Warwick Arts Centre has spring in its step - The Leamington Observer

Warwick Arts Centre has spring in its step

Leamington Editorial 6th Feb, 2022   0

A FLYING dragon, a Dickens classic with a twist, and the return of the region’s largest dedicated contemporary art gallery are among the highlights of Warwick Arts Centre’s Spring/Summer 2022 Season.

Having begun to reopen its doors in October, following a major transformation, the venue starts the new year with several adaptations of famous literary works.

These include Lost Dog Dance’s retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Tale Of Two Cities (February 16 to 18), Platform 4’s audio/visual take on John Wyndham’s classic plant-based invasion, Triffids! (February 26), and Battersea Arts Centre and BAC Beatbox Academy’s gig/theatre reimagining of Frankenstein: How To Make A Monster (May 25 to 28).

For families, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler classic picture book, Zog And The Flying Doctors (February 24 to 26) heads to the stage courtesy of Freckle Productions and Rose Theatre, Oh No, George! (April 23 and 24) brings Chris Haughton’s colourful story to life in time for its tenth anniversary, while Le Navet Bete’s present a comedic take on The Three Musketeers (May 12 to 14 May).

Other highlights include Gimme Gimme Gimme scribe Jonathan Harvey’s adaptation of radio and TV sitcom Ladies Of Letters (June 7 to 11), which reunites Only Fools And Horses’ stars Tessa Peake-Jones and Gwyneth Strong, while Candoco Dance’s Set And Reset/Reset (March 1 and 2), is billed as a daring re-creation of Trisha Brown Dance Company’s seminal Set And Reset, featuring a driving Laurie Anderson score.

Choreographer Jamaal Burkmar’s presents ’90s/’00s sitcom-inspired Donuts (February 9); and there is also Warwickshire writer/actor Hannah Kumari’s study of identity and ‘the beautiful game’ in Eng-Er-Land (February 16 and 17).

A free exhibition featuring new work from contemporary artist Rana Begum (until March 13) signals the reopening of the Mead Gallery, which has been moved to the ground floor as part of the venue’s transformation. Dappled Light finds Rana responding directly to the architecture of the new space.

The season also sees Warwick Arts Centre welcoming composer Max Richter (March 12), Australian ‘song-keeper’ Jessie Lloyd (February 18), and Ludovico Einaudi associates Justin Adams and Mauro Durante (May 15).

And there wil be laughs from award-winning comedians Omid Djalili (February 17), Fern Brady (February 19), and QI presenter Sandi Toksvig (May 21).

Warwick Arts Centre’s Director Doreen Foster said: “We’re thrilled to reveal the second season since re-opening.

“From a rare performance of composer Max Richter’s powerful Voices, which is inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to a unique must-see exhibition in our remodelled Mead Gallery, there are plenty of exciting performances, concerts, screenings and events to amaze and challenge you over the coming months.”

Visit warwick.ac.uk for tickets and full details.


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