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NOV 2017

The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Birmingham Rep, Thurs Nov 30 – Sat Jan 18

Gloria-Onitiri-as-Cruella-De-Vil. Photo credit: Graeme-Braidwood

West End Star Gloria Onitiri as villainous Cruella de Vil in furs. The Birmingham uni graduate who played Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard (The Adelphi) and Nala in The Lion King (The Lyceum) returns to the city making her REP debut. This Dodie Smith stage adaptation by writer and director of the Nativity films, Debbie Isitt is sure to get tails wagging with its clever puppy puppetry! Running time: 90 mins. For ages 5+, Tel: 0121 236 4455

The Lost Words, Compton Verney, until Dec 17

Otter: artist Jackie Morris, 2017 The Lost Words

One of two brilliantly curated family-friendly exhibitions celebrating the best of British illustration and literature with The Lost Words based on the new modern spell book by writer Robert Macfarlane, and Birmingham-born artist Jackie Morris (The White Fox, Tell Me a Dragon); alongside Quentin Blake’s Inside Stories – a very personal and insightful ‘behind the page’ look at Britain’s best-loved illustrator In The Lost Words Macfarlane has created a series of 20 spell-poems – one for each lost word – while Morris, inspired by her lifelong passion for Britain’s landscapes and wildlife, has painted more than 50 beautiful watercolours – using gold leaf. Families can venture out on Spell Walks in the grounds of this stunning country mansion via two specifically commissioned digital trails that can be downloaded straight to your smart phone.

Quentin Blake: Inside Stories, Compton Verney, until Dec 17

A rare insight into some of Quentin Blake’s best known and popular creations. Blake himself introduces illustrations for his own books and collaborations with other writers, bringing together rough drawings and finished artwork to demonstrate how his ideas evolved into unforgettable illustrations and bestselling books. Featuring a huge range of his witty illustrated characters, including Roald Dahl’s The TwitsThe BFG and Matilda to The Boy in the Dress and Michael Rosen’s Sad Book. This is one of two family-friendly exhibitions this autumn at Compton Verney and includes more than 140 original works, many never seen before outside Blake’s studio, as well as some of his artist tools. Blake’s candid personal commentary and extensive selection of works make this his most intimate and revealing exhibition to date.


Twelfth Night, RST, Stratford, Thurs Nov 2- Feb 24 2018

Dinita Gohil as Viola. Pic credic: Manuel Harlan (c) RSC

The RSC’s winter production Twelfth Night sees Ade Edmondson, of The Young Ones and Bottom fame, as Olivia – Kara Tointon’s dour steward Malvolio in Shakespeare’s bittersweet comedy. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, who recreated Warwickshire’s Charlecote Park on stage for the RSC’s fabulous Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing, it’s set in Victorian BritainAlso starring Birmingham’s Dinita Gohil as Viola and Michael Cochrane as Sir Andrew Aguecheek.


Bananarma: The Original Line-up Tour 2017, Arena Birmingham, Thurs Nov 23

One of the few UK dates left that isn’t sold out yet! It’s the first time the original line-up of Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward and Sara Dallin have ever toured together (don’t they look amazing still! *sob*). The girls will be re-living all those 80s hits from Robert De Nero’s Waiting to Cruel Summer and Venus.


Still, Penny German ARBSA, The Stratford Gallery, Stratford,, Sat Nov 4 – Nov 30

Penny German: Magnolia and Blossom, 2017 Oil on canvas

31 gorgeous new oil paintings by Northamptonshire artist Penny who previously specialised in botanical illustration in watercolour, working on projects for the RHS and Oxford University Press. Her new solo exhibition, Still, reveals her love of oil painting over the last 10 years.

The Stratford Gallery, 32 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, WarwickshireCV37 6EE,  thestratfordgallery

TEDx Leamington Spa, All Saints Church, Priory Terrace, Leamington Spa, Sat Nov 18

Birmingham Uni’s Dr. Melrose Stewart most recently seen in Channel 4’s Old People’s Home for 4-year-olds, travel writer and BBC correspondent Simon Parker and award-winning creative designer and artist MrASingh are just three of the speakers at the third TEDx Leamington Spa. It follows two sold out event. Speakers will have 18 minutes or less to talk about this year’s theme – Home. There’ll also be a panel discussion on homelessness and performances from The Ellipsis, singer-songwriter Joe Dolman and award-winning poet, Gwyneth Box.

