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February

FEBRUARY

Exhibition: ‘Interbeing’, The Pounds Art Centre, Corsham, to Sun 8 Feb

Interbeing explores the intense relationship of the human body and the ‘more than human’ world. Together, artists James Aldridge and Jonathan Mansfield examine the ways that visual arts practice can enable experiences of connection and belonging.

 

Ferment Fortnight, Weston Studio, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, to Sun 9 Feb

 

Bi-annual work-in-progress festival showcasing the some of the finest innovation-seekers and theatre-makers in the South West. You get to play a crucial role as they ask for feedback on each work. Tickets just a fiver each.

 

The Importance of Being Earnest, Barn Theatre, Cirencester, to Sat 15 Feb

This brilliant reimagining of Oscar Wilde’s timeless classic The Importance of Being Earnest is getting rave reviews already and it’s no surprise. The Barn Theatre is host to its return after a hit 2019 run. But this time there’s a twist – just two actors play all parts. Phew, exhausting. Expect hilarious tap dancing routines, fabulous frocks and enough tea to sink a ship. Spiffing fun.

 

Calendar Artists 2020 Exhibitions, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, to Sat 22 Feb

Thirteen talented artists who have previously exhibited at Fisherton Mill have contributed a piece of their artwork to feature on the pages of their charity calendar. The exhibition will showcase the carefully selected paintings, prints, illustrations and photographs as a special thanks to their generous donation. A portion of the sale from each calendar sold will go to support Harnham Water Meadows Trust. fishertonmill.co.uk

 

The Book of Mormon, Bristol Hippodrome, to Sat 22 Feb

Photo Paul Coltas

The Tony, Olivier and Grammy award-winning musical comedy about a pair of Mormon boys – ‘foul-mouthed, funny and wild’ – on a mission comes to Bristol.

 

Cheltenham Festival of Light, Cheltenham, to 23 Feb

Things are about to get very blue in Cheltenham (no, not like that!) when Light Up Cheltenham 2020 hits the town between 1 and 23 feb. Street theatre group Spark! will amaze crowds during the first night. And a heads up for all you rather eager romantics out there, the whole town will be going red on Valentine’s Day – it’ll be just like you planned it.

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St Mary’s Church, Lydiard Tregoze: A Creative Celebration, Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, Swindon, to Tues 24 Mar

The historic St Mary’s Church was awarded funding from the National Lottery Fund in 2018 to conserve the artifacts inside. The exhibition will bring together the sketches and finished work created by the project’s Artists in Residence along side medieval paintings, monuments and decorative schemes.

 

Grayson Perry, The Pre-Therapy Years, Holburne Museum, Bath, to  25 May

Seventy of Perry’s earliest pots, plates and sculptures, many of which were sourced from across the UK after a successful appeal to the public in 2018.

 

The Dress of the Year, Fashion Museum, Bath, to Nov

Dress of the Year 2019, as chosen by Donna Wallace, Fashion and Accessories Editor at British Vogue is a pleated pink tulle dress by Giambattista Valli for H&M.​ Go drool.

 

Yoga for Peri & Menopausal Women, Stroud Yoga Space, Stroud, Sun 2 Feb

This enlightening class, led by yoga trainer Lisa Taylor of Stroud Yoga Space zones in on the peri-menopausal and menopausal body. Become the boss of your own body clock at this informative workshop. Sessions include yoga techniques to balance the hormonal system, breathing techniques and herbal tea and menopause-beneficial snacks at the end – ahhh, and breathe. Early bird offer of £25.

 

Blithe Spirit, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 4 – Sat 8 Feb

Photo: Nobby Clark

Jennifer Saunders is ab fab in this latest revival of Noel Coward’s well-loved comedy Blithe Spirit. Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth are literally haunted by a past relationship when an eccentric medium (played by Saunders) accidentally conjures up the ghost of his first wife, Elvira, at a séance.

 

Sing-A-Long Bohemian Rhapsody, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon,, Wed 5 Feb

Queen is arguably the greatest rock band of all time and most would agree that their songs are top karaoke anthems. Spend an evening enjoying their smash hits in a whole new way at Wyvern Theatre. Learn the dance moves, sing along to their biggest tunes and embrace the spirit of Freddie Mercury. swindontheatres.co.uk

 

Boyzlife,  Bath Forum, Thurs 6 Feb

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It’s an Irish mash-up (apologies for the potato pun) but fans of boybands Westlife and Boyzone are in for a treat as the two become one, with a full-band production show featuring Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy.

