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What’s On: Mon Feb 19 – Sun Feb 25


Tango Siempre: Tangomotion, Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, Wed Feb 21

Britain’s sizzling hot top tango company take you on a breathtaking journey into the heart of Argentinian music and dance. From virtuoso displays of traditional tango dance in stunning costumes accompanied by the exquisite sounds of 1930s and 40s Buenos Aires, the company is set to dazzle Butterworth Hall. The company previously received acclaim for creating the musical score for Olivier-nominated Midnight Tango, featuring BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, which they performed on tour and in the West End. The company’s dancers have also appeared on Strictly Come DancingThe One Show and 1996 film, Evita.

warwickartscentre, 8pm

Aisle Be There! The Compton Verney Wedding Fayre, Compton Verney, Sun Feb 25

Wedding-in-Compton-Verney -c-Frank-Wood-Photography

Close your eyes and just imagine sweeping up this driveway in a vintage limousine as you gaze across the lake, with the magnificent house in the background…Fancy getting married in this stunning Grade 1-listed Georgian mansion and 120-acre park, landscaped by non-other than Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown? Meet Compton Verney’s wedding event team, along with some of the country’s finest dress designers, photographers and caterers. Visitors will be greeted with a complimentary glass of fizz on arrival, from you can view the fabulous art galleries and grand Adam Hall,

Free to attend, simply click on the link at and complete the form to reserve your tickets.

LAST WEEK: Twelfth Night, RST, Stratford, now – Feb 24 2018


The RSC’s winter production Twelfth Night sees Ade Edmondson, of The Young Ones and Bottom fame, as Olivia – Kara Tointon’s dour steward Malvolio in Shakespeare’s bittersweet comedy. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, who recreated Warwickshire’s Charlecote Park on stage for the RSC’s fabulous Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing, it’s set in Victorian Britain. Also starring Birmingham’s Dinita Gohil as Viola and Michael Cochrane as Sir Andrew Aguecheek.

Roni Size – New Forms Live, O2 Institute2, Birmingham, Sat Feb  24 

Roni Size & Reprazent’s seminal 1997 drum & bass album, New Forms, has been reissued for its 20th birthday.  The album was a landmark for electronic music and a major success in the UK mainstream, winning the 1997 Mercury Prize and selling more than 300,000 copies. The anniversary live show starts at 6pm.


Pub Co-founder Goes Back to the Floor, The Rose & Crown, Warwick, Tues Feb 20

Lee Cash

Co-founder of The Peach Pub Company Lee Cash will be taking over the running of the pub for one night only – giving pub manager Emma Bissell and her 21-strong team an evening off as a thanks for their hard work. For Lee, it’s a welcome return to a pub he first ran 15 years ago at the age of 27, when he and his business partner Hamish set up the Peach Pub Company. Since then the duo have gone on to open 18 other pubs including The One Elm in Stratford, The Almanack in Kenilworth and The Star & Garter in Leamington Spa. They won a Catey, the hospitality industry’s equivalent of an Oscar, in 2012 and Peach was named one of the Sunday Times’ Top 100 Best Companies to Work For last year.

There’ll also be a few surprises this evening too. Pop down and enjoy a pint or a bite to eat and say hello, roseandcrownwarwick, Tel: 01926 411117.

 Knot, The Goose Nest, Warwick Arts Centre, Mon Feb 19 & Tue Feb 20

A chance encounter between two acrobats: a frustrated lover and a jilted dreamer. This is the story of two hearts making sense of imperfection. The award-winning Knot is the invisible string that connects two people. Nikki & JD reveal the raw underbelly of their friendship with an effortless balance between spectacle and intimacy.

Box Office: 024 7652 4524, warwickartscentre

The Doodle Dance Show, Warwick Arts Centre, Fri Feb 23 – Sun Feb 25

This playful, interactive show by Anatomical sounds absolutely brilliant especially if your kids love drawing! Grab some pens, kick off your shoes and let your family’s imagination run wild as you all dance, draw and create a world of crazy birds, dancing pirates and strange underworld creatures on a huge piece of paper!

Let Me Be Frank Tour, Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa, Thurs Feb 22

Frank Bruno MBE, will be talking about about his recent book and boxing career, from starting out to becoming one of Britain’s most loved sports personality, hosted by comedian and entertainer  Jed Stone. Since hanging up his gloves, he’s performed in numerous panto, on screens in personal interviews and after dinner speaking. A huge supporter of many charities including mental health. His well-documented illness put Frank in the public eye and he used this media attention to help with the stigma attached to mental health and to help raise the standards of care who have mental health issues. For signed copies of Franks new book. Let me be Frank  –frankbruno


Half-term fun at Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick University, Coventry, Sat Feb 17 – Sun Feb 25

A Tigers Tale. Pic Credit : Lewis Wileman

Award-winning musical comedian Jay Foreman breaks the traditional family show with his Fringe Fest sell-out Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children  on Sat 17 Feb – a devilishly cheeky hour filled to the brim with comedy, poetry and song. Should you wish to encounter an epic adventure while remaining in the heart of England, then M6 Theatre’s A Tiger’s Tale (Fri 23 – Sun 25 Feb) sounds like a high-spirited balancing act of circus, puppetry and  live music. And Hiccup Theatre masterfully re-invigorates The Gingerbread Man (Tue 20-Thu 22 Feb). Finally, don’t forget the centre’s  free Stamp It! sessions. Drop in to the Box Office and collect a Stamp It! booklet which, once filled, will give you access discounted tickets.


