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NOVEMBER 2018

 

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers: Tribe, Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa, Tues Nov 13

Europe’s leading Japanese Taiko drumming group are approaching their 25th anniversary with their 6th album Way of the Drum. They perform at large-scale events, festivals and have performed on TV shows ranging from the Brit Awards to the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms. You’ll be in for a beautifully choreographed, thrilling treat.

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THEATRE: Shakespeare’s Troilus and CressidaRST, Stratford-upon-Avon, only until Sat Nov 17

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Directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran, this is the company’s first gender-equal production of Shakespeare’s “most testosterone-fuelled” play. Set in a futuristic post-apocalypse Troy, it involves close collaboration with the virtuoso percussionist, Evelyn Glennie. On for one month only!

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EVENT: Stratford Literary Festival, Fri Nov 9 – 17

Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman

The impressive winter festival line-up features internationally best-selling author, Jodi Picoult, historian and TV presenter Lucy Worsley OBE, who will be talking about her latest book The Many Faces of Queen Victoria, Sir Michael Parkinson, sharing his admiration for the legendary footballer, George Best; and Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman whose new book, Bloody Brilliant Women, highlights forgotten but ground-breaking women from history.

Jodi Picoult, by Nina Subin

For the full itinerary check out: stratlitfest

 

Gruff Rhys, The Glee Club, Birmingham, Tues Nov 13

Courtesy of Gruff Rhys’ Instagram

The North Wales pop eccentric, formerly lead singer in the Super Furry Animals has this year released his lush fifth solo album Babelsberg, made with The BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

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KIDS DANCE/THEATRE: The Wolf and Peter, Warwick Arts Centre, Tue Nov 13 

Photo by Ros Kavanagh

In this energetic award-winning 55-min new work for children aged 6+, featuring one of the most famous pieces of music ever written, David Bolger, artistic director of Ireland’s Coisceim Dance Theatre has told the story through the eyes of a wolf!  On Tues after the 7pm show MEET THE WOLF! and a post-show talk with the entire cast.

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COMEDY: Autumn season, Warwick Arts Centre

(Top L-R clockwise) Jen Brister, Ahir Shah, Tamsyn Kelly, Sara Pascoe, the infamous Seann Walsh and Sarah Millican.

An amazing autumn line-up of top comedians on the UK tour circuit kicking off with BAFTA award-winner Dylan Moran’s appealingly caustic takes on life in Dr Cosmos, Sara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads (sold out),  Jason Manford: Muddle Class, Sarah Millican: Control Enthusiastic, Jen Brister: Meaningless, Ross Noble: El Hablador, Ahir Shah: Duffer, Dave Gorman, Dara O’Briain: Voice of Reason, Tamsyn Kelly & Sukh Ojila double-bill, The Mash Report’s star satirist Nish Kumar with It’s in your nature to destroy yourself (Recognise that line? It’s from Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and the Funny Women Showcase.

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BOOKS: War Horse author Michael Morpurgo at Warwick Books!! Thur Nov 22

The best-selling author will be talking about his poignant new book In the Mouth of the Wolf – the true story of his two uncles during the Second World War at our Muddy award-winning bookshop! How exciting, is that?

Tickets £5 including refreshments. Book in advance at Warwick Books 01926 499939 or info@warwickbooks.net

 

THEATRE: Tartuffe, Swan Theatre, Stratford, until Feb 23

Asif Khan as Tartuffe and Sasha Behar as Amira. Production photos by Topher McGrillis (c) RSC

BAFTA and Emmy-Award winning TV writers Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto – creators of The Kumars at No. 42, Goodness Gracious Me, Citizen Khan and The Office – have reimagined Moliere’s great French comedy in modern-day Birmingham. The result is a sharp, vigorously funny and topical comedy set within the home of a well-to-do Brummie Pakistani family. It cleverly blends themes of religious hypocrisy, #metoo “victim shaming”, Brexit jokes and music styles including a freestyle beatbox rap battle. Review here.

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Whistler and Nature, Compton Verney, until Dec 16

James McNeill Whistler, Battersea Reach from Lindsey Houses © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

An autumn ‘must-see’. Warwickshire’s Compton Verney is casting a new light on the work of the great late-Victorian painter, James McNeill Whistler, in respect of his family’s army background. Whistler and Nature (Sat Oct 20 – Dec 16), curated in partnership with The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow. The exhibition, which includes 90 oil paintings, explores the artist’s revolutionary attitude towards the natural world.

