will my examinations take place?
The Butterworth Hall will continue to be used as an examination hall throughout this period.

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I am a member of a Creative/Performance Society, where will I perform? We have secured an alternative, temporary theatre (The Goose Nest) for student drama, musical theatre and opera in the academic year 2017 – 2018. For full details of the space – all the information will soon be found on our Technical Support pages, in our Information for Student Societies section. In Oct 2018, behind the scenes work will be completed, which include improvements to the technical specifications of the theatre and studio, as well as refurbished dressing rooms and facilities for student artists and performers.

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What will be happening to the Mead Gallery during the period? The Mead Gallery will be open 2017 – 2018. It will be closed from Oct 2018 to Oct 2020 and in this period there will be opportunities to experience art on campus through the University Art Collection, the University Sculpture Trail and an exciting visual arts programme is being planned to take exhibitions out across campus.

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Will the Café Bar be open?
There will be food and drink available throughout the period 2017 – 2020. When the new development is completed in October 2020 there will be an extensive new café and brasserie of superb quality and range. The foyers will be extensively improved with more opportunities to encounter art.

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I start my course in Oct 2017. What can I expect from the Arts Centre during this time?
Warwick Arts Centre will be open throughout your time at University. It will continue to deliver a strong, culturally diverse programme of shows and events; offer volunteer and job opportunities as well as venues in which to perform and practise. There will still be areas in which to socialise and catch up with friends. The building will be complete in October 2020, which will allow us to further raise the profile of the University of Warwick as a place to engage with, work on and enjoy arts and culture on campus.

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