 

Wedding Open Evening, Bowood House and Gardens, Calne, Thurs 6 Feb  

Struggling to figure out what venue would suit you and your partner best? Bowood House could be the perfect location for you. The gorgeous Kerry Suite will be dressed in seasonal floristry set for a luxurious wedding ceremony, breakfast and evening reception. www.bowood.org

 

Moby Dick, Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon, Thurs 6 Feb

To celebrate the birthday of Herman Melville his classic tale ‘Moby Dick’ has been brought to Swindon stage in a stunning solo performance. swindontheatres.co.uk

 

Blood Wedding, Salisbury Playhouse, 6-22 Feb

A Wiltshire village, today. Rob and his fiancée Georgie are checking out the village hall for their wedding reception, but Rob’s mum wonders if they’re rushing into things. Just as they begin to talk her round, a figure from Georgie’s past appears and threatens to shatter their plans. Very soon, Georgie is questioning who really is the love of her life. Barney Norris’ explosive retelling of Lorca’s classic tragedy sets the action firmly in a modern day Wiltshire community that’s rocked by revelations and gossip. His previous plays include Echo’s End and The Remains of the Day at Salisbury Playhouse. www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk

 

 Rubols Fusion Kitchen, Miserden Estate, Miserden, Fri 7 Feb

Rubols have combined their love of Mexican & Middle Eastern food to create unique fusion dishes. Every dish on their menu is packed with flavour, colour, and spices – a clear tribute to their unique heritage. www.miserden.org/popup

 

Steak Night, Hillbrush Restaurant, Mere, Fri 7 Feb

Join Hillbrush for their monthly steak night. Two steak dinners plus drunks for £25..visit.hillbrush.com

 

A Night in Venice, Vaughan’s Kitchen, The Dutch Barn – Owl Lodge, Lacock, Sat 8 Feb

Vaughan’s Kitchen pop-up events are hugely popular, and previous guests rave about the delicious food, fabulous atmosphere and guaranteed good time. Join them at The Dutch Barn to enjoy ‘A Night in Venice’. Dishes include Pizzetta Zucchino and classic Tiramisu. www.vaughanskitchen.co.uk

 

Sing-a-long Bohemian Rhapsody and The Greatest Showman, Theatre Royal Bath, Sun 9 Feb

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Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Nope, it’s the real deal: dress up and sing along to The Greatest Showman (suitable 5+) at and Bohemian Rhapsody (15+) at 7pm.

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Rambert2: Triple Bill, Bristol Old Vic, Tues 11 – Thurs 13 Feb

Formed each year from a worldwide search for new contemporary dance talent, Rambert2’s dancers combine technical virtuosity with raw energy and work with top international choreographers to create thrilling and innovative pieces.

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Dial M for Murder, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 11 Feb – Sat 15 Feb

Photo Manuel Harlan

Stage version of Hitchcock’s iconic 1954 film. When charismatic and manipulative Tony Wendice, a jaded ex-tennis pro, discovers his wife Margot has been unfaithful, his mind turns to revenge and the pursuit of the ‘perfect crime’. With Tom Chambers (Holby City, Casualty, Strictly Come Dancing etc) and Sally Bretton (Not Going Out, Death in Paradise).

 

Hench – Comedy Show, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Thurs 13 Feb

Jessica Fostekew takes to the stage to explore her strength as a female. Her hilarious take on feminism and gender stereotyping is refreshing, funny and well thought. You’ve seen her in BBC sitcoms Motherland and Cuckoo, so don’t miss your chance to catch her on the live stage. poundarts.org.uk

 

Valentine’s Raw Chocolate Workshop, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon, Thurs 13 Feb

Woolley Grange has teamed up with chocolatiers ‘Elements for Life’ to put together the ultimate Valentine’s treat. Discover how to make homemade dairy and soya free chocolates. Recipes includes smooth chocolate love hearts, a delicious fudge and chocolate mousse. enjoy.elementsforlife.co.uk/woolley-valentine

 

Hope in Hell by Dan Baldwin, Paragon Gallery, Cheltenham, Fri 14 Feb – Sat 29 Feb

Head to the swanky Paragon Gallery in Cheltenham for this stunning exhibition. British artist Dan Baldwin is an art innovator and mixed media genius and his collection of original silkscreen prints is a fascinating exhibition. If you like your art 3D and brimming with skeletons, crucifixes, story book illustrations and goodness knows what else, you’re in for a treat.

