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Hamlet, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Tues 27 Feb – Sat 3 Mar

The Royal Shakespeare Company takes Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of murder and revenge on a national tour in 2018. A student is called home from university to find his life turned upside down. He had the world at his feet, but now everything has changed. Who can be trusted, who can be believed? Sent by the ghost of his father to avenge his brutal death, Hamlet’s mission to expose the truth is a perilous journey of madness, murder and lost love. What will ultimately become of a young man sent to kill?

Following a critically acclaimed run in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2016, rising star Paapa Essiedu plays the title role in a riveting and contemporary take on ‘Hamlet’. Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01604 624811 or through the website.

Royal & Derngate Theatre, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP

Love From A Stranger, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Fri 23 Feb – Sat 17 Mar

A play by Agatha Christie and Frank Vosper. In association with Fiery Angel LTD. A whirlwind romance with a handsome and charming stranger sweeps Cecily Harrington off her feet. Little does she know the ghastly truth about her new beau…

Electric with suspense and with a biting twist in its tail, this edge-of-your-seat thriller by the UK’s greatest crime writer is reimagined in a brand new production by the always innovative theatre maker Lucy Bailey (director of last year’s Gaslight). Tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01604 624811 or through the website.

Royal & Derngate Theatre, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP

The best of award season, Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Northampton, Throughout March

Catch up with some of the biggest contenders of this year’s award season at Errol Flynn Filmhouse. A huge selection of films are available including ‘Shape of Water’, ‘I,Tonya’ and ‘Lady Bird’ so there’s something for everyone. If you fancy a trip with this kids, then ‘The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long’ is the one for you; belt out the dazzling show tunes from the box office hit. Tickets range from £6 – £8.50 and can be booked online.

Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Derngate, Northampton NN1 1TU

Oundle International Festival Tickets, Oundle, from Thurs 1 Mar

Tickets for this year’s Oundle International Festival will go on sale on Thursday 1st March; the ever popular Festival returns for its 34th year with a programme so broad in appeal that there is something for everyone to enjoy. The festival is from 4th-14th July and has so much to offer for all the family, with an open-air production of David Walliams’ ‘The Midnight Gang’ or enjoy jazz and swing music from the ’20s and ’30s with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra. There’s a lot to choose from and tickets can be bought online of by calling the box office on 01832 274734, visit the website for more information.

Oundle Festival Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle, PE8 4EA

Bumps, NN Contemporary Art, Northampton, 2-3pm, Thurs 1 Mar

Get messy with your baby or toddler in these crayon-fueled, finger painting sessions. Make sure you wear clothes that can handle paint!
NN Contemporary Art, 9 Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP

Rich Hall’s Hoedown, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 8pm, Fri 2 Mar

Following a hugely successful autumn 2017 tour, Rich Hall and his Hoedown band continue their second leg of touring their Hoedown show. Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between America and the UK is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever. This Hoedown tour begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America and all of its twists and turns, but ends up in a celebration of Americana. There’s stand-up, improvised ballads, cracking good musicianship, and ultimately a hilarious, foot-stomping good time to be had by all. Tickets are priced £17 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007 or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

25 Year Portrait Photography Retrospective by Donald Maclellan, The Hestletine Gallery, Wed 7 – Sun 25 Mar

One of the country’s most eminent portrait photographers shares a one-off glimpse into the best of his portraits of the famous and influential – over 40 images ranging from Sir Ian McKellen to Stephen Fry and a range of politicians and leaders of social reform. Do come along and meet Donald over a glass of wine! All free, including plenty of parking.

Chenderit School, Archery Road, Middleton Cheney, Oxfordshire, OX17 2QR

Pastel Art Workshop, 10:30am – 3pm, Towcester, Thurs 8th March

Start the Spring creatively with Louise Brown from Louise’s Gallery at her pastel workshop held at Catanger Llama Farm. Be guided in the art of pastels and be inspired by the beautiful surroundings, everyone is welcome from beginners to experienced painters.

Materials are provided and the workshop is priced at £45 per person. Limited spaces are available so book in advance on 07817609617.

Catanger Farm, Wappenham Road, Weedon Lois, Towcester, NN12 8FN

Tapas Y Pinchos, The Artist Table, Northampton, Fri 9th March

Enjoy an evening of the tastiest tapas in town with fellow unapologetic lovers of tapas. The Artist Table is a cross between part cafe and part restaurant making in a comfortable in-between with a welcoming atmosphere, the perfect place to spend a Friday evening.

The Artist Table, 9 Guildhall road, 1st Floor, Northampton NN1 1DP

Whitley Neill Gin Tasting Evening, Kettering Park Hotel, Kettering, 7pm, Fri 9 Mar
Enjoy a wide selection of gins as guest speaker, Peter Dolan from Halewoods Spirits, talk you through some fantastic ones. This is accompanied with an informal evening dinner so bring along your friends and have a relaxed, fun night. Tickets are £35 per person and can be booked by calling 01536 416666.
Kettering Parkway, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6XT
Mother’s Day Lunch, Kettering Park Hotel, Kettering, 12:30pm – 2:30pm, Sun 11 Mar
Treat your mum to a well-deserved 3 course lunch this Mother’s Day. Kettering Park Hotel has done all the hard work for you, you just need to bring your mum along. She will be given a glass of fizz on arrival and every mum will receive a gift. Priced at £35 per person, you can book by calling 01536 416666.
Kettering Parkway, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6XT

Shrek the Musical, Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Wed 14 – Sun 25 Mar

Based on the story and characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy.