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LIMITED AVAILABILITY: Funny Women Showcase, Warwick Arts Centre, Thu Nov 15

A showcase of the best female comedy talent in the UK today. Come and see an exciting mix of both new and established acts, plus alumni from the acclaimed Funny Women Awards, including Thanyia Moore (2017 Winner), Harriet Braine (2016 Winner) and Rosie Jones (2016 Finalist). 7.45pm. Age 14+. Studio, £15.

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All you need is LSD, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Thurs Nov 15 – Sat Nov 17

For playwright Leo Butler, an invitation to take part in the world’s first LSD drug trials since the 1960s proved just too intriguing to refuse…This darkly humorous new drama draws on its writer’s own experience as a medical guinea pig in 2015. Created by anarchic theatre company Told by an Idiot, it dissects the UK’s ongoing drugs debate, combining real-life stories with the controversial research of Professor David Nutt in a story that is often stranger than fiction.

Tel: 024 7655 3055, belgrade

 

SPOKEN WORD: Dr John Cooper Clarke: Luckiest Man Alive Tour, Town Hall, Birmingham, Fri Nov 16

The poet and 6 Music show presenter will be performing material, old and brand new, from his trademark battered notebooks in his notorious rapid fire style and iconic Salford drawl. Combine this with John’s laconic observations, gags and off the wall chat. See a living legend at the top of his game.

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Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan, Warwick Arts Centre, Sat Nov 17

Manchunian-born singer Barb Jungr has wowed audiences and critics worldwide with her powerful reinterpretations of Bob Dylan’s work. A passionate Dylanologist known for her minimal and subtle arrangements and great humour, Barb Jungr has built a formidable reputation as a quirky  international live performer and recording artiste.

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ART: Haroon Mirza: reality is somehow what we expect it to be, Ikon, Birmingham, Nov 30 – Feb 24 2019

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UK artist Haroon Mirza recently displayed two new artworks at Frieze London in response to French Fashion house, Louis Vuitton. Imitation, featuring Louis Vuitton bags and wallets, are installations created by the artist, “in response to window displays in various cities by the French fashion house that Mirza says are ‘blatant appropriations’ of his solar-powered sculptures,”. Five works in this new series, called Rules of Appropriation, are due to go on show at the artists’ new show at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery – the most comprehensive exhibition of his work in the UK to date. The Ikon’s exhibition space will be filled entirely with moving imagery, sculptural installation and electronic sound.

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Hamnet, Warwick Arts Centre, Tues Nov 20 – Thu Nov 22

William Shakespeare had one son – Hamnet. Shakespeare then left Stratford-upon-Avon to pursue his career in theatre in London. In 1596, he was told that the boy – then 11 years old – was seriously ill. By the time Shakespeare reached home, Hamnet had died. In 1599, Shakespeare wrote a play called Hamlet. Dublin-based theatre company Dead Centre places Hamnet centre stage as he pieces together a portrait of his famous father. One of only three UK touring dates this year following an international tour.

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Courtney Barnett, O2 Academy, Birmingham, Mon Nov 19

One of my fave kooky new singer-songwriters. I loved her 2017 dreamy duet Over Everything with kindred spirit Kurt Vile. Off the back of a UK tour supporting the release of her brilliant sophomore album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, Courtney Barnett is coming back for round two.

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Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Warwick Arts Centre, Thurs Nov 22

Viral sensation Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

Postmodern Jukebox shows bring together a band of gifted musicians, a cast of favourite singers and lots of surprises. As any fan will attest, the experience is never the same twice, with new songs and different members of the band giving a unique spin on modern pop hits, retro pop stylings and classic favourites.

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Elan Spa Christmas Shopping Evening, Mallory Court Hotel, Leamington Spa, Thurs Nov 22

Elan Spa, Mallory Court Country House Hotel

Looking for a Christmas gift idea for someone close who loves a bit of pampering? Choose from a range of spa vouchers  and prezzies from ESPA, ORLY & ILA at one of our fave award-winning Warwickshire spa’s, while indulging in some mulled wine and a mince pie or two. Spa therapists will be on hand to give you advice and also mini-treatments on the evening.

