Warwick Arts Centre springs into 2018 with the launch of a new programme packed full of household names, the best in contemporary theatre, student shows and an art exhibition from one of the UK’s leading modern painters.
Big name comedians will kick off the season with Stephen K Amos (Thu 18 Jan), John Kearns (Sun 28 Jan) and Bill Bailey (Mon 29 & Tue 30 Jan) taking to the stage. Ed Byrne (Thu 1 Mar), Jonathan Pie (Wed 7 Mar), Craig Campbell (Sat 10 Mar) and Jason Manford (Sat 28 Apr) will ensure a stellar line up as the season continues.
On Mon 12 and Tue 13 Feb, renowned international choreographer Ben Wright, will bring his most intimate a theatrical production, Point of Echoes, to Warwick Arts Centre. Set in 1978, the performance is a haunting tale of love, death and monsters, blending the tones of a Wes Anderson movie with the eerie dread of The Twilight Zone.
The award winning Knot, performed by circus aces JD and Nikki will bring acrobatics, witty prose and dance to The Goose Nest on Mon 19 & Tue 20 Feb. Vamos Theatre brings their poignant and funny show A Brave Face to the stage on Thu 22 Feb and on Tue 27 & Wed 28 Feb Theatre Ad Infinitum will perform their hit show Translunar Paradise – a poignant, life affirming tale without words, the show gathered great acclaim at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe from critics and audiences alike.
Music this season will come from “the greatest living drummer”, Tony Allen (Thu 8 Feb), festival favourite, Jake Bugg (Thu 8 Mar), swing aficionados, The Overtones (Sat 10 Mar), 1980’s electronic music pioneer, Gary Numan and four-time Grammy nominee, Steven Wilson (Thu 15 Mar) amongst others. Not only that, but on Fri 9 Feb, Madness frontman Suggs will host a night detailing his life in the spotlight.
This season Warwick Arts Centre will welcome selected cutting edge work that embraces new digital technologies and presents performance in a totally different way. Entitled 360◦ the series running from Tue 30 Jan – Sun 4 Feb will see a host of shows that push the virtual reality experience all lead by Limina’s Catherine Allen.
Throughout the spring season, University of Warwick student societies will take to The Goose Nest stage to present some of their very best shows. Opera Warwick lead the way with an original adaptation of Hansel and Gretel on Thu 25 – Sat 27 Jan; Music Theatre Warwick hit the stage on Wed 31 Jan – Sat 3 Feb with the unforgettable music of the big Broadway musical – Rent; and the Warwick Arts Centre Connections Company will present The Electric Blue Wind as part of the National Theatre Connections programme on Sat 17 Mar.
Once again, the family programme is bursting at the seams with fun-filled, exciting and immersive shows for little ones as young as six months. Hush-a-Bye (Wed 7 – Sun 11 Feb) is Oily Cart’s multi-sensory, interactive show packed full of colour, puppets and live music. Steven Lee’s book Don’t Dribble on the Dragon is brought to life for a perfect feel good show for all ages on Sun 11 Feb and family favourite – The Gingerbread Man – bursts on to stage with songs, dance and a big dollop of fun. Later on in the season, the fantastical new production, A Tiger’s Tale (Fri 23 – Sun 25 Feb) takes audiences on a riotous adventure and from 31 Mar – 2 Apr the entire family will be able to enjoy some monster-ously good moments in the wonderful Monstersaurus!
The classical music programme welcomes the Philharmonia Orchestra (Wed 31 Jan) with a concert filled with Dvorak; the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Thu 15 Feb) bring the award-winning cellist, Kian Soltani, to the stage; and the captivating Valentina Lisitsa joins the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra allowing audiences to marvel at her playing live. Bringing Beethoven to life, John Lill, will lead a recital of the master composer’s classics on Wed 14 Mar.
Mead Gallery’s Spring exhibition will see renowned Hereford based painter, Clare Woods, exhibit a solo show of never seen before paintings in Reality Dimmed (Sat 6 Jan – Sat 10 Mar). Her work is held in many international collections and this major exhibition will see her exhibit her raw and powerful painting, which are frequently vast in scale.
Julia Carruthers, Programme Director at Warwick Arts Centre, said: “We start 2018 as we mean to go on – bringing our audiences a host of shows to both enjoy, challenge and immerse themselves in the moment. Whilst we pride ourselves in bringing recognised artists and the best theatre and dance companies to our stages, we are passionate about supporting and developing new and young talent, and so this season The Goose Nest will come into its own with our creative student societies using the space to present some of their new work. We are really looking forward to another busy season at Warwick Arts Centre.”
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.
Take a look at the Spring Season trailer here.