Hot-off-the-press: Muddy Newsflash
Here’s the lowdown on this week’s goss in Warwickshire.
Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park is coming to St Nicholas Park, Warwick, July 5 – 7
Exciting news! Roll up, roll up for your tickets to Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge’s Pub In The Park festival – they go on sale on Fri Feb 1, or Thur Jan 31 if you sign up to their newsletter. Tom Kerridge and his foodie friends toured the country in 2018 with a cracking line up of world-class chefs, hit music and award-winning pubs and restaurants, who served their most popular dishes to discerning punters. Now, along with cracking shopping, bars and other festival fun, Pub in the Park is heading to our lovely town of Warwick and bringing the people of the West Midlands a taste of their festival. The headline act is yet to be announced but the line-up of bands includes Scouting for Girls, Razorlight, Stereo MCs, Toploader, Will Young and The Christians. Pubs will include The Cross at Kenilworth. To be the first to hear news and announcements about the Warwick festival, plus get access to ticket pre-sale, sign up to the newsletter.
The RSC’s New Season kicks off in style next month
What can you look forward to this summer? Well, three Shakespeare gems, two Restoration classics and a stunning new two-hander! The season opens with Kimberley Sykes’ As You Like It on Feb 14 until Aug 31 followed by The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Justin Audibert, from Mar 8 – Aug 31. March also sees the premiere of Kunene and the King, a moving and funny new play by the South African actor, activist and playwright John Kani (The Island, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, Black Panther) marking 25 years since the first post-apartheid democratic elections. Fellow South African s Janice Honeyman directs, and Antony Sher performs opposite John Kani. For the first time the RSC has carefully assembled a 50/50 gender balanced company, comprising of actors from right across the UK to reflect “ethnic, geographical and cultural diversity of Britain today and those artists that are underrepresented on our stages.” (Gregory Dorn, Artistic Director), rsc.org.uk, Tel: 01789 403493.
Top tip for Feb half-term: David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy the Musical!
If you liked Nativity! and Matilda the Musical, this will be just up your street..After a successful premiere in Southampton over Christmas, David Walliams’ irreverent novella Billionaire Boy The Musical rolls onto the stage Coventry’s Belgrade just in time for February half-term (Wed Feb 20 – Sat Feb 23). This story of a boy who becomes an overnight billionaire after his dad invents a new kind loo roll, has already adapted for TV by the CBBC team starring Cold Feet’s John Thompson and Catherine Tate. It’s been cleverly adapted for stage Jon Brittain with a soundtrack by prolific pop song writers Miranda Cooper and Nick Coler, who’ve written for Girls Aloud, Sugababes, Alesha Dixon and Kylie. Check out the set too, created in Coventry by Belgrade Production Services. Can David Walliams do no wrong…? The RSC is the latest company to recognise the Walliams draw with a new musical adaptation of The Boy in the Blue Dress – about 12-year-old schoolboy Dennis who uses cross-dressing to cope with the death of his mother. It has teamed up with former Take That star Robbie Williams, who’s composed music and lyrics.
Grimethorpe Colliery Band News
Remember the quirky award-winning 90’s film Brassed Off with Ewan McGregor? The sensational BAFTA-nominated colliery band, who played in the film, are returning to the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington, on Feb 16 to perform favourite classics, so if you’re a fan of brass band music you’ll need to book tickets pronto!
warwickdc.gov.uk/royalspacentre, Tel: 01926 334418.