Please RSVP to elanspa@mallory.co.uk or Tel: 01926 453912 (you’ll need to book a treatment slot in advance depending on availability), mallory

 

KIDS THEATRE: Oskar’s Amazing Adventure, Warwick Arts Centre, Thu Nov 22 – Sat Nov 24 

Photo © Paul Mansfield

This original play for young children aged 2 – 8 uses a rich mix of storytelling, physical theatre, clowning, puppetry and music and song to tell the tale of a puppy’s search for friendship in the wilderness of the Alps. Helen Martin Studio. £12.25 (£10.25).

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THEATRE: Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, until  Dec 1
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Jude Owusu as the king of Persia, Tamburlaine Photo by Ellie Kurttz (c) RSC

Watch Jude Owusu’s chillingly charismatic portrait of Christopher Marlowe’s violent 14th century warlord, who started life as a shepherd, before conquering Asia. Directed by former RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd, who stepped down in 2012. A big critical hit.

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MUSIC: An Evening with Afro Celt Sound System, Warwick Arts Centre, Sat Nov 24

Grammy-nominated European and African based music collective set up by musician and record producer Simon Emmerson. A “giddy mash-up” of female African chorus alongside Gaelic rap and jazz bagpipes music. Expect an energetic and captivating live performance.

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COMEDY: Ahir Shah: Duffer, Warwick Arts Centre, Sun 25 Nov 

Ahir Shah brings his Edinburgh 2018 show to Warwick Arts Centre, a new hour of stand-up about life and what comes after, death and what comes before, and Bohemian Rhapsody.  7.45pm. Age 14+. Studio, £13

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MUSIC: Christine & The Queens, Birmingham O2 Academy, Mon Nov 26

Hurray for the French singer’s new album, Chris. If the ridiculously catchy ‘80s-grooved single Girlfriend is anything to go by, it should be a doozy.

 

DANCE: Kamala Devam Company’s Ankushka and Other Mysteries, Warwick Arts Centre, Mon Nov 26

Does fate or free will have a greater hand in shaping the course of our lives? A question asked in three distinctive classical and contemporary South Asian dance solos set to the music of UK indie band Alt J. This work and a multi award-winning dance film,  The Art of Defining Mecombines classical roots of South Indian dance with  the explosive qualities of urban dance and acrobatic movement.Running times: 1hr 40min, 8pm. Studio£13 (£11) Under 26s £10.

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SCIENCE: The Warwick Christmas Lectures: Out of this world & Take a Closer Look, Warwick Arts Centre, Mon 26 Nov & Mon 3 Dec

The University of Warwick’s Faculty of Science’s Warwick Christmas Lectures are an annual festive extravaganza not to be missed. Expect two nights of family-friendly science and spectacle, Take A Closer Look and Out Of This World, featuring the University of Warwick’s finest minds, explosions, demonstrations and experiments galore. Ages 8 – 108. £3.50.

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BEAUTY EVENT: Hampton Clinic Open Evening, Hampton Manor, Hampton-in-Arden, nr Solihull, Thur Nov 29

Fancy coming to a pre-Christmas open evening at this Scandinavian-looking lodge and beauty clinic in the grounds of boutique hotel Hampton Manor and Peel’s Michelin-starred restaurant? Think champagne & canapes courtesy of Hampton Manor, fire pits, treatment demos, special offers and an informative talk from owner Dr Lorraine Hill as well as small group taster sessions of Life Coaching and Functional Medicine/Nutrition. 7-10pm, hamptonclinic

Guests are kindly requested to email clinic manager Cherie Rhodes asap if you’d like to attend: cherie@hamptonclinic.co.uk

 

MUSIC: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary World Tour at Arena Birmingham, Tues Nov 27

Another biggie. The multi-platinum former Fugees singer and took the world by storm two decades ago as a solo artist with singles from the album including Doo Wop (That Thing) and Everything Is Everything. It won her 5 GRAMMY®  wins.

