What’s on in March
With so much going on in Muddy Cambs you need to plan ahead sometimes. So grab a coffee and your diary and start booking in some of the fab events that are happening over the next month or so. Things get booked up fast so if I give you the nod you need to pick up the phone – briiiing!
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Crazy For You, Milton Keynes, Theatre, Tue 20 – Sat 24 March
High energy, high kicking and gloriously glamorous, the acclaimed Watermill Theatre production of Crazy for You is the ultimate feel-good musical.
Suggs: What a King Cnut, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Tues 20 March
After his first tour-de-force, smash hit, sell out tour, Suggs is treading the boards again with a brand new show – Suggs: What a King Cnut. The show is a monolgue interspersed with songs and is about the surprises that awaited him when he did. Vertigo on the roof of Buckingham Palace. Nearly blowing the closing ceremony of the Olympics. Watching his underpants fall to earth on Bowie’s driveway.
A 10-day long event of interactive fun and discovery exploring science through talks, hands-on activities, performances, exhibitions, tours and films. With a packed programme there are events planned for all ages young and old.
Jungle Book, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Tues 20 – Sat 24 March
An exciting new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic, The Jungle Book, comes to life in this colourful new show brought to you by the team behind Goodnight Mister Tom and Michael Morpurgo’s Running Wild. This unforgettable adventure is adapted by the Olivier Award-winning Jessica Swale (Nell Gwynn), features live music on stage created by Joe Stilgoe and is directed by Max Webster (The Lorax, The Old Vic).
Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ, cambridgeartstheatre.com
Science Blast- the Great Scientistsis a blast of a show that brings you the life and experiments of 9 famous scientist. They had rave reviews at the Edinbrugh Festival so expect live demonstrations, experiments and audience participation involving explosions, high voltage electricity, lasers and the chance to electrocute your parents! It’s all very educational but more importantly outrageously funny.
Grantchester Sprting Art & Craft Show, Sat 24 – Sun 25 March
There is a serious art scene going on in Grantchester and there bi-annual shows have built quite a reputation for excellent quality and craftsmanship. Fifteen designe makers have been selected to exhibit their original hand make work, including ceramics, textiles, jewellery, paintings, prints, cards glass, wood turning and handmade chocolates. Better still it’s free, oh and did I mention there will be coffee and cakes!
Grantchester Village Hall, Grantchester, Cambridge, CB3 9NG, facebook.com/events
Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience, Milton Keynes Theatre, MK, Tues 27 March
Peppa Pig’s Adventure, Milton Keynes Theatre, 28-29 Mar
Whoever invented Peppa Pig is getting very wealthy. As one of the many branches of Pippa branding, you can join everyone’s favourite cochon for a camping trip to the woods with her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. Games, laughter, live music and just a hint of Tramadol. atgtickets.com
Awful Auntie, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Tue 10 – Sat 14 April
When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie! Muddy Warwickshire has already had a sneak preview so if you want to check out what she thought of the world premiere then have a gander…
Drive-in Movies, Sacrewell Farm, Fri 30 March – Fri 14 April
Thinking ahead to the Easter hols and how to occupy the ankle grinders for a few weeks? Yeah me too and Sacrwell Farm have decided to help out with eleven nights of famil favourites and classics – let’s think Start Wars, Harry Potter, The Lion King, Frozen, Grease and many more. All movies start at 8pm and booking head is essential.
Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre, Thornhaugh, Peterborough, PE8 6HJ, sacrewell.org.uk/events
Samantha Baines, Cambridge Junction, Sat 12 May
If you’re a fan of women, puns and science, then comedian and actress Samantha Baines basically wrote her critically acclaimed show for you, my friend. One Woman a High Flyer & A Flat Bottom was a total sell-out at last year’s Edinburgh Festival and will have you sniggering your way through the evening, as well as raising a glass to some of the lost women of science – yep, that actually happened! Muddy Devon had a chance to meet her recently, you can catch up on their chat here.
David Baddiel My Family: Not The Sitcom, The Cresset, Peterborough, Thurs 17 May
Following a sold out run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and two critically-acclaimed West End runs, David Baddiel takes his Olivier-nominated one-man show to theatres nationwide. My Family: Not the Sitcom is a show about memory, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, moral policing on social media, golf, and gay cats. A massively disrespectful celebration of the lives of David Baddiel’s late sex-mad mother, Sarah, and dementia-ridden father, Colin. Come and be offended on David’s behalf!
The Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience, Key Theatre, Peterborough, Thurs 17 May – Sat 29 May
This globetrotting show is truly quite legendary, selling out in places like Edinburgh Fringe and Sydney Opera House. It It returns to Key Theatre in May 2018, but be warned: it will sell out here too, so early booking is essential. Don’t expect to be sitting in the theatre, Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve a 3-course meal along with plenty of laughs and audience participation in this 5-star immersive show – a show that’s never the same twice, because it’s 70% improvised. It’s great for comedy fans, theatre fans, or anyone who just fancies going out for an unforgettable meal and a good time.
Peckham Salvage Yard, Copeland Park, 10-11 Mar
Banish thoughts of Only Fools and Horses, Peckham is the hottest of hotspots in London right now. Like, really! (In fact Muddy’s Kerry is just back from a weekend mini-break there.) And if you love decking out your pad with vintage finds, this market is definitely worth whizzing down to South London for of a weekend. This indoor vintage market hosts over 40 traders, a mix of veteran sellers from Spitalfields and Bermondsey markets and locals having a clear out (head to them for your bargains). From mid-century modern furniture to antique luggage, there’s something for every vintage fiend. Afterwards go grab a bite at buzzy Vietnamese street food joint Banh Banh or eggs-cellent brunch specialists Pedler, both a short stroll away on Peckham Rye. hackneyfleamarket.com
The Glamour Beauty Festival, Saatchi Gallery, London, 9-11 Mar
The original incarnation of Glamour magazine folded last year but it’s back as a biannual beauty magazine and site, aimed squarely at millennials and teens. That said, beauty junkies of any age will find lots to entertain them at this Saatchi Gallery event (and if you’ve got a teenage girl in your life, it’d make a sweet day trip this Mothering Sunday weekend). Nars, Elizabeth Arden, Laura Mercier, Revlon, Guerlain, Pixi, GHD and others will have stalls offering complimentary treatments and advice, plus there’s a programme of talks from celebrities (Scarlett Moffatt’s confidence masterclass sounds fun), influencers and make-up artists. Ticket prices include a free goodie bag worth £180. seetickets.com
Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, V&A, London, until 17 Jun
These days the nearest I get to ocean-faring is a packed P&O ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg but in the early 20th century travelling by sea was fabulously glamorous and romantic. The V&A’s major Spring exhibition, Ocean Liners: Speed and Style celebrates the golden age of the big boats, looking at their design and cultural impact. Exhibits include Goyard luggage once owned by the Duke of Windsor, 1920s bathing suits and a door panel from the first class lounge of the Titanic. vam.ac.uk
London Design Week, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London, 4 – 8 Mar
Calling interiors mavens, this one’s for you. More than 120 international exhibitors, 100 immersive experiences and a whole load of bespoke pop-ups in this celebration of new season interiors trends. A new initiative this year is ‘Legends’, where leaders from the worlds of design and decoration, art, fashion and architecture collaborate to transform showroom windows and show what you can do with imagination, wit and a lovely length of damask. dcch.co.uk
Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography, National Portrait Gallery, London, 1 Mar until 20 May
A major new exhibition brings together, for the first time, the works of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography, Lewis Carroll (1832–98), Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–79), Oscar Rejlander (1813–75) and Clementina Hawarden (1822-65). These four artists would come to embody the very best in photography of the Victorian era and have influenced photographers ever since. Featuring striking portraits of sitters such as Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Carlyle, George Frederick Watts, Ellen Terry and Alfred, Lord Tennyson. npg.org.uk
Women of the World Festival, Southbank Centre, 7 – 11 Mar
The Southbank’s 8th WOW Women of the World festival is, as you’d expect, thought-provoking, eclectic and celebratory in turns. Loads of events to choose from including a panel on equality in the creative industries, a portrait project supporting those against genital mutilation, Joan (drag king comedy last seen locally at Cornerstone Arts) and Yap Yap Yap, a hilariously irreverent and teary recreation of women’s speeches throughout history. southbankcentre.co.uk