The Jellyman’s Daughter, The Junction, Cambridge, 8 Feb
Scottish duo The Jellyman’s Daughter is coming to Cambridge with their unique sound – a mix of bluegrass, post-rock, folk and soul. Emily and Graham write their songs together, mixing their intimate vocal harmonies with wild and visceral cello, driving guitar and sweet mandolin, often complimented brilliantly by banjo (Jamie Francis) and double bass (Paul Gilbody/Herbie Loening).
Alex Mendham and His Orchestra, Saffron Hall, 8 Feb
Love the glamour and music of the Gatsby era? Step right into the roaring 20s with this big band spectacular, featuring well loved scores by the likes of Gershwin and Cole Porter, and vocals by The Dunlop Sisters and Alex Mendham. Get those jazz hands at the ready.
Film Music Concert, Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, 9 Feb
Are you a music and film fanatic? If so, this might be the perfect evening for you. On 9 Feb, the Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra return once again for the extremely popular Film Music Concert at the Saffron Hall. You’ll be tuning into many iconic musical bangers from films such as Superman, The Simpson, Pyscho, The Third Man, and many more…
Rob Burton, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 9 Feb
Cambridgeshire-born classical saxophonist is back on home turf, playing at The Fitzwilliam Museum on 9 Feb. Rob studios at The Royal Academy of Music and will present an incredible programme alongside talented pianist Yuanfan Yang. There’s everything from classical to jazz, showing how versatile the sax can be.
The Levellers, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, Feb 12
Are you ready from a break in politics this new year? Well, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer! The cult folk band The Levellers are back and better than ever, playing at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on 12 Feb. Expect lots of their politically revolutionary all-time classics like ‘Levelling the Land’ and ‘One Way’.
Keifer Sutherland Band, The Junction Cambridge, 24 Feb
You may know him best for playing Jack Bauer in Fox’s hit series 24. Yep, you guessed it! Kiefer Sutherland is dragging his band ‘Keifer Sutherland Band’ (very inventive, I know) around the country to tour their new ‘Reckless & Me’ album. Being a man of many talents, this evening at The Junction on 24 February is one not to miss!
Portico Quartet, Cambridge Junction, 24 Feb
If Keifer doesn’t tickle your fancy, maybe the Portico Quartet will. Playing at the Cambridge Junction on February 24, the Mercury Prize nominated group are set to debut new music. If you are not familiar with them, expect lots of saxophones, drums and electronics. So, if you’d like to start your Monday off in an unforgettable trance, this is definitely the gig for you.
Boyzlife, Cambridge Corn Exchange, 26 Feb
Always wanted to see Boyzone and Westlife? Well now’s the time. Cambridge Corn Exchange are hosting Brain McFadden and Keith Duffy’s theatre production of ‘Boyzlife’ on 26 February. Between them they share 18 number one singles, and 9 number one albums, so get ready to hear all of their greatest hits. You better get there quickly ‘Uptown Girl’, because boy are these tickets are selling out fast!
Catherine Bohart: Lemon, 1 Feb, Cambridge Junction
Catherine Bohart is opening February with a bang! Presenting her fantastically funny show Lemon at the Cambridge Junction, Bohart smashes the stereotypes on sexuality and modern relationships. Being a presenter of ‘The Guilty Feminist’ podcast, and starring on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, Bohart is not one to shy away from the audience. If you’re looking for an educating and informative, yet hilarious experience, this is an excellent show to watch that will brighten a dreary February.
Othello, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 1 Feb
‘I am not what I am.’ What are you then Othello? Find out from The Marlowe Society, Cambridge Uni’s leading dramatic institution, when they come to the Cambridge Arts Theatre. The society has launched the careers of some of Britain’s greatest actors including Derek Jacobi, Simon Russell Beale, Emma Thompson and Rachel Weisz, so look out for future stars.
God of Carnage, Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 3 – 8 Feb
We’ve got so many famous faces coming to our neck of the woods this month and one not to be missed is the talented Elizabeth McGovern, you know… Countess Cora in Downton Abbey, who’s starring in God of Carnage. The play has won the Tony Award for Best Play and the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and this ruthlessly comic study of middle-class parenting is one of the most successful plays in the history of the West End! Well worth a watch.
Kinky Boots: The Musical, 4-9 Feb, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
Sit back and kick your stiletto boots off to the iconic production of ‘Kinky Boots’, shown at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, from the 4 – 9 Feb. Based on a true story in England, the show is about a shoe business that takes off from the factory floors of Northampton to the catwalks all over the world. This show is a winner for all musical lovers, with great music that features songs by Cyndi Lauper. Besides its name, this will definitely be a favourite for all Muddy Stiletto lovers!
Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 10 – 15 February
I’ve already got my tickets for this fabulous feel good show and can’t wait to sing along to hits like It’s Raining Men and I Will Survive. This new production of this glitter-filled classic comes from the team behind Hairspray and stars Strictly Come dancing star Joe McFadden, so is set to be an incredible show. Get your sass on and I’ll see you there (I’ll be the one in platforms and pink hot pants – in my dreams!).
Blithe Spirit, Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 10 – 15 Feb
Jennifer Saunders is at her comic best as an eccentric clairvoyant in Blithe Spirit, an uplifting play by Noel Coward. Saunders plays Madame Arcati who inadvertently conjures up the ghost of Novelist Charles Condomine’s first wife, Elvira, at a séance. When she appears, visible only to Charles, and determined to sabotage his current marriage, life – and the afterlife – get complicated.
COMEDY: Ed Byrne, If I’m Honest…, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 11 Feb
Ed Byrne is one of the most successful comedians performing in the UK, regularly appearing on TV shows like Mock The Week, Live at The Apollo, and QI, and touring to sold-out theatres. Originally from Ireland, he now lives in Essex with his wife and two children, but comes to Peterborough’s New Theatre with his new observational comedy show show, If I’m Honest – when he’ll be taking a long hard look at himself to work out if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children!
Marian Keyes: Grown Ups, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 15 Feb
If you haven’t read one of Marian Keyes’ novels then you are in the minority – she’s only one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time and has been writing international bestsellers about modern women in the modern world for over twenty years. She’s in Bury this month for a special live event to celebrate and discuss her new book, Grown Ups, about three brothers, their wives, ex-wives and young adult step-kids.
Band of Gold, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 17 – 22 Feb
Cambridge Arts Theatre presents the hit ITV crime drama Band of Gold from the 17-22 February. Kay Mellor directs another thrilling series following from her success of Fat Friends the Musical. Attracting over 15 million viewers per week onscreen, this performance is set to be theatre Gold (pardon the awful pun…)! Make sure to grab your tickets now.
Rapunzel, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 22-23 Feb
Let your hair down to the musical adaptation of the family fairy-tale Rapunzel. Immersion Theatre presents a magical afternoon of singing and laughter at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, from the 22-23 February. This show is perfect for all ages, and everyone is invited to arrive in your best costumes. So, grab your Rapunzel wig and gather your family for what is set to be great afternoon entertainment.
Jimmy Carr, Cambridge Corn Exchange, 27 Feb
One night and one night only! The Cambridge Corn Exchange welcomes the ‘Terribly Funny’ comedian Jimmy Carr to the stage on February 27. Expect Carr’s trademark dark humour and heckler interaction; this show is not for the fainthearted! Tickets are not yet on sale, but when they do, they will go quick so keep your eyes peeled!
The Woman in Black, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 24-29 Feb
Following on from dark humour, this theatre performance is certainly a lot darker. The Woman in Black is back for its major UK tour, being shown at the Cambridge Arts Theatre from the 24th-29th February. This spine-chilling performance will definitely keep you on your toes, so don’t buy any popcorn…it will probably end up all over the floor.
ARTS & CULTURE
Charity Art Exhibition, Chesterton Community College, 8-9 Feb
The charity Rowan hosts a couple of evenings this February at Chesterton Community College to reveal their ‘Celebrate your World’ exhibition. Rowan is an arts centre and charity that embraces creatively talented young people with learning disabilities, giving amazing opportunities to these young aspiring artists. From the 8-9 February these artists will be putting their amazing pieces up for grabs! A very exciting chance to deck out your house, and also give back to the community.
Dear Life: A Doctor’s Story of Love and Loss, Heffers, Cambridge, 10 Feb
Dr Rachel Clarke, is a specialist in palliative medicine and author of Your Life in My Hands. She’s at Muddy’s favourite bookshop, Heffers, on the 10th talking about her new book Dear Life – a vibrant, tender and deeply personal new memoir that finds light and love in the darkest of places. Talking about end-of-life care and her new perspective after the death of her father, this promises to be a thought-provoking and deep discussion, but one that will leave you feeling enlightened and probably a bit teary too. Take tissues! Book here.