Muddy readers will receive £15 off the £60 ticket by using the discount code TEDXLEAMBUSINESS, including all talks, performances, other entertainment, food and drink, a goodie bag and the after party at Zou Bisou in Regent Court until 11pm, tedxleamingtonspa

Nativity! The Musical, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Fri Oct 20-Sat Nov 12 

The Christmas season as begun in earnest with the stage musical version of the hit film by Birmingham-born and Coventry based Debbie Isitt. Expect a whole lot of sparkle and shine – um, that’s 500 glittering stars, 50 kilograms of glitter, 40 oversized Christmas presents and 14 Christmas trees! Plus, 27 local children from across Birmingham and the West Mids  aged 8-11. Following its premiere in Birmingham Nativity the Musical is touring.

Box Office: 0121 236 4455,

Sofya Bridal’s Little Black Dress evening, Mercure Brandon Hall Hotel & Spa Warwickshire, Thurs Nov 16

A catwalk show from Rugby fashion boutique SASS  showing off all the latest Christmas and New Year party looks with a performance by Warwickshire burlesque artist Titine Lavoix, plus make-up and hair demos, accessories and skincare.


Jon Ronson: Psychopath Night, Warwick Arts Centre, Tue Nov 14

Award-winning writer and journalist Jon Ronson recounts the funny, terrifying and utterly compelling events that led to his bestselling book The Psychopath Test and includes includes very special guests Mary Turner Thomson and Eleanor Longden. If you don’t know who they are, don’t Google them. The less you know the better… intriguingly.


Imperium Part I: Conspirator, The Swan, Stratford, Thurs Nov 16 – Feb 10 2018

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs Richard McCabe in the epic title role of Robert Harris’ best-selling Cicero trilogy along with Siobhan Redmond. It follows playwright Mike Poulton’s highly successful RSC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies.


Alison Moyet, Warwick Arts Centre, Nov 24

Alison Moyet – Photo Credit Steve Gullick

It’s 35 years since she hit TOTP as an 80’s pop star in Yazoo, and Alison Moyet’s still writing great electronic pop. Her new album Other was the catalyst of the singer’s fruitful dalliance with producer and song writing collaborator Guy Sigsworth, who (as well as having worked with Björk, Goldie and Madonna), co-created her last album the minutes, which debuted at # 5 in the national charts and won critical acclaim.“For me, making a record at this age, lyrically, is a different proposition. Observation in most cases replaces emotion. The invisibility of middle/aged woman rather thrills me and instead I watch,” she says. Alison will be supported by Northern Irish singer Hannah Peel, of the The Magnetic North.


Saturday Crafternoons, Cotesbach Educational Trust’s cafe space, starting Sat Nov 11 

A series of free events suitable for all ages, crafting and making gifts with more dates to be announced in December starting off on this Sat 11 Nov with making applique lavender hearts from 1pm – 3pm; making felt Christmas tree ornaments on Sat 18 Nov and creating a festive rag wreath on Sat Nov 25.

Main Street, Cotesbach, Leicestershire LE17 4HX, Tel: 01455 558373.

Theatre Absolute’s Under the Carpet, the Shop Front Theatre, Coventry, Thurs Nov 16 

Playwright Sarah Woods explores everyday experiences of poverty in the UK and in Iran, sharing personal stories of lives swept figuratively and literally under the carpet. The performance lasts approx. 25 mins and will be followed by a post-show Q&A. Sarah Woods creates performances, films, events and campaigns. Her theatre work has been produced by the the RSC, The Hampstead, Soho Theatre and the BBC, regional theatres and touring companies.  It’s the fourth of 9 new commissions as part of a two-year theatre project, Are We Where We Are? created by award-winning Theatre Absolute.

Tickets are £8 (full price) & £6 (concessions) via oxboffice and includes an invite to stay for the post show discussion, starts 7.30pm

Crafts of the Punjab, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, until Jan 21 2018

A rare opportunity to view these stunning works from the V&A’s South Asian Collection outside London. Discover the skilful art of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain sculpture, Amritsar’s delicately carved ivories, Hoshiarpur’s elaborate musical instruments and Sialkot’s gold-inlaid steel artefacts. One of the most extraordinary pieces on show will be the Golden Throne made by a Muslim craftsman in Lahore for Ranjit Singh, the first Sikh Maharaja of the Punjab.


