10 reasons to get excited for our autumn season

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With 380 shows now on sale in our new season, including comedy, theatre, family, music and more, here are just 10 reasons to get excited for autumn.

1) Discover The Encounter, the show critics are raving about in Edinburgh

Complicite’s The Encounter, co-produced by Warwick Arts Centre, is the story of a photographer lost in the Amazon, brought to life by Simon McBurney. The runaway success of the Edinburgh International Festival 2015, The Encounter uses captivating performance and innovative sound technology to pull you deep into the jungle of the mind.

2) Michael Palin and a season of big comedy names

Monty Python legend and national treasure Michael Palin headlines a season full of big comedy names, including Milton Jones, Dave Gorman and Paddy McGuinness.

3) Big, heartfelt stories on stage from Kneehigh and Headlong

The ever inventive Kneehigh return with their exuberant, musical take on The Beggar’s OperaDead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), a shocking, hilarious and twisted morality tale of our times. The fragile dreams of a family are shattered in Headlong’s faithful interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ classic The Glass Menagerie, starring Greta Scacchi.

4) So many gigs you need to see

We could write a whole email just about the music season. Lucy Rose, the singer-songwriter from Warwickshire who’s found national acclaim, returns for a home gig, whilst Asian Dub Foundation perform to George Lucas’ classic sci-fi film THX 1138. East India Youth play a special gig at the Tin Music and Arts in Coventry, and Ghostpoet brings hip-hop, jazz and indie influences to the Copper Rooms. Plus The Proclaimers, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Yo La Tengo, Eddi Readerthe list goes on!

5) Quirky, quality comedy

Looking for something a bit different to make you laugh? Alex Horne is experimenting with strange contraptions, vocal shaman Beardyman emits and manipulates any conceivable sound with manic wit, Robert Newman analyses his brain activity and Nina Conti will strap a mask to your face. It's comedy that's completely off the chart – and Festival of the Spoken Nerd can even draw you one of those.

6) Free exhibition – and now on most Sundays, too!

The Mead Gallery is hosting a free exhibition of sculpture, Making It, which captures an exciting moment in British sculpture during the late seventies and early eighties.  For the first time, the Mead will also open its doors to the public on Sundays, offering you even more opportunities to enjoy the exhibition.

7) Amazing new theatremakers – all from the University of Warwick

The Emerge festival returns, celebrating performance at Warwick with a host of much lauded shows made by graduates of the University.

8) Magical journeys for families

Take your family to a Scarecrow's Wedding, get swept away by Hurricane Boy or join Paddington Bear at his First Concert. Head into the deep, dark wood with The Gruffalo's Child, uncover the secret of The Lost Gift and, of course, be sure to join us at our next Family Weekend!  We've one of the biggest seasons of family shows we've ever had – see it all here.

9) Classical treats

Our orchestral visitors this season include the Dresden Philharmonic from Coventry’s twin city, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia in a Concert Series that is complemented by opera from Ellen Kent with Carmen and Tosca and special festive concerts from Armonico Consort and the Orchestra of the Swan.

10) Discover new talents and see the world in a different way

We're at the heart of the University of Warwick, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary with a series of talks, discussions and workshops in The Festival of the Imagination. We'll be offering a new range of Masterclasses, including video journalism, stand-up and writing, and a brand new theatrical adventure game from Invisible Flock called If You Go Away will transform the University campus into a strange cinematic world via a smartphone app.

See all events on sale here.

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