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ONE FOR YOUR DIARY! ‘Discover:Gather:Give’ Arts Fair, Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall, Nov 3 & 4

Looking for artisan Christmas gifts? Look no further…This fabulous and free art fair is now in its fifth year and features 40 artists exhibiting more than 500 pieces of original and passionately created art, offering an exciting and eclectic mix of paintings, illustrations, ceramics, jewellery, glasswork, decoupage, textiles, wood turning, digital art, sculpture and book binding, #Cafdgg. Don’t miss out on The Golden Cup Cafe upstairs in the Ballroom where visitors can enjoy tea and coffee from Monsoon Estates served in elegant vintage golden tea sets on crisp white linen with fresh flowers and and delicious cake!



BOOK NOW! Stratford Literary Festival, Nov 9 – 17

Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman

The impressive winter festival line-up features internationally best-selling author, Jodi Picoult, historian and TV presenter Lucy Worsley OBE, who will be talking about her latest book The Many Faces of Queen Victoria, Sir Michael Parkinson, sharing his admiration for the legendary footballer, George Best; and Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman whose new book, Bloody Brilliant Women, highlights forgotten but ground-breaking women from history. Two leading BBC journalists, John Simpson CB, and Economics Editor Kamal Ahmed, will be talking about their new books – Simpson’s debut novel, Moscow, Midnight, and Ahmed, an acclaimed and moving account of growing up in 1970’s Britain.

Jodi Picoult, by Nina Subin

Former Guardian editor, Alan Rusbridger, will be considering why news reporting and analysis in a world of fake news and post truth is more important than ever, and the broadcaster and former stand-up comedian, Viv Groskop, will be offering advice on how women can be more effective public speakers. Other talkers will be Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch discussing his biography of Thomas Cromwell, and former Ford car worker, James Anthony, who has re-written all Shakespeare’s sonnets for the modern audience – a feat described by Stephen Fry as a “dazzling success”.  Three events for children on Sat Nov 10 includes a talk by the ridiculously funny Andy Stanton, creator of the Mr Gum books, a celebration of the 80th anniversary of The Beano with a drawing workshop led by artist Nigel Auchtertounie, and a unicorn Christmas decoration workshop with theatre designer, Judy Reaves.



BOOK EARLY! Mimbre’s Fierce Sisters at New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, Dec 11 – 15

Very exciting this! A specially commissioned promenade performance with all-female acrobatic theatre group, Mimbre in the gardens at Shakespeare’s New PlaceBe enchanted as they weave their spell with their evocative choreography and contemporary soundscapes to explore the essence of Shakespeare’s female characters, bursting out of their stories to claim their own space in today’s world. Playful interactive stations invite you to explore these themes and contribute your thoughts and feelings on how women are interpreted and portrayed, then and now.

Booking required at shakespeare or Tel: 01789 204016.


ART: Whistler and Nature, Compton Verney, Sat Oct 20 – Dec 16


One of The Times’ Autumn ‘must-sees’. Warwickshire’s Compton Verney is casting a new light on the work of the great late-Victorian painter, James McNeill Whistler, in respect of his family’s army background. Whistler and Nature (Sat Oct 20 – Dec 16), curated in partnership with The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow. The exhibition, which includes 90 oil paintings, explores the artist’s revolutionary attitude towards the natural world.

Compton Verney


EVENT: Alcester Food Festival, Sat Oct 20

Feeling peckish? The pretty streets of Alcester will be filled with more than 120 stalls from across Warwickshire and the Cotswolds including lots of Muddy Award 2018 finalists and winners, plus local shops, cafes and pubs. Come along for a fabulous foodie day out! Free entry and free park and ride.

See who’s exhibiting herealcesterfoodfestival


MUSIC: The Peas, Fizzy Moon Brewhouse, Leamington Spa, Fri Oct 19
Our Muddy Stilettos 2018 award-winning bar always has packed what’s on events itinerary with loads of live music and celebrating local bands like totally fun Warwickshire duo The Peas who rework 80s and 90s classics from Rick Astley to The Spice Girls with a guitar and double-bass! To see what else is on see here: fizzymoonbrewhouse


Shakespeare’s Troilus and CressidaRST, Stratford-upon-Avon, Fri Oct 12 –  Sat Nov 17

Directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran, this is the company’s first gender-equal production of Shakespeare’s “most testosterone-fuelled” play. Set in a futuristic dystopian Troy, it will involve close collaboration with the virtuoso percussionist, Evelyn Glennie. It’s on for one month only!


