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 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.