 

Sourdough Special Cookery Day, Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, 15 Feb

Fancy doing something a bit different for Valentines Day? Treat your loved one to a therapeutic & fun Sourdough Special Cookery Day. Sourdough bread is becoming increasing popular for a variety of reasons. It has a good proportion of firm, crisp crust to soft, light crumb and is full of holes. It’s easier to digest, as it is made from cultured yeast, plus full of flavour. Known to have health benefits, it contains more vitamins and minerals and is lower in sugars than other breads. All you need is water, flour and salt plus some ‘know-how’ to make the long, slow fermentation process work. Lunch & refreshments are included and you’ll take your handmade goodies including a sourdough starter kit home. www.vaughanskitchen.co.uk

 

Valentines Night, Hillbrush Restaurant, Mere, Fri 14 Feb

Wine and dine your loved one at Hillbrush Restaurant. Enjoy a fantastic 2-course meal for £25 or 3-course for £30. visit.hillbrush.com

 

Valentine’s A DragThe Subscriptions Rooms, Stroud, Fri 14 Feb

This is one hot grrrl-friend of a night out, not only is it highly saucy but slightly bonkers and what’s not to love about that. Featuring the fabulous LBGTQ+ DJs Sink the Pink (fresh from their Notting Hill set)  – prepare for one of the most ‘out there’ and quirky nights in the UK. With sold out shows at Brixton Academy and The Roundhouse they are now into their 10th anniversary. Expect high octane pop, higher octane hair, circus performers, light shows and some very special surprises. Tickets start at £16.50.

 

Valentine’s In The Shelburne Restaurant, Bowood House and Gardens, Calne, Fri 14 Feb

Treat someone special to a delicious five-course tasting menu at the gorgeous Shelburne Restaurant at the heart of the majestic Bowood Estate. www.bowood.org

 

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Masters of Montmartre, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, Sat 15 Feb – Sun 26 May

Ambassadeurs by Aristide Bruant

Over 80 iconic posters – they revolutionised the world of graphic design, don’t ya know – from 19th century Paris.

 

Sourdough Special, Vaughan’s Cookery School. Devizes, Sat 15 Feb

Sourdough is a labour intensive process but it’s all worth it to get that firm, crisp crust with a soft and light crumb. Dave Buxton has been making his own sourdough bread in his domestic kitchen for over 10 years, and he’s kindly decided to share his knowledge with those who attend this workshop. You’ll also get your own sourdough ‘take-home’ kit to get started in your own kitchen!

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Kid For a Quid, Monkey World, Longthorns, Sat 15 Feb to Sun 23 Feb

From Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd, Monkey World is offering child entry for just £1 when they bring a present for the primates! www.monkeyworld.org

 

Clare Teal and her BIG Mini BIG BAND, Theatre Royal Bath, Sun 16 Feb

Photo Chris Christodoulou

100 years of pop music from award-winning jazzer and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal.

 

Six, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 18 – Sun 23 Feb

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From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the award-winning Six sees the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their own personal tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power.

 

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 19 Feb

Photo Ben Tibbetts

Watch other people push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe from the comfort of your cinema seat, chomping popcorn.  Also on at City Hall, Salisbury on 4 Feb and 26 March.

 

Jazz at the Shed, Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre, Tetbury, Wed 19 Feb

One of Europe’s young Jazz superstars, Jamie Brownfield will be performing with Hotclub Guitarist Caley Groves and host Stuart Carter-Smith to showcase some of the UK’s leading lights of world jazz. shed-arts.co.uk

 

Josie Long: Tender, Komedia Bath, Thurs 20 Feb

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Photo Giles Smith

She’s been around a while but this is her first new show in five years. It’s a tale of new motherhood that in the wrong hands could be a self-indulgent yawn-fest, as she’s well aware (“I believe I may be the only woman this has ever happened to…”) but she does a cracking set which veers through trying to urgently get an expensive chicken cooked while in labour to her concerns about climate change. Read our interview.

