Weekly arts roundup, June 4-10

PICK OF THE WEEK

The Siege
Rep, Thursday June 4-Saturday June 6

An unmissable show from Palestinian ensemble Freedom Theatre, a company based in the Jenin refugee camp, whose members have spent their lives under occupation. It’s the true story of 2002’s Siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, informed by real-life testimony from now-exiled fighters.

ALSO THIS WEEK

UNDERSTANDING ART

Understanding Art: Art and Language
Various venues, from Thursday June 4

Beginning this week at the Barber Institute, this is a four-week course examining the role of text and literature in the creation of art. Booking essential.

NPG L252; Jean Merilyn Simmons by Sir Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith
The Modernist Face
Barber Institute of Fine Arts, from Friday June 5

A fresh look at British Modernism, via the paintings of Matthew Smith and the sculpture of Frank Dobson, with special emphasis on the relationship between the artists and their illustrious sitters.

ABSENT FRIENDS

Absent Friends
Belgrade Theatre, from Monday June 8

The London Classic Theatre company present one of Alan Ayckbourn’s most celebrated plays, as a tea party for old friends resurrects the tensions in their tangled relationships.

HANNIBAL EAT THE RUDE

Conjurer’s Kitchen presents Hannibal: Eat The Rude
Electric Cinema, Wednesday June 10

In between screenings of the first two episodes of Bryan Fuller’s acclaimed TV thriller, food artist Annabel “Lecter” de Vetten serves up tasty morsels inspired by the action – including stag antlers and raven feathers.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Little Shop Of Horrors
Warwick Arts Centre, from Wednesday June 10

A break-taking live recreation of the soundtrack of the original 1960 film – including all dialogue and sound effects – courtesy of New Zealand’s Live Live Cinema.

STILL RUNNING

IMAGINING A UNIVERSITY

Imagining A University
Warwick Arts Centre, until Saturday June 20

A retrospective show charting 50 years of the University of Warwick’s Art Collection, with over 60 names on display, including Yoko Ono, Jack Bush, Richard Long and Andy Warhol.

LOVE IS ENOUGH

Love Is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, until Sunday September 6

A show masterminded by Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller, in which Morris and Warhol’s strikingly similar methods of mass production and collaboration are juxtaposed.

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