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RSC given £1.5m government grant to translate Shakespeare into Mandarin

THE government announced on Friday £1.5 million of funding for the Royal Shakespeare Company to allow the Bard’s Complete Works to be translated into Mandarin. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid pledged his full support to measures unveiled by Chancellor George Osborne to boost business and cultural links with China. Helping to make the works of Shakespeare more accessible to the billion people living in China is at the heart of the government’s strategy. However, the move sparked criti…

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Graham Norton coming to Stratford Literary Festival

TWO huge stars of the small screen, Graham Norton and Patricia Hodge, will be appearing in the Stratford Literary Festival this October. On Friday 24th October, chat show host and compere Graham Norton will be in conversation at The Courtyard Theatre talking about his much-anticipated memoir, The Life and Loves of a He Devil.…

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Cropredy delights thousands

CROPREDY, near Banbury was yet again the venue for folk-rock veterans Fairport Convention’s annual get together. The three day event started last Thursday with glorious sunshine, church bells ringing and the band opening the show with a handful of their acoustic numbers, including Festival Bell, which celebrates the new bell funded by the band in 2006. Fairport were joined on stage by an orchestra of forty three students of Birmingham Conservatoire under the direction of Joe Broughton to…

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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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