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AN ALFRESCO SUMMER AT WARWICK ARTS CENTRE We’re outside in force this summer season, utilising the University campus’s rich array of outdoor space.



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Of course, there’s plenty going on in our indoor spaces, so do please read on.


Enjoy, and raise your hats to a summer of sunshine!

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We’ll be pitching the Footsbarn tent in Tocil Field, opposite the Arts Centre, for “Sorry!”; recreating a children’s playground in the Quad behind Coventry House for Decky Does A Bronco (pg 10/11) and two of the Mead Gallery’s exhibitions will take you on journeys across campus, opening your eyes to things you may never before have noticed (pg 43).

Finally, with the return of our iconic Koan by Liliane Lijn, back in its natural home outside our front doors, and the landscaping complete, this moment marks the last stage of our Butterworth Hall redevelopment project.

Once again we are offering FREE tickets to under 26s on selected theatre productions. A Night Less Ordinary tickets are available where you see this logo. Please see page 44 for terms and conditions.

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Sweet Nothings by Arthur Schnitzler in a new version by David Harrower directed by Luc Bondy

Tue 27 Apr – Sat 1 May 7.30pm 2hrs (incl. interval) Theatre Tue: £15, Wed – Sat: £17.50, £20, Under 26s £10

“… the most thrilling revival on the London stage.” The Stage “…Bondy’s production… vividly captures the irresponsible hedonism of youth.”  The Guardian

“Brilliant, intensely deliberate and eerily stylish”  The Independent

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A Young Vic / Wiener Festwochen and Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen co-production Co-commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre

Four young people risk everything in a tragic game of love, lust and adultery. Christine, a sweet, young girl from the lower ranks of Viennese society, is rapturously devoted to a handsome young drifter, Fritz, who, whilst falling for her, has previously been involved in an adulterous affair. The play starts with Fritz and his friend, Theo, hosting a wild party at which the romantic Christine and her more realistic friend, Mitzi, are the guests. The air is filled with the promise of orgiastic pleasure. But this pleasure is interrupted by a dark-clad figure who comes to challenge Fritz to a duel… Sweet Nothings captures the power of sexual longing, the cruelty of tradition, and the vulnerability of those in love. Arthur Schnitzler, an acquaintance of Freud, was the chronicler of Vienna in 1900. His La Ronde caused great outrage when first published in 1903 and still creates scandal today.

It provided inspiration for David Hare’s The Blue Room and Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut was based on Schnitzler’s Dream Story. Luc Bondy, is one of Europe’s leading directors, has been director of the Vienna Festival since 2001. Recent work includes Martin Crimp’s Cruel and Tender at the Young Vic, Tosca at the New York Met and Don Carlos at the Royal Opera House. David Harrower’s many plays include the Olivier Award-winning international hit Blackbird. “an exquisite production by Luc Bondy .. which vividly captures the irresponsible hedonism of youth… the performances throughout are as impeccable as the production”  The Guardian “Tom Hughes, looking like a young David Tennant, is excellent as Fritz, skittishly energetic yet also capable of gravity, and Natalie Dormer is a confident and poised Mizi, while Kate Burdette conveys Christine’s unexpected depths” Evening Standard

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NT Live National Theatre productions broadcast live to cinema screens around the world.

The Habit of Art a new play by Alan Bennett directed by Nicholas Hytner with Frances de la Tour, Richard Griffiths and Alex Jennings

Thu 22 Apr 6.45pm Cinema: Live screening £10 Sat 24 Apr 7.30pm Theatre: Repeat screening £10 Benjamin Britten, sailing uncomfortably close to the wind with his new opera, Death In Venice, seeks advice from his former collaborator and friend W H Auden. During this imagined meeting, their first for twenty-five years, they are observed and interrupted by, amongst others, their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station.

It looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men, and at the ethics of biography. It reflects on growing old, on creativity and inspiration and on persisting when all passion’s spent: ultimately, on the habit of art.

Alan Bennett’s new play is as much about the theatre as it is about poetry or music.

“Bennett the maestro returns with a multi-layered masterpiece.”  The Independent

“Another absolute cracker, often wonderfully and sometimes filthily funny, but also deeply and unexpectedly moving.”  Daily Telegraph

The National Theatre’s touring production for younger audiences

Twelfth Night

by William Shakespeare in a version by Carl Heap

Tue 4 – Sat 7 May See pg 34 for further details


A Young Vic and Fuel co-production Sound&Fury’s


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in collaboration with Bryony Lavery commissioned by The Junction Cambridge Tue 4 – Sat 8 May 7.45pm Thu matinee 1.30pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm 1hr 30mins Studio £15, Under 26s £10 Thu matinee £10

Their lives are at once extraordinary and mundane – until a tragic event occurs that makes them question everything they are doing. As the tension mounts, the pressure they live under starts to take its toll.

“The most brilliantly immersive piece of theatre I’ve seen all year… An unforgettable homage to the men of the Kursk, and all their kind.”  The Daily Telegraph “Wholly original… What is impressive is the seamless merging of human interest and scenic excitement… simply terrific.”  The Guardian

How Kursk Works Wed 5 May 5pm - 6.30pm Join members of Sound&Fury to find out how Kursk works by taking a guided tour of the set and the space. FREE to ticket holders but places must be booked through Box Office.

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Inspired by the Russian submarine disaster, acclaimed theatre company Sound&Fury (The Watery Part of the World and Ether Frolics) join Bryony Lavery (Stockholm) to invoke the life of submariners, fathoms below the icy seas on the fraying front line of the Cold War.

Kursk has no conventional seating. Please mention any specific access requirements when booking.


August 2000. A British hunter-killer submarine is on patrol in the Arctic. The crew drill, sleep, eat, long for word from home, and silently shadow their target.

66a Church Road A Lament Made of Memories and Kept in Suitcases written and performed by Daniel Kitson Wed 19 – Fri 21 May 7.45pm Studio £12 (£10)


Winner First Fringe Award 2008 ‘Last September I had to move out of my flat after living there for almost six years. I didn’t want to. I lived alone. I am single. 66a Church Road was the longest relationship of my life. This is a break up show. For my flat.’ Daniel Kitson, London, May 2008

Astonishing images of crumbling beauty and battered grandeur will emerge from time beaten suitcases, telling a funny, sad and truly nostalgic story of a forsaken flat, a broken heart and the ache for home. “Every minute is filled with absolute delight... exceptionally entertaining.” The Stage

Rifco Arts and Theatre Royal Stratford East in association with Warwick Arts Centre

Award-winning Rifco Arts brings you a brand new Bhangra musical charting the rise of British Bhangra music from the sequin clad 80s through to the R ‘n’ B fusion of the current charts. Twinkle arrives fresh from the fields of the Punjab with a song in his heart and no money in his pocket. Can his talent shine through or will the remixed bling of the 90’s DJs ruin his dreams?

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Tue 25 May – Sat 5 Jun 7.30pm Sat & Sun matinee 2.30pm NB. No performance on Mon 31 May Theatre Sun – Wed eve and Sat & Sun matinees: £17.50 (£15.50), £19.50 (£17.50), £21.50 (£19.50) Thu – Sat eve: £19.50 (£17.50), £21.50 (£19.50), £23.50 (£21.50) Groups Deal – Tue eve and matinee performances only: Buy 4 or more tickets at the same time and get best available seats for £18 each


Britain’s Got Bhangra

Bring the family and move to the rhythm and bhangra. Shake your shoulders, twist that lightbulb; this is the story of how Britain got Bhangra. “A big hit around the country.” The Guardian (on The Deranged Marriage) “Definitely worth making a date for.”  The Evening Standard (on Where’s My Desi Soulmate)

From the company who brought you hit shows such as The Deranged Marriage, There’s Something About Simmy and Where’s My Desi Soulmate; Rifco Arts’ groundbreaking musical is guaranteed to lift you from the dhol drums!

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Polarbear and mac in association with The Albany present


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written and performed by Polarbear

Wed 2 Jun 7.45pm Studio £10 (£8) 1hr Noah left where he was from and can’t be himself where he ended up. Convinced he had to leave to make his mark, but is that mark attached to a place?

It Came From PILOT


Thu 3 Jun 7.45pm Studio £7.50 (£5) 1hr 40mins (incl. interval)

by Richard Milward Mon 14 & Tue 15 Jun 7.45pm Studio £10 (£8), Under 26s £6.50 contains strong language and scenes of a sexual nature.

It Came From PILOT gives you the chance to see more of two original pieces, first premiered at PILOT, now that they have reached the next stage in their development.



PILOT nights are a motley assortment of new, untested shorts created by celebrated and emerging theatre makers from across the country. A regular sell-out, they provide a platform for artists to trial work in front of a lively, supportive crowd and gain crucial feedback.



A Northern Stage and Company of Angels co-production

a unique double bill of exciting new work

Two companies have been invited to develop their work from short extracts into the extended pieces premiered here for one night only. Expect highly original, quality performances supported by the relaxed and open environment of PILOT.


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Incorporating the mechanics of lighting and stunning cinematography alongside the immediacy and freedom of spoken word. RETURN pieces together one man’s attempt to find home. Captivating rhythms and patterns of speech create an experience that feels at once like a film and a campfire story – shared and completed in the imaginations of the audience.

Enter the dazzling, chaotic world of Adam and Eve. They depict a very different Eden. On a council estate where cheap booze flows as freely as the wild experiences of the teenagers that live there, friendships mean everything and families are left behind. Funny, tragic and delightful. The first stage adaptation of Richard Milward’s remarkable debut novel. “Catcher in the Rye meets the Arctic Monkeys.” The Times

As with all PILOT events the evening is a showcase for work in development and as such the audience are invited to get a drink, enjoy the show and stick around afterwards to let the artists know exactly what they thought. PILOT is supported by ACE and Warwick Arts Centre.

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Teatro Kismet in association with Warwick Arts Centre

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“A show so startlingly sensual, earthy and sexy that it was far too good to leave it to kids.” Lyn Gardner – The Guardian (on Beauty and the Beast) “So visually arresting, so physical and spectacular… adults are left sighing over the deeper things that fairy tales so beautifully and cruelly expose.” The Stage (on The Snow Queen)

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Breathtaking in its impact, this is storytelling at its most powerful, brilliantly combining the beauty and cruelty of the tale with earthy humour and magical invention. The Mermaid Princess is thrillingly staged by one of Europe’s most dynamic theatre companies.


Teatro Kismet’s The Mermaid Princess is a visually ravishing piece of theatre that will awaken the senses and stir the emotions.

With an international cast of actors and dancers, this is a rare and wonderful opportunity to experience extraordinary European theatre that will capture your imagination and appeal to your sense of wonder.

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The mermaid exchanges her tail and sublime voice for two legs, but the prince, alas, marries another…

Energetic, physical performances combine with spectacular lighting, an atmospheric musical soundscape and sumptuous costumes in a show which is filled with unforgettable poetic images.

