The Addams Family, Loughborough Town Hall, 8-12 Oct
Produced by the ESNA Players and focusing on Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness who is all grown up but has a shocking secret that only Gomez knows. She’s fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family. With his cherished wife, Morticia in the dark, will Gomez manage to keep his daughter’s secret? Find out in this spooky and funny family show.
Cabaret, Curve, 15 Oct – 19 Oct
It’s 1931, Berlin is a haven of divine decadence and the legendary Sally Bowles (played by Kara Lily Hayworth following her performance in Cilla The Musical) is about to take the stage at the infamous Kit Kat Klub. It features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and iconic songs Money Makes The World Go Round, Maybe This Time, Cabaret and more. Starring as Emcee is John Partridge, winner of Celebrity MasterChef 2018, well known to TV audiences as EastEnders’ charismatic Christian Clarke.
Warhorse, Curve, Leics, Wed 2 – 12 Oct
Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Curve, Leics, 28 Oct – Sat 2 Nov
Riding into town and starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Joe McFadden, Priscilla is the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Outback to put on the show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance. With more glitter than ever before, this smash-hit show features a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including Hot Stuff, I Will Survive, I Love The Nightlife and Finally.
Fame the Musical, Haymarket Theatre, Leics, 21 – 26 Oct
Starring Keith Jack (Any Dream Will Do, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) and Jorgie Porter (Hollyoaks, Dancing On Ice). Featuring the Oscar-winning title song and a cast of outstanding dancers, singers, musicians and actors as they transform from star struck pupils to superstars.
MUSIC: The UK Crowded House Experience, Coalville, 11 Oct
Born out of the desire to hear the Crowded House back catalogue live again, the UK Crowded House Experience capture the essence of a Crowded House live performance perfectly. With humour, a high level of musicianship and glorious harmonies from all band members, the UK Crowded House Experience is a must see for all Crowded House / Finn brothers fans. Show starts at 7.30pm
Black History Month, 1- 31 Oct
Diwali Leicester, Sun 13 – Sun 27 Oct
A street party like no other – over 35,000 are expected from people of all faiths attend the switch on of the lights (13 Oct) on the Golden Mile, and even more come along on Diwali Day (27 Oct) itself to experience the buzzing street atmosphere, colourful fashion, gold jewellery shops and food. The Leicester’s Wheel of Light will run from 11 Oct – 10 Nov and a Diwali Mela on 19 Oct and there is also a cultural event programme – from theatre performances to craft activities, cultural talks and exhibitions taking place across the city in various locations.
October Festival, Leics, New Market Square, 11- 13 Oct
Free to attend, experience a weekend filled with food, music and comedy. Expect food and craft stalls, Thai, Indian and Vietnamese street food as well as hot and cold drinks kicking off on Friday at 6pm. Saturday and Sunday from noon.
New Market Square
…and lots of it this month. You may remember him from Britain’s Got Talent and now you can see Daliso Chaponda (4 Oct) live. He’ll be bringing his fun, daring new show to Leicester and looks at disgraced, blacklisted celebrities and historical figures that we’re all ashamed we once admired. There’s also the small matter of family member arrests, exploding buildings in his home country and more which he rolls into one hilarious comedy show at the Sue Townsend Theatre.
Anyone still remember Jack Dee? Well he’s on at Melton Theatre on 17 Oct for one night only but only the last few remaining tickets are avail so get them quick! Plus Romesh Ranganathan (03-04 Oct), Josh Widdicombe (12 Oct and Ben Elton (17 Oct) at De Montfort Hall.
ART: We Are, Leics, 5 Oct
To celebrate their 6 month birthday, We Are will be filled with live music, special offers and pie errrr lots of pie! This event will also help launch their online shop by tying it in with an exhibition that will be curated especially for Leicester’s Design Season 2. There will also be an exhibition where you will get a rare insight into the design process of some of the artists and designers that sell their work in the shop.
FOOD: East Midlands Food Festival, Melton Mowbray, 5 Oct–6 Oct
Expect 200 stands showcasing the best food and drink from the East Midlands and beyond. This year expect chefs inc Rachel Green, Teresa Bovey and live demonstrations in the Food Theatre and the ‘Cooking Maharaja’ dishes up the best samosas. Also entertainment and activities for children and families as well as the regular Street Food Zone and for those who like their drink, there will be gin, rum, vodka, whisky and more.
East Midlands Food Fest
Festival of The Dead
Combining carnival, circus, theatre and errrr clubbing, Festival of The Dead’s ‘The Dark Carnival’ features a whole new cast of characters and otherworldly creations, acrobats, circus performers, carnival-esque pageantry, giant skull processions, acrobats, dancers and beautiful decorative art and costumes as well as the UK’s only giant spider on stilts, both of which create a breathtaking visual spectacle. Tickets are running low but you can buy them via link below.
Rutland Mistletoe Fair 25 – 27 October
Too early to start your xmas shopping? We think not! Stalls selling a wonderful selection of gifts, treats, decorations, handicrafts and toys. The kids will love Santa’s phone box where they can call to let him know that you’ve been good and a post box to send a letter. Starts at 10am and tickets £3 free for kids under 12.
Gin To My Tonic Festival, Athena, Leics, Sat 19 Oct
With more than 100 different gins from across the UK and beyond, sample the ones which take your fancy as you embark on a gin tasting journey.Tickets £13.50 and include goodies and gin of course! Session times are 1.30pm – 5.30pm or 7.00pm – 11.00pm.
Rutland Food and Drink Week, 26 Oct – 3 Nov
Enjoy the very best food & drink in Rutland and find out why we’re known as the ‘County of Good Taste’. With delicious set menus, special offers and mouthwatering events, the Food & Drink Week offers something for everyone. Events include the Uppingham Beer Festival (25 Oct), Rutland Food & Drink Festival (27 Oct) and Two Chimps Coffee School (29 Oct) & Uppingham Food Festival (2 Nov). The week concludes with the Discover Rutland Annual Ball (3 Nov).
Museum of the Moon, Leicester Cathedral, 11 – 20 Oct
Artist Luke Jerram’s stunning ‘Museum of the Moon’ installation will return to Leicester Cathedral. Measuring a huge seven metres in diameter, the internally-lit moon features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. Other event inc music concerts and silent discos under the Moon (a children’s and an adults’ session), a wine tasting evening and a talk with exhibits by the National Space Centre. Admission by donations £2 for adults and £1 for kids (suggested). Evening Events priced individually, per person.