Inside today’s Herald…

Inside today’s Herald…

THE closure of Maison nightclub has raised concern from many people that the lack of a late-night dance scene could result in Stratford becoming a ghost town. Although Maison has not opened its doors to customers for over two weeks, its general manager Tab Daelman finally confirmed to the Herald that the nightspot had closed and its management team were now discussing their next moves for the property, located on the corner  of Arden Street and Greenhill Street.


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Exhibition gives a snapshot of our town today

A YEAR-LONG project, which came about as the result of a conversation between members of Stratford Art Society, is about to be unveiled in the town’s Fred Winter store. Last year, the art society members realised they were experiencing isolation in their working habits, so decided to embark on a project to test and expand their skills. Co-organiser Cathy Jones said: “We knew that to move forward with our art we must explore, experiment and research.

Award-winning comedian Nina Conti comes to the RSC

AWARD-WINNING comedian, ground-breaking ventriloquist and acclaimed filmmaker, Nina Conti, will be stopping off at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre on 25th January 2015. Winner of the British Comedy Award for Best Female (2013), Nina has appeared on ITV’S Sunday Night at the London Palladium, BBC’s Live at the Apollo, QI, Russell Howard’s Good News and HBO’s Family Tree.

‘I’m delighted to be back’ – popular soprano to star with choral society

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON soprano, Fleur Moore-Bridger, may be following in her father’s footsteps at the moment, but she is determined to follow her own dream with a career in opera. The 23-year-old, daughter of former King Edward VI School headmaster Tim Moore-Bridger, is currently in her second year of teaching classics at Brentwood School in Essex. But she was delighted when Stratford Choral Society asked her to perform with them again in the forthcoming season, in the opening concert on 22nd November at Holy Trinity Church.

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Trio pushed the boundaries of what is traditional jazz

Roller Trio Stratford Jazz, No.1 Shakespeare Street GENRE-BENDING Mercury Prize winners, Roller Trio, who have emerged from the dynamic Leeds jazz scene, made their debut appearance for Stratford Jazz last Wednesday evening. All three Rollers, still in their 20s, are products of the influential Leeds College of Music, which habitually turns out immensely talented jazz musicians.

Players impress with new director

STRATFORD’S Phoenix Players always seem to pull a little gem out of the bag at some stage during its season of productions. This year’s treasure was its recent production of Take Away The Lady, by Lancashire playwright Jimmie Chinn. The Players always boast they are an amateur company, but performances often hint of more talent and stage credit. And this production was such. Director Rebecca Alun-Jones had cherry-picked her cast well, and even took advantage of the new ArtsHouse auditorium, setting the production in a flat thrust.

BOOK REVIEW: Stratford-upon-Avon’s history charted from the Middle Ages to modern times

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON has a lot to thank Nick Fogg for. Although he was born and bred in the town, he hasn’t lived here for a very long time. But he clings to it with a passion that knows no bounds. His love of Stratford and all that goes with it – including a poet and playwright by the name of William Shakespeare – is such that he’s produced several books on the town (and even a scholarly book on the playwright). His latest homage to this small settlement in Warwickshire is Stratford-upon-Avon – The Biography, published by Amberley Publishing at £16:99.

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