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What’s on in March… Futon Company presents ideas from across the UK

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We’ve got a spring in our step this month! It’s just a matter of days before the clocks change and the promise of light nights has really brightened up our day. Check out what’s happening in March 2016 where you live with Futon Company

EDINBURGH

Wee Dub Festival
Edinburgh invites you to the 6th edition of the Wee Dub Festival, the UK’s only metropolitan reggae weekend. The festival takes place across seven sessions in venues throughout Edinburgh’s historic old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It comprises sound-system and club sessions, live gigs, workshops, a family social and more. You can purchase either a weekend pass for the event, or tickets for individual sessions. 4th-6th March 2016.

Tom – A Story of Tom Jones
A phenomenal cast of actors and musicians tell the story of Tom Jones – an ordinary man with an extraordinary talent – from 15th-19th March 2016 at Festival Theatre Edinburgh. Step back in time to the dance halls, working men’s clubs and recording studios of the 60s where the legend of Tom Jones was born: a Valleys boy with a heart-stopping voice who dreamed of making the big time, no matter what it took. This inspirational story of self-belief and determination is performed live on stage by a phenomenal cast of actors and musicians, celebrating an ordinary man with an extraordinary talent who became a superstar on a world stage.

The Rocky Horror Show
The world’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll musical is back by popular demand to thrill you once again with its frothy fun and naughty moments! Following over 40 years of worldwide productions, Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show is a non-stop party! Showing at Edinburgh Playhouse Monday 28th March-Saturday 2nd April 2016.

CHISWICK

Chiswick Food Market
Open every Sunday come rain or shine from 10am to 4pm, the market is a social enterprise and proceeds made from running it are used to improve and maintain both the local meadows and the surrounding riverside area. Features around 25 top producers from around the country.

Magical Lantern Festival
The UK premier of the world famous Magical Lantern Festival is at Chiswick House & Gardens for the first time – an iconic venue to host the UK’s latest iconic festival. The festival is a spectacular artistic installation of beautifully sculpted lanterns taking various forms from animals and birds to buildings and abstract lantern designs of all shapes and sizes. The festival is open from now until 6th March 2016. Experience amazing illuminations of art and light through giant sculpted lanterns in a variety of forms and structures. Soak up the buzzing carnival atmosphere with live cultural staged performances; tease your taste buds with a range of international cuisines; and meander through the market, taking home a beautiful lantern to adorn your home. The Magical Lantern Festival will be a unique cultural experience and the must-visit place. A must see event! Ticketed entry every 15 minutes from 5-8.45pm.

Ballet 4 Life Classes
Improve your overall fitness and your posture all in one go with Ballet 4 Life Classes for beginners or improvers. From 7.15-8.30pm now until 21st March at Arts Ed School, Studio 110, Bath Road, W14 1LY. Prices £15.

BRISTOL

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition
The world-renowned exhibition from the Natural History Museum returns to M Shed with 100 breath-taking images. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years. Launched in 1965 when it attracted 361 entries, today the competition receives over 42,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. This year’s 100 award-winning images will embark on an international tour that allows them to be seen by millions of people across six continents. At Bristol’s M Shed from now until 10th April 2016.

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NOTTINGHAM

Pure Belly Dance Classes
Get fit while having fun learning to belly dance! Ongoing classes for beginners 6-7pm and intermediate 7-8pm. Learn to belly dance or improve your technique. The classes will focus on body isolations, aiming to differentiate between sharp and flowy movements and technique polishing. Prepare to work on improving your posture and learn all about shimmies, camels, hip movements and more, all to fabulous world music sounds. Minimum age 12. Entry price £7.50 drop in or £28 for a block of 4. Monday 7th March 2016 at Om Studios in Nottingham.

The Glee!
Experience the Best in Live Stand-up Comedy – four brilliant comics from the top of the UK and international comedy circuit. Friday 11th March 2016 at Glee Club Nottingham Comedy Club and Music Venue in Nottingham from 7-11pm. Minimum age 18. Entry price £10.

