In Conversation with artists Lubaina Himid and Claudette Johnson, Rugby Art Gallery, Fri May 25
2017 Turner Prize Winner Lubaina Himid and Claudette Johnson, whose both have artworks in the gallery’s excellent portraiture About Face exhibition, offer insights into their work and inspirations and members of the audience will be invited to ask questions and discover more about these two, very current prominent artists. Art Talks with Art Fund is a national programme of artist talks around contemporary art in museums across the UK.
Romeo & Juliet, RST, Stratford, April 21 – Sept 21/ Live in Cinemas: Jul 18
Check out the RSC’s youthful, gender-fluid revival with Coventry’s Bally Gill and Glaswegian actress Karen Fishwick as the doomed teen lovers. Erica Whyman examines Generation Z, grime culture and the destructiveness of knife crime in this present-day production.
BBC Radio 2 & Radio 3’s The Biggest Weekend: Coventry, Sun May 27 & Mon May 28
War Memorial Park is the venue for two days of performances by Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics, Paloma Faith, Billy Ocean, Jamie Cullum, Snow Patrol, UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey and Coventry’s own 2-tone legends, The Selecter. On Monday the BBC Concert Orchestraa, Dinosaur, Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band, GoGo Penguin, Milos, Angelique Kidjo and Nigel Kennedy will be entertaining the crowds. Sold out on Sun! Tickets for Mon available here
RSC Mischief Festival, The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, May 31 – June 23
This innovative month-long festival features two new plays exploring global questions of truth, corruption and freedom; #WeAreArrested and Day of the Living. Led by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman, the festival will include:
- Double-bill: #WeAreArrested, the true story of journalist Can Dündar’s commitment to expose the truth in the face of huge personal risk; Day of the Living, inspired by the events in Ayotzinapa, Mexico 2014 when 43 students were forcibly taken and disappeared, Thur May 31 – Sat June 23.
- Written and performed by Nell Leyshon, Three Letters, is one woman’s story of how her reinvention of herself after having had children is halted by illness, Wed June 6 and Fri June 8, 1.30pm, £5.
- Research & Development work-in-progress public reading of Redefining Juliet, Fri June 22, 2.30pm, £5.
- A series of events giving an insight into the influences and decisions that have created the festival productions.
- Watch the RSC’s film about Can Dündar here https://youtu.be/41QpuS8Vas8
Book on 01789 403493, rsc
Open Air Cinema, Castle at Edgehill, Edge Hill, near Banbury, Bank Holiday Sunday, May 27
Salvage Cinema is back to host an open cinema night is back for the third time. Enjoy some Sunday chilling, food cooked on the
wood fired ovens, or go along before the showing for a late Sunday lunch. A hugely popular and successful evening at this scenic 4 star pub inside an historic hilltop tower famous for its views of the Battle of Edgehill.
Tickets are £12 each and can be bought in advance on 01295670255 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Macbeth, RST, Stratford, March 13 – September 18
Avengers: Infinity War (12A)
This huge superhero battle is one Marvel fans have been building up to over the last 10 years and reportedly the second most expensive film of all time. It features so many superheroes they can’t fit on the poster! But is it any good? The reviews are in and the answer from British critics is an almost unanimous yes. “Furiously entertaining”, (the Times), “pure entertainment on a scale never before seen in cinema” (the Express) and “Colossal, cataclysmic, delirious, preposterous – and always surreally entertaining” (the Guardian).
BAFTA-winning TV choirmaster Gareth Malone, Warwick Arts Centre, Sun May 27
Fresh from a run of critically-acclaimed shows, the BAFTA-winning TV choirmaster returns to Coventry’s Warwick Arts Centre joined by close harmony singers The Swingles (one of the leading choral groups in the world).
Outdoor Cinema Screening: Pretty Woman (15), Rugby School, Thur May 31
Book yourself a deckchair or beanbag, grab a cocktail, some popcorn and enjoy this 1990 classic.
