Warwick Arts Centre will ‘Stomp’ into Spring 2017 with the global theatrical dance phenomenon headlining a programme packed full of big names in theatre, comedy, dance, music, art and family friendly shows.
We welcome the West End hit, Stomp, to the Butterworth Hall in January and – following hot on their heels – the UK’s most popular and successful choreographer, Matthew Bourne, will present his Early Adventures show. In addition, Irish dance sensation, Jean Butler (the original principal female in Riverdance); comedians Jimmy Carr, Danny Baker, Sue Perkins and Al Murray singer/songwriter Ruby Turner and the enthralling violinist, Nicola Benedetti will all ensure 2017 starts the most entertaining, inspiring and engaging way possible!
Leading on the theatre stage, celebrated touring Theatre Company, Headlong, will bring the George Bernard Shaw classic – Pygmalion – to life over one hundred years after it was written, in a radical new production.
After dazzling audiences throughout Europe, Cheek By Jowl will perform Shakespeare’s classic The Winter’s Tale and writer, director and actor Tim Crouch will perform his mesmerising and profound, My Arm, giving audiences a rare opportunity to see the starting point of his celebrated work.
Comedy this season, comes in the form of household names and comedy circuit stalwarts, including Jimmy Carr, Danny Baker, Stephen K Amos, Chris Ramsey, Sue Perkins and Al Murray. Jazz greats Courtney Pine and Roberto Fonseca and folk favourites Jim Moray and Alasdair Roberts head up a varied music programme.
We will continue the popular series of Masterclasses, with workshops in interior design, floristry, songwriting and drawing in still life available. Naturalist, broadcaster and author, Simon King, will host ‘an audience with’ and the ever popular live digital screenings from the RSC, Met Opera and National Theatre will continue to delight in the cinema.
Family shows are, once again, to be at the heart of the programme. From the heartwarming children’s classics heading from page to stage – Raymond Briggs’ The Bear and Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea – through to a host of original theatre to delight young minds. Oily Cart and the RSC will present In a Pickle, inspired by The Winter’s Tale and using beautiful costumes and enchanting live music and Highly Sprung bring the super-magical Tree to the theatre.
The spring season’s dance programme is stronger than ever, with internationally renowned artists, Jean Butler and Matthew Bourne, will present his Early Adventures leading the way Orchestral visitors include world renowned Scottish violinist, Nicola Benedetti, the European Union Chamber Orchestra featuring the wonderful pianist, Peter Donohoe and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will arrive in a flurry of strings and a blaze of trumpets for a high octane performance with guest conductor Robert Trevino.
Julia Carruthers, Programme Director at Warwick Arts Centre, said: “After one of our busiest and most successful autumn seasons, spring 2017 continues with a programme full of film, music, dance, circus, comedy and family shows – giving a host of reasons to head to Warwick Arts Centre. With household names, world renowned performers and acclaimed companies bringing some of the very best shows to our stages I am sure our audiences will continue to be delighted with what they see, hear, learn and experience all under our roof!”
The brochure design featuring audience members and staff, showcasing the people that make Warwick Arts Centre what it is, continues. Photographed by Birmingham photographer, Adrian Burrows, the images form part of a series for the 2016-17 brochures and features many areas of the University of Warwick campus.