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The Hotlist – Jan ’19

Brand spanking new hotels and bars? 'Fashion's wild-child' visiting Stratford? New comedy announcements? Tell me more, tell me more...It's all happening in 2019!

NEW: Hotel Indigo, Stratford-upon-Avon, opens Feb 4 2019

Here’s a glimpse of the ritzy new Hotel Indigo, formerly formerly The Falcon Hotel, which will open its doors at the end of Jan and officially open on Feb 4 after a multi-million pound major restoration project.  The Grade 2 listed historic building, which dates back to the 16th century, has been painstakingly restored over an 18-month period and is the biggest refurbishment in the hotel’s long history. Mike Robinson, who owns London’s only Michelin starred pub, The Harwood Arms, is very excited about bringing the best of British seasonal ingredients to Stratford at the new Woodman Restaurant, including wild deer and game from the Cotswolds.

One of the Tudor Rooms

This restored boutique hotel, which has been stripped back to its barest form, will have 93 guest rooms designed on three themes inspired by the history and locality of the town, including 76 standard rooms, 2 wheelchair accessible, 12 superior and 3 suites. The Georgian Townhouse rooms offer a touch of luxury combined with homely charm and present a sophisticated and elegant look and feel. The Tudor Rooms offer views over the site of Shakespeare’s New Place and embraces the authentic architectural quirks of the original 16th century property. The Contemporary Rooms, in the newer wing, offers a sophisticated, elegant design. All rooms are equipped with comfy Hypnos beds with luxury Egyptian cotton linen, spa-inspired bathrooms, Nespresso coffee machines, high speed Wi-Fi and a variety of channels on a 40” flat screen TV.

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AUDITION: Any ‘Wannabe’ dancers out there to zig-a-zig-ah along with The Spice Girls on their national tour?

You may have heard the news that four of the original Spice Girls are back on the road without Posh. Now they’re looking for “self-expressive, strong, unique, diverse and intelligent” local performers to join them on tour. Do you have what it takes? If you do auditions will be held for female dancers on Mon Jan 21, and male dancers on Tues Jan 22. Recalls will then take place on Wed Jan 23 before a decision is made on who’ll be taking to the stage with the band. Expressions of interest must be submitted to choreographer Paul Roberts. Email your CV and named headshot to The dancers’ audition is by invite only.

The Spice Girls will be performing at The Ricoh Arena, Coventry on Mon June 3 & Tues June 4ricoharena


COMEDY: Jessie Cave: SunriseWarwick Arts CentreFeb 24

One of several fantastic shows hitting the road this year is Sunrise, opening at Warwick Arts Centre. It’s the latest outpouring of heartsickness and hope from Jessie Cave following on from 2015’s I Loved Her. Since her big break as Lavender Brown in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince she has forged a twin career as the creator of naively drawn cartoons about relationships, and as a comic writer-performer. Sunrise brings us up-to-date with Cave’s latest efforts to be happy and single while co-parenting with promiscuous fellow comic Alfie Brown.



BOOK NOW! After-Hours Event: an evening with Curator, Mentor & Art Director Lee Lapthorne, Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon, March 9

“Fashion’s Wild Child” Lee Lapthorne, one of the UK’s top textiles artists, is the new Artist-in-Residence at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the independent charity which cares for the five Shakespeare heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The in-demand artist, fashion and textile designer, is creating two bespoke pieces of furniture inspired by the historic interiors of the Shakespeare houses and the Trust’s world-class museum and archive collection:  The Bard’s Rest a re-interpretation of a Greaves & Thomas pop-up sofa designed with bespoke textiles; and The Love Settle, an outdoor garden lounger bearing digital, screen-printed and embroidered weather-proof fabric inspired by love and romance in Shakespeare’s plays.

These pieces will go on display at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Hall’s Croft in Stratford-upon-Avon between March 11 and Sept 15 2019. Previously Lee has collaborated with talents such as Rankin, Groove Armada, and most recently, Haris Nukem, as well as producing more than 300 shows globally for the likes of Peter Pilotto, J.W. Anderson, Roksanda Ilincic, Gareth Pugh and Gucci, among many more. Lee is also a Visiting Lecturer at The Royal College of Art and Central St. Martins.

Lee will be at Hall’s Croft in Stratford-upon-Avon to exclusively unveil the commissioned pieces as part of the Trust’s After-Hours programme, followed by a Q&A discussing new ways of reinventing old pieces of furniture and textiles to create something unique – an inspiring event for the creatively curious.


AFTER-DARK PARTY: The Winter Revel, Royal Shakespeare Theatre Foyers, Stratford, Sat Jan 26

Photo by Peter Cook, RSC

Fancy revelling in some live dancing, feasting and creativity at the RSC’s late-night winter party with live music? Feast your senses with circus acts and pop-up performances. Indulge in cocktails and international street food. Climb to the tower-top silent disco and dance like nobody’s watching. Form new communities and be part of creating an internationally renowned exhibition, Home Sweet Home for public display, 7.30pm – 11pm. Tickets £18 including food, rsc


NEW: Sky By The Water, Rooftop bar and Restaurant, Resorts World, nr NEC, Birmingham, now open

January sees the opening of Resort World’s latest multi–million-pound venture despite the sudden departure of Michelin-starred chef Andy Waters. The new restaurant menu has been created by Birmingham-born Head Chef Aaron Darnle, who started his culinary career at just 15 alongside Michelin-starred Brad Carter. Spectacular desserts along with a new Afternoon Tea experience come from a pastry team headed by Darryl Collins, finalist on last year’s Channel 4’s Bake Off: The Professionals. Darryl, a self-taught Patissier, has worked at some renowned venues across the country, such as Headland Hotel in Newquay, The Lygon Arms in The Cotswolds and The Welcombe Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. There’s also a new cocktail menu curated by the team from the former Sky Bar and a cosy Secret Garden area, featuring chic, private covered outdoor pods. Enjoy a new social dining and drinking experience with stunning views, near the NEC.



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