Special events coming up in and around Cambridge
A world of private mystery
Tues 3 December 2013 to Mon 21 April 2014 – Free
John Craxton, RA (1922-2009) - John Craxton is appreciated by connoisseurs as one of the great British artists of the 20th century; however, his work is not widely known to the public.
From root to tip: Botanical art in Britain
Tues 28 January 2014 to Sun 11 May 2014
This exhibition brings together a selection of watercolours from the Fitzwilliam’s outstanding collection of botanical art.
The Rampant Lions Press: A Letterpress Odyssey
Tue 18 March 2014 to Sun 18 May 2014 - Free
Inspired by the venerable tradition of private presses in England, the Rampant Lions Press was a small publisher of fine editions and a designer-printer for other publishers. Will Carter the founder of the Rampant Lions Press in 1924, at the age of twelve. He moved to Cambridge in 1934, published the first book in 1936, and turned the Press into a full time business in 1948. His son Sebastian joined him in the 1960s and closed the Press in 2008.
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.
Exploring Garden History through Maps & Plans
Friday 4th April 2014 10am-1pm - £35
Identifying gardens on historic maps and plans is one of the most exciting, and easily accessible ways to start in garden history research. Starting in the 16th century we will identify knot gardens, fountains and walks in a series of colourful Tudor maps. Moving on via Estate maps to look at the delightful accuracy of the later 18th century county cartographers, the session will culminate in the almost unbelievable wealth of detail available in the late Victorian and Edwardian Ordnance Survey.
Art and Life
15 Feb 2014 – 11 May 2014 - £19.50.
This major exhibition brings together the work of painters Ben and Winifred Nicholson alongside that of their friends and fellow artists Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, and the potter William Staite Murray.
Sunday New Music - Peter Sheppard Skaerved, violin & Roderick Chadwick, piano
Sunday 27th April, 11:45am - £8
A substantial new work from Kate Honey (a Cambridge undergraduate in her third year), music by two other Cambridge-based composers, Jeremy Thurlow and Richard Causton, whose ‘Seven States of Rain’, won a British Composer Award. Also a rare opportunity to hear the beautiful ‘Capriccio’ by Jeremy Dale Roberts.
The Moving Word: French Medieval Manuscripts in Cambridge
On display until Thurs 17 April 2014 - Free.
An exhibition tracing the development of medieval literature in French, and the manuscript culture through which it was conveyed across Europe and beyond.
Group Tourism Race Day & Summer Saturday Live
Friday 30th May - Saturday 31st May
The return of racing on our beautiful July Course provides many reasons to celebrate.
Nobody does effortless style and charm quite like this much-loved racecourse. So come and join us as the summer season gets underway.
Sat 5 April - £20-£25
Following the sell-out success of his long-awaited return to stand up, Alan Davies returns with his highly anticipated follow up show, Little Victories.
Mon 7th April – Sat 12th April - £18.50-£36.00
Join your favourite '50's family, the Cunninghams and the rest of the gang - Potsie, Ralph Malph, Joanie and Chachi as they battle to save their beloved diner Arnold's from demolition. In a race against time, can everyone's favourite hero 'The Fonz' save the day? Happy Days - A New Musical is written by Garry Marshall, the legendary creator of the television series. The production also contains the much-loved Happy Days theme song from the TV show.
Mon 14 April - £28.50-£32.50
Naming themselves after the unemployment benefit form, UB40 formed in 1978, before releasing their debut album ‘Signing Off’ in August 1980 – considered by many to be one of the greatest reggae album ever released by a British band. It was the start of a career that has since seen the band have over forty UK Top 40 hit singles.
Susan Boyle in Concert
Wed 16 April - £37.50-£60
After a sell out Scottish Tour in the summer of 2013, global singing sensation Susan Boyle is returning to the stage in her very first nationwide live tour.
Basel Symphony Orchestra
Sunday 27th April - £26-36
Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass and John Adams are three of the twentieth century's most influential composers. Their music is more richly textured, harmonic and accessible than their usual `Minimalist' label implies. Their work is brought to life with consummate skill and passion by one of Europe's leading symphony orchestras, brilliantly conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, an acknowledged champion of modern classical music.
A Life of Galileo
Mon 31 March – Sat 5th April
Ian McDiarmid reprises his iconic role as Galileo in the RSC's critically acclaimed production.
Mon 7th April – Sat 12th April - £15-35
David Essex stars in this hilarious comedy by the multi-award winning playwright Morris Panych.
18th April – Sun 20th April - £15-27
This unmissable brand new production of Tim Whitnall's Olivier Award- winning play, stars the Olivier-nominated Bob Golding as comedy icon, Eric Morecambe. Directed by Paul Hendy, the show is a moving, often hilarious tale about one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers: from humble beginnings in Music Hall to 28 million viewers on Christmas Day, it’s the heart-warming, tear-jerking, laughter-inducing story of the man what brought us the sunshine.
Karen Sharp Quartet
Thursday 10th April
Mick Hutton / Brandon Allen Band
Thursday 24th April
Chiefs & Governors: Art and Power in Fiji
7th June 2013 – 19th April 2014, Li Ka Shing Gallery – FREE
This is the first ever exhibition dedicated to Fijian Art outside Fiji. It draws on MAA’s exceptional collection of Fijian artefacts, photographs and archives, a collection closely linked to the early colonial history of Fiji and the foundation of the Museum
Discoveries: Art, Science and Exploration
Ends 27th April
The 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.
Brahms' Indian Summer
Sunday 4 May 2014, 8.30pm, The Hall
Haydn: Quartet in B minor, op 33 no 1
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, op 115
Brahms: String Quintet in G, op 111
Summer Choral Concert
Friday 20 June 2014, 7.30pm, The Chapel
King’s College Choir, Stephen Cleobury conductor, A glorious summer evening of choral music in the Chapel. Tickets on sale from March 2014.
The Play That Goes Wrong
Monday 19th – Saturday 24th May, Cambridge Arts Theatre
This brilliant new laugh out loud comedy performed by Mischief Theatre Company has enjoyed two successful runs in the West End and was the sell-out smash hit of the Edinburgh Festival with its sensational reviews, numerous accolades and awards.
James Blunt at Newmarket Racecourse
Friday 27th June
An afternoon of racing followed by an evening performance.
Cambridge University Graduation
Wednesday 25th June – Saturday 28th June
Tour De France
Monday 7th July
For one historic day, the City will be hosting the start of the third stage of the Grand Depart when the greatest cyclists on the planet converge on Cambridge.
Flying Legends Air Show
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th July 2014, The Imperial War Museum, Duxford
This show is famous the world over for its unique presentation of historic piston-engined aircraft in rare combinations and remarkable flying displays.