The Muddy Guide

La Cage Aux Folles, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Tue 24 Jan – Sat 28 Jan

A brand new of production starring John Partridge and Adrian Zmed based on the classic musical is currently touring the UK and making a short pit stop in our very own Canterbury. The sequin spangled show is based on the story of a gay couple Georges, the manager of Saint-Tropez nightclub La Cage Aux Folles, and drag artist Albin who is the star entertainment at the colourful venue. When Georges’ son becomes engaged to the daughter of a right wing Politian, Georges is forced to conceal his vibrant lifestyle during a meeting of the parents. This award winning extravaganza features some well known songs such as The Best Of Times, Song On The Sand, and I Am What I Am. Don’t miss out!

Show times: 7:30pm (evenings) & 2:30pm (Wed, Thu & Sat). Prices: £25.50-£44. The Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2AS, Box Office: 01303 760750, marlowetheatre.com

Not Dead Enough, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Wed 25 Jan – Sat 28 Jan

International best-selling author Peter James is one of the most renowned authors in the industry, bringing a shiver to his reader’s spines with his top quality crime thriller novels. Some of his well-known books such as The Perfect Murder and Dead Simple have recently been adapted for stage and become a huge success. His latest instalment starring Laura Whitmore and Shane Richie is Not Dead Enough. It tells the story of a murdered wife and the mystery surrounding her death. It can’t have been her husband; he was sixty miles away at the time. At least that’s what he claims…

This fantastic production will keep you at the edge of your seats as any great thriller should do and have you itching to find out whodunit!

Show Times: 7:30pm (Wed-Sat) & 2:30pm (Thu&Sat). The Orchard Theatre, Home Gardens, Dartford, DA1 1ED, Tel: 01322 220000, orchardtheatre.co.uk

Cirque Berserk, Churchill Theatre, Bromley, Wed 18 Jan – Sat 21 Jan

Roll Up! Roll Up! Bromley’s Churchill Theatre is hosting the ultimate circus experience made especially for theatre. Cirque Beserk will be showcasing the finest tricks and skills that are a tradition in live circus entertainment with a few added daredevil stunts to keep you thoroughly mesmerized. Catch jaw dropping acts from the talented international troupe that includes, jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dances and stuntmen. This unique reinvention of circus entertainment has gained rave reviews from news outlets across the country and promises not to disappoint.

Show times: 7:30pm (Wed), 5pm & 7:45pm (Thu, Fri & Sat), 2pm (Sat). Prices £22.50-£28.50 (Under 18s half price). Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley, BR1 1HA, Box office: 020 3285 6000, churchilltheatre.co.uk

Soul Kitchen, The Grey Lady, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 20 Jan

If you’re a fan of smooth sound of soul music head to one of Tunbridge Wells’ best live music venues, The Grey Lady, as they present their monthly instalment of The Soul Kitchen. Rare soul music spun on original vinyl will be playing throughout the night creating a fun and relaxed atmosphere to complete your perfect Friday night out.

7:30pm-1am, £5 admissions. The Grey Lady, 70-72 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TW, Tel: 01892 544700, thegreylady.co.uk

The Vanishing Man, Theatre Royal, Margate, Sat 21 Jan

In a new show directed by Simon Evans and David Aula, untangle the mystery of one of the world’s best and unsolved magic tricks of all time. Examine Edwardian magician Hugo Cedar’s perfect magic trick that saw him disappear in front of his audience, never to be seen again. This show promises to offer its audience with a mind-bending insight into the secret world of magic.

7:30pm, £10-£14. Theatre Royal Margate, Addlington St, Margate, CT9 1PW, Box Office: 01843 292795, theatreroyalmargate.com

366 Portraits, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, until Jan 29

Photographer Sarah Clark set herself the task of publishing one portrait per day for the whole of 2016. She wanted to capture people when they were least expecting it (on the street not in the shower!) to get the most natural expressions. The public response was overwhelming and attracted far more attention than anticipated, so she is now exhibiting the project in its entirety at Trinity Theatre.

trinitytheatre.net

Evening Ale Tour & Supper, Shepherd Neame Brewery Tours, Faversham Fri 20 Jan

Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame is welcoming guests to a fun night out with a difference.  Take a tour of the brewery where brewing has continued for centuries and learn all about the famous Kentish ales in a tutored tasting session. The evening continues with a two-course home-cooked dinner all washed down with another pint or two (if you can handle it).

 6:30pm-10:30pm, Tickets: £29.50 per person. Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre & Brewery Tours, 17 Court Street, Faversham, ME13 7AX, Tel: 01795 542016, shepherdneame.co.uk

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