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One of the largest multi-artform venues in the UK, Warwick Arts Centre first opened its doors in 1974 and presents over 2,000 performances a year, with music, drama, dance, comedy, film, visual arts and literature events all featuring.
Warwick Arts Centre,
The University Of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Rd,
Telephone: 02476 524524
Until Sun 26 Jun
Until Sat 28 May
A 21st-century gig-theatre classic created from a 204-year-old go...
From Sun 29 May
Immerse yourself in this shared experience for children 3-8yrs an...
Wed 1 Jun
A brand-new gig for 0–5-year olds.
Sat 4 Jun
From Tues 7 Jun
Adapted from the long running TV and radio series.
From Sat 11 Jun
Based on the book by Gillian Hibbs.
From Wed 15 Jun
A highly interactive, sensory performance for autistic young peop...
From Thurs 16 Jun
Presented by Coventry's own Three Spires Guildhall.
Fri 17 Jun
Genre-busting South African cellist.
Wed 22 Jun
From Thurs 23 Jun
In celebration of nearly 200 years since its first performance!
Sun 26 Jun
With Emily Watson-Breeze, clarinet.
From Wed 24 Aug
Inspired by the Bristol Bus Boycott.
From Fri 23 Sep
The first British astronaut to visit the International Space Stat...
From Sat 1 Oct
Sofie presents her new show, Fat Jokes.
Sat 1 Oct
From Wed 5 Oct
Thurs 6 Oct
Powerpoint To The People.
Fri 7 Oct
Sun 9 Oct
Fri 21 Oct
Kiri presents her new show, Home Truths.
From Fri 21 Oct
From Thurs 27 Oct
Jon Richardson returns with yet more of his worries.
Fri 28 Oct
If Jen has learned anything in the past 18 months, it’s that she’...
Sun 6 Nov
From Thurs 10 Nov
Jason tours his new show, Like Me
Thurs 10 Nov
With support Sam Amidon.
Fri 11 Nov
From Sat 12 Nov
Presenting his new show, It'll All Come Out In The Wash.
Sun 13 Nov
With her new comedy show Honeysuckle Island.
From Sat 19 Nov
Thurs 24 Nov
A messy sensory experience...
From Fri 2 Dec
Sara presents her new comedy show, Success Story.
From Sat 3 Dec
Freckle Productions’ adaptation of the popular children's book.
From Sat 10 Dec
Where Shaparak left a part of her brain in a field in Hampshire....
Sat 28 Jan 2023
A brand new stand-up show from the TV and radio favourite.
From Wed 2 Nov
Presented by Ballet Theatre UK.
From Fri 17 Feb 2023
He's back again!
From Sat 25 Feb 2023
Dara tours with new show - So, Where Were We?
From Fri 28 Apr 2023
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As Warwick Arts Centre gets ready to reopen following a major tran...
JOHN GRANT - Reviewed by Steve Adams
“Life is a battlefield each day” - the opening line of the opening song (Just So You Know) of John Grant’s set at Warwick Arts Centre couldn’t have been more on the money. The tune, from his recent album Boy From Michigan, doesn’t relate to ongoing Covid fears, police concerns, fuel, food and test tube shortages but felt apt all the same.
The melancholic tune is actually designed to comfort the singer’s nearest and dearest after he’s gone, and hardly makes for an “are we gonna rock tonight?” opening, but is typical Grant - poignant and sardonic at the same time, trading heartfelt emotions with references to people who “don’t even pick up their dog’s poop in the park”.
The juxtaposition set the tone for an evening that saw Grant dance - in his inimitable, self-mocking way - back and forth between poignant piano ballads and full-on electronica, a trick he manages without skipping an electro beat. Heartbreaking numbers like The Cruise Room and Dandy Star shouldn’t work alongside the daft Sparks-like Rhetorical Figure or mercurial Pale Green Ghosts, but somehow do - and can be attributed to two constants - Grant’s genial personality and wonderful baritone.
The changing pace definitely gave the evening an added dynamic, as did the unheralded addition of multi-instrumentalist Cormac Curran, whose guitar and saxophone flourishes brilliantly augmented the keyboards of long-term cohort (and local lad) Chris Pemberton. The trio were clearly enjoying themselves too - Grant admitted he felt great on stage but ‘discombobulated’ everywhere else - but the number of empty seats and cautious mask-wearers bore testimony to the fact that not everyone is truly comfortable with, or ready to return to, live gigs just yet. For those that overcome those fears, this cracking show was wonderful reward.