Warwick Arts Centre’s entire Autumn programme launches today (Thursday 24 August), with big names including comedians Greg Davies and Milton Jones and singer/songwriter Alison Moyet, alongside a premiere from one of the UK’s leading dance companies and a West End show.
Opening the season on Wed 4 Oct is Charge – the electrifying new dance-circus show from Motionhouse. The performance combines multi-media, dance and acrobatics to explore energy in the world around us. The exhilarating show premieres at Warwick Arts Centre before embarking on a UK-wide tour.
Celebrated play, and cult film, Rita, Sue and Bob Too (17 – 21 Oct) is back live on stage and directed by the play’s original director, Max Stafford-Clark. Andrea Dunbar’s classic, semi-autobiographical play is a vivid portrait of girls caught between brutal childhood and an unpromising future, told with wicked humour and startling insight. It’s brought to life by Taj Atwal, James Atherton and Gemma Dobson starring in the title roles.
Direct from the West End, Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days (24 – 26 Oct) is a show for all the family. Lively, entertaining and full of laughs, the play sees a cast of 8 play over 125 characters as Phileas Fogg attempts to circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days, voyaging from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock.
This season Warwick Arts Centre will welcome some cutting edge shows that embrace new digital technologies and present performance in a totally different way. Curious Directive bring their super-natural coming of age thriller, Frogman (17 – 19 Oct), – with the audience experiencing much of the show whilst wearing VR headsets. Dear Esther Live (29 Nov) will see a live play through a cult video game accompanied by live narration and a live performance of BAFTA-winning composer Jessica Curry’s powerful score.
The month of November sees Rifco head back to Warwick Arts Centre with a sparkling new comedy about love, Pyar Actually (13 & 14 Nov) and award winning choreographer James Wilton brings his trademark blend of athletic dance, martial arts, capoeira and partner-work in Leviathan (15 Nov). A re-imaging of Moby Dick, this show will have you on the edge of your seat and leave you gasping for air under the sheer ferocity of movement, all accompanied by a powerful electro-rock soundtrack by Lunatic Soul.
The Butterworth Hall stage will welcome a host of household names this season. Vocal harmony group, The Overtones (14 Oct), take a break from entertaining their celebrity fans to bring their sensational stage show to the region; female powerhouses Lulu (18 Oct), Elaine Paige (11 Nov) and Alison Moyet (24 Nov) prove why they have been at the top of their game for years; and folk stars Richard Thompson (22 Oct) and Lau (18 Nov) show off their song-writing credentials and live talent.
Comedy this season, comes in the form of comedy greats, including Greg Davies, Nina Conti, Phill Jupitus, Joel Dommett and Milton Jones. All this alongside the improv- lyrical genius of Ireland’s Abandoman, Denmark’s hottest export, Sofie Hagen and Scotland’s Danny Bhoy. In addition to all that, there is an in conversation with Sir Michael Parkinson (13 Oct) and Ruby Wax (22 Nov) showcases her new one-woman show Frazzled.
As usual, the family programme is packed full of fun, exciting and immersive shows for children as young as 3 months. Michael Rosen’s award-winning book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (30 Nov – 7 Jan) takes the audience on a vividly fun adventure full of colour and song. The enchanting Snow Mouse (1 – 31 Dec) is a beautiful winter’s tale for the very young (3 months – 4 years) combing play, puppetry and music in a magical winter wonderland forest – perfect for Christmas.
The classical music programme welcomes the St Peterburg Symphony Orchestra (15 Oct) with a concert filled with favourites; the Hallé (2 Nov) celebrate the 17 year partnership with conductor, Sir Mark Elder; and the captivating Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla leads the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on Fri 17 Nov. And in a first for Warwick Arts Centre, we welcome the Bath Philharmonia to perform a live score in our film concert – Psycho (29 Oct)
Mead Gallery’s Autumn exhibition is a colourful celebration of 1960’s British art. Kaleidoscope (5 Oct – 9 Dec) will bring together exceptional artists from this era in an exhibition of painting and sculpture.
Julia Carruthers, Programme Director at Warwick Arts Centre, said: “With our 20:20 renovation project starting this Autumn, audiences and friends of Warwick Arts Centre may have thought we would be a little quieter during this time. Not so…our Autumn 2017 programme is bigger than ever! Snow Mouse will welcome little ones as young as three months old, and we’ve made sure the rest of our offer appeals to people of all ages and interests. Not only that, but we have a temporary theatre space – The Goose Nest – which will show a host of professional and student shows throughout the year. It’s set to be a great season!”
The 2017/18 series of brochures feature a ‘behind the scenes’ look at Warwick Arts Centre and feature Warwick Arts Centre staff and artists. Photographed by Warwickshire photographer, Katie McCullough, the images form part of a series showing life back stage at one of the UK’s leading arts centres.