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Spamalot, The Hexagon Reading, now – Sat 3 Feb

Comedy musical Monty Python's Spamalot beamed onto castle gate

Monty Python’s award-winning musical  Spamalot is coming to Reading. Yup, it really is. Lovingly ripped off from the 1975 film, this spammier than ever production is a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen. It’ll sell out in a flash.


Yoga & Meditation pop up, B The Lifestyle Shop Newbury, Tues 30 Jan

Perfectly balanced yoga move on top of a rock

Namasté my yogi pals. If you’re mission for 2018 is find time for you, then this could be right up your street. B The Lifestyle Shop in Newbury is running a yoga and meditation workshop with Laura Routh-Parsons to bring some calm and yogi flow to your mind, body and soul. Bliss out baby.

Murder Mystery Treasure Hunt, Central Reading, Sat 3 Feb

steam rising out of saucepan on hob

Murder mystery has shrugged off its dusty Bridge crowd credentials to become cool. A Dish to Die For is the latest case to be solved in Reading. Answer the clues and discover whodunnit – you have just 2hrs and 15 minutes. So there’ll no time to nip into Zara.

Comedy In The Brewery, Windsor & Eton Brewery 1 Vansittart Estate, Sat 3 Feb

black white picture of comedian performing on the factory floor stage at Eton and Windsor Brewery

Craft beer and comedy, it’s a match made in a brewery. Nothing like a few lagers (don’t panic, they’re serving wine too) to get the giggles at this very cool comedy club, live from the factory floor at Eton and Windsor Brewery. Crack on and organise the proverbial p*** up.

Dinner Pop-Up, Hinds Head Bray, Sat 3 Feb

Heston Blumenthal famous MeatFruit Dish this restaurant Dinner toasted bread on a wooden board

Want to try Heston’s legendary Meat Fruit? Now you can. For one day only, – Chef Director Ashley Palmer-Watts’ 2-Michelin-star team from London’s Dinner will decamp to the Hind’s Head Bray to dish up a 5-course menu of signature dishes. Only a table for 4 and 6 left – £95 per head. Not to be missed!

Teddy, Watermill Theatre Newbury, now – Sat 10 Feb

Jive talking, couple dance in the musical Teddy by Snapdragon Productions, performed The Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Come on January can be sooooo boring. Don’t make it an entirely no-fun zone. The Watermill is hitting 2018 hard with punchy new musical Teddy. After a successful run in London, Teddy is going on tour, first stop Newbury to unleash the teen rebellion. Let the good times rock ‘n’ roll.



David Walliams’ Awful Auntie, Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe, Thurs 1 Feb – Sun 4 Feb

Another month, another David Walliams book transformed for the stage, but who cares when the kids love them so much? From the award-winning producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of Awful Auntie with its tiny ghost, huge owl and little person-pleasing humour.


Hip hop karoake, Terrace Bar, Tate Modern, Fri 2 – Sat 3 Feb

I feel cool just writing this. How about an evening of hip hop at Tate Modern’s Terrace Bar? Join DJ Rob Pursey and the Hip Hop Karaoke team as they lead the party, with craft beer from Brooklyn Brewery and old school gems from the 80s, 90s and 00s so you can still feel you know where it’s at. Add your stick on tooth diamond and remember not to talk about property prices.


Julius Caesar: First Encounters, RSC, Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Fri 2 Feb – Sat 3 Feb

Great idea this. A new version of Julius Caesar for 8 -13 year olds. Part of the RSC’s First Encounters with Shakespeare series, these engaging adaptations are 90 minutes long, use Shakespeare’s original language and ask audiences to participate in the story. Beats Lett’s Notes any day (come on admit it, you used them too!).

George’s Marvellous Medicine, Aylesbury Waterside, Tues 30 Jan – Sat 3 Feb

A Roald Dahl adaptation that’s perfect for kids ages 5 plus, as George tries to cure his rather mean Grandmother of her nastiness with a special potion that sets him off on a big adventure.



Speakers, by Nicolas Party, Modern Art Oxford, until 18 Feb 2018 

Running since late November at Modern Art Oxford, but if you’re yet to catch it now’s your chance. The Swiss artist Nicolas Party (formerly a graffiti specialist)  has produced Speakers, a selection of 5ft female heads, complete with 2-hour looped soundscape that seems to speak to you as you brush past. Weird, and kind of wonderful.


George’s Marvellous Medicine, Aylesbury Waterside, Tues 30 Jan – Sat 3 Feb

A Roald Dahl adaptation that’s perfect for kids ages 5 plus, as George tries to cure his rather mean Grandmother of her nastiness with a special potion that sets him off on a big adventure.


North – Fashioning Identity, Somerset House, now – Feb 4 2018

Alice-Hawkins, LOVE magazine, ‘The Liver Birds’, 2012

Forget the north/south divide, London doffs its hat to Manchester, Newcastle et al in this new exhibition. Social documentary film and photography detailing life in the north of England in the mid-20th century sits alongside works by photographers, designers and artists inspired by the parts of our green and pleasant land beyond the Watford Gap. Contributors include Nottingham’s finest Paul Smith and Manchester’s Factory Records designer Peter Saville. If you visit after 15 Nov,  you can also take a twirl on Somerset House’s gorgeous outdoor ice rink.


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.

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