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ALSO24 Festival latest line-up announced

More than 100 events have been added to the line-up for ALSO Festival’s upcoming 11th edition: ALSO24, taking place 12th – 14th July at Park Farm, Compton Verney, in Warwickshire, including Stratford’s own BAFTA Award-winning creatives, The McLeod Brothers. This year’s theme of Heavenly Bodies sets out to create a magical, immersive festival experience akin […]

Magic Alley’s very own criminologist presents: A Mummified Murder

Visitors to Stratford are being invited to channel their inner detective by solving the modern-day mysteries of A Mummified Murder in The Mystical Museum of Mythology! In this latest Magic Alley experience, Head of Events Dr Sam Jenkins, is inviting people into a world she knows only too well as she brings her background as […]

Immerse yourself in a land of dinosaurs, dragons and unicorns

Step into the enchanting realm of WonderWorld, an extraordinary event unfolding in the heart of Magic Alley, in Bell Court, Stratford upon Avon. This unique puzzle-based adventure is perfectly tailored for children and adults alike, promising an unforgettable journey through a fantasy world where imagination knows no bounds. The event is similar to an escape […]

Review: Wicked, Birmingham Hippodrome

Wicked is based on a novel by Gregory Maguire which regales the incredible untold story of The Wizard of Oz from the perspective of the witches: Glinda, the Witch of the North, and Elphaba, The Wicked Witch of the West. Winner of more than 100 global awards, Wicked has already been seen by 65 million people worldwide and […]

New Rotary exhibition puts us in the picture over Climate Change

The artistic efforts of ‘creative campaigners’ from schools and community groups across Coventry have resulted in the latest Rotary project about the importance of the environment. The Climate Change and Oceans Project Exhibition, which opened last week, is on the theme of pollution in our oceans and includes artwork by pupils from 12 primary schools […]

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

One of Shakespeare’s most captivating comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, sees the return of Eleanor Rhode who was last at the RSC in 2019 directing King John. And what she and her creative team have created is, in my opinion, one of the best productions to come out of Stratford’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre. They have […]

ALSO24 Festival line-up announced for Warwickshire

Leading lights in the worlds of music, comedy, wellness and food and nature, are among those this week announced as part of Warwickshire’s ALSO24 Festival – celebrating this year’s theme of Heavenly Bodies. Indie folk band Stornoway and comedian Sara Pascoe, head the impressive line-up  for the UK’s most inspirational summer festival, once again taking […]

Stratford gallery takes possession of rare Banksy print

A rare artwork by pseudonymous street artist Banksy is on sale at a Stratford gallery – and it could be hanging on your wall for a mere £50,000! Lambert Fine Art, in Bell Court, has taken possession of Grannies, one of only a couple of examples of his work that come onto the open market […]

Review: The Box of Delights

John Masefield’s 1935 tale The Box of Delights is the Christmas gift of choice from the RSC this year. While generations of children have been brought up on this festive tale, I was coming to it fresh, which I believe is no bad thing. Not an advent calendar yet in sight, but Christmas is now well and […]