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What’s On This Week, Mon Aug 14-Sun Aug 20

Mon Aug 14-Sun Aug 20

Shakespeare’s New Place: One Year On, Shakespeare’s New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sun Aug 20  

Shakespeare’s New Place turns one and to celebrate its paper anniversary, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is having a little party with fun games, activities and live performances. Take part in origami workshops run by the British Origami Society and enjoy live music from Bukechi in the Great Garden at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. For grown-ups, there’s free gin tasting courtesy of the Shakespeare Distillery and free biscuits for all visitors – while stocks last! Free entry for CV37 residents (with proof of address), 12pm – 4pm.

Moonorooni Colourscape, Compton Verney,  Sun Aug 20

For one-day only an extraordinary experience of colour and light, the Moonorooni Colourscape, comes to Compton Verney’s park. You can explore intense light, colour and space in 25 interlinked colourful inflatable chambers and encounter musical experiences during your journey. Colourscape is for visitors of all ages and promises to be an experience you will not forget.

Introducing Theatre Games, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, Mon Aug 14

Young actors can get active with some fun theatre and rehearsal games. Play with Shakespeare’s words and start the day just as the RSC company do in their rehearsals. (Children must be accompanied by an adult),  £3.50 adult/ £2.50 child, 11am-11.45am, suitable for ages 4 – 8 years.

The Gorgeous Georgians, Market Hall Museum, Warwick, Thur Aug 17 

Portraits of Jane Austen and Anne Hathaway playing the author in Becoming Jane

Kids can dress-up like a Georgian aristocrat, have a chat to one of the collections team about costumes in the museum galleries and have a go at making their own Georgian accessories.£2.50 per child. Drop in. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for primary school aged children, 10am-3pm.

Rugby Piano Week, Memorial Chapel, Rugby School Mon Aug 14 -Sat Aug 19

Piano Week comes to Rugby School for the first time in August 2017, coinciding with the 450th anniversary of its foundation. Violinist Fenella Humphreys joins pianist Samantha Ward to play Beethoven and Brahms on Mon Aug 14; Maciej Raginia plays an all-Chopin recital on Tue Aug 15; Samantha Ward & Maciej Raginia present Work for Four Hands on Wed Aug 16 and Thurs Aug 17 sees South African pianist Mark Nixon in Recital. Other highlights include Alexander Karpeyev. 1917: The Final Flowering gathers 4 pieces by Russian emigre composers: Rachmaninoff, Medtner, Stravinsky and Prokofiev on Fri Aug 18; culminating with guest artist, London-based American pianist and conductor Stephen Kovacevich & Samantha Ward: Celebrity Recital on Sat Aug 19.  All concerts start at 7pm.

Dinosaurs in the Wild, Hall 2, NEC, until Wed Aug 23

Travel back 67 million years and experience the greatest safari in your lifetime – with living dinosaurs! Ends next week.

Tom Hyatt, The Big Comfy Bookshop, Fargo Village, Coventry, Fri Aug 18

Lancashire-born Tom’s songwriting began to take form while studying Physics and Philosophy at Oxford Uni. He said: “I’d emerge bleary-eyed from the library post-midnight ready for bed, but head first to the college chapel piano to sing into the darkness”. He’s now a  stand-out singer-songwriter on the London live circuit with performances at the National Portrait Gallery, Danny Boyle’s Shuffle Festival and Bestival, but it was Spiritual Bar in Camden where he recorded his debut live album, Live at Spiritual (2017). Also performing are Me For Queen, Ellie Gowers, £5/£8.

1950s Tea Party, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Fri Aug 18

Step back to the 50s for some rock n roll, dancing from Strictly Jitterbug, dressing-up, crafts and games, 1pm-4pm.

Knights and Princesses, Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden, Mon Aug 14-Fri Aug 18

Join an academy for trainee knights and princesses, with hands on medieval fun. Transform yourself into a courtly Lord or Lady with tips on everything from curtsies to combat. Activities between 11am and 5pm include visiting the knights camp and taking a look at his armour, learning weapon handling and sword-fighting skills. For young princesses there’s chance to the princess, be taught etiquette and learn a courtly dance.

Family Clay Day, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Tue Aug 15

Artist Lesley Ann French will lead a fun Family Clay Day, for children over seven-years-old working together to create a family heirloom, 10.30am-12.30pm, £16 (for one adult and one child). Call 01788 533217 to book.

Shakespeare Busts, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, Stratford until Sun Sept 3

SuperBard & Atmos-peare are just two of the artistic creations by current students of King Edward VI School of its most famous old boy, William Shakespeare. This exhibition re-interpreting Shakespeare  has challenged the creativity of Year 7 to Year 13 students, who have worked collaboratively on the designs. Forming a trail around Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, Shakespeare Busts will be on display to visitors across the summer before being exhibited around the town.

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall is open daily to visitors,

Artspace: Optical Art, Compton Verney, weekdays only until Fri Sept 1 11am – 4pm

This drop-in summer holiday activity for the family includes fantastic activities such as make your own Kaleidoscope, design a Colourwheel mixer and create your own illusion and add to Compton Verney’s giant collaborative wall artwork and watch as it changes shape, 11am-4pm. This must-see exhibition traces how the Op art movement developed from the famous French post-impressionist Seurat via M C Escher to Bridget  Riley and her contemporaries, and demonstrates just how exhilarating, electrifying and (quite literally) eye-opening Op art can be (ends Oct 1).

Family Workshops: Creative Car Factory, Coventry Transport Museum, until Sat Sept 2

Fancy becoming a real life ‘Cartist’. Create your very own model, and help the museum build a full size ‘car’ inspired by our Cartists exhibition. Every week, our workshop will focus on a different stage of car manufacture from incredible ideas, all the way through to the fabulous finishes. Build your very own model car or make one car part to take home, 10.30am – 3.30pm, £2 per activity, under 2s free.

War of the Roses Live! Warwick Castle, twice daily until Sun Sept 3

This summer Warwick Castle is staging a thrilling live action War of the Roses horseback battle twice-a-day. Think Game of Thrones for kids. The real-life War of the Roses story has something of a GoT quality to it – a series of battles fought in medieval England from 1455 to 1485 between the House of Lancaster and the House of York. It’s somewhat diluted for dramatic effect but perfectly pitched for bringing history to life to kids of all ages…Medieval Glamping in the Knight’s Village is also now available over the summer. Read my review here.

Summer Art Club, Leamington  Spa Art Gallery and Museum, Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington, Thurs Aug 17

Arts Council Collection

Each art club will focus around a different artist from the gallery’s Drawn from Life exhibition which includes work by David Hockney, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and LS Lowry. Suitable for children up to 12 years. Free. Half hour sessions starting at 2pm, 2.45pm & 3.30pm

LAST CHANCE TO SEE: Titus Andronicus, Vice Versa, Julius Caesar & Antony and Cleopatra and Salome, RST & Swan Theatre, Stratford

Just a few weeks left to catch the RSC’s striking opening Rome season including Blanche Mcintyre’s modern take of Shakespeare’s goriest play with a powerful performance by David Troughton (above) as grief-stricken Titus along with Phil Porter’s hilarious Roman spoof Vice Versa and Oscar Wilde’s haunting gender fluid Salome. Shakespeare’s Coriolanus starring Sope Dirisu in the title role and Christopher Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage, the untold story of one of history’s greatest female leaders, will both be previewing on Sept 15.


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