Hometown Glory is the ultimate tribute to the world famous and much loved soul singer Adele. This award winning show which has been performing around the world since 2011 is recognized as the UK's number 1 choice for Adele fans everywhere.

'Hometown Glory' Adele Tribute by Natalie Black leaves audiences spellbound with her rich and soulful voice, replica costumes, and a natural likeness that will leave you wondering if you've seen the real thing!

The Ultimate Adele experience Hometown Glory features an amazing 4 piece live rock band.

The show includes all the hit classics such as Hello, Rolling in the deep, Set fire to the rain, When we were young, Someone like you, Skyfall and many more...


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Sunday 25th June, 2017

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Terry Warner

NYJO is world-famous as a glittering showcase for the UK’s best young jazz musicians. Under the direction of Mark Armstrong, the orchestra deftly mixes established classics from the big band repertoire, new work by composers at the leading-edge of the art-form and special arrangements by band members. From a hard-swinging rhythm section to a raft of hugely talented young soloists, this is a band in fine form.


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Tuesday 27th June, 2017

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The Cancer Research UK Comedy Night

with Jason Manford and special guests

Cancer Research UK and The Macready Theatre present: Live at The Festival on The Close with Jason Manford and guests



Join us for an uproarious evening of live stand-up comedy right here at The Festival on The Close as we welcome the one and only Jason Manford to Headline this fantastic charity event. Jason is joined by a stellar line up of comedians including the uniquely talented Ivo Graham. With guaranteed laugh-out-loud moments from start to finish, from some of the best names in the industry, this really is a night not to be missed. We are very grateful to tonight's performers who are appearing to help raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK's life-saving work.

 


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Wednesday 28th June, 2017 Book now

Alice Bowman

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

direct from The West End

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical has been a rip-roaring success since the show started in 2008. It has had eleven sell-out years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, two West End runs, an Olivier award and a BBC Radio 4 series.

In the show, the audience meets a writer of musicals who is on a deadline – he needs their help. The audience shouts out suggestions of a setting, musical styles and the title of the show and they’re off!

The Showstopper team – cast and band – will then weave a brand new musical in front of the very eyes of the audience, complete with hilarious characters, fabulous dance routines, beautiful songs, epic story lines, all sprinkled with the pzazz of a Broadway show.

Every night is a premiere and we quite literally couldn’t do the show without you, so why not pop down and help us create the next hit musical?



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Thursday 29th June, 2017 Book now

Stomp

with student stompers

See members of the world-famous percussion-dance-theatre sensation Stomp perform live at The Festival on the Close with student stompers.

Members of the touring company of Stomp will be performing extracts from their stunning stage show in our incredible Performance Arena. Stomp will have been workshopping with student stompers all day and the results of the workshops will also be presented live with student stompers performing with their mentors. The Festival on the Close is proud to welcome Stomp original cast member and casting director Fraser Morrison with members of the cast of Stomp.


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GRAVITY
by Motionhouse

As we approach 50 years since the first moon landing, our brand new duet Gravity combines hand-to hand acrobatics with Motionhouse’s signature contact choreography. Using breath-taking balances and extraordinary trust, Gravity sees two white-clad performers in an evocative exploration of weightlessness and zero gravity. An overwhelming sense of isolation underlies the precise, haunting choreography.

“Motionhouse have raised the bar for outdoor presentation of contemporary dance – their highly inventive yet simple staging means that we have the opportunity to present dynamic and lively dance as part of the festival; audiences respond so well to the skill and quality of the work, even if they haven’t experienced dance in another setting before, and Motionhouse’s unique tone is a particular highlight in a very broad programme.”

Angus MacKechnie, Producer | Watch This Space Festival, National Theatre

GIBBON
by Gandini Juggling with Patfield & Triguero

Gibbon is a surreal and charming feast of juggling choreography, with a sense of humour and a hint of absurdity. Achieving success while masking failure, a narrative is formed as the action cuts between the creation and the execution of hypnotic patterns and juggling movement sequences.

"SERIOUSLY INTERESTING AND WRYLY AMUSING"
The Guardian

 


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Tuesday 27th June, 2017

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Bubble Schmeisis

written and performed by Nick Cassenbaum

Nick Cassenbaum returns to artsdepot following his hit show Bubble Schmeisis (“generous and poignant” ★★★★ The Stage). This time he has created a passionate and playful tribute to his childhood hero, Michael Barrymore.

