What’s On, Mon Sept 25-Sun Oct 1
Mon Sept 25-Sun Oct 1
The Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn, Christie’s King Street headquarters, London , Exhibition flagship auction, Wed Sept 27, alongside an online sale (Sep 19-Oct 3)
A 5-day exhibition preceding the largest ever auction of Audrey Hepburn’s private possessions including photos, clothes, immaculate Louis Vuitton luggage and several pairs of worn ballet pumps (sold in lots of three pairs with estimates of £6,000-£9,000) opened on Saturday Sept 23. It’s an extraordinary archive, chronicling the life and career of one of the most famous screen actresses of the 20th century through the lens of the objects she collected, used and loved. There are smaller pieces starting at £100. The flagship auction on Wed Sept 27 will run alongside an online sale (Sep 19-Oct 3).
Festival of Imagineers, Coventry, Wed Sept 25- Sat Sept 30
This week the Festival of Imagineers will be transforming the streets of Coventry with free live arts, installations and performances including Museum of the Moon and an immersive promenade performance of The Winter’s Tale by Polish theatre company, Teatr Biuro Podrozy and Imagineer Productions from Broadgate to the Cathedral Ruins (Fri and Sat evening). Plus a family day on Saturday with outdoor performances from Pif Paf, Cardboardia, Balbir Singh, Wet Picnic and BOSI. Now in its third year, the Festival is presented in partnership with Coventry’s bid to be the 2021 City of Culture.
Last week to See: Seurat to Riley: The Art of Perception, Compton Verney until Sun Oct 1
Don’t miss this excellent critically-acclaimed summer exhibition including the leading figures of 1960’s Op Art – Bridget Riley, Jesus Rafael Soto and Victor Vasarely and a stunning site-specific wall installation by German abstract artist Lothar Götz. “This show fizzes with the zinging colours and eye-popping patterns of Op Art, from the Impressionists to the mind-bending Sixties experiments of Bridget Riley … a trippy, wild ride” – The Daily Telegraph. Daily tours at 12noon & 2.30pm.
Tue – Sun & bank holidays until Sun Oct 1 2017, 11am – 5pm, comptonverney.org.uk
Dido, Queen of Carthage, Swan Theatre, Stratford, until Sat Oct 28
Christopher Marlowe’s underrated first play about one of history’s great female leaders is a revelation. Director Kimberley Sykes makes an impressively inventive RSC debut. Chipo Chung gives a strong performance as Dido, most recently Portia/Octaviusin Robert Hastie’s production of Julius Caesar at the Sheffield Crucible. Her TV credits include Thirteen (BBC), From Darkness (BBC) and Fortitude (Sky Atlantic). A superb cast also includes Nicholas Day as Jupiter, the very funny Ellie Beaven as Venus (A Mad World My Masters), Sandy Grierson, who plays Dido’s love interest, Aeneas, and Amer James as Dido’s loyal sister, Anna.
2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Suzanne Vega’s stunning Solitude Standing, and is also the 25th anniversary of her album 99.9F. To celebrate these anniversaries, Suzanne will be performing both of these significant albums in their entirety. Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s in Greenwich Village. She’s since sold over 7 million albums and has been nominated for 7 Grammy awards.
Coriolanus, RST, Stratford, until Sat Oct 14
Playing the title role in Coriolanus, the final production of the RSC’s Rome series directed by Angus Jackson is Sope Dirisu, most recently Cassius Clay/ Muhammad Ali in One Night in Miami (Donmar Warehouse), Undercover on BBC 1 and ITV’s The Halcyon. He’s joined by Haydn Gwynne, who returns to the RSC after 11 years to play his mother, Volumnia. Haydn can currently be seen as Camilla in series 2 of Channel 4’s The Windsors. The super-talented 26-year-old actor talks about the role here.
Hundred Watt Club, Leamington Spa Assembly, Fri Sept 29
A return of this glittering burlesque and cabaret show starring vintage songbird hostess Elsie Diamond, with neo-showgirl Lena Mae, mime-artist Kiki Lovechild, burlesque artist Tabitha Taboo and hypnotising musical comedy by Desmond O’Connor.
Rugby Food Festival 2017, St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Rugby, Sat Sept 30
Love locally-sourced food and drink? On the menu this year local restaurants, chefs, farms and producers will be serving up delicious food, there’ll be a pop-up demonstration kitchen with Steve Kielty, Masterchef finalist, where a variety of demos will be taking place throughout the day. There’s also a kid’s kitchen and face-painting. 10am-5pm.
