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Autumn Season 2012 at Warwick Arts Centre

Autumnal TeapotOur full events schedule for Autumn is now available. Following on from our pre-launch back in July we have added a number of key highlights including music from Mr Scruff who is ‘keeping it unreal’, Grizzly Bear (with support from Villagers just announced!) internationally acclaimed theatre company Cheek by Jowl, The Enormous Turnip and The Incredible Book Eating Boy for younger audiences, a live poetry talk show series, our Met Opera Live Season and a full international concert series. Take a look at our website for the full list of events.

Theatrical highlights of the season include work from some new companies to Warwick Arts Centre as well as familiar names that we love to invite back year after year. We welcome the return of Cornwall’s innovative theatre company Kneehigh with an adaptation of the BBC’s long-running sitcom Steptoe and Son, innovators Forced Entertainment who bring us The Coming Storm and following the sell-out Lovesong last year, Frantic Assembly return with their knockout production Beautiful Burnout (don’t delay booking tickets as there are very few left!). Rupert Goold’s trailblazing theatre company Headlong come to Coventry for the first time in a Warwick Arts Centre co-production with Euripides’ Medea in a new version by Mike Bartlett. Tipping the Velvet star Rachael Stirling takes the title role. Finally, we were delighted to see our co-commission of Chris Goode & Company and Unicorn Theatre’s Monkey Bars receive a Fringe First Award in Edinburgh this year – get tickets while you still can.

Music aficionados are sure to find something for them in our Music programme – Mr Scruff will heat up the Butterworth Hall on Sat 24 Nov serving up a melting pot of jazz, soul, hip hop, funk, disco, deep house, reggae, dubstep, afrobeat, latin, electrofunk and plenty of goodies that don’t fit into any category! We also welcome Grizzly Bear; Patrick Wolf playing a special acoustic set, Joan Armatrading, Ondatrópica, and a space rock in the form of Spiritualized. There are even more fantastic music gigs for all tastes featured on our website.

Music and dance unite in Entity, a perfect combination from Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance. It is an hour-long, breathtaking trip through a soundscape created by Coldplay and Massive Attack collaborator Jon Hopkins, and award-winning composer Joby Talbot (The Divine Comedy). Expect a staggering blend of bodies, lights, technology and film in a performance described by The Sunday Times as “A great sexy beast of a piece”.

Strong female choreographers Wendy Houstoun and Charlotte Vincent also bring their unique dance styles to Warwick Arts Centre this Autumn, both commenting on the world in which we live. Wendy Houstoun brings us 50 Acts – a spirited retaliation against ageism, and Charlotte Vincent’s Vincent Dance Theatre presents Motherland. Inspired by Caitlin Moran, Simone de Beauvoir and the Spice Girls, she ponders the challenge of motherhood and having it all, and asks, what do we really, really want?

If you are looking to treat your youngsters during the half-term period allow Stuff and Nonsense to entertain with puppetry, music and their unswerving energy with The Enormous Turnip. Later in the year we welcome The Incredible Book Eating Boy which sees children aged 4-7 and their adult of choice enjoy 5 minutes of surprising theatre as Henry’s story is told through puppetry, film, mask, live action and a full soundtrack. Finally, in case you hadn’t heard, this Christmas We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

We look forward to welcoming you to Warwick Arts Centre this Autumn.


Kneehigh Theatre's Steptoe and Son


Mr Scruff


Random Dance: Entity