North – Fashioning Identity, Somerset House, Nov 8 – Feb 4 2018

Alice-Hawkins, LOVE magazine, ‘The Liver Birds’, 2012

Forget the north/south divide, London doffs its hat to Manchester, Newcastle et al in this new exhibition. Social documentary film and photography detailing life in the north of England in the mid-20th century sits alongside works by photographers, designers and artists inspired by the parts of our green and pleasant land beyond the Watford Gap. Contributors include Nottingham’s finest Paul Smith and Manchester’s Factory Records designer Peter Saville. If you visit after 15 Nov,  you can also take a twirl on Somerset House’s gorgeous outdoor ice rink.

The Ballad of Lady Bessy, The Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa, Tues Nov 14 – Sat Nov 18

Photo credit: Richard Smith Photography

A new play taking inspiration from an epic, but little known, poem – The Most Pleasant Song of Lady Bessy – which shines a different light on characters found in Shakespeare’s Richard III and the 2013 BBC drama The White Queen. The central character is Henry VIII’s mother Bessy – Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV. History sees her as a dynastic pawn who accepted her role with meekness. The Ballad, tells a very different story. In it Bessy is an intelligent, resourceful and ambitious young woman who plays a significant role in Henry Tudor’s seizure of the crown. Between two Saturday performances  there’s a Director’s Discussion about the play and its historical setting from 6.45pm-7.30pm.

The Douglas Ford Studio at The Loft Theatre, Victoria Colonnade, Leamington Spa, loft-theatre, email:, Tel: 01926 800360 (answerphone service), or Box Office, 7-8pm on performance evenings.

BOOK NOW: Motionhouse’s Midwinter Magic Dance-Circus Spectacular, Shakespeare’s New Place, Stratford, Dec 13-17

Motionhouse: Midwinter Magic, Shakespeare’s New Place. Photo credit: Dan-Tucker

Audiences will be taken on an immersive after-dark theatrical experience through the contemporary gardens of Shakespeare’s New Place. Performers from award-winning dance-circus company, Motionhouse will bring New Place to life through a series of exciting dance and acrobatics inspired by themes of Shakespeare’s work. Midwinter Magic promises to be a visual and physical feast with pure skill, spectacle and storytelling with two shows each evening – 5.30pm & 7.30pm, each lasting approximately an hour.

Tickets cost £10 for adults, £7 for children/concessions. Spaces are limited so early booking is advisable, shakespeare.

John Culshaw Does the Great British Take Off, Main Stage, Royal Spa Centre, Leamington, Fri Nov 24

Comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw and comedy producer Bill Dare come to Leamington for the first time following their sell-out tour earlier in the year for an evening of unscripted, unrehearsed, spontaneous comedy and conversation. Politicians, sports personalities and celebrities old and new are all up for a roasting. You, the audience, help choose which characters appear and what direction the show takes. Jon reveals the secrets of mimicry, and shares stories of characters that coloured his childhood in Lancashire and his early career. Together with Bill he also reveals behind the scenes mishaps and mayhem of life in TV and on the celebrity circuit. For ages 16+

Book here.

Kaleidoscope: Colour & Sequence in 1960s British Art, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, ends Dec 9

I popped along to the private view last and this touring Arts Council Collection is definitely worth a visit. It features lots of fun brightly-coloured abstract New Generation sculpture, Op Art including paintings by Bridget Riley and Peter Sedgley and Pop art. Among the 20 artists there’s also work by David Annesley, Anthony Carol, Robyn Denny, Tess Jaray, Philip King, Kim Lim, Mary Martin, Eduardo Polozzi, Tim Scott, Richard Smith, William Tucker and William Turnbull. Free.

Picasso: Linocuts from the British Museum, The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry until Dec 3

Image: Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), Jacqueline Reading – 2nd plate, July 1964. © Succession Picasso/DACS, London 2017.

Showcasing works created in the late 1950s and early 1960s, this exhibition explores the artist’s expressive and experimental works with linocut techniques and ceramics. Produced when Picasso was over eighty years old, Still Life under the Lamp, Jacqueline Reading and Nude Woman at the Spring highlight his skilful yet risky approach.