Ellie Goulding in Concert
Ellie Goulding, the award-winning indie-pop, electropop and folktronica singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalists comes to the Motorpoint Arena on Sunday 13th March 2016. For further information and tickets details go to

CHESTER

Minis and More Exhibition
Minis and More: Female Fashion from the Swinging Sixties is a small exhibition which shows day and evening dresses, holiday and wedding dresses by, among others, Christian Dior of London and Nola Gowns of Chester, Susan Small and the boutique labels Dollyrockers and Kweens. Ranging from seriously short minis to full-length creations, in fabrics varying between understated elegance and psychedelic exuberance, we celebrate the extraordinary diversity of female fashion in the 1960s. From now until July 1st 2017 at Grosvenor Museum, Chester.

Chester Cathedral at Height Tour
Take on the Chester Cathedral at Height Tour and experience public access levels like never before. On the tour you will go behind the scenes of 1000s of years of history within the walls of the Cathedral. You’ll explore the bell-ringing chamber, get up close to the images on the stained glass windows, peer down the fourteenth century quire stalls and Victorian organ and stroll along the galleries. What’s more, you’ll climb the 200 plus steps up the tower and take in the panoramic view of the city and beyond. A truly memorable experience. Tours are 60 or 30 minutes.

Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival
The Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival features over 150 food and drink exhibitors, and over 1000 people taking part in Camperfest – a caravan and camping festival that takes place on the Roodee at the same time and ArtFest which features artists from across the UK. There will be free cooking classes for children; Simon Rimmer from Sunday Brunch returns as the headline chef; Gregg Wallace will also return to judge the Sous Chef Challenge and more. From 26th-28th March 2016 at Chester Racecourse.

Chester Philharmonic Orchestra Play Beethoven and Brahms
Chester Symphony Orchestra under their Principal Conductor David Chatwin bring international soloist Qian Wu to The Cathedral in a performance of Brahms’ Violin Concerto. The programme will also include Beethoven’s Overture to Fidelio and his 6th (Pastoral) Symphony. March 5th 7.30-9.45pm at Chester Cathedral.

TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD

Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966)
A major exhibition bringing together over 100 works to show the impact of computer and internet technologies on artists from the mid 1960s to the present day. The exhibition title is taken from a term coined in 1974 by South Korean video art pioneer Nam June Paik, who foresaw the potential of global connections through technology. Arranged in reverse chronological order, the show begins with works made at the arrival of the new millennium, and ends with E.A.T, an iconic, artistic moment that took place in 1966. Key moments in the history of art and the internet emerge as the exhibition travels back in time. At Whitechapel Gallery, a short bus or tube ride from Tottenham Court Road. Showing from now until 15th May 2016.

The End of Longing
In what marks his debut in playwriting, Friends star Matthew Perry is to star in his own play The End of Longing. Directed by Lindsay Posner, this hilarious and dark comedy follows the story of four people searching for meaning as they enter their 40s. Jack, Stephanie, Joseph and Stevie share a crazy night together in an LA bar, but as they celebrate, their lives become permanently entwined. From this point, they are sent on a wild roller-coaster ride that forces them to face the darker sides of their relationships. Showing at the Playhouse from now until May 14th 2016.

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
The Royal Academy’s spring blockbuster will appeal to the green finger in all of us, whether it’s tending to your windowsill box, mini London plot or weekend allotment. Blooming with over 120 works by Monet and his contemporaries, it’ll bring a welcome blast of colour to dreary January. From now until April 20th 2016.

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TUNRBIDGE WELLS

Pantiles Market & Tunbridge Wells Famers Market
Combining hot food and local produce with a selection of crafts, clothing and accessories, the Royal Tunbridge Wells Pantiles Market is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. Held on the first and third weekends of each month. Meanwhile the Tunbridge Wells Farmers Market is held outside the Town Hall, centrally in the heart of the town, providing a good source of local fresh food. It is held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 9am-2pm.

PLYMOUTH

Easter Panto – The Wizard of Oz
A spectacular professional Easter pantomime version of the classic story starring comedy legend Bobby Davro as Scarecrow. Follow Kansas farm-girl Dorothy and her pet dog Toto on this magical adventure suitable for all ages. Watch in amazement as they are picked up by a tornado and carried off to the magical land of Oz. With help from their new friends the Munchkins, they travel to the Emerald City where the great Wizard of Oz lives. On their way they meet a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. Will the wonderful Wizard of Oz be able to help them before the Wicked Witch of the West captures them in her dungeon? At Plymouth Pavilions 28th and 29th March 2016.

