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What’s on in January


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!

If I’ve missed an event that you’re running, or one of your favourites isn’t listed, then please email me at:

 Sweeney Todd, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Weds 17  – Sat 20 Jan 

Sweeney Todd

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street sets out his stall in Cambridge Operatic Society’s (CaOS) exciting production of Sweeney Todd.

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

An Introduction to Running, Wimpole Hall, Thurs 18 Jan

Wimpole Hall

If you are completely new to running, looking to ease yourself back into exercise or training for a Parkrun or Race for Life this is the perfect group for you! Enjoy the beautiful setting of Wimpole with qualified instructors to gradually build your fitness and confidence in running. The group meets every Thursday during the 10 week course for approximately one hour, (apart from Feb half term)

Wimpole Hall

The Snowman, Milton Keynes Theatre, Wed 17 – Sat 20 Jan

The Snowman

Who doesn’t love this film and in particular the music? A chance to extend the Christma magic with The Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Production of The Snowman.  Based on Raymond Brigg’s much-loved book and featuring Howard Blake’s classic song Walking In The Air, this enchanting live show has thrilled audiences throughout the world since first appearing on stage over twenty years ago. Be a part of the magic.

Milton Keynes Theatre

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Thurs 18 Jan
Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

They haven’t been here for seven years but they’ve returned with a brilliant and exciting programme to show off the whole orchestra.  Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra does this superbly, and is one of the most thrilling rides in 20th century music.  Bartok was heavily influenced by folk music of his native Hungary, so it makes sense that it is proceeded with Bruch’s colourful Scottish Fantasy, which also plays around with folk tunes.’

Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB,

Wellness Supper Club, Little Acre Kitchen, St Ives, Thurs 18 Jan

Refine Fitness

Is one your new year resolutions to try and embrace a healthier lifestyle?  Nutritionist and personal trainer Lisa Colquhoun has joined up with the brilliant Little Acre Kitchen and will be hosting the Wellness Supper Club every 6 weeks. The evening kicks off with a Yin Yoga class followed by a head and hand massage with Lisa Colquhoun, whilst listening to the beautiful and meditative sounds of the Gong played by Sam Wilson.  This is followed by a  delicious meal provided by the Little Acre Kitchen. There are a few places left for this date so move fast if you’re interested.

Little Acre Kitchen,  7 Crown Street, St Ives, PE27 5EB

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, Sadler’s Wells, London, Sat 9 Dec – Sat 27 Jan

Matthew Bourne’s productions are always stunning and this is no exception. He transposes the story of Cinderella to London during the Blitz, rebooting it as a wartime romance between our heroine and an RAF pilot. The reviews have been of the rave variety, with Lez Brotherston’s sumptuous costumes and sets winning Olivier Award.

Sadlers Wells, Rosebery Av, London EC1,

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,

Burns Night Supper, Peterborough, Fri 19 Feb
Peterborough Cloisters
This traditional Burns Night celebration will be complete with a Scottish piper, Scottish dancers, a live ceilidh band and caller, all taking place in the atmospheric and magnificent Peterborough Cathedral.

Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, PE1 1XS,

Vincent Gambini: The Chore of Enchantment, Cambridge Junction, Sat 19 Jan



In this work-in-progress Gambini exposes the hidden difficulties of being a magician: the arduous job of creating genuine wonder and enchantment, particularly in times of deep political turmoil. What are magicians to do in the face of the growing disillusion that pervades the world today? This is an ambitious performance about artifice and illusion, politics and deception, total wonder and total disenchantment.

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.

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!

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

Ruby Wax: a Monk and a Neuroscientist in Ely, Tues 30 Jan

Ruby Wax

Searingly honest, passionate, and full of verve, the extraordinary and fabulous Ruby Wax talks about her funny and compassionate new book, How to Be Human. She poses the fascinating question – why have we started treating ourselves more like machines and less like humans? Exclusively, for Ruby’s appearance in Ely she will be accompanied by a monk, Gelong Thubten and a neuroscientist, Ash Ranpura, her collaborators for this book.  Fusing neurology, spirituality, and her trademark wit, Ruby Wax is here to show us how to transform our lives. In the spectacular setting of Ely Cathedral, this evening promises a unique mixture of wit and wisdom.

Ely Cathedral

Tom Kerridge, The Lighthouse Centre, Ely, Thurs 1 Feb 2018
Tom Kerridge
When Tom came to Cambridge Literary Festival tickets flew out of the door so fast that many couldn’t catch them.  Here’s your second chance as he’s in Ely to talk about his new recipe book, Lose Weight for Good: Full-flavour cooking for a low-calorie diet. Tom has been developing top recipes for nearly three decades and knows how to make things taste good. His focus is on the food that we can and should be eating to lose weight, which is easy to make and won’t make you feel as though you are missing out.
The Lighthouse Centre, Lynn Road, Ely CB7 4EG,
The Sixteen: Vivaldi Gloria, Peterborough Cathedral, Sat 3 Feb
The Sixteen
There can be few more popular sacred works than Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’, sparkling, simple yet very effective with moments ranging from festive brilliance to profound sadness.

Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, PE1 1XS,


Jungle Book, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Tues 20 – Sat 24 March
Jungle Book

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,


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