Ever since he was a kid Nick has loved Barrymore. In My Kind of Michael Nick explores the slippery relationship between showman and spectator, combining hilarious personal stories with Barrymore’s fame and downfall.

Presented by Nick Cassenbaum and Siân Baxter. Created with Danny Braverman (Wot? No Fish!!) .


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Monday 26th June, 2017 Book now

Wednesday 28th June, 2017 Book now

Voces8

Twilight Concert

Join sensational vocal ensemble Voces8 in a late night concert to bring the 2017 Festival on the Close to a magical conclusion. In the historic setting of Rugby School Quad, this promises to be a truly memorable and uplifting end to our week of celebrations in this the 450th Anniversary year of the founding of the school.

Thursday 29th June, 2017 Book now

Samantha Lucas

Louis de Bernières

with The Bookshop Band

Join the best-selling author of ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ in a unique recital of his work with the Bookshop Band. Who knows, we might even have a chance hear Louis himself play with the band on his mandolin.

A rare opportunity to hear some of Louis’ new poetry and songs as well as hearing about his life and work.

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Tuesday 27th June, 2017 Book now

Anthony Warren

Tuesday 27th June, 2017 Book now

Anthony Warren

Tuesday 27th June, 2017

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The Wright Business

Lunchtime Talk

In a lunchtime conversation, Francis Hopkinson, BAFTA award winning Creative Director, Drama at ITV and Literary Agent, Antony Harwood lift the lid on the business of commissioning, editing and realising award winning books, film and television programmes.

Antony Harwood was at Chatto & Windus publishers for six years as Publicity Director and then Commissioning Editor before becoming a literary agent in 1985.  He was a Director of the Wylie, Aitken & Stone and Curtis Brown agencies before setting up his own agency, based in Oxford, in 2000.  Over the years he has worked with a broad range of writers including Anne Tyler, Iris Murdoch, William Burroughs, Angela Carter, Alan Hollinghurst, Garth Nix, Dorothy Koomson, Peter F. Hamilton and Louise Doughty, whose bestselling novel, Apple Tree Yard, was adapted as a major BBC television series in 2017.

Monday 26th June, 2017 Book now

Samantha Lucas

Monologue Slam

Student Performance

Join some Rugby's best young actors in a celebration of the dramatic monologue. Who knows, you may see the next Redmayne or Cumberbatch here first at The Festival on The Close!

Monday 26th June, 2017 Book now

Anthony Warren

A Night at the Proms

Rugby School Symphony Orchestra

In the tradition of the world's greatest music festival, members of The Bliss Sinfonia, Rugby School's professional orchestra-in-residence and The Royal College of Music String Orchestra will join with pupils from Rugby school's Symphony Orchestra in a celebration of popular classics.

Monday 26th June, 2017 Book now

Anthony Warren

Tate Talk

Lunchtime Talk

Join Samuel Jones, Head of the Director's Office at TATE in a fascinating talk on the place art has in all of our lives. At a time when the arts are under particular threat in the UK's education system, Sam asks us to consider the role that art plays in modern British society.

Wednesday 28th June, 2017

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Samantha Lucas

Festival Youth Orchestra

Student Performance

Join us for a very special concert conducted by Rugby School student Rob Arthur and featuring an orchestra of children from schools across the region.

Wednesday 28th June, 2017 Book now

Anthony Warren

Wednesday 28th June, 2017

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Anthony Warren

Flight Dance Show

Student Performance

Join us for a very special show as student dancers from local schools perform brand new pieces inspired by their mentors, the incredible Motionhouse.

The student dancers have been working with Motionhouse over the past few months developing new work to perform tonight.

Tuesday 27th June, 2017

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The Big Sing with Voces8

Primary School Choral Showcase

Join hundreds of local primary and secondary school children for an explosion of choral music superbly led by the world-famous a cappella ensemble VOCES8.

Thursday 29th June, 2017 Book now

Samantha Lucas

Festival Youth Orchestra

Student Performance

Join us for a very special concert conducted by Rugby School student Rob Arthur and featuring an orchestra of children from schools across the region.

Wednesday 28th June, 2017 Book now

Anthony Warren

Wednesday 28th June, 2017

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Anthony Warren

Flight Dance Show

Student Performance

Join us for a very special show as student dancers from local schools perform brand new pieces inspired by their mentors, the incredible Motionhouse.

The student dancers have been working with Motionhouse over the past few months developing new work to perform tonight.

Tuesday 27th June, 2017

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More talks, shows and other events coming soon, please keep checking for updates to our programme over the next few weeks