MON 25 FEB – SUN 3 MAR
MUDDY’S PICK OF THE WEEK
FOODIE: Guest Chef Paul Ainsworth, The Hind’s Head Bray, Wed 27 Feb
If you love food and Padstow, brace yourself because this news is BIG. Superstar chef Paul Ainsworth is bringing his Cornish culinary magic to Berkshire. No need to spend hours in a jam to the South West, this Michelin star chef – owner of No.6, Rojano In the Square and The Padstow Townhouse – will be cooking a special 6-course menu at The Hind’s Head in Bray. Just a few tables left.
THEATRE: Joseph & His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Theatre Royal Windsor, Mon 25 Feb – Sat 2 Mar
I closed my eyes, drew back the curtain… and was pretty shocked to see popstrel Jaymi Hensley in a silver mini skirt, I mean loin cloth. Restrain yourselves, Union J fans, Jaymi is making his musical theatre debut in Bill Kenwright’s critically-acclaimed production of Joseph. Oh come on, if Jason Donovan can do it, anyone can. I’msaw this joyously fromage-heavy show last week and it’s absolutely brilliant.
EXHIBITION: Seeing Read, Rhubarb Photo Gallery Eton, now – Wed 1 May
Stop staring at blank walls and fill them pronto. If you’ve not come across the Rhubarb Photo Gallery in Eton, hot foot it down, fight your way through the college coattails and set your peepers on their latest exhibition ‘Seeing Red’ – a curated collection of images by Halid Izzet, Salli Woods, Hannah Peachey, Rosie Evans and Stephen Barney. Everything’s for sale, including this woofer and his red balloons. He lost the other 98 chasing Nena through the woods back in 1983.
OPERA: Verdi’s Macbeth, South Hill Park Bracknell, Wed 27 Feb
An exciting production of Verdi’s dramatic opera based on Shakespeare’s tragic tale of Macbeth. Witches, cutthroats, ghosts and spirits abound in this story of ambition, murder and madness. With its stream of glorious tunes, bristling with energy and power, gorgeous period costumes, and a superb cast and orchestra, this must not be missed. Sung in English.
DANCE: Epilogues, Corn Exchange Newbury, Thu 28 Feb
Feminists proclaim ‘Time’s Up’. Misogynists win presidencies. Are we actually moving forward? Or hurtling back in time? James Cousins, described by Matthew Bourne as ‘one of the UK’s most promising choreographic talents’, presents his new production, inspired by stories of division and separation.
THEATRE: Take On Me, South Street Arts Reading, Fri 1 Mar – Sun 3 Mar
The 80s called, they want their gym gear back. Take On Me is a show set after hours in South Reading Leisure Centre, in the world of headbands and leg warmers. Live musicians will provide the 80s belters as you’re lead through the changing rooms, gym, an aerobics class and pool. Squeeze into your high cut leotard, lean back into your chair and have your Flashdance moment.
SHOPPING: Alex Gore-Browne Trunk Show, Royal Oak Yattendon, Fri 1 Mar, 9am-12pm
If you love a luxury knit, then you’ll get frills… they’re multiplying (sorry) at Alex Gore-Browne’s Trunk Show, organised by ex Vogue editor and style guru Ginnie Chadwyck-Healey (VCH Style), at the Royal Oak Yattendon. Alex has worked with McQueen, Nina Ricci and Matthew Williamson before launching her own label two years ago. The glossies have gone nuts for it. Prepare to max out your credit card.
EXHIBITION: A Royal Wedding: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, Windsor Castle, from Fri 1 Mar
When you’re the second royal bride in a year, you’re never going to steal the limelight, no matter how much razzle dazzle and how many supermodels you throw at it. Once again, Princess Eugenie is playing second fiddle to the Duchess of Sussex’s Givenchy gown as her Peter Pilotto goes on display at Windsor Castle for A Royal Wedding Exhibition – mark two.
COMEDY: Andrew Maxwell – Showtime, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Fri 1 Mar
Live From The Apollo fave – and the devilish voice of MTV’s Ex On The Beach if you’re under the age of 25 – Andrew Maxwell will be swooping into Maidenhead with a cocktail of personal stories, eagle-eyed political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos. He’s one of the hottest comedians on the circuit. Giggles guaranteed or your money back (joking).
FILM: Green Book, Corn Exchange Newbury, Tue 26 – Thu 28 Feb
Still catching up on the Oscar-winning films? Me too, Green Book snagged the top honours this week, and has been massively criticised for the win. It tells the true story of an unlikely friendship between racist white driver Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen) and black pianist Dr Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali). It’s accused of sugar-coating racism, so is it a worthy winner? You decide.
You can also see Olivia Coleman’s Oscar-winning performance (with the most creative use of the C word that I have ever heard) in The Favourite Fri 1 – Sun 3 Mar and Remi Malik in Bohemian Rhapsody on Wed 27 Feb and Fri 1 Mar, both at South Hill Park Bracknell.
SHOPPING: Gin Tasting, Rosebourne Aldermaston, Sat 2 Mar
FREE GIN! Need I say more? Probably not, but I’ll throw a few more words at it anyway. Muddy award-winning gin makers Wessex Spirits have created a new rosehip infused gin called The Kennet & Avon, endorsed by the Canal Trust (50p from each bottle will help maintain our local waterways). The launch takes place at Rosebourne in Aldermaston, so head down there for your G&T fix. Bottom’s up!
WORKSHOP: Design Your Own Perfume, Shaw House Newbury, Sat 2 Mar
WALKS: Snowdrop Walks, Welford Park Newbury, now – Sun 3 Mar
It’s snowdrop time! Choose a dry-ish day and wander through drifts of snowdrops at Welford Park. Why Welford Park? It’s only got one the finest natural snowdrop woodlands in the chuffing country – four fabulous acres. Visit Wed-Sun (11am-4pm) until Sun 3 Mar. You can find more snowdrop walks here.
EVENT: Circus of Screams, Forbury Gardens Reading, Sat 2 Mar
Roll up and race round Reading for A Circus of Screams – a three-hour Murder Mystery where you must find hidden evidence and catch a circus killer against the clock! The whole town becomes the set for this real-life whodunnit.Crack clues using their smartphones, converse with characters and find hidden evidence before the time runs out. Try not to kill each other in the process.
EXHIBITION: An Earthly Paradise: William Morris & the Thames, River & Rowing Museum, until Sun 14 July