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Paramore, The Genting Arena, Birmingham, Sun Jan 14
Paramore, in the same vein as Destiny’s Child and the Sugababes, would appear to have a revolving door of members. The Grammy-award-winning Nashville band’s current line-up – Hayley Williams, Zac Farro and Taylor York – return to the UK this week in support of last year’s synthpop and new wave-inspired After Laughter album, Top 10 in both the US and the UK, and featuring their most upbeat single Hard Times. This tour takes in three massive arena shows, including the Genting Arena.
Clare Woods: Reality Dimmed, Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Mon Jan 8 – Sat March 10

Clare Woods, Creeping Eruptions, 200 cm x 150 cm, Oil on Aluminium, 2017

Mead Gallery’s Spring exhibition will see renowned Hereford based painter, Clare Woods, exhibit a solo show of never seen before paintings in Reality Dimmed (Sat 6 Jan – Sat 10 Mar). Her work is held in many international collections and this major exhibition will see her exhibit her raw and powerful painting, which are frequently vast in scale.

Mead Gallery, free   

Hannah Ryggen, Modern Art Oxford, until 18 Feb 

Another corker of an expo from Modern Art, Oxford. Hannah Ryggen was one of Scandinavia’s most outstanding artistic figures of the 20th century, an impassioned artist responding to the socio-political events of her time, from the the rise of fascism and the Nazi occupation of Norway, to nuclear power and media coverage of the Vietnam War. This is the first major presentation of the artist’s work in the UK and surveys her career from early portraiture through to the intricate tapestries that characterised her career from the 1920s onward. Don’t forget that Modern Art Oxford is free entry, and there’s a brill café on site too.

Youth Acting Classes: Spring Term 2018, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Sat Jan 13 – Sat Mar 24 

Do you have a talented young actor in the family? The Belgrade runs a range of fab Youth Acting Classes on Saturday mornings in school term-time as well as a vibrant youth theatre. This term their theme will be Storytelling. To celebrate the centenary of women being given the right to vote, they’ll be looking at stories of inspirational women. £84 per term. Ages 8 – 11 (primary group): 10.15am – 11.45am; Ages 11 – 16 (secondary group): 12noon – 1.30pm.


Twelfth Night, RST, Stratford, now – Feb 24 

Dinita Gohil as Viola. Photo: Manuel Harlan (c) RSC

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.

The HRCR (Historic Rally Car Register) Open Day, British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire, Sat Jan 13 

As ‘the Home of Historic Rallying’, the HRCR Open Day is a social gathering where the rally community comes together to view a selection of rally cars from the 1950s – 1980s and talk to organisers of events that take place all over the country making up the 6 HRCR championships. The theme for the 2018 HRCR Open Day will be the MG Metro 6R4 with a number on display, including the Museums own car.  Developed for Austin Rover by Williams Grand Prix Engineering, it is one of the most spectacular MG cars ever produced.  Entry to the HRCR Open Day is free of charge and attendees can visit the Museum on the day for the discounted rate of £9 per person, 10am – 3pm.

 britishmotormuseum or

Stratford-upon-Avon Astronomical Society’s Stargazing Live 2018, Henley Golf Club, Henley in Arden, nr Stratford, Fri Jan 12 – Sun Jan 14

Pic credit: David Rose

Fancy a night with the stars? The twinkly kind. Unfortunately, Prof Brian Cox won’t be there in person but you’ll get the chance to observe planets, moons and galaxies through telescopes, 6.30pm – 10pm.

Ends This Weekend: Cinderella, The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, until Sat Jan 13 

Two tartan panto dames for the price of one: seasoned panto actor Greg Powrie, left, joins actor, writer and director Iain Lauchlan, right

‘Loch’ up your men – Cinderella’s raucous Scottish step-sisters Dyspepsia and Listeria, played by the brilliant panto legends Iain Lauchlan and Greg Powrie are looking for no strings attached festive fling in the Belgrade’s annual fun-filled festive shindig! Craig Hollingsworth returns for his 6th Belgrade panto, and Alice Rose Fletcher puts on her glass slippers as Cinderella.


A Christmas Carol, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, until Feb 4


Bah humbug! The RSC’s new eagerly-awaited stage adaptation by David Edgar of Charles Dickens’ seasonal classic starring the excellent PoldarkSherlock and Quadrophenia actor Phil Davis as Scrooge. Directed by Rachel Kavanaugh, who brought The Wind in the Willows to the London Palladium earlier this year, starring Rufus Hound as Toad. Review here.

Book here.

