By Ian Hughes Wednesday 02 January 2013 Updated: 02/01 16:26
BIG names, new shoots, jet-setters and home-grown talent all drop in at Warwick Arts Centre (WAC) in the new year.
Theatre highlights include the return of the critically-acclaimed Cheek by Jowl for the UK premiere of the anarchic Ubu Roi - which roughly translates as King Turd - and after touring the world and a sell-out run at the National Theatre, multi-award winning 1927’s melange of live music, storytelling and film - The Animals and Children Took to the Streets – visits WAC.
Stan’s Cafe present an adaptation of The Anatomy of Melancholy - a 17th century tome that continues to resonate across the centuries - while Fevered Sleep will transform the studio into an immersive work of art, with performance, music and film exploring man’s relationship with nature in Above Me The Wide Blue Sky.
There will also be plenty of on-stage entertainment for youngsters, including Rubbish which finds performers and puppets imagining a world that celebrates its discarded items; and in Macbeth: Blood Will Have Blood, intrepid young people get to explore the Scottish Play in new ways.
And there’s more Shakespeare for little ones with In a Pickle, and comedy and physical theatre in By the Seat of Your Pants.
The classical music season continues, with superstar soloists and the world’s best orchestras. Pianist Peter Donohoe explores composers’ Opus Ones, globe-trotting violinist Tasmin Little joins the European Union Chamber Orchestra, and vocal group the Hilliard Ensemble and early music specialists Fretwork present a unique programme featuring a new work by Nico Mulhy.
For new sounds there’s an electrifying mix of award-winning international musicians. Cowboy Junkies and The Be Good Tanyas visit from the US, bringing a subtle twang of Americana to the season. Bellowhead, named best live act at the BBC Folk Awards, are sure to deliver a typically high energy performance, I Am Kloot perform tracks from their critically-acclaimed album Let It All In, and West-End legend Ruthie Henshall will some perform some classic show tunes.
Big names of comedy looking to raise a laugh include Bill Bailey, Julian Clary (pictured), Chris Addison and Rich Hall, as well as rising stars like James Acaster, Zoe Lyons and Tony Law.
Visit www.warwickartscentre.co.uk for full programme and ticket details.
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