Making Waves: Discovering seascapes through drawings and watercolours
14th February– 21st May 2017
The sea has been a source of inspiration for artists since the 16th century when it was conceived and popularised by Dutch and Flemish painters such as Hendrick Vroom, Jan Porcellis, the Willem van de Veldes and Ludolf Backhuysen. This exhibition brings together many rarely seen drawings and watercolours from across the collection, especially the bequest of Sir Bruce Ingram, that depict tempestuous seas, naval battles, serene harbours and bustling shores with fishermen selling their catch.
Madonnas and Miracles
7th March – 14th June 2017
Madonnas and Miracles exposes a hidden world of religious devotion in the Italian Renaissance home. Bringing together a wealth of objects, including jewellery, ceramics, books, sculptures and paintings, the exhibition invites us into a domestic sphere that was charged with spiritual significance. Drawing materials from across the Italian peninsula, and juxtaposing fine works of art with humble and everyday artefacts, Madonnas and Miracles offers a vivid encounter with Renaissance spirituality and domesticity. Transforming our understanding of a period that is often cast as intensely worldly and secular, the exhibition will also offer its audiences a new appreciation of the relationship between the material and the divine.
Friday 10th March 2017
Cambridge take on Oxford on home ground in the 110th Boxing Varsity Match! Cambridge go to war against Oxford on home ground in the violent realisation of one of the world’s greatest rivalries. History will be made as the Women’s Varsity is fought in Cambridge for the first time; prepare for a night of drama and intense action. Tickets £12.75 - £50
Whitney – Queen of the Night
Friday 17th March 2017
A stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time. This award winning production features a stellar line-up with rising West End star Rebecca Freckleton delivering a powerhouse and breathtaking performance as Whitney.
European Union Chamber Orchestra
Thursday 6th April 2017
The renowned European Union Chamber Orchestra return with a sumptuous programme of works by some of the world’s best-loved composers. Mozart’s Serenade in D is full of delightful twists and turns, and a false ending or two that will keep you on your toes... The orchestra teases out all the quick-witted charm and lyrical energy of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C and the evening is rounded off with Tchaikovsky’s tender and heartfelt Serenade for Strings, written in homage to Mozart, whom the Russian composer idolised.
Saturday 15th April 2017
Schmuck For a Night. Award winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili known for his legendary stand-up performances is back on a nationwide tour! Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. His credits range from Hollywood to television and live on the West End stage. Earning praise across the world for his performances Omid recently starred in Dickensian BBC1 and Lucky Man Sky1
Tues 7th – Sat 11th March 2017
On one dark and stormy night in the upper day room of the Silver Retirement Home, five elderly ladies are trading stories of their remarkable lives. With the storm floods rising and no rescue team in sight, the ladies are faced with the sudden realisation that in order to survive they are going to have to do what they have done for their entire lives – do it themselves! Tickets £18-£33
Sun 12th & Sun 19th March 2017
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the critically acclaimed new play by Caryl Churchill, one of our greatest and most inventive living playwrights. Three old friends and a neighbour. A summer of afternoons in the back yard. Tea and catastrophe. Tickets £13-£23
Tues 14th - Sat 18th March 2017
Cambridge Footlights are the world-famous comedy troupe who first aired the talents of some of the foremost British comedians and actors of this century. Founded in 1880, this university drama society boasts an impressive alumni including Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Trevor Nunn and Peter Shaffer. Tickets £18-£33
Tues 21st - Sat 25th March 2017
Winner of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, Jessica Swale’s blissfully funny Nell Gwynn embarks on its first ever UK tour, direct from critically acclaimed, sell-out runs in the West End and at the Globe Theatre. Tickets £18-£33
Mon 27th March – Sat 8th April 2017
La Strada ‘The Road’, a metaphor for life, is a deeply impassioned tale of love and loss, set against the backdrop of a country still reeling from the devastating effects of the Second World War. We journey into the heart of the Italian countryside where Gelsomina, full of the innocent spirit of youth, is bought by Zampanò, a travelling street performer, to join his cheap ‘strong man’ act. When the mismatched pair stumble across a ragtag circus and a daredevil tight-rope walker, Gelsomina finds herself caught between the two men, not knowing which way to turn... Tickets £18-£33
Mon 10th – Sat 15th April 2017
It’s been forty years since the appalling Beverly first put Donna Summer on the turntable, stacked a plate with little cheese and pineapple sticks, plied her guests with alcohol, cigarettes and Demis Roussos and slow-danced her way across the shag-pile into theatrical history. Tickets £23-£42
The Play That Goes Wrong
Mon 17th – Sat 22nd April 2017
Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off in this multi award-winning West End smash hit comedy, returning to Cambridge after the success of 2015’s Peter Pan Goes Wrong.The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! As the accident prone thesps battle on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue! Tickets £18-£33
English Touring Opera: Tosca
Tues 25th – Sat 29th April 2017
Puccini’s Tosca is one of the world’s best-loved operas, brimming with lust, corruption and intrigue. When the firebrand revolutionary Cavaradossi is imprisoned, Tosca is faced with an impossible choice: submitting to the desires of the sadistic chief of police, or letting her lover be executed. Tickets £23-£42
English Touring Opera: Patience
Weds 26th – Thurs 27th April 2017
An all-singing, all-dancing comedy by the masters of British musical theatre, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience pokes fun at Victorian society and its stock characters, with willowy poets, sighing maidens and burly officers galore. Expect plenty of tunes and humour as fresh today as it was at the first performance. Tickets £23-£42
Monday to Friday throughout the year (subject to availability), 10.45am and 11.45am. The Introducing IWM Duxford Tour is a free 20-minute tour of AirSpace, giving visitors an insight into IWM Duxford’s impressive history, the museum today and how to make the most of your visit. Please note that this tour operates subject to availability on the day.