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LIMITED AVAILABILITY: Dara O’Briain – Voice of Reason, Warwick Arts Centre, Thu Nov 29 – Sat Dec 1 

Dara O’Briain is one of our most popular comics and his new show covers such topics as his midlife hypochondria, fame and technology. His stories are so cleverly interwoven that as the show progresses the intricate structure of his show is revealed. Top-notch intelligent comedy seems on offer here so grab a ticket before it sells out. Ages 14+.

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CHRISTMAS SHOWS (more to follow in panto guide):

 

Sleeping Beauty, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wed Nov 21 – Sat Jan 6

Tweenies creator Iain Lauchlan as Nanny McWheeze. Photo by Joe Bailey

The fab writer and director Iain Lauchlan, who wrote BAFTA-winning series The Tweenies, returns this Christmas as Nanny McWheeze. The former children’s TV presenter, who appeared on Playschool, Fingermouse, Playdays, Storytime and Fun Song Factory, will be joined by partner in crime Craig Hollingsworth as Muddles the Jester. Together the comedy double-act will be helping Prince Valiant on his quest to rescue the sleeping princess.

Tel: 024 7655 3055 or visiting belgrade

 

Tall Stories’ Wilde Creatures, Warwick Arts Centre, Wed Nov  28– Sun Dec 30

From the company that brought you The Gruffalo, a motley crew of storytelling musicians bring Oscar Wilde’s classic fairy tales to life in Tall Stories’ magical new hour-long show, direct from London’s West End. Characters from The Happy Prince and other stories spring to life as the pompous mayor, the petulant princess and the love-sick student compete to become the new town statue. Brilliant for ages 5+. £15.50 (£13.50).

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Mimbre’s Fierce Sisters at New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, Dec 11 – 15

Very exciting this! A specially commissioned promenade performance with all-female acrobatic theatre group, Mimbre in the gardens at Shakespeare’s New PlaceBe enchanted as they weave their spell with their evocative choreography and contemporary soundscapes to explore the essence of Shakespeare’s female characters, bursting out of their stories to claim their own space in today’s world. Playful interactive stations invite you to explore these themes and contribute your thoughts and feelings on how women are interpreted and portrayed, then and now.

Booking required at shakespeare or Tel: 01789 204016.

 

FURTHER AFIELD:

 

THEATRE: True West, Vaudeville Theatre, London, Nov  23 – 23 Feb 2019

Head to town for the West End Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard’s ferociously funny, modern classic, True West, which opens today. Directed by Matthew Dunsteran Olivier-nominated director, playwright, actor and Associate Director at Shakespeare’s Globe, and starring Kit Harington (of Game of Thrones fame) and Johnny Flynn (Genius) as warring brothers, this sure sounds like a goodie.

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THE RSC’S UK SCHOOLS & THEATRE TOUR: First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors until Dec 7

Photo by Sam Allard

Wondering what’s the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for 7 – 13-year-olds? The RSC’s fab First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errorsa 90-minute abridged version just for kids, is touring several partner schools and theatres across the UK including Leamington, Warwick, Nuneaton, Birmingham, Northampton, Blackpool, Middlesbrough, Kent, York, Bradford and Stoke-on-Trent. It will have a number of public performances in The Swan. A lovely, interactive experience for families. See our review here.

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ART: Penny Woolcock, Fantastic Cities, Modern Art Oxford, Sat Nov 17 – Sun 3 March

Fantastic Cities is the first major art exhibition of celebrated contemporary artist and director, Penny Woolcock, whose art focuses on the issues of social inequality. She’s won many awards for her diverse range of work from film, opera, documentaries and art projects. This exhibition brings together some of Penny’s pivotal works from her career plus 3 new moving-image commissions exploring how different peoples’ lives can be in the same city.

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CULTURE: Month of Sundays Festival, Royal Opera House, London, Sun 4 – Sun 25 Nov

The Royal Opera House is opening itself up for a month of interactive fun. They’ll be live demos from technicians and craftspeople who work on the ROH productions, you can take guided tours and learn new moves in a dance class, sing tunes from opera classics and make something crafty to take home. The Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera artists will be performing in the public areas and there’s a sound installation that explores the history of the Opera House.

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MUSIC: All Saints, O2 Academy, Oxford, Fri Nov 30

Back with a vengeance, All Saints’ fifth album Testament has had fans and critics in raptures. The girls are embarking on a winter tour to feature the album plus all their hits and you can catch them in Oxford for one night only.

