What’s on this week
MON 5 - SUN 11 JUNE
Barely Methodical Troupe – Kin, Salisbury, Wed 7 June
Featuring some of Britain’s hottest young circus performers, BMT combines exceptional acrobatics with
contemporary dance, parkour and a touch of humour, its six performers tumbling, balancing and flying through the air, catching each other at crucial moments in an extraordinary show of teamwork and camaraderie.
Longleat Food Festival, Longleat, 10-11 June
Check out Longleat’s first ever Food and Drink Festival – the House and it’s famous ‘Capability’ Brown landscape will be the prestigious backdrop for a variety of stalls; offering up delicious treats and filling the park with tantalising sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the best produce from the local area, and beyond.
Abba Forever, Theatre Square, Swindon, Sun 11 June
Dynamic non-stop choreography, stunning visuals, top-class musicianship and an all live performance ensures that the ABBA Forever show captivates audiences from the opening refrain to the final sing-along chorus of this two-hour spectacular.
Wilton Week, Wilton, 11-17 June
Eat, drink, shop, sleep and party locally – just make sure it’s in Wilton this week. They’ll be loads of pop ups, so don’t miss out.
Great Expectations, Lydiard Park, Fri 9 June
Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Charles Dickens’ unforgettable story of love, family and friendship, set in the depths of Victorian England. From the haunting marshlands of Kent, to the bustling streets of Victorian London, this epic tale follows the fortunes of a young Pip as he falls in love, finds his fortune and makes his way in the world.
Devizes Arts Festival, to 18 June
Salisbury International Arts Festival, to 10 June
This is a biggie, and NOT to be missed. An extensive film programme, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Salisbury Cathedral, a pub quiz for kids, magical outdoor theatre, yada yada…Edinburgh Fest, eat your heart out.
Grayson Perry Exhibition, Serpentine Gallery, from Thurs 8 June
This summer Grayson Perry, one of the most astute commentators on contemporary society and culture, will present a major exhibition of new work. The works will touch on many themes including popularity and art, masculinity and the current cultural landscape.
Jericho Street Fair, Oxford, Sat 10 June
If you’re going to go to a local fete, it might as well be a chi-chi one. Trendy Jericho in Oxford will be packed from 12 noon with live music, kids entertainment, street food and, er, sumo wrestling. 12pm – 8pm.
Giffords Circus- Any Port in a Storm, Blenheim Palace, Thurs 8 – Mon 12 June
This year the inimitable Giffords Circus is recreating a 17th-century Spanish court and putting on a candle-lit international gymnastic show with dancing horses, a live band and everyone’s favourite clown Tweedy. It’s having great reviews – no surprises there – so it’s well worth your wonga.
World Naked Bike Ride, London, Sat 10 June
Get your padded seat out and make sure you’ve waxed and buffed – it’s the World Naked Bike Ride on Saturday! Cyclists, rollerbladers, rollerskaters, skate boarders all welcome. Just leave your inhibitions and possibly your integrity at home.
Spring Mischief Festival The Other Place, Stratford, until Sat June 17
A provocative month-long festival of new work, including a double-bill of two new plays, including The Earthenworks by super talented playwright Tom Morton-Smith who had a huge hit with his debut play Oppenheimer about the father of the atom bomb in 2015 at the RSC and Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. It will be directed by the RSC’s deputy artistic director Erica Wyman. There’s also Myth, a terrific collaborative work by innovative playwright Matt Hartley and award-winning director and Complicite Associate Kirsty Housley about a wine-fuelled dinner party that descends into chaos. I’m sure we’ve all had a few of those…! The joint cast includes Danish actor Thomas Magnussen who appeared in BBC 4’s Scandinavian thrillers The Bridge (season 3) and Follow the Money; RSC actor Lena Kaur, seen previously in The Rover, The Two Noble Kinsmen and Seven Acts of Mercy; Fehinti Balogun and Rebecca Humphries, both making their RSC debut.
rsc.org.uk, tel: 01789 403493
Iford Arts Festival, Iford Manor, Bradford on Avon, to 5 Aug
The internationally renowned Iford Arts Festival (opera, picnic proms and classical cloister concerts) takes place in the exquisite performing spaces of the Cloister and Casita in the Grade 1 Listed Peto garden of Iford Manor, 6 miles outside Bath. Opera is staged in the round and sung in English for a seated audience of 90. More importantly, don’t forget to bring the picnic and the Pimms.
Holland Park Opera Season starts, 1 June – 29 July
I remember taking my dear departed dad to a Holland Park opera a few years ago – it was masses of fun so I can definitely recommend from personal experience. There are 6 shows, including Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Puccini’s La Rondine, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Will Todd and even a performance by the Royal Ballet School. Tickets vary in price, from £77 at the top end down to a fiver so worth checking out.