The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich, Swan Theatre, Stratford, until June 14
The Victor Ludorum Tournament, Dallas Burston Polo Club, Southam, CV47 2DL, Sun May 27
Sip champagne from the Colonial Clubhouse front terrace while enjoying the action of The Stoneythorpe Final at this prestigious Polo tournament. It runs over a fortnight and welcomes players from all over the world. The event is free to visit. Straight afterwards join the VIPs at the Opening Season Party with a welcome drink, live entertainment, canapés and a DJ Disco. Tix: £17.50.
Warwick Food Festival, Sun May 27
This lively family-friendly festival returns for its fourth year celebrating the wonderfully diverse locally-produced food and drink from across Warwick District and beyond including more than 60 food, drink & local producers, live entertainment and cookery demo theatres.
Market Place, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 4SA, 10am – 6pm, localfoodfestivals
Warwick Festival – The Legend of Guy of Warwick, Sat May 26 – Mon May 28
This is a new festival – which coincides with Warwick Food Festival on Sun May 27 – celebrates the legend of Guy of Warwick. It includes historic tours, banquets (see below), exhibitions, Guy of Warwick crafts, town stalls and a parade from Warwick Racecourse into the town on Mon May 28. You can also climb the iconic tower at St Mary’s and kids can make their own superhero mask at Market Hall Museum on Sat (10am-12noon, £1).
Medieval Banquet, The Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, Sat May 26
Food, drink and entertainment from the Middle Ages to celebrate Warwick Festival’s The Legend of Guy of Warwick at 7pm in the Courtyard followed by dinner in the Great Medieval Hall until midnight. Tickets are no longer available for this event but on Sun May 27 the venue is also hosting a Medieval Courtyard Party, 12 – 4pm, with food, music, knights, falcons and er, ferret racing and tickets are £6.50 on the door.
John Piper, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Tues May 1 – June 21
Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok & pre-show cooking demo, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, May 30 – June 2
Following its critically-acclaimed premiere at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, Yellow Earth Theatre’s powerful new play has been adapted by In-Sook Chappell from Helen Tse’s bestselling memoir Sweet Mandarin. Three generations of women in one British Asian family will have their extraordinary true story told. The production charts an evocative, multi-sensory journey across continents, tracing Helen’s family history from occupied Hong Kong to the founding of the famous Manchester restaurant that gave her book its name. Combining live onstage cookery with a slippery, dreamlike narrative. As an added extra, audiences can also book in for a pre-show cookery demonstration on Thurs May 31.
Tel box office on 024 7655 3055, belgrade
Echo and the Bunnymen, Symphony Hall, Sat May 26
Post-punk The Doors/The Velvets-inspired Liverpool band, still lead by the indominable Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant, released a new studio album this year. They return to Symphony Hall as part of a national tour. Their new album revisits some of their greatest songs rearranged with co-producer Andy Wright with strings and things. Hit TV-series Stranger Things featured the song Nocturnal Me whilst t 13 Reasons Why has used The Killing Moon, famously featured in the 2001 cult film, Donnie Darko. They’ve had 20 top 20 hits and nine top 20 albums in the UK in their 40 year career. Still love ’em!
Love, Bombs and Apples, The Goose Nest, Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, Mon May 21 & Tue May 22
A comic and poignant exploration of four men, each from different parts of the globe, experiencing a moment of revelation written by award-winning playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak. A Palestinian actor learns there is more to English girls than pure sex appeal; while a Pakistani-born terror suspect figures out what is wrong with his first novel.
Box Office: 024 7652 4524, warwickartscentre
New work by ceramic artist Kirsty Macrae, The Stratford Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon
New sculptural ceramic artworks from the Glasgow School of Art graduate are now in the gallery. Light and Shade, a new exhibition opens Sat May 5 – May 30 with new Paintings and Ceramics from Laura Wade, Oilivia Walker, Harriet Porter and Tim Lake exploring tone and form.
Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra featuring Gilson Lavis, Ruby Turner, Marc Almond and Louise Marshall, Warwick Arts Centre, Wed May 23
There’s limited availability for this gig with the UK’s most popular pianist and bandleader, Jools Holland OBE whose BBC2 live music show Later…with Jools Holland is now broadcasting its 46th series. Expect exuberant live performances.
Gaz Coombes, O2 Institute2 Birmingham, Mon May 21
Teen Connect: Hints, Tips and Tricks to Connect With Your Teen, The Heart of England Language School, Leamington Spa, Wed May 23
Why does it often seems like “teenagers are from Venus, parents are from Mars”? Professional Teen Direct coaches will share Hints, tips and tricks to help you connect with your teen at this informative talk. Only 10 places, £10 (incs a drink and refreshments), 7 – 9pm
The Heart of England Language School and Study Programmes, 14 Hamilton Terrace, CV32 Leamington Spa, tix available from EventBrite https://bit.ly/2vUFsSW or Tel Teen Direct on 07901 517012
An Audience with Kate Humble, Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa, Thur May 31
The BBCSpringwatch/Autumnwatch broadcaster and writer specialising in science, wildlife and rural affairs lives with her husband Ludo in permanently muddy jeans on a smallholding in Wales. Join Kate for a fascinating talk about her life working with animals, the many wonderful and inspiring people she has met and the chance to find out how the programmes are made along with anecdotes about the filming. For ages 16+
Unlocked! Behind the Scenes at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, April 27 – July 15
Shining a spotlight on rarely displayed items and others that are undergoing conservation work. Discover the gallery’s most dangerous object, and view the oldest alongside the newest, the smallest and the heaviest items. Find out more about what goes on behind the scenes, how they plan for disasters and tackle the pests that like to eat artefacts. Learn the fascinating stories behind the objects on display and see the hidden sketch on the reverse of L.S. Lowry’s The Mission Room.
The Duchess of Malfi, The Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon, now until Aug 3
Tel: 01789 403493, rsc
10th anniversary Spring Feast, Talton Lodge, Newbold on Stour, May 24
Live music from The Peas, cocktails. dancing, late bar and an absolutely delicious feast in the tipis of this boutique glamping site and bespoke wedding venue. There was a brilliant buzz at last year’s event! Tickets £32.50pp.
taltonlodgeTel 0796 227 3417; email: email@example.com
Fashioned By Naturem V&A London, now – 27 Jan 2019
Old Town, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6BG, shakespeare
Ginger Johnson: Glamorous Gran and Other Tall Stories, Symphony Hall Level 3 Foyer, Birmingham, Sun May 27
Glamorous Gran and Other Tall Stories is a lively collection of original children’s stories inspired by the lives of LGBTQIA+ people and their experience of the world; ordinary people living extraordinary lives. Written and performed by nightmare in nylons and drag superstar Ginger Johnson, they are gutsy, hilarious stories for switched-on kids, that just so happen to feature queer characters. Free. For ages 7+
Know a star-in-the-making? Nativity! The Musicial auditions, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from May 28
Do you have a child aged 9-11 who’d like to audition for a part in Nativity! The Musical? Lead roles as the children of St. Bernadette’s are up for grabs at Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. All kids auditioning must be confident singers, dancers and performers due to the demands of the role. They need to live in the Midlands, be naturally confident, upload a 1-minute YouTube clip and available for all rehearsal and performance dates across the whole UK tour, Mon Sept 17 – Dec 31. Auditions start 28 May (half-term week), with rehearsals taking place in Coventry.
Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship. English Artist Designers 1922-1942, Compton Verney, Sat March 17 – June 10
Ravilious & Co will tell a story that has never been told before. This exhibition of the prolific artist and designer Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) also coincides with the 75th anniversary of his death in Iceland during the Second World War; while Created in Conflict: British Soldier Art from the Crimean War to Today will explore creativity in conflict with a focus on artwork made by British Armed Forces personnel.
