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Win Guide to March

Spring is springing! March is here and hopefully the sun will start to make an appearance to warm up the flowers that have started to bloom.

Let’s see how Winchester will be entertaining and amusing this month:

We're going on a bear huntWe’re Going On A Bear Hunt is playing at the Theatre Royal if you’d like to provide some storytelling adventure for little people. Running from 2 to 5 March, this adaptation of Michael Rosen’s hit book has just finished its West End run and has commenced an international tour. One to watch and please visit the Theatre Royal website for more details.  Alternatively, keep an eye out for David Almond’s Heaven Eyes, by Théâtre Sans Frontières, 6 March. The production was recommended by the British Theatre Guide as one of the Best Family Shows in the North East of 2014. If you miss these productions, fear not, for there will be a chance to see another West End hit adaptation, this time of The Tiger Who Came To Tea, 22 – 23 March.  The production is a musical play adapted and directed by David Wood, based on the celebrated book by Judith Kerr.  For more details, visit the Theatre Royal website.

Pin Drop Comedy will be hosting their monthly free open mic night on 2 March.  Doors open at 7.30pm and the bar is open throughout.  Some lucky Wintonians will be shimmying on down to the Guildhall on 4 March to enjoy the Magic of Motown. The event has sold out and will feature classic covers of the Supremes, Temptations, Jackson 5, Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie and more. Whist we are at the Guildhall, there are still some tickets left for the Real Ale and Cider Festival, 17 – 18 March.  This event usually sells out so get booking here if you are keen.

For some fresh and live music, call into the Railway Tavern this month. Fighting Caravans, the alternative rock sextet from Leeds will be on stage 10 March.  Big Boy Bloater and The Limits will be bringing their “raucous” R&B to the city on 17 March, and there are many more exciting acts across different genres booked in throughout the month. For full listings and details visit the Railway website here. 

Swansea City Opera are in town at the Theatre Royal on 15 March, performing Lakmé by Léo Delibes in English.  This opera is best known for the ‘flower duet’, so this is a great chance to restore the oft used music to its original context.  Tickets, dates and times are available here.

The critically acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production of Owen Shears’ Pink Mist  will be staged at the Theatre Royal, 20 – 21 March.  Pink Mist tells the story of three young men deployed to Afghanistan. As the physical and psychological aftershocks of war take their toll on the loved ones they left behind, Arthur, Hads and Taff find their journey home is their greatest battle. Pink Mist was inspired by 30 interviews with returned servicemen and first staged in 2015. Watch the production trailer here and visit the website for more details.

Why not treat mum to an early mother’s day treat with a Ukulele Introductory Workshop at the Theatre Royal on Saturday 25 March.    No prior experience required just pick up the instrument which should be accessible and easy to learn.  Mother’s day is on Sunday 26 March so don’t forget flowers, chocolates, lunches and gifts for all those super mums in the city.

We’ll be bringing you more tips @Win_Guide throughout the month. Have a great month, one and all.


Win Guide to March

March is here signalling the welcome departure of winter and the eagerly anticipated arrival of spring. Expect festivities aplenty in the lead up to Easter in Winchester this month:

Women GOLiveDonald Hutera has curated Women GOlive at the Discovery Centre as part of the Theatre Royal Winchester’s programme on Thursday 10 March at 7.45pm, with an exciting roster of artists including Avatara AyusoSusan KempsterSarah KentAlice LabantGloria Sanvicente Amor and Lorna V. Tickets are available to book online here.

Tiff Stevenson
Tiff Stevenson – Madman

Why not go for the double on the 11 March and head back to the Discovery Centre for comedian Tiffany Stevenson’s Madman Tour.  The show was one of the best reviewed at the Edinburgh Festival 2015 receiving ten 4* and 5* reviews. Stevenson has appeared on Mock the Week, Drunk History, The Apprentice: You’re Fired and People Just Do Nothing or heard on Radio 4 Extra, 7 Day Saturday, Woman’s Hour and BBC Radio Scotland. Tickets are available here and the show starts at 8pm.

Round and round the gardenFor a thoroughly entertaining week, don’t forget to book tickets to Talking Scarlet’s production of Round and Round the Garden by Alan Ayckbourn, the master of comic relationship drama.  Norman is intent on making all the women in his life happy. Without considering the repercussions, he simultaneously attempts to seduce his sister-in-law Annie, charm his brother’s wife Sarah and still keep his own wife Ruth happy.  Starring Natasha Gray and Kevin Pallister from Emmerdale and showing at the Theatre Royal 7-12 March at 7.30pm.  Tickets are available here.

Juno and PaycockSean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock opens at the Chesil Theatre on 12 March running until 19 March, directed by Cecily O’Neil.  The Boyle family is struggling for survival in a Dublin tenement room during the Irish Civil War. “Captain” Jack Boyle – the “peacock” of the title – spends his time avoiding work and drinking with his sidekick, Joxer, while his wife, Juno, tries to keep her family together. For more information and booking details, visit the Chesil Theatre website.

Winchester Cathedral Modern Art Tours
Winchester Cathedral Modern Art Tours

Winchester Cathedral has introduced its inaugural Modern Art tour on Saturday 12 March, to guide visitors through the building’s rich art objects, including works by internationally acclaimed artists Peter Eugene Ball, Cecil Collins, Eric Gill, Antony Gormley, Barbara Hepworth and Justin Knowles, as well as renowned local artists Sophie Hacker, Tim Harrisson, Alice Kettle, Tracey Sheppard and many more.  Tickets are available from the Cathedral Box Office, priced at £12.50.

Vintage ParadeIt’s the Easter Vintage & Makers Fayre on Sunday 13 March at the Guildhall, Winchester’s biggest indoor celebration of the charm of 1930s-1980s vintage fashions and paraphernalia. Visitors can expect an incredible team of vintage traders offering fashion, accessories, collectibles, textiles and housewares – a good place to visit for an alternative to chocolate easter gifts.  Entrance is £2 and children under 12 are free. For more details visit the website here.

Simon CallowThe great Simon Callow will be presenting the magnificently interesting Orson Welles at the Theatre Royal on Thursday 17 March.  This is part of Callow’s tour of his book, Orson Welles: One-Man Band.  Callow describes Welles as “one of the most completely, improbably, extravagant human beings who ever lived.” He attempts to “make the reader feel as if they’d met him”. To book tickets for a deliciously intimate evening, visit here.

Welcome to Ginchester
Welcome to Ginchester

The Winchester Real Ale and Cider Festival at the Guildhall has completely sold out 18-19 March.  If you managed to book a ticket, have a wonderful time and enjoy the beer.  If you missed out this year, why not try Welcome to Ginchester at the Green Man Pub on 18 March 7-9pm. Organisers the Cabinet Rooms have teamed up with Winchester Distillery’s Paul Bowler for an expert introduction to the world of gin.  Do book in advance to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

Plenty to amuse Wintonians so far we think and we’ll be bringing you an egg-citing Win Guide to Easter later this month…