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Playbox Theatre takes shows stateside

A GROUP of 23 young actors, directors and technical staff from Warwick’s Playbox Theatre, will be heading off to California in three weeks for a residency in Santa Monica, hosted by Santa Monica Playhouse. The company, all members of Playbox’s Shakespeare Young Company (SYC) and living in Warwickshire, will be taking with them three plays and a unique project to Santa Monica’s Miles Playhouse. The first, The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare, is given an original and non-verbal…

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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 audito…

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Trinity Players tell their own Great War story

STRATFORD’S Trinity Players will be commemorating the Great War with its forthcoming production at the end of this month — a new play by the town’s Steve Newman, called October 1914. The siege of Antwerp in October 1914 — before the trenches were dug — is an almost forgotten episode of the First World War, where communities were either destroyed or changed forever.…

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The Mediaeval Baebes head Stratford Music Festival line up

ACCLAIMED musicians and artists from around the world will be arriving in Stratford-upon-Avon to take part in the Stratford Music Festival. Artistic director, Ambrose Miller, has assembled a diverse and eclectic mix that spans over 500 years of musical history with the promise of something for everyone. Running from this Saturday to Saturday, 25th October, the event also includes the ever-popular Lunchtime Series, free Buy-a-Beer events, Fringe Festival and works from Beethoven to Billy Br…

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Archers stars gather for charity concert

THE former long standing editor of the BBC radio series The Archers Vanessa Whitburn is this weekend staging a concert at St Andrews Church in Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon.…

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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-upo…

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Notable names feature in RSC’s new summer season

NEW seasons come about in different ways, according to Gregory Doran, the artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, who announced his 2015 summer season. The forthcoming programme in the main house, which includes The Merchant of Venice and Othello, will run under the banner of the ‘Venice Season,’ a theme which will spread into the Swan Theatre when three contemporary takes on classic plays explore the notion of ‘the outsider’.…

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Russian orchestra to get classical series underway

WARWICK Arts Centre’s Concert Series for 2014/15 features a programme full of the world’s greatest music from internationally renowned orchestras and musicians. The Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra marks the beginning of the series on 7th October with a programme of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé return on 8th November, and Armonico Consort will provide festive joy with Handel’s Messiah on 14th December.…

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Novel marks latest chapter in writer’s story

WILMCOTE author Helen Watts, who released her latest novel No Stone Unturned at the end of last week, has had a love of books from an early age. “My mum loved reading as a child and had a wonderful collection of hardback books, including some classic poetry anthologies, which she would let me read,” she told Herald Arts editor, Sandy Holt.…

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Edward’s ready for his ‘biggest job yet’

FORMER Chipping Campden schoolboy Edward Bennett’s journey to the stage came about after he was sacked from a job when he was just a teenager, writes Herald Arts editor Sandy Holt. He was temping at the time, so it was no great loss — although the company did go bust after, he recalls. “I remember after being sacked, I walked straight down to the Royal Shakespeare Company and asked what I needed to do to get a job as an actor,” he said.…

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