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This Week

Mon 2 Mar - Sun 8 Mar

Looking for the lowdown on what to get up to this week in Northants? Here’s the best of all the hot happenings near you.


THEATRE: The King and IMilton Keynes Theatre, 1– 7 Mar

This acclaimed interpretation of the golden age musical from Rogers and Hammerstein, about the tempestuous relationship between the King of Siam and a British school teacher, has been nominated for six Olivier awards.

WELLBEING: Natural Minds, Brixworth Country Park, Mon 2 Mar

Connect to the natural environment to enhance your sense of wellbeing. There’s a guided walk, followed by a natural crafting activity making a springtime wreath with willow and catkins.

COMEDY: John Bishop: Warm up, Royal and Derngate, Tues 3 Mar

TV superstar with all the gags, John Bishop graces the R&D to bring his heart-warming brand of comedy to the stage.

THEATRE: The Last of the Pelican Daughters, Royal and Derngate, Tue 3 to Sat 7 Mar

Grappling with loss and justice, four sisters try to come to terms with their mother’s death in this lively comedy.

WORKSHOP: Italian Pasta Making for Beginners, Carmela’s Kitchen, Northampton, Tue 3 Mar.

Pasta in all it’s wonderful, satisfyingly carby forms, from spaghetti to farfalle, gnocchi and decoratively pressed herb dough. All will be tantalisingly within your powers thanks to this morning workshop from the boss lady of the Italian kitchen, Carmela Sereno. Coffee and cantucci included. Brace for a food coma.

FOOD: Vegan Cheese and Wine Evening, Bread and Circus, Daventry,  Wed 4 Mar.

Treat yourself to a spot of ethical  indulgence at one of our favourite foodie destinations. Seriously, if you aren’t already a regular at this beaut bakery, veggie cafe and pizzeria then you are very much missing out. At this exclusive event you will sample a range of vegan cheese and organic vegan wines, with tasting notes from wine expert Emmanuel Byilingiro, and there will even be a few cheeky sourdough pizza tasters too.

BOOK CLUB: Magazine Heaven, Rushden Lakes, Thu 5 Mar

Want to make more time to read but can’t find the motivation to tear yourself away from your phone? Ditto. Muddy fave Magazine Heaven host a monthly book club in their delightful cafe, so you can turn it a fun social event, and this month it’s on World Book Day.

LIVE SCREENING: Cyrano de Bergerac, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, Thu 5 Mar

James McAvoy stars in this impassioned production of Cyrano de Bergerac from The National Theatre, a tale of tormented love and tragic loss.

COMEDY: Lou Sanders: Say Hello To Your New Step-Mummy, The Lab, Corby, Thu 5 Mar and The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, Fri 13 Mar

Oversharing on spirituality, mental health, pervs and relationships, Lou Sanders is never one to shy away from controversy. Watch out – she’ll have you popping your stitches.

COMEDY: Stewart Lee: Snowflake/Tornado, Royal and Derngate, Fri 6 Mar

If complex, political meanderings littered with MacGuffins are your thing, then make a date with the master of standup, Stewart Lee, who brings his wry, dry wit back to R&D

EVENT: Emotional Eating – Cookery demo and chat with Oliver McCabe, Sheaf Street Health Store, Daventry, Fri 6 Mar

Hold my family sized pack of hobnobs, this one is probably going to ring some bells with anyone who has ever got stressed out and eaten all the kids’ Easter eggs in frenzy. That’s everyone then? Nutritionist Oliver McCabe will teach how to choose the right food for the right reasons, give ideas to help you whip up fuss-free healthy food, and you can taste some healthy dishes for yourself (that’s the food, not Oliver).

COMEDY: Iain Stirling – Falling Upwards, The Core Theatre, Corby, Fri 6 Mar

Ever wondered how people manage to appear so normal and living their best lives all the time? Same. Iain Stirling examines his own inability to function on a normal human level in this darkly humorous stand-up show.

WORKSHOP: Macrame Hanging Shelf Workshop, The Vintage Retreat, Northampton, Sat 7 Mar

No need to tie yourself up in knots, in-vogue retro homeware trend macrame has made it all the way to Northants, and here’s a chance to learn the craft yourself, courtesy of modern macrame pro, Fallon, of Mayflower Designs.

KIDS: Family Storytelling, Canons Ashby, Sat 7 Mar

Keep the Mudlets quiet for five minutes at this charming storytelling event in honour of World Book Day, aimed at younger children, but all ages welcome.

COMEDY: Josie Long – Tender, Royal and Derngate, Sun 8 Mar

Edgy indie comedy all about the skull-cracking intensity of new motherhood, kindness, gentleness, and joy. Josie Long aims to make you laugh and feel optimistic about the future. Is that a big ask? Caution: really silly voices.

EVENT: Rushton Hall Wedding Fair, Sun 8 Mar

Fancy something on the posh side for your wedding and planning to cane the credit card? Rushton Hall have every upmarket detail you can think of from favours to honeymoons and everything in between, all in the most stunning setting. Do we get to taste the canapes?

THEATRE: Time Machine, London Library, London, until 5 April

Fancy venturing further afield? The Creation Theatre crew are heading to the Big Smoke! In this moving (literally) production, small audiences will be led through the vast London Library as Time Machine, which explores themes of neuroscience, big data, genomics and global connectedness, unfolds. Knowing Creation, it’s bound to be brilliant.

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