What’s on this week in the countryside and the UK beyond London? Wonder no more! Find out all the hottest show openings, new art exhibitions, restaurants to book into and more. Here’s your culture guide to the month ahead…
What’s On in the Deodora this Month?
The Duchess of Malfi, Stratford-Upon-Avon
Whoever said blood was thicker than water can’t have seen The Duchess of Malfi. Sibling rivalry takes on an even darker subtext in John Webster’s macabrely comic tragedy. The Royal Shakespeare Company’s modern dress version, directed by Maria Aberg at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, is unafraid to depict the graphic and inventive violence of the original script. 1 March – 3 August,
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sheffield
Dale Wasserman’s adaption of the cult classic will take to the stage at the directed by Javaad Alipoor. 8-23 June,
Faces of Change: Votes for Women, Nationwide
The National Trust and the Portrait Gallery collaborate to bring paintings, photos and archival documents to Devon, Nottinghamshire and County Down. Until 3 Feb 2019, .
Compassion in Crisis – 80 years of Volunteering
Marking 80 years of the Royal Voluntary Service, Compassion in Crisis at Wiltshire Museum tells the story of how Stella Reading and her ‘army that Hitler forgot’ quietly changed Britain forever. By volunteering to help on the Home Front and providing compassion during crisis, their simple acts of kindness changed the way the world viewed voluntary service. Expect to see fascinating objects, posters, uniforms and images from the Royal Voluntary Services’ archives, as well as a lecture by Matthew McMurray on 6 June. 7 May – 24 June,
Devoted to classical music and co-founded by composer Benjamin Britten, the 2018 line-up is a tribute to Britter, America and a celebration of its 70th birthday. Expect performances from flautist Claire Chase, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and British composers Simon Holt and Emily Howard. 8-24 June, .
Stanley Spencer in Focus, Cookham
Head to the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham to view the Patron Saints exhibition that boasts an incredible collection of loans, including a work that has not been viewed by the public for over 50 years. The exhibition will examine the complex relationship Spencer had with his patrons and how it shaped his work. 29 March to 4 November,
Debussy Festival, Birmingham
Celebrate Debussy’s life in music with the increasingly modish City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. His Spirit lives on 100 years from his death. 16 – 25 March and 23 June,
National Theatre Wales and Quarantine open ENGLISH
June marks the opening of a collaboration between the National Theatre Wales and Quarantine as they launch a brand-new production as part of Festival of Voice 2018. ENGLISH will explore language, migration and identity through analysing how we learn to speak and listen. Directed by Richard Gregory and performed by Jonny Cotsen, the performance is inspired by conversations with migrants in Wales and the UK who learn English for business, pleasure or survival. 14-24 June, Tickets start from £11.25 and can be purchased through
Glorious Garden Party at The Gleneagles Hotel
Set to be a truly spectacular British affair, is hosting a unique twist on the traditional garden part this June to kick off the summer season. Aiming to recreate the glorious summers of the 1920’s, the event will see former Wimbledon players Xavier Malisse and Henri Leconte as they go head to head with traditional wooden rackets on Gleneagles’ outdoor courts. Don’t miss the chance to try Gleneagles afternoon tea before the match unfolds… 24 June, £150 per person including champagne reception, afternoon tea, entertainment and the tennis match.
The Classic & Sports Car Show
It’s all systems go at The Classic & Sports Car Show in association with Flywheel. Catch cars, motorcycles, vintage aircrafts and military machines, demonstrations in the air and on the ground. A Vintage Village with a fairground, live music, shopping and food stalls makes this a proper day at the fair. To win tickets, enter our competition. 23-24 June, .
Rhondda Rips It Up!
Welsh National Opera will tell a tongue-in-cheek story about the remarkable suffragette, Margaret Haig Thomas in an all-female, music hall production in Newport, South Wales before going on tour. 7 June to 21 November, .
Flux: Parian unpacked, Cambridge
Why does history choose to remember some and forget others? Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum poses the question by showcasing artist and curator Matt Smith’s installation, Flux: Parian unpacked, featuring over 100 Glynn collection parian busts of historical figures. A thoughtful challenge to British colonial notions and a fascinating exploration of history’s constant state of flux. 6 March – 1 July,
The Grand Tour, Chatsworth
Fasten your seat belts for a whistlestop tour of the UK’s top art institutions. Start at Chatsworth, where Linder Sterling will take up the post of the country house’s very first artist-in-residence, the fruits of which will inform a major new artist-curated exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary. The Harley Gallery and Derby Museums are getting in on the act too. Until 21 October,
The Big I Am, Liverpool
Head to Liverpool for the Biennial and you’ll catch the last performance of The Big I Am, based on Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. 16 June – 14 July, .
