MON JUNE 17 – SUN JUNE 23
MON JUNE 17 - SUN JUNE 23
STRATFORD POETRY FEST: Raymond Antrobus reads from his debut book The Perseverance, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Thur June 20
This year’s Ted Hughes Award winner will read from The Perseverance, the remarkable debut of the British-Jamaican poet. Ranging across history and continents, it is a book of loss, contested language and praise, where elegies for the poet’s father sit alongside meditation on the d/Deaf experience. This event, part of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival, will be BSL interpreted, 7pm-8.30pm. Tickets £10, £8 concessions.
Full programme: www.shakespeare.org.uk
THEATRE: Oddsocks Productions rework A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tues June 18 – Thurs June 20
Four young lovers will run away from home to party at a summer music festival in Oddsocks Productions reworking of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with their signature blend of magic, mischief and mayhem. Famed for their irreverent and idiosyncratic approach to staging Shakespeare, the company return following the success of last year’s sci-fi take on The Tempest. With this year marking Oddsocks’ 30th anniversary, they’ve selected a suitably wild and wacky play to celebrate the occasion, riotously reimagined to resonate with teenagers.
Tickets on 024 7655 305, belgrade.co.uk
MUSIC: Norma Winstone & Nikki Iles, Eastside Jazz Club, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR, Thur June 20
Sometimes, a jazz supergroup comes along that really is very special indeed. The Printmakers is such a group. The group formed at the instigation of Steve Mead at The Manchester Jazz Festival several years ago and since then has gone from strength to strength. They’ll be performing with subtle UK vocalist Norma Winstone and pianist Nikki Iles, (6:30pm – 9:30pm).
THEATRE: Death and the Maiden, The Albany Theatre, Coventry, Thur June 20
In 1992, Death and the Maiden won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and has been adapted to both film and opera. Written by human rights activist, Ariel Dorfman it challenges audiences to judge guilt or innocence as they are confronted with a tragedy that has no clear solution. It’s a narrative of how victims subjected to unjust violence struggle to heal. This Baroque Theatre Company touring production is directed by award-winning Artistic Director Adam Morley.
Box Office: 024 7699 8964, albanytheatre
DRINK, Slurp Wines’ first ever Gin Festival, Slurp Wines, Tramway Road, Banbury OX16 5TU (Next to the train station), Fri June 21
Banbury and Leamington Spa based Slurp Wines’ first ever Gin Festival with over 30 varieties and 10 local producers including Cotswolds Distillery, TOAD and Salcombe Gin, Shakespeare Distillery, Pickerings Gin, Foxdenton Gin, Twisting Spirits, Spirit of TOAD, Capreolus Distillery and Pinnock Distillery. On the night food will be freshly prepared by the Muddy Warks double award-winning restaurant, Dough and Brew, purveyors of wood fired soughdough pizza in Warwick. With live music from the swing and jazz trio The Bluebelles. Tickets for £30 will include gin sampling, 4 perfectly served G&Ts, soughdough pizza and live music.
EVENT: Royal Ascot Racing Live In Aid of Breast Cancer Care, Bedford Street Bar, Leamington Spa, Fri June 21
THEATRE: The Provoked Wife, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, now until Sept 7
Comedians Rufus Hound and Les Dennis, are joining Alexandra Gilbreath (Lady Brute), Caroline Quentin (Lady Fancyfull) and Jonathan Slinger (Sir John Brute) in a riotous new production of the outspoken restoration romp that shocked 17th century society, directed by Phillip Breen (The Hypocrite, The Shoemaker’s Holiday, The Merry Wives of Windsor), rsc.org.uk
MUSIC: Folk on the Water – Folly Inn at Napton, Napton-on-the-Hill, Sat June 22
One of the headliners at this mini-folk fest is the super talented Rugby singer-songwriter Kieron Taylour, who played at our Muddy Awards Winners’ drinks. Other local performers include Lorna Dea, Brett Huckfield. Elan Marie and Melissa Severn. There’s going to be a beautiful garden stage at this traditional village pub, an outside bar, BBQ, cakes and hot snacks. It will be raising funds and awareness for Zoë’s Place Coventry, 1pm – 10pm,
STRATFORD POETRY FEST: Michael Rosen – Poems and Stories for Kids, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sat June 22
One of the UK’s best loved writers and performance poets for children and adults performs some of his favourite poems and stories for children as featured on his popular YouTube channel, and also talk about what makes Shakespeare so special. Aimed at children aged 6 plus and their families, 11am and 2pm. Tickets £7,
Justin Audibert’s gender-switched adaptation in which sexes are presented in reversed roles has been largely very well received. National critics said: a “landmark production” (Evening Standard ****); “an interesting but underpowered exercise in gender-swapping” (Daily Telegraph ***) and “Getting their hands on the best and biggest parts for once, the female performers savour every syllable”, (The Times, ****), rsc
MUSIC: Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Thurs June 20 – Sun 23
The biggie this month is Nocturne Live at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, a festival for people who are too posh for festivals! This is more a series of chichi al fresco concerts in ridiculously elegant surroundings, with Gladys Knight, Ms Lauryn Hill, Tears for Fears and Kylie (sadly sold out) on consecutive summer nights.