All Points East Festival, London, May 25 – June 3
A brand new 10-day event in East London’s beautiful Victoria Park encompassing a three day music festival, community focused programme of midweek entertainment and three huge headline shows with a glittering array of artists including Bjork, Beck, LCD Soundsystem, The xx, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Patti Smith and her band, St Vincent, Courtney Barnett, The National and Catfish and the Bottlemen.
BOOK NOW: Rugby and Coventry Bikeathon, Draycote Water, Kites Hardwick, Sat June 3
BEEN & GONE…
Opera North’s ‘in concert’: SALOME, Warwick Arts Centre, Thur May 3
A blood curdling tale of lust, anger, control, missing heads and the Dance of the Seven Veils! Opera at its most extreme. Concentrated into just 100 intense minutes, there is no let-up in its power and intoxication. Strauss’ famed opera, performed in concert with Jennifer Holloway (Salome) and conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong.
Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, 7.30pm. Box Office: 024 7652 4524, warwickartscentre
Fleabag, Warwick Arts Centre, Tues May 8 – Sat May 12
A must-see for fans of the BAFTA award-winning BBC 3 TV series. This stage production of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s cult hit starring Maddie Rice may seem over-sexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig themed café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.
Althorp Food Festival, Northants, Saturday May 12 & Sun May 13
Well, la-de-dah! Could there be a more idyllic setting for Northamptonshire’s favourite annual food festival than Althorp House? A secluded foodie paradise under (hopefully) sunny skies, there’ll be a fair few of us flocking to the grounds of the Spencer family’s historic stately home for a gastronomic delight. Jot the dates down in your diary now before it slips your mind cos we guarantee (and we’ve been a few times), you won’t wanna miss this. Get your tickets here!
B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival, Birmingham Hippodrome, Wed May 9 – Sun May 13
Birmingham Hippodrome’s third free annual festival celebrating all things Hip-Hop. Expect exhilarating outdoor performances, pop-up dance events, interactive talks, dance battles and live graffiti art alongside an explosive programme of high-energy workshops.
Hints, Tips, Tricks For Parents & Carers to Connect With Teens, Costa Coffee, Kenilworth, Fri May 4
Want to bring a sense of calmness into your home? Warwickshire’s Teen Direct will be offering top advice on how, in this informal Info Hub. Only 10 places available, £10 inc drink, 12.30 -2.pm
Book Here https://bit.ly/2HfmEj0
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Warwick Arts Centre, Friday May 11
One of the world’s most distinctive male a capella group will be in town. The South African singers who shot to global stardom after featuring on Paul Simon’s 1986 album Graceland, recently performed at The Queen’s 92nd Birthday party alongside guests Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue and Craig David.
Cheltenham Jazz Festival, various locations, Wed May 2 – Mon May 7
One artist I’d love to see is Kendrick Lamar collaborator, jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington who’s headlining a sell-out gig at this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Fest! Quite a line-up this year, not least Van the Man, Randy Crawford and Courtney Pine. And the rest of the bill is looking might fine too. And as well as musical feasts, The Lucky Onion will also be hosting its famous supper clubs and house parties at No 131. This festival just gets better every year. cheltenhamfestivals.com
Great Expectations, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wed May 2 – Sat May 5
Founded in 2017, Tilted Wig place a strong emphasis on creative collaboration and ensemble work, with many of the actors in this show taking on multiple roles. It’s an ambitious task to tackle a novel of this scale on stage, but this dynamic new company are rising to the challenge admirably, using quick-fire costume changes, a stylised set and live music to create a pacy and engaging retelling. Among the cast members is Olivier Award-winner Nichola McAuliffe. If you fancy joining in the Belgrade love for you to share any favourite quotes or your own memories of reading or studying the book using #WhatLarks on Twitter!
