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Understudy Claire Egan makes Violetta her own in La Traviata at Longborough

06 July 2018
Understudy Claire Egan makes Violetta her own in La Traviata at Longborough

Understudy Claire Egan makes Violetta her own in La Traviata at Longborough

06 July 2018

Preston Witts reviews La Traviata, and catches up with soprano Claire Egan UNDERSTUDIES rarely get the opportunity to have their names in bright lights,…


REVIEW: Macbeth at the RSC

04 April 2018
REVIEW: Macbeth at the RSC

REVIEW: Macbeth at the RSC

04 April 2018

Macbeth, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, until 18th September, then Barbican, London until January 2019 IF ever there were a Macbeth for our time, the current…


REVIEW: Fidelio at Longborough Festival Opera

07 July 2017
REVIEW: Fidelio at Longborough Festival Opera

REVIEW: Fidelio at Longborough Festival Opera

07 July 2017

Fidelio, Longborough Festival Opera, Sunday, 2nd July ONE of the interesting things about any production of Fidelio — Beethoven’s only opera — is that…


REVIEW: Tristan und Isolde, Longborough Festival Opera

28 June 2017
REVIEW: Tristan und Isolde, Longborough Festival Opera

REVIEW: Tristan und Isolde, Longborough Festival Opera

28 June 2017

Preston Witts welcomes a glorious return… ONCE again Longborough Festival Opera has scaled the dizzy heights and staged a performance of Tristan und Isolde…


Looking forward to the Chipping Campden Music Festival

02 May 2017
Looking forward to the Chipping Campden Music Festival

Looking forward to the Chipping Campden Music Festival

02 May 2017

THE great pianist Alfred Brendel has described St James’ Church in Chipping Campden as having one of the finest acoustics he has encountered in his 60-year…


REVIEW: Pomegranate Trio

20 January 2017
REVIEW: Pomegranate Trio

REVIEW: Pomegranate Trio

20 January 2017

Pomegranate Trio, Stratford Chamber Music Society at Shakespeare Institute, Stratford, Sunday, 15th January CHAMBER musicians have come up with all manner…


No news on bridge damage costs — 18 months on

02 January 2017
No news on bridge damage costs — 18 months on

No news on bridge damage costs — 18 months on

02 January 2017

CONCERNS are being expressed about the length of time it is taking for Warwickshire County Council to recover the £390,000 cost of repairing Bidford-on-Avon…


From stage to page: Shakespeare Club’s story

28 December 2016
From stage to page: Shakespeare Club’s story

From stage to page: Shakespeare Club’s story

28 December 2016

ALTHOUGH Stratford-upon-Avon’s most famous son is commemorated on a regular basis these days, it was not always so. It was more than 200 years after his…


Controversial plans halted following survey

28 December 2016
Controversial plans halted following survey

Controversial plans halted following survey

28 December 2016

CONTROVERSIAL plans to develop a part of Benson Road in Stratford-upon-Avon have been abandoned by Stratford Town Trust following a survey of its members. The…


Stratford's future defined in 22-point plan?

13 December 2016
Stratford's future defined in 22-point plan?

Stratford's future defined in 22-point plan?

13 December 2016

A CRUCIAL survey of people’s priorities has been launched by Stratford District Council as it faces even further cuts in government funding. A wide-ranging…


BREAKING NEWS: SDC takes dramatic action to stop Wellesbourne Airfield demolition

12 December 2016
BREAKING NEWS: SDC takes dramatic action to stop Wellesbourne Airfield demolition

BREAKING NEWS: SDC takes dramatic action to stop Wellesbourne Airfield demolition

12 December 2016

DRAMATIC and urgent action has been taken by Stratford-on-Avon District Council to prevent the demolition of buildings at Wellesbourne Airfield. Today…


REVIEW: Seven Acts of Mercy at the RSC

08 December 2016
REVIEW: Seven Acts of Mercy at the RSC

REVIEW: Seven Acts of Mercy at the RSC

08 December 2016

THERE’S something hugely refreshing about The Seven Acts of Mercy by Anders Lustgarten. On the one hand its foul-mouthed kitchen sink realism would hardly…


Firefighter job losses warning

07 December 2016
Firefighter job losses warning

Firefighter job losses warning

07 December 2016

MORE than 60 firefighters in Warwickshire are facing redundancy in the New Year because of budget cuts by the county council. As a result, people’s lives…


Crucial NHS plans criticised for 'lack of detail'

06 December 2016
Crucial NHS plans criticised for 'lack of detail'

Crucial NHS plans criticised for 'lack of detail'

06 December 2016

A VITAL strategy that will involve slashing nearly £300 million off the NHS budget in Coventry and Warwickshire over the next five years was published…


Village votes to keep its hall

03 December 2016
Village votes to keep its hall

Village votes to keep its hall

03 December 2016

RESIDENTS of Northend have decided conclusively that their village hall should be refurbished and remain at its existing site in the village. The decision…


Schools to grow to meet demand

03 December 2016
Schools to grow to meet demand

Schools to grow to meet demand

03 December 2016

PLANS are moving forward for St Andrew’s C of E Primary School in Shottery to more than double in size to accommodate children from families moving into…


Council to discuss controversial Alcester Nature Reserve lease

02 December 2016
Council to discuss controversial Alcester Nature Reserve lease

Council to discuss controversial Alcester Nature Reserve lease

02 December 2016

A CONTROVERSIAL decision to transfer ownership of Alcester Nature Reserve to the local town council on a 99-year lease rather than a freehold basis has…


New man picks up festival baton

28 November 2016
New man picks up festival baton

New man picks up festival baton

28 November 2016

THE husband of a former Culture Secretary has taken over as the new artistic director of Stratford-upon-Avon Music Festival. David Mills, whose wife Tessa…


"Business as usual" at Staples for the time being

21 November 2016
"Business as usual" at Staples for the time being

"Business as usual" at Staples for the time being

21 November 2016

THE new owners of Staples – the nationwide office supplies retailer that has a store in Stratford-upon-Avon – told the Herald today (Monday) that for…


Planning appeal costs are among highest in UK

19 November 2016
Planning appeal costs are among highest in UK

Planning appeal costs are among highest in UK

19 November 2016

NEARLY £558,000 has been paid by Stratford-on-Avon District Council in costs awarded against it as a result of lost planning appeals since 2010, according…


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