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ART: Edward Burne-Jones, Tate Britain, London, until 24 Feb

Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones ‘Love Among the Ruins’ 1870-1973 Private Collection

Pre-Raphaelite artist Burne-Jones was one of the most influential British talents of the 19th century and this exhibition will bring together 150 works including paintings, stained glass and tapestry in a major new retrospective. Rejecting the starched world of the Victorians, he looked to myths, legends and the Bible to create his otherworldly work. He wanted to bring beautiful design to everyone and along with his friend William Morris, pioneered the Arts and Crafts Movement.

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TOP FILM RELEASES

Christmas is coming – so are the family films… so grab the kids and a jumbo bucket of popcorn. Dodgy green face paint is no more as Dr Seuss’ The Grinch gets a remake, released on Nov 9, in 3D computer animation. The trailer, where we get a first glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch in the starring role, already has over three million views on YouTube, no doubt a million from my kids – they’re desperate to see it. The Nutcracker will make the leap, or should I say sauté, from ballet to big screen with The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The film’s got an all-star cast of Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Richard E Grant and Morgan Freeman, released Nov 2. If you’re looking for something a little more thrilling, but still suitable for tweens, dark magic will be creeping into cinemas worldwide as the highly anticipated new Fantastic Beasts film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwaldis released on Nov 18. Johnny Depp will be reprising his role as the oh-so-evil, bleach blonde Grindelwald alongside good guys Eddie Redmayne and Jude Law.

 

STAYING IN

Huddled by the fire? Don’t blame you – we’ll be round in five mins with a massive box of Maltesers so get the telly on. Darkly delicious political thriller House Of Cards returns to Netflix on 2 Nov with its sixth and final season, which was hastily rewritten after Kevin Spacey, who played the President, detonated his career. First Lady Claire Underwood makes a power grab – we can’t wait to see what the excellent Robin Wright does with the role now she’s going solo. Back on this side of the Atlantic, series 5 of London police drama Luther is imminent. The BBC are being cagey about the start date but they’ve just made the first four series available on iPlayer so we reckon it’ll be this month. Welcome back Idris Elba – we’re swooning at the very thought of you returning to moodily stomp around the city fighting crime in your swishy wool coat. This time Hermione Norris will be joining him, playing a psychiatrist. On a lighter note, people are going barking mad on social media about Dogs, a new Netflix documentary which drops 16 Nov. It tells six stories of unconditional love between pooch and owner, including one involving a beloved pet being trapped in a Syrian warzone. It looks like a total tear-jerker.

 

BEEN & GONE:

 

COMEDY: Jen Brister: Meaningless, Studio, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Sun Nov 4

Ever wanted to know the meaning of life? No, neither has Jen, she’s too busy trying to stop her twins from using her shoes as a toilet. Still, we’re only on this planet for a finite time, so wouldn’t it be good to find a bit of meaning in your otherwise pointless existence? 7.45pm. Age 16+, £13.

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Russian State Ballet: Swan Lake, Giselle & The Nutcracker, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Thurs Nov 1 – Sat 3

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Not to be missed if you’re a ballet fan! A trio of classic ballets accompanied by a live 30-piece orchestra by this internationally renowned company including  a sumptuous new production of Swan Lake, an early Christmas treat with The Nutcracker and an original twist on Adolphe Adam’s unforgettable Giselle by award-winning former Bolshoi Ballet soloist Konstantin Uralsky. Expect a stunning new set and elegant handmade costumes in this fresh re-imagining of the world’s most romantic ballet.

Tel: 024 7655 3055, belgrade

Bonfire Night and Firework Displays, across Warwickshire

See our guide to the top family-friendly events here.

Mimbre: The Exploded Circus, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Sat Nov 3

Mimbre, The Exploded Circus. Photo by Simon Drake

Step into the moment where an explosion has been frozen in time, the remnants of a big top caught mid-air – with everything from circus rings, sequins and fairground horses suspended above ground in this 1 hour 10-minute performance by 6-strong female acrobatic group, Mimbre, 2.30pm & 7.30pm.

