What's On in Shrewsbury This Weekend: May 12th - 14th
11 May 2023

This weekend the new Peter James thriller 'Wish You Were Dead' is at Theatre Severn, bringing some well-known TV actors to town. Plus there's an Artisan Fair in the Square on Saturday, a Shropshire Music Trust concert celebrating one of Shrewsbury's unsung heroes and much more besides!

On All Weekend

What’s Love Got to Do with It? (12A)

The Old Market Hall, May 12th- May 18th

When documentary-maker Zoe decides to film her best friend's journey toward arranged marriage, she begins to wonder if she might have something to learn from a profoundly different approach to finding love. Book Here 

Big George Foreman (12A)

The Old Market Hall, May 12th – May 18th

Following a near-death experience, George Foreman, an Olympic Gold medallist, and World Heavyweight Champion steps back from boxing and turns to faith. But when he sees his community struggling, he returns to the ring and makes history by reclaiming his title. Book Here 


‘Abstract Landscapes’

superlandscape art work

Superlandscape Fields by Pam Gordon

The Gateway Gallery, Chester Street – until June 2nd

The Borderline Visual Arts network is showcasing abstract landscape themed artwork throughout May.


The Soden Collection, 80 Wyle Cop, SY1 1UT - until the end of May

Featuring a collection of exceptionally talented Shropshire artists, including: Halima Cassell MBE, Kris Lamba, Jacob Chandler, Sue Campion, Ian Rayer-Smith, Rob Leckey, Jacob Gourley and Deborah Gregson. 

On the Land an Oak will Grow

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

An internationally celebrated photography exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery by duo Henry Woide and Vanessa Fairfax-Woods, until the end of June. 

The Association of Animal Artists Spring Exhibition

The Rose Paterson Art Gallery, Weston Park – Until May 31st

A wonderful exhibition depicting a huge variety of animals and nature, in a wide array of mediums and styles – from realistic big cats in coloured pencils to gestural elephants in oils as well as amazing 3D artwork. Meet the exhibiting artists each weekend and enjoy demonstrations of their styles and techniques.

John Rogers - Bear Steps Art Gallery

John Rogers will take over the Gallery, Balcony and Link Room until May 14th with his solo exhibition at Bear Steps Art Gallery in St Almonds Place. And the exhibition at GlouGlou wine bar and shop on Castle Gates 'A Meeting Place' with landscape artist Jane Beesley and photographer James Warman has now been extended until the beginning of June.

Friday, May 12th

Lunchtime Concert

St Chad’s Church, 12.30 - 2pm

Students of Chetham’s school of music with trombone solos played by Sam Franks and Cello solos played by Jan.

The Classical Piano Trio: The Musical World of Dr Charles Burney

St Mary’s Church, 7.30pm 

A remarkable concert organised by Shropshire Music Trust will celebrate the musical world of illustrious Salopian Dr Charles Burney. Read our blog about this overlooked Salopian HERE or for tickets (£19/£9.50) book HERE

Actors sat down on stage

Wish You Were Dead

Theatre Severn, 7.30pm

Following on from five hit stage shows and the new acclaimed ITV series, Grace, the work of best-selling author, Peter James returns to Theatre Severn, with the world premiere stage adaption of Wish You Were Dead. With an all-star cast including George Rainsford (Ethan Hardy in BBC One's Casualty) and Clive Mantle (Casualty, Game of Thrones, Vicar of Dibley) and award-winning actress Katie McGlynn, star of Coronation Street, Waterloo Road and Strictly Come Dancing. Read our interview with Katie HERE, or book HERE 

Ian Prowse & Amsterdam

Theatre Severn, 8pm

Merseyside hero Ian Prowse is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, and frontman of Amsterdam and previously the frontman of indie cult band Pele. He'll be joined by Amsterdam at The Walker