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Once upon a time, in the depths of the ocean, a mermaid princess was singing and a young prince was drowning… she saved him… he kissed her… I love you, you love me…

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Sat 12 – Mon 14 Jun Sat 2pm & 7pm, Sun 3pm, Mon 10.30am Theatre £12.50, children £7.50 65mins


written and directed by Teresa Ludovico inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid


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Sat 5 & Sun 6 Jun and Thu 10 – Sat 12 Jun 7.30pm Special Performance Tent on Tocil Field (opposite car park 7) £20, Under 26s £10 Following Footsbarn's thrilling performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2008, this influential, legendary company once again pitch their tent on Tocil Field to bring us a truly magical and entertaining summer theatrical experience. Clowns and undertakers. Actors and tractors. Corpses and horses. Theatre and circus. Footsbarn have joined forces with Pierre Byland and Cirque Werdyn, a gypsy horse circus to present an evening of burlesque and anarchy in a big top! “Sorry!” is a show that defies description, as the undertakers hold a funeral for a famous composer a family of gypsies arrive to celebrate a wedding, all in the same place! Will we toast the bride or mourn the departed, the battle is on…

“Sorry!” is a gathering. Of turmoil. Of the two magnetic poles. Of conflict taken so far it no longer makes sense, to the point of absurdity.

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“Sorry!” Food & Drink Just £6.50 per person when booked in advance through Box Office Whet your appetite before the event by indulging in a slow roasted hot pork bap fresh from the sizzling spit, topped with succulent stuffing and apple sauce made to your liking. Enjoy your food with a glass of beer, wine or a soft drink for the discounted combined price of £6.50 when pre ordered through the box office. For those who prefer a meat-free feast, a vegetarian alternative will be available on the evening.

Grid Iron Theatre Company

Decky Does a Bronco written by Douglas Maxwell directed by Ben Harrison


“A precious piece of theatre that captures all the fragility of childhood.” The Guardian

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It’s summer and school’s out. Five lads act out their dreams and fears in their local playground in Scotland. Their game, known as ‘broncoing’, is fast and dangerous. Broncoing is a sign of manhood – which Decky and his friends all impatiently await. Little do they know how suddenly and abruptly it will be forced upon them this summer…

Multi award-winning Scottish company Grid Iron first toured this boisterous outdoor production in 2000 and again in 2001. A theatrical event unlike any other, and performed by eight actors who are all trained acrobats, this remount celebrates the tenth anniversary of the original Scotsman Fringe First and Stage Award winning production.

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‘To bronco a swing you stand on it, work up to the bumps, level with the bar, kick the swing over your head and jump beneath it.’ Douglas Maxwell


Mon 21 – Sat 26 Jun 7.30pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm Outdoor site: Quad adjacent to Arts Centre 1hr 30mins suitable for ages 12+ Mon: £10, Tue – Sat: £12.50, Under 26s £10

A powerful and vivid tale of childhood innocence and the perilous passage into adulthood. “Utterly convincing and utterly brilliant – I’d run away and join Grid Iron tomorrow.” The Irish Times

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Interrobang: Regeneration Thu 24 – Sat 26 Jun 11am-11pm FREE (some events may require advance booking) Fierce Interrobangs are mash-ups of performance, experiments, enquiry, workshops, hot drinks, conversation and direct action. Interrobang: Regeneration, curated in partnership with Warwick Arts Centre, takes as its starting point Coventry’s complex history (and future) in relation to destruction and regeneration. It will include a special international edition of Hide&Seek’s Sandpit, an opportunity to meet with other Fierce artists, insight into the cultural regeneration plans for Coventry’s Far Gosford Street and the chance to explore the power of collective audience creativity. Every Interrobang day will be different. You can be there for five minutes or all three days. You may be building something, tearing something down, dashing through the streets in escape of someone. There will be a range of participatory activities, some scheduled and some not. Full details on nearer the time.


Sandpit in association with LIFT, London International Festival of Theatre, as part of Fierce’s Interrobang Festival Sat 26 Jun 6pm - 10pm FREE Join Hide&Seek for social games and playful experiences, where artists experiment with game design to create new ways of being together. Hide&Seek’s Sandpit is a monthly event held in London, and now some of the best games developed over the past year are coming to Warwick Arts Centre. So whether you prefer your games solemn or silly, quiet or frantic, jubilant or paranoid, there’s bound to be something for you! The Sandpit is open to everybody – anyone can come and play, have ideas and try out stuff. If you’ve got an idea for a game you’d like to try out at Sandpit, email “… combines all my favourite things about games – play, interactivity, performance, cleverness, technology, participation.” The Guardian “… a real inspiration to those who wonder what the arts will look like in a digitised world.” BBC Technology


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Little Gem Tue 5 - Sat 9 Oct 7.30pm Theatre Tue £15, Under 26s £10, Wed - Sat £20 (£17), Under 26s £10

Ireland’s Gúna Nua Theatre is coming to Warwick Arts Centre this Autumn with Elaine Murphy’s acclaimed drama about three generations of Dublin women. This multi-award winning hit of the 2008 Dublin Fringe Festival takes the audience on a journey with these women through one extraordinary year of love, sex, birth, marriage and salsa classes. A year of courage, comedy and romance.


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“Murphy and her brilliant cast make us care about every breath these women take, and make you want to hug them.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Freshblood Theatre

Music Theatre Warwick

Wed 12 – Sat 15 May 7.45pm Sat matinee 2.30pm Studio £7 (£6)

Wed 26 – Sat 29 May 7.45pm Sat matinee 2.30pm Studio £7.50 (£6.50)

Sergeant John Hollis is dead and the gap he left needs to be filled. Stephen McManus is the man for the job, but no-one will believe him. And with the war raging in the skies over Germany, belief is the most powerful defence a young man can have. At a time when life hangs on the most delicate thread of a chance, the slightest breeze can snap the strongest man.

Gin. Skin. Sin. Fun! Set against the backdrop of decaying Vaudeville theatre, La Chiusa’s hit musical takes its audience through death, debauchery, love and lust all in the space of one wild party. Ageing stars Queenie and Burrs invite a miscellany of divas and dreamers for a night they will not forget, a night fuelled by gin, cocaine, seduction and a battle of stage personas to ultimately end in tragedy.

And with the Big City of Berlin the target for tonight, the breeze is really picking up... Looking at themes of family, brotherhood, youth and death, join the crew in this powerful new play presented by Freshblood Theatre as they spend another day waiting, wondering if it will be their last.

Sung by an ensemble of fading performers, drug addicts and wannabes, the show has an astounding soundtrack ranging from effortlessly cool jazz to classic Broadway duets. Ultimately, La Chiusa’s The Wild Party serves as a reminder of the fragility of life and the dangers of greed and desire.


WSAF 2010

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The Lady Is Not For Burning Wed 9 – Sat 12 Jun 7.45pm Studio £7 (£6) It is a warm, breezy afternoon in April in the town of Cool Clary. A war-weary soldier, claiming to be the Devil, climbs through the bay windows into the Mayor’s living room and politely demands to be hung for murder… Originally set in the 1400s, this dark, riotous farce moves to 1946. The Lady Is Not For Burning reads as both a challenge and parable for our own time, as well as society after WWII. The language stuns and surprises, accompanied by a surrealist design, fabulous characters and metaphors about love to rival even Shakespeare.

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Fri 25 – Mon 28 Jun Warwick Student Arts Festival is back as you’ve never seen it before. Campus will be transformed into a vibrant hub of creative activity; a place to celebrate the end of the academic year, welcome the beginning of summer and witness the impressive artistic talents and cultural diversity of the Warwick student body. A programme of free events will be held in a variety of venues at the heart of campus, including a specially developed Family Day on Sun 27 Jun. As always, this year will feature exciting and innovative work and never-before-seen collaborations from some of Warwick’s biggest and best societies. Get into the festival spirit... WSAF 2010 is on its way.

5 SOLDIERS The Body Is The Frontline Tue 27 & Wed 28 Apr 7.45pm Studio £10.50 (£8.50) suitable for ages 12+ 5 SOLDIERS, The Body is the Frontline is a timely, controversial, thought provoking and moving exploration of war in modern times. A dance theatre work with 4 male dancers and 1 female, it looks at how the human body is essential to, and used in, warfare. 5 SOLDIERS explores the physical training that prepares you for war, as well as the possible effects on the body, and the injury caused by warfare.

“… one of the brightest and most enterprising young choreographers currently at work in the UK. Her choreography is definitely rooted in the body, but it also conveys a sharp, sound sense of the theatrical along with a conceptual savvy.” Donald Hutera, The Times


Featuring Rosie Kay’s trademark intense physicality and athleticism, 5 SOLDIERS weaves a journey of physical transformation, helping us understand how soldiers are made and how war affects them.

5 SOLDIERS is a unique collaboration between award winning choreographer Rosie Kay, art director David Cotterrell and dramaturg Petra Tauscher. It follows an intense period of research where Rosie was attached to 4th Battalion The Rifles and David spent time in Helmand Province with the Joint Forces Medical Group. The piece has an original sound score by Annie Mahtani and theatre direction from Walter Meierjohann.

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An unexpected dance experience in which we see the dance with our ears.

When two percussionists and two dancer-choreographers wished to create a new piece which questions the delicate relationship between dance and music, they decided to share the scenic space equally. How does a percussionist dance? What is the sound of a dancer’s body?

These four artists attack the stage, not in their habitual roles, but in a desire to profoundly share their similarities and to risk new territories. For each, it is never a question of losing one’s proper identity, but more to discover where the common ground between these two worlds is situated.

Echoa hones the dancer's musicality and highlights the choreography present in music.

“There is magic to be found in this piece as the artists exhibit the totality of their art; polyphonic voice, dance, music and theatre.” La Mareillaise du Var

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Fri 21 May 7.30pm Sat 22 May 2pm Theatre £12.50 (£8.50) 50mins

The dance becomes music… And the music can be seen…

Four and four: two quartets in two halves

an evening of beautiful, exciting and innovative dance performance presented by Summer Dancing 2010

Sun 27 Jun 7.45pm Studio £10 (£5)


West Midlands Youth Ballet Thu 22 & Fri 23 Jul 7.30pm Theatre £12.50, Under 10s £10 This greatly admired Youth Ballet Company celebrates 35 years of performances at Warwick Arts Centre with two Gala evenings of classical dance in contrasting styles. “An exceptional group with consistently wonderful standard.” Peter Donohoe

Curated as part of the Summer Dancing Festival 2010 this will be an intriguing evening of dance and sound, performed by a group of outstanding contemporary performers.

Moving Men Following a string of performances at venues across Europe. This performance is created in front of your eyes by an international trio of acclaimed dancers: Jean-Hugues Miredin (FR), Adrian Russi (CH), and Charlie Morrissey (UK). Musician Scott Smith will also play live as part of this score.