THEATRE: The York Realist, Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa, Wed June 12 – Sat June 22
The Loft celebrates the 80th birthday of one of Britain’s pre-eminent living playwrights, Peter Gill, with a production of his work The York Realist. Gill’s play is set against the background of the York Mystery Plays – a cycle of 14th Century plays still regularly performed in York. It’s here that two young men from very different backgrounds meet and fall in love. George a farm worker, living with his mother in a tied cottage; John a London assistant director. But their love story is beset by difficulties – they’re living in the 1960s when being gay is still illegal, 7.30pm,
lofttheatrecompany.com; email: email@example.com, Tel: 01926 830680.
THEATRE: Venice Preserved, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, until Sept 7
Actor/Director/Writer Prasanna Puwanarajah, who recently appeared in Doctor Foster and Patrick Melrose, directs a dark, dystopian production of this rarely-performed Restoration cross-class love story by Thomas Otway, playing in the intimate setting of the Swan Theatre. Tickets here.
STRATFORD POETRY FEST: Nancy Kerr at an evening of poetry, drama and songs, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sun June 23
Award-winning folk musician Nancy Kerr will perform songs specially commissioned to mark the 250th anniversary of the great actor David Garrick’s Shakespeare Jubilee of 1769 in Stratford-upon-Avon. The evening will also feature writing drawn from centuries of affection for Shakespeare, 7pm-9pm. Tickets £20, £15 concessions.
CHARITY EVENT: The First Midlands Saying Goodbye Ball, Umberslade Farm at Tanworth in Arden, Sat June 22
Former Bucks Fizz singer Cheryl Baker is hosting the very first Midlands Saying Goodbye Summer Ball. Warwickshire mum Claudia Matthews founded the Midlands branch of the Saying Goodbye support group charity after the loss of her premature baby twins Archie and Hugo (you can read her moving story here). She is helping to transform the events field at Umberslade Farm at Tanworth in Arden, into a magical Midsummer Night’s Dream extravaganza for the ball. More than 200 guests are anticipated for a glittering black-tie celebration, with a 3-course dinner and live entertainment. Ex-England footballer Rio Ferdinand has made a personalised video to be shown and provided an auction prize (the opportunity to win a personal football coaching session and Q&A with the former Man United legend himself), racing TV presenter Matt Chapman is a live auctioneer and Michael Parkinson Jr is the compere. Saying Goodbye is part of The Mariposa Trust, one of the UK’s leading national support charities, which works with people who have suffered the loss of a child at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy.
Tickets are £120 each including a champagne drinks reception,3-course meal, live entertainment, goody bag and the chance to win prizes, such as a backstage VIP pass to The Ashes – England v Australia at Edgbaston for 4 people on opening day, Aug 1, hosted by Michael Vaughan. For the final few tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org for a booking form.
ALSO FESTIVAL’S AWESOME BOOK CLUB.LIVE 2019, Park Farm, Compton Verney near Warwick, Thurs July 4
Looking for a quirky outdoorsy venue for your July book club? How does a beautiful boutique festival site in Warwickshire with pizza, a cocktail, glass of wine and talk by writer and broadcaster Natalie Haynes sound? From 5pm on Thurs July 4 the gates to the fabulous 50 acre landscaped lakeside parkland will be thrown wide open for Also Festival’s BookClub.LIVE And there’s still time for you and your gang to register for FREE tickets! How amazing is that! BookClub.LIVE will take place in a lovely lakeside location in a canvas marquee with a fully-stocked bar serving wines, craft beers, cocktails, pizza and non-alcoholic drinks, the evening before the festival opens. This year writer and Radio 4 broadcaster Natalie Haynes will be talking about her acclaimed new work of fiction, A Thousand Ships, the retelling of a Greek epic from a woman’s point of view (Guardian review here). Natalie is the author of three more novels, Amber Fury, The Children of Jocasta and critically acclaimed The Ancient Guide to Modern Life. She has also written and presented four series of the BBC Radio 4 Show Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics and was awarded the 2015 Classical Prize – we’ll let her tell you how she took on Tory party PM candidate Boris Johnson and won.
GIN: Stratford upon Avon Topiary Gin Festival, Billesley Manor Hotel, Stratford upon Avon, Sun July 7
Set in Billesely Manor Hotel’s 100-year-old Topiary garden is a celebration of local regional artisan gins run in partnership with Stratford-based Shakespeare Distillery. You’ll be able to meet and taste gins produced at 6 local gin distilleries including Puddingstone Distillery, home of Campfire Gin (Tring, Herts), Wood Brothers (Oxon), Sovereign Spirits (Mansfield, Notts), British Polo Gin (Bishop’s Norton, Glos) and Locksley Distilling Co (Sheffield) – all supported by Fever Tree. These will be served alongside chef’s selection of locally sourced food. A fantastic live music line up throughout the afternoon includes the return of last year’s talented Andrew James – winner of the Cotswold Musician Award – plus, female singer and acoustic duo, Three’s a Crowd, and popular local acoustic trio Wired. Located in the heart of the UK’s best gin distilleries, this perfect chilled Sunday afternoon will not disappoint! £20 tickets include a souvenir branded gin glass, Gin Menu detailing all flavours & cocktails available, plus a welcome Gin & Tonic supplied by Shakespeare Distillery. Ages 18+.
Tickets here: eventbrite
THEATRE: The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, The Bear Pit Theatre, Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6LU, June 24 – 29
A pitch-black comedy about a writer in a totalitarian’ state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of child-murders that are happening in his town. Directed by Steve Farr this is a play by the writer of two Oscar-nominated films, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, In Bruges plus Seven Psychopaths, Tickets: £12.
Ticket hotline: 01789 403416, Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, thebearpit