Ringing in the Jubilee celebrations at Bell Court in Stratford

Ringing in the Jubilee celebrations at Bell Court in Stratford

Stratford-upon-Avon, Bell Court, Escape Arts, Orchestra of The Swan, Jubilee

ROYAL Jubilee fever will be taking over Bell Court in Stratford when it plays host to live music and events throughout the extended bank holiday weekend.

The leisure and retail space will showcase a range of live entertainment as well as family fun activities in collaboration with Orchestra of The Swan and Escape Arts.

It will all form part of four days of celebrations during Stratford’s Platinum Jubilee Festival, between June 2nd-5th, when the town is due to come alive with street parties, performers, picnic in the park and even live broadcasts from London.

One of the highlights of Bell Court’s jubilee calendar, on Friday (June 3rd) will be at The Escape Arts Youth & Community Studio, where, between 1.30 and 5pm, a free event will explore the music, pop culture and fashion during her Majesty’s reign through fun activities and displays.

Pride of place will be given to the unveiling of the magnificent ‘Jubilee Robe’, made by children from Stratford primary schools and local community groups, working alongside local textile artist Barbara Fidoe. The cloak has been handmade and incorporates elements from 1950s to present, using different techniques and materials.

Stratford-upon-Avon, Bell Court, Escape Arts, Orchestra of The Swan, Jubilee

And, in the first event of its kind, The Swan’s Jubilee Jukebox will allow the audience to have full control over the songs performed, with two song choices available from each decade of Her Majesty’s reign. The live performances take place at 2pm and 4pm and places can be reserved by heading to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jubilee-jukebox-tickets-335433489597.

The new arrangements, created by The Swan’s artistic director David Le Page, will include tunes from The Beatles and the Eurythmics, to Ed Sheeran and Snow Patrol.

Youngsters will also be able to enjoy rides on the dodgems and get their faces painted between 10am and 4pm on all four days, with painting proceeds going to Escape Arts and Stratford Food Bank.

Rich Jones, Centre Manager, said: “Bell Court is buzzing with excitement for the coming Jubilee celebrations. It will be the place to be over the Jubilee weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone enjoying themselves and joining in with the festivities.

“We are so pleased with how Stratford-upon-Avon has come together to create what will be an amazing event to celebrate what Her Majesty has accomplished over the last seven decades! With so many great organisations and businesses working together, this can only be a great weekend for all!”

A Royal artisan market will also take place on Bridge Street, Bancroft Basin, Waterside, Wood Street and High Street.

Marilyn’s story – by Marilyn

Marilyn’s story – by Marilyn

FOLLOWING a successful West End run, a hit one-woman show about movie icon Marilyn Monroe is heading to Stratford-upon-Avon this weekend.

Marilyn Monroe

Presented by Breakthrough Theatre, this show gives audiences a rare glimpse into Marilyn’s troubled – and not-so-private – life.

It stops off at The Attic Theatre, in Bridgefoot, as part of a nationwide tour across 11 venues, on Friday and Saturday (March 15th and 16th)!

Marilyn’s image and persona is famous worldwide but why was she so iconic? Did people ever really know the real girl behind the mask? Or is that the reason for the ongoing fascination? This playful and poignant play is Marilyn’s story, told by her – alone in her dressing room.

Marilyn, which premiered at the Blue Orange Theatre in July 2017, made its West End transfer to Leicester Square Theatre at the beginning of this year, where it was met with rave reviews.

Founder of Breakthrough Theatre and star of the show, actress Danielle J Gearing said: “We are very proud of what a success this show has become and I am loving getting to put that Blonde wig on and share this fascinating women’s story with audiences around the country! We’ve had such an overwhelmingly positive response from audiences so far and cannot wait to bring it to the beautiful town of Stratford upon Avon!”

Tickets are still tickets available at: www.theattictheatre.co.uk and for information about other venues and tour dates visit: www.breakthroughtheate.org/marilyn-tour-2019