Warwick Arts Centre presents an Autumn Season full of breath-taking performances with heart-warming theatre and dance, fun for all the family and an exciting array of big name entertainment.
Warwick Arts Centre leads the way in the region for comedy this autumn with a whole host of big name comedians taking to the Butterworth Hall stage, including Jason Manford (Thu 4 Oct), Dylan Moran (Sat 6 Oct), Sara Pascoe (Sun 7 Oct), Sarah Millican (Thu 11 – Sun 14 Oct), Seann Walsh (Fri 12 Oct), Ross Noble (Thu 25 – Sat 27 Oct) and Joe Lycett (Thu 15 Nov). Up-and-coming comedians include: Jen Brister (Sun 4 Nov), Ahir Shah (Sun 25 Nov), Tamysn Kelly and Sukh Ojla (Sun 7 Dec), fresh from acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Following the completion of Phase 1 of Warwick Arts Centre’s £17.1 million Warwick 20:20 Project, audience favourites Kneehigh will be re-opening the theatre in style as they bring Fup: A Modern Fable (Tue 2 – Sat 6 Oct) to the newly-refurbished auditorium. Bursting with live music, puppetry, together with Kneehigh’s famous eccentricity and charm, this is a story of an ass-kicking, web-footed, feathery sonofagun duck. The theatre programme also includes Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story (Tue 9 & Wed 10 Oct), a humorously dark, music-theatre hybrid inspired by the true stories of two Jewish Romanian refugees, starring genre-bending sensation Ben Caplan; and Rifco’s brand new play, Dishoom! (Tue 16 – Sat 20 Oct), set in summer 1978, with the National Front on the streets, and friends Simon and Baljit out to change the world forever. This heartwarming ode to friendship and courage is from writer Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti and the creators of Pyar Actually and Miss Meena & the Masala Queens. Following a critically acclaimed Bristol and London run, English Touring Theatre and Richard Twyman’s vital production of Othello (Tue 6 – Sat 10 Nov) focuses on the racial and religious tensions underlying Shakespeare’s startlingly contemporary play, which is a masterful depiction of a life torn apart by prejudice.
Warwick Arts Centre is committed to bringing audiences the very best in international work and this upcoming season is no exception. In collaboration with Culture Ireland’s GB18 campaign, the venue shines a spotlight on exceptional Irish work, including Pan Pan Theatre’s stunning adaptation of Beckett’s All That Fall (Wed 17 – Sat 20 Oct), with the audience seated on specially-designed rocking chairs. Dublin-based Dead Centre’s Hamnet (Tue 20 – Thu 22 Nov), explores the life and death of Shakespeare’s ill-fated son. Fishamble and Pat Kinevane return, after an affecting performance of Silent last year, with Underneath (Thu 29 Nov), a blackly comic and vivid tale of a life lived in secret.
Warwick Arts Centre’s traditional Christmas season is served by two fantastic family shows by Tall Stories, the Olivier-nominated producers of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom. A hugely talented cast will be resident at Warwick Arts Centre over the festive period presenting the fairy tales of Oscar Wilde. Wilde Creatures (Wed 28 Nov – Sun 30 Dec) is a beautiful show for over 5s, filled with original live music, a generous dash of comedy and plenty of unforgettable characters, brought straight from the West End.
Braver souls can enjoy The Canterville Ghost (Tue 18 – Sun 23 & Thu 27 – Sun 30 Dec), which debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe to wonderful reviews.
The festive period also sees the return of the explosive Warwick Christmas Lectures (Mon 26 Nov & Mon 3 Dec), and the much-loved Festive Family Day (Sun 2 Dec), filled with family-friendly activities and shows, including a performance from Britain’s Got Talent phenomenon, Lords of Strut.
Warwick Arts Centre’s family programme is set to enchant audiences.* BalletLORENT* bring their interpretation of Rumpelstiltskin (Fri 26 & Sat 27 Oct) to the stage, complete with young local performers, and Dinosaur World Live (Tue 30 & Wed 31 Oct ) gives children the chance to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing dinosaurs. Alternatively, for the very young, there’s Leaf (Sat 13 Oct), a playful experience inspired by the changing seasons, and Little Angel Theatre’s Sleepyhead (Fri 9 & Sat 10 Nov), featuring magic, a pinch of circus and a large dollop of silliness.
The Butterworth Hall stage is inundated with exciting musicians from all over the world this autumn. Cape Town jazz hero, Abdullah Ibrahim (Thu 18 Oct) will reveal his free-flowing piano invention in a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a living legend perform live, whilst Echo & The Bunnymen (Sun 21 Oct) and The Robert Cray Band (Wed 24 Oct) will present live showcases of their brand new albums, as well as revisiting their most loved classics. Afro Celt Sound System (Sat 24 Nov) will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a captivating and innovative show, combining folk traditions of different cultures to breath-taking effect. Jazz fans will be able to savour the infectious energy of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (Thu 22 Nov) and the exquisite skill of Kansas Smitty’s House Band (Fri 7 Dec).
Author and blogger Dolly Alderton (Thu 11 Oct) will be discussing her best-selling book, Everything I Know About Love – a must-have for any millennial; and universally adored actress, comedian and author, Joanna Lumley (Thu 1 Nov), will be recounting some of her hilarious adventures and never-before-heard stories. Michael Portillo (Mon 26 Nov) and Owen Jones (Sun 4 Nov) will both be delivering politically minded talks about their careers so far, and, for fans of snooker, Dennis Taylor and Jon Virgo will join us for An Evening with Snooker Greats (Sat 3 Nov).
The classical music season opens with Russian State Symphony Orchestra (Fri 5 Oct) and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra follows (Wed 28 Nov), both with an exceptional array of pieces that highlight their world-class soloists. Award-winning Montenegrin guitarist, Miloš Karadaglić (Wed 7 Nov) will be joined by Ensemble 7 with an eclectic programme encompassing everything from Bach to The Beatles, played with Miloš’ characteristic subtlety and charisma.
As the Mead Gallery is temporarily closed for Phase 2 of Warwick 20:20 Project, the visual arts programme is moving. Visitors to the University campus can experience Barry Flanagan’s seminal sculpture, Acrobats, which is on loan to the University of Warwick for one year only, whilst Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’, a collaborative project centered around T.S. Eliot’s landmark poem The Wasteland is displayed at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum and Coventry Cathedral from Sat 13 Sep. Mead: Over and Out (Fri 28 & Sat 29 Sep) is a chance to break all the traditional rules of a gallery to create a huge installation – and encourages all ages to get messy and make art!
Check out the Season trailer below!