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The Autumn Culture Guide

Don't let the fun stop now that summer's over! From top music acts to hilarious comedians, throw in a sporting legend and a cool 90's festival to make it the best social season ever!

**THEATRE and MUSIC**

Pic Credit: Brinkhoff Moegenburg

Autumn theatre is back with a bang at Curve. There’s a whole raft of brilliant stage productions from this city arts venue. Theatre lovers are going to be itching to get the best seats for everything from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Everybody’s Talking about Jamie (20-25 Sept) Six (28 Sept – 3 Oct) Hairspray (4-9 Oct), Matthew Bourne’s Midnight Bell (11-16 Oct), Tell me on a Sunday (12- 16 Oct) and more. If that wasn’t enough to get your theatrical juices flowing, direct from London, the smash hit production of C.S. Lewis’ classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (pic above), is on from 2-23 Nov. Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they leave wartime Britain and embark on a magical adventures in a frozen, faraway land called Narnia. Meanwhile, teenies will love What the Ladybird Heard (30 Sept – 3 Oct) and The Tiger Who Came to Tea (21-24 Oct).

Put your laughing pants on – perhaps pop in a pantyliner too – as the Scummy Mummies (pic above) are back in town on the 22 Sept at the Y Theatre. Female comedy duo, Helen and Ellie are here with of laughs galore, songs and more. You can also expect belly full of laughs from Sindhu Vee on 30 Sept, Gary Delaney on 8 Oct , Mark Watson on 15 Oct and Paul Zerdin on 19 Nov.

Pic via Russian National Ballet

There’s a variety of fun performances over in Loughborough too from tribute act, Magic of the Beatles on 16 Oct. This magical ‘musical’ mystery tour will transport you back to the golden era of pop and Beatlemania with hit after hit and a little humour too. If ballet is more your thing, then enjoy the Russian National Ballet’s Swan Lake on 7 Nov and then book to see the intelligent, always provocative and entertaining comedian, Omid Djalili on his Good Times Tour on the 9 Nov. Loughborough Town Hall

Elsewhere, you can catch Ceri Dupree at the Mountsorrel Memorial Centre from 22-23 Oct and over at Rutland Showground, you can watch The Sound of the Musicals from 25- 17 Nov. This cabaret style evening features music from your favourite Broadway and West End Musicals throughout the decades. Book tickets here.

Leicester City’s De Montfort Hall is back with a bang and a whole raft of comedians including Rob Brydon, John Bishop, Rob Beckett, David Baddiel, Russel Howard between Sept – Nov but it’s the thrilling musical acts we’re really looking forward to. Enjoy some fantastic live music from acts including Billy Ocean on 16 Oct, Scouting for Girls on 18 Oct, Paloma Faith on 20 Oct, Kasabian on 27 Oct, Gabrielle (pic above) on 13 Nov. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also the Tina Turner story in the musical, What’s Love Got to do With It? on 7 Nov, Whitney Queen of the Night on 21 Nov and One Night of Queen on 2 Dec. If sports is more your thing, you won’t want to miss an evening with Manchester United’s treble winning captain, Champions League Winner, European Champion with Denmark, Peter Schmeichel. He’s coming to Leicester on the 8 Oct and will be talking about his sporting history and the release of his autobiography.

The Little Theatre has shows including The Rat Pack on 27 Oct where you can catch Robert Habermann singing the great songs and telling the amazing story of the most famous group of singers in the world – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. The funny, touching and timeless production, Made in Dagenham is on 16 – 20 Nov by Knighton Park Amateur Operatic Society.

Could it be magic? Take That are in town! Okay well, not exactly but tribute act, ‘Rule The World’ are putting on quite a performance over at Kilworth House Theatre with a slight more, sophisticated Take That concert on 22 Oct featuring all their biggest hits including ‘Never Forget’, ‘Greatest Day’, ‘Back For Good’, ‘Relight My Fire’, ‘Everything Changes’, ‘Shine’ & ‘Pray’. £75 tickets and includes a welcome drink, three-course dinner, the show and coffee and petit fours.

**FESTIVALS**

Photo by William White on Unsplash

The Big 90s Festival is coming to Leicester’s Victoria Park on 1 Oct with live 90s acts including Phats and Small, Baby D, N Trance, Five and more (final acts TBC for Leicester) and incredible performances to take you back to your youth! Get those glow sticks ready!

East Midlands Food Festival is back on this year from 2-3 Oct over ‘Rural Capital of Food’ Tickets are 6 and under 16s go for free. Famed for its artisan producers of cheese, pies, charcuterie and other foodie goodies, this event will also include a street food area. Don’t miss the Food Theatre with local chefs demonstrating easy recipes, many using the ingredients found at the festival.

Photo by amirali mirhashemian on Unsplash

If you’d rather dive into a chocolate pizza, book tickets to the annual ChocFest in Melton Mowbray. Yes it’s back this year and is actually running on the same dates as PieFest from 13 -14 Nov. Why not kill two birds with one stone and once you’ve scoffed enough pies, head here for all things chocolate inc beer and chocolate kebabs (yes, really)!

**CULTURAL**

Head over to see a new exhibition over at The Chapel Gallery celebrating Black History Month where artists explore themes from intergenerational trauma, environmental issues, heritage, presence and identity. As well as this, films from the Blaxploitation era will also be screened over at Phoenix. Workshops will take place over at Leicester Museum and Art Gallery and there’s also comedy nights to catch too over at the city’s new venue, The Big Difference. Expect some brilliant acts hand-picked by the team behind Leicester Comedy Festival. Featuring Aurie Styla, President Obonjo, Sikisa, Verona Rose and Sophie Duker.

Photo by Prashant Gupta on Unsplash

And how can we forget Diwali – the festival of lights on Nov 4! Celebrating the start of the Hindu New Year, head to the city’s Golden Mile to enjoy festivities, dance shows, a fire garden and of course the Diwali Village where you can tuck into festive food stalls and let the kids enjoy the fun fair rides. The annual switch-on will take place on 24 Oct.

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