Awful Auntie, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tues Feb 20 – Fri Feb 24

Awful Auntie by Birmingham Stage Company. Photo by Mark Douet

No, it’s not David but actor Timothy Speyer as Aunt Alberta! After the sell-out success of their theatre touring production of Gangsta Granny, the Birmingham Stage Company, who also produced Horrible Histories Live, have brought another of David Walliams’ children’s books to the stage. In Awful Auntie young Stella Saxby finds herself separated from her parents while heading out on a visit to London and soon discovers she’s in a fight for her life against her very own awful Auntie! Featuring a very large owl, a very small ghost and a really awful Auntie!

www.belgrade, Tel:024 7655 3055 

Feb Half-term, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford, Fri Feb 16 – Feb 25  

Shadow puppets at Shakespeare’s New Place – © Mette Poynton of Cotswold Consierge

How about some Elizabethan half-term fun? Kids can earn the trade of Shakespeare’s Father, John at Shakespeare’s Birthplace with the help of  in-house experts stretching and working leather; discover A  Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s New Place and bring the characters to life in a real shadow puppet theatre; while over at Hall’s Croft join the Live’n History team for a lesson on Jacobean medicine, 12-4pm, shakespeare 

The Sleeping Beauty, Birmingham Hippodrome, until Sat Feb 24


Birmingham Royal Ballet return this Spring with their enchanting fairy-tale production.


The Play’s The ThingThe Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, children free Mon Feb 19 – Fri Feb 23

The Play’s The Thing

The RSC’s fun super-interactive family-friendly exhibition. Check out the incredible detail of hand-made costumes and props, try on virtual costumes, discover gory stage tricks and how sound effects are made, and experience how RSC productions are staged through interactive hands-on activities. Children go free throughout the Warwickshire school holidays (Mon Feb 19 – Fri Feb 23).


Handbagged, The Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa, Wed Feb 21 – March 3

Two female icons born six months apart: Margaret Thatcher and the Queen. One was destined to rule, the other to lead. But when the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand? Moira Buffini’s Olivier award winning comedy, Handbagged, looks behind the closed doors of the palace to speculate what really happened when two of the most powerful women in the world clashed. The play cleverly interweaves politics with personality, lacing cutting exchanges with dry humour.  Directed by the Loft Theatre’s Gus MacDonald.

The Loft Theatre, Victoria Colonnade, Leamington Spa 7.30pm & 5pm Sunday Feb 24, Tel: 01926 800360 (answer phone service). 

New Circus Show: Big Top Bonanza,  Hatton Adventure World, nr Warwick, Fri Feb 17 – Sun Feb  25

Roll-up, Roll-up the circus is in town! Enjoy a 40-minute show performed by an international cast of comical clowns, acrobats, champion jugglers and awesome aerialists inside the warmth of a large heated 400-seater big top. Plus circus themed arts and crafts, indoor falconry and the usual Hatton favourites – animal handling, funfair rides (for younger children), Laser Combat (8 years +) and Snorty’s Superslide Mania.

hattonworld, Tel 01926 843411.

A Brave Face, Warwick Arts Centre, Thurs Feb 22

Vamos Theatre brings their poignant and funny show to the stage.

Box Office: 024 7652 4524, warwickartscentre

Little Mochi Man, Patrick Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome, Sat Feb 24

Inspired by the traditions of Shogatsu (Japanese New Year celebrations), Birmingham Hippodrome and A Thousand Cranes theatre company will take families on a high-flying adventure through the snowy mountains of Hokkaido, to the hustle and bustle of Tokyo in the delightful new children’s show featuring ‘origami’ puppets, animation and music. Suitable for ages 4-7 and takes place in the 200-seat Patrick Studio.


Feb Half-term at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

Activities have a Roman theme ranging from a Treasure Huntall day, Tue Feb 20 – Sat Feb 24; Little Discoveries – Mini explorers for under 5s on Tues Feb 20 11am -12pm, to making Super Shields for Roman soldiers or super-heroes on Wed Feb 21, 10.30am- 12.30pm. Young artists can create Magical Unicorns and Dancing Horses on Thurs Feb 22, 10.30am – 12.30pm, inspired by Melanie Thompson’s horses in the gallery’s craft show. All suggested £1 donation. On Fri Feb 23 & and Sat Feb 24 February kids can Paint and Glaze, 10.30am-1.30pm from £8, in the foyer.  Great for gifts. Ring Emma, 01788) 560771.


New exhibits, The MAD Museum, Stratford

Experience interactive new exhibits, interact with weird and wonderful inventions and build marble runs. The quirky museum takes about 1 – 2 hours to experience so is perfect for a morning or afternoon.

Operation Earth, National Space Centre, Leics, until Sun Feb 25 

Join Mission Commanders, along with expert scientists, as they investigate the science of planet Earth. Become a trainee environmental scientist and help them investigate land, air and oceans, and see if together you can find solutions to some of the issues in the world today. Throughout the day the mudlets will also be able to join workshops, demonstrations and hands on science sessions.

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