Pre-Christmas entertainment at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Pre-Christmas entertainment at Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry


Posted 2023-11-10 by Andy Colemanfollow

Thu 30 Nov 2023 - Sun 31 Dec 2023

This December, there's lots to celebrate at Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry.

Leading the charge is The Gruffalo (December 2 - 31). An adaption of writer Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler's much-loved picture book, the tale of Mouse's trek into the deep dark wood, and the creatures he meets, is brought to life by Tall Stories (whose Smeds and The Smoos was a huge hit at Warwick Arts Centre earlier this year). Since it was first published in 1999, The Gruffalo has sold over 13.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 107 languages and dialects. Tall Stories were quick to spot the story's appeal, debuting their stage production in 2001. It’s since toured the world to huge acclaim.

The Gruffalo

Suitable for ages 3+, and packed with songs, laughs and monstrous fun, Tall Stories' The Gruffalo is a firmly established classic that crosses generations. Before and after every performance of The Gruffalo, young visitors can also visit The Woodland, make a creature-inspired festive bauble and decorate it with stencils, sticky eyes, and more; or try on a Woodland disguise (and take a selfie against a backdrop of specially designed trees).

Also on the bill at Warwick Arts Centre are a variety of concerts that underline the broad appeal of music over the festive season.

The University of Warwick Chamber Choir explore composers’ fascination with the latter part of the day for Strange Is The Night (December 1), which also promises several Christmassy numbers.

The Unthanks In Winter (December 8) sees the acclaimed North East combo present a dream-like winter fantasia. Embracing both the dark and the light in the most ritualistic of seasons, The Unthanks mix traditional with newly written material for a hymnal to our shared winter experience. Support is provided by the West Midlands’ own Katherine Priddy , whose much-anticipated second album is due in February.

The Unthanks

The Young'Uns At Christmas (December 9 and 10) finds Teeside’s Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes and David Eagle delving into a set of seasonal songs, both old and new, all interspersed with their relentless and amusing repartee.

The Young'Uns

In the run-up to celebrating their 30th anniversary, the IDMC Gospel Soul Choir dig into their festive repertoire for Gospel Christmas (December 15) – a night of soulful celebration from the choir which has previously collaborated with such artists as Michael Bublé, Pavarotti, Heather Small and Sting, and performed at Buckingham Palace.

IDMC Gospel Soul Choir

Warwick Arts Centre's first Seasonal Makers Market (December 6) offers an array of tempting items from 20 independent traders and makers – from prints and jewellery to vinyl and plants – with an emphasis on sustainability and affordability.

Live At Christmas (December 14) promises a night of glittering comedy featuring David O'Doherty , Fern Brady , Jen Brister , Kyrah Gray and Warwickshire's own rising star, Josh Pugh .

The always popular Warwick Christmas Lectures (November 30 and December 7) are back. Scientists from the University of Warwick, including Ally Caldecote (Department of Physics) and Alex Baker (Department of Chemistry), stray from their laboratory homes to entertain and amaze audiences.

Warwick Christmas Lecture

Warwick Arts Centre’s Director, Doreen Foster, says: “From festive songs to scientific surprises, and a host of colourful characters, big and small, Warwick Arts Centre has plenty to keep you smiling this December.

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