THEATRE: All That Fall, Warwick Arts Centre, Wed Oct 17 – Sat Oct 20

In Samuel Beckett’s first radio play, we encounter Maddy Rooney in her seventies – unsightly, ungainly and unwell – laboriously to-ing and fro-ing between her home and Boghill Station. All That Fall is experienced in Pan Pan’s uniquely atmospheric, theatrically tuned listening chamber, with the audience seated on specially-designed rocking chairs. For ages 16+.

warwickartscentre, Tel: 024 7652 4524



UK SCHOOLS & THEATRE TOUR: First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors, Swan Theatre, Stratford, Fri Oct 19 – Nov 2

Designed by RSC Visual Communications (c) RSC

Wondering what’s the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for 7 – 13-year-olds? The RSC’s fab First Encounters with Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errorsa 90-minute abridged version just for kids, is touring several partner schools and theatres across the UK including Leamington, Warwick, Nuneaton, Birmingham, Northampton, Blackpool, Middlesbrough, Kent, York, Bradford and Stoke-on-Trent. It will have a number of public performances in The Swan. A lovely experience for families.



THEATRE: Dishoom! Warwick Arts Centre, Tues Oct 16 – Sat Oct 20

The latest 1970s-inspired comedy drama from acclaimed writer Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti for Rifco Theatre Company is a story of friendship and courage featuring songs from the smash-hit Bollywood film Sholay. It’s summer 1978, Simon and his friends should be looking forward to leaving school, but the National Front are on the streets. Inspired by Sholay’s dynamic duo, Jai and Veeru, Simon and hid cou Baljit find their inner superheroes and set out to change their world forever. It stars 17-year-old actor Bilal Khan in the lead role. For ages 8+. Times: Tue – Sat: 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm

warwickartscentre, Tel: 024 7652 4524


THEATRE: War Horse, Birmingham Hippodrome, Wed Oct 10 – Sat Nov 3

Soooo excited that the outstanding National Theatre production of War Horse is coming to Birmingham in October. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo and featuring those incredible, life-size puppets of the horses, it’s likely to sell-out, so please don’t leave it too late to book.



THEATRE: Tartuffe, Swan Theatre, Stratford, until Feb 23

Asif Khan as Tartuffe and Sasha Behar as Amira. Production photos by Topher McGrillis (c) RSC

BAFTA and Emmy-Award winning TV writers Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto – creators of The Kumars at No. 42, Goodness Gracious Me, Citizen Khan and The Office – have reimagined Moliere’s great French comedy in modern-day Birmingham. The result is a sharp, vigorously funny and topical comedy set within the home of a well-to-do Brummie Pakistani family. It cleverly blends themes of religious hypocrisy, #metoo “victim shaming”, Brexit jokes and music styles including a freestyle beatbox rap battle. Review here.


MUSIC: Magic of Motown, Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, Fri Oct 19

Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town. Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and others are recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band,  8pm.



THEATRE: Christopher Marlowe’s Tamburlaine, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, until  Dec 1

An actor in gold armour playing a warrior

Jude Owusu as the king of Persia, Tamburlaine Photo by Ellie Kurttz (c) RSC

Watch Jude Owusu’s chillingly charismatic portrait of Christopher Marlowe’s violent 14th century warlord, who started life as a shepherd, before conquering Asia. Directed by former RSC Artistic Director Michael Boyd, who stepped down in 2012. A big critical hit.



ART: Carrie Reichardt: ShakespeariAnne, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, until Dec 21

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s first ever artist-in-residence dedicates her first exhibition to re framing Anne Hathaway and Shakespeare, who she casts as “a bit like a Tudor mix of Del Boy Trotter, Madonna, and the Big Brother series”.  Vintage souvenirs, Shakespearean merchandise and pre-loved items are re-made with a new twist to re-imagine the couple for the cell phone-toting, selfie-taking era.

Free entry with Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Full Story tickets,

MUSIC: Wildwood Kin, Zephyr Lounge, The Assembly, Leamington Spa, Fri Oct 19

These folky Devonshire lasses – two sisters and a cousin from Exeter – are on tour with their debut album, Turning Tides.

Tickets here: eventbrite


NEW FILM RELEASE: Halloween, nationwide from Fri Oct 19

Although the film is the eleventh instalment, it takes the story back to where the first one finished with Jamie Lee Curtis returning to the role of Laurie Strode. Expect real visceral horror with the film returning to its roots plus some funny moments to release the tension. Fans of the original are raving about it.


MUSIC: Echo & The Bunnymen, Warwick Arts Centre, on Sun Oct 21

Ian in his prime!

The Liverpudlian band were massive when I was in secondary school and spawned a thousand haircuts! Ian McCulloch & co have just released their new album The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon on which they’ve reinterpreted 13 songs from their back catalogue including The Cutter, Seven Seas and The Killing Moon with ‘strings and things’ and appeared on Later with Jools Holland. See them live this Sunday.



THEATRE: We’ll Live and Die in these Cities, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Sat Oct 29 – Oct 20

l-r Geoff Thompson, The Enemy’s former frontman Tom Clarke and Hamish Glen. Photo by Joe Bailey

A new home-produced musical about a young musician inspired and sound-tracked by the 2007  debut album of Coventry indie band, The Enemy – with lead singer Tom Clarke acting as musical director. Written by acclaimed local playwright Geoff Thompson (Fragile, 2012), directed by Artistic Director Hamish Glen and designed by Patrick Connellan, We’ll Live and Die in These Towns forms part of a series of productions bearing witness to local stories as Coventry moves towards its year as City of Culture in 2021.