Join Shrek, and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages!

Tickets priced from £16 -£49.50 and can be booked online or by calling the box office on 01604 624811.

Royal & Derngate Theatre, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP

2018 TOYO Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship, Towcaster, Sat 17 Mar

The opening round of the 2018 Toyo Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship will be the first ever rallycross event held at Silverstone, raising the curtain on a brand new season of rallycross!

The event will be headlined by 600bhp, four-wheel drive rallycross Supercars where drivers will race in short, sharp four-lap qualifying races to determine their starting positions for the six-lap semi-finals and finals later in the day.

Two other MSA Championships feature in “British RX”, the MSA Supernational Rallycross Championship; an eclectic range of two-wheel drive cars, and the MSA Junior Rallycross Championship for 14–17 year-olds. It’s going to be thrilling start to the 2018 season!

Tickets are available from £15 and children aged 15 & under can attend for free. Tickets are available on the website.

Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8TN

More Star Than In The Heavens: The MGM Musicals, Castle Theatre, 7:30pm, Sat 17 Mar

This Spring, musical aficionados can go on a journey down memory lane with award winning singer Robert Habermann, as he sings the songs and tells the story of the magical MGM musicals. From humble beginnings at the start of the talkies in 1929, to their unique celebration in the 1974 compilation film ‘That’s Entertainment’, Robert revisits them all live at Castle Theatre. ‘More Stars Than in The Heavens’ contains over forty of MGM’s iconic songs including: Over The Rainbow, The Trolley Song, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Show Business, Stranger in Paradise, Just In Time, Hi Lili Hi Lo, That’s Entertainment and many more. Robert will be joined on the stage by talented young dancers from the local area who will be recreating iconic and much-loved dance routines. Tickets are priced £18.50 (£17) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007 or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

Spanish Night, Brampton Halt, Northampton, Fri 23 Mar

Get into the Spanish mood with your friends with an evening full of tapas, paella and sangria. Brampton Halt are prepared to get embrace you into the Spanish vibes, perfect for a girl’s night out.

Brampton Halt, Pitsford Road, Chapel Brampton, Northampton NN6 8BA

Spring Fair, Brampton Halt, Northampton, 11am -4pm, Sat 25 Mar

Enjoy the beginning of Spring with a selection of local crafters & producers showing & selling their wares.  There will be plenty of craft and food stalls, speciality gin bar for the adults and a bouncy castle for the little ones, for the whole family to indulge in.

Pop in for a coffee and bacon roll from 11 am or treat yourself to something from the BBQ which will be sizzling from 12 noon. Entry will be free, donations to their chosen charity are welcome.

Brampton Halt, Pitsford Road, Chapel Brampton, Northampton NN6 8BA

Aaminah Snowdon, The Rose Gallery, Northampton, 11am-3pm, Sat 24 Mar

The highly popular, young English artist Aaminah Snowdon will be visiting The Rose Gallery. Aaminah Snowdon is a British contemporary artist, born in 1990, in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Her work exclusively depicts British wildlife, farm animals and pets in a unique and original style with a hint of humour. Admire her signature style of bold strokes and vibrant colours as this self-taught artist showcases her best work. The event is free to attend and anyone interested in Aaminah’s work and in meeting Aaminah, is welcome. You can book tickets via Eventbrite.

The Rose Gallery, (within Bell) Kingsthorpe Road, Northampton NN2 6LT

I Believe in Unicorns, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 1:30pm, Mon 26 Mar

Olivier Award nominated Wizard brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s treasured story, I Believe in Unicorns, to life. The one-woman show set in a library is an enchanting and interactive show, I Believe in Unicorns sparks imagination in both young and old, perfect for families. It is a tale of the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. Tomas hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady in his local library. Tickets are priced £11 (£9) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007 or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

Bernstein Centenary Ballet, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 7:15pm, Tues 27 Mar

To celebrate the centenary of classical composer Leonard Bernstein’s birth, The Royal Ballet present Bernstein Centenary Ballet, an all-Bernstein programme with work from choreographers Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon. Ballet enthusiasts can enjoy this evening of dynamic dance when it is broadcast live to Castle Theatre. Tickets are priced £15.50 (£13.50) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007 or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

Frank’s Comedy Club, Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 8pm, Fri 30 Mar

Frank’s Comedy Club is back with another evening of top quality laughs featuring some of the best acts on the UK comedy circuit.

You can even enjoy Franks Meal Deal an pre-order food for an extra £7.50 (£8.50 on the night) to enjoy a delicious burger, from Franks Hamburger House, served with chips and salad in a takeaway box during the interval. There’s four different choices, including a vegetarian option, to choose from.

Tickets cost £12.50 (£10.50 concessions) and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01933 270 007, or online.

Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough, NN8 1XA

Further Afield:

Mamma Mia, London

Treat your mum this Mother’s Day to a trip to see one of the most loved musicals.

Mamma Mia! A mother, a daughter, three possible dads, and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! Writer Catherine Johnson’s tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The storytelling of ABBA’s songs propels this musical tale of love, laughter and friendship. You’ll find your feet tapping along to familiar hits through this smash-hit musical.

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