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Warwick Arts Centre

Warwick Arts Centre is the second largest arts centre in the UK and presents a mixed programme of contemporary arts within a complex at the University of Warwick in Coventry.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £489,278
  • 2013-2014: £500,531
  • 2014-2015: £513,545

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Ellen Kent presents Madama Butterfly

Sun 23 Nov 7.30pm Back by overwhelming public demand, this award winning opera returns with exquisite sets and includes a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan.

The Gruffalo comes to Warwick Arts Centre this Christmas!

Sat 29 Nov 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015 Meet a wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old Owl and a maraca-shaking, party mad Snake! Mouse can scare these hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined…? Voted the nation’s number one bedtime story by BBC Radio 2 listeners, The Gruffalo has been performed to well over a million people worldwide and has even hit the small screens in a star-studded TV animation. The Gruffalo is the perfect family treat with plenty of songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups.

Warwick Arts Centre's #MangaMoves

The Marketing Team at Warwick Arts Centre display their #mangamoves in honour of upcoming Boy Blue Entertainment show The Five and the Prophecy of Prana! At Warwick Arts Centre Tue 4 & Wed 5 Nov 2014 7.30pm

Autumn 2014 Season Trailer

Join us in celebrating our 40th birthday this Autumn with the very best theatre, dance, film, visual arts, music, classical, comedy and family shows.

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Make It Reel 2014 "Surprise"

Make It Reel: Led by local film makers Dom Breadmore and Jon Randle of Ludic Rooms five groups had five days to make a five-minute film.

Make It Reel 2014 "Shhh"

Make It Reel: Led by local film makers Dom Breadmore and Jon Randle of Ludic Rooms five groups had five days to make a five-minute film.

Make It Reel 2014 "Bench"

Make It Reel: Led by local film makers Dom Breadmore and Jon Randle of Ludic Rooms five groups had five days to make a five-minute film.

Make It Reel 2014 "Jasper"

Make It Reel: Led by local film makers Dom Breadmore and Jon Randle of Ludic Rooms five groups had five days to make a five-minute film.

Make It Reel 2014 "Hello Siri"

Make It Reel: Led by local film makers Dom Breadmore and Jon Randle of Ludic Rooms five groups had five days to make a five-minute film.

Boy's Dancing perform on National Lottery Live Show

Boys Dancing has been nominated for a National Lottery Award, and on Sat 2 Aug, were featured on the live draw sure an an example of one of the projects across the country that benefit from lottery funding.

Time Lapse: Stage Extension for Peter Brook's Valley of Astonishment

Our Technical team set about transforming our theatre for Peter Brook's Valley of Astonishment, Wed 11 - Sat 14 Jun.


Sonic Gorilla is coming, chest-beating its way onto Warwick Arts Centre and the University of Warwick campus, bringing unexpected sounds to unexpected places. #SonicGorilla

Family Day - Sun 25 May 2014

Get ready for summer at Family Day, Sun 25 May 2014!

Warwick Arts Centre Summer Season 2014

Now that the days are finally getting longer and brighter, it's time to launch our summer programme of events! From the rising stars to the well-established and much-loved, we have musicians, comedians, theatre, dance and visual art of the highest quality for you to enjoy.

Made in China - Gym Party

Made in China - Gym Party Warwick Arts Centre Wed 23 & Thu 24 Apr 7.45pm A razor sharp and darkly comic exploration of our universal desire to win. Three intrepid contestants compete in a series of games, from the hilariously stupid to the arbitrary and downright heart-breaking. Chris, Jess and Ira fearlessly do whatever it takes to win -- to please you, the audience. They are also eager to share their stories, perspectives and awkward dances in between. Anarchic, thoughtful and ultimately moving, Gym Party speaks to anyone who frets about the state of the world and how we treat each other -- then gets distracted by a dumb celebrity tweet.

Fortnight Teaser

Presented by Proto-type Theater, Fortnight is a unique, two-week long event taking place in and around Coventry city centre. The beauty of Fortnight is the surprises that lie in wait, and the opportunity to become part of a secret club of Coventrians, seeing the city in a new light as life continues around you. To register to take part, visit before Thu 13 Mar 2014.