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NT Live: Cyrano de Bergerac, venues around Wilts, Thurs 20 Feb

James McAvoy is the man with the schnozzer in this National Theatre production, live-screened around the UK. Find a venue near you.

 

Cheltenham Vegan Fair, Park Campus, Cheltenham. Sat 22 Feb, 10am – 3pm

Vegan evangelist? Or just vegan-curious?  Whichever camp you fall into you won’t want to miss this fair. It’s an epic celebration of all things vegan from delicious food, treats and cruelty-free beauty bits to a full programme of talks on the subject. Check out the Vegan Human Library too, a friendly spot to ask every question you ever had about the v-word. Entry: £2 (kids go free).

 

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 25 – Sat 29 Feb

Photo by Helen Maybanks

The Olivier award-winning West End show is now on tour and stopping off in the West Country. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s rise to stardom, with classics such as (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Take Good Care of My Baby, You’ve Got a Friend and Up on the Roof.

 

Positive Parenting 2020, Parenting Partnership, Worcester, Tues 25 Feb for 5 weeks

There is no such thing as the perfect parent, in fact, most of us are just making it up as we go along, hoping to give our kids a good foundation to build their own life. This Parenting Partnership course will give you the practical skills and strategies to make this parenting malarky a little easier, calmer and a lot more fun. www.theparentingpartnership.com

 

Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine, Salisbury Playhouse, 25 Feb – 7 March

Shirley Valentine is a heart-warming comedy by Willy Russell, the writer of Blood Brothers, which has won multiple Olivier and Tony awards and has been adapted into an Oscar nominated film starring Pauline Collins and Tom Conti. Claire Sweeney (Brookside, Chicago and Guys and Dolls) plays the title role of Shirley who’s feeling stagnant and stuck in a rut in her empty, nest, preparing egg and chips for her emotionally distant husband. When the opportunity arises to leave Merseyside behind for a holiday in Greece, Shirley leaves a note and heads for the sun where she starts to see the world and herself very differently. www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk

 

Bristol Light Festival,  around Bristol, Thurs 27 Feb – Sun 1 March

Pink Enchantment by Tine Bech Studio

International light artists alongside Bristol talent create a trail in six locations through the city centre.

 

Flo & Joan: Before The Screaming Starts – Comedy Show, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Thurs 27 Feb

After several sold-out shows all over the country, Flo and Joan have a whole host of dark and waggish songs to perform for the Pound Arts audience. Their clever and sharp rhymes will have you crippled with laughter one minute and wiping away a tear the next. poundarts.org.uk

 

Gardening for Wildlife, Woolley Grange Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon, Fri 28 Feb

Join Head Gardener and Ecologist. Megan for a garden walk and talk. Learn how to garden in a way that allows your plants and wildlife to thrive. www.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Murder Mystery Night, Bowood Hotel, Calne, Fri 28 Feb

Bowood Hotel and Spa invites you to join them and a host of suspicious characters at their next themed Murder Mystery Evening. Enjoy a three-course dinner, and put your detective skills to the test. www.bowood.org

 

Indie Veggie Pop Up, Miserden Estate, Miserden, Sat 29 Feb

Street food has become a firm favourite for travellers and foodies alike, so it’s no surprise than Indian and Kenyan flavours are a big hit. Taste some incredible veggie dishes including Kenyan chana bateta and Indian samosa chaat. www.miserden.org

 

Children’s Cookery Class, Vaughan’s Cookery School, Devizes, Sat 29 Feb

Get the Mudlets our of your hair and learning a very useful life skill. Vaughan’s Cookery School in Devizes run monthly children’s cookery classes with a different theme/cuisine each month. This month on Sat 29th Feb it’s Japanese where they can be doing some hands-on cooking making sushi and tofu cheesecake. 6-10 years: 10.30-12.30 and 11-16 years: 2-4pm. www.vaughanskitchen.co.uk

 

Into Africa – Exhibition, Fisherton Mill, Salisbury, Sat 29 Feb to Sat 4 Apr

Exhibiting artist Louise recently achieved her lifelong dream to go on a safari in Africa and paint the stunning wildlife on her travels. Her beautiful oil paintings are inspired by the light and nature she experienced during her time in Kenya. Her work is becoming ever more popular and her prints are now exhibited throughout the UK, but this is a rare opportunity where Louise is exhibiting her original pieces as a solo artist. fishertonmill.co.uk

 

Not to Miss!

