£25.5 million refurbishment for Warwick Arts Centre

Published: 20 July 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Fake news? War of the Worlds
“Intoxicated tales”: Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell Credit: Johan Persson

Coventry venue Warwick Arts Centre has announced a series of events as part of its reopening season after a £25.5 million, four-year transformation.

The arts centre will reopen on Friday 1 October. The redevelopment is the largest in its 48-year history.

Arts centre director Doreen Foster said, "we can't wait to welcome visitors back. 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 Coventry UK City of Culture 2021, and a chance to take a look around our transformed home before it fully opens."

A study on the creation, allure and implications of fake news and alternative facts, Rhum and Clay's The War Of The Worlds reimagines Orson Welles's famed 1938 radio adaption of H G Wells's alien invasion saga—a pre-war broadcasting landmark which prompted US listeners to believe they were listening to a real Martian attack. It can be seen from Wednesday 13 until Saturday 16 October.

Sir Matthew Bourne OBE will be back with a new production, The Midnight Bell. It explores the underbelly of 1930s London and the “intoxicated tales from darkest Soho” are inspired by the work of writer Patrick Hamilton. It will run from Wednesday 10 until Saturday 13 November.

The full programme is available at the Warwick Arts Centre web site.