War Games
War Games (from now until 19th June 2016), a V&A Museum of Childhood Touring Exhibition, explores the fascinating relationship between conflict and children’s play, providing an insight into the ways toys have been influenced by warfare from 1800 to the present day. With toys and games including Risk, GI Joe and classic Britain’s toy soldiers, as well as photographs and archive documents, War Games represents differing sides of conflicts from around the world. This thought-provoking exhibition reveals the sometimes surprising links between play, and wider attitudes towards warfare, and delves into the secret history of toys as tools of propaganda and espionage. Plymouth City Museum & Gallery.

The First Humans
The First Humans looks at contemporary art with a prehistoric feel. Often incorporating synthetic colours or materials and a sci-fi aesthetic, much of it is spoof or tongue in cheek. This exhibition identifies and questions a trend among artists to evoke the very distant past. Could dramatic new archaeological findings explain it? Is society suffering an identity crisis? The First Humans is curated by Angela Kingston and supported by Arts Council England. Running from now until 2nd April 2016 at Plymouth Arts Centre.

OXFORD

Moving Pages Film Book Club – 1984
Love seeing your favourite books brought to life on the big screen? Dislike the way the Director has changed the film to the book and want to talk about it? Each month a book will be chosen that has been adapted into a film. Members read the book during the month in the lead up to the session before watching the film together. This month the group will be reading, watching and discussing George Orwell’s 1984. The film was released in 1984 and stars John Hurt, Richard Burton and Suzanna Hamilton. 1984 is George Orwell’s novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love. The film will be aired Thursday 17th March at Blackwell’s Bookshop, Broad Street.

King Lear
A story of power, madness and betrayal. Set amongst towering book stacks, the cast of five actors will present Lear’s spiralling descent in this fast-paced and inventive reworking of one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. In just two and a half hours, this radical retelling will follow the ageing King and his three daughters in a tale of ignorance and deceit as he struggles to divide his kingdom amongst them. A new adaptation from Director Charlotte Conquest and brought to you by the team behind the sell-out 2011 Dr Faustus, the iconic Norrington Room at Creation Theatre will be transformed into a 186 seat theatre. Tickets £10-28. From 7.30pm from now until 19th March 2016.

Goodnight Mister Tom
The Oliver award-winning Chichester Festival Theatre production of Goodnight Mister Tom returns. Now a modern classic, Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting tale is brought gloriously to life in this magical stage adaptation by David Wood. Set during the dangerous build up to WWII, Goodnight Mister Tom follows young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and forges a remarkable and heart warming friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley. All is perfect until William is summoned by his mother back to London. 22nd-26th March 2016 at New Theatre Oxford.

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CHELMSFORD

Introduction to Bookbinding
This four-week course in the Conservation Studio at Essex Record Office will introduce you to the world of bookbinding. Learn how to make your own books from scratch starting with a simple pamphlet-style binding working up to a sewn hardback book using traditional methods. Tuesday 1st-Tuesday 22nd March 2016 from 6-8pm.

Arabian Nights…and Days
Shifting Sands Theatre create a show that is both hilarious and moving in a refreshing and imaginative adaptation of the classic tales. The Sultan summons a new wife every night. Every morning she is killed. The number of his victims mounts. The fear grows. Who will be next? Then Scherazade, the daughter of the High Counsellor, demands to be his next wife. All are dumbfounded. Has she lost her senses? Hilarious and moving, a refreshing and imaginative adaptation of the classic tale, Arabian Nights…and Days is a feast of physical comedy, clowning and storytelling theatre with a strong emotional punch. Scherazade reminds us of what we have lost but also of what we can still find. In a dark world ruled by hatred she tells stories of hope. 11th March 8pm.

Historical Walk of Chelmsford High Street
This walk of Chelmsford City centre brings to life the fascinating past of our city, which dates back to Norman times and has a name that is of Saxon origins. On the walk you will hear some of the unusual stories behind the buildings and get an insight into how the past residents of Chelmsford lived. The commentary will roughly follow the evolution of Chelmsford from the Iron Age to the present day and will include many of the blue plaques. Sunday 20th March 2016 2-3pm.

CAMBRIDGE

Watersprite Film Festival
Watersprite is a rewriting of the rule book on what a student festival should be. The Watersprite Awards and annual festival in Cambridge recognise and reward emerging global talent. The festival is a weekend that entertains and educates a broad audience, from film enthusiasts to filmmakers. Events range from insights into editing and composition, to sessions with some of the industry’s biggest names. From 4th-6th March 2016. Events taking place at St John’s College Cambridge. For full events listings and further information go to the website.

