Editor’s Events: Eastlife’s pick of what’s on this month…

30th May 2016

Our pick of what’s on in the East this May…

No plans for the weekend? Want to know what’s on this month?

Take a look at some of the best events in the East that are not to be missed:

1-6 May – Sister Act
This all new critically acclaimed production of the Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy starring Alexandra Burke (The X Factor, The Bodyguard) is coming to Norwich Theatre Royal!

2-6 May – Birdsong
Based on Sebastian Faulks’s international bestselling novel, ‘Birdsong’ tells the story of a soldier haunted by his past. Playing at ADC Theatre in Cambridge this May.

2-6 May – Cyrano
Northern Broadsides bring its acclaimed charisma and exuberant performance style to this swashbuckling tale of unrequited love. Showing at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.

2-20 May – Mamma Mia
This irresistibly funny show has been thrilling audiences all around the world and now the party will continue at Milton Keynes Theatre this May.

5 May – Bach to Baby Family Concert
Bach to Baby is the critically acclaimed classical concert series for babies, toddlers and their carers and is coming to Chelmsford this May!
Tots dance, roam about and revel in the wonder of live music, while you take a moment out of your busy day to hear top notch performances by outstanding musicians, with your young babes in tow.

5-6 May – A Regular Little Houdini
This multi-award winning show comes to Mercury Theatre in Essex! A dockworker’s son, smitten by Harry Houdini, dreams of a life of magic.

5-7 May – Folk on the Pier
Now in its nineteenth year, Norfolk’s largest folk-rock and roots music event offers yet another top class line-up including headliners the Phil Beer Band, Feast of Fiddles and TRADdarrr.

6-15 May – Pablo Picasso
Gallery Rouge St Albans will be host to one of the largest collections of art work available to the public containing works of Masters such as Picasso, Dali, Braque, Miro and many others.

10-14 May – HMS Pinafore & Trial by Jury
Come and be a witness at the trial of Cinderella and Prince Charming in this delightful adaptation of Trial By Jury in Chelmsford. Set deep in the forest, with forest animals as the jury and the three little pigs as bridesmaids.

10 May – 7 June – Paperback
To celebrate World Book Day, Off The Press Collective will be showing the work of 20 artists and their response to iconic literature at Norwich Arts Centre this May

11 May – Chris & Steve Rocks Exhibition
The incredible twin brothers will unveil their latest unseen original works, guide clients personally around their collection and dedicate work on the night at Gallery 1066 in Herts.

12-13 May – The Rum Festival
Great on its own over ice, perfectly blended with your favourite mixer, or shaken up in a cocktail, rum is the perfect drink for any occasion and to celebrate it’s Rum-ness, there’s a 2 day festival in Norwich this May!

12-28 May – Norfolk & Norwich Festival
The flagship arts organisation for the East of England, Norfolk & Norwich Festival showcases some of the world’s most renowned international artists alongside regional talent, drawing audiences from across the UK.

12 May – 1 October – Rana Begum Exhibition
Rana Begum’s practice blurs the boundaries between sculpture, painting and architecture. It engages some of the movements of the past such as Minimalism and Constructivism with the same level of optimism and, at the same time, is fresh and relevant for today. See her latest work at The Sainsburys Centre in Norwich.

13-14 May – Medieval Experience Day
Have you ever wanted to be a valiant knight or fine lady? Now’s your opportunity to sample medieval food, have a go at traditional crafts, make medieval cures, and try on a suit of armour – with the help of your very own squire of course! – at Longthorpe Tower in Peterborough.

13-14 May – Stonham Barns Antique & Vintage Weekend
Two days of inside and outside stalls selling an array of antiques, vintage and collectables, memorabilia, with everything from, jewellery, china, stamps, militaria, linen and toys, furniture, fine art, architectural furniture, decorators pieces, vintage clothing, bric-a-brac & more.

13-14 May – Essex Fine Food Show
As you’d expect from a foodie event, there will be a huge offering of delicious Artisan food and drink plus cookware and cooking accessories.

13-14 May – Weird and Wonderful Wood Festival
This family friendly Suffolk event features demonstrations, wonderful workshops for all ages, exciting activities such as archery, den building and willow weaving and more…

15-20 May – Not Dead Enough
This chilling murder case soon reveals that love can be a dangerous thing… Showing at Cambridge Arts Theatre.

17-20 May – Bugsy Malone
Set in 1920s Prohibition New York, rival gangsters Fat Sam and Dandy Dan wreak havoc with splurge guns and custard pies at Hertford Theatre this May.

17-21 May – Gangsta Granny
Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as Ben embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre!

19-28 May -The Bury Festival
The Bury St Edmunds Festival showcases artists of international renown alongside home-grown talent. There is street theatre, music, plays, walks, films, ballet and lots more.

23-27 May – Bedroom Farce
Bedroom Farce is a hilarious comedy by legendary British playwright Alan Ayckbourn, set over the course of one night in the bedrooms of three couples. Showing at ADC Theatre in Cambridge.

23-27 May – Evita
Telling the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron, Evita follows Eva’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status. Showing at Milton Keynes Theatre this May.

23-27 May – Wonderland
Wonderland is an enchanting musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with a huge heart, a medley of magic and a whole lot of wonder. Showing at The Marina Theatre, Lowestoft.

26-27 May – Paul Bunyan
Full of colourful characters and memorable melodies, Paul Bunyan sees Britten at his freshest and most inventive at Mumford Theatre in Cambridge.

27-29 May – Pedal Norfolk
Come along to Holkham Hall in Norfolk for a fun bicycle festival with a children’s cycling academy, funfair, live entertainment and thrilling shows.

31 May – Jools Holland
The rhythm and blues pianist is accompanied by his 20-piece orchestra at The Alban Arena in Hertfordshire this May.


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