Shrewsbury LGBT+ History Festival takes place in central locations across town this weekend - including Mark Farrelly's solo-show (pictured here) plus it's late night at the Market Hall and there's a fair in the square. Here's your full guide to what's on in Shrewsbury this weekend - March 24th - 26th, 2023.
On All Weekend
Shrewsbury LGBT+ History Festival takes place in central locations in Shrewsbury this weekend. There’s an exhibition at the Hive: Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival 2006-2022, showing a back catalogue of festival posters and photographs and behind-the-scenes stories.
Look out for Shropshire’s LGBT+ History Boards in the windows of AgeUK on Bellstone. And two creative workshops (March 25) photography with Ming de Nasty (10.30am at Palmers café) and songwriting with Beth Prior (2pm at The Hive).
Also see the listing for Saturday evening at The Hive, for Mark Farrelly’s solo-show ‘Quentin Crisp:Naked Hope’ (pictured above) in collaboration with Arts Alive and ‘Nelly & Nadine’ at OMH on Sunday. Booking required for all events HERE
Friday, March 24th
Erasure’s Greatest Hits & 80s party with Live tribute ‘Erasured’ comes to The Buttermarket from 6.30pm.
It’s the Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow 20th anniversary show at Theatre Severn (7.30pm) (remember ‘Bogies!’?) These quadruple Bafta award winners bring their own special kind of mayhem.
Or there’s a film based on an Alan Bennett play Allelujah (12A) at OMH (pictured above) from March 24 - April 13 about a geriatric ward in a small Yorkshire hospital operating under threat of closure.
Saturday, March 25th
The Made in Shropshire artisan fair returns to The Square this Saturday (9am -4pm), with a chance to browse some lovely, high quality gifts by local makers. And it’s another Late Night at Shrewsbury Market Hall - with bars open until 10pm, eateries until 9pm, some stalls until 7pm.
Or enjoy the sound of massed male Welsh voices with Cowbridge Male Voice Choir at Theatre Severn (7pm).
Shrewsbury Choral in concert at Shrewsbury Abbey (7.30pm), accompanied by Shrewsbury Sinfonia, led by Ann Tuplin will be singing Rossini’s ‘Stabat Mater’. Prize-winning pianist Yuxuan Zhao (pictured above) will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No.2. Tickets from shrewsburychoral.org.uk/buytickets or from Pengwern Books, Fish Street, or on the door.
‘Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope’ is on at The Hive, 7.30pm to 9pm as part of the 2023 LGBT & History Festival. Written and performed by Mark Farrelly (age guidance 14+), who will be re-enacting key points in the life of legendary LGBT+ figure Quentin Crisp. This debuted at the Edinburgh Festival and has toured the UK to great acclaim. Tickets from eventbrite.co.uk
And Jean Genie - the world’s premier live tribute to Bowie is at The Buttermarket from 6pm.
Sunday, March 26th
The Opera Boys are back at Theatre Severn with their sell-out show ‘A Night at the Musicals’ (7.30pm). Tickets, £21.50. Last few tickets available.
Rounding off the Shrewsbury LGBT+ History Festival is the documentary Nelly & Nadine (March 26 at OMH, 3pm) - a remarkable love story set in Ravensbrück concentration camp in 1944.
Or see Turandot Live from the Royal Operal House on screen at OMH at 5.30pm (still a few seats left). Tickets £18.50.
The National Theatre’s Life of Pi at OMH on Thursday has now sold out. Shropshire Youth Theatre brings George Orwell’s classic tale Animal Farm to Theatre Severn (March 19 & 30) and Shrewsbury Musical Theatre Company unveil ‘Sunshine on Leith’ in the main auditorium (March 30 - April 1).
Lithuanian pianist Milda Daunoraite will perform Bach, Beethoven, Scriabin and Bartok in a lunchtime concerts at St Alkmund's this Tuesday (1pm)
And we’ll soon have Easter-themed activities on the menu, like Original Shrewsbury’s mega giant egg easter trail from April 3 and egg hunts at Attingham Park.