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Sigrid, O2 Academy Birmingham, Sun Nov 4

Breakout star of the year. Since being crowned the BBC Sound of 2018, Sigrid’s been selling out shows across the globe, ending the year with with a Top 10 single – Strangers and a debut album on the horizon. Her biggest headline tour to date is accompanied by new electropop single, Sucker Punch.

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The Haunted Castle, Warwick Castle, until Sun Nov 4

Half-term Halloween attractions include the Haunted Hollows for the spooky woodland trail, Dead Centre Stage (open from 11am) the Witches Tower and new for 2018, the Escape Room – an actor-led attraction set within the medieval jail and the House of Wax scare mazeFire jousting returns, promising an awesome display of horseback heroics. Children aged 10+ can enter The Castle Dungeon, a live-actor experience that plunges victims into the deathly darkness of the Middle Ages, while maximum fear factor belongs to Séance a spectacle exclusive to Warwick Castle that uses innovative binaural spatial audio technology to share spirits’ stories of life on ‘the other side’: prepare to be petrified!

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Discover:Gather:Give’ Arts Fair, Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall, Sat Nov 3 & Sun Nov 4

Looking for artisan Christmas gifts? Look no further…This fabulous and free art fair is now in its fifth year and features 40 artists exhibiting more than 500 pieces of original and passionately created art, offering an exciting and eclectic mix of paintings, illustrations, ceramics, jewellery, glasswork, decoupage, textiles, wood turning, digital art, sculpture and book binding, #Cafdgg. Don’t miss out on The Golden Cup Cafe upstairs in the Ballroom where visitors can enjoy tea and coffee from Monsoon Estates served in elegant vintage golden tea sets on crisp white linen with fresh flowers and and delicious cake!

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THEATRE: War Horse, Birmingham Hippodrome, Wed Oct 10 – Sat Nov 3

Soooo excited that the outstanding National Theatre production of War Horse is coming to Birmingham in October. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo and featuring those incredible, life-size puppets of the horses, it’s likely to sell-out, so please don’t leave it too late to book.

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MUSIC: First Aid Kit, O2 Academy, Birmingham, Wed Nov 7

Swedish sisters, First Aid Kit are setting out on their Rebel Heart headline tour, following the hugely successful release of fourth album, Ruins. Their biggest UK tour to date, they’ll also be joined by best mates, The Staves.

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SHOPPING: British Fashion Council Pop-up, Bicester Village, Thurs Nov 1 – Sun Nov 11

Calling all fashion mavens! Hot foot it down to Bicester Village this week for a unique edit of some of the UK’s top emerging names and more established brands, as curated by The British Fashion Council (these guys organise London Fashion Week and promote British fashion around the world so they know what they’re doing). Big names in the pop-up boutique include Christopher Kane, Emilia Wickstead, Teatum Jones and Sharon Wauchob. Sharpened elbows at the ready as you attack those rails…

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ART: The March of the Imagination, Compton Verney, weekends until Sun Nov 11

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For the third year running, the stunning ‘Capability’ Brown grounds and Robert Adam-designed house are going to be illuminated in a new outdoor art work.  The Warwickshire art gallery and park has commissioned award-winning artists, Musson+Retallick, to create a series of remarkable night-time displays. Five playful installations will explore the relationship between the human mind and machines across the next two weekends in November. Seasonal treats including speciality hot chocolates and freshly baked wood-fired pizzas will be served.

Each event runs from 6.30pm-9.30pm (Fri, Sat, Sun), with timed entry starting. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for children, comptonverney

NEW THEATRE: Theatre Absolute present Sphere, Shop Front Theatre, Coventry, Wed Nov 7 – Thurs Nov 10

Coventry born actor Kimishi Lewis, who graduated from Rose Bruford Drama School, in 2015 returns from Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show and UK tour of Strictly Arts ‘Freeman’. This is Kimisha’s Writing debut.

This is the 9th and final experimental commission of Theatre Absolute’s two-year project exploring the question Are We Where We Are? Sphere written and performed by seven exciting up-and-coming artists and writers – Amy Kakoura, Ashley James Brown, Demi Oyediran, Kimisha Lewis, Laura Nyahuye, Ola Animashawun, and Raef Boylan, 7.30pm, theatreabsolute.co.uk

Shop Front Theatre, 38 City Arcade, Coventry, CV1 3HW. Tickets are £8 (full price) and £6 (concessions) via brownpapertickets(a service fee will be added).