A Quartet of Women Internationally renowned dancers Andrea Buckley and Lucia Walker have been brought together especially for this performance along with a third guest, while musician Sylvia Hallett will perform a spontaneous score. Each compelling performance is created in real time - each one highly physical and infused with a rare chemistry and immediacy. Moment by moment the audience become aware that they are witnessing the making of this live event. 

Supported by Coventry University, Coventry City Council, Institute for Creative Enterprise, Coventry Cathedral and Warwick Arts Centre.

Michael Clark Company

come, been and gone choreographer Michael Clark lighting designer Charles Atlas costumes Stevie Stewart, Michael Clark Tue 18 & Wed 19 May 7.30pm Theatre £22.50 (£19.50), £25 (£22.50), £27.50 (£25) 2hrs (incl. 2 intervals)

Michael Clark Company’s latest work evolves from Michael Clark’s admiration for the music of rock’s holy trinity, David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, who worked in close proximity during the 1970s. The production includes Bowie’s iconic song “Heroes”. “Rock is my rock. It has been vital to me at a personal level; it has shaped me as an individual as well as an artist.” Michael Clark

“… an outrageously gorgeous piece of modern dance.”


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“… beautifully and inspiringly danced… unmissable.” The Daily Telegraph

“The precision of these dances seems to reach right off the stage.” The Independent

Michael Clark creates work that combines his classical fluency with a twisted contemporary sensibility that embraces embarrassment, doubt and fear, as well as grace, virtue and control. He is renowned for his legendary collaborations with bands, fashion designers and visual artists including Wire, BodyMap, Leigh Bowery and Sarah Lucas.

Commissioned by barbicanbite09 and Dance Umbrella (London), La Biennale di Venezia (Venice) and Dansens Hus (Stockholm) as part of European Network of Performing Arts (ENPARTS). Co-produced by barbicanbite09, Dance Umbrella, Michael Clark Company, Edinburgh International Festival, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and Maison des Arts de Créteil. Michael Clark Company is supported by Arts Council England.


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Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

featuring Gilson Lavis and special guest star Alison Moyet with guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall Thu 29 Apr 8pm Butterworth Hall £22.50, £32.50 Tickets Selling Fast!




Jools Holland returns to Warwick Arts Centre with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and the party that never stops.

John Smith Thu 29 Apr 7.45pm Studio £10 (£8) John Smith is the 27 year old guitar man from Devon who is quietly becoming recognised as one of the most exciting voices on the British folk scene. Praised and encouraged by the legendary John Martyn and taken on tour by folk colossus Davy Graham, John Smith is an ordinary man with extraordinary abilities – a gift for sharp song writing and prodigious guitar-playing – with experience to burn and expectations to fulfil.

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His songs are full of fire and passion, with his big, burnished voice sounding both raw and romantic.

Malandras del Tango featuring Tango Siempre with special guests Victor Villena of Gotan Project (bandoneon) and Guillermo Rozenthuler (voice) Fri 30 Apr 7.45pm Studio £14.50 (£12.50) Guillermo Rozenthuler – Voice Victor Villena and Julian Rowlands – Bandaneons Ros Stephen and Emil Chackalov – Violins Jonathan Taylor – Piano and Composition Richard Pryce – Double Bass

“Tango Siempre – a brilliant fusion of classical, tango, jazz and roots.”  The Guardian “That rare thing, Brit tango with attitude.”  Songlines

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Bandoneons and strings evoke the lush, expansive romance of the Buenos Aires tango orquestas of the 1930s and 40s; the stirring, intense voice of Guillermo Rozenthuler recalls Carlos Gardel’s songs of longing and despair; traditional tango collides with virtuosic jazz improvisation and thrilling rhythmic propulsion.


Tango Siempre present their new septet project Malandras del Tango with a programme of intense and passionate music fusing the sound of a traditional tango orquesta típica with Astor Piazzolla’s radical reworking of the tango tradition.


Kevin Johansen Sat 1 May 7.45pm Studio £14.50 (£12.50)


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“Sheer pleasure, offered with intelligence and humour… Whether in English or Spanish, the much-travelled singer’s left-field take on Latin music is quite beautiful.” The Observer

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His privileged voice, ranging from deep Barry White style to highpitched Hindu, invades every song. Cumbias flamencos, Celtic Sambarera and Hip pop are just a few of the names with which Kevin himself defines the style of his songs. Because he cannot be defined into one specific style, he often likes to define himself as ‘de-genreate’.

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Born of Argentine mother and American father, Kevin Johansen deliberately plays with his bilingualism and forces us into his own private world. Fun, deep, playful, smart, thoughtful are just a few of the adjectives that could be used to define his lyrics.

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Fri 7 May 8pm Butterworth Hall £15.50, £17.50, Under 26s £10



Two boundary-busting acts, one stage: several worlds collide in the most intriguing tour of the year.


Rokia Traoré takes African music to places nobody knew it could go, using rock, jazz and classical as a springboard to adapt and update traditional Malian sounds. Raised in Bamako and Europe, she applies an outsider’s perspective to her music inviting her audience to experience African music’s place in the 21st century. The Sunday Times described her 2008 album, Tchamantché as a ‘beguiling journey across borders’ and named it among the best of the year. Sweet Billy Pilgrim recorded their second album, Twice Born Men, in a shed. Nominated for the Mercury Prize, the result was, according to Uncut, ‘the best album of its kind since Elbow’s The Seldom Seen Kid’.

“…a sublime trio, a band heading for great things.” The Guardian “…world class pianist John Law’s new trio is as melodic, accessible and catchy as anyone in the crowded piano trio sector.” Independent on Sunday

Christy Moore has been singing, writing and collecting songs for most of his life. He has been on the road since 1966, and has made over 30 albums, both solo and with the prestigious bands Moving Hearts and Planxty.

Christy will be accompanied by well known musician and producer Declan Sinnott. “Moore leaves comfortable room for listeners to enter each of his songs and find new parts of themselves – and of the world. It’s a journey well worth taking.”  Rolling Stone


His live performances have run the gamut from small folk clubs in Ireland and England to premier concert halls throughout the world.

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John Law, a classically trained British pianist, moves from Brad Mehldau’s hypnotically grooving lyricism to the rugged funkiness of EST. His series of Art of Sound CDs has been critically acclaimed and his compositions include everything from introspective hushed poised ballads to extrovert rock tunes, displaying both the history of jazz and the contemporary trends in music. The Trio was formed in 2006 and has toured widely with great success.

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Ruby Turner Sat 19 Jun 7.30pm Theatre £16.50 For many years Ruby Turner has been regarded as having one of the greatest voices the UK has ever produced. Ruby can breathe life and meaning into a song whether it is a passionate soaring ballad or a soulful up-tempo groove.

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A prolific songwriter, many of Ruby’s songs have been covered by artists such as Lulu, Yazz and Maxi Priest, while her vocal prowess has been employed to good effect by Brian Ferry, Mick Jagger, Steve Winwood and Jools Holland.


Krystle Warren

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Fri 2 Jul 7.45pm Studio £12.50 (£10)

Sat 3 Jul 7.45pm Studio £12.50 (£10)

Krystle Warren hails from Kansas City and learned to play guitar by listening to Rubber Soul and Revolver.

Muntu Valdo’s music is rooted in the blues, mixing African traditions (he was brought up in Cameroon and then France) with striking modernity and technical mastery, building up layers of sounds with loops and samples. He was last at Warwick Arts Centre with Congolese superstars Staff Benda Bilili. His debut album Gods & Devils was described by NME as “a rapturous record that shudders with joy and passion.”

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Her tastes range from Rufus Wainwright to Betty Carter, Willie Nelson to Nina Simone and she’s toured the US with Martha Wainwright, Zap Mama, Rodrigo & Gabriela and Erykah Badu. Warren has, over the last twelve months, established an ever-expanding following in the UK and has been marked as one to watch.

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Si Hayden and Jama Sat 22 May 7.45pm Studio £6 (£5) Si Hayden picked up a guitar at the age of 10; gigged with numerous bands from age 15; played solo guitar shows from age 22; and has been performing, recording, collaborating and composing ever since. He has appeared as guitarist for Joe O’Donnell; is a founder member of live DnB band 91db; is one third of jazz/ poetry trio MorleyHaydenHaines; a is double bassist for The Verity Pabla Band, Lucy Anne Sale and Andrew Buckley. “A classical Spanish style guitarist who will blow you away with his jazz, Latin and funk infused songs. How he manages it all on just a 6 string guitar still amazes us. You have to see him to believe it!” AcousticLounge, Clapham

UK based collective Jama formed in in 2008 to play original, meaningful dance music, blending African, Latin and funk styles, tight grooves and lyrics carrying a message for our times. The band features musicians from Zimbabwe, France and the UK.

Melody Heather – Vocals, percussion Fan Lebel – Vocals, percussion Jon Lewis – Guitar Bryan Paul – Bass Steve Laffy – Drums Glenn Hughes – Keyboards Ian Hill – Tenor and soprano sax

Their live performances have been greeted with wide acclaim. All seasoned performers, members have many worldwide shows to their credit, including festival appearances at the likes of WOMAD, Montreux Jazz Festival and Glastonbury.



The Bellows and Resurrection Men


Fri 4 Jun 7.45pm Studio £6 (£5) The Bellows are an 8 piece outfit comprising of banjo, mandolin, 2 electric guitars, double bass and thunderous drums. Their trumpet fanfare and 5 piece vocal harmonies deliver a full theatrical assault. This husband and wife fronted festival favourite tell tales of twisted murder whilst stirring a swampy cauldron of country, punk and Gothic Victoriana, cooking up Cossack style upbeat to wistful melancholy. If you hunger for the dark beauty of Nick Cave’s murder ballads, the poetic chaos of Tom Wait’s bone machine or the world weary woes of Johnny Cash’s rambling characters – this is surely for you.

Formed recently from the shattered pieces of various other local bands, Resurrection Men have been securing a place in the Coventry music scene over the last year. Eschewing frills and bells, the band offer gimmick free alternative rock music stretching from Captain Beefheart style strangeness and Cream-esque Blues power to the angular fair you might expect to hear from Fugazi or Battles. This is the sound of the Coen Brothers and Stanley Kubrick if they had made a film without pictures. Along the way this brave and honest band take influence from wherever they find it... and they find it in the strangest of places.

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University of Warwick Symphony Orchestra & Chorus

FREE Lunchtime Concerts

Sun 27 Jun 4pm Butterworth Hall £7 (£5)

Thursday 1.10pm Ensemble Room, Music Centre in Warwick Arts Centre

Violin - Richard Gratwick Tenor -  Peter Wilman Conductors -  Lucy Griffiths, Paul McGrath

Tchaikovsky - Romeo & Juliet Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto Aaron Copland - Appalachian Spring Samuel Coleridge-Taylor - Hiawatha's Wedding Feast

The University of Warwick Symphony Orchestra presents two of Tchaikovsky's best-loved works; his evocative Overture-Fantasy Romeo and Juliet, and the beautiful Violin Concerto in D major Op.35, performed by concerto competition winner Richard Gratwick. They also paint a musical picture of America with Copland’s Appalachian Spring. Originally a ballet score, the piece tells the story of a pioneer celebration in spring in the

Pennsylvania hills in the early part of the eighteenth-century. In 1898 Elgar described Samuel Coleridge-Taylor as 'far and away the cleverest fellow amongst the young men’. A few weeks later came his triumphant Hiawatha's Wedding Feast, which captivated the public, and established him as one of Britain's outstanding young composers. It is performed in this concert by the University’s Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

As well as supporting the student ensembles of the university, the Music Centre also runs a programme of professional lunchtime concerts.

