Cheltenham - Gloucestershire

The February Edition

Chicago at Everyman Theatre

‘Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery… all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts.’ So begins the multi-award-winning musical, Chicago. Described by Metro as the ‘sexiest musical ever’ with numerous show-stopping numbers, the story is set amidst the razzle-dazzle of the 1920s. It tells the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer, who murders her on-the-side lover. Desperate to avoid conviction, she hires Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer, Billy Flynn. The great classical singer Russell Watson takes on the role of Billy while West End favourite Faye Brookes (Grease, Legally Blonde) plays Roxie.
28th February to 5th March. The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1HQ. 01242 572573. everymantheatre.org.uk

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Nature in Art

From fascinating animal behaviour to magnificent species to the breath-taking diversity of Mother Nature, the world-renowned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is quite simply spectacular. It’s also deeply moving, telling the story of a planet under pressure and highlighting the urgent challenges we face plus, most importantly, the collective action we need to take. Standout images include: ‘Toxic Design’ which shows the unique colours of Romania’s Apuseni Mountains, ‘Lockdown Chicks’ of three rose-ringed parakeet chicks emerging from their nest and ‘Storm Fox’ which features a fox searching for salmon carcasses in Alaska.
1st February to 27th March. Nature in Art, Wallsworth Hall, Gloucester, GL2 9PA. 01452 731422; natureinart.org.uk

Jimmy Carr at Cheltenham Town Hall

Much-loved British comedian Jimmy Carr is coming to town with his brand-new show: Terribly Funny. The show will contain jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But – says Jimmy – ‘they’re just jokes, not terrible things. Nothing more than wonderful, funny, joyful tricks, constructed from language.’ Either way, with Jimmy’s track record, it’s bound to be good. Described by The Guardian as ‘a comedy hero for our time’, his two-decade career includes ten sell-out tours and over 2,500 performances. He has also hosted 20 series of Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

12th February. Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QA. 01242 528764; cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

Lambing at Cotswolds Farm Park

With the return of spring comes the joy of lambing. Head down with your little ones to Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park to meet the new additions. And, with 600 sheep, it’s going to be busy. Take a seat next to the lambing pens, get up close to all the action and see the early bonds the ewes make with their new-born lambs. There will also be daily lambing talks by the Farm Park experts. The new additions don’t stop there. The Farm is also welcoming baby goats, piglets and guinea pigs. After all the excitement, stop by the beautiful Cotswolds pub, The Hollow Bottom, just down the road, and tuck into some hearty British classics.

17th February to 7th March. Cotswolds Farm Park, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5FL. 01451 850307; www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

The Hollow Bottom, Guiting Power, Cheltenham, GL54 5UX. 01451 611111; hollowbottom.com