Portrait of the Artist: Kathe Kollwitz, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, until Nov 26

Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945) – Woman with Dead Child, The British Museum

The Ikon’s new exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of Berlin artist and doctor’s wife Kathe Kollwitz’s birth, is already garnering 5* reviews. The emotional impact of her drawings of unemployment and suffering in particular, Woman With Dead Child (1903) is incredibly hard-hitting and poignant. The exhibition looks at her work through the exploration of three themes: social and political protest, self portraits and the role of an empathetic and suffering mother, resulting from the death of her youngest son Peter in 1914, shot in the First World War.

Stranger Things 2, Netflix

Spooky TV phenomenon Stranger Things returned last month just in time for Halloween…This nostalgic supernatural series went from word-of-mouth to must see TV almost overnight and resurrected the career of 80s ingenue Winona Ryder.

Sofia Hulten, Here’s the Answer, What’s the Question? Ikon Gallery, Birmingham until Nov 26

Sofia Hulten. Speculative Fiction 2016. Courtesy the…VG Bildkunst.

The most comprehensive exhibition to date by 45-year-old Berlin-based artist Sofia Hulten: scultpures, installations and films preoccupied with the material world and the way we navigate time. She uses discarded objects found on the streets encouraging the idea of looking twice at what is all-too-often taken for granted – as in Speculative Fiction (2016) where she recycles bicycle parts – locks, wheel-like hoops and frame.


Eat and Drink Festival, Manchester’s EventCity, Thurs Nov 9 – 12; & London Olympia, Nov 22 – 26 

Champagne Bar

Fizz-themed dishes are apparently the big foodie trend this Christmas with food retailers such as Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s stocking their shelves with Prosecco-filled turkey, raspberry and Prosecco panna cotta terrine and Prosecco panettone. You can sample all these goodies, shop for fresh produce, stock up on festive treats and chat to wine expert Olly Smith and other Christmas tipple experts at the Eat and Drink Festival.

eatanddrinkfestival, Tel: 0844 209 7330, children under 16 enter free

Codebreaker and Groundbreakers, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, until Feb 4

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, the Oscar-winning film about the life of Alan Turing

A pioneering exhibition to feed your mind celebrating the genius of Second World War codebreakers like Alan Turing at Bletchley Park with Michael Ventris who in the same year deceiphered Linear B, the ancient Greek language.  It includes an Enigma machine, a rare loan from GCHQ, and unique archival documents held at the University of Cambridge, as well as encouraging visitors to explore ‘codebreaking’ in all its forms.


Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival, Fri Nov 17 – Sun Nov 19

Oooh, sparkly lights! This free festival will be taking over the city’s streets and open spaces for three days, with the newly opened Westgate Oxford (let us worship) as one of the main venues, along with Oxford Castle quarter, Gloucester Green and Broad Street. The Westgate will be hosting art installations, and will also form part of the route taken through the city as part of the popular lantern parade. Expect street artists, outdoor exhibitions, markets, music and dance throughout the weekend.

Two new public artworks by David Cotterrell and Bedwyr Williams, Chester Waterways & Storyhouse, Chester, from Fri Oct 27

Chester’s impressive new state-of-the-art arts centre and cinema, Storyhouse

If you’re heading up north there’s two new digital artworks in Chester – Bedwyr Williams’ Hypercaust which brings back to life Chester’s Roman Fortress Bathhouse recreated through historically accurate 3D renderings; and Maelstrom by installation artist David Cotterell, acknowledging Chester’s relationship with water as a whirlpool appears and disappears in the Shropshire Canal. War artist David Cotterell went to Afghanistan in 2007, spending time with British forces and documenting the medical treatment of casualties and their journey away from the frontline to medical treatment back in the UK. His  work Gateway II is on display at London’s Imperial War Museum as part of Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 until May 28 2018.

Hypercaust  (2017) is screened at Storyhouse, Hunter Street, Chester,; while Maelstrom can be seen at King Charles Tower, Chester City Walls, 

Dark Arts, Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios, until Sun Nov 12

Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios are brilliant at ringing the changes with their events and for this one the Great Hall will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins, just as seen as in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, along with a table laden with a Halloween feast of red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops. Kids can also delve into the sinister world of the Dark Art – wand combat techniques and Death Eater duels as well as filmmaking snot, blood and drool. Er, nice!

