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The Muddy Guide: Thurs 10 – Weds 16 Mar

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Mon 21 – Sat 26 Mar

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There’s only a few days to catch this hit musical, which promises a flamboyant joy ride back to the Nineties. Based on the Aussie film, it’s the story of three friends who camp it up on a road trip across the Australian Outback. Duncan James is fab into the role of Tick, seen here complete with flip-flop frock (join the queue people, we all want one). There is a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favourites including Say a Little Prayer, I Will Survive, Go West, Hot Stuff and Always on My Mind. Expect brash humour, glitz, glam and sequins. Read the full Muddy review here.

Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2AS. Tel: 01227 787787, Evenings: 7.30pm, Thu & Sat matinees: 2.30pm, Tickets start from, £25.50

Food & Wine Gift Experience Day, Goudhurst, Sat 16 Apr and Sat 30 Apr


Looking for an original gift idea, or a girl’s day out with a difference? Then you’ll want to know about these unique Food & Wine Experiences from Albany Events – and their brand new Day or Weekend packages taking place near you in April. I came across them when looking for something new to do for a friend’s 40th birthday celebrations (she loves the outdoors and a tipple or two). The first part of the experience is led by Michael White of Rural Courses and involves a guided foraging walk in the stunning Weald countryside. Then, after lunch, wine expert Victoria Aldwinckle will take you to Hush Heath Winery for a guided walk around the vineyards and a tutored wine tasting. There’s still a few places left on each day so if you want to book, move fast. Tchin Tchin!

The Day course, 9.45am – 5pm, costs £90 per person and includes morning coffee and cake, both guided walks and tours and a two-course pub lunch.

Coppélia, The Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, Tues, 15 Mar


If you’re after a more traditional dance classic and fancy something child-friendly, then you can’t go far wrong with Coppélia – a captivating story of an eccentric toymaker and his beloved doll. When my daughter first got into ballet I took her to see a production of this ballet and she was mesmerised. The colourful costumes, lively characters and beautiful music all combine to create a magical and comical classic that appeals to audiences of all ages. This version is brought to the stage from the Vienna Festival Ballet and reviews so far point towards a lively production, infused with old world charm.

19:30pm, tickets £18.50 adults, £14.50 under 16s. The Stag Theatre, London Rd, Sevenoaks TN13 1ZZ. Tel: 01732 450175.

Wedding Open Day, Groombridge Place

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Recently engaged? Maybe you took the lead and popped the question yourself on Feb 29? Well get out your mood board and start the planning ball rolling with a nosey round stunning this old manor house. I’ve been to a friend’s wedding at Groombridge Place and, ahem, from the bits I can remember there’s a moat, pretty walled gardens, giant chess set and lots of high beamed ceilings. I’ve got to say it does make a rather lovely romantic venue, not least because of its appearance in the Keira Knightly & Matthew Macfadyen version of Pride and Prejudice. Also, if you don’t want to wait around you can book a Summer 2016 wedding (by 31st March) and you get a whopping 20 per cent off.

Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells TN3 9QG. Tel: 01892 861444.

Reshaping Nature, talk by costume historian Lee Ault, Maidstone Museum, Sat 12 Mar


There’s a couple of interesting things going on at the museum in Maidstone to mark International Women’s Day. Firstly costume historian Lee Ault will talk about and show historic clothing designed to constrain women through time. And there’s also a new art exhibition, A Woman of Genius, named after the controversial quote by 18th century art critic: ‘A woman of genius does not exist; if she does, she must be a man!’ (I know, I spat out my decaf Mocca the first time I read it). Using works from the 16th century onwards from the Museum’s collections, alongside original artwork by Vicki Cooke, this exhibition is about the female artists who have quietly proved the author of the above quote wrong.

Reshaping Nature Talk, 2pm – 3pm, costs £5. Woman of Genius 05 Mar 2016 – 30 Apr 2016,  Entry to the exhibition is free for all visitors, and no advanced booking is required. . Museum Opening Times: Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm, Sunday Closed. From 28 March 2016, Mon Closed,  Tues – Sat 10am -5pm, Sun 12pm – 4pm. Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, St Faith’s Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH. Tel: 01622 602838.

All My Sons, by Arthur Miller, Oast Theatre, Tonbridge, Sat 12 – Sat 19 Mar

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The last time I saw this production I was at school. Who said ‘around twenty years ago then!’? Slander!! I do remember being very moved, particularly obviously by the ending. And I bet this Kentish oast house of a theatre would make a great setting for this play. The story follows the fortunes of businessman Joe Keller and his family as they struggle to come to terms with the fallout of World War II and the loss of one of their sons. There’s a twist or two along the way.

Evenings 8pm, weekend matinee 3pm, tickets £10, Oast Theatre, London Rd, Tonbridge TN10 3AN. Tel: 01732 350261.

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