22nd Jan, 2018

Familiar faces heading to Warwick Arts Centre for spring season

Ian Hughes 11th Dec, 2017

FAMILIAR faces will be heading to Warwick Arts Centre in teh new year.

The spring programme features many household names, comedy, music, theatre, student shows and an art exhibition from one of the UK’s leading modern painters.

Big name comedians taking to the stage include Stephen K Amos (January 18); John Kearns (January 28); Bill Bailey (January 29 and 30); Ed Byrne (March 1); Jonathan Pie (March 7); Craig Campbell (March 10); and Jason Manford (April 28).

Renowned international choreographer Ben Wright brings his most intimate a theatrical production, Point of Echoes, on February 12 and 13. Set in 1978, the performance is a tale of love, death and monsters, blending the tones of a Wes Anderson movie with the eerie dread of The Twilight Zone.

The award-winning Knot, performed by circus aces JD and Nikki, brings acrobatics, prose and dance together in The Goose Nest on February 19 and 20; Vamos Theatre offer A Brave Face on February 22; and Theatre Ad Infinitum perform their hit Edinburgh Fringe show Translunar Paradise – a tale without words on February 27 and 28.

Throughout the spring season, University of Warwick student societies will take to The Goose Nest stage to present some of their shows. Opera Warwick lead the way with an original adaptation of Hansel and Gretel (January 25 to 27); Music Theatre Warwick hit the stage with the music of the big Broadway musical Rent (January 31 to February 3); and the Warwick Arts Centre Connections Company present The Electric Blue Wind as part of the National Theatre Connections programme on March 17.

Music this season will come from ‘the greatest living dummer’ Tony Allen (February 8); festival favourite Jake Bugg (March 8); swing aficionados The Overtones (March 10); and electronic music pioneer Gary Numan (March 15); among others.

And Madness frontman Suggs will host a night detailing his life in the spotlight on February 9.

The classical music programme welcomes the Philharmonia Orchestra with a concert filled with Dvorak (January 31); the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are joined by the award-winning cellist Kian Soltani (February 13); and pianist Valentina Lisitsa joins the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra (February 28); while John Lill will lead a recital of Beethoven’s classics (March 14).

Mead Gallery’s Spring exhibition will see renowned Hereford based painter, Clare Woods, exhibit a solo show of never seen before paintings in Reality Dimmed (January 6 to March 10). Her work is held in many international collections and this major exhibition will see her exhibit her painting which are frequently vast in scale.

The season also sees Warwick Arts Centre welcome selected cutting edge work that embraces new digital technologies and presents performance in a totally different way. Entitled 360◦ the series running from January 30 to February 4 – will feature shows that push the virtual reality experience.

The family programme includes Oily Cart’s multi-sensory, interactive show Hush-a-Bye (February 7 to 11); Steven Lee’s book Don’t Dribble on the Dragon is brought to life (February 11); A Tiger’s Tale takes audiences on an adventure (February 23 to 25).

Cisit www.warwickartcentre.co.uk for tickets and further details.

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