What’s On This week
MON JUNE 11 - SUN JUNE 17
ENDS THIS WEEK: The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich, Swan Theatre, Stratford, until Thurs June 14
Warwickshire Open Studios, Sat June 16 – Sun July 1
Find out more about the artists, locations, opening times & facilities available, wostudios
Broadway Arts Festival, Broadway, Worcs, June 8 – 17
A biennial celebration of this beautiful Cotswold village’s unique artistic heritage and its enduring relationship with a world-famous colony of American artists and writers, who visited and worked here in the late 19th century. An impressive, eclectic programme includes talks, workshops, theatre, family events, exhibitions, demos and live music including two directors of the V&A In Conversation: Tristram Hunt (current) and Sir Roy Strong, pot throwing and decorating, charcoal portraits, Tweedy – the slapstick star of Gifford’s Circus – Takes a Detour!, Heartbreak Productions’ Pride and Prejudice, Roald Dahl’s The Twits by storyteller John Kirk and a New Orleans Mardi Gras Party with Dom Pipkin.
Laura Ryder & Co: The Bee Project, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Thurs June 14 – Sat June 16
There’s a real ‘buzz’ around this new energetic contemporary dance/theatre piece set in a party! It’s centred on the plight of Britain’s bees as humans imitate the collaborative relationship of bees after things take a turn for the worse on a big night out. Expect energy, attitude and tons of eco-friendly glitter! You’ll also come away from the show with your own pack of seeds to plant.
belgrade, Tel: 024 7655 3055
RSC Mischief Festival, The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, Thurs May 31 – June 23
- Double-bill: #WeAreArrested, the true story of Turkish journalist Can Dündar’s commitment to expose the truth in the face of huge personal risk; Day of the Living, inspired by the events in Ayotzinapa, Mexico 2014 when 43 students were forcibly taken and disappeared, Thur May 31 – Sat June 23.
- Written and performed by Nell Leyshon, Three Letters, is one woman’s story of how her reinvention of herself after having had children is halted by illness, Wed June 6 and Fri June 8, 1.30pm, £5.
- Research & Development work-in-progress public reading of Redefining Juliet, Fri June 22, 2.30pm, £5.
Book on 01789 403493, rsc
Pugstock Music Festival & Street Party, The Fat Pug, Leamington Spa, Sat June 17
Looking to do something fun with the kids and your partner on Father’s Day? This live music event in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind features Mark Woodyard, The Retrobaits, State of Play, Chimp on a Bike and more. The road will be closed off to cars and there’ll also be outside bars, a bbq, street food and some small stalls for children.
23 Guy Cliffe Road, Leamington Spa, Cv32 5BZ, 01926 420 390, thefatpug
ENDS THIS WEEK: About Face, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, until Sat June 16
Bright Smoke: Travis Alabanza, The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, Thurs June 14
The London-based performance artist and LGBTQ right activist will be performing at the RSC’s monthly free poetry night. FREE, no booking required, 6.45pm – 7.15pm.
*This event contains strong language and adult themes.
Real Bodies The Exhibition, Hall 4, The NEC, Birmingham, Fri June 8 – Sun Aug 19
A powerful and thought-provoking exhibition of human anatomy taking visitors on a journey, exploring the human body through physiology, culture and emotion by displaying real, perfectly preserved human bodies and over 200 anatomical specimens.
The OVO Energy Women’s Tour, Fri June 15
Britain’s premier women’s cycle race returns to Warwickshire for a record-breaking third year. The tour will take riders across beautiful landscapes throughout the entire county. Last year 95,000 spectators watched the event. Starting in Atherstone it will weave its way in a 151k route ending in Royal Leamington Spa – making the Warwickshire stage the longest of the 2018 event.
Reggae at the Rialto! Coundon, Coventry, Fri June 15
Three top female reggae artists are on the bill at the Mackabee Crew sound system’s summer shindig – Janet Kay, Susan Cadogan – over from Kingston, Jamaica – and Sandra Cross. Adv tickets £20 are available from Camelia@Stylistics (Corporation St, Coventry); the Two Tone Café/Simmerdown Restaurant, or Tel 07957 264226.
Rialto Reborn, Moseley Avenue, Coventry, 9pm – 2am.
Angela Barnes: Fortitude, Helen Martin Studio, Warwick Arts Centre, Sat Jun 16
Following another sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Mock the Week regular and host of BBC Radio 4’s Newsjack, Angel Barnes is taking her “beautifully structured show” (The Scotsman) Fortitude on the road, 8pm. Age 14+.
Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Fest, various locations, Sun June 17 – 24
HOT MUSIC NEWS – Book Now! The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary World Tour, Arena Birmingham, Tues Nov 27
OMG – this is one of the most exciting bits of music news I’ve heard in ages! The multi-platinum former Fugees singer and took the world by storm two decades ago as a solo artist with singles from this album including Doo Wop (That Thing) and Everything Is Everything. It won her 5 GRAMMY® wins. One of the definite must-sees of the autumn! Am still whooping with joy and loving the stripy socks and heels combo!
Tickets on sale now, theticketfactory or Tel 0844 33 88 222 *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.
Merge Festival, Bankside/Tate Modern, London, Fri June 8 – July 1
Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, V&A, London, June 16 – Nov 4
Nocturne Live, Blenheim Palace, Oxford, Thurs June 14 – Sun June 17
Noel Gallagher at Blenheim Palace? What would Liam say? This well-established refined live music night has a line up including Noel in his High Flying Birds incarnation, plus Nile Rodgers and Chic and Elvis Costello (headlining on different nights).With the stunning backdrop of the Great Court, one thing is certain – the mosh pit will be very civilised.
Robert Smith’s Meltdown Festival, London’s Southbank Centre, Sun June 15 – Sun June 24
Disappointed to have missed out on tickets for The Cure’s 40th anniversary concert in Hyde Park, London, on Sat July 7? You can always catch the next best thing – Robert Smith’s all-time favourite artists of the last 40 years in this 10-night extravaganza. The first acts confirmed are The Psychedelic Furs, Deftones, The Libertines, Manic Street Preachers, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Placebo, The Church, 65daysofstatic, Alcest, The Anchoress, Kristin Hersh, Kathryn Joseph, MONO, and The Notwist. He’ll be talking about his fave bands in a Meltdown special on BBC 6 Music at 7pm this Friday. Further info here.