All or Nothing, Key Theatre, Peterborough, Mon 3 July – Wed 5 July
Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF, vivacity-peterborough.com
Emma, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Tues 4 July – Sat 8 July
2017 will mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and much has been happening in Cambridgeshire already this year to celebrate the much-loved author. As part of the celebrations her comic masterpiece, Emma, is being staged at the Arts Theatre. Keeping faithfully to the original, Tim Luscombe (Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park and Persuasion) relates Austen’s story with verve and style, transporting famous characters vividly to the stage, including the dashing Mr Knightley, the comic hypochondriac Mr Woodhouse and the sublimely verbose Miss Bates!.
Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ, cambridgeartstheatre.com
Summer Showcase, The Art Hound Gallery, Burwash, until Thurs Aug 31
The Art Hound Gallery will open its doors this Summer to showcase the works by some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary artists and the world renowned giants of modern art. With a focus on original printmaking, the showcase will feature the pioneers of Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake, Eduardo Paolozzi alongside the current up-and-coming crop of pop and urban artists and the most established – Jamie Reid, Shepard Fairey and Pure Evil. You’ll be also be able to discover the most affordable ways to own your very own Warhol, Francis Bacon, Matisse or Picasso. The Art Hound Gallery have always represented Cornish art – and they’ll be featuring artists from the St Ives art community such as Sir Terry Frost, Breon O’Casey and Rachel Nicholson, alongside the internationally respected contemporary abstract painters Iain Robertson and Clare Wardman, who paint in the famous Porthmeor studios and exhibit at the Tate St Ives. London roots will not be neglected, with a selection of the finest contemporary London printmakers works on display and sale, from Francois Pont’s expansive abstracts (which are in the Victoria and Albert museum), to iconic animal portraits by Kate Boxer and eccentric illustrations by Basia Lautman.
The Art Hound, Unit 12, Burwash Manor, New Road, Barton, Cambridge CB23 7EY, thearthoundgallery.com
Pericles, Shakespeare at The George, Tue 27 June – Sat 8 July
The annual Shakespeare at The George 2017 summer production will be Pericles: Prince of Tyre Pericles is a late play, probably written in 1608 and in Shakespeare’s time it was one of the most frequently performed of his plays but probably the complexity of locations in the story made it less suitable to the rather formal proscenium arch style of theatre. It is now becoming more popular once again with several recent notable productions. It is also acknowledged as a collaboration between Shakespeare and a low-life playwright George Wilkins.
The George Hotel, George St, Huntingdon PE29 3AB, satg.org.uk
David Hockney Selling Exhibition, Babylon Arts Centre, Ely, Fri 23 June – Sun 23 July
This art gallery in Ely is hosting a prestigious selling exhibition of 40 original David Hockney prints and lithographs including illustrations from The Brothers Grimm. Hockney is one of the 20th Century’s most popular and influential artists, and a retrospective of his life’s work has recently been on display at the Tate Britain. Prices for the works, many of which are limited editions, will range from £500 up to several thousand.
Babylon Arts Centre, Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4AU babylonarts.org.uk
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bedford Park, Thurs 6 July
Cambridge Open Studios, weekends throughout July
The Teehee in the Tipi is a regular fixture throughout the first Thurs of every month. If you’ve never been to the enchanted garden at the gastrobpug, The Willow Tree you’re missing out – in the evenings twinkling lights comes on under the canvas with deck chairs and blankets and of course drinks! Three acts and two intervals featuring a great line-up of comic talent with Steve Bugeja as headliner – winner of the BBC Radio New Comedy Award in 2013. Steve has since gone from strength to strength, gigging up and down the country and creating a critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show. Joining him is the outlandish storyteller Nick Page, Lucy Thompson and Chris Norton Walker, who’s known for his dry one-liners and hilarious anecdotes.
The Willow Tree, 29 High Street, Bourn, Cambridgeshire CB23 2SQ, thewillowtreebourn
The Women Who Flew for Hitler – Clare Mulley, Wimpole Hall, Fri 7 July
The multi-talented singer Joyce Sims – behind the 80s club classics like (You Are My) All And All and Come In To My Life is on the road touring and making festival appearances in 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of Come into my Life and to mark the occasion Joyce will embark on a UK tour. Joyce Sims’ music has been recorded and sampled by icons like jazz singer Randy Crawford, R&B singer Angie Stone, rapper Snoop Dogg, and featured in the film Species.
If you haven’t had a stab at bidding in an auction – you’re missing out – or maybe I’ve been watching too much Homes under the Hammer. The auction rooms at Willingham are in beautifully restored former farm buildings and there’s a café on site also (open Mon – Sat) which serves homemade food, all sourced from local suppliers – trust me it’s worth a visit just for the coffee. The catalogue can be viewed online, bidding is in person on Sat or you can leave bids over the phone or online also – viewing is on Thur 6 – Fri 7 Jun. They have antiques and more modern items but top tip – it’s a great source of garden objet d’art and good quality new garden furniture – just thinking ahead to spring. If you’re into vintage and antique collectables it’s worth taking a gander over there.
Willingham Auctions, 25 High St, Willingham, Cambridge CB24 5ES, willinghamauctions.com
Wimpole History Festival Fri 7 July – Sun 9 July
Wimpole’s inaugural History Festival is a partnership between the Cambridge Literary Festival and the National Trust. Two days acked full of talks, debates, book signings, performances, living history workshops and activities for the young history lovers too. Highlights include Lucy Worsley, who marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death; David Olusoga explores being black and British; Orlando Figes looks at the Russian Revolution a century on whilst Bridget Kendall contemplates Putin’s Russia. There’s heaps for the kids to do to – enrol them in sword school, falconry and how about some Mad Science. Check out the full programme beow.
Wimpole Hall, Arrington, SG8 0BW, www.wimpolehistoryfestival.com
Kimbolton Fayre and Vintage Car Rally, Kimbolton, Sun 9 July
The Kimbolton Country Fayre and Classic Car show is now in its 26 year. Organised by the Rotary Club of Kimbolton Castle in partnership with the Sporting Bears this huge event raises money for local charities including Burns Camp, Samuel Pepys School, HemiHelp, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, Ellesmere Opportunity Group, Autism Concern, Holly Ward (Hinchinbrooke Hospital), Mission Motor Sports and several other Rotary supported charities. Last year over 5,000 visitors enjoyed a spectacular array of entertainment and activities including Camel Racing, the Sealed Knot, the Galaxy Swing Band, the Lindy Hoppers and of course over 900 Classic cars.
Kimbolton School, High St, Kimbolton, Huntingdon PE28 0EA kimboltoncountryfayre.com