FRI 1 – SUN FEB
MUDDY’S PICK OF THE WEEKEND
THEATRE: Murder For Two, Watermill Theatre Newbury, now – Sat 23 Feb
I reviewed Murder For Two when it premiered at The Watermill last year, and after a run in London’s West End, this hilarious high-energy whodunit is back. Starring Ed MacArthur and Jeremy Legat, it’s a madcap murder mystery with a twist, a hysterical blend of music, mayhem and murder.
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.
THEATRE; Rough Crossing, Theatre Royal Windsor, now – Sat 9 Feb
If you’ve been hibernating on the sofa, binge watching boxsets since the 1 Jan, drag your bottom off and get stuck into some cultcha. Rough Crossing, written by Tom Stoppard (yes, the fella who wrote Shakespeare in Love) and directed by Rachel Kavanagh (Wind In the Willows) returns to Windsor with EastEnders hottie John Partridge taking the lead role.
WELLBEING: Alternative Friday Night, Orchard Life Midgham, Fri 1 Feb
Spend your Friday nights flat on your back in a state of total bliss. And on this occasion, you won’t have emptied a bottle of wine. Friday nights have never looked so good… no, seriously, you’ll be polishing your halo after an evening with Laura of The Wellbeing Feeling’s deep reiki infused meditations, yoga nidra (yogic sleep) and a sound meditation.
COMEDY: Stephen K Amos: Bouquets and Brickbats, South Street Arts Reading, Fri 1 Feb – Sat 2 Feb
Brexit. Trump: things have been looking bleak. Comic maestro Stephen K Amos might not be able to provide bread to the hungry masses, but no one else is going to put on a better circus. Leave your problems behind and who knows? Maybe the world will seem just a little bit brighter.
EXHIBITION: An Earthly Paradise: William Morris & the Thames, River & Rowing Museum, Fri 1 Feb – Sun 14 July
This exhibition’s focus is on how the Thames and its tributaries influenced William Morris’ work. He had a rural retreat in Oxon and enjoyed angling and boating and the influence of the river can been seen in his textiles and designs. Pieces have been collated from the V&A, The William Morris Gallery and the British Library to make this exhibition possible and it also delves into Morris personal life and his politics so you get a sense of the man as well as his iconic work.
FAMILIES: Charge The Castle, Windsor Castle, from Sat 2 Feb
Chaaaaaarge! Windsor Castle its under siege and it’s up to your mini knights to fight them off pronto. Don’t worry they’ll have all the gear – armour and weapons – and a bit of an idea (did someone say risk assessment?), leaving you time to wander off and swoon over the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Wedding exhibition. It’s only on until 17 Feb. Charge The Castle is on every Saturday in Feb, and every day over half term.
MUSIC: The Vinyl Frontier: The White Album, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Sat 2 Feb
Calling all music nerds and Beatlemania babes! The Vinyl Frontier will be putting the Liverpool lads’ White Album under the spotlight to endure a thorough creative interrogation. Lots of chat, trivia and socialising with a musical masterpiece as your soundtrack for the evening.
SPORT: American Superslam Wrestling 2019, Hexagon Reading, Sun 3 Feb
Let’s get ready to rumble! I know, I know, but my boys love wrestling and I reckon this would be a great family treat. My knowledge stops short at Big Daddy but I’m assured American Superslam Wrestling featuring Love Island’s Adam Maxted (series 2, in case you’re wondering) all oiled up and in the tiniest lame pants. Just pray there are no re-enactments in the back of the car on the way home. Easy, Easy…
KIDS: Under The Sea, The Look Out Discovery Centre Bracknell, now – Sun 24 Mar
If you have littlies, the post Crimbo come down can be, well, challenging. Take your kiddie-fuelled commotion to the ocean at The Lookout Discovery Centre’s Under The Sea show. Dive in and discover the creatures that live there and help protect them through different challenges.
EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, V&A Museum London, from Sat 2 Feb
This is going to be maaassive! The V&A is showing the largest House of Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK, tracing the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him. The exhibition is based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and there will be a new section exploring Dior’s fascination with British culture. A highlight will be the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London.
FASHION: Celebrating China pop-up boutique, Bicester Village, now until Sun 17 Feb
Curated by fashion influencer Susie Bubble, this pop-up boutique of ten cutting-edge Chinese designers is opening to celebrate Chinese New Year. It includes rising stars Ryan Lo, Mukzin and I Am Chen and with Chinese designers starting to make their mark on catwalks around the world it’s definitely worth checking out what they have to offer.
THEATRE: All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre, London, Sat 2 Feb – Sat 11 May
Not the recent fabulous tv series but a play based on the award-winning 1950s film starring Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a Broadway star, and her young fan, Eve Harrington, who inveigles her way into her life. With Gillian Anderson and Lilly James in the starring roles, director Ivo van Hove at the helm, and with the themes of celebrity and youth at its core, this looks like a dead cert for success.
EXHIBITION: David Adjaye: Making Memory – Seven Monumental Projects, Design Museum London, Sat 2 Feb – Sun 5 May
Can a building shape our perception of events? We’re about to find out. Celebrated Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye showcases seven of his architectural projects that speak louder than words for social justice – all with a sense of fashion and style. From the National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened by President Barak Obama, to the UK Holocaust Memorial Centre, each project is presented in a dedicated room alongside video interviews and immersive displays.
BALLET: Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Milton Keynes Theatre, now – Sat 2 Feb
It ain’t no secret that I’m a massive Matthew Bourne fan – he’s an extraordinary talent and every ballet of his I review is incredible. I saw this menacing, witty production of Swan Lake when it first opened a few months back (read my review) and it’s the easiest ‘go go go’ suggestion of January. Even those who aren’t in love with the ballet will be riveted.
KIDS: The Cat In The Hat, Aylesbury Waterside, now – Sun 3 Feb 2019
Oooh, I’m liking the quirky mayhem of this production. The team behind The Twits and George’s Marvellous Medicine return to the Aylesbury Waterside with Dr Seuss’s The Cat In The Hat. The classic picture book is retold with original songs, circus skills and some seriously groovy staging. For children 3+.
THEATRE: When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Ourselves, the National Theatre, London, now – Sat 2 Mar
Cate Blanchett makes her debut at The National alongside Stephen Dilane in this new play by Martin Crimp, based on Samuel Richardson’s novel Pamela. It explores desire, sexual violence and the complicated roles men and women play – blimey!. There’s also a series of talks with members of the production and the playwright throughout the play’s run though Cate isn’t on the menu I’m afraid.