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Mon 2 - Sun 8 March 2020

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.

DANCE: Richard Alston Dance Company, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 2-3 March

contemporary dancers on a purple background

Image by Chris Nash

World-renowned contemporary dance choreographer Richard Alston is bringing his company to Cambridge on their final tour (*sob*) so it’s now or never if you want to see this incredible company. The company will be at Cambridge Arts Theatre on 2 and 3 March performing the world premiere of Alston’s new piece Shine On, danced to a live performance by pianist Jason Ridgway of Britten’s first published songs, the W.H. Auden settings On This Island.

THEATRE: In Loyal Company, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 4 March

soldier on stage

This incredible true story of missing World War II soldier Arthur Robinson, written and performed by his great-nephew David William Bryan. Set in Liverpool in May 1941 as Hitler’s bombs rain down, Arthur Robinson, joins up becoming a private in the 18th reconnaissance division and is deployed to Singapore where his ship is destroyed by Japanese dive bombers. Pack the tissues for this extraordinary true story of survival.

DANCE: Giselle, Ballet Theatre UK, Key Theatre Peterborough, 6 March and Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 25 – 26 March

Ballet Theatre UK are bringing this dark and romantic ballet to both Peterborough and Bury St Edmunds this month. Join poor Giselle as she dies of heartache over naughty old Albrecht.

THEATRE: Room on the Broom, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 4 – 7 March 2020

Another classic from kids book extraordinaries, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. During this show you’re invited to join the witch and her cat on her broom on an adventure including multiple hitch-hikers and a dragon. At one hour max with no interval it’s a good one for the littlies, who can’t sit still for long.

DANCE: Russian State Ballet of Siberia, Ipswich Regent, 5 – 7 March 

Russian Siberian ballet swan lake

Can’t decide whether you like The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty or Swan Lake the best? You can see all three this month in Ipswich because the Russians are in residence performing all three back to back.

COMEDY: Ed Byrne, If I’m Honest…, Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 7 March

Image credit: Idil Sukan

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 Cambridge’s Corn Exchange with his new observational comedy 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!

COMEDY: Sarah Keyworth: Pacific, The Junction, Cambridge, 8 March

Sarah keyworth head shot

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee for Best Newcomer and winner of the Herald Angel Award returns with a brand-new hour of comedy about the little things, the smallest details, the fixed and distinct aspects that make up what we definitively are, how we expressly think and who we unambiguously love.

SPORT: Cambridge Half Marathon, 8 March 

So, it’s a bit late to apply to do the half marathon, but it’s definitely worth joining the crowds on the 8 March to cheer on Cambridge’s runners. There’s an amazing vibe and I always feel like I’ve done my exercise for the day just watching the runners in action!

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