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Muddy Guide to What’s On this week…

Food, wine and song, it’s all here in your Muddy round-up kids!

Macmillan Coffee Morning, Royal & Derngate, 30 Sep

coffee-cup-1Mornin’ folks, still sleepy? Come down to the Derngate and grab a warm cup of liquid gold. I’d say first one’s on us but that’s a lot of coffee. It’s being held this Friday, in Bar Hygge, from 11am till 3pm. All the theatre staff are being encouraged to donate cakes and goodies, and anyone who bakes their own is being entered into a special Cake Off competition. Royal & Derngate, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DP.

Royal & Derngate

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Masque Theatre, 29 Sep – 2 Oct

o-charlie-and-the-chocolate-factory-facebookA classic/fave/bestest story ever, we’re all familiar with Charlie. This production of the famous Roald Dahl adapted play, is faithful to the story and has everything from Ooompa Loompa’s to Grandma’s & Grandpa’s. The Masque Theatre, Castle Way, Barton Seagrave, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6SW.

Masque Theatre


The Colour of Me, Corby, 30 Sep – 1 Oct

colourHere’s one for the wee ones (ages 3-7, but who said we couldn’t join in). Interactive theatre for all the little ‘uns who enjoy shapes and colours and other messy shennaigans, 11am – 2pm. The Core at Corby Cube, George Street, Corby, NN17 1QG

The Core

Young Actors, Delapre Abbey, 3 Oct

dsc_0080Bring forth your inner actor and get ready to become the next Leo Dicaprio. Brand new Young Actors groups for ages 8-11 launches week beginning 3 Oct. This group is perfect for any primary aged children who want to build their confidence in performance, make new friends, have fun and learn new skills. It’s on at 5.15-6.45pm and costs £55 a term. Unfortunately, no amount of training guarantees the Leo smile.


Legally Blonde, The Lighthouse Theatre, 5 Oct

legally-blonde1Now I can’t say much about Legally Blonde (gasp), but little Miss Muddy can. And from what I’ve heard from her, it’s definitely going to entertain. Chances are most of you have seen it on the telly, and now it’s the turn of the Lighthouse Theatre to entertain you. The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive, Kettering, NN15 6PB

Legally Blonde

Dogs for Good, Middle Cheney, 29 Sep

15_tiniest_dog_breeds_1718_3083Ahhhhh you know we have a soft spot for doggies on Muddy Northants. Karen Williams will be talking about how the charity began, how the people got involved and a little bit about dog training. She’s also bringing her own doggie Iggy for demonstration and all round snuggles.

Middleton Cheney Library, Main Road, Middleton Cheney

Into The Breach, Brixworth Library, 30 Sep

1000509261001_2013980530001_william-shakespeare-the-life-of-the-bardEnd the month with a bang, another part of the Shakespearian anniversary is Mark Carey’s one man show, Into The Breach. Set in the second world war, this rib tickling and nostalgic play is sure to offer some insight into the world of acting; one man acting.


Richard Alston Dance Company, Royal & Derngate, 4-5 Oct

Vidya Patel (Princess Maria Barbara), Liam Riddick (Prince Fernando of the Asturias)Slip on those dancing slippers and get ready to kick back, relax, and see what you could have been if it wasn’t for good telly and nice food. Richard Alston brings his dance troop marching on to the stage in the Derngate with style. Rejoice in the Lamb is coming back to its spiritual home. 19-21 Guildhall Rd, Northampton, NN1 1DP

Royale & Derngate

Further afield

London Restaurant Festival, 1 – 31 Oct


Rack up the plates, here I come with my elasticated pants. The London Restaurant Festival takes place in 350 restaurants across the Smoke, from neighbourhood favourites to Michelin-starred fancy pants eateries, so it’s your perfect excuse to try somewhere new. There are chef-hosted lunches and tasting menus on offer, but I’m particularly loving the sound of the Champagne Gourmet Odysseys – 3 courses in 3 different top restaurants, with Veuve Clicquot paired with each course, travelling between each restaurant on a Routemaster bus. The Festival lasts all month but if you really want to time it perfectly, go in the next week when the London Cocktail Week starts in Shoreditch (Mon 3 – Sun 9 Oct) and see if you can take the challenge to keep the food in front of you in focus.

London Literary Festival, at the Southbank Centre, London, from Wed 5 Oct to Sun 16 Oct


This festival at Southbank is one is one of the biggest and best in the UK. Alongside ticketed events, the free events include a panel discussion about the life and achievements of David Bowie at The Age of Bowie (7 Oct), and a live DJ set called Friday Tonic which fuses music and images of the future to create a futuristic experience. Headline events include a discussion with acclaimed Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, National Poetry Day and a panel discussion with the novelists shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize.



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