Cambridge Philharmonic
The Cambridge Philharmonic, founded in 1887, is one of Britain’s oldest and most distinguished music societies. With a full symphony of orchestras and a large chorus, shows offer vibrant, groundbreaking work time and time again. Works by Arvo Part and Druffle on Saturday 5th March 2016 at West Road Concert Hall.

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NORWICH

Simon Callow: Orson Welles – One Man Ban
In One-Man Band, the third volume of his epic survey of Orson Welles’ life and work, actor Simon Callow again probes in comprehensive and penetrating detail into one of the most complex artists of the twentieth century. The book reading on Monday 21st March, 7pm at Norwich Playhouse, begins with Welles self-exile from American, and his realisation that he could only function happily as an independent film-maker, a one-man band. Within his lifetime Welles made inroads into the fledgling medium of television as well as a number of stage plays, including Moby-Dick, considered by theatre historians to be one of the seminal productions of the century. Meanwhile, his private life was as dramatic as his professional life. There will be a book signing after the performance.

Joe Lycett at the Playhouse
Stand-up comedian voted Best Newcomer in 2010 at the Chortle Awards and a regular guest on the TV-series 8 Out of 10 Cats and the radio series Just A Minute comes to the Playhouse on March 1st and 2nd.

Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty
Czech-born Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) is one of the most celebrated artists of the fin-de-siecle. Rising to international fame with his elegant designs for decorative panels, and stunning advertising posters, ‘le style Mucha’ became synonymous with the Art Nouveau movement. Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty explores the work of the artist, around the theme of beauty – the core principle underlying his artistic philosophy. The show will include over 60 works. From now until March 20th 2016 at The Sainsbury Centre.

YORK

York Does Vintage
The finest vintage stalls, pop-up beauty parlour, live music, dancing, affordable vintage and much more! And all for just £2 or £1 with a Britain Does Vintage Card. One of the largest vintage fairs representing everything great from past eras, all the way from the 1920s up to the 80s.

The UK Wedding Event
If you only visit or exhibit at one wedding fair in 2016, make sure you pick the UK Wedding Event at York Racecourse on Sunday 20th March from 10.30am-3pm. It promises to be a great day out, with over 100 exhibitors attending, hundreds of brides expected and a catwalk show. Doors open from 10.30am where guests will be greeted with a free drink on arrival. The entertainment will be non-stop throughout the day as visitors are treated to live music.

BATTERSEA

Lee Miller: A Woman’s War
Model. War photographer. Mother. Why on earth isn’t Elizabeth Lee Miller better known, says metro.co.uk? Born in 1907, Miller modelled for Vogue in 1927, was a muse to Picasso (his portrait of Miller features in this exhibition) and then pursued photography before focusing on photographing the Second World War. Initially, Miller was confined to Britain, capturing the Blitz in London, and the perspective of women in particular, before joining American forces on the frontline of mainland Europe after D-Day. There, Miller documented the devastation five years of brutal conflict had wreaked on Europe and also, chillingly, Buchenwald and Dachau concentration camps. A Woman’s War exhibition features over 150 of Miller’s images, many of which have not been publicly displayed as much of her war photography was discovered after her death in 1977. This perhaps explains why she is not a more celebrated figure – hopefully this exhibition represents a big step in etching this remarkable woman’s life and times in the national memory and imagination. Until 24th April at the Imperial War Museum.

Brunel’s Underground
Explore the historic destination that’s being transformed beneath Londoner’s feet, says elledecoration.co.uk February 2016. This subterranean exhibition space for the Brunel Museum is set to be the capital’s most exciting new arts venture. It will be located in the Thames Tunnel, one of the first projects worked on by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the master engineer responsible for some of the 19th century’s most recognisable architecture – Paddington Station and the Clifton Suspension Bridge, to name just two of his projects. Originally designed for horse-drawn carriages, the structure was the first underwater tunnel in the world, and later became part of the London Underground rail system that we know today. Its Grade II listed Grand Entrance Hall, however, has remained hidden until now. East London-based architectural practice Tate Harmer plans to completely transform the space, adding a freestanding cantilevered staircase. The firm has likened the new design to a ‘ship in a bottle,’ with the stairs being the modern gem enclosed in the original Victorian setting. Opening now.

