Jack Dee stars in Warwick Arts Centre's autumn season

By IH 30/07 Updated: 03/08 12:59

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FROM Steptoe & Son to space rock - Warwick Arts Centre's autumn lined-up is certainly varied.

Highlights include the return of Cornwall’s innovative theatre company Kneehigh with an adaptation of the BBC’s long-running sitcom Steptoe and Son – an opportunity Artistic Director Emma Rice has described as ‘the chance of a lifetime to dive into such an iconic and important body of work’.

Following last year's acclaimed Lovesong, Frantic Assembly has collaborated with National Theatre of Scotland to create Beautiful Burnout, a poignant production following five young boxers as they aim for the bright lights.

Among new work on the stage, two very different shows explore the tradition of Greek storytelling, reworking ancient tales.

Euripides tragedy Medea gets a modern makeover by Rupert Goold’s Headlong Theatre Company, while the Paper Cinema tell the epic tale of Homer’s Odyssey using paper cut-outs, cinema projection and a live score.

Space rockers Spiritualized return to the Midlands led by Rugby-born Jason Pierce and other music names dropping by include legendary Cream drummer, veteran Scots popsters The Proclaimers, new folk star Seth Lakeman, and Danish band Efterklang with the Northern Sinfonia.

The comedy season features some of the best names on the circuit including Jack Dee, Richard Herring, Alan Davies, Tim Key, Mark Watson, Jason Byrne and Rhod Gilbert.

On the dance front, Entity features a performance from world-renowned choreographer Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, where classical dance meets video projection.

There is also solo dance from movement artist Wendy Houstoun in her rebellion against ageism in 50 Acts, and Vincent Dance Theatre offer an ensemble piece considering what it means to be a woman, featuring performers aged from ten to 78 in Motherland.

Christmas may be some way off, but tickets are already selling fast for the centre's festive show show We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

Visit www.warwickartscentre.co.uk for tickets and further information or call the box office on 024 7652 5424.

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