Queens of the Coal Age at the Royal Exchange, Manchester
Maxine Peak’s first play for the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, Queens of the Coal Age, follows the true story of the 1933 occupation of Parkside colliery. in a witty rendering, Anne, Lesley, Elaine and Dot make a stand for Women Against Pit Closures, bras stuffed with wet wipes and nicotine patches. 28 June – 21 July, .
Ledbury Poetry Festival
Considered ‘a rare and genuine joining of poetry, place and people’ by Carol Ann Duffy, Ledbury Poetry Festival in the historic Malvern hillside town will be abuzz with big names like Jackie Kay and Michael Palin. 29 June – 8 July,
Beyond Time at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
The 18th-century chapel at Yorkshire Sculpture Park will be transformed with 2,000 balls of white wool into an immersive installation, Beyond Time, which draw on the history of the building and honours its architectural elements. Chiharu Shiota’s works reference life, death ad belonging, themes fittingly displayed in an old chapel. 30 March to 2 September,
A Universe Full of Stars, Northumberland
Questions of the universe have occupied philosophers and astrologers throughout the ages. Gary Fildes, founder of the Kielder Observatory in Northumberland (which turns ten this year), will show you our unique position in the cosmos through his telescopes – as the third largest protected Dark Sky reserve in the world, it’s the best place for stargazing in the UK. Until 16 November,
The Henley Festival not only brings together a slick line-up of music, food and culture, but also looks the part. Among this year’s headliners at the black-tie festival are Rita Ora, Grace Jones and Nile Rodgers, and enjoy grub from Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett of Murano restaurant in Mayfair. 11-15 July,
The hip hop mini-musical Suffrageddon is a modern retelling of Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragettes (sound familiar, Hamilton fans?). A good excuse to visit Suffolk’s Latitude Festival. 12-15 July, .
The Great British Garden Party, Oxfordshire
Celebrate The Great British Garden Party at Blenheim Palace with music, food, drink and fireworks at the UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can even win tickets here. 13-14 July, .
Ascot’s Summer Mile Family Race day
Saturday’s Family Race day at Ascot will entertain adults and children alike. Get competitive with an eight-race card, indulge in an elegant picnic on the lawn and sip on champagne and cocktails at your leisure. For the children, a visit to the carnival area is a must, as is a pony ride and a visit to see Peppa Pig and Paddington Bear. Who says the races are only for adults? 14 July, Adult tickets cost £19 and can be purchased , and under 18s are free.
Beautiful world, where are you?, the 10th edition of the Liverpool Biennial, features artists and their reflections on a world in social political and economic turmoil. The largest festival of contemporary art in the UK boasts 40 artists, including Ryan Gander and Angès Varda, across Liverpool’s public spaces and galleries. 14 July – 28 October, .
Helaine Blumenfeld at Ely Cathedral
If the 900-year-old Ely Cathedral in Cambridge wasn’t already an attraction, Helaine Blumenfeld’s large-scale sculpture installation has certainly made it one. Entitled Tree of Life to reflect humanity’s complexities 17 bronze and marble sculptures comprise the exhibition throughout the cathedral and grounds. 13 July – 28 October, .
Festival of Hunting, Peterborough
The East of England Showground plays host to the greatest gathering of hounds in the country. Equine showing classes, an inter-hunt relay and hound-judging establish it as a highlight of the countryside calendar. 18 July, .
Chef Collaboration at The French, Manchester
An eight-course tasting menu is coming to The French this July as JP McMahon of the Michelin-starred Aniar joins forces with head chef Adam Reid to cook up a storm. A night not to be missed, the exclusive evening will bring a taste of contemporary Irish dining to the heart of Manchester. 18 July, Tickets cost £75 per person and a matching wine flight is available, tickets are available to purchase here.
Leigh Food Fair & Vintage/Classic Car Display
Taste and purchase local food and drink from Dorset producers inside this summer. From , you’ll find an impressive range of spreads, including jams, marmalades curds and chutneys. will be serving their fat-free delights and ’s lovingly made veggie food means there’s something for everyone. An abundance of vintage and classic cars will be displayed and open for visitors to have a peek. All proceeds will go to Leigh Village Hall, The Hub, Yeovil and St Andrew’s Church, Leigh and other charities. 21 July, 10am-4pm, Leigh Village Hall, Adults £2, children under 15 free.
Sushi Sho by Tate St Ives and Carousel
For a one-off weekend filled with cooking, creativity and art, head to this summer. Swedish-Japanese chef Carl Ishizaki of Stockholm’s Michelin-starred will be using the finest local seafood and produce to create a unique Cornish-inspired sushi experience. In collaboration with Tate St Ives head chef Fraser Bruce and the team behind , the five-course meal will sure be one to remember. 26-28 July 7-10:30pm, Tickets can be purchased for £49.50 from .
Braemar Gathering, Aberdeenshire
Dating back 900 years, it is no surprise that The Braemar Gathering is a slick operation of heavy events, piping, dancing and tug of war. If all that spectating has made you peckish there are Scottish delicacies to sate your hunger. 1 September, .
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