FRI APR 27 - SUN APR 29
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).
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 in the RSC’s contemporary summer production directed by Erica Whyman.
Arts4AllWeek, Henley-in-Arden Guild Hall Trust, Mon April 23 – Sun April 29
Check out the full itinerary here: eventbrite
Chai Afternoon Tea, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Sat April 28
With Tara Arts’ The Game of Love & Chai the Belgrade cafe has launched a South Asian twist on a classic British favourite. The Afternoon Chai menu includes a choice of Chai, Lemon & Ginger, Jasmine or Earl Grey Tea, Chicken Tikka and/or Bombay Vegetable Finger Sandwiches, Vegetable Samosa, Onion Bhaji and Vegetable Pakora, Pistachio and Rose Cake and Coconut Macaroons.
Afternoon Chai will be served in the Belgrade Theatre café throughout The Game of Love & Chai’s five-day run £19.95 for two people.
BOOK NOW: Jungle, O2 Institute, Birmingham, Sat May 12
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
Teen Direct: Hints, Tips & Tricks to Connect with Your Teen, The Oken Tea Room, Castle Street, Warwick, Fri April 27
12.30pm – 2.30pm, £10.
Stratford Literary Festival 2018, venues in-and-around Stratford-upon-Avon
Wow what an amazing line-up! Speakers range from RSC actress Harriet Walter on Brutus and Other Heroines to actor Greg Wise with palliative care expert Dr Kathryn Mannix and Gavin & Stacey star Ruth Jones on her first novel. Then there’s Alistair Sawday, the founder of Sawdays Travel Guides, writer Jon McGregor (winner of the Costa Novel Award 2017) and Amanda Craig, Diana Evans with Libby Purves. Other highlights include top UK poet Wendy Cope, Jeremy Vine, Harriet Harman and Jess Phillips with Jane Garvey, Simon Mayo and BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin. Loads of brilliant festival workshops and wonderful children’s events including Harry Hill and Aardman Model Workshops to look forward to. Tix are sure to get booked up pretty quickly – make haste!
Emily Barker and Dan Whitehouse Live at the RSC, The Other Place, Stratford, Sat April 28
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.
Wicked, Birmingham Hippodrome, Wed April 4 – Sun Apr 29
This witty West-End musical re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz casts its spell in Birmingham. Titanic the musical, the RSC’s Matilda the musical and War Horse to follow.
Fancy owning Josette Simon’s breastplate from Antony & Cleopatra or David Tennant’s trousers from Hamlet ? Check out the RSC’s Stitch in Time eBay auction, Tues Apr 17 – 27
54 costume items will be auctioned to raise money for the RSC’s Stitch In Time campaign, to support the restoration and redevelopment of its Costume Workshop. The online auction will take place over Shakespeare’s Birthday for a 10-day period between Tuesday 17 and Friday 27 April. The auction will go live at 8pm on Tues April 17 and end at 8pm on Friday 27.
The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich, Swan Theatre, Stratford, until June 14
Stellar Comedy line-up for 2018, Warwick Arts Centre
The season continues with Robin Ince (Fri Apr 13), critically-acclaimed stand-up Tiff Stevenson’s Bombshell (Tue Apr 24) in which she oscillates wildly between Sylvia Plath and Beyoncé, John Robins’ The Darkness of Robins (Wed Apr 25), Radio Active with Angus Deayton, Helen Atkinson Wood, Michael Fenton Stevens and Philip Pope reuniting to take classic scripts from the award-winning BBC Radio 4 show (Tue Apr 26), Jason Manford’s Muddle Class (Sat Apr 28) and Shazia Mirza’s With Love From St Tropez (May 11). Much more throughout the year.
Check out the full comedy line up here.
Macbeth, RST, Stratford, March 13 – September 18
BOOKING NOW: Last Resort, Helen Martin Studio, Warwick Arts Centre, Mon 30 Apr – Sat May 5
Last Resort is an alternative future for Guantanamo Bay where the military base has been reclaimed as a holiday destination. Join 2Magpies Theatre as they take you through the tropical haze on a unique multi-sensory package holiday. Last Resort is a menacing fiction, made entirely of unimaginable fact. 7pm (Tue May 1 9pm). 1hr / Age 12
The Sneaky Supper Club, an undisclosed location in Oxford, Fri April 27
They’re hitting their stride aren’t they?! The Sneaky Supper Club at the Isis Farmhouse was a roaring success despite the Beast from the East turning up uninvited and there’s a new one popping up at an undisclosed location in Oxford. Keep an eye on the facebook page to snaffle your tickets early. firstname.lastname@example.org
Chipping Norton Lit Fest, Thurs 26 – Sun 29 April
Loving the sound of this eclectic festival. Reggie Yates and Gorky Paul rub shoulders with Terry Waite and Lionel Shriver in various venues throughout this elegant Cotswolds town in North Oxfordshire.
B Peaceful Day Retreat, Daylesford Organic Farm, near Kingham, Wed 25 April
This pampering day has been put together by the Bamford Haybarn Spa and The Cookery School and kicks off with a 90-minute mindfulness session in the Haybarn’s beautiful loft studio. Then it’s on to The Cookery School where you’ll be served reviving juices and herbal teas and then be guided to make a nourishing, healthy lunch made with delicious organic ingredients. After lunch it’s back to the spa for a bespoke Bamford facial. The perfect mid-week skive. And just think of the Instgrammable hump-day pics! daylesford.com
Dara O’Briain, The Voice of Reason, New Theatre, Oxford, Sat 28 – Sun 29 April 2018
He’s been a clever comic, Dara O’Briain, diversifying his appeal with Robot Wars, TheApprentice – You’re Fired! and Stargazing Live. But his bread and butter is still stand-up (and now wonder with tickets £27.15 each), and he’s back in Oxford with his brand new touring show.
Heather Small, O2 Academy Oxford, Fri 27 April
I love the fact that this gig starts at 6.30pm – just in time for the M People front woman to get home into her onesie for the 10 o’clock news (have to ‘fess up, that’s my kind of night too). She’s on a UK-wide tour to remind people of her greatest hits including Moving On Up, How Can I Love You More? and One Night In Heaven – and at a steep £68 a ticket she’d better make a good show of it!
Turn End Trust House and Garden Open Weekend, Haddenham, Sat 28 – 29 April
Discover the 1960s home of architect Peter Aldington and his passion for inside/outside living during this special Turn End Trust event. To celebrate the opening of the stunning house and gardens, local artists have displayed over 30 sculptures in the listed outdoor space which you can view and buy on the day. The studio of printmaker Heather Hunter, and acclaimed photographer Paul Wilkinson, long time Muddy fave (he took the photo of me on the homepage) will also be open for your leisure. Entrance £15, 2pm-5pm.
The Flying Lovers Of Vitebsk, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Tues 24 – Sat 28 Apr