Warner Bros. Studio Tour london, Studio Tour Dr, Watford, Leavesden, 

Finnish Rooftop Sauna, Queen Elizabeth Roof Terrace, South Bank, Fri 10 Nov – Sat 30 Dec

woman sauna finnish

And now for something completely different. Why not warm up and unwind in a one-of-a-kind Finnish sauna experience in the heart of London? There’s a specially designed Nordic sauna that on the Queen Elizabeth Roof Terrace, combining beautiful Nordic design with a bespoke artistic commission. If 90 degrees celsius is a bit sweaty for you, cool down in the open air (or with cold water buckets – go on, dare you!), while enjoying some stonking views of the Thames below.

London Jazz Festival, Fri 10 – Sun 19 Nov

One of the biggest jazz festivals in the world, with ten jam-packed days of international talent. This year the numbers are dizzying – more than 350 performances in 60 venues with many of the events free.

Rambert Revealed, South Bank, London, Mon 6 – Sun 12 Nov

Rambert is one of my favourite dance companies so I’m excited about this week-long programme opening up the work of the company through performances, tours and workshops at their studios on London’s South Bank. New additions to this year’s programme include a live drawing session of company rehearsals and a residency from ERRATICA, who will spend a month at Rambert developing a prototype for a new interactive dance film installation. Can’t quite be bothered to go into London for the experience? Rambert Live will livestream of a day in the life of the company, so you can wear your leg warmers and langorously stretch out from the comfort of your sofa.

Rambert, 99 Upper Ground, London SE1, 

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter Studios, Sat  18 Nov – 4 Feb

Hogwarts in the Snow – as regular as Christmas!  The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Trust me, your kids will love it.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden,

Peter and the Wolf, Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, Sat 18 Nov

Featuring animal antics of singing birds, waddling ducks, sneaky cats, and a rocking wolf this production features new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s classic – including real musical vegetables (the mind boggles) plus puppetry and physical comedy for kids 4+.

The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park, Spiceball Park Rd, Banbury,

Christmas at Kew, Kew Gardens, London, Weds Nov 22 –  1 Jan 2018

Such a brilliant time to visit Kew as they do the Crimbo thing so well with it one mile sparkling path winding its way through the world-famous Gardens. This year they promise a million twinkling lights, Singing Trees, ribbons of light and a flickering Fire Garden, plus Father C and his elves at the North Pole Village, vintage fairground rides (a fee for that one) and shopping. Worth going with the fam.

Modigliani, Tate Modern, Nov 23 – April 2 2018

The Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is going to be a treat. During his brief, turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes that are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. First shown in 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne.

 Ghost Tours, Hampton Court, selected dates from Sun Nov 5 – Jan 2018

Want to petrify your kids? Course you do! There are Family Tours on 5 Nov at 6.30 (and also 7 Jan 2018, but seriously I’m not even thinking next year yet!).  It’s a 75-90 minute  walking tour hearing stories of ghostly apparitions and paranormal activity Minimum age is 8 years and a maximum of 3 children per accompanying adult.

Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey,

Gunpowder, BBC 1 (full series on iPlayer)

Kit Harrington as Robert Catesby in BBC 1’s highly-rated three-part series Gunpowder

Catch up on this very timely big budget, glossy but gruesome seasonal drama about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot starring (and produced by) Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington playing his Warwickshire ancestor Robert Catesby who actually orchestrated the conspiracy. Not only is it pretty good but is set heavily in-and-around Warwickshire with moated National Trust manor house, Baddesley Clinton – famous for its priest holes –  featured in the first episode.


In-Light II and Museums at Night, Compton Verney, Sat Nov 4 & Sun Nov 5 

The combination of dark autumnal skies and a rural location makes Compton Verney the ideal place to experience a spectacular and contemporary ‘son et lumière’. Celebrated light artist Luxmuralis will draw upon poetry and nature to create a series of stunning light projections. Wrap up warm and prepare to see the written word and a colourful palette projected onto the famous house’s Georgian façade.


Annual Bonfire and Fireworks Gala 2017, Kenilworth Castle, Sat Nov 4

Kenilworth Round Table’s annual Bonfire has grown into one of the top firework displays in the region set against the wonderful panorama of the Elizabethan castle and gardens, floodlit in a mass of colour for the evening. Gates open at 5.30pm and shortly after the Bonfire is lit. The main display lasts for around half an hour, and is one of the biggest in the Midlands. As well as the entertainment there’s food stalls and warming drinks available.

