MON APR 30 - SUN MAY 6
Last Resort, Helen Martin Studio, Warwick Arts Centre, Mon Apr 30 – Sat May 5
Last Resort is an alternative future for Guantanamo Bay. The waterboarding has stopped, the noise has been turned down and the military base has been reclaimed as a holiday destination. You, the audience, are our holidaymakers. You will sit in a deckchair, you will be offered a rum cocktail on arrival and you will feel the sand between your toes. 2Magpies Theatre will be your tour guides. A 1hr multi-sensory package holiday experience for ages 12+
John Piper (A Tate Liverpool Exhibition), Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Tues May 1 – Thur June 21
- John Piper – Interior of Coventry Cathedral, the morning after the Blitz, 1940
One of the most important British artists of the late 20th century. John Piper is famed for Coventry Cathedral’s stunning stained-glass Baptistry Window. This exhibition, organised by the Mead Gallery in association with Tate Liverpool, features over 40 works by the artist including abstract and landscape paintings, collages, photographs and designs.
Romeo & Juliet, RST, Stratford, April 21 – Sept 21/ Live in Cinemas: Jul 18
Check out Shakespeare’s epic story of tragic teen love starring Coventry’s Bally Gill as Romeo and Glaswegian actress Karen Fishwick as Juliet as Erica Whyman examines Generation Z, grime culture and the dangers of knife crime in her explosive present-day re-telling.
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).
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
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
The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich, Swan Theatre, Stratford, until June 14
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
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.
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).
Macbeth, RST, Stratford, March 13 – September 18
An Exhibition by Eve Parnell, Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon, May 4 – Nov 4
Old Town, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6BG, shakespeare
Founded in 1985 by husband-and-wife team guitarist Ira Kaplan and drummer Georgia Hubley, this acerbic art-pop trio are alt-rockers like no others. They’ve survived two decades as cult and critical faves. There’s a Riot Going On is their 15th studio album.
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
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.
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
Fashioned By Naturem V&A London, now – 27 Jan 2019