From a top impressionist to explosive science, there's plenty to enjoy...
Great British Take Off starring Jon Culshaw and Bill Dare, November 24
Comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw and comedy producer Bill Dare come to Leamington for the first time following their sell-out tour earlier in the year. Join in an evening of unscripted, unrehearsed, spontaneous comedy and conversation as politicians, sports personalities and celebrities old and new are all up for a roasting. The audience help choose which characters appear and what direction the show takes. Jon reveals the secrets of mimicry, and shares stories of some of the fascinating characters that coloured his childhood in Lancashire and his early career. Together with Bill he also reveals some of the mishaps and mayhem of life behind the scenes in television and on the celebrity circuit. Expect a few surprises for the public of Leamington thrown in.
Christmas lectures, Warwick Arts Centre, starting November 27
Exploding ping pong balls and a generous helping of fireworks are among the spectacles promised at this year’s Christmas Lectures at the University of Warwick.
The annual science extravaganza will cover the topics of ‘energy’ and ‘colour’ and will feature live experiments and explosions performed by a cast of experts from across the university.
The first of this year’s events, entitled Pop, Fizz, Bang, takes place on Monday, November 27, when the presenters will investigate energy.
Organiser Ally Caldecote said: “Energy is a true superpower – it can’t be created or destroyed, only transferred.
“We’ll be attempting to show this by experimenting with what happens when you detonate 1,000 ping pong balls using liquid nitrogen.”
Cinderella, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, until January 13
This year’s festive extravaganza is double the fun, with two dames sharing the stage in the role of the Ugly Sisters. Greg Powrie joins Iain Lauchlan in donning the tartan frocks and entertaining hundreds of families.
No Such Thing As A Fish, Warwick Arts Centre, November 30
Mixing extraordinary local facts with riotously funny comedy, No Such Thing As A Fish stars Dan Schreiber, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski and James Harkin, writers of popular BBC show QI. The team will serve up their pick of the most bizarre, extraordinary and amusing facts discovered over the past seven days.
As one of the UK’s most successful podcasts, NSTAAF has enjoyed 150 episodes, toured the UK and Europe, released a special episode on vinyl, and been adapted for BBC2 into two hit series of No Such Thing As The News. Now the team are taking to the road with a new show which will include a live recording of the podcast.
No Such Thing As A Fish gets 1.2 million downloads a week and was named one of iTunes’s top 10 most downloaded podcasts of 2016.
From the Jam, The Assembly, Leamington, November 30
Jam lynchpin Bruce Foxton marks the 30th anniversary of their final album The Gift.