As the nights start to draw in, Warwick Arts Centre's wonderful new season is designed to keep spirits high throughout the autumn months with its eclectic mix of theatre, dance, music, visual art and comedy.
The season begins with the play Little Gem that takes audiences on a journey with three generations of Dublin women through one extraordinary year of love, sex, birth, marriage and salsa classes. Also in theatre, Simon Stephens' new play Punk Rock from the Lyric Hammersmith, focuses on a group of sixth-formers as they prepare themselves for the end of their school lives and Kneehigh brings an outstanding adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Red Shoes.
The dance programme contains some real highlights this season. Havana Rakatan offers a dazzling dance spectacle straight from Cuba and returns with his highly anticipated new dance work Political Mother performed by ten dancers and accompanied by Shechter's own cinematic score featuring live drummers and electric guitarists.
The music programme brings artists and bands from around the globe. The genre-bending approach to music from Polar Bear; an exciting evening with Michael Nyman as he plays a selection of music from his most memorable film soundtracks before his film NYman with a Movie Camera is screened with live accompaniment; and The Divine Comedy, fresh from the success of their latest album Bang Goes the Knighthood all make for must-see gigs. Experience the beautiful voice of Beth Nielsen Chapman or the unmistakable sound of Imogen Heap while in November Hugh Masekela supported by The Mahotella Queens brings South Africa to Coventry in one unmissable evening.
There is an impressive comedy line-up throughout the autumn including Stewart Lee, Arthur Smith, Rich Hall and Ardal O'Hanlon.
The family programme is full of theatrical delights including two Christmas shows, Hansel and Gretel for brave adults and children aged 7+ and The Gruffalo for everyone aged 3+.
The cinema programme has plenty of fabulous and thought provoking films to entertain and delight, with a mix of old and new, comic and serious and British and foreign cinema.
The Mead Gallery presents Lindsay Seers’, It has to be this way 2. An intriguing exhibition as the artist attempts to unravel the mystery surrounding the strange disappearance of her stepsister. To compliment this exhibition we have alongside it Piranesi’s Prisons, a series of 18th century etchings. In displaying this Lindsay Seers installation alongside Piranesi’s etchings this exhibition proposes questions of the real and the fantastic, of light and dark and of loss and displacement.
A Night Less Ordinary
Once again the Arts Centre are offering FREE tickets to under 26s on selected theatre productions in conjunction with Arts Council England.
Free Lunchtime Concerts
As well as this programme of new events for the Spring, the Arts Centre runs a programme of free lunchtime concerts with performances from professional and student ensembles.
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