MUSIC: Turin Brakes, The Assembly, Leamington Spa, Sat Oct 20

This 90’s London indie four-piece have released their own version of Lana Del Ray’s Video Games. They had a critically-acclaimed album in 2016 with Lost Property and are back on the road with their eighth studio album, Invisible Storm.



ART: The 2018 Big Draw Festival, nationwide, Oct 1 – 31

The Big Draw Festival encourages people of all ages to roll up their sleeves and practise their artistic skills. The 2018 festival takes place across the country throughout October.  See here for more details.

To see what else is on look here


FILM: Met Opera Live: Samson et Dalila, Warwick Arts Centre, Sun Oct 21

A fan of opera? Now in its 12th year, the new series of operas will be broadcast from New York to a screen in Warwick Art Centre’s newly refurbished theatre directed by Tony Award-winning Darko Tresnjak. It stars the electrifying mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagn.



PHOTOGRAPHY: Warwick Masterclass: Mastering the Basics of Your Fancy Camera, Warwick Arts Centre, Sun Oct 21

Remember the old days when all you had to do was point and shoot?

Learn the basic controls and techniques common to your digital camera. You will develop the confidence to stop shooting in auto and get the best out of your DSLR whilst developing compositional and creative awareness. For ages 16+, 9.30am – 5pm. £65.



THEATRE: Maydays, Mischief Festival October, Studio Theatre@The Other Place, Stratford,  Thurs Sept 27 – Oct 20


A new version of David Edgar’s 1983 award-winning hit play, Maydays, directed by Owen Horsley and three performances of his one-person show Trying It On in which the 70-year-old actor/playwright confronts his 20-year-old self.



NT Live: King Lear, Warwick Arts Centre, Sun Oct 21

Photography (Ian McKellen) by Andy Gotts

Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas. Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season.  Jonathan Munby directs this contemporary retelling.



STUDIO THEATRE: The Pity of War Season, Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa, Sun Oct 7 – 20

Ensemble cast performing in The Loft’s First World War reflection, Anthem for Doomed Youth. Photo by Richard Smith Photography

Marking the Centenary of the end of WW1, the Loft is presenting two very different productions in rep in The Studio over two weeks: Anthem For Doomed Youth based on poems by Wilfred Owen and other writing from the period and The Silence, a new play by The Loft’s David Fletcher, based on the experiences of soldier who returns the Falklands to a military hospital in the UK



BOOK NOW – COMEDY FOR KIDS! Harry Hill’s Kidz Show How To Be Funny – For Kids! Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre Tues Oct 23

The award winning comedian is taking to the road for the first time in five years to offer hints, tips and anecdotes for children who fancy themselves as a bit of a joker, running through his dos and do nots, as well as offering kids the chance to try out their own comedy skills.





FOOD: London Restaurant Festival, various London locations, all month

The Montagu Kitchen

It’s worth popping into town this month as London’s fantastic restaurant scene is in full celebration mode with great value festival menus at loads of top-notch restaurants, plus foodie events like gastronomic weekends, tasting menus, restaurant-hopping tours, tasting menus with famous chefs, talks, films and art.


SCIENCE FESTIVAL: IF Oxford Science & Ideas Festival, various Oxford locations, Fri Oct 12 – Mon Oct 22

8 Minutes

There’s all sorts of science-y stuff going on in Oxford which includes some interesting events for kids. As part of this festival, you can learn how to discover stars, build circuits, get hands-on with superconductivity or watch dance and theatre performances with scientific themes. Check out The Bodleians’ Frankenstein exhibition or head to the Oxford Playhouse for 8 Minutes, where you’ll be taken on a journey through the universe with dance, film and music. Adults boffins to baby Einsteins and everyone in between are catered for with a jam-packed programme of events to blow your mind.


CULTURE: London Literary Festival, Southbank Centre, London, Thurs Oct 18 – Sun Oct 28 

Lots of literary luminaries like Sir Salman Rushdie and Barbara Kingsolver plus a dollop of celebs like Sally Field, Sue Perkins, Roger Daltrey, Mary Beard and Melvyn Bragg will be heading to the South Bank for the 12th London Lit Fest. The burning issues of today will be discussed and with Homer’s The Oddessy at the heart of the festival – readings, talks and discussions – there’s your culture fix in the bag.


ART: Future Knowledge Exhibition, Modern Art Oxford, now until Sat 28 Oct

This exhibition explores climate change through creative presentations. It’s a truly international affair with an epic timeline stretching back 750 million years by American artist Rachel Susan, Eline McGeorge’s weaving works from Norway, and Brit Tania Kovats’ vast steel and salt sculptures, to name but a few. I’m liking the sound of Lucy Kimbell’s wallpaper that changes colour over time in response to air pollutants – might save a trip to Homebase.

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