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Arts Centre line-up kicks off with world premiere


Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry Autumn programme.

By Peter Walters.

A new production from Sir Matthew Bourne, Britain's most acclaimed choreographer/director, heads the autumn listings as Warwick Arts Centre begins to re-open after a four year transformation.

The Midnight Bell (November 10-13), pictured above, inspired by the work of the writer Patrick Hamilton, explores the under-belly of 1930s London as a lonely-hearts club gather in a Soho pub to play out their affairs of the heart. The long-awaited production is a world premiere from Bourne and the New Adventure company.

On the theatre front, Rhum and Clay's The War Of The Worlds (October 13-16) re-imagines Orson Welles' infamous 1938 radio adaptation of HG Wells' alien invasion saga and asks the question: Could the media-savvy internet generation of today be as gullible as those pre-war American listeners, who believed they were hearing of a real Martian attack?

Mercury-Prize nominated contemporary jazz trio Go Go Penguin will be at the Arts Centre on October 28 to perform music from their 2020 self-titled album, while a fortnight later (November 14) the all-singing, all-strumming Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain returns to entertain a Coventry audience.

Also lined up for this first season are songwriter John Grant (October 1), Britain's Got Talent finalist Nabil Abdulrashid (October 9) and trip hop pioneer Tricky (November 3). The Arts Centre will also be welcoming the Olivier Award-nominated adaptation of Judith Kerr's ever-green family show The Tiger Who Came To Tea (October 26-28).

Warwick Arts Centre Director Doreen Foster said, "We've got a great line-up of inspiring shows, from boundary-pushing innovators to much-loved family classics, but these are just the start. We'll be revealing more over the coming months, including our events for the Coventry 2021 programme, and a chance to look round our transformed home before it fully opens."

For tickets, contact the box office via ticketing@warwick.ac.uk or on www.warwickartscentre.co.uk.