What’s On This Weekened
Fri Sept 15-Sun Sept 17
Coriolanus, RST, Stratford, previewing from Fri Sept 15-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) and ITV’s The Halcyon. He is 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.
Tai Chi, Compton Verney, Sat Sept 16
Two outdoor classes with Swan Tai Chi in the grounds of this beautiful parkland. Following the Chen style, you will learn the Laojia (Old Frame) form, which has been passed down through the lineage of Grand Master Chen Xiao-Wang. Swan Tai Chi’s classes mix ancient, some dating back over 1000 years, and more modern exercises – all of which help to target different areas of the body for health and healing. Booking is available in advance and on the day.
Members & Annual Pass Holders: £7. Non-Members: £14 (includes a Collections & Park day ticket). Call 01926 645 500 to book.
Saving Shakespeare’s Birthplace Theatrical street perfromance, Stratford, Sat Sept 16
Don’t miss a special theatrical re-enactment of the 1847 auction which saved Shakespeare’s Birthplace outside the property on Sat Sept 16 at 12pm and 2pm. Rescued for a princely sum of £3000, the purchase of the tumbledown terraced house prompted the foundation of the UK’s oldest conservation charity. At the same discover the fascinating story behind the saving of Shakespeare’s Birthplace in a NEW exhibition: Saving Shakespeare’s Birthplace No booking required for the street perfromance. Free, shakespeare.org.uk.
Dido, Queen of Carthage, Swan Theatre, Stratford, Previewing from Fri Sept 15-Oct 28
Dido, Queen of Carthage is Christopher Marlowe’s dark untold story of one of history’s greatest female leaders. Directed by Kimberley Sykes it stars Chipo Chung 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).
Beyond The Tracks Festival, Eastside Park, Digbeth, Birmingham, Fri Sept 15-Sun Sept 17
Ocean Colour Scene, Editors, Faithless (DJ set), Orbital, Jesus and Mary Chain, Carl Barat, The Coral and Leftfield have been announced to headline a super duper new three-day festival, taking place in Birmingham city centre.
Mischief Festival: Kingdom Come, The Other Place, Stratford, Thurs Sept 7 – 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.
What Do I Need to Do to Make it OK? Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, Sat Sept 16-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.
Drawn from Life: People on Paper, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, until Sun Sept 17