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Timothy Orpen, clarinet and Alison Farr, piano University of Warwick Music Scholars Marylebone Trio Monica McCarron, flute and Helen Leek, piano Daniel Tong, piano TBC Coull Quartet Sophia Lisovskaya, piano Maya Irgalina, piano Clare Duckworth, violin and Helen Leek, piano

City of Coventry Youth Orchestra with a massed choir of Primary School Children

Last Night of The Proms Sat 8 May 7.30pm Butterworth Hall £6 (£5), £8 (£7) £20 Family Saver (Group of 4 including at least 2 children) Conductor - Brian Chappell Soprano - Maria Vujinovic All of the traditional favourites with audience participation – including Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia, British Sea Songs and Jerusalem. Also John Williams Soundtrack highlights, a tribute to Louis Armstrong and selections from Carmen, Porgy and Bess and the musical Wicked.


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Don Pasquale

The Marriage of Figaro

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

sung in English Tue 11 & Fri 14 May 7.30pm Theatre £20 (£18), £23 (£21), £27 (£25)

sung in English Wed 12 & Thu 13 May 7.30pm Theatre £20 (£18), £23 (£21), £27 (£25)

sung in English Sat 15 May 7.30pm Theatre £20 (£18), £23 (£21), £27 (£25)

This is a comedy with zest, cream and an Italian accent in a new production directed by William Oldroyd with Dominic Wheeler conducting.

James Conway’s production, set in steamy Seville, is an elegant and energetic period costume production of one of the world’s most popular operas. Based on Beaumarchais’ controversial play, Mozart’s opera (sung in English) traces the intrigues of one day at the house of Count Almaviva. Figaro is to marry Susanna (a maid, but also a ‘favourite’ of the Count – and opera’s most charming heroine), but he must overcome every obstacle put in his way by the Count and his cronies, before he can be united finally with his bride.

ETO’s hugely successful production of the Britten/Shakespeare masterpiece returns. In a fairy-haunted wood, lovers’ knots are tangled and strange dreams create monstrous romances. Only in a hilarious play performed by working men are all the opera’s tensions and enchantments eased. James Conway’s production celebrates the best of English music and theatre as Michael Rosewell conducts Britten’s eerie, highly theatrical score.

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He seems set to steal from his nephew his beautiful, and apparently submissive, bride – but his clumsy wooing turns to painful woe when she reveals her own mind.



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English Touring Opera Tue 11 – Sat 15 May

New York’s Metropolitan Opera Live in HD

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Warwick Arts Centre, amongst illustrious cinemas and theatres worldwide, continues to broadcast award-winning high definition transmissions of live opera direct from New York.

The mythical tale of a sorceress who enthrals men in her island prison has inspired operatic settings by a multitude of composers, including Haydn and Dvorãk. Renée Fleming stars in the title role of Rossini’s version, opposite no fewer than six tenors.

Sat 1 May 6pm Cinema £25 (£20) 4hrs 20mins approx (including 2 intervals) Award winner Mary Zimmerman, who returns to direct this new production, says that this fanciful and magical tale “has an epic, enchanted quality and a tremendous visual element.” “Closest thing to a front row seat.” Q, The Oprah Magazine

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Wed 28 Apr 8pm Butterworth Hall £11 (Choir), £18 (£17), £24 (£23), £28 (£27), £32 (£30), £35 (£33) Wagner – Die Meistersinger Prelude Bartok – Violin Concerto No.2 Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.5 Conductor Andris Nelsons Violin Frank Peter Zimmermann

Tue 18 May 8pm Butterworth Hall £11 (Choir), £18 (£17), £24 (£23), £28 (£27), £32 (£30), £35 (£33) Tchaikovsky – Marche Slave Philip Glass – Violin Concerto Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade Conductor Pavel Kogan Violin Chloë Hanslip

Warwick Arts Centre has a long and distinguished relationship with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Our inaugural season in the new Butterworth Hall ends with a visit from the distinguished Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.

On this evening we are welcoming them again, led for the first time in the Butterworth Hall by their exciting new Music Director, Andris Nelsons. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 is one of the great orchestral show pieces and it will give you a chance to see why Andris Nelsons’ partnership with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is considered to be something special. We also welcome the brilliant German violinist Peter Zimmermann, who will perform Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto, with its ethereal second movement and pulsating finale. T. 6.45pm Pre-Concert Talk

Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Francesca da Rimini opens the concert and is followed by Philip Glass’s thrilling Violin Concerto, performed by Chloë Hanslip, the highly talented young British violinist. This piece is a Classic FM favourite and it is likely you’ll want to hear it again and again. Our finale is Rimsky-Korsakov’s much-loved Scheherazade with its exotic and highly coloured evocation of the Tales of the Arabian Nights and its mesmerising picture of the hero Sinbad, a tempestuous storm at sea and the lovely figure of Scheherazade herself. T. 6.45pm Pre-Concert Talk

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Andris Nelsons in conversation with Stephen Maddock, Chief Executive, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Brian Midgley, lecturer in Music at the University of Warwick, talks about the works in tonight’s programme.

Coull Quartet The Coull’s celebration of Haydn continues with these intimate concerts by the University’s Quartetin-Residence with guest musicians Ivo-Jan van der Werff and Garfield Jackson.

Sun 23 May 3pm Butterworth Hall £15 (£12.50) Haydn – Quartet in C Op.64 no.1 Mozart – Quintet in D K.593 Mendelssohn – Quintet in B flat Op.87 With Ivo-Jan van der Werff (Professor of Viola at the Shepherd School of Music, Houston, Texas), Viola T. 2pm Pre-Concert Talk

Tickets £2 Sun 20 Jun 3pm Theatre £15 (£12.50) Haydn – Quartet in G Op.64 no.4 Mozart – Quintet in C K.515 Brahms – Quintet in G Op.111 With Garfield Jackson (Endellion Quartet), Viola T. 2pm Pre-Concert Talk

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Dara O’Briain Live 2010 Sun 25 Apr 8pm Butterworth Hall £19.50 SOLD OUT The most charming, charismatic, fast-talking funny man working on the UK’s live comedy circuit today.

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“His set is a masterclass in intelligent stand-up.” The Guardian

Russell Kane’s Fakespeare The Tragickal Saveings of King Nigel Sun 2 May 7.45pm Studio £10.50 (£8.50) Tickets Selling Fast Shakespeare has been reinvented in modern form many times. Russell turns this notion on its head: Why not take our silly modern woes and rework them into Fakespearian verse? King Nigel is an Essex banker who has lost everything. No options are left (yes, a banking pun), and thus he must himself do in. But can his secret lover and PA, Donna of Billericay, save him from himself? Or will she also be pulled into his bubbling pit of excremental mental evil and that? Fakespeare is a ridiculously bawdy romp in blank verse, with more similes than… err… I can’t think of one. Join us and let us play to thee till thy mind throbs with trope. “Kane creates his cross-century mash-up with the joy of language dripping from his lips and echoes of Steven Berkoff at his youthful best.” The Sunday Times

Ruby Wax

Stewart Francis

Losing it?

Tour de Francis

starring Ruby Wax and Judith Owen

Sun 9 May 7.30pm New date: Sun 24 Oct 7.30pm Theatre £14

Sat 8 May 7.30pm Theatre £20 Ruby Wax and acclaimed musician Judith Owen combine their talents in a new show for one night only, prior to the West End. Ruby had it all – career, dream house, husband, kids – but people soon realised something was wrong when she painted her house the same colour ‘beige’ for the 47th time. There was only one thing for it – send her to the Priory! Told with wit, humour and a lot of heart, this is Ruby at her belting best – when she’s losing it! “Ruby Wax is on razor sharp form. I laughed and I cried. Don’t miss it!” The Sunday Express Join Ruby and Judith for a 20 minute Q&A session after the show. A contribution of all ticket sales will be donated to Comic Relief.

Following his visit in October (so successful that we had to move him from the Studio to the Theatre!), Stewart Francis is bringing his tour de force of a show, Tour de Francis back to Warwick Arts Centre this May and October. So if you missed him last time around, now’s your chance… Lonely, well-endowed, white Canadian male, with dreamy hazel eyes, 6ft. 4 inches, 40+, now living in London. Many interests include sports, cheese, hearing laughter and prompting encores. Seeks free thinking, slim audience, with nice legs, 18-75, must be willing to go to Warwick Arts Centre on 9 May or 24 Oct, to watch comedian Stewart Francis, who you may have seen before on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Mock the Week and 8 Out Of 10 Cats. Could lead to sore cheeks.


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A Lament Made of Memories and Kept in Suitcases

Reginald D Hunter is back on the road with a brand new show.

Wed 19 – Fri 21 May 7.45pm Studio £12 (£10)

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‘Last September I had to move out of my flat after living there for almost six years. I didn’t want to. I lived alone. I am single. 66a Church Road was the longest relationship of my life. This is a break up show. For my flat.’ Daniel Kitson, London, May 2008 Astonishing images of crumbling beauty and battered grandeur will emerge from time beaten suitcases telling a funny, sad and truly nostalgic story of a forsaken flat, a broken heart and the ache for home. “Captivating… Kitson’s love of language and natural sense of pathos making for genuine belly laughs as well as beautiful imagery.” Metro



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Katy Brand is taking her Big Ass on tour. Join the British Comedy Award Winner and star of ITV2’s Katy Brand’s Big Ass Show, Have I Got News For You and Peep Show, for an evening of anarchic comedy, celebrity satire, music spoofs and much, much more. Following the success of her hit TV show, Katy is returning to her live roots with this silly, sassy and smart evening of comedy. Featuring old favourites and new material, there’s something here for everyone. “A canny ability to dismantle the silliness of celebrity.” The Guardian

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums Sat 29 May 8pm Butterworth Hall £20 (£18) Tickets Selling Fast Paul and his chums, Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster will create a new and unique show every single night, based entirely on suggestions from the audience, their own finely honed improvisational skills and an almost manic compulsion to show off. “These are masters of their craft and there wasn’t a dull moment. Terrific fun.” Manchester Evening News

Jimmy Carr Rapier Wit Wed 26 May 8pm Butterworth Hall £22.50 Tickets Selling Fast A heady mix of artistic integrity, loyalty and avarice brings Jimmy back to Warwick Arts Centre, again, with this hit show. If you only see one comedy show this year… what’s the matter with you? Get out more. A ‘rapier’ is the long sword of a gentleman. ‘Rapier wit’ is defined as clever, quick, intelligent humour. Please note, Jimmy Carr doesn’t have ‘the long sword of a gentleman’ and even if you like him, ‘clever, quick and intelligent’ is a bit of a stretch.

