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Fri Sept 15-Sun Sept 17

Coriolanus, RST, Stratford, previewing from Fri Sept 15-Oct 14

Photo: RSC

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,

Dido, Queen of Carthage, Swan Theatre, Stratford, Previewing from Fri Sept 15-Oct 28

Photo: RSC

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

Tom Lyall in rehearsal for Kingdom Come Photo: Ikin Yum, RSC

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

Detail of “First One’s the Best”by Celia Pym. Photo by Douglas Atfield.

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

Sonia Boyce

This Arts Council Collection touring exhibition brings together work by some of the biggest names in 20th and 21st century British art, including David Hockney, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and LS Lowry. Early 20th century works include pieces by Gwen John and the exhibition is brought up to date with the imaginary figures of Charles Avery and Mimei Thompson. The exhibition also includes early works such as Mrs Ash Asleep by Howard Hodgkin from 1952 and Peter Blake’s Portrait of a Man from 1950.

Faithful Ruslan – The Story of a Guard Dog, B2, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Sat Sept 2- Sat Sept 16

A master director of European drama Helena Kaut-Howson directs an ensemble of 13 actors in her her third production at The Belgrade, based on the cult novel by Georgi Vladimov and marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Telling its story through the eyes of an innocent dog this new stage adaptation is like a modern Animal Farm – an engrossing allegory for the disorientation of post-revolution Russia. Complicite co-founder Marcello Magni is Movement Director. It stars Isabelle Joss, who was in Icelandic thriller, Pale Star.

NT’s Jane Eyre, Birmingham Rep, Mon Sept 4-Sat Sept 16

The National Theatre’s striking and inventive new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, Jane Eyre, directed by Sally Cookson comes to the Midlands, as part of a major 21 city tour of the UK. Buck/Oxon editor Hero caught the play at at Aylesbury Waterside, you can check out her  review here; while Muddy Sussex ed Debbie saw it at Brighton’s Theatre Royal this summer and here is her review. Both were wowed!

Suburban English Magick, Art installation & Live painting, CCCA Shed, Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, Coventry, until Sat Sept 16 (live painting w/e only)

London-based artist Marie-Louise Plum, who runs Mental Spaghetti promoting marginalised artists, is live painting to stories in Suburban English Magick commissioned in the run-up to the Scratch the Surface Festival 2017, which provokes conversation about mental health. Marie-Louise is painting the entire interior of the shed, improvising contemporary folkloric vignettes inspired by a spoken word and cut-up sound composition. Live painting and audio installation will only take place between 10am-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays, and, 10am – 4pm, Sundays. Art installation open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm.


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