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Graham Norton in Stratford for Literary Festival

TV host Graham Norton was at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon last night (Friday). Norton, one of TV's most loved personalities, was talking about his recently published book, The Life and Loves of A He Devil. His appearance was part of the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival's autumn season.…

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Much ado about Downton’s Hugh

THERE was a sense of Downton Abbey, on and off stage, at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The RSC’s two productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won (Much Ado About Nothing) — directed by Christopher Luscombe — are set post-Edwardian, and well-known actor, Hugh Bonneville, a friend of Mr Luscombe, was in the theatre last Wednesday (15th October) to watch.  …

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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. …

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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.…

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‘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 2…

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Moves to make Shakespeare’s birthday celebrations self financing

A NEW initiative aimed at making the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations self-financing through international sponsorship is to be launched in Stratford at the end of this month. The venture has set itself the task of raising a minimum of £150,000 a year from 2018 onwards to pay for key aspects of the annual event that marks the Bard’s birthday on 23rd April 1564. The project, known as “The Friends of Shakespeare’s Celebrations”, will be officially launched at Stratford Town Hall at…

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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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