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Game of Thrones star becomes patron of Warwick theatre group

GAME of Thrones star Sophie Turner has become a patron of a Warwick-based theatre group for young people. Sophie, who plays Sansa Stark in the hugely popular HBO television series, is a former Warwick Prep and King’s High pupil who joined Playbox Theatre company when she was three years old.…

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Elgar, Walton and more as Wootton Wawen celebrates the Essence of England

FROM Greensleeves to Elgar, modern musicals to madrigals, this year’s Wootton Wawen Music Festival from 9th to 14th June is intended to capture the ‘Essence of England’ in melody.…

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South Warks students perform at the Palace of Westminster

FOURTEEN young people from South Warwickshire performed extracts from Shakespeare’s plays last night in the Speaker’s apartments in the Palace of Westminster.…

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VIDEO: Shakespeare’s 450th birthday fireworks light up the sky

AROUND 4,500 people turned out for a dazzling fireworks display at the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon on Wednesday 23rd April, in celebration of William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday. Below is a video of that display, which cost £30,000 and was paid for entirely by the RSC out of the West End profits from Matilda, The Musical.…

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Coward comedy opens new season for Tread the Boards

STRATFORD’S Tread the Boards Theatre Company has just released details of its most ambitious season of work ever at the Attic Theatre, which includes an opening production featuring a director who is a Coward aficionado and a local star fresh from a world tour with acting veterans Simon Callow and Felicity Kendal. The company, which was founded in 2009 by Catherine Prout and John-Robert Partridge, has quickly gained the reputation of being the top fringe company in Stratford, having been r…

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Tinie Tempah added to Global Gathering headliners

TINIE Tempah has been added to the Global Gathering line-up as a Friday night headline act on the main stage, it was announced today. He joins previously announced headliners The Prodigy, drum and bass masters Chase & Status, global dance phenomenon David Guetta, and soulful chart-topeer Katy B. Now in its 14th year, Global Gathering is being held at Long Marston Airfield on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th July. Alesso, Knife Party, Pete Tong, Eric Prydz and Jamie Jones are some of the oth…

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Wilmcote author Helen ready to launch book of First World War tales

WILMCOTE author Helen Watts has teamed up with the country’s first story-telling laureate to produce a new paperback collection, which is due to hit the bookshelves next week. Helen, whose debut novel, published last year, One Day in Oradour was nominated for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal for an outstanding book for children, has now written a second collection based on the First World War. …

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Richard Thompson at Warwick Folk Festival

ONE of the all-time greats is on the bill at Warwick Folk Festival this summer for its 35th year. This year’s headline acts include Richard Thompson, named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the ‘Top 20 Guitarists of All Time’. The event takes place from Thursday 24th - Sunday 27th July. For the full article and other arts stories, see Thursday’s Stratford-upon-Avon Herald. …

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RSC actors look to Kickstarter to help film dream come true

FORMER Stratford College drama student, 24-year-old Sam Swann, who has just finished starring as Peter Pan in the RSC’s production of Wendy & Peter Pan in Stratford, has taken his career to new heights by flying into a new film project. The young star has attracted the help of three other RSC actors, namely Josh Williams, who played Lost Boy Tootles in the production, Joanna Horton who was Celia in Maria Aberg’s As You Like It last year and, he has even got Guy Henry, who pla…

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RSC actors backing Stratford fundraising event

ACTOR Edward Bennett, who has just been cast as Benedick in Love’s Labour’s Won (Much Ado About Nothing) and Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost in the RSC’s winter season, is the driving force behind a charitable event at the Shakespeare Institute in Church Street, Stratford, this Sunday 16th February at 4pm. …

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