What’s on in Warwickshire this October?
It’s a veritable comedy feast this month, but don’t worry if that’s not your jam, we’ve also got stunning performances, book festivals, trash film clubs (yes, that’s a thing) and even an apple fair. Grab your diary.
Motionhouse, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, 22-25 Oct
If you haven’t seen Motionhouse yet, you’re missing out. The Leamington-based dance troupe’s latest offering ‘Nobody’ is a fast-moving dance circus which looks at how we interpret the world around us. There’s a stage filled with digital projections and a shape-shifting set too.
FOOD AND DRINK
Oktoberfest, Warwick Castle, 1&2, 8&9 Oct
Dig out your lederhosen and swap your Sauv Blanc for a stein, Oktoberfest is coming to Warwick Castle. There’ll be traditional Bavarian bands and Digbeth Dining Club’s The Open Arms is back with more German food than you could shake a bratwurst at. There’s also beer from the oldest brewery in Germany. Oompah!
Ross Noble, Royal Spa Centre, Leamington, 28 Oct
QI and Have I Got News For You favourite Ross Noble is stopping in Leamington as part of a huge 54-date tour of Humournoid. The show has had rave reviews across the UK and in Melbourne (where he now lives), and if you can’t catch this performance he will also be at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham on 6 Feb.
Jimmy Carr, Birmingham Hippodrome, 10 Oct
Leave your political correctness at the door, or if you’re easily offended maybe give this one a miss… you’ve been warned. The 8 Out of 10 Cats host is bringing his tour Terribly Funny to Birmingham in what he says will be a night of jokes about terrible things. With the price of entry you also get a copy of his new book Before & Laughter: A Life Changing Book.
Emily Atack, The Albany, Coventry, 9 Oct
Catch one of our fave I’m a Celeb contestants in this new show as Emily tackles life after her 20s. Expect the former Inbetweeners star’s usual brand of humour, honesty and playfulness with a healthy dose of anecdotes and impressions.
Tim Minchin, Birmingham Hippodrome, 23-24 Oct
Chances are you’ve heard some of Tim Minchin’s songs, and if you haven’t, you need to. The actor, comedian and composer (who also wrote the music and lyrics for The RSC’s smash hit Matilda) will play a set list billed as old, new and f*** you songs. His gigs usually sell out so make sure you book well in advance if you fancy it.
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 2 Oct
We can’t wait for this one. Nick Cave (y’know, the guy who sings the Peaky Blinders theme song) will be joined by The Bad Seeds member Warren Ellis following the release of their acclaimed album Carnage. The pair have written multiple film and TV scores like The Proposition and Hell or High Water and have worked together since 1993 when Ellis played violin on several songs for a the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album. This show is going to be pretty special.
Architects, HMV Empire, Coventry, 10 Oct
Metal your thing a bit more than Mozart? We hear ya. Brighton-based band Architects are coming to Cov as part of their tour of latest album For Those Who Wish To Exist. If you’re heading to this one, leave the heels at home.
An Evening Without Kate Bush, The Belgrade, 15 Oct
This cult cabaret sees award-winning performer Sarah-Louise Young (star of Cabaret Whore and La Soiree) to explore the music and mythology from the music goddess Kate Bush. Expect howling with The Hounds of Love and dancing on the moors with Wuthering Heights at this eclectic show and singalong. No, Kate’s not there (boo) but we will be.
The Magician’s Elephant, RSC, 14 Oct – 1 Jan
Cue magic in the air at the RSC as it launches its new musical The Magician’s Elephant. It’s adapted from Kate DiCamillo’s prize-winning novel and tells the story of a quiet town where nothing extraordinary ever happens. Then one day, a magician conjures an elephant from the sky, setting off a chain of events so remarkable that it changes the town forever. Sounds pretty exciting to us! This is one for the whole family and marks the reopening of the theatre following the pandemic.
Romeo and Juliet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, 6-9 Oct
Kenneth MacMillan’s passionate choreography and Prokofiev’s glorious score bring to life this interpretation of Romeo and Juliet. The most famous love story ever told sees two young lovers at the mercy of powerful families and their own hearts in a heady mix of arrogant youth, simmering tension and deadly feuds. Yeah, it’s intense. But this promises to be a beautiful show. Fancy something a little different? There’s R&J Reimagined danced to music by Radiohead from the 14-16 Oct.
Warwick Words, Warwick, 1-10 Oct
The driver who was the Stig (he’s called Ben Collins doncha’ know?), top journalists and broadcasters and the man who’s probably saved dinner more than once – a la Loyd Grossman, are all on the bill for this ever-popular event celebrating the written and spoken word. Books have been supplied by Muddy award-winners Warwick Books and we hear places are filling up fast, with some already sold out – so get your tickets now if you fancy some kul-cha.
Birmingham Comedy Fest, Birmingham, 1-10 Oct
Russell Brand, Chris Ramsey and Jenny Eclair are among the line-up for this year’s festival. It aims to highlight some of the great comedy clubs, venues and acts within the city. Along with the big names there’s some smaller local stars like comedy magician Damon Conlan and Sham Zaman to check out.
Trash Film Club, Fargo Village, 31 Oct
Step away from the dodgy Halloween costume and grab some popcorn and a cocktail instead because Trash Film Club is coming to Cov. Hilarious hosts Luke and David will give an on-stage live commentary while the 2006 remake of The Wicker Man plays (yes, the one where Nicholas Cage punches a woman while dressed as a bear). There’s seat service cinema snacks, a bar and pizzas by Dough and Flow. It’s for over 16s only, so leave the kids at home for this one (yippee).
Apple Day, Hill Close Gardens, Warwick, 10 Oct
Like apples? This is the fair for you. Hill Close Gardens is hosting its annual Apple Day and Craft Fair with more varieties of apples than you can count. There’s loads of refreshments too, which we know will mean cake and are praying for homemade cider. Also expect music, workshops, activities for kids and heaps of homegrown produce for sale. Scump(y)ious.
Cotswold Art & Antiques Dealers’ Fair, Compton Verney, 14-17 Oct
Feeling fancyyy? Hop along to the glorious Compton Verney to peruse the fine art and antiques on sale from some of the best dealers in the Cotswolds. Highlights include a newly discovered painting of Lady Elizabeth Montagu which is believed to be about 300 years old. Want it on your wall? It’ll set you back a cool £30,000. Once you’ve finished rinsing your bank card enjoy a walk around the stunning Capability Brown park.