Coming up at Artrix

A local hero talks, amongst others. 

The National Theatre’s Director Rufus Norris is getting ready to talk to local audiences about the secrets of his success. Rufus, who is a former student of North Bromsgrove School will appear at Artrix on Sunday 28th February.

After completing his studies at North Bromsgrove, Rufus attended Kidderminster College of Further Education before training at RADA. In 2001 he won the Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Newcomer for his production of David Rudkin’s Afore Night Come at the Young Vic and in 2004, he won another Evening Standard Award, a Critic’s Circle Award and an Olivier Award nomination for Best Director, for his production ofFesten.

Rufus took up the role of Associate Director at the National Theatre in 2011 and replaced Nicholas Hytner as Artistic Director in March 2015. During his first season he directed a new version of the medieval play Everyman and a new musical,, with music by Damon Albarn. 2015 also saw the release of his film of London Road, starring Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy.

Words presents Rufus Norris on Sunday 28th February at 7.30 pm at Artrix. Tickets cost £15.00 (£7.50 under 16s & students)

Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years this February.

The production, which will be screened live at Artrix later this month, tells the story of a Rosalind and her cousin Celia who leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Eden. Disguising herself as a boy, Rosalind, whose father is a Duke, discovers freedom for the first time and falls spectacularly in love.

NT Live presents As You Like It on Thursday 25th February at 7.00 pm at Artrix. Tickets cost £17.00 (£14.00 under 16s & students)

Local artists and photographers are being invited to submit work for an annual exhibition to be held in Bromsgrove this summer. Submissions, which should be in a contemporary style, will be considered for the Summer Exhibition at Artrix which will take place between 11th July –15th August 2016.

This is the third year of the Summer Exhibition which saw over 100 submissions last year and exhibited over 40 artists’ work. The exhibition will be curated by a team of Young Curators from local schools and colleges. Three dimensional work and crafts will be considered according to the limitations of display space at the venue.

Artrix Exhibitions Co-Ordinator TC Peppercorn commented, “We were thrilled that last year’s Summer Exhibition was such a success and delighted that we can once again offer an opportunity to the many artists who produce more unusual work that may not find an audience in more traditional galleries in the district.”

Would-be Elsas, Annas and Olafs are invited to start warming up their voices for a screening of Frozen Sing Along at Artrix Cinema this half-term. The popular Disney movie still has a cult following amongst youngsters who enjoy dressing up as their favourite characters.

On Sunday 21st February, Red Earth Theatre will present The Remarkable Tale of Oliver Twist. Packed full of surprises for a modern audience, this adaptation of Charles Dickens’ masterpiece recreates a colourful cast of larger-than-life characters. The show is cleverly staged in the style of a Victorian music hall, with speciality acts and variety entertainments. As a result, Oliver’s story is brought vividly to life for both children and grown-ups. This show is suitable for children aged 6 and upwards.

Frozen Sing Along is screening at Artrix Cinema on Thursday 18th February at 2.00 pm.

Red Earth Theatre present The Remarkable Tale of Oliver Twist on Sunday 21st February at 2.00 pm. Tickets cost £7 (£5 under 16s)

Tickets cost £6.30 (£5.30) or £3.30 for accompanied children under 16.

Tickets for all events are available from the box office on 01527 577330 or