Andrew Maxwell Sun 30 May 7.45pm Studio £12 (£10) Edinburgh Comedy Award and Time Out Award nominee Andrew Maxwell is one of the most talented stand-up comedians in the UK. A sell-out hit in both the UK and Ireland, come and see the star of Have I Got News For You, Argumental, Celebrity Juice and Amnesty International’s Secret Policeman’s Ball perform his first national tour. “One of the best comics around… A consummate raconteur.” Time Out “Fiercely funny and utterly invigorating.” The Times


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Wed 16 Jun 7.45pm Studio £10 (£8)

Ladyboys of Iran

Telling It Like It Might Be

with support from Alan Seaman: Shopping and Cooking

Sun 3 Oct 7.45pm Studio £12 (£10)

“The best young poet around” (The Observer) and Radio 4’s Saturday Live regular presents The Petty Concerns of Luke Wright: An exploration of ego through poetry and comedy.

Sun 20 Jun 7.45pm Studio £10.50 (£8.50)

Fri 25 Jun 7.45pm Studio £10.50 (£8.50)

Featuring some nipple-tweakingly awful teenage lyrics, sarcastic cricket commentators and an anti-plagiarism message from John Cooper Clarke.


Luke wrote Channel 4’s Alternative Valentine’s Day Message for 2009 entitled The Seven Ages Of Love, which was seen by over a million viewers. He’s extensively toured the UK for six years and co-wrote Who Writes This Crap? (Penguin 2008). “The hard-working heir to John Hegley.” The Guardian

The brilliant Middlesbrough-IrishIranian comic is back on the road. Often seen on ITV’s Paul O’Grady Show and the veteran of several sellout Edinburgh Fringe runs, Patrick’s breathtaking gift for interaction combines with sharp and hilarious observations, paying special attention to his unique cultural roots. “He has all the charm of Ed Byrne, the energy of Adam Bloom and wild leaps of imagination that are resonant of Ross Noble.” The List “This gifted livewire commands the stage with a mix of wit and force of personality.” Evening Standard

Miles Jupp has built up an impressive CV of theatre, television, film and radio. His recent TV credits include The Thick Of It and Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle both for BBC television. On radio Miles is a regular contributor to The News Quiz and Loose Ends as well as hosting the hugely popular Newsjack for BBC7. His one man show Every Day Rage and Dinner Party Chit Chat was recently broadcast on BBC7. “I could, without a scintilla of exaggeration, listen to Miles Jupp every night of August and still not tire of his delightful wordsmithery and mellifluous tones.”  The Scotsman (August 2009) “The crisply funny Jupp is a genteel treat.” The Guardian

It’s been a great 18 months for Micky – he appeared in BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, his Radio 4 series What Chance Change? was a hit with listeners and critics alike and he is one of a handful of comics to perform their own Comedy Central special. So now it’s time for Micky to hit the road performing the best of his last two Edinburgh shows. It’s not just time to go out, it’s time to go Out Out. “Arguably the funniest comedian in the country… the future of comedy.” Frank Skinner “If there was any justice in the world he’d be a huge star.” Time Out

Rhod Gilbert

Arthur Smith

Frankie Boyle

John Bishop

& The Cat That Looked Like Nicholas Lyndhurst

An Evening with Daphne Fairfax

Brand New Tour

based on his acclaimed memoir

I Would Happily Punch Every One Of You In The Face

Wed 6 Oct 8pm Butterworth Hall £20

Sun 17 Oct 7.30pm Theatre £16 (£14)

Mon 18 Oct 8pm Butterworth Hall £20 SOLD OUT

Following his sell-out gig in February, we’re delighted to be bringing back the Welsh Wonder, Rhod Gilbert.

A vigorous account of the peculiar business of being alive. Arthur reflects on the nature of comedy and his days as a scruffy kid on bombsites, a wildhaired undergraduate, a roadsweeper, an English teacher, a failed rock star, a boozed-up sexual adventurer and an intensive care patient.

Following his epic, record-breaking tour in 2008, Frankie Boyle, star of BBC2’s Mock The Week and one of the hottest and most controversial comedians of the moment, is back on the road in 2010 with an all new live show.

From the star of BBC TV’s Grumpy Old Men, Q.I., Have I Got News For You and BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends.

“You can forgive Frankie Boyle’s confidence and his apparent belief that he is really that good. This is simply, because he is.” Edinburgh Evening News

“Enjoyably rambunctious.” The Guardian

The multi award-winning comedian and star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Skins, Mock The Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats, performs his brand new show. “Bishop has funny bones.” The Times “Frankly hilarious.” The Telegraph “I can’t help falling in love with this open, optimistic show.” The Guardian “A gloriously gifted storyteller.” Evening Standard

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Last year he punched a shop assistant over the duvet tog-rating system and went berserk over a mince pie. Stung by accusations that he over-reacts, this year Rhod sets out on an emotional rollercoaster of a journey to discover the truth. Is he, as he believes, a visionary in a sea of closed minds, or has he, as everyone else believes, got anger-management problems?

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The Armstrong & Sarah Millican Chatterbox Miller Show Live Sun 14 Nov 7.45pm SOLD OUT Sat 13 Nov 8pm Butterworth Hall £20 Tickets Selling Fast

Following the resounding success of BBC1’s BAFTA-nominated Armstrong & Miller Show, Ben Miller (Moving Wallpaper) and Alexander Armstrong (Mutual Friends) will be hitting the road in Autumn 2010 and touring a brand new live show.





With their usual mix of the beautifully observed and the utterly barmy, Ben and Xander will be performing a parade of characters from their extensive dressing-up box and wigstore including: the street-talking WWII chav pilots; Brabbins and Fyffe, the filthy alter-egos of Flanders and Swann; Jilted Jim, dumped at the altar but still on his honeymoon; Terry Devlin, the royal correspondent who really KNOWS the royals; Dennis Lincoln-Park the accident-prone culture buff; the Frank Dad; and so many more… “Armstrong and Miller are both exceptionally good comic performers.” Time Out

Sun 21 Nov 7.45pm Studio £12 (£10) Sarah Millican, star of Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and if.comedy Best Newcomer, is setting off on her debut tour. The sweet and filthy Geordie’s stand-up show promises jokes about life, love and what to do when your boyfriend puts a sock on your boob during sex.

Mark Watson Fri 19 Nov 8pm Butterworth Hall £16.50 The multi award-winning comedian and host of BBC’s We Need Answers, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and a Mock The Week regular, and star of cult Radio 4 series Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better, Mark Watson finally returns to the road in the UK with his most personal, most surprising and funniest show yet. “A classic observational humorist, a stand-up superstar.” Time Out, New York

“Probably the finest female comedian working at the moment.” Time Out

“By the end, the audience is in danger of collapsing with laughter.” Evening Standard

“Wonderfully wrong… incredibly funny.” Metro

Jason Manford Wed 1 Dec 8pm Thu 2 Dec 8pm SOLD OUT Butterworth Hall £20 “Sharp observational comedy… inspired one-liners… Manford certainly knows how to get the laughs.” Metro “A natural with the audience, warm, fun, engaging.” Manchester Evening News


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events The Hairy Bikers’ Big Night Out Fri 21 May 8pm Butterworth Hall £21.50 Join The Hairy Bikers for an evening of cooking, chatting and laughs. Stars of BBC2’s The Hairy Bikers Cookbook, The Hairy Bikers Ride Again, The Hairy Bikers Come Home and The Hairy Bakers which was watched by more than 4 million viewers.

For full details pick up a Cinema Diary from Box Office or visit our website which also has links to film trailers and where you can also sign up to receive weekly film email updates.

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As the region’s top independent cinema we offer a unique experience: we show the best films from around the world and often hold special events to complement the film programme.


They began 2010 with their hit show Mum Knows Best and now the Bikers are embarking upon their national tour, bikes and pans at the ready.


The successful year was rounded off with a one hour Christmas Special, and Dave even won BBC’s Celebrity Mastermind, while Si took an admirable second place in BBC2’s The Weakest Link.


In 2006 he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Saturday and his novel On Chesil Beach was named Galaxy Book of the Year at the 2008 British Book Awards where McEwan was also named Reader’s Digest Author of the Year. His latest novel, Solar, is an outstanding comedy about a Nobel-winning physicist and compulsive womaniser juggling his work on climate change with his disastrous private life.

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One of Britain’s most popular writers and performers, Gervase is best known for his five autobiographical novels: The Other Side of the Dale, Over Hill and Dale, Head Over Heels in the Dales, Up and Down in the Dales and The Heart of the Dales. With his keen ear for the absurd and sharp eye for the ludicrous, Gervase Phinn has delighted audiences all over the UK with stories of his experiences as a school inspector. Gervase embarks on his 9th national tour that takes in over 40 nights. His shows have received rave reviews all across the country. “Gervase Phinn is one of the most accomplished public speakers of any kind. A natural storyteller, he combines the timing of the professional comedian with palpable warmth and the ability to deliver a message that is just more than a series of jokes.” The Times “Funny, touching and entertaining.” The Daily Express


An Evening With Gervase Phinn will have you in stitches, as he shares his hilarious tales of life as a schools inspector in the Yorkshire Dales. Dubbed “the James Herriot of schools” this best-selling author, radio and TV personality is not to be missed.

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His novel Atonement received the WH Smith Literary Award (2002), National Book Critics’ Circle Fiction Award (2003), Los Angeles Times Prize for Fiction (2003) and the Santiago Prize for the European Novel (2004). He was awarded a CBE in 2000.

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Polarbear and mac in association with The Albany present

A Dogging I Will Go

written and performed by Polarbear

An evening of field reports and folk songs regarding lap dancers, cocaine smugglers and perverted ex colonial police men. “Well I’ve dogged me way through Scotland Gone beyond the highland line. And many’s the cloud of midges That’s attacked me bare behind. And a dogging I will go and a dogging I will go.” With a brilliant combination of bizarre ballads, saucy shanties and rattling good yarns, Murray Lachlan Young – one of the UK’s foremost performance poets and a regular fixture on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live and BBC resident poet at the Glastonbury Festival – leads us down a deeply amusing road to many strange places.



Young combines a heady combination of traditional and contemporary popular art, to create an often hilarious, always unique take on the dark corners of our modern society.

Noah left where he was from and can’t be himself where he ended up. Convinced he had to leave to make his mark, but is that mark attached to a place? ...a world where a lot of things seem the same and where nothing actually is. The girl he left behind. A younger brother he hardly knows. An older brother’s shadow, and the weight of why he left. Incorporating the mechanics of lighting and stunning cinematography alongside the immediacy and freedom of spoken word, RETURN is the story of a man trying to figure out where he fits. Illustrating his attempt to find home, captivating rhythms and patterns of speech create an experience that feels at once like a film and a campfire story - shared and completed in the imaginations of the audience. In this captivating and imaginative piece Polarbear has joined forces with critically acclaimed director Yael Shavit and award-winning new technologies designer Marie Blunck. Together the trio encourage you to explore and, like a film director, be challenged to re-imagine as the story unfolds...

