Special events coming up in and around Cambridge
Art, Revolution and War: France, 1789-1914
Tue 4 March 2014 to Sun 28 September 2014 - Free
Medals, coins and banknotes illustrate key moments in the political and artistic history of France. This display focuses on the 1789 revolution, Napoleon, the 1848 revolution, and the artistic triumphs of Art Nouveau.
Art, Science and Exploration from the University of Cambridge Museums
Tue 27 May 2014 to Sun 27 July 2014
This exhibition challenges and responds to the very notion of ‘discovery’, displaying objects that span millennia; from artworks to scientific artefacts, historic instruments to rare zoological specimens. It is about imagination and knowledge, the pleasures of looking and the power of objects to generate wonder as well as new ideas.
La Grande Guere: French prints of the First World War
The first seven months of World War I are dramatically illustrated in the colour lithograths and woodcuts of the series La Grande Guerre.
Building an Empire: Money, trade and power in the age of Charlemagne
Tue 3 June 2014 to Sun 3 August 2014
This exhibition marks the 1200th anniversary of the death of Charlemagne, ‘beacon, king and father of Europe’. A selection of the finest medieval coins from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s own collection will be on show to illustrate the complex political, economic and cultural ties of the period.
3 March 2014 to 31 August 2014
A number of her paintings and sculptures among the permanent collection in the house. Born in 1957, Parsons studies at the Slade School of Fine Are. Her most recent exhibitions were held at the Alan Christea Gallery in London and at Christine Koenig in Vienna.
Gustav Metzger – LIFT OFF!
24 May 2014 to 31 August 2014
The exhibition includes Metzger’s landmark piece Liquid Crystal Environment (1965, remade 2005) on loan from Tate. This hypnotic environment is composed of projections that create constantly hifting psychedelic patterns. This exhibition will also showcase works that use air, water and heat that Metzger first made in a university laboratory in Swansea in 1969 and which have not been seen since.
Literature of the Liberation: the French experience in print 1944-1946
On display until 11 Oct 2014
An exhibition commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris, showing books published, mainly in France, after the liberation of Paris and before the end of 1946, on the subjects of the Second World War, the German occupation of France and the eventual liberation by the Allies.
Racing followed by The Beach Boys
Friday 18th July
Racing followed by UB40
Friday 25th July
Racing followed by Tom Jones
Friday 1st August
Racing followed by Dizzie Rascal
Friday 8th August
Racing followed by Wet Wet Wet
Friday 15th August
Racing followed by Peter Andre
Friday 23rd August
Cambridge Comedy Festival
Fri 11 July 2014
To launch the start of the Festival, now in it’s 8th year, the Jesterlarf Comedy Club presents a best of ‘Gala’ show. Headlining the show is TV and radio star Russell Kane – his dynamic high octane style is simply hilarious from start to finish and has seen him win the two most prestigious prizes in Comedy - The Edinburgh Comedy Award and Australia's Barry Award. Support comes from Mock The Week regular Gary Delaney ranked alongside Milton Jones as the finest one-liner gagsmith in the country plus rising stars of the comedy circuit Hayley Ellis – Funny Women Finalist and Phil Wang – Chortle Award winner and former Footlights comedian. Compere for the show is circuit veteran and Edinburgh Award winner Dave Johns.
London Russian Ballet School
Mon 21 July 2014
This is an evening for the audience to celebrate the joy of ballet with young and beautiful dancers, who will be accompanied by the award winning London Soloists Philharmonia.
Lee Evans - Work in Progress
Thursday 14th and Friday 15th August 2014
Join record-breaking Lee Evans for these very special shows where he will be trying out brand new material for his forthcoming MONSTERS Arena Tour.
The Queen Extravaganza
Mon 15 September 2014
The Queen Extravaganza is a spectacular touring concert show designed to take the glorious music and live experience of legendary rock band Queen and bring it to generations of fans. Two of Queen’s original band mates and songwriters - iconic drummer Roger Taylor and legendary guitarist Brian May - are the masterminds behind The Queen Extravaganza.
Chas & Dave
Wednesday 24th September 2014
Celebrating 50years of Chas & Dave.
Thursday 25th September 2014
Join John up close and personal as he tries out new material in advance of his autumn UK Arena Shows.
Tonight at 8.30 A Summer Cocktail of Coward
Wed 9 – Sat 12 July 2014
From the pen of the inimitable and ever popular Noël Coward comes this exquisite collection of nine one-act plays performed together, three plays per night, for the first time in the UK since Coward starred in them in 1936. From vaudeville to satire, from farce to intricate comedy of manners, from melodrama to romance, these plays span the full, glorious range of Coward’s writing. Peep through your fingers at the chaotic Red Peppers music-hall show, witness a bankrupt couple use all Ways and Means to scheme their way out of debt, and break your heart along with Laura in the famous Still Life, the original version of the film Brief Encounter.
Last of the Duty Free
Mon 14 – Sat 19 July 2014
Last of the Duty Free reunites Keith Barron, Gwen Taylor and Neil Stacy to play-out the next hilarious instalment in a series which regularly pulled in TV audiences of over twelve million. When working class David and Amy met upper-middle class Robert and Linda whilst holidaying at the San Remo in Spain, their differences were immediately apparent. But, opposites were proven to attract, and a most unlikely romance developed, with hilarious consequences!
Dreamboats and Miniskirts
Mon 18 – Sat 23 August 2014
The much awaited sequel from the team that brought you Dreamboats and Petticoats. It’s 1963, and the world is changing. Bobby and Laura’s single “Dreamboats and Petticoats” has not taken off. Norman and Sue have settled down to nonmarital bliss – and a baby! But Ray and Donna seem blissfully happy.
Much ado about Nothing
Friday 22 – Sunday 31 August 2014
Outdoor performances in The Master’s Garden, Corpus Christi College. Claudio loves Hero and Hero Claudio and nothing seems capable of keeping them apart. Claudio’s friend Benedick loves Beatrice and Beatrice Benedick, but (because neither will admit it) nothing seems capable of bringing them together. Only the intrigues of a resentful prince force Benedick to prove his love for Beatrice – by killing his best friend.
Mon 25 – Sat 30 August 2014
Written in 1867, Zola’s Thérèse Raquin is a story of lust, madness and destruction set within the backstreets of Paris. The beautiful but doomed heroine is married off according to her aunt’s wishes, trapped in a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille. Every Thursday evening she watches her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin, play dominos...until one day her husband brings along an old friend – the alluring and athletic Laurent. As the two embark on an illicit affair, a turbulent passion is unleashed that drives them ultimately to violence and murder.
Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.
Buddha’s Word: The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond
28 May 2014 – 17 January 2015
Buddha’s Word is the first museum exhibition of Tibetan material in Cambridge. It is also the first time in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s history that its Buddhist collections will be showcased in an exhibition.
Flying Legends Air Show - The Imperial War Museum, Duxford
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th July 2014
This show is famous the world over for its unique presentation of historic piston-engined aircraft in rare combinations and remarkable flying displays.
Cambridge Folk Festival - Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge
31st July, 1, 2, 3rd August 2014
The 50th Year of Cambridge Folk Festival featuring acts such as Van Morrison and Sinead O’Connor headlining the weekend.
The Duxford Air Show - The Imperial War Museum, Duxford
Saturday 13th & Subnday 14th September 2014
The Duxford Air Show is a celebration of aviation in its many diverse and varied forms. Confirmed flying participation so far includes Red Arrows (Sunday only), a number of replica First World War aircraft, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Spitfire and Hurricane as well as the BBMF Dakota (Saturday only) and Lancaster (Sunday only).