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BRIGHTON

Dick Tracy
Newsflash! There’s been a series of high-profile crimes right across the city – but fear not…the police chief has put his best man on the job – Dick Tracy. It’s now down to the square-jawed, hard-hitting, fast-shooting, comic book detective to solve the crime the only way he knows how…the crime solving way. Will Tracy be able to save the day, get the girl and find out who’s behind the mayhem? Perhaps the truth is closer than he thinks…LaNavet Bete’s Dick Tracy is a slapstick comedy incorporating music, audience interaction, lightning-quick character changes and plenty of over-the-top-silliness. 11th March 2016 at The Old Market Theatre.

Evening at Piano
The award-winning live music series returns to Brighton bringing the very best artists and performers together to create an intimate night devoted to a shared love of music and entertainment delivering nothing short of vocal excellence from start to finish. This very special evening is dedicated to the charity Stand Up 2 Cancer. 7.30pm on 26th March 2016 at Rialto Theatre.

GUILDFORD

Our House: The Madness Musical
When Our House was staged in the West End in 2003, it starred Guildford School of Acting graduates Michael Jibson and Julia Gay in the lead roles and won the Olivier Award for Best Musical. Twelve years on, current GSA third year musical theatre performers bring Our House: The Madness Musical to the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. From Saturday 12th-19th March 2016 at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre from 7-10pm.

Popfest
To celebrate the start of the festival season, POPworld in Aldershot is kicking things off with one of its infamous UV parties. There’ll be five high-powered UV cannons lighting up the venue, UV reactive decorations and loads of free giveaways along with a fun, party atmosphere. From Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th March 2016.

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Simon & Garfunkel Revival Band
Very few music artists enjoy such a good reputation as Simon & Garfunkel Revival Band. Whenever they perform, these very likeable full-blooded musicians make a lasting and enthusiastic impression on the audience and have received gushing reviews. 4th March 2016.

Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion
Once voted as ‘the musician least likely to survive the ‘60s’, over four decades later ex-Cream drummer Ginger Baker has proved them all wrong, returning to the UK after living abroad for many years, with a formidable quarter. At Exeter Phoenix on 15th March 2016.

Swan Lake
One of the best-known love stories performed by the ever-popular Vienna Festival Ballet, Swan Lake comes to Exeter Phoenix. Expect lavish costumes, stunning scenery, international stars and glorious music from Tchaikovsky. March 16th 2016. A night not to be missed.

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MUSWELL HILL

Drive-in Film Club
From the creators of the No.1 outdoor screening blockbuster Rooftop Film Club comes Drive in Film Club which returns this spring for another film-filled season of classic, cult and new releases. Film lovers are able to eat fabulous food, enjoy cold drinks and watch their favourite movies on the giant screen as the stars begin to sparkle. This really is an incomparable film experience. From 10th-31st March 2016 at Pavilion Car Park, Alexandra Palace. Films include Grease, Labyrinth, Brooklyn, Mad Max, Spectre and Pulp Fiction. For full details go to alexandrapalace.com

The Moscow State Circus
From Russia with love, the world’s finest circus spectacular featuring the eleven-strong Roubstov acrobatic troupe, the foot-juggling Panov family and the Averiouchkine clowns arrive at Alexandra Palace from 22nd March-3rd April 2016.

Springfest German Bier Festival
The UK’s largest German bier festival comes to Alexandra Palace on Good Friday 25th March 2016 from 5-11pm. Featuring live music and delicious street food…not to mention the bier!

KINGSTON

The Magic Garden – Easter at Hampton Court Palace
Head to Hampton Court Palace’s Magical Garden this Easter with the family and be dazzled by mythical beasts and Tudor relics. Experience the legendary world of the Tudor tournament in an entirely new way as Hampton Court Palace’s Magic Garden opens for the Easter Holidays. Magic Garden is a brand new imaginative play garden for families, inspired by the Palace’s past.

The Jungle Body KONGA Class
This new and exciting program from Australia is brought to you by Calasara Fitness. Join us every Thursday from 5.45pm at The Kingfisher Leisure Centre, KT1 2PY to experience this full body work out. Switching between all Jungle Body programs each week you will get to experience Tyga, Konga, Jagua and Vypa. £2.50 for the first class and £5 each subsequent week.

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