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Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 3pm & 7:30pm, Wed 24 January

The Castle Theatre’s latest screening is Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (15) which tells the story of the playful, but passionate relationship between Peter Turner, a young British actor, and the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame (who rose to fame in the 1940s) in her later years. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover, quickly grows into a deeper relationship but their passion and lust for life is ultimately tested to their limits by events beyond their control.

Tickets cost £7 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007, or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

The Lady Killers of Orton Brimble, Key Theatre, Peterborough, Tues 23 – Sat 27 January

the lady killers of orton bramble

 A brand new, bonkers spoof from the award-winning Eastern Angles Theatre Company This year the energetic company are turning their attention to the famous 1950s Ealing comedy, The Ladykillers. Expect the usual fast-paced, anarchic musical mayhem, this time with a Peterborough setting!

Key Theatre

Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter Studios, until 4 Feb

You’ll have decent elbow room to see Hogwarts in the Snow post-Christmas if you’re still in the mood to indulge your children (er, NO).  Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room is dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors can touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden,

 Romeo and Juliet, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Weds 24  – Sat 27 Jan 
Romeo and Juliet

The Marlowe Society, Cambridge University’s leading drama society, returns to Cambridge Arts Theatre after their recent acclaimed productions of Edward II, Measure for Measureand Doctor Faustus. It has been responsible for launching the careers of some of Britain’s greatest actors including Sir Ian McKellen, Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and Sir Derek Jacobi.

Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ,

The Snow Queen, Key Theatre, Peterborough, Thurs 25 Jan

Snow Queen

The Ballet Theatre UK are touring with their beautiful re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale ballet, The Snow Queen.  This spectacular production follows the story of Gerda and her quest to find her friend Kay, whom the Snow Queen has placed under an evil spell.

Key Theatre

The Stylistics, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Thurs 25  Jan

The stylistics
 The Stylistics remain the real deal, fabulously entertaining and musically breathtaking, plying everyone with the hits that made them a household name.
Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB,

An Afternoon at the Races, Huntingdon Racecourse, Fri 26 Jan

Huntingdon Races

If you haven’t yet experienced a day at Huntindon Races, you’re missing out.  A small and initimate racecourse that often plays host to novice horses that go on to race at the larger courses such as Cheltenham.  Suffering from cabin fever?  Wrap up and get outdoors to watch some great jump racing.

Huntingdon Races

 Whales: Beneath the Surface, Natural History Museum, now – Feb 2018

Looking for something to now the kids are breaking up? You could combine this brilliant new (ish) family exhibition exploring 50 million years of the whale with a quick skate round the Natural History Museum’s fabulous open air ice rink.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7,

Alison Weir: Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession, Peterborough Cathedral, Fri 26 Feb
Peterborough Cloisters
Historian and novelist, Alison Weir, will shed light on the relationship between Katharine of Aragon and her former lady in waiting and rival for the King’s affection, Anne Boleyn. Fresh from the sophisticated palaces of Burgundy and France, Anne draws the attention at the English court and embraces the play of courtly love. But when the King commands, nothing is ever a game. She has a spirit worthy of a crown – and a crown is what she seeks. And so she embarks on her perilous course, which will plunge a kingdom into turmoil.  Alison Weir weaves new research and theories into the dark, powerful tale of Henry VIII’s second wife – a woman ahead of her time, who dared to question traditional concepts of femininity, and whose ambition drove her to gamble with the fickle nature of a dangerous king.

Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, PE1 1XS,

Ahir Shah: Control, Cambridge Junction, Fri 26 Jan

Ahir Shah

Ahir’s last show enjoyed packed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Soho Theatre, and a national tour. In it, he theorised that we were being tugged in contradictory directions by a potential brighter future and resurgent worst of the past. He’s currently trying to work out how to build that future in a time when the past appears to be winning. He’s got loads of jokes about it.

Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX,

Twelfth Night, RST, Stratford, until 24 Feb 2018

Dinita Gohil as Viola. Photo: Manuel Harlan (c) RSC

The RSC’s winter production Twelfth Night sees Ade Edmondson, of The Young Ones and Bottom fame, as Olivia – Kara Tointon’s dour steward Malvolio in Shakespeare’s bittersweet comedy. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, who recreated Warwickshire’s Charlecote Park on stage for the RSC’s fabulous Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing, it’s set in Victorian BritainAlso starring Birmingham’s Dinita Gohil as Viola and Michael Cochrane as Sir Andrew

Cézanne Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, now – 11 Feb 2018

This started just last week, Brings together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK . Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits and this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into this central aspect of his work.

Modigliani, Tate Modern, now – 2 April 2018

The Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is quite a treat. During his brief, turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes that are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. First shown in 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne.

 Frank’s Comedy Club, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 8pm, Fri 26 January

An evening of top quality laughs featuring some of the best acts on the UK comedy circuit.

You can even enjoy Franks Meal Deal an pre-order food for an extra £7.50 (£8.50 on the night) to enjoy a delicious burger, from Franks Hamburger House, served with chips and salad in a takeaway box during the interval. There’s four different choices, including a vegetarian option, to choose from.

Tickets cost £12.50 (£10.50 concessions) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007, or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

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