What’s On this week: 17th – 23rd January 2013

19 January 2013

‘How not to be bored’: Top picks of what to see in Cambridge this week, selected by our Listings & Events Editor, Jenni Reid. If you are organising an event which you think we might be interested in, email listings@tcs.cam.ac.uk with details. All events are included at the editor’s discretion.


1. MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG – Mumford Theatre. 26th-27th. 7:30pm. A musical written by a musical writer about musical writers. If you missed Sondheim’s masterpiece at the ADC last summer, catch it here. It might be almost as good.

2. BLUEBIRD – Corpus Playroom, 22nd-26th, 7pm, Simon Stephens’ award-winning play about a sardonic London cab-driver.

3. PACE: although – King’s Bunker, 8pm, 23rd-24th – Original monologues by Cambridge student writers..

4. THE MERCHANT OF VENICE – ADC, 15th – 19th, 7:45pm. Shakespeare at his questionably racist best. See an all-student cast fresh from their European tour.


1. CAIN: a new opera by Joshua Borin – 8.30pm, 22nd – 23rd Jan, Divinity School (opposite St. John’s College), A brand new chamber opera about everybody’s favourite biblical murderer!

2. CHURCHILL JAZZ BAND – ADC, 22nd Jan, 11pm, One of Cambridge’s biggest big bands brings you a huge range of charts from traditional swing and jazz to funk, latin and rock.

3. SPLITWHISKERS – The Vaults, 18th January, This five-piece Cambridge based band draw from their impressive track record to bring you a new slant on the blues, with an air of lightning wit and repartee.

4. VOX CANTAB: ‘AMERICAN ROOTS’ – 20th January, 1:15pm, Fitzwilliam Museum, Choral concert of pieces by Tippett, Copland, Lauridsen and Whitacre, directed by Louisa Denby.


1. JAMIE MEETS THE POPE – Corpus Playrooms, 9.30pm, 21st Jan, Jamie Fraser and Ben Pope bring you their “trademark stilted delivery and awkward personalities”.

2. YELLOW – ADC Theatre, 11pm, Wed 23rd – Sat 26th Jan. A new sketch show featuring four of this year’s Footlights performers.

3. WOLFSON HOWLER – 21st Jan, 8.30pm, Wolfson bar. Beat the ‘Blue Monday Blues’ with the usual student showcase plus a special guest headliner.


1. PETER HITCHENS at the Peterhouse Politics Society, 8:30pm, 22nd, Peterhouse Parlour. See the man whose opinions have been described as ‘Old Testament fury shot through with visceral wit’ speak on British foreign policy.

2. THIS HOUSE BELIEVES OXBRIDGE HAS FAILED BRITAIN, Cambridge Union, 7:30pm, 17th. Just when you thought there was nothing lest to say about elitist Oxbridge – the debate continues. Arrive early to get a seat.

3. THE WOMEN IN LLOYD GEORGE’S LIFE by Ffion Hague – 17th January, 2:00pm, Lucy Cavendish College

4. THE SEARCH FOR FRANKLIN’S LOST SHIPS by Ryan Harris – 17th January, 6:30pm, Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road

5. POEMS AFTER POUSSIN by Dr Karen Brown – 23rd January, 1:15pm, Fitzwilliam Museum

6. MONUMENTAL PAINTING IN EARLY ROMANESQUE ENGLAND by Sharon Cather – 22nd Jan 5:30pm, History of Art Graduate Centre


1. CAMBRIDGE WINTER ALE FESTIVAL – 17th—19th January, University Social Club, Mill Lane, Sample a selection of around 100 real ales, local ciders and foreign beers, including made in-house mulled cider. ID required.

2. NEW YORK MET OPERA LIVE: MARIA STUARDA – 19th January, 5:55pm, Arts Picturehouse, Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato takes on the virtuosic bel canto role of the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots.

3. ART SPEAK – 22nd January, 1:00pm, Fitzwilliam Museum, Enjoy half an hour looking at and talking about art. Meet at the Courtyard Entrance.

4. POETRY EVENING WITH CAROL WATTS AND KEITH SANDS – 22nd January, 6:30pm, Heffers bookstore, Carol will be reading from her chapbook ‘Mother Blake’and Keith will be reading from his new translations of seventeen of Osip Mandelstam’s Voronezh Poems

5. ENIGMA – ADC Theatre, 7:45pm, 22nd-26th, Cambridge University Contemporary Dance Workshop brings you hiphop, break dancing, ballet, belly dancing, salsa and more…

6. NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: THE MAGISTRATE – 17th Jan, 7pm, Arts Picturehouse, John Lithgow takes the title role in this brilliantly plotted farce set in Victorian London.