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10 events and things to do in Hampshire - February 2017

PUBLISHED: 16:07 30 January 2017

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Charlotte Tomlinson-White has scoured the county to bring you the top events taking place this month

Ballet good show

Having celebrated 10 successful years in London’s West End, Billy Elliot the Musical dances its way to Southampton as it embarks on its first UK and Ireland tour. Set in a small north-east mining town, follow the story of a boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. With a timeless score by Elton John. Contains strong language.

• When: February 7 - March 4

• Where: Mayflower Theatre, Com-mercial Road, Southampton SO15 1GE, 02380 711811, mayflower.org.uk

Something Old

This antiques fair is not to be missed. With 40 specialist dealers offering a broad range of high quality and collectable pieces, from the 17th century to the present day, with the emphasis on variety and rarity, there’s lots to peruse. The fair also features a range of interior design pieces including reclamation, vintage and mid-century modern.

• When: February 3-5

• Where: The Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield GU31 4EA 2016, 01825 744074, penman-fairs.co.uk

Literature lovers trail

Grab your brolly and head out on the Jane Rain Trail. Commissioned by Winchester City Council it features 12 Jane Austen quotes in 39 Winchester locations, that appear only when it rains, with a 40th in the College Street garden opposite the house where she died.

• When: Until March 1

• Where: Winchester Tourist Information Centre, High Street, SO23 9GH, 01962 840500, janeausten200.co.uk/event/rain-jane

Ure going to like this

After a 40-year career, Midge Ure, Something from Everything features tracks from Visage and Ultravox, to his latest solo album.

• When: February 16

• Where: Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB, 01962 840440, theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

Bextor is back

Following the release of her new album Familia, Sophie Ellis-Bextor is back on tour. Featuring tracks from the new album, including the beautiful and emotive Unrequited, the synth-laded ballad Death Of Love and the alt-pop buoyant opener Wild Forever. Definitely not to be missed!

• When: February 25

• Where: Wedgewood Rooms, 147b Albert Road, Southsea PO4 0JW, 023 9286 3911, www.wedgewood-rooms.co.uk

Mozart Classic

Amadeus is broadcast live to cinemas from the National Theatre. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arrives in Vienna and, awestruck by his genius and consumed by jealousy, Salieri begins a war with Mozart and ultimately, with God.

• When: February 2

• Where: The Point, Leigh Road, Eastleigh SO50 9DE, 023 8065 2333, thepointeastleigh.co.uk

Not your usual granny

From the producers of Horrible Histories comes the best-selling Gangsta Granny by comedian and actor David Walliams. It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny. It’s going to be so boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his own Gangsta Granny. It’s sure to delight not only children but their parents and grandparents during a three-day half term run in Basingstoke.

• When: February 23-26

• Where: The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, RG21 7QR, 01256 844244, www.anvilarts.org.uk

Goodbye from him

John Shuttleworth hits the road with his farewell tour and he’s heading to Portsmouth with John Shuttleworth: My last will and tasty mint. A recent health scare (a mild bout of sciatica) has made him focus on his mortality, and the many things he needs to do before the inevitable move into a hospice. Join him as he ponders on life’s major issues, such as the rise in popularity of hi-vis protective wear, the suitability of the plastic lid on takeaway coffee cups, and whether he should he sell his organs on ebay.

• When: February 4

• Where: New Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth PO1 2DD, 023 9264 9000, newtheatreroyal.com

Looking back

The Portsmouth Room hosts a selection of archive images of the Guildhall from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Reproduced from the collections of Portsmouth Museums, Guildhall: A Moment in Time highlights include the moment its foundation stone was laid and a visit from the future Edward VIII. Call before you visit as opening times are subject to change.

• When: Until March 31

• Where: Portsmouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, PO1 2AB, 023 93870 200, portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

Funny Bronte

Publick Transport present We Are Brontë, a madcap physical interpretation of the Brontë myth, taking the real and imaginary worlds of the Yorkshire siblings as inspiration. With only a handful of props, two performers deconstruct not only gothic themes of love, madness and revenge, but themselves too. If you enjoyed Lip Service or Living Spit, be sure to get a ticket for this show.

• When: February 24

• Where: The Spring Arts & Heritage, 56 East Street, Havant PO9 1BS, 023 9247 2700, thespring.co.uk

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