The Muddy Guide: Thurs 31 March – Weds 6 April
A slightly pared back What’s On this week as there’s still plenty going on in our Bumper Muddy Easter Guide. Normal service will resume once I’ve stopped pigging out on chocolate eggs and can actually fit behind my desk.
Exhibitionism: Rolling Stones at Saatchi Gallery, 5 April to 4 September
Immerse yourself in over 50 years of total excess with Mick, Keef and the gang in this huge Rolling Stones exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery (nearest tube Sloane Square). The controversy started early with this poster being banned by London Underground. Follow the group’s journey from little-known London blues band to cultural juggernauts still capable of filling stadiums across the world. The boys certainly picked up plenty of rock ‘n’ roll relics on their travels and the exhibition promises iconic costumes, guitars, dressing room and backstage paraphernalia, personal diaries, original poster and album cover art work, unseen video footage and a ‘wraparound cinematic experience’. What goes on tour, stays on tour… Tickets from £19 for adults; £12 for Juniors (6-17 year olds; under 6 go free). To view the whole exhibition takes about 60-90 minutes.
Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, Corn Exchange, Newbury, Fri 1 April, 8pm
Hold onto your handbags, this is a drag comedy musical extravaganza like no other! On the eve of the vote on Section 28 Maggie Thatcher gets lost in Soho and accidentally becomes a cabaret superstar (and you thought Cats was an odd idea for a stage show) but will she change her mind about the homophobic bill before it’s too late? An unashamedly theatrical, camp odyssey about gay rights, the 80s and disco. The show sold out two full month runs at the Edinburgh Fringe over the past two years and has been getting great reviews.
The Marvellous Mystical Magic Show, Wellington Country Park, Weds 6 to Thurs 7 April
An added extra included in your admission price to ‘Welly’ – let your Mudlets be wowed by this mystical magic show. No need to book, but seats are limited to 250 people per show so try to get there early. Shows are at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on both days.
Save the Last Dance for Me, Theatre Royal Windsor, Weds 6 to Sat 9 April
With more than a ripple of Dirty Dancing about it, this new stage show follows two teenage sisters through the summer of ’63 as they embark, for the first time without their parents, on a holiday to the seaside. They meet a handsome young American who invites them to a dance at the local U.S. Air Force base and the story unfolds. Young love, holiday romance – it’s got it all, including some hot young stars – Antony Costa from Blue and X-Factor finalist Lola Saunders in her theatrical debut. From the writers of Goodnight Sweetheart and Birds of a Feather, this has feel-good written all over it. Pass the popcorn. And if you have any burning questions for the lead actors they are doing a Twitter Takeover Q&A on Tues 5 April. Submit your questions to @TheatreWindsor with the hashtags #AskAntony and/or #AskLola.
An evening with Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe, The Hexagon, Reading, Sat 16 April
If you’re a Strictly Superfan (me, me, ME!) then slap on your fake tan, slip into something resplendent in chiffon and sequins and cha-cha-CHAAA darling over to The Hexagon for a showcase of Latin and Ballroom dancing performed by Strictly’s most popular pairing. Local boy Ian Waite (Tom Hiddleston’s dopplegänger) and his partner Natalie Lowe (she of never-ending legs) are also doing a meet and greet before the show *Squeal*! Tickets for the show from £26; Tickets for the meet and greet £10 for photos and autographs.
Tap Factory, The Hexagon, Sat 23 April, 7.30pm
If you can tear your eyeballs away from his rather tremendous biceps for a moment, I’ll explain… Tap Factory is coming to the The Hexagon for one day only, and features some of the world’s best tap dancers and international musicians in a cool and dynamic show blending art, dance, percussion, comedy, and cirque acrobatics. An amazing fully choreographed spectacular, it features mind blowing live percussion, and some easy-on-the-eye male dancers and acrobats. With urban, tap dance, hip hop, comedy, and aerial acrobatics it really is a fun, high octane show that would be perfect to see with a gaggle of girlfriends, and has had sell out tours across Europe and the States. Tickets from £22.
Jump In! Family Arts Festival, Norden Farm, Maidenhead, until Sat 9 April
This excellent arts festival for children, young people and families at Norden Farm, continues throughout the Easter hols until Sat 9 April. Read my review of the day we spent there recently trying all sorts of fun stuff from circus skills to making our own chocolate bars (very professional they were too). There’s a great line up of shows, workshops, arts and crafts sessions and more. Highlights remaining include the Card Ninja, Family Concertini – a live music concert for children and families performed in a relaxed and enjoyable way – and Art Daze – designing t-shirts, making food art and upcycling to create something unique. Tickets range in price from £3 for a workshop to £10 for family shows but you can buy a Festival Pass for £15 for 2 family shows and a film.
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF. Tel: 01628 788997. norden.farm