 

Design Fabric Appointments, Heliotrope Interior Design, Broad Chalke

Having an image of your perfect home is easy, but being able to bring those ideas to life…not so much. This is why Heliotrope Interior Design are here to lend a helping hand. For £25 you can schedule an appointment with the designer to work through fabric cuttings and pattern books and select as many samples as you may wish. Once your appointment has finished you can either take your samples away or finalise your selections and make an order. If you place an order during your visit, the £25 appointment fee is refunded. You can select out other furnishings during your visit, including carpet, lighting and other interior bits and bobs. This is an absolutely fabulous and unique way to shop and will protect you from any unwise purchases that you’ll regret later down the line.

 

Safari Drive Through, Longleat Zoo, Warminster, from February

For the first time in nearly 20 years, you can see Amur tiger cubs in the Safari Drive-through at Longleat! Born in July 2019, Yuki and Rusty are growing fast and enjoying roaming around Tiger Territory. You can also explore the rest of the exciting activities around the Park and gain hands- on experience feeding the lorikeets and sea lions and if you’re feeling brave, handle tarantulas and snakes! www.longleat.co.uk

 

2020 Open Art Competition, Little Buckland Gallery, Little Buckland, Closing date Sun 26 Apr

The Open Art Competition has begun once again for any budding artist hoping for some national recognition. The competition is open to any artist in the country in any medium including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, digital art, installation and designers. The theme for this competition is ‘HInterland’. Finalists will be showing both online and at the Broadway Arts Festival, there is also an impressive selection of prizes for the winners. Good luck! broadwayartsfestival.com

 

Jennifer Young Spa Day, Bowood House, Calne, Weekend and Weekday Spa Experiences Available

Bowood House is offering a rejuvenating spa experience for those weathering the pre and post-effects of cancer treatment. Jennifer Young has trained therapists to provide specialised and superior spa treatments with cancer in mind. As part of the experience, you’ll receive a 60-minute spa treatment and chakra oil and crystal. Plus, spa facilities, robe & slippers, a glass of bubbly and healthy lunch with a fruit platter.

 

Silver ‘Tutti Frutti’ Rings, Watling Goldsmiths, Chippenham

This incredible collection of handmade jewelry is growing by the minute. These stackable designs are a perfect gift for a loved one or just to add to your own collection. All these designs are completely individual and unique. Originally designed for the owner’s personal collection for her holidays. She loved her creations so much that she decided to sell them in her store.

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Wedding Open House, Grittleton House, Chippenham, Sun 15 Mar

Come and experience the wonder of Grittleton House, set for a wedding day. With the beautiful interiors, sweeping double staircase and stunning Italian sunken gardens, this is the perfect venue if you’re after grandeur and elegance. www.grittletonhouse.co.uk

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Lechlade Music Festival, Riverside Park, Lechlade, 22-24 May 

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For 9 successful years, Lechlade has been growing bigger and better, after a record six thousand guests in 2019. This year the festival promises to be jam-packed with over 100 performers, including The Boomtown Rats headlining. Sticking to its roots, the festival is a family friendly event, with comedy, camping (and glamping for those not suited to the outdoor lifestyle), free family workshops, burlesque and more. Children 16 and under go free, whether camping or visiting for the day. Early Bird tix are available until 31 March, so don’t miss out! www.lechladefestival.co.uk

 

The School of Pirates, Cheltenham Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Monday 24 Aug to Fri 28 Aug

Although we’ve just begun the new year, the school summer holiday may already been on your mind. Balancing child care, work and fun summer activities can be a real challenge but we’ve found a great solution, The School of Pirates stage school. Your littlens will enjoy a week of sea-faring, story-telling, magical performance inspired by the buccaneer tales of Treasure Island. www.camda.org

 

Further Afield

SHOW: Magic Goes Wrong, Penn & Teller, Vaudeville Theatre, London, throughout Feb

Co-created by magic rebels Penn & Teller,  Mischief Theatre conjures up and evening of grand illusion to make your head spin. The show hinges on a hapless gang of magicians and (of course) things soon spiral out of control. From the same team who created Olivier award-winning Peter Pan Goes Wrong.  11+ age recommended. Now booking until August 2020.

