The Muddy Guide – Thurs March 2-Wed March 8

Do you have a ‘spring’ in your step? There’s fun to be had across Warwickshire and rural West Mids and I know exactly where and when. In this week’s guide there’s a world premiere at the RSC, lots of books, comedy, art, The XX and, um, wine-tasting. Let’s, March to it…

World Book Day events: Warwick Books & Warwick Castle, Thurs March 2-Sat March 4

There’s lots going on across Warwickshire. My daughter’s head was dressed as Miss Trunchbull from Matilda at the school gates with fake eyebrows – she’ll be swinging girls in the air by their pigtails later! Horrible Histories fans should head to Warwick Castle today at 2.30pm for their chance to meet and have their books signed by author Terry Deary! Arrive early to avoid disappointment. And close-by Warwick Books are running free children’s events in store all week, including a Where’s Wally? Activity Day on Saturday March 4. Head on over…

Love this…CBBC’s Horrible Histories Special: Sensational Shakespeare!

warwick-castle.comwarwickbooks.networldbookday.com

Billy Elliot The Musical, Birmingham Hippodrome, Wed March 8-Sat April 29

The winner of 10 Tony and 5 Olivier Award is at Birmingham Hippodrome for the first time. Sharing the role of Billy are Adam Abbou, Matthew Lyons, Haydn May and local boy Lewis Smallman from West Bromwich. Set in a northern mining town against the background of the mid-80s miners’ strike it follows Billy’s journey from boxing to ballet classes. If you loved Stephen Daldry’s film starring Jamie Bell and Julie Walters, you’ll love this.

birminghamhippodrome.com

Snow in Midsummer, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

A modern interpretation of a 13th Century Chinese fable by playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig and directed by the funky Justin Audibert. Dou Yi is framed for a murder she didn’t commit so she calls on heaven and earth to prove her innocence – and is answered by a snowstorm in midsummer. Dou Yi is played by BAFTA breakthrough artist Katie Leung, who played Cho Chang in the Harry Potter films and Mei Ashley in the BBC’s 2016 drama One Child. It’s press night tonight…

rsc.org.uk

NT Live: Hedda Gabler, Warwick Arts Centre, Thurs March 9 

Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free…There’s no need to book a train ticket to The National in London as you can see this production of Ibsen’s masterpiece by Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge) broadcast live into a cinema near you..It stars the beautiful and super talented Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair) in the title role and Rafe Spall (Black Mirror, The Big Short) as Brack. Also showing on March 9 at cinemas including Leamingont Spa Vue, The Odeon (Nuneaton, Coventry & Birmingham), mac Birmingham and Stratford Picturehouse.

Kieran Hodgson: Maestro, Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa, Fri March 3

Get your laughing gear around this. Kieran Hodgson’s autobiographical coming-of-age solo work about his teenage obsession with Lance Armstrong was one of the most accomplished comedy show of 2015, according to The Guardian’s Best of Culture Guide 2017. New show, Maestro, is about his ambition to write a Mahler-inspired symphony and reaches similar dizzy heights – illustrating great character-comedy flair, fantastic joke-writing and a heart-warming love story. One of the hottest comedy tickets of the year – don’t miss it!

warwickdc.gov.uk/royalspacentre/site/index.php

Wine Tasting, Tartine Leamington Spa, Tues March 7

This exciting new Parisian-style bistro and wine bar has its latest Wine Tasting hosted by their resident wine expert next week. The tasting sessions last for 90-minutes and include cheese and nibbles. Tuesday night’s just got a lot more interesting, £20 per person. Call to reserve on 01926 257738 or email info@tartineleamington.com

30 Regent Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 5EH, tartineleamington.com

Steph Ridings: Road to Huntsville, Warwick Arts Centre Mon March 6 & Tue Mar 7

Blending research with fictional storytelling and peppered with footage from her trip to Texas, Stephanie Ridings explores the strange and uncomfortable phenomenon of British women who fall in love with men on death row.

warwickartscentre.co.uk

Re-Opening of Kinwarton Dovecote, Nat Trust, Thurs March 2 

If you fancy getting out into the countryside for some fresh air, this lovely circular dovecote has now re-opened for spring,

Kinwarton, near Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 6HB, nationaltrust.org.uk/kinwarton-dovecote

Cheek By Jowl’s The Winter’s Tale, Warwick Arts Centre, Tue March  7- Fri March 10

One of Shakespeare’s greatest plays, The Winter’s Tale, though written at the same period as The Tempest, smashes all the rules that The Tempest follows. Unity of time, place and action are hurled aside as we range across Europe, from court to country, from high tragedy to low comedy, across a time span of sixteen years.

warwickartscentre.co.uk

Four Centuries Book Talk, Charlecote Park, Wed March 8

Find out why Charlecote has one of the best libraries in the Trust with this talk, covering four centuries of books from the Lucy family collection. See some their books up close and off the shelf and end the afternoon with a hot drink.

nationaltrust.org.uk/charlecote-park

LAST CHANCE TO SEE:

Subodh Gupta’s From Far Away Uncle Moon Calls, The Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, ends Sat Mar 11

Admire the ingenious work of one of India’s foremost contemporary artists, Subodh Gupta, who is famous for transforming the everyday materials of Indian life into artworks.

warwickartscentre.co.uk

The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat, The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, until Sat March 4

You’ve got a few days left to catch this charming and highly amusing children’s production of Edward Lear’s nonsense poem as interpreted by Monty Python Eric Idle and made into a musical by actor-musician Dougal Irvine, who’s also one of the cast. It’s directed by The Belgrade’s Artistic Director Hamish Glen. Highly recommended for grown-ups & children. My 8-year-old daughter loved it!

The Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Coventry, CV1 1GS. Box office: 024 7655 3055, belgrade.co.uk

AND BEYOND:

The XX, Motorpoint Nottingham, Sat March 4

The xx released new album Coexist last  Sept

A gap of 5 years hasn’t blunted their popularity and their third album Coexist further enhances Jamie xx’s status as one of dance music’s more unusual ‘sonic architects’.

Motorpoint Arena

 

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