THEATRE: Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tues Nov 6 – Sat Nov 10

Matthew Kelly & David Yelland in THE HABIT OF ART Photo by (c) Helen Maybanks

As one of our finest playwrights, Alan Bennett is renowned for his wit and sharp character observations of us Brits, done with warmth and compassion. Here he explores friendship, rivalry and heartache through an imagined meeting between the poet WH Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten during auditions for Britten’s opera Death in Venice, and how their creativity impacted on them. This is the first revival of this brilliantly clever play since it was first staged at The National Theatre and with Matthew Kelly, David Yelland and Veronica Roberts in its strong cast and Phillip Franks directing, it should be a winner.

Tel: 024 7655 3055 belgrade

MUSIC: Miloš: Voice of the Guitar, Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, Wed Nov 7

Photo by Melanie Gomez

Considered by many as “the hottest guitarist in the world”, Miloš explores the entire musical universe of the classical guitar – from the timeless beauty of J.S. Bach, through the poetry of classical Spain, to the passionate music of Latin America, where the tangos of Astor Piazzolla jostle with hits by The Beatles. He will be performing with Ensemble 7, 7.30pm. £18.50 – £41.50. Pre-concert Talk: Helen Martin Studio 6.15pm, £2.50.

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THEATRE: Othello, Warwick Arts Centre, Tues Nov 6 – Fri Nov 9

Tickets are going fast for this ETT production. Director Richard Twyman’s original modern-dress production received rave reviews. For ages 12+ Running time: 3hrs.

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THEATRE: LOST DOG DANCE’s Juliet and Romeo, Wed Nov 7 & Thu Nov 8

Lost Dog’s new show reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. Now they’re 40ish, at least one of them is in the grips of a mid-life crisis, they feel constantly mocked by their teenage selves and haunted by the pressures of being the poster couple for romantic love. “Pure pleasure. Smart, subversive and sexy” – said The Guardian in a 5-star reviewRunning time: 1hr 15mins, 8pm. For ages 13+.

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SPOKEN WORD: An Evening with Nigella Lawson, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Thurs Nov 8

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of TV chef Nigella’s ground-breaking debut cookbook, How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food, as she talks about her life in food and what she’s cooking right now, followed by a 1-hour book-signing.

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Arrested Development, Town Hall, Birmingham, Fri Nov 9

Trailblazing 90’s hip-hop artists who had massive international hits with Mr. Wendal and People Everyday.

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BOOK NOW: Queans Wine Dinner with Slurp Leamington Spa,  15 Dormer Pl, Leamington Spa, Fri Nov 9

You’ll be needing your elasticated pants for this evening of outstanding wine and food at Queans Restaurant in Royal Leamington Spa. The evening will be hosted by the Slurp Leamington team with a fab 5-course Dinner menu created by Queans’ chef, proprietor and maker of 16 exquisite home-made ice creams, Laura Hamilton, with wines to match as well as a canapé and glass of fizz on arrival, £79pp.

Advanced booking (in store or by phone 01926 315609), queans-restaurant

KIDS THEATRE: Sleepyhead, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Fri Nov 9 & Sat Nov 10

A 45-minute dream-like show for two – 5-year-olds which many a sleep-deprived parent can probably relate to even more…It’s been a long day for Dad and he can hardly keep his eyes open. All he wants is for Baby to go to sleep so he can catch up on a little shut-eye too – but tonight , Baby has other ideas. Mix in some magic, a pinch of circus and a large dollop of silliness and you have the recipe for a little adventure with a lot of laughs.

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Digbeth Dining Club &  Voyage Audio DJs: Global-Selects, Spotlight, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, Fri Nov 9 & Fri Dec 14

An award-winning mash-up of global street food and worldly beats. The Voyage Audio DJs will be in-house on the 2nd Friday of every month, loaded with wax jams from all four corners including  Turkish Funk, Cumbia, Afrobeat, Latin House,  Italo Disco and more…

For lots more Digbeth Dining Club events, including the No Bones meat-free event on Nov 11, check out: digbethdiningclub

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