 

MUSIC: Madonna – Madame XLondon Palladium, until Feb 16

Get drawn into the universe of Madonna in all it’s high kicking, spangly-corseted weirdness. Kicking off a series of 15 special shows to mark the release of her new album Madame X before she heads to Paris. No soulless stadiums here, instead an intimate residency where you can worship at the altar of her Madgesty up close.

 

WELLNESS: Gut Health and Fermenting, Notting Hill, Mon 3 Feb

Led by Daylesford’s resident nutritionist and wellness expert Rhaya Jordan, this gut health and fermenting workshop at the Notting Hill Farmshop will transform your in-a-rut kitchen routine. The session will include cooking tips and recipe ideas curated by Rhaya, leaving you inspired. Delicious winter soups, pulses, ferments and seasonal superfoods are all on the menu, and you’ll be given an insight into how ferments can aid rejuvenation and gut health. Known as nature’s probiotics, you’ll also create your own gut-friendly ferments to take home. Delish.

 

WORKSHOP: Chocolate Making WorkshopThe Chocolate Museum, Brixton, Sat 8 and Sat 22 Feb

Learn about making the good stuff and find out about the techniques used by the cocoa-pros at London’s only chocolate museum. There will be experts on hand to show you how to make your own truffles, ganache and fudge and go wild with some newly learnt decorating tips. The class is £40 for a three hour session and extreme joy (is guaranteed.

 

ART: Picasso and Paper, Royal Academy of Arts, Mon 27 Jan – 12 April

Picasso didn’t just draw on paper – he tore it, burnt it, and made it three-dimensional. From studies for ‘Guernica’ to a 4.8-metre-wide collage, this simply brilliant exhibition brings together more than 300 works on paper spanning the artist’s 80-year career. Don’t forget to book ahead people, big crowds are expected at this one, give yourself enough gawp time (1 – 2 hours) and tickets start at £18.

 

THEATRE: Faustus: That Damned Woman, Lyric Theatre, London, 27 Jan – 22 Feb

Award-winning playwright Chris Bush has turned Faust into a young woman in a reimagined version of this story, exploring what we must sacrifice to achieve greatness  and the legacy we leave behind. This beautiful female-centered play centres on a woman living in 17th century London. A brilliant gender-swapping night out with the Birmingham Rep Company.

 

MUSICAL: Mama Mia! The Party, O2, London, throughout Feb

Mama Mia, how we love a bit of ABBA, and this spectacular night out at the O2 is a definite must-see. Created by the one and only beardy one Bjorn Ulvaeus, this immersive all-singing, all-dancing theatrical dining experience awaits you (booking until May 2020). Over the course of four hours (you’ll need a lot of Cosmo-fuelled endurance we reckon) you get a four course gourmet Mediterranean meal and a fabulous ABBA disco. Pure pop escapism, and we want to be there right now.

FILM: Fellini Season, Southbank Centre, London, throughout Feb

Oh, che bella, La Dolce Vita! … Is there anything more classy than a Fellini film? Really? We’d quite like to be wading sensually through a Roman fountain right now as it happens, but hey, work calls, so we’ll content ourselves with this two month retrospective of renowned film director Federico Fellini. Catch fascinating Q&As, talks and movie screenings. Relive some seminal ’60s cinema from Anita Ekberg to City of Women, his provocative, take on the battle of the sexes.

 

FASHION: Mary Quant, V&A, London, until 16 Feb

From miniskirts and hot pants to kerr-azy tights and makeup – discover how sartorial icon Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street. Drool over more than 200 outfits and accessories from the designer’s personal archive.

 

DANCE: Message in A Bottle, Sadlers Wells, 6 Feb – 21 Mar

They were some of the songs that defined the 80s and 90s – Roxanne, Every Breath You Take, Fields Of Gold and Shape of My Heart. Iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting. So our cool culture alarm went off big style with Message In A Bottle – a spectacular new dance-theatre show from triple-Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince, Featuring exhilarating dance dazzling footwork and breathtaking athleticism set to the music of Sting, this uplifting show is a story of humanity and hope.

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