Call Out to Coventry & Warwickshire artists to sign up for Warwickshire Open Studios 2018 (June 16-July 1)

The Summer Warwickshire Open Studios (WOS) is open to all – from passionate amateurs to professional artists. The event, which each year attracts around 30,000 visits, includes paintings, photography, installations, ceramics, glassware, stoneware, jewellery, drawings, printmaking, textiles and metalwork. Artists can be creative about where they show their work, it could be at home, in a studio, workshop or garden.  Pop up galleries have been held in cafes, offices, barns, museums and church halls.  Installations have even taken place in allotments, canal basins and railway carriages

Deadline: Feb 28. wostudios or email:

Set Your Career Compass Workshop, Heart of England Language School, Leamington Spa, Warks, Sat Jan 13 

Do you have a teen who’s struggling to know what to do in the future? Warwickshire and West Midlands based Teen Direct has a few places left on this course, ideal for 15 – 17-year-olds wishing to develop and clarify their ideas of potential careers. Delivered by experienced, professional coaches, it gives teens the opportunity to discover where they could fit into the “World of Work” based on their own strengths, personality and interests. They will be asked to complete a questionnaire beforehand to identify certain characteristics and during the workshops, develop the skills and confidence to act on their chosen career action plan as well as creating a professional CV and learning dynamite Interview Skills, 9.30am – 3.30pm. £150.

email: or Tel 07901 517012, 


The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Birmingham Rep, until Sat Jan 18

Gloria-Onitiri-as-Cruella-De-Vil. Photo credit: Graeme-Braidwood

West End Star Gloria Onitiri as villainous Cruella de Vil in furs. The Birmingham uni grad, who played Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard (The Adelphi) and Nala in The Lion King (The Lyceum), returns to her student city making her REP debut. This Dodie Smith stage adaptation by writer and director of the Nativity films, Debbie Isitt is sure to get tails wagging with its clever puppy puppetry! Running time: 90 mins. For ages 5+, Tel: 0121 236 4455.

Imperium Part I: Conspirator, The Swan, Stratford-upon-Avon, runs until Feb 10 2018

Imperium Part I: Conspirator production photos, 2017. L-R – Jade Croot as Tullia and Siobhan Redmond playing Terentia, Photo: Ikin Yum, (c) RSC

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs Richard McCabe in the epic title role of Robert Harris’ best-selling Cicero trilogy along with Siobhan Redmond. It follows playwright Mike Poulton’s highly successful RSC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies.


Cinderella, Birmingham Hippodrome, until Sun Jan 28

Birmingham Hippodrome’s Cinderella, Beverley Knight. Photo credit: Simon Hadley,

Soul-diva Beverley Knight will make her pantomime debut in this year’s Hippodrome spectacular, alongside Strictly Come Dancing finalist Danny Mac, Birmingham panto-favourite Matt Slack, pop and television star Suzanne Shaw, comedy duo The Grumbleweeds, and the most faaaaabulous Ugly Sisters in show business, Ceri Dupree and Phil Randall. A relaxed performance for audience members with autism on Wed Jan 24.

birminghamhippodrome, Ticket Sales 0844 338 5000 (calls cost 4.5p per min plus your phone company’s access charge)


Amadeus, the National Theatre, London from Thurs Jan 11 – Tue April 24

Following a critically lauded sell-out run in 2016, Michael Longhurst’s production of Peter Shaffer’s play returns with the brilliant Lucian Msamati – who played Iago in the RSC’s 2015 production of Othello – as composer Antonio Salieri, who strikes a deal with God and is overtaken by a jealous vendetta against his musical rival, Mozart.

National Theatre, SE1,

Modigliani, Tate Modern, now – 2 April 

The Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is quite a treat. During his brief, turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes that are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. First shown in 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne.

North – Fashioning Identity, Somerset House, London, until Sun Feb 4 2018

Alice-Hawkins, LOVE magazine, ‘The Liver Birds’, 2012

Forget the north/south divide, London doffs its hat to Manchester, Newcastle et al in this new exhibition. Social documentary film and photography detailing life in the north of England in the mid-20th century sits alongside works by photographers, designers and artists inspired by the parts of our green and pleasant land beyond the Watford Gap. Contributors include Nottingham’s finest Paul Smith and Manchester’s Factory Records designer Peter Saville. You can also take a twirl on Somerset House’s gorgeous outdoor ice rink until Jan 14. See review

The RSC’s Rome MMXVII, The Barbican, London, until Jan 20

This winter the RSC transports London audiences to Shakespeare’s Rome with Angus Jackson’s thrilling London season of 4 of the playwrights most gripping plays – Coriolanus has ended its run but Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra and Titus Andronicus are now showing.

More info and booking info herersc

Codebreaker and Groundbreakers, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, until Sun Feb 4

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, the Oscar-winning film about the life of Alan Turing

A pioneering exhibition to feed your mind celebrating the genius of Second World War codebreakers like Alan Turing at Bletchley Park with Michael Ventris who in the same year deciphered Linear B, the ancient Greek language.  It includes an Enigma machine, a rare loan from GCHQ, and unique archival documents held at the University of Cambridge, as well as encouraging visitors to explore ‘codebreaking’ in all its forms.


Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter Studios, until Sun Feb 4

Hogwarts in the Snow – as regular as Christmas!  The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Trust me, your kids will love it.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden,

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