TUE MAY 8 – SUN MAY 13
TUE MAY 8 - SUN MAY 13
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. Recommended for ages 15+. Post show talk on Thurs May 10.
Romeo & Juliet, RST, Stratford, April 21 – Sept 21/ Live in Cinemas: Jul 18
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
The Duchess of Malfi, The Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon, now until Aug 3
Tel: 01789 403493, rsc
Draycote Water Sailing Club Open Day, nr Rugby, Sat May 12
Try sailing and windsurfing for free between 11am and 4pm on this scenic Warwickshire reservoir. All kit and equipment is provided. It’s a fun day out – especially if the sun is shining and you may fancy joining the club. There’s a cafe and children’s play area close-by. No need to book. Just bring a pair of old trainers and a towel!
draycotewater, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01788 814418/811153
John Piper, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Tues May 1 – June 21
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.
Bright Smoke: Jamie Thrasivoulou and Annabel Peet, The Other Place, Stratford, Thurs May 10
Some of the country’s top poets are performing at this free monthly poetry night. This week its the turn of Derby-based performance poet and spoken word artist Jamie Thrasivoulou and emerging artist and Warwickshire’s Young Poet Laureate, 16-year-old Annabel Peet, a pupil at Stratford Girls Grammar School, 7.30pm – 9.30pm.
The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich, Swan Theatre, Stratford, until June 14
Foxfinder by Dawn King, Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa, Wed May 2 – May 12
The Loft Theatre, Victoria Colonnade, Leamington Spa, email@example.com, or by calling 01926 800360 (answerphone service).
Macbeth, RST, Stratford, March 13 – September 18
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
An Exhibition by Eve Parnell, Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon, May 4 – Nov 4
Old Town, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6BG, shakespeare
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
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.
Giffords Circus, Fennells Farm, Stroud, until Mon 14 May
The annual outing of England’s most glamorous and wonderfully quirky circus has come round again, kicking off at its Stroud home – where a spanking new big top has already gone up with Giffords in lights and sumptuous red velvet and chandelier interiors. The theme this year is My Beautiful Circus to celebrate 250 years since the very first circus near Westminster Bridge in London started the magic in 1768. After Stroud, the troupe head to Sudeley Castle from Thu 17 to Mon 21 May and Daylesford Organic Farm near Kingham from Thu 24 May to Mon 4 June. See full list of dates here.
Fashioned By Naturem V&A London, now – 27 Jan 2019
Chipping Campden Literature Festival, until Sat 12 May
Lots to enjoy at this bijou lit fest, including award-winning poet and writer Fiona Sampson talking about her latest book In Search of Mary Shelley, which I listened to serialised on Radio 4 and was shocked by what she endured – as Sampson says, her story couldn’t be more relevant to the #MeToo generation. Also worth marking your pocketbook for is Sue Cook’s Big Book Group with author Carol Drinkwater discussing her novel The Lost Girl, the matinee screening of Picnic at Hanging Rock and the Letterpress Book Jacket Workshop. campdenlitfest.co.uk
The Design Museum, London, Thurs 10 May – Sun 7 Oct
Fascinating exhibition of the sculptor turned couturier, Azzedine Alaïa, who found fans in Michelle Obama, Rhianna and Grace Jones, with his flair for couture and refusal to stick to fashion week deadlines.
Soushi Pop-Up Restaurant, The Garden Café, Miserden, Fri 11 May
Good looks and great tastes collide at the Soushi Miserden pop-ups. Expect another night of super fresh seafood inspired by classical Thai cooking in Gloucestershire’s most magical supper club setting, the 1920s greenhouse at Miserden. miserden.org
Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, Wed 25 April to Sat 12 May