The Muddy Guide: What’s on, Thurs 3 – Weds 9 March ’16
The Moscow State Circus, The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, Thurs 3 and Fri 4 March
In for a bit of folklore fun? The Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with its newest production, based on the Russian folklore story Cvetik-Semicvetik, or ‘the flower with seven colours’ where each of the petals represent a wish. Professor Wacko (oh I do love a good title) & his crazy side kick Natalia Mezentceva, invite the audience to a mysterious enchanted garden and guide us through this tale, granting wishes to the beautiful Kushka Veslovskiy who plays Zhenya. There’s a multitude of flying, back flipping, juggling, wire walking & roller-skating (which you must never try and emulate after a bottle of Prosecco *hangs head).
Lyveden National Trust, near Oundle
Strictly speaking, this is open all year round, but March is a lovely time to go, all wrapped up with a flask of hot chocolate and marshmallows. Set in the heart of rural Northamptonshire (I used my sat nav after a couple of false turns), Lyveden is a haunting survivor of the Elizabethan age. Begun by Sir Thomas Tresham to symbolise his Catholic faith, Lyveden remains incomplete and virtually unaltered since work stopped on his death in 1605. It’s great for kiddie adventurers with a mysterious garden lodge and gardens with spiral mounts, terracing and canals. Both of my mini Muddies (I say that, even though one is 6ft) liked it, with absolutely no bickering. Result.
Claire Teal, The Royal and Derngate, Northampton, Thurs 3 March
Well it’s all that Jazz with Claire Teal! The Jazz singer who presents her weekly show on BBC Radio 2 and fronts her Big Band or Hollywood Orchestra is taking a break from big crowds to frequent more intimate venues. The singer covers classics such as Ella Fitzgerald but also covers modern songs and her own material. Pull out the champagne for this elegant event (maybe no jazz hands then *sigh)!
Red Admiral Vintage opens in Ria’s Rosy Lee Tearoom, Wellingborough, Sat 5 March
Is Wellingborough the new vintage hot spot? It would seem so as Red Admiral Vintage takes on the first floor of Ria’s Rosy Lee tearoom, offering a selection of vintage homewares, clothing, jewellery and accessories. The official launch day is on Saturday where you can buy a lucky dip for £5 (it will include a vintage trinket, accessory or piece of jewellery up to the value of £10)! Not to be outdone, Ria will be offering a cream tea for two for £7, an ideal way to mark Mothers Day.
The Hateful Eight, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Northampton, Fri 4 and Sun 6 March
If you missed it, Tarantino’s Western thriller is coming to the Errol Flynn Filmhouse. The award winning director created The Hateful Eight around an intriguing story of a bounty hunter and his prisoner and it just scooped the Academy Award for Best Musical Score at this year’s Oscars. Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell, it was always going to cause a stir.
Youth Club, The Roadmender, Northampton, Fri 4 March
Since the release of their second EP ‘Brothers’ on Lab, these boys have been the band on everybody’s lips. In summer 2015 they played Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Y Not Festival, Standon Calling, Beat-Herder, Shazam Summer Party and Kopparberg’s Urban Forest Festival. Their music mixes guitar licks, electronic keys and R’n’B vocals to create crisp, dance orientated pop. With sold out shows at Chinnerys and Camden Barfly, this looks like a pretty cool band to hit Northants.
Shane Filan, The Royal and Derngate, Northampton, Sat 5 March
The release of Right Here last October has made Shane Filan one of the UK’s most popular male solo artists, following on from his time with Westlife, one of THE world’s most successful bands of the last few decades. Shane comes to the Royal and Derngate and promises to show just why he is so well loved!
Mothers Day Jazz Sunday Lunch, Whittlebury Hall, Whittlebury, Sun 6 March
Northants residents will be familiar with Whitters (as I like to call it). I once took Grand Muddy to a Queen tribute night (she is Freddie’s number one fan), it was much fun. On the theme of Mothers, enjoy a delicious three-course carvery-style buffet, whilst listening to live entertainment with a jazz band, and relax this Mother’s Day. Plus, all Mums will receive a Day Spa Heat and Ice Experience voucher (worth £29)!
National Theatre Live: Hangman, Corby Cube, Corby, Wed 9 March
Following a sell-out run at London’s Royal Court Theatre, Olivier and Academy-Award-winner Martin McDonagh returns to the West End with Matthew Dunster’s award-winning production of his new play Hangmen, recorded by National Theatre Live. In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging?