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What's On in Shrewsbury this Weekend? June 16-18
14 Jun 2023

There are exciting events on in Shrewsbury this weekend, with the return of UK Proms in the Park at the showground, plus Jacob Chandler's new solo show at The Soden Collection. Pictured: Poise and Tension III by Jacob Chandler in The Dingle - credit Phil Langstaff. 

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibition: Jacob Chandler ‘In the Moment’ 

The Soden Collection, Wyle Cop

June 17th - 24th 

You may have seen Jacob Chandler’s startling work ‘Poise and Tension III’ rising up from The Dingle in The Quarry (the ducks are impressed!) as part of the Shrewsbury Arts Trail. This will be Chandler’s first ever solo show at the Soden Collection, promising an in-depth look at his work to date and a first ever view of a new collection of work - not to be missed! 

Comic Art: A Master Craft

MRS JONES Art Shop & Gallery - 118 Longden Coleham

June 3rd - July 1st

This small but perfectly formed exhibition features the work of internationally renowned comic illustrators Charlie Adlard, Christian Ward, Dan Berry and Mike Perkins, the artists behind some of our best loved superheroes and villains. The theme of ‘Heroes’ reflects the Belle Vue Arts Festival theme this year. 

Bear Steps Art Gallery

Lee Lewis will be exhibiting in the Gallery until June 25th and Mike Southern (photography, retro & recent) will be in the balcony & link room. Free entry, 10am to 4pm.

On All Weekend

The Little Mermaid film poster

The Little Mermaid (PG)

The Old Market Hall

June 16th - 22nd (multiple showtimes)

This live-action adaptation of the Disney musical tells the story of Ariel, a young mermaid who longs to find out more about the world. 

Friday, June 16th

The Spoken Word

An evening of informal poetry at The Hive, Belmont from 7.30pm is one of the final events of the hugely successful Belle Vue Arts Festival. Tickets £5.50 or £12 a family of four from bellevueartsfestival.co.uk

Lunchtime Concert at St Chad’s

Jonathan Hope (organ) will give a free lunchtime recital from 12.30pm followed by a free lunch in the church hall. Admission free, donations welcome.

This is Celine 

The Buttermarket, 6pm. 

Leanne Love presents The Ultimate Live Tribute to Celine Dion. Tickets from £15. 

Outdoor Cinema - Top Gun Maverick

London Road, Shrewsbury SY2 6PR

Shrewsbury Open Air Cinema present this box office smash hit outdoors from 7.30pm. Tickets via eventbrite.co.uk

The Berlin Phil film poster

Berliner Philharmoniker LIVE: Summer Concert 

On screen at the Old Market Hall, 6.30pm. 

Zubin Mehta (conductor) and Yefim Bronfman (piano) and the Berliner Phil present Béla Bartók Concerto for piano and orchestra, No.2 and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op. 36. Tickets £18. 

Jen Brister in ‘The Optimist’ at The Walker Theatre is SOLD OUT. 

Clive Anderson - ‘Me, Macbeth & I’ 

Theatre Severn, 7.30pm

The host of Whose Line Is It Anyway, Loose Ends and Talks Back takes to the road with his much-anticipated first ever solo tour. Tickets £22. 

Saturday, June 17th

Open Mic at Reabrook Sports & Social Club

This final event of the Belle Vue Arts Festival sees an array of talent in a vibrant musical showcase - 7.30pm. 

Gordon Hendricks is Elvis - a cabaret style show featuring Elvis’ iconic music at The Buttermarket is now SOLD OUT. 

A Choral Workshop

Shrewsbury Baptist Church, Crowmere Road, 10am - 4pm. 

A chance to sing with The Phoenix Singers in motets and partsongs by Johannes Brahms. Tickets £15 (£5 for members). Email conductor@phoenixsingersshrewsbury.co.uk 

Cassiopeia Ensemble 

Shrewsbury Abbey, 7.30pm. 

A top-flight quartet from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama present Mozart’s ‘Dissonance’ string quartet and Dvorak’s Piano Quintet Op81 No 2 in A major. Tickets £7. 

Emma Rawicz Quintet

The Hive, 8pm

Described as 'a force to be reckoned with', multi-award winning saxophonist & composer Emma Rawicz makes her SJN at the Hive debut. 

Menopause the Musical 2 

Theatre Severn, 4pm & 7.30pm.

The sequel (tagline ‘Cruising Through the Menopause’) catches up with the same four characters for tales of loves and losses on the high seas.  

Starring Mary Byrne (X Factor), Jessica Martin (Copycats), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) and Susie Fenwick (West End). Tickets £32. 

UK Proms in the Park

The UK Proms in the Park

West Mid Showground, 5.30pm. 

If the weather holds, this promises to be a magical night of classical music under the stars as the UK Proms in the Park returns with some star performers and a film music theme. Tickets £14-£30.

Read our interview with soprano Holly Teague, founder of the UK Proms in the Park series HERE

National Theatre Live: Fleabag (15) 

On screen at The Walker Theatre, 7pm. 

The hilarious one woman show, written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, comes to Theatre Severn. Tickets £16. 

Sunday, June 18th

Car Boot Sale

West Mid Showground, from 7.30am

Admission is £5 for sellers (from 6.30am) or free for buyers. No need to book. 

Dirty Dusting

Theatre Severn, 7pm.

A comedy starring Crissy Rock (Benidorm) and Leah Bell (Stage Award Winner)  , described as ‘pure theatrical viagra’. Tickets £25. 

Bishops Castle open garden

Open Gardens

Harley and Bishop’s Castle

There’s a chance to see some beautiful planting this weekend, with the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust garden trails in Harley Village and Bishops Castle on Sunday. For details read our blog HERE

Symphonic Sunday Gala Concert

Alington Hall, Shrewsbury School, 4pm. 

Tickets free but please reserve in advance from ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburyschool

Coming Up…

Shrewsbury Food Festival sign

Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra & North Wales Opera Studio present ‘Carmen’ at Christchurch, Bayston Hill on Tuesday, June 21.

And next weekend, we can look forward to Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’ at Shrewsbury Abbey, with Shrewsbury Festival Chorus Shrewsbury Cantata Choir and Shrewsbury Choral Choir (June 24), Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra in ‘Space Odyssey’ at Theatre Severn (June 25) and of course the brilliant Shrewsbury Food Festival in The Quarry (June 24 & 25).