Wed 16 Jun 7.45pm Studio £10 (£8) “The best young poet around” (The Observer) and Radio 4’s Saturday Live regular presents The Petty Concerns of Luke Wright: An exploration of ego through poetry and comedy. Featuring some nipple-tweakingly awful teenage lyrics, sarcastic cricket commentators and an anti-plagiarism message from John Cooper Clarke. Luke wrote Channel 4’s Alternative Valentine’s Day Message for 2009 entitled The Seven Ages Of Love, which was seen by over a million viewers. He’s extensively toured the UK for six years and co-wrote Who Writes This Crap? (Penguin 2008). “The hard-working heir to John Hegley.” The Guardian

Written and performed by Polarbear. Developed at BAC and commissioned by the Live Literature Consortium.


Sun 9 May 7.45pm Studio £12 (£10)

Wed 2 Jun 7.45pm Studio £10 (£8)

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The National Theatre’s touring production for younger audiences

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare in a version by Carl Heap

Tue 4 – Fri 7 May Tue 7pm, Wed 10.30am & 7pm, Thu 10.30am & 7.30pm, Fri 7.30pm Theatre £10, Under 26s £7 Ages: 8+ 70mins


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Nothing that is so is so. A stormy night, a shipwreck, some cunning capers and concealments. All of this results in a love tangle to rival no other and a whole heap of mischief and mayhem in Shakespeare’s most captivating comedy. Following the success of last year’s production of Macbeth, Carl Heap returns to the National Theatre to direct their touring production of Twelfth Night especially made for younger audiences. Seven actors play multiple characters and instruments in this engaging and inventive production. Perhaps the best introduction for a child, not only to Shakespeare, but to the transforming magic of theatre itself.

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Sun 16 May 2.30pm & 4.30pm Studio £7.75 (£5.75) Ages: 3-5 45mins

Fri 21 May 7.30pm & Sat 22 May 2pm Theatre £12.50 (£8.50) Ages: 6+ 50mins

A delightful intimate performance for the under fives.

Great music, exhilarating dance and fabulous invention make this the perfect show for children – and the adults lucky enough to come along with them.

Finding Leaves For Soup

Finding Leaves For Soup is a tale of adventures in a forest… – Mud pies and mucky magic soup – Fairies and flying friendship – Sailing boats and ‘stingies’ – Water and worms. Finding Leaves for Soup uses exclusively words taken from stories created by nursery and reception children. “A captivating, sensitive and thoughtful piece of theatre with the lovely title Finding Leaves for Soup – which is what it was all about… It’s leaves and trees and strange ukulele type instruments for me from now on.” John McGrath, Artistic Director, National Theatre of Wales “I really liked that story. I want it again. I like mud!” Asiya, age 3 “It wasn’t just good, it was funny!” Brychan, age 3


This enormously charismatic group of dancers, drummers and physical comedians seize the stage with an electrifying brand of action percussion. Infectious, inventive and utterly unique, Echoa blurs the line between music and movement, creating a new type of performance. Imagination meets possibility where anything can be an instrument, everyone can dance, and laughter abounds. “… a joyful piece, full of echoes - in which each minute brings us a new experience.” Le Monde

Sun 9 May 3pm Studio £7.75 (£5.75) Ages 4+ 55mins

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Featuring all new material – bar the Nine Dead Williams, back by overwhelming popular demand – MCTfC II offers the same mix of rock and roll ‘n’ poetry, stand-up, storytelling and a touch of “shh” panto.

A hilarious and positive route to showing children that poetry can be fun, thought provoking and occasionally quite cool. NB. For maximum enjoyment children (and adults!) are encouraged to bring wigs and pig noses to the performance. Pig noses can be easily made out of egg boxes (suitably painted) and a piece of elastic! “Who’d have thought it. The big bad boy of performance poetry turns out to be one of the greatest children’s entertainers I have ever seen. There is not a patronising nanosecond in this show – children and ‘exchildren’ are treated exactly alike, so children and ‘ex-children’ enjoy it alike. Go on, practice your animal noises and give yourself some fun!”  The Scotsman

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Children dancing on-stage, getting seriously involved in live interactive poetry, being sharks, surf punks, nits and co-conspirators in a raucous, silly, scary, funny, poignant and enlightening hour of merriment and mayhem.


Tell Tale Hearts

Space Hoppers Sat 5 Jun 1pm & 3pm Sun 6 Jun 3pm Studio £7.75 (£5.75) Ages: 3-7 50mins

Teatro Kismet in association with Warwick Arts Centre

The Mermaid Princess written and directed by Teresa Ludovico inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid

Take off on an inter-planetary adventure! With friendly astronauts as your guide, jump into your space suits and join us as we float up into new and dazzling galaxies. Defying gravity we hold on tight to a comet’s tail and steer deeper and deeper into the glittering night. The silence of space is broken by a symphony of stars chiming a note of welcome to the visitors. This very special performance for 3 – 7 year olds combines beautifully designed environments, performance, live music and poetry to create a magical experience for young children and their families.

Once upon a time, in the depths of the ocean, a mermaid princess was singing, and a young prince was drowning… she saved him… he kissed her… I love you, you love me… The mermaid exchanges her tail and sublime voice for two legs, but the prince, alas, marries another… Enter a dreamlike, watery world of singing mermaids, scary sea monsters, wicked witches and mischievous clowns as Teatro Kismet brings you a dark and delightful retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid. “So visually arresting, so physical and spectacular… the children will never forget…” The Stage (on The Snow Queen)

Breathtaking and bold, this enchanting and hugely entertaining piece of family theatre brilliantly combines the beauty and raw emotion of the fairy tale with earthy humour and magical invention. This stunning production, from the people who last year brought us The Snow Queen, will appeal to children’s sense of wonder and infinite capacity for fun. Taking us back to the original tale, this is an adventure for daring children aged 8 to 80. “Fantastic fish and wonderful witches thrill the audience with a great fairy tale – wildly applauded on opening night.” La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno (Italy)

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Sat 12 Jun 2pm & 7pm, Sun 13 Jun 3pm, Mon 14 Jun 10.30am Theatre £12.50, Under 18s £7.50 Ages: 8+ 65mins




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Travelling Light and Sixth Sense

Bob The Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram directed by Sally Cookson

Thu 17 Jun 1.30pm, Fri 18 Jun 10.30am & 1.30pm, Sat 19 Jun 11am & 2pm Studio £7.75 (£5.75) Ages: 3+ 50mins Bob has a very special job – he looks after the moon. He knows almost everything there is to know about it. But there’s one thing he’s blissfully unaware of: ALIENS! Travelling Light and Sixth Sense have teamed up to create a funny and delightful new show for young children and families, inspired by the hugely popular, award-winning book by Simon Bartram. Both companies specialise in creating theatre for young audiences. Sally Cookson has a strong reputation internationally for directing funny, moving, absorbing

and inventive productions that connect strongly with very young children. Warwick Arts Centre has been delighted to present many of her productions in the past including Clown, How Cold My Toes, Papa Please Get the Moon for Me and our Studio Christmas show in 2008, the delightful and extremely popular The Ugly Duckling. “Beautifully crafted, wonderfully acted, and quietly enchanting.” Metro (on The Ugly Duckling)

Patrick Monahan

Stories & Fables For Kids Who Like To Sit At Tables Sun 20 Jun 3pm Studio £7.75 (£5.75) Ages: 6+ New stories written and told by a 467 year-old Middle Eastern storyteller (who looks and sounds a lot like awardwinning stand-up comedian Patrick Monahan) for kids aged 5 to 105. It is surely a sign of an accomplished comedian when they can have both adults and children in stitches at the same time. Monahan, through a mixture of wit, slap stick and surrealism manages this feat. Playing the 467 year-old bard, Monahan takes us through the story of Ali the Quiz Master. Ali travels the globe challenging anyone to get one of his questions right.

Through this series of cunning questions, Ali gains a diamond for each wrong answer, and duly gets very rich. Being a fable, Ali’s greed for diamonds obviously leads him into trouble. A genuinely funny show for adults as well as children, which demonstrates Monahan’s wide ranging comic ability. “…playful, infectious, relentlessly affable.” The List “…a likeable comic with incredible verbal fluency, an unstoppable force of nature.” The Guardian


Dance in a Day x2!

Make it Reel

Rehearsals 10am, Performance 7pm Creative Space £20 Ages: 10-15

Mon 2 – Fri 6 Aug 10am – 4pm £105 Ages: 12-15 World Premieres: Fri 6 Aug, late afternoon FREE

Boys Dance In A Day – Thu 3 Jun Girls Dance In A Day – Fri 4 Jun

Summer Film School

And, not surprisingly, girls have complained to us that boys are having all the fun. So here’s a chance for them to get to grips with challenging contemporary dance too – also making and performing their own work in just one day. 

Led by Dave McKenna, Artistic Director of BeingFrank Physical Theatre and artistic lead on our Boys Dancing project.

Led by Kate Mason, Artistic Director and founder of Mobius Dance Theatre.

Five days to make a five-minute film, in a five-person crew. That’s the challenge. From that initial spark, right through to the world premiere, four films will be devised, scripted, storyboarded, rehearsed, shot, edited, soundtracked, mixed and mastered... all in a week – phew! With daily screenings and discussion of some of the very best

short films around, it’ll be hard work, but a guaranteed good time. On Friday, to end the week in true bigscreen style, friends and family are all invited to our cinema for the finished films’ World Premieres. The week will be led by Coventry filmmaker Dom Breadmore who is highly experienced in getting the most creative results from a young cast and crew.

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For a number of years now we’ve been giving boys the chance to tackle contemporary dance, with all the challenges, energy and fun that that entails. So here’s another chance for them to do that – from warm up to performance in just one day.

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Summer Circus School 2010 Mon 9 – Fri 13 Aug 10.30am – 4pm £105

Ages: 8-14 Showcase Fri 13 Aug 3pm FREE Tickets available from Box Office

Albert & Friends are back in town this summer with their usual week of fun, frolics and exciting circus skills.

dazzled by the fantastic new skills and colourful costumes in the Circus Showcase performance.

Children will spend the week experimenting with wire walking, trapeze skills, stilt walking, rolling globes and uni-cycling. Alternatively there are the gentler, but equally demanding skills of plate spinning, Diablo and juggling.

Albert & Friends encourages young people of all ages to explore and expand their potential through a unique, fun-filled mixture of circus skills, movement and costume making.

At the end of the week, family and friends can come along to be

The young people involved will finish the week with a whole array of skills as well as some great new friends.

