From laugh out loud comedy shows to heart-breaking musicals, the UK is brimming with cultural events and exhibitions. Here is a selection of shows and exhibitions not to be missed this spring:
Good Stuff, Charlie Brown!
Somerset House, London
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Having created around 17,897 comic strips in his lifetime, Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts characters are loved by many. This exhibition brings together original strips rarely seen in the UK, vintage merchandise, interactive installations, work from artists inspired by Schulz and light boxes, allowing visitors to learn how to draw their favourite characters, in a celebration of Snoopy and the enduring power of Peanuts.
The exhibition runs until 3 March 2019, tickets from £14 pp, under 12s go free.
Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt (Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor)
Based on the Sunday Times number one bestseller and the bestselling non-fiction title of 2018, celebrated comedian Adam Kay brings the no-holds-barred account of his former career as a junior doctor to the stage. Simultaneously hilarious, horrifying and heart-breaking, expect extracts from Kay’s diaries accompanied by live music.
The tour arrives at Lighthouse in Poole on 4 June, tickets from £27 pp.
Stay at The Priory.
Edinburgh Festival Theatre
© Guy Farrow
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth, Northern Ballet have choreographed an original performance, telling the sensational story of the long-reigning queen through dance. Based on her diaries, the story focuses on Victoria’s love for Albert and the impact his death had on her remaining years, choreographed by Cathy Marston, the creator of Northern Ballet’s acclaimed Jane Eyre production.
As part of a national tour, the performance runs at Edinburgh Festival Theatre from 10-13 April, tickets from £13 pp.
Stay at Dunstane House.
© Julian Broad
The multi award-winning Russell Maliphant Company, has teamed up with video artist Panagiotis Tomaras and a fresh team of dancers to present Silent Lines. A unique combination of movement, projection and lighting is used to celebrate the range of poetic possibilities in the human body, drawing upon Maliphant’s studies and explorations in dance and anatomy.
The UK tour begins at DanceEast in Ipswich on 5 and 6 April, tickets from £12 pp.
Stay at Maison Talbooth.
The Guilty Feminist
The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury
Deborah Frances-White’s hilarious podcast, The Guilty Feminist, has attracted an impressive 50 million downloads since it launched in 2016. The show will bring together beloved comedians, guests and musicians from the podcast in front of a live audience, to discuss all the topics which 21st century feminists agree on, while confessing the insecurities, hypocrisies and fears which undermine their noble goals.
See The Guilty Feminist at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre on 17 May, tickets from £26 pp.
Stay at Hartwell House.
West Side Story
The Royal Exchange, Manchester
© Lee Baxter
Broadway classic West Side Story has been reimagined, with new choreography and orchestrations for a production at The Royal Exchange in Manchester, the largest theatre set in the round in England. Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the story is of the Jets and the Sharks, two rival gangs in 1950s Manhattan, and the tensions that build when two of their members fall in love.
Runs from 6 April – 25 May, Monday – Saturday. Tickets from £25 pp.
Stay at Northcote.