FUN: Bowie: Oddity to Mars, National Space Centre 10 -11 Jan
This ultimate live immersive show will celebrate 1969 to 1972: a significant period of time that covered both Bowie’s experimental phase and the Apollo lunar landing window. David Live is a British, five-piece band that has performed musical tributes to the man himself. The visitor attraction has also partnered with De Montfort University Leicester (DMU), Loughborough College and Leicester College to create a never before seen exhibition of fashion, textiles, art and photography inspired by Bowie. General admission from £15.
KIDS: Winter Wander-land Workshop, Phoenix Leics, 11 Jan
Part of Cultural Quarter Earlies, free activities across the Cultural Quarter on the second Saturday of the every month, create a character in Scratch to explore a digital snow-scape, collecting items and avoiding danger along the way.After designing your character you can guide it on the screen using your own movement. This workshop combines paper drawing with coding in Scratch, game-making and interactivity. Best for age 4+ from 12-4pm and free.
VEGAN: Where to Vegan Market, 11 Jan
Enjoy a range of vegan goodies from cakes and pizza to house hold good and make up. Plus live music and fun. 10-5pm.
New Market Square, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 5HB
THEATRE: Small Island, Phoenix Leics, NT Live, 16 Jan
Returning due to demand, Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel comes to life in an epic theatre adaptation, filmed live on stage as part of NT Live’s10th birthday Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain and follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.
PANTO: Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp, Hinckley Concordia until 1 Feb
Not had enough of the panto just yet? Here’s another one for you. Join a madcap journey to ancient China to meet Aladdin and the rest of the Twankey Family. Follow Aladdin’s quest to win the heart of the beautiful Princess Balroubadour – first he needs to find wealth by finding a Magical Lamp. Tickets from £12.
CINEMA: Cats, Phoenix Leics, until 9 Jan
Star-studded doesn’t quite cover it! You’ll find Judi Dench, Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, Ray Winstone, James Corden, Rebel Wilson and Jennifer Hudson all strutting their stuff alongside Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her feature film debut. The film reimagines the musical for a new generation with spectacular production design, state-of-the-art technology, and dance styles ranging from classical ballet to contemporary, hip-hop to jazz, street dance to tap. Pretty puurrrrfect don’t you think?
THEATRE: The Woman in Black, Curve 20 – 25 Jan
A lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black engages a sceptical young actor to help him tell his terrifying story. Continuing its record breaking run in London’s West End, The Woman in Black now embarks on a major UK Tour Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation.Age Recommendation: 12+
Ultimate Coldplay, The Musician, Leics, 24 Jan
Performing all the Coldplay hits and more featuring an amazing look and sound a like front man and incredible live band.
THEATRE: The Upbeat Beatles, Y Theatre, Leics, 24 Jan
These guys have an easy, happy rapport with any crowd, giving them a reputation to be envied as the best in the business. The show takes you through the Fab Four’s long and winding road from the early Cavern days through Beatlemania, America, Sergeant Pepper to Abbey Road, with narrative and full multi-media presentation.
THEATRE: Mack and Mabel, Loughborough 28 Jan – 1 Feb
Based on the real-life romance between legendary filmmaker Mack Sennett and his beautiful, talented rising star Mabel Normand, Mack and Mabel captures the excitement of Hollywood’s golden age, the fun and action of the silent screen, the hysterical madcap chaos of Fatty Arbuckle and the Keystone Kops, and the glamour of the bathing beauties.A glamorous and dazzling musical comedy, Mack and Mabel is both a poignant love story and a riveting tribute to the grit and glamour of the era of silent movies.
WHAT’S ON FURTHER AFIELD:
MUSIC: Madonna – Madame X tour, London Palladium, 27 Jan – Sun 16 Feb
Madonna kicks off the new year with 15 nights at the London Palladium, one in a series of rare, intimate performances celebrating the release of Madame X. Having played arenas and stadiums since her ground-breaking 1985 Virgin Tour, This time she’s chosen smaller more intimate theatre venues, so you’ll be able to see Her Madgesty up close and personal. You never know when she’ll retire her corseted bodice. In November she was forced to cancelled three tour dates in Boston on doctors’ orders, due to injuries. The album has been influenced by living in Lisbon, Portugal over the past several years, and features 15 new songs celebrating Madonna’s career-long love affair with Latin music and culture.
EXHIBITION: Thinking 3D: Leonardo to the present, Bodleian Library, Oxford, until 9 Feb
Timed to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the exhibition shows how Leonardo and his contemporaries made great strides in the realistic depiction of 3D forms. Thinking 3D explores technological advances up to the present day including 3D modelling, photography and stereoscopy; and also highlights the works of modern practitioners and researchers in Oxford.
ART: London Art Fair, Islington, London, 21-26 Jan
Calling modern art lovers! Get ye over to Islington for this massive art fair offering everything from prints and editions through to major works by internationally renowned artists. There are talks, tours, screenings and curated spaces, plus Photo50, the annual exhibition of contemporary photography and Art Projects, featuring large-scale installations, solo shows and group displays.
MUSIC: Beverley Knight, Warwick Arts Centre, Fri Jan 31
The Wolverhampton-born singer and songwriter is celebrating 25 years in the music industry with the release of a new album, BK25, which she brings to life in this special concert with a live band. She’ll perform a range of hits including the Top 10 smash Shoulda Woulda Coulda, Keep This Fire Burning, Come As You Are, Made It Back and Greatest Day. Buy tickets here
This exuberant, beautifully directed and moving new musical, based on the best-selling children’s novel by David Walliams, features 16 original songs by pop star Robbie Williams and his long-term writing partner Guy Chambers. It’s directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and adapted by former RSC writer-in-residence Mark Ravenhill. Tickets are half price for children – up to four can go with one adult. Box Office: 01789 331111, RSC
Roll up, roll up to a circus like no other. Prepare for an incredible experience that’s been going for 25 years. Packed full of acts, led by a rock n roll soundtrack, there will be lots of on the edge of your seat moments, at this dramatic but unmissable show. The cast also went far in Britain’s Got Talent, making it to the final.
More art, you cultured lot, in this monthly open evening at Tate Modern that includes music, workshops, talks and more as you wander the galleries after hours. This month Shirley May reads from her poetry collection, She Wrote Her Own Eulogy which discusses her family’s Jamaican heritage and the Black-British experience, which explores love, loss and the struggles we all face in relationships.