Three big new productions of popular Shakespeare plays have been announced for the 2018 season.
Macbeth with Christopher Eccleston in the title role opens on March 13th.
A new production of Romeo and Juliet opens on April 21st.
The Merry Wives of Windsor with David Troughton as Falstaff opens on August 4th.
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.
Give us a call at for more information.
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.
There are three very different dramas to choose from at the RSC next month:
SALOME by Oscar Wilde
a poetic masterpiece
2 June – 6 Sept
VICE VERSA by Phil Porter
a side-splitting comedy romp
June – 9 Sept
Shakespeare’s gory revenge play
23 June – 19 Jan
For two whole days the riverside comes alive with free events and activities plus food, music and fireworks.
Put the dates in your diary – July 1st and 2nd.
What’s on in May?
Highlights next month include three time Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman featuring the songs of Bernstein and Sondheim, The All Star Comedy Stand up tour and tribute acts ‘Absolute Blondie‘, The Jerseys and The Johnny Cash Roadshow.
Call the Box Office on 01789 207100 for tickets.
Saturday 22 April sees Stratford upon Avon celebrating Shakespeare’s 453rd birthday.
Local and invited dignitaries, VIPs and guests will be there as well as characters in period dress, marching bands and local schoolchildren.
The town is flying flags ready for the parade through the town to Holy Trinity Church. It’s a colourful, lively procession – don’t miss it!
The art gallery and park at Compton Verney has a new exhibition ‘Creating the Countryside‘ examining our relationship with the countryside over the centuries from Thomas Gainsborough to today.
Compton Verney – where art meets nature – is the perfect location for exploring our view of the countryside and its influence on contemporary art and society.
The gallery is open Tue – Sun from 11 – 5 and ‘Creating the Countryside’ runs until June 18.
Stratford upon Avon hosts the fifth Festival of Motoring comprising two runs into the countryside and then a mix of up to 300 classic and modern cars parking up in the town where streets will be closed.
The main display is on Wood Street featuring Jaguars from Coventry Transport Museum and The Jaguar Heritage Trust. It should make for a great Bank Holiday weekend in Stratford!
Opening in The Swan Theatre next month, Snow in Midsummer is a contemporary re-imagining of one of the most famous Classical Chinese dramas. This is the first production in the RSC’s Chinese Translations Project, a cultural exchange bringing Chinese classics to a modern western audience.
The play stars Harry Potter actor Katie Leung and runs from Feb 23 – Mar 25