Events and things to do in Berkshire - February 2016
PUBLISHED: 10:55 02 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:55 02 February 2016
British and international performers come to Berkshire
From NJ to Windsor
New Jersey Nights, celebrating the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, has smashed box office records right across the USA and UK and now comes to Theatre Royal Windsor with its award-winning cast of singers, dancers and band, from 1 to 6 February.
Dillie’s on stage
It’s a long time since Dillie Keane toured without her Fascinating Aïda pals, but she’ll be at Newbury Corn Exchange on 11 February. Expect old favourites, songs of “utter wickedness” and a lot of chit-chat.
Wilde Without the Boy
Olivier Award nominee Gerard Logan appears as Oscar Wilde in this dramatic interpretation of De Profundis, the letter Wilde wrote to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, from his cell in Reading gaol, at Maidenhead’s Norden Farm Centre for the Arts on 26 February.
New Wokingham event
Monday isn’t the first day that springs to mind when thinking about going to a gig – but that is exactly the plan for a new occasional folk, roots and acoustic music event ‘Artree Live @ The Clubhouse’.
Artree Music, Berkshire’s premier folk, roots and acoustic music promoters, have teamed up with Stan Hetherington – the driving force behind the hugely successful Wokingham Music Club, and Wokingham Festival, to host an evening of live music in Wokingham on a Monday night.
It all begins at 7.30pm on 1 February at Wokingham and Emmbrook Sports and Social Club in Lowther Road. The opening line-up includes The Salts and Bruce Neil. The Salts, fronted by twice BBC Young Folk Finalist Lee Collinson-James, have circumnavigated the Commonwealth with tours of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Here comes Canada’s ‘Crazy Legs’
That’s the nickname of Gordie MacKeeman, courtesy of his dance style while playing the violin alongsside bluegrass vocals. He is joined by His Rhythm Boys of Peter Cann, Thomas Webb and Mark Geddes for a feast of old time Canadian roots music at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, on 19 February.
We’re making no predictions following weather that saw the daffs out before Christmas and reports of people having to mow their lawns. But the snowdrops are set to appear and Berkshire should be one of the best places to see them.
At Cliveden this year sees the Long Garden filled to bursting with 20,000 strikingly-scented blue hyacinths, while the Parterre will be home to thousands of tulips in a high-Victorian style display. The Orangery and Dovecote Cafés will be open for those well-earned refreshments, and even a little treat or two.
Cliveden opens daily 10am to 5.30pm from 13 February.
Among the showdrop choices are:
6 February, Snowdrops for Sale, The Nature Discovery Centre, Lower Way, Thatcham, tel: 01635 874381
7 February, Snowdrop Spectacular, Runnymede, Runnymede Estate Office, North Lodge, Windsor Road, Old Windsor, tel: 01784 432891
10 February, Welford Park, Open Garden for NGS, Welford Park, Newbury, RG20-8HU
• 6, 13, 20, 27 February, Village Market, Aldworth Village Hall, tel: 01635 578090
• 10 February, Greenham Common Bird Walk, tel: 01635 874381
• 13 February, Bird Ringing, Woolley Firs Environmental Education Centre, Hasker House, Woolley Firs, Maidenhead, tel: 01635 874381
• 14 February, Thatcham Bird Walk, The Nature Discovery Centre, Thatcham, tel: 01635 874381
• 17 February, Family Activity Day, Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury, tel: 01635 279279
• 18-19 February, Family Activity Days, West Berkshire Museum, The Wharf, Newbury, tel: 01635 519562
• 20 February, Wild at Heart: Bird Walk, Bowdown Woods Car-Park, tel: 01635 874381
• 21 February, Oak Cottage – Open Garden for NGS, Wokingham, RG40-3PD
• 27 February, Farmland Walk at Arborfield, Henry Street Garden Centre, Swallowfield Road, tel: 01635 874381
The Hexagon, Queens Walk, tel: 01189 606060
1-6 February, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap; 8 February, European Union Chamber Orchestra; 9 February, Tortoise and the Hare; 10 February, Brendan Cole: A Night To Remember; 12-14 February, World Snooker Shoot Out; 18 February, The Johnny Cash Roadshow; 20 February, Tosca; 25-27 February, Round and Round the Garden by Alan Ayckbourn
Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch, tel: 0118 384 2195
6 February, Reading Phoenix Choir; 12 February, The Mayor’s Valentines Ball; 16 February, David O’Doherty; 19 February, Pavel Haas Quartet & Denis Kozhukhin, Piano
The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, tel: 01635 46044
Until 20 February, Tell Me on A Sunday; 25 February – 2 April, Romeo and Juliet
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, tel: 0845 5218218
2-3 February, The Great Gatsby; 4 February, ROH Live: La Traviata; 6 February, Voulez-Vous: 25th Anniversary Tour; 10 February, Mark Steel; 11 February, Fascinating Aida’s Dillie Keane; 12 February, Mark Thomas; 13 February, A Viennese Strauss Gala; 18 February, Jamie Smith’s Mabon; 19 February, Pam Ayres; 24 February, Iphigenia In Splott; 25 February, Live & Lyrical; 25 February, NT Live: As You Like It
Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street, tel: 01753 853888
1-6 February, New Jersey Nights; 8-13 February, Confusions; 9-11 February, Hero’s Welcome; 14 February, Buble Time; 15-20 February, Flare Path; 23 February, Ratpack and Judy; 24 February, Chicago Blues Brothers; 25 February, The Glenn Miller Orchestra; 26 February, Chas and Dave; 27 February, Barry Steele and Friends present The Orbison Story; 28 February, Taking Care of Elvis
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, tel: 01183 788660
12 February, Dave O’Higgins; 13 February, Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash; 14 February, Jenny Éclair; 19 February, Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys; 20 February, Viva Neil Diamond; 26 February, Wilde Without the Boy; 26 February, Simon and Garfunkel Revival Band; 27 February, What the Butler Saw by Joe Orton; 27 February, Matt Forde – Get The Political Party Started; 28 February, Norden Farm Festival Chorus
South Hill Park, Ringmead, tel: 01344 484123
5 February, Jacqui Dankworth & Charlie Wood; 10-13 February, Sweeny Todd; 15-21 February, South East Berks Gang Show; 17 February, Aesop’s Fables; 18-19 February, Neighbourhood Watch; 23-27 Februrary, Aida; 28 February, West Forest Sinfonia Chamber Concert