The grown up what’s on guide
We’re flying in by the seat of our pants but it’s here – the grown-up version of the what’s on guide for the next 7 days. I’ve pulled together a smorgasbord of fun for you to enjoy if you’ve not got to bother about kids or you’ve managed to farm them off somewhere for some adult time. Enjoy folks!
Love Food Weekend, Burwash Manor, Sat 11 – Sun 12 Feb
Not sure if aphrodisiacs can spark romance but let’s not worry too much, if you like your food and drink get ye-selves down to the Foodpark Night Market at Burwash Manor. They’ve rounded up loads of the best street food in and around Cambridgeshire – Steak and Honour, Guerrilla Kitchen, The Tin Kitchen and Gogo Gogi Gui to name but a few. The courtyard at Burwash will be decked with lights, with cosy undercover seating areas to do whatever you like in (steady), the pop-up foodPark BAR will keep you plied with hot and cold drinks – all very mulled wine, pink bubbles and craft wine, and music will be provided by local live bands and Flim Flam DJ, Two Deck Charlie. All sounds great fun. Entry is free before 8.30pm and £3 afterwards – I’d wrap up warm as the forecast is chilly.
Burwash Manor, New Rd, Barton CB23 7EY, burwashmanor.com
Concert by Candlelight, Ely Cathedral, Sat 11 Feb
The majestic Ely Cathedral’s Octagon will be lit up by candlelight on Valentine’s weekend as dazzling international concert pianist Warren Mailley-Smith and special guests woo us with a programme of romance and virtuosity. The performance will include the well known Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Elgar’s Saint d’amour and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor. Cello sensation Palos Carvalho will also play the breathtakingly challenging and romantic Rachmaninov Cello Sonata, and the evening will be rounded off by the sublime voice of stunning soprano, Susan Parkes. Enjoy a glass of bubbles in the interval and soak in the wonder of this magnificent building.
Ely Cathedral, Chapter House, The College, Ely CB7 4DL, elycathedral.org
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Art Picturehouse Cambridge, Sun 12 Feb
Classic films return to the big screen where they belong on Vintage Sundays. This week the Arts Picturehouse Cambridge will be showing the charming adaptation of Truman Capote’s novel, set in an idealised early-1960s New York, and starring the iconic Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, who spends her time at exclusive parties and on high-class dates. This stylish three screen cinema, in the buzz of the city, showcases upscale classics alongside mainstream hits and you’ll love the fact that the cinema has a well stocked bar with real ales and wine – fill your glass up and enjoy the show.
Art Picturehouse Cambridge, 38-39 St Andrew’s St, Cambridge CB2 3AR, picturehouses.com
Jazz duo Mark Pringle and Syson, Quarry Theatre, Bedford, Wed 15 Feb
Bedford-based Conscia Jazz bring the award winning pianist Mark Pringle and the young trumpeter Tom Syson to the Quarry Theatre as part of their European tour with a programme embracing the golden early years to the contemporary avant-garde. The duo use composed material as a starting point for developing music through improvisation – making each performance uniquely different.
Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN, quarrytheatre.org.uk
Antic Disposition Theatre Company, Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, Wed 15 Feb
The young award-winning theatre company presents innovative and entertaining interpretations of classic plays and stories, with a particular emphasis on the works of Shakespeare. Based in London, they’ve earned a strong reputation and much critical acclaim for its high quality, visually striking productions performed in historic buildings and unusual non-theatre spaces. Marking the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt and the ongoing centenary of the First World War, the company presents a new production of Shakespeare’s Henry V – performed by a combined cast of British and French actors, the play celebrates the rich and complex historical relationship between our two nations – from the Hundred Years War to the Entente Cordiale.
Peterborough Cathedral, The New Building, Peterborough PE1 1XS, peterborough-cathedral.org.uk
Endellion String Quartet, Cambridge, Wed 15 Feb
This world-class string group returns to Cambridge – the quartet will be start with Haydn’s last complete quartet, wonderfully joyous and serene, and then play an early Beethoven which has a strong Mozart’s influence. After the interval they’ll be joined by the Turkish, though Cambridge based, pianist Gülsin Onay for Dvořák’s delightful piano quartet.
West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Rd, Cambridge CB3 9DP, http://www.westroad.org/event-info/endellion-string-quartet-16/www.westroad.org
A History of Gin, D’arrys Bar, Cambridge, Thurs 16 Feb
An evening of education and tastings followed by a tapas supper at this buzzy wine bar in central Cambridge. The Cambridge Distillery will take you on a historical gin journey providing an opportunity to try the fragrant drinks that they create. The company is run by a husband and wife duo and, although still small, they’re causing quite a stir in the liquor world – their gin is stocked exclusively at Selfridges or online via their website. The distillery has created two distinct seasonal gins using homegrown and freshly foraged botanicals – I tried some recently on a recommendation and was wowed by the unusual flavour. How about impressing your mates with your own personalised gin sitting on your drink’s trolley? They’re the perfumers of the gin world having become the world’s first gin tailor, blending to individual preferences and creating something bespoke and totally unique – what a great present for a fan of this drink.
D’arrys, 2-4 King St, Cambridge CB1 1LN darrys.co.uk
Aurthor Matthew Hall, John Clare Theatre, Peterborough, Sat 18 Feb
Fancy an afternoon of crime with Matthew Hall who’ll be talking about his latest book in the series, A Life to Kill. With an award winning background in TV scriptwriting, Matthew’s storytelling is very real. He reveals uncomfortable miscarriages of justice through the character of his heroine Coroner Jenny Cooper who, against all the pressure she can bear from the establishment, is determined to find out the truth. During a career at the Bar, working mostly in the field of criminal law, Matthew learnt the craft of screen writing, eventually getting his first commission writing an episode of the ITV hit series, Kavanagh QC starring John Thaw. For over ten years Matthew has been a screenwriter and producer, and has written over forty hours of prime time drama for BBC1 and ITV.
John Clare Theatre, 36-40 Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1SQ, vivacity-peterborough.com
Gaslight, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, Mon 13 – Sat 18 Feb
Gaslight, a highly suspenseful Victorian thriller comes to Cambridge this week starring the highly acclaimed stage and television actress Kara Tointon. The play is by one of the 20th Century’s most renowned British writers, Patrick Hamilton, whose works also include the chilling Rope (1929) successfully adapted for the screen by Alfred Hitchcock. Joining the cast are Rupert Young, who is best known for portraying Sir Leon in the BBC drama series Merlin and Keith Allen, direct from the West End production of Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming. In the tradition of heavyweight thrillers from Hitchcock, Christie or Priestly, Gaslight is a genre-defining, sensationally suspenseful masterpiece – a definitive seat-gripping drama.
Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ, cambridgeartstheatre.com