British Military Weekend, British Motor Museum, Sat Sept 30 & Sun Oct 1
Families can step back in time, enrol in Soldier School and see the replica Mark IV Tank used in the film War Horse as the British Motor Museum transforms into wartime Britain this weekend. Following last year’s successful WW1 Family Weekend, the this year’s event is expanding to include all things British Military – you can even camp in the Museum grounds! Outside, attractions include British Military vehicles, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment 1914 – 1918 Living History Group and a modern day bomb disposal team demonstrating their Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Robot. Inside, meet a British ‘Tommy’ in the WWI trenches, drop into the Field Hospital and explore ‘B2737 – the Battle Bus’, on loan from the London Transport Museum. There’s also a fun ‘Kitchener’s Mission’ trail with activities including decoding secret messages, bandaging wounds in the Casualty Clearing Station, Zeppelin spotting and making a Princess Mary Christmas Gift Tin to take home.
britishmotormuseum.co.uk or call 01926 641188.
Portrait of the Artist: Kathe Kollwitz, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, until Nov 26
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.
Formula X headlines a Festival of Speed with an action packed, multimedia production, supported by Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport F1 Team. Inspired by the book Chequered Conflict by Maurice Hamilton, Formula X will be a thrilling spectacle taking audiences to the heart of motorsport incorporating Circus, Movement & Multimedia. This high-octane, promenade theatrical experience puts audiences at the trackside as teams compete for the trophy. It’s the first in a year of festivals at this dynamic Warwickshire youth theatre in their new season running September – July 2018.
Rob Brydon, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Thurs Sept 28
Rob Brydon is best known for the television shows Gavin and Stacey, Would I Lie To You? and The Trip, as well as Marion and Geoff, Human Remains, Little Britain, The Rob Brydon Show, Best of Men,Gangster Granny and Q.I. His film work includes The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Cinderella and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Earlier this year in London’s West End he starred opposite Sir Kenneth Branagh in The Painkiller. This is Rob’s first stand up tour since his sell out national tour and West End run of 2009.
Freeman, The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Thurs Sept 29-Sun Oct 1 & Thurs Oct 6
A collaboration between award-winning writer, Camilla Whitehill and Strictly Arts Theatre, Freeman is inspired by the true story of William Freeman, a black slave put on trial in 19th Century New York and the first case to raise ‘insanity’ as a defence. Strictly Arts’ mix high-energy physical theatre, a cappella singing, humour and powerful drama to create an affecting experience for audiences. Thurs Oct 6 sees a special double bill with a performance of Freeman at 4pm, leading on to an evening performance of Green Leaves Fall, the company’s debut play set in 1981 explores inequality, unemployment and radicalisation. In the aftermath of the Brixton Riots 14-year-old Kieran Brown finds himself in unfamiliar surroundings as he is adopted by an upper class family in Oxford.
What Do I Need to Do to Make it OK? Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, until Nov 4
This touring exhibition curated by Liz Cooper features five international artists investigating damage and repair including work by Celia Pym, finalist in Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Craft Prize 2017.
Fastlove: A Tribute to George Michael, Royal Spa Centre, Thurs Sept 28
Did you grow up listening to Wham!? If you fancy doing some 80s dancing in an oversized tea-shirt this is the gig for you. A poignant reminder and celebration of the singer who died at home on Christmas Day last year, including hits like Careless Whisper, Freedom, Faith, Father Figure, One More Try, Outside, Jesus To A Child, I Want Your Sex and Kissing A Fool.
Sofia Hulten, Here’s the Answer, What’s the Question? Ikon Gallery, Birmingham until Nov 26
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.
I Knew You, Birmingham Rep, Fri Sept 29-Sat Oct 7
The highly-anticipated new play from Birmingham-born writer Polarbear aka Steven Camden one of the UK’s most respected spoken word artists. It stars award-winning Birmingham actress Lorna Laidlaw, known to many as Mrs Tembe in the BBC’s Doctors and tells the story of a single mother near retirement whose son struggles with being a stay-at-home dad. Will her son finally meet the father who walked out on him, after a chance encounter? After a run at the rep the play will tour 15 libraries, community halls and cafes across Birmingham.
birmingham-rep.co.uk, 0121 236 4455
Adventurous pre-schoolers can enjoy a terrific two hours of play and discovery in the beautiful woods. All sessions are run by a qualified Forest School Leader and allow children to develop new skills and creative thinking through outdoor activities. Included in collections and park admission.
Mischief Festival: Kingdom Come, The Other Place, Stratford, until Sat Sept 30
Gemma Brockis and Wendy Hubbard’s new devised piece, Kingdom Come is part of Mischief Festivals at The Other Place. Set in 1640, on the brink of the English Civil War. Parliament is rebellious. There are mobs on London’s streets, women preach, poor men lead, and radical ideas illuminate the carnage. But the puritan state starts to tighten its grip, and making theatre could soon be a capital offence. It’s accompanied by a series of talks and events.