Children’s Saturday Art Club £3.50 per child For further details phone the Mead Gallery on 024 7652 2589 or email

The Journey So Far

Your Journey, Your Journal

Wire Walks

Capture Nature

Sat 8 May 1pm – 3pm Ages: 7+ Mead Gallery

Sat 22 May 1pm – 3pm Ages: 7+ Mead Gallery

Sat 19 Jun 1pm-3pm Ages: 7+ Meet at Box Office

Sat 26 Jun 1pm – 3pm Ages: 5+ Meet at Box Office

Come along and think about the journey that objects have been on to get where they are now. Create a map to illustrate the journey they have taken.

Make your own journal to record your travels. Explore creative ways to document your experiences, whether it be a special holiday or journeys you make everyday.

Take inspiration from nature or the sculptures on the University of Warwick campus. Come along and create wire sculptures of the things you might see on a walk.

Transform your findings from a journey on campus into exciting sculptures that can live outdoors. Will your artwork hang from a tree? Or will it live under a stone?

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Tickets available in advance or on the day from Box Office on 024 7652 4524. Families are more than welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Our regular weekend movie events for you to enjoy as a family – a collection of films selected from a main feature with a combination of shorts, classics, foreign family films and cartoons.

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A Studio Ghibli Film

Sat 5 Jun 2pm Cinema £4.50 (£2.50) Dir: Eric Sykes

Sat 26 Jun 2pm Cinema £4.50 (£2.50) Dir: Jim Henson, Frank Oz

Inspired by his love of visual humour, Eric Sykes wrote and directed this classic, virtually dialogue-free comedy about two workmen, a plank of wood and the chaos they cause wherever they go.

Travel back in time to the faraway planet of Thra where the peace-loving Mystics are fighting to overthrow the evil Skeksis and take back control of their planet.

Sat 15 May 2pm Cinema £4.50 (£2.50) Dir: Hayao Miyazaki The story of Ponyo, a little fish who struggles to realise her dream of living with a boy named Sosuke. Ponyo places Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid in a contemporary Japanese setting. The latest film from the internationally acclaimed Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle), encapsulates everything that makes the studio’s output so unique – breathtaking and thrilling storytelling. Accompanied by

Bagpuss: Ship in a Bottle

As near a modern silent comedy as you can get, this is classy slapstick. It features numerous cameos from TV stars of the time and the pairing of Tommy Cooper and Eric Sykes is comedy genius. Accompanied by

Do It Yourself Mr Bean

Jen, a member of the Mystics, sets out to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal that will restore balance to the planet. From the brilliant imagination of Jim Henson, this masterpiece of animation recounts the timeless tale of good vs evil and has become a cult favourite of children and grown-ups alike.

Mission Cleopatra PG Sat 3 Jul 2pm Cinema £4.50 (£2.50) Dir: Alain Chabat

The funniest film in ancient history! When Cleopatra bets Julius Caesar that she can build a sumptuous palace in record time, Edifis the Architect is driven to desperate measures to get the job done (or risk being thrown to the crocodiles!). With the help of his friends Asterix and Obelix and a magic potion from the Druid Miraculix, he must win the challenge against all odds. Accompanied by

Count Duckula: No Sax Please, We’re Egyptian


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The Gruffalo Mon 13 – Fri 31 Dec Theatre £11.50, children £9.50 Schools and groups of 10+ £8.50 A Christmas treat full of songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 to 300!


Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep dark wood... meet a wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old Owl, a maracashaking, party-mad Snake! Mouse can scare these hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined...?

The award-winning book was recently voted the nation’s number one bedtime story by BBC Radio 2 listeners and even hit the small screens on Christmas Day in a star-studded TV adaptation on BBC1! “A fine piece of children’s theatre. The Sunday Times “Monstrous fun!” The Daily Mail “Irresistibly charming.”  The Times

Help Us to Nurture the Artists of Tomorrow Warwick Arts Centre is launching a new fund to raise £50,000 to extend our work with young people – the artists and audiences of tomorrow.


Meet Head Chef Jon Harvey-Barnes

NEW ART // YOUNG ARTISTS FUND The New Art // Young Artists Fund will enable Warwick Arts Centre to expand its work in the following three areas:

Art for local children and young people Extend our arts education programme, which in 08/09 made more than 30,000 contacts with local schoolchildren and young people, to thousands more individuals through a range of innovative artist-led projects such as Boys Dancing and Start with Art.

Commissioning new work from regional artists Enable young emerging artists and production companies within our region to create new works – theatre, music, dance or film – that will premiere at Warwick Arts Centre before touring to other venues across the UK.

Scholarships for talented student musicians

The award-winning Head Chef at EAT restaurant, Jon has cooked for international heads of state, the royal family, and also stars from the sporting and music worlds. But how did he start out on this culinary path?

Increase our provision of music scholarships for the many talented and dedicated students who make up the University of Warwick’s orchestras, bands and choirs. We currently have 13 philanthropically-funded music scholarships – and we would like to offer more.


Please help us makefuture a difference by making a donation today. Thank you for your support. Every penny of your donation will go directly into the New Art // Young Artists Fund, making a real difference to the cultural life of this region. For more information, please contact Robin Leonard on 024 7657 5776, email or visit

support our future

“From an early age, we used to do a lot of baking in the kitchen, making a mess,” he confesses, chuckling. Citing his mum as a formative influence, Jon left behind the boyhood dream of joining the police force to concentrate on cooking.

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Drawing inspiration from his visits to the Caribbean and exploring the hidden treasures of Europe’s largest cities, Jon has worked in the kitchen at major restaurants and hotels including Claridges, and has brought this wealth of experience to the Arts Centre, where he creates dishes within the busy environment of EAT. “What I enjoy is a lot of interaction with the customers,” he beams. “There’s a very regular clientele that comes to EAT, either theatregoers, concert-goers, or people who work on site like academics and students as well. You don’t always have time for a chat but it’s nice to say hello and for them to ask about the dishes.” To read the full interview with Jon, visit

To make a reservation at EAT restaurant please contact 024 7652 3789


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Miguel Palma JAGUAR Sat 1 – Sat 29 May Miguel Palma is a leading Portuguese artist who is fascinated by technology, especially cars, and the way that it affects our lives. He has found a 1963 Jaguar Mark X car in Lisbon with its plate Jaguar Cars Ltd, Coventry, England. Intrigued by the history of this car, Palma is tracing its original journey from Coventry to a dealership in Paris and then to the owner of one of the most famous chocolate factories in France. The exhibition will include Palma’s drawings about cars and technology and archive material from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Centre in Browns Lane, Coventry, as well as film of the Jaguar’s journey home to Coventry – the ultimate road movie!

Miguel Palma is recognised as one of the most significant artists living in Portugal today and has played a key role in the developing profile of contemporary Portuguese art. He has had a number of substantial exhibitions both in Western Europe and in the US and a major monograph was published about his work in 2005. His work is represented in the main public collections in Portugal and he has been invited to participate in the “warm up residencies” in New York in 2010 which will lead into the Harlem Biennial of 2011. Supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation


Mon - Admissio n Sat, 1 2pm - FREE 9pm

Miguel Palma – JAGUAR 2009

The Mead Gallery is closed on Bank Holidays but information about activities on campus will be available from Box Office.


JAGUAR at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon Miguel Palma’s 1963 Jaguar Mark X will be on show at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon in May 2010, together with documentation of its journey from Lisbon to Coventry. For more details visit


Works from the University Art Collection Sat 1 May – Sat 29 May This is a rare opportunity to see University Art Collection works, new and old, displayed together in a temporary exhibition that shows how artists have explored landscape and ideas about place and journeys. Artists include Mary Fedden, Hamish Fulton, Fay Godwin, Richard Long, Marcel Mouly, Anne Redpath and George Shaw. This exhibition complements From Here To There: Contemporary Work from the Arts Council Collection at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry from 22 May - 18 July.

Sat 29 May – Sat 3 Jul

The University of Warwick Art Collection comprises over 800 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures and ceramics. Schools and colleges can access the collection either by visiting campus and following the Sculpture Trail or Colour Trail or by viewing the whole collection online, with commentaries, at For full details of the Trails contact Carly Mee (Education Officer) on 024 7657 4786 or

Traverse Me Journeys Jeremy Wood into the Disregarded Like Hamish Fulton and Richard Long, Jeremy Wood makes works of art that are about walks. He uses Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to create drawings across landscapes.

The Mead Gallery has commissioned him to make a map, drawn by walks across campus, that invites the viewer to see a different landscape to that which surrounds them. It questions the possibilities of where they are and inspires a personal reading of their movements and explorations of the campus. Printed maps will be available from the gallery, and GPS users will be able to download their copies.

Jeremy Wood – 2006 Greenwich Park

Sat 29 May – 3 Jul Journeys into the Disregarded will highlight the beauty found in the ordinariness of life. Lorsen Camps will be inviting artists, students and the general public to make short journeys from the University campus discovering precious details of our surroundings that often go unnoticed. Photographs will be taken, poems and prose written, found objects gathered. The resulting work will be exhibited on campus in the Coventry Centre for Contemporary Art, one of Bob and Roberta Smith’s gallery structures which made its first appearance at the Mead Gallery in 2009.

Found Heart Balloon - Lorsen Camps, 2009

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Opening Party:

Exhibition Tour: Destination

Whistle Stop Tours

Children’s Saturday Art Club

Fri 30 Apr 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Miguel Palma and Destination Fri 30 April 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Thu 13 May 5.30pm


Join the exhibition curator, Elizabeth Dooley, for a tour of Destination and discover more about the University Art Collection.

Free Whistle Stop tours of the exhibition are available. Please contact the Mead Gallery for further details on 024 7652 2589.

Sat 1pm – 3pm For full details see page 39

Miguel Palma will give an illustrated talk about his work and stories of his journey from Lisbon to Coventry.

Everyone is welcome. (40p per ticket booking fee applies )

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A Night Less Ordinary is an Arts Council England scheme in association with Metro, which will provide 618,000 free theatre tickets to anyone under 26 in more than 200 venues across England. A Night Less Ordinary tickets for the Summer season are available where logo is shown. A Night Less Ordinary tickets will be available for the Summer season from Mon 22 Mar. Terms and conditions apply see

Boys Dancing is a People Dancing programme – part of the West Midlands Culture Programme for London 2012. Funded by:

Theatre Plan

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exchanging tickets: Tickets can be exchanged for another performance or for a credit voucher valid for 90 days. If you would like to take advantage of this service you must return your original tickets to the Box Office at least 24 hours before the performance (14 days for group bookings). Schools tickets may not be exchanged. There is an administration fee of ÂŁ2 per ticket. Tickets purchased as part of a subscription or multi-buy package cannot be exchanged for credit vouchers. Any credit not used after three months have elapsed will go to the Butterworth Hall Development Fund.

booking by post: Include name, address, phone number, performance details and tickets required, plus cheque/postal order payable to The University of Warwick (add 75p for postage or can be collected free). There is a 40p per ticket booking fee added to all tickets sold at Warwick Arts Centre.