Bonfire and Fireworks Display, The Bell Alderminster, nr Stratford, Fri Nov 3

The Bell’s annual bonfire and 18-minute fireworks spectacular returns with BBQ food and drink available from 6pm. Featuring the Shakespeare Hospice Firewalk at 7pm; lighting of the Bonfire at 7.30pm; fireworks at 7.50pm followed by live music from Stephen Steinhaus and Dos Gastos Band. Face-painting and glow sticks will be available from the Shakespeare Hospice. The bonfire is a free community event. Donations are welcome and go directly to The Shakespeare Hospice.

Free admission. Gates open from 6pm,  thebellald

Bonfire and Firework Display, Bishops Tachbrook meadow, nr Leamington Spa, Fri Nov 3

Held on the meadow of this pretty village there’ll be children’s rides, stalls selling doughnuts, glow sticks, burgersand hot drinks on the night, 7pm.

Fireworks Display, The Red Lion, Hunningham, nr Leamington, Fri Nov 3

Fireworks, an outside kitchen, bar and live music at this very attractive recently revamped riverside village pub with an extensive garden. Adults £3 and kids free.

Main Street, Hunningham, Leamington Spa,Warwickshire, CV33 9DY, redlionhunningham

Warwick Town Bonfire & Fireworks, Warwick Racecourse, Sat Nov 4
This year the town’s annual bonfire is moving into the main Warwick Racecourse grounds. There’ll be two fireworks display’s – a small one around 6pm followed by the main display around 6.40pm; two children’s fun areas, hot refreshments and free parking. Gates Open at 5pm.

Bonfire Night, Hilltop Farm, Hunningham, nr Leamington Spa, Sat Nov 4 

Fireworks will start at 7pm and gates will open for parking from 4pm.

 Living with the Lights On, The Goose Nest, Warwick Arts Centre, Wed Nov 1-Sat Nov 4

A darkly comic solo show written and performed by RADA trained Mark Lockyer, who was in The Alchemist at Stratford last summer about the RSC actor’s mental breakdown 20 years ago and anecdotes depicting his bipolar disorder. Over the last 30 years Mark’s worked at the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Old Vic, Young Vic and the Royal Court working with Ken Campbell, Mark Rylance and Sam Mendes.


5th New Black Showcase, B2, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Wed Nov 1- Fri Nov 3

4 new plays by emerging talent, across 3 nights. Script-in-hand readings by a professional company of actors in the theatre’s B2 auditorium begin on Weds 1 Nov at 6pm, with  Erinn Dhesi’s play, #ADJUSTMENT followed by The Merchant of Port Royal on Thurs Nov 2  at 6pm, written by Angela McNab and directed by the Belgrade’s Associate Director, Justine Themen. Fri Nov 2 sees two new futuretheatre works in progress directed by Jouvan Fucinni: Invisible by Daniel Anderson set in a new super max prison in Birmingham 2025 and Ninety Days by Ashok Patel a tense family drama in 1972, Uganda.

Tickets are ‘Pay What You Can’ and are available now, belgrade or the Belgrade Box Office on 024 7655 3055.

Phill Jupitus: Juplicity, The Goose Nest, Warwick Arts Centre, Sun Nov 5

Join stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks Phill Jupitus for over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions. Watch in delight and/or horror as this experienced funny man drags laughs out of the chaos of his own life and the uncertain world that surrounds it. 14+

  7.45pm (Temporary Theatre), warwickartscentre, 024 7652 4524 

Fireworks night, The Fleur De Lys, Lowsonford, South Warwickshire, Sun Nov 5

A village pub fireworks extravaganza on the banks of the Stratford Canal, 4 miles north-east of Henley-in-Arden. Tickets tend to sell out quite quickly for this

Tickets available at the bar: £6 for adults and £3 for children, 6-9pm, thefleur

Noel Coward’s The Vortex, The Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa, until Sat Nov 4

Leamington’s Loft Theatre Company’s season continues with a story of Sex, Drugs and Rock-and-Roll in the Roaring Twenties.  Noel Coward wrote The Vortex at 24 and when it first performed in 1924 its tale of London High Society’s promiscuity shocked many. It proved a huge commercial success, making the author an overnight sensation. The play marries Coward’s trademark wit and one-liners within an emotional whirlpool – the vortex of the title.


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