IT’S all going on at Warwick Arts Centre (WAC) this autumn – with no less than 380 shows over three months.
Household names dropping in include Python and world traveller Michael Palin, Scots popsters The Proclaimers, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, funnyman Bill Bailey, and even Paddington Bear.
Popular music highlights include Craig and Charlie Reid, better known as The Proclaimers, whose hits include (I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles, Letter From America and Sunshine on Leith. Also performing will be folk legends Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick, while Yo La Tengo welcome back original member Dave Schramm for an acoustic evening.
One time Fairground Attraction frontwoman Eddi Reader and rising local songstress Lucy Rose are also booked in, as is arguably Britain’s finest jazzman – saxophonist Andy Sheppard.
On the classical front, WAC welcomes some top orchestras including City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, dresden Philharmonic, Prague Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Swan, while Armonico Consort get festive with a pre-Christmas concert.
Laughs are certainly not going to be in short supply.
Michael Palin recounts a busy life in his The Thirty Years Tour based on his best-selling diaries. Musician,, actor and presenter Bill Bailey brings is in Limboland, while Jimmy Carr, Nina Conti, Milton Jones, Lee Nelson, Justin Moorhouse, Chris Ramsey and Dave Gorman are all sure to have something to say.
Theatre includes Kneehigh’s musical take on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera with their new show Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), Headlong’s interpretation of Tennessee Williams’ classic The Glass Menagerie, starring Greta Scacchi, and Complicite’s The Encounter – the story of a photographer lost in the Amazon, using innovative sound technology to transport audiences deep into the rainforest by having them wear headphones throughout.
There’s also plenty for youngsters – from a tale of straw-crossed lovers in Julia Donaldson’s The Scarecrow’s Wedding to Ellen Harvard’s story of chaos and calm, Hurricane Boy.
Kid Carpet returns to make nonsense music and rock‘n’roll theatre, and City of London Sinfonia will perform Paddington Bear’s First Concert with a special guest narrator.
And some big names can be seen in live digital screenings – including Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet, David Suchet as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, and five productions from New York’s Metropolitan Opera.
Visit www.warwickartscentre.co.uk for tickets and further details.