What’s On – September
FOOD & DRINK: MK Food Festival, Milton Keynes, Sat 15 Sep
If you’re serious about locally sourced food, then the MK Food Fest only allows producers within a 20 mile radius of Linford Manor Park to have a stall. You can sample artisan nibbles and drinks to your heart’s content, watch some demos and feel mighty smug about your grub’s food miles in this celebration of MK’s thriving local food scene.
Pinter at The Pinter, London, 6 Sep – 23 Feb 2019
Never before have all twenty of Pinter’s short plays been performed together in one season. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Pinter’s death, this gathering of stellar actors (many of whom worked with Pinter) looks like a humdinger. Famous names include Martin Freeman, Jane Horrocks, Tamsin Greig, David Suchet, Sir Anthony Sher, Mark Rylance, John Simm, Penelope Wilton and – alright, love – Danny Dyer! And if that’s not enough, they’ll even be some surprise guest stars. This is gonna be big, people, so get booking. Bonus: one act plays mean you’ll still have some evening left for dinner and drinkies in the Big Smoke
The Handmade Fair, Hampton Court, Fri 14 – Sun 16 Sep
I can’t even sew labels onto school clothes so this kind of event is way out of my comfort zone. However, you may be au fait with a with needle and thread, sewing machine, knitters and fabric scissors, in which case fill your boots at this slick annual offering from Kirstie Allsopp. There’s the chance to try something new in the interactive workshops – from calligraphy to wirework, machine sewing to screen printing – with experts in their fields such as Annie Sloan. Since no respecting event is complete without food these days, the expert cooks from Olive Magazine will be on hand to let you in on the latest foodie trends plus there will be plenty of stalls to buy arts, crafts, materials for crafting and bespoke products.
THEATRE: Sylvia the Musical, The Old Vic, London, Mon 3 – Sat 22 Sep
Nowadays it seems that any topic can be given the musical theatre treatment and this time, one hundred years after the first women in Britain were granted the vote, it’s Sylvia Pankhurst’s turn. This modern musical combines dance, hip hop, soul and funk to shed new light on her remarkable story and how her passion for equality tore her family apart. It’s even got Beverley Knight playing Sylivia’s mum, Emmeline Pankhurst, no less. Go sister!
ART: Aftermath, Tate Britain, London, Mon 10 – Sun 23 Sep
A short but fascinating, haunting and moving exhibition on how artists reacted to the aftermath of World War One, recording its scars but also looking to the future and the birth of new movements such as dadaism and surrealism.
London Design Festival, various London locations, Sat 15 – Sun 23 Sep
Celebrating London as a powerhouse of design, loads of events are on offer across the capital including workshops, demonstrations and launches. As always, the V&A will be at the forefront with show-stopping installations and across the city, there are 5 major trade shows, the commercial pillars of the festival, where you can meet designers, buyers, sellers and manufacturers and discover new products and design trends.
FASHION: London Fashion Week and Festival, Fri 14 – Sun 23 Sep
If your invitations to the main catwalk shows got lost in the post (yours too, eh?), mere mortals can buy tickets to the London Fashion Week Festival with designer and trend shows on the catwalk, talks with various industry figures such as ex-fashion ed turned interiors blogger Erica Davies, and pop-up shopping with over 150 top British and international brands. Totter along in your Jimmy Choos (or Zara sales bargain in my case) and return home looking absolutely fabulous, dahling.
Miss Saigon, Norwich Theatre Royal, Wed 15 August – Sun 15 September
Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of the legendary musical MISS SAIGON is embarking on a major UK Tour and coming to Norwich for a whole month!
This beautiful story is set in the last days of the Vietnam War, where 17 year-old Kim is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son.
Book tickets £40-£57.50
North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival, Holkham Hall, Sat 1st – Sun 2nd September
Holkham Hall is renowned for holding Muddy-worth events, and this will be no exception. Exhibitors can only sell goods that are reared, produced or sold in North Norfolk, so you can guarantee that you’ll be tasting the freshest local food and drink around. Not only that but it’s set in the beautiful grounds of the Walled Garden and there’ll be plenty of activities and entertainment for children too. This is definitely one that’s top of our Muddy list!
Free £3 charge for parking.
Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear at Castle Theatre on Thu 27 Sep, 7pm. Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season. Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play.
Hitchin Food Festival, Sat 8 – Sun 9 Sept
This festival gets better each year. A huge variety of food stalls and local producers. Music and entertainment. 10am-4pm each day.