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What’s on: MARCH

March brings us a tonne of unmissable hits! From local art exhibitions to big name performers, we've got the lowdown on what's on near you this month, check out our guide here.

Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, Curve, 1-12 Mar

Based on the story of Carole King’s remarkable rise from singer/songwriter to chart-topping music legend, this production will take audiences back to the heart of King’s landmark 1971 album ‘Tapestry’ and feature countless classics such as You Make Me Feel Like a Natural WomanTake Good Care of my BabyYou’ve Got a Friend, and so many more.

Light Up Leicester, 3-6 Mar

See the city in a new light as a selection of illuminated artworks are dotted around the streets this month. This year’s festival will see large-scale projects from some of the world’s most exciting and renowned artists form a trail of nine light-based installations, which will be placed around the city centre for visitors to discover. Definitely one for the Gram!

Spring Fiesta, Barnsdale Gardens Rutland, 1-14 Mar

Explore Barnsdale as everything starts to burst into life; along with all the fresh new foliage and drifts of spring flowers throughout the Gardens you’ll be able to enjoy the new Geoff Hamilton Winter Border at its very best. Then visit the tea room for a warming drink and slice of cake, lunch or afternoon tea… or browse the plant nursery and shop for great gardening gifts.

Anton and Erin, DeMontfort Hall, 3 March

Dig out your dancing shoes because there’s some fabulous shows that you won’t want to miss. From the nation’s favourite ballroom couple will be waltzing their way onto stage on and paying tribute to some of the greatest entertainment icons of all time from Elton John and Shirley Bassey, to Hollywood Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra and pop megastars Beyoncé, John Legend and more. Sashay Away.

A World of Colour, Loughborough Sock Gallery 3 Mar – 21 Apr

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Pop over to enjoy this solo exhibition by Valerie Astill inspired by her own photographs and travels, there are portraits of and scenes all over the world including Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Argentina, and Peru.

Ben Hart: Wonder, Curve, 6 Mar

Britain’s Got Talent 2019 finalist, West End star and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart is embarking on his debut solo tour. Expect mind-blowing and exciting magic with the simplest of props, using the objects and minds of the audience, Ben Hart conjures an altogether new kind of magic.

Fire Dance, DeMontfort Hall, 10 March

Hot pulsing beats, seductive choreography and passion that will take your breath away. Think Argentine Tango, Flamenco,Paso Doble and of course, Salsa! With live Latin musicians, dancers, Gorka Marquez and Karen Hauer and a dynamic dance ensemble, get ready for a captivating dance experience you won’t want to miss.

New Work Festival, Curve 10-13 Mar

Celebrating talent from across the Midlands – 30 artists and arts organisations will showcase new plays, musicals, dance and spoken word pieces. The festival will also include a range of workshops and one to one artist events. Catch the Midlands premiere of Katie Arnstein’s Sticky Door (12 March), a five-star storytelling show with songs about sex, stigma and er, cystitis.

Alan Oliver Exhibition, Rutland 12 Mar – 12 Apr

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An exhibition of paintings by local artist, Alan Oliver containing a mixture of subjects and mediums. Subjects include landscapes, still life and places around Rutland to as far as Venice. All painted in traditional and contemporary styles.

Billionaire Boy, Curve, 15 -19 Mar

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From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny comes this amazing production of David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy! Joe Spud is twelve years old and the richest boy in the country! What Joe doesn’t have is a friend. So he decides to leave his posh school and start at the local one instead but things don’t go as planned for Joe and life becomes a rollercoaster as he tries to find what money can’t buy!

Spring Equinox, Eco Village, Market Harbs, 19 March

Welcome the new season with an fun-filled family evening featuring live music, book readings, hot food, a fully-stocked bar, a cosy fire pit and more.
⁠ Tickets are £2 for children and £5 for adults. If that wasn’t enough the Mish Mash Market is taking place at the Congregational Church. It’s free entry too!

Friends! The Musical Parody, Loughborough Town Hall, 19 Mar

This show celebrates and pokes fun at the wacky misadventures of the group of 20-something pals we love from the hit TV show as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990’s Manhattan. It’s a fab, feel-good romp through our favourite moments from the hit TV show in an uncensored, hilarious, fast-paced, music-filled production. 

Rutland Food & Drink Festival, Oakham Castle and Market Place, 20 Mar

Bring the whole family and enjoy a selection of local goodies, artisan grocery foods drink plus art and craft stores.

Diversity, DeMontfort Hall, 21-22 March

After nine sell out UK tours and countless tv and live performances street dance troupe, Diversity are on tour with their new show Connected. It centres around the world of social media, the internet, and the digital era we now live in, but more importantly how this connects us all. Expect flips, tricks and more.

Meet the author and book signings, Market Harborough, March

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Muddy award-winning book store, Quinns has put together a number of events for book fans this month. On 20 March meet Leicestershire author Jamie Mollart at the Ecovillage from 7.30pm and on 21 March head to a book talk and signing with Giles Kristian at The Congregational Church Market Harborough at 6pm.

Moana Jr, Mountsorrell Memorial Centre, 24 – 27 Mar

The Kids will love this heart warming stage adaptation of Moana based on the Disney film. Join Moana as she sets sail across the pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. The Loughborough School of performing arts cast includes over 60 students.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Concordia Hinckley, 21- 26 March

Based on the smash-hit movie, this amateur production follows the adventure of three friends, a glam Sydney-based performing trio, who agree to take their show to the middle of the Australian outback. They hop aboard a battered old bus (nicknamed Priscilla) searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they ever imagined. Enjoy hits including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and a fabulous Kylie Medley Finale you won’t want to miss.

What’s Love Got To Do With It? L’boro Town Hall, 31 Mar

Tina Turner fans will have the time of their lives watching What’s Love Got To Do With It? which celebrates the music and 60-year career of this incredible rock and soul legend. Then, on 13 Nov you can celebrate over 20 years of British singer, Gabrielle on her Rise Tour. Catch her play songs from the album, along with other iconic hits. Carry on the nostalgia and celebrate the late, great Whitney Houston in Queen of the Night on 21 Nov.

Pop Up Markets at The Engine Yard, Every weekend in March

Like Muddy, this weekly pop-up event will be celebrating local indie businesses within its charming countryside shopping village. Shop from local artists, boutiques, artisan food and drink producers, small wellbeing brands, florists and more.

Craft and Gift Fair, Beaumanor Hall, 26 – 27 Mar   

This popular event is the perfect place to discover gorgeous handmade and artisan gifts or treats and all in the beautiful surroundings of Beaumanor Hall. Parking on-site is free and there’ll be a range of light refreshments available.

The Producers, Uppingham Theatre, 30 Mar – 2 Apr

Based on the Broadway musical which has won 12 Tony Awards and wowed crowds. The story is based on two theatrical producers who scheme to get rich by fraudulently overselling a musical. Complications arise when the show unexpectedly turns out to be a success. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.

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