Twelfth Night: Audience Reactions

Filter and The RSC present Twelfth Night Tue 25 Feb - Sat 1 Mar 2014 7.45pm (Thu matinee 1.30pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm) Warwick Arts Centre Two worlds collide in Filter's explosive new take on Shakespeare's lyrical Twelfth Night. Olivia's melancholic, puritanical household clashes head on with Sir Toby's insatiable appetite for drunken debauchery. Orsino's relentless pursuit of Olivia and Malvolio's extraordinary transformation typify the madness of love in Illyria: land of make-believe and illusion. This story of romance, satire and mistaken identity is crafted into one of the most exciting and accessible Shakespeare productions of recent years. Experience the madness of love in this heady world where riotous gig meets Shakespeare.

Warwick Fused III

Warwick Music Centre and the Lord Mayor of Coventry are proud to present Warwick Fused III -- an epic symphonic collaboration of instruments and voices from around the world. The diversity and talent of Warwick University's eclectic community will be celebrated through music-making in spectacular fashion.


Orchestrated serendipity Something brilliant, beautiful and unique is coming to Coventry. Part theatrical magic, part philosophical treasure hunt, Fortnight is a thrilling experience for 200 people. If you live or work in CV1 -- CV7, you can be part of this special two week happening. You will receive daily invitations, via mobile phone, email and post, to visit secret sites across the city. Each location offers a brief encounter that illuminates the everyday. You don't have to go to each place, but you'll want to; Fortnight is infectious, irresistible and not to be missed. Come and experience your city through a fresh pair of eyes. To find out more and register to take part, please visit Please note registration must happen in advance of booking. Instructions will follow after registration. Registration closes on Thu 13 Mar and tickets must be purchased before 5pm.

Family Day - Sun 23 Feb 2014

Step into a land of fairy tales and stories at Warwick Arts Centre on Sun 23 Feb 10am - 5pm. Throughout the day you'll be spoilt for choice with a jam-packed programme of events and activities. There are live theatre shows on offer including: Beauty and the Beast, Jack and the Beanstalk, family films, creative workshops, music and more. There'll also be free swimming with Warwick Sport and lots of food and drink offers available on the day.

Hofesh Shechter - Sun

Warwick Arts Centre Tue 4 & Wed 5 Feb 2014 7.45pm The world is perfect. From the darkness of Shechter's emotive and often angry world emerges a bright white light dancing out of the smoke and chaos. With an expanded company of 14 world-class dancers and an eclectic soundtrack featuring original music by Shechter, this new work follows the phenomenal success of Political Mother.

Season's Greetings from Warwick Arts Centre!

Best wishes from everyone at Warwick Arts Centre.

Warwick Arts Centre Spring 2014 Trailer

Spring has sprung at Warwick Arts Centre! Our new programme of events for spring 2014 is now on sale.

Beauty and the Beast

A magical sexual journey into real and fabled romance between beastly and beautiful characters, where roles are shared as love is declared. The shadow play, song, & dance in this multi-layered story will re-kindle your lust for life, and make you think about who loves who, and why they do.

Audience Reactions to Ciphers

Ciphers Tue 19 - Sat 23 Nov 2013 7.30pm Find out what our audience made of Dawn King's new play Ciphers on its first night at Warwick Arts Centre. How well can you ever know someone who lies for a living? "Most of what she told me about herself is a cover story. She is a British Intelligence Officer. How far would she go to get information out of me? The answer is, quite far." Justine is found dead. Her sister Kerry sets out to find out what happened, and stumbles into a world of secrets and subterfuge that makes her question who Justine really was. Dawn King's debut play Foxfinder was "thrillingly original" (Time Out), "a contender for new play of the year" (The Guardian) and a "spell-binding dystopian parable" (The Independent). Now, in Ciphers, she has written a smart and provocative thriller about spies, double agents, and the opaqueness of the human soul. "An ingenious thriller about spies, surveillance and doubleness, immaculately directed by Blanche McIntyre" Michael Billington, The Guardian "An intelligent and stylish evening that keeps you joining the dots" Dominic Maxwell, The Times

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Warwick Arts Centre
Gibbet Hill Road

52.379681, -1.56022

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