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University of Warwick employees: Ask at the Box Office for staff ticket offers. ID required. All tickets, discounts and offers subject to availability. Unless otherwise stated, discounts and concessions cannot be combined or used in conjunction with other offers. All information correct at time of going to press. Warwick Arts Centre reserves the right to make occasional special ticket offers in addition to those listed. Warwick Arts Centre reserves the right to change programmes and artists without notice. Please contact the Box Office or check website for updated information, especially if travelling some distance. Warwick Arts Centre is committed to upholding the Data Protection principles of good practice. When processing your booking, the Box Office staff will ask you for your name, address, email and telephone number. This is essential for all non-cash bookings. We will also ask you if you would like to be kept informed about forthcoming events and campaigns at Warwick Arts Centre or at other arts organisations. You can also manage your own account online at Full terms and conditions available at Box Office or on

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On approaches to Coventry, simply follow the brown signs for Warwick Arts Centre. We are situated in the centre of the main campus of the University of Warwick.

Regular bus services from Coventry, Leamington Spa and Kenilworth stop outside the Arts Centre. Centro Hotline: 024 7655 9559

Once on the University of Warwick campus, head for car parks 6, 7 or 8.

by train: Services run regularly from Birmingham, Leicester and London to Coventry from where we are a short taxi or bus ride away.

access for full access information visit or ask for a leaflet at Box Office. Though it is not essential, you are advised to book in advance so we can readily provide any assistance. Disabled patrons may also bring a companion free of charge. Contact Box Office for details. Spaces reserved in Car Park 7.

Guide dogs are welcomed and can be cared for during performances, by arrangement.

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April Thu 22 6.45pm NT Live: The Habit of Art (Live) Sat 24 7.30pm NT Live: The Habit of Art (Repeat) Sun 25 8pm Dara O'Briain Tue 27 7.30pm Sweet Nothings 7.45pm 5 SOLDIERS Wed 28 7.30pm Sweet Nothings 7.45pm 5 SOLDIERS 8pm City of Birmingham Symp. Orch. Thu 29 1.10pm FREE Lunchtime Concert 7.30pm Sweet Nothings 7.30pm Ian McEwan 7.45pm John Smith 8pm Jools Holland Fri 30 5.30pm Miguel Palma: Artist's Talk 6.30pm Mead Gallery Opening Party 7.30pm Sweet Nothings 7.45pm Malandras del Tango

May Sat 1 6pm Met Opera Live: Armida 7.30pm Sweet Nothings 7.45pm Kevin Johansen Sun 2 7.45pm Russell Kane Tue 4 7pm Twelfth Night 7.45pm Kursk Wed 5 10.30am Twelfth Night 5pm How Kursk Works 7pm Twelfth Night 7.45pm Kursk 8pm An Evening With Gervase Phinn Thu 6 10.30am Twelfth Night 1.10pm FREE Lunchtime Concert 1.30pm Kursk 7.30pm Twelfth Night 7.45pm Kursk Fri 7 7.30pm Twelfth Night 7.45pm Kursk 8pm Rokia TraorĂŠ Sat 8 1pm Children's Saturday Art Club 2.30pm Kursk 7.30pm Ruby Wax - Losing it? 7.30pm City of Coventry Youth Orchestra 7.45pm Kursk Sun 9 3pm Modern Cautionary Tales For Children II 7.30pm Stewart Francis 7.45pm Murray Lachlan Young: A Dogging I Will Go Tue 11 7.30pm Don Pasquale Wed 12 7.30pm The Marriage of Figaro 7.45pm Daisy Cutter Thu 13 1.10pm FREE Lunchtime Concert 5.30pm Exhibition Tour: Destination 7.30pm The Marriage of Figaro 7.45pm Daisy Cutter Fri 14 7.30pm Don Pasquale 7.45pm Daisy Cutter

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Sat 15 2pm Family Film: Ponyo p39 2.30pm Daisy Cutter p12 7.30pm A Midsummer Night's Dream p22 7.45pm Daisy Cutter p12 Sun 16 2.30pm Finding Leaves For Soup p35 4.30pm Finding Leaves For Soup p35 7.30pm Reginald D Hunter p26 Mon 17 7.45pm John Law's Art of Sound Trio p19 Tue 18 7.30pm come, been and gone p15 8pm Moscow State Symphony Orchestra p23 Wed 19 7.30pm come, been and gone p15 7.45pm Daniel Kitson: 66a Church Road p06 Thu 20 1.10pm FREE Lunchtime Concert p21 7.45pm Daniel Kitson: 66a Church Road p06 Fri 21 7.30pm Echoa p14 7.45pm Daniel Kitson: 66a Church Road p06 8pm The Hairy Bikers' Big Night Out p31 Sat 22 1pm Children's Saturday Art Club p39 2pm Echoa p14 7.45pm Under the Radar: Si Hayden & Jama p20 Sun 23 3pm Coull Quartet p23 7.30pm Katy Brand p27 Mon 24 8pm Christy Moore p19 Tue 25 7.30pm Britain's Got Bhangra p07 Wed 26 7.30pm Britain's Got Bhangra p07 7.45pm La Chiusa's 'The Wild Party' p12 8pm Jimmy Carr p27 Thu 27 1.10pm FREE Lunchtime Concert p21 7.30pm Britain's Got Bhangra p07 7.45pm La Chiusa's 'The Wild Party' p12 Fri 28 7.30pm Britain's Got Bhangra p07 7.45pm La Chiusa's 'The Wild Party' p12 Sat 29 2.30pm Britain's Got Bhangra p07 2.30pm La Chiusa's 'The Wild Party' p12 7.30pm Britain's Got Bhangra p07 7.45pm La Chiusa's 'The Wild Party' p12 8pm Paul Merton's Impro Chums p27 Sun 30 2.30pm Britain's Got Bhangra p07 7.30pm Britain's Got Bhangra p07 7.45pm Andrew Maxwell p27 June Tue 1 7.30pm Britain's Got Bhangra p07 Wed 2 7.30pm Britain's Got Bhangra p07 7.45pm RETURN p08 Thu 3 10am Boys Dance In A Day p38 1.10pm FREE Lunchtime Concert p21 7pm Boys Dance In A Day Performance p38 7.30pm Britain's Got Bhangra p07 7.45pm It Came From PILOT p08 Fri 4 10am Girls Dance In A Day p38 7pm Girls Dance In A Day Performance p38 7.30pm Britain's Got Bhangra p07 7.45pm Under the Radar: The Bellows & Resurrection p20

Thu 22 7.30pm West Midlands Youth Ballet Fri 23 7.30pm West Midlands Youth Ballet

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August Mon 2 10am Make it Reel Tue 3 10am Make it Reel Wed 4 10am Make it Reel Thu 5 10am Make it Reel Fri 6 10am Make it Reel Mon 9 10am Summer Circus School Tue 10 10am Summer Circus School Wed 11 10am Summer Circus School Thu 12 10am Summer Circus School Fri 13 10am Summer Circus School 3pm Summer Circus School Showcase

There is a 40p per ticket booking fee added to all tickets sold at Warwick Arts Centre. This fee comes directly to Warwick Arts Centre to continue to support the innovative and exciting programme we offer.

Now on sale: Autumn diary out Aug 2010

October Sun 3 7.45pm Micky Flanagan Tue 5 7.30pm Little Gem Wed 6 7.30pm Little Gem 8pm Rhod Gilbert Thu 7 7.30pm Little Gem Fri 8 7.30pm Little Gem Sat 9 7.30pm Little Gem Sun 17 7.30pm Arthur Smith Mon 18 8pm Frankie Boyle Sun 24 7.30pm Stewart Francis Fri 29 8pm John Bishop

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November Sat 13 8pm The Armstrong & Miller Show Live Sun 14 7.45pm Sarah Millican Sun 21 7.45pm Sarah Millican Fri 19 8pm Mark Watson

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December p30 p30

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What’s Your Scene?

Thu 1 1.10pm FREE Lunchtime Concert Fri 2 7.45pm Krystle Warren Sat 3 2pm Family Film: Asterix & Obelix 7.45pm Muntu Valdo

Scene Central is the regional online what’s on guide that covers all manner of things to do, right across the West Midlands. Whatever your scene, you’ll find it at Scene Central.

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Wed 1 8pm Jason Manford Thu 2 8pm Jason Manford

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quick guide

Sat 5 1pm Space Hoppers p36 2pm Family Film: The Plank p39 2.30pm Britain's Got Bhangra p07 3pm Space Hoppers p36 7.30pm "Sorry!" p10 7.30pm Britain's Got Bhangra p07 Sun 6 3pm Space Hoppers p36 7.30pm "Sorry!" p10 Wed 9 7.45pm The Lady Is Not For Burning p12 Thu 10 1.10pm FREE Lunchtime Concert p21 7.30pm "Sorry!" p10 7.45pm The Lady Is Not For Burning p12 Fri 11 7.30pm "Sorry!" p10 7.45pm The Lady Is Not For Burning p12 Sat 12 2pm The Mermaid Princess p09 7pm The Mermaid Princess p09 7.30pm "Sorry!" p10 7.45pm The Lady Is Not For Burning p12 Sun 13 3pm The Mermaid Princess p09 Mon 14 10.30am The Mermaid Princess p09 7.45pm Apples p08 Tue 15 7.45pm Apples p08 Wed 16 7.45pm Luke Wright p28 Thu 17 1.10pm FREE Lunchtime Concert p21 1.30pm Bob the Man on the Moon p37 Fri 18 10.30am Bob the Man on the Moon p37 1.30pm Bob the Man on the Moon p37 Sat 19 11am Bob the Man on the Moon p37 1pm Children's Saturday Art Club p39 2pm Bob the Man on the Moon p37 7.30pm Ruby Turner p19 Sun 20 3pm Coull Quartet p23 3pm Stories & Fables for Kids Who Like to Sit at Tables p37 7.45pm Patrick Monahan: Ladyboys of Iran p28 Mon 21 7.30pm Decky Does A Bronco p10 Tue 22 7.30pm Decky Does A Bronco p10 Wed 23 7.30pm Decky Does A Bronco p10 Thu 24 11am Interrobang: Regeneration p11 1.10pm FREE Lunchtime Concert p21 7.30pm Decky Does A Bronco T. p10 Fri 25 11am Interrobang: Regeneration p11 7.30pm Decky Does A Bronco p10 7.45pm Miles Jupp p28 Sat 26 11am Interrobang: Regeneration p11 1pm Children's Saturday Art Club p39 2pm Family Film: The Dark Crystal p39 2.30pm Decky Does A Bronco p10 6pm Sandpit p11 7.30pm Decky Does A Bronco p10 Sun 27 4pm UoW Symphony Orchestra & Chorus p21 7.45pm Four and four: two quartets in two halves p14



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Warwick Arts Centre Summer 2010 Diary  

Live events programme for Summer 2010 at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry in the UK

Warwick Arts Centre Summer 2010 Diary  

Live events programme for Summer 2010 at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry in the UK