Tel box office on 024 7655 3055, belgrade
Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, Wed 25 April to Sat 12 May
This looks rather special – along with Bankside in London, Cheltenham’s own Chapel Arts is showing 52 selected prints and drawings to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of the founder and first president of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Francis Seymour Haden. Members of the society will be visiting the gallery to walk people round the exhibition, explaining the different techniques and processes being used. Don’t miss! thechapelarts.com
Satirist Mitch Benn Warwick Arts Centre, Sat May 12
The final date of the songwriting comic’s I’m Still Here tour, 8pm,
Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, Box Office: 024 7652 4524, warwickartscentre
Jungle, O2 Institute, Birmingham, Sat May 12
It’s almost four years since modern British soul-pop collective Jungle’s self-titled debut. The seven-piece will be unveiling new material on their extensive tour featuring top support from Rae Morris and Tom Tripp. academymusicgroup
Foxfinder by Dawn King, Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa, Wed May 2 – May 12
Showcasing the work of new playwright, Dawn King the next Main House production is her multiple award winning play, Foxfinder. A futuristic Orwellian drama about the extinction of foxes and a farming family struggling to come to terms with the recent death of their young son.
The Loft Theatre, Victoria Colonnade, Leamington Spa, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 01926 800360 (answerphone service).
Alcester Food Festival, Sat May 19 & Sun May 20
The wedding will be screened throughout town in all pubs and the Baptist Church on Henley Street during this fabulous foodie fest. Enjoy free parking, free festival entry and lots of lovely Warwickshire produced artisan food/drink! Yum!
Winetasting at Slurp Wine, Leamington Spa, Thurs May 17
One of the Australia’s top winemakers Larry Cherubino, from Margaret River, will be in the house for a talk and wine-tasting. To accompany the evening there will some delicious canapés from Leamington’s Rustic Food Co.
High demand is expected for this event, £20, slurp
Asparagus Supper Night: Talton Mill Supper Club, Newbold on Stour, nr Stratford-upon-Avon, Fri May 18
A 3-course home-grown farm dresh Asparagus Supper Night. Talton’s own farmer will give a brief talk on growing your own asparagus. Followed by asparagus dip and nibbles, creamy chicken and tarragon with roasted Talton asparagus, tomatoes and buttered new potatoes. Lemon cheesecake for dessert, plus coffee and a sweet treat. Bring your own alcohol. If weather permits they will light the fire pit, 7pm.
Right Royal Toast parties, The George Townhouse, Shipston-on-Stour & The Townhouse, Stratford, Fri May 18
These two Warwickshire sister pubs will be hosting Right Royal Toast parties on Fri May 18. They’ll be serving up ‘Harry’s Hampers’, a blend traditional British teatime favourites with American treats inspired by the bride’s homeland (£25 for 2, now until May 19, Mon – Sat, 12 – 6pm), quintessentially British Hendrick’s gin teapot cocktails –Wedding Cake and The Ginger Prince (gin, fresh lime juice, raspberry jam and ginger beer) – and Hooray Harry commemorative ale brewed by Henley-based brewer Brakspear.
Ready, Steady, Fun Run 5K, Rugby Athletics Track, Sun May 20
The 10th annual event, fancy dress welcome with children’s races Discounted entry for families ages 8 – 16 years, www.randnac.org
Midlands Air Festival, Ragley Hall, Alcester, Sat May 19 & Sun May 20
Up, up and away! This new aviation event for the Midlands, is guaranteed to ‘blow your mind’ Don’t get over-inflated now…it will include classic WW1 & 2 fighters, high energy aerobatics, classic jets, flying circus, parachutes, helicopters and gyrocopter. There will also be a full hot air balloon festival with up to 50 balloons expected and some stunning, massive special shaped character balloons to take your breath away!…
Tickets are pre-sale only, midlandsairfestival
Royal Wedding Party including ‘Sparkle like Markle’ Prosecco cocktails, The Stratford Park Hotel & Golf Club, Sat May 19
One of the best-named cocktails I’ve come across so far… Enjoy your glass of fizz with finger sandwiches, Elderflower & Lemon cupcakes, mini chocolate brownies, Almond & Raspberry slice, macaroon, mini fruit scone served with strawberry jam & clotted cream and award-winning Novus teas. Enjoy live TV coverage of the wedding along with photo opportunities and prizes for best dressed ‘wedding’ guests. £24.95 per person.