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The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this weekend.

Duet for One, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Mon 9 – Sat 14 Oct

Duet for one

Following an acclaimed run in London’s West End, this UK tour of Tom Kempinski’s multi award-winning play Duet for One visits Cambridge with an impressive cast. Belinda Lang Belinda Lang is best know for playing Bill in 2 Point 4 Children but you might have also seen here in The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries, Second Thoughts, Dear John as well as many theatre appearances – to many to mention. Oliver Cotton  who plays her psychiatrist, has played leading roles at the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and in London’s West End. His many TV appearances include The Borgias, Poirot, Waking The Dead, Midsomer Murders and Sensitive Skin. With that impressive line up it can’t be anything but a great night.

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

Degas: ‘A Passion for Perfection’, Fitzwilliam Museum, until Jan 2018

Degas exhibition Fitzwilliam museum

One of my favourite artists so I’ll be pirouetting off to this exhibition as soon as it opens.  This year celebrates the centenary of Degas’ death and to coincide the Fitzwilliam Museum is staging a major exhibition of its wide-ranging holdings of his works – the most extensive and representative in the UK.  There will be an additional 50 pieces of work on loan from private and public collections throughout Europe and the US.  Also included will be examples of Degas’ bronze casts of dancers, horses and nudes and rare lifetime sculptures in plaster and wax.

Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB, fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

 

West Side Story, Lighthouse Theatre, 7.30pm, Weds 11 –  Sat 14 Oct

West Side Story
Ai Ai Ai. The no.1 classical musical love story heads to the Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering as THEATS proudly presents West Side Story. Inspired by the greatest love story of all time, West Side Story transports the classic Shakespeare tale of Romeo and Juliet into the 1950s back streets of New York during a fierce turf war. Two young lovers Tony and Maria, from rival gangs The Sharks and The Jets, meet, fall in love and begin their tragic fight for happiness in a world of hate and survival. It’s regarded as one of the best musicals ever written and its score features many of legendary composer Leonard Bernstein’s and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s most famous compositions, including Maria, America, Somewhere, I Feel Pretty and Tonight.  Saturday matinee at 14.00. Prices from £1

The Lighthouse Theatre Northamptonshire NN15 6PB

 

Matt Richardson, The Junctionn, Cambridge, Fri 13 Oct

Matt Richardson

Matt is a comedian and broadcaster, best known as a co-presenter on the ITV2 spin-off show The Xtra Factor in 2013. In 2016, Richardson became the drive time presenter on the digital radio station Virgin Radio UK. He last toured in 2013 and since then he’s been busy interviewing millionaire dogs in LA, ghost hunting with Craig Revel Horwood and having his phone nicked by Kate Moss – a busy few years then?!

Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX, junction.co.uk

 

Autumn Concert Series: Wimpole Hall, Fri 13 Oct

Wimple Hall

Taking as their theme the Grand Tour, Jon Fistein (cello) and Andrew Black (piano) will play a selection of music from France and Italy, with a quick interlude of operatic Beethoven, finishing with some English music as a coming home.  There’s also a chance to have an after hours explore of the Ground Floor rooms.

Wimplole Hall,  Arrington SG8 0BW, nationaltrust.org.uk

 

Andy Parsons: Peak Bullshi*t, Key Theatre, Fri 13 Oct

Andy Parsons

With a title such as this – Andy Parsons is not going to be your bag if you’d rather not hear bad language. But if, like me, you spend your life apologising for swearing then this this popular comedican who you’ll have seen on on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Q.I. will give you a belly load of laughs.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF, vivacity-peterborough.com

 

Vintage Garden Party, The Plough, Great Chesterford, Sat 14 Oct

The Plough, Great Chesterford

If there are new openings to know about you can guarantee that Muddy are all over it. Another new opening for you hear about – this time it’s the quintessential village pub The Plough at Great Chesterford. Samantha and Simon have taken over the pumps and they’re planning a vintage garden party to celebrate. A family friendly event with live music, delicious food, great beer and bubbles sounds pretty perfect to me.

The Plough, High Street, Great Chesterford, Cambridgeshire, CB10 1PL, facebook.com

 

Autumn Fashion Show, Anne Furbank, Sat 14 Oct

Anne Furbank

It’s that time of year when we banish the skimpy bikinis and pull out the warm winter woollens.  So how about wrapping  yourself up in cashmere at the Anne Furbank fashion show – there’s a definite cosy feel with Repeat knitwear on show along with other winter apparel to temp you.

Anne Furbank, 41 High Street, Buckden, St Neots, PE19 5WZ, annefurbank.co.uk

 

Apple Day, Burwash Manor, Sat 14 OctApple Festival Burwash Manor

A celebration of all things apple!  It’s going to be busy: bring your apples with you  to be identified and make sure you bring some extra to be pulped and joiced. Cam Valley Orchards will be selling and discussing their heritage apple varieties, and there will be all sorts of appley games, stalls & crafts to enjoy.  Cooking demonstrations will take place throughout the day and tuck into lots of apple themed treats at the various food stalls and in the Larder & Food Hall. Apples aside, there are activities to keep you busy all day, take a ride on a miniature steam train, listen to the fabulous Sawston Steel Band or watch displays of many traditional activities, from falconry to willow and coppice crafts – There’s also plenty to keep little ones occupied with Jezo the Magician, face painting, pony rides, fairground and the ever popular tractor and trailer rides around the farm.  All this is raising money for the Sick Children’s Trust – over £5200 was raised for this wonderful charity at last year’s event so you won’t mind the small entry free of £3 for adults and kids under 12 go free.

Burwash Manor, New Road, Barton, Cambridge, CB23 7EY, burwashmanor.com

 

Dogs don’t do Ballet, Key Theatre, Sun 15 Oct

Key Theatre, Little Angel Theatre

What better way to spend a Sunday family afternoon with littl’uns than with Biff the dog. Perforemd by the Little Angel Theatre, the story of this funny dog that thinks he’s a ballerina is brought to life using puppets, well-loved ballet music and theatrical comedy.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF, vivacity-peterborough.com

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