Stratford Literary Festival 2018

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Stratford’s 11th annual Literary Festival takes place at the Stratford Artshouse from Sunday April 22 to Sunday April 29.
Alongside education events involving local schools, there will be a week of debate, ideas, workshops and humour.  Celebrity author events include Jeremy Vine, Alan Johnson, Harry Hill, Louise Minchin, Rose Tremain and Harriet Hartman.

The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich at the RSC

Mary Pix’s 1700 comedy of manners is at The Swan Theatre until June 14th.
Widow of a wealthy banker, Mrs Rich craves acceptance as a woman of quality and entry into high society.  The play is about snobbery, social aspiration and a cruel deception – it has loud bangs, two dogs and lots of fun.

If you’re visiting Stratford on April 21st, you can enjoy the town’s Shakespeare birthday celebrations including performances, a parade and a party.

Duchess of Malfi

John Webster’s play ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ opens at the RSC on March 1st in the Swan Theatre.

Webster was born 16 years after Shakespeare.  You may remember him from the film ‘Shakespeare in Love’ portrayed as the young street urchin who enjoys feeding live mice to cats.

The characters in Webster’s plays tend to meet rather gruesome ends and in ‘The Duchess of Malfi’, two corrupt brothers take revenge on their sister for marrying below her class.  The play is full of grotesque violence, toxic masculinity and dark humour.

Directed by Maria Aberg and starring Joan Iyiola as the Duchess, the play runs until August 3rd.

Ambleside Guest House is just a few minutes’ walk from the RSC.  Click here to view our rooms.

Imperium at the RSC

Following his successful adaptation of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, Mike Poulton has turned to the power politics of Ancient Rome in Robert Harris’s best selling Cicero trilogy.

Imperium follows Cicero, the greatest orator of his age, through power struggles, civil wars, triumphs and disasters.

Staged as 6 plays presented in 2 performances each with 2 intervals, Imperium runs in The Swan Theatre until 10 Feb. It us directed by Gregory Doran and has been highly praised by the critics.

Warwick Words History Festival

This is only the second year for this festival and they are building on last year’s success with some great guest writers – Sarah Dunant, Lucinda Hawksley, Dan Jones, Alexander McCall Smith, Charles Spencer and A N Wilson amongst others.

The festival takes place October 2-8 plus there is a series of Teatime Talks in November from the 4-25.
The local history project for 2017 is IN AND AROUND WARWICK.

As well as talks by writers there are all sorts of interesting presentations, tours and quizzes including:
Jane Austen Tea in the Ballroom
Lenin the Dictator
George Eliot and Warwickshire
Kitchen Life of the Tudors
Plants to Pills

Events take place in and around Warwick – many at the historic Lord Leycester Hospital.

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September at the RSC

Shakespeare’s Coriolanus opens in the RST on September 15th – a “full throttle war play” that transports us back to the emergence of Rome.

Also opening on September 15th is Marlowe’s play Dido, Queen of Carthage in the Swan Theatre.

The Mischief Festival from September 7- 30 is in the Studio Theatre at The Other Place.