Fest en Fest, Cambridge Junction, 11-12 Feb
Organised by the performer duo that founded H2Dance, the Cambridge Junction welcomes ‘Fest en Fest’ on the 11 and 12 of February. This new artistic concept allows performers and artists to present their works to audiences, celebrating a new form of futuristic expression. Live performances, talks, and parties will make an exciting festival-like atmosphere, and one that should not be missed.
Linderism, Kettle’s Yard Cambridge, 15-26 Feb
Kettle’s Yard dips its toes into some of Linder’s work this February, exhibiting some pieces from her ground-breaking work in the 1970s. Linder is best known for her distinctive style of photomontage’s – combining ordinary fashion images with archival materials. Her confrontational art is not only eye-catching, but also oozes the radical feminist stance that she stands for. There is no better time than now (well, February) to go and support her exhibition of Linderism!
An Exhibition of Paintings by Jean and Jasper Rose, Clare Hall, Cambridge, until 27 Feb
Jasper and Jean were both early members of the Cambridge Society of Painters and Sculptures, and important figures in Cambridge’s first forays into contemporary art. Both Jasper and Jean painted daily and exhibited regularly, capturing the world around them with a magical freshness. Jasper died in 2019 but Jean still paints and will be present at the opening reception, along with her son William.
Fantastic Mr Fox, Saffron Hall, 4-6 Feb
A certain famous foxy character is coming to Saffron Walden in this stage adaptation as he takes on the three ferocious farmers in Roald Dahl’s fun filled adventure.
Harry Potter Book Night, Waterstones Ipswich, 6 Feb
Have you got a Potter fan in the family? Young wizards & witches will love this Harry Potter book night at Waterstones in Ipswich, which is focussing on the fourth book in the series (and arguably one of the best!) – Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. There’ll be a raffle and prizes for the best dressed witch or wizard.
Milkshake Live, The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 19 Feb
If you haven’t had enough of your kid’s favourite characters blaring out of your TV then you can enjoy them in real life (lucky you!) at Milkshake Live at the The Apex on 19 Feb. This musical extravaganza is delivered in two halves – 32 minutes each with lots of audience participation and standing up involved – so even restless members of the audience will love it. All your kids’ favourite characters from Milkshake TV (come on, you know…Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and the Floogals) come together in a riot of colour, noise and dancing, that’ll delight little ones.
Valentine’s Gin Mix IT, Cambridge Gin Lab, 14 Feb
Calling all gin lovers! The Cambridge Gin Lab is holding a one-off special cocktail masterclass this Valentine’s Day. So, grab your partner, or your best mate, and learn 3 of your favourite drinks to recreate at home. Tickets are limited so get hot on buying them!
Anti-Valentine’s Day Comedy Night, Coton Village Hall, 14 Feb
Do you cringe at the dreaded V word each year? For all you fellow singletons out there, I think the Anti-Valentine’s Day Comedy Night might be for you. Presented by Waffle & Co, this sounds like the perfect evening where you avoid all the smug loved-up types while eating some delicious food too.
David Hockney: Drawing from Life, National Portrait Gallery, 27 Feb – 28 June
It’s been a hot five minutes since David Hockney last exhibited in London. But, alas, he returns! Exhibiting over 150 drawings, his work will cover over 5 decades of work, showing at the National Portrait Gallery in London. These portraits will range from self-portraits, and interpretations of friends and family. This includes drawing his muse Celia Birtwell; his mother, Laura Hockney, the curator, Gregory Evans, and master printer, Maurice Payne. Highlights of his work includes new portraits; coloured pencil drawings from 1970 Paris, and polaroids from the 1980s. Also, following from a period of self-scrutiny, Hockney documented his appearance over 2 months by drawing himself every day.
Steve McQueen, Tate Modern, Feb 13 – May 11
More exciting art is being exhibited this February, with the Tate Modern opening its doors for people to see Steve McQueen’s video and film installations. The Turner Prize and Oscar Winning artist will sure be showing his best-known work of ‘Ashes 2002-2015’ and ‘Caribs’ Leap/Western Deep’, amongst many more.
Busy last month? There’s still time to see Tutankhamun – Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the Saatchi Gallery. One of the biggest cultural events in the winter calendar, the exhibit features 150+ original artefacts found in the Pharaoh’s tomb that was unearthed in 1922 (until 3 May). Elsewhere, at the O2 Arena, there’s ABBA: Super Troupers, a journey through the Swedish band’s career featuring personal items and artefacts never seen before in the UK (until 21 Aug 2020). And finally, there’s the fantastically bonkers Tim Walker exhibition (above) at the V&A with snaps from his career as a fashion and portrait photographer, a must-see before it ends on 8 Mar.
Words by Isobel Crow