Fri 28 Feb - Sun 1 March 2020
THEATRE: 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.
EXHIBITION: Crowns and Gowns, Ely Cathedral, Ely, until 15 March
Who needs the V&A when you live near Ely Cathedral? This incredible cathedral has a not-to-be-missed exhibition running until 15 March showcasing a fabulous collection of costumes, jewels, props, behind the scenes images and memorabilia from some of the major Hollywood movies filmed within the Cathedral itself. We’re talking big films here… Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl, The King’s Speech, Macbeth and The Crown with costumes worn by Cate Blanchett, Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. Who knew Ely was such A List haunt?!
THEATRE: The Gift, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, 27 – 29 Feb
An outrageous play about imperialism, cross-racial adoption, cultural appropriation…and tea. It always seem to come down to tea in this country! This play follows a day in the life of Sarah, an African girl, adopted by Queen Victoria in 1862 and raised in the Queen’s circles and a modern day Sarah, a black middle-class woman staying in Cheshire. the play moves from past to present with the two Sarahs meeting Queen Victoria for tea. So not your regular tea party then!
KIDS: The Bear by Raymond Briggs, Key Theatre Peterborough, 1 March
If your kids loved The Snowman at Christmas then they’ll be very happy with you for taking them to see another of Raymond Briggs’ amazing characters – The Bear. Pins and Needles Productions have turned the book into a fabulous theatre show with dazzling puppetry, delicious music, dreamy storytelling, and dozens of laughs.
ART: Linderism, Kettle’s Yard Cambridge, until 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!
ART: 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.
EXHIBITION: Steve McQueen, Tate Modern, London, 13 Feb – 11 May
I love this shot! This solo exhibition of London-born artist and director of Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen’s portfolio features 14 major works spanning his extensive career in film, photography and sculpture and is the first major UK exhibition since he received the Turner Prize in 1999. So, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal! The display will cover the last 25 years of McQueen’s career including personal and intimate works such as his early film on a Super 8 camera and this awesome aerial depiction of the Statue of Liberty above. The show also coincides with McQueen’s latest artwork Year 3, on show at Tate Britain until 3 May.
THEATRE: Pretty Woman The Musical, Piccadilly Theatre, London, 13 Feb – 2 Jan 2021
This month I’m excited for the start of Pretty Woman’s West End stint after it’s successful Broadway premier in 2018. The production has some major creds with choreography from two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), and an original score from Grammy winner Bryan Adams (yes, really!).
CONCERT: Lana Del Rey, O2 Arena, London, 25 Feb
Lana Del Rey follows up last year’s incredible Norman F****** Rockwell album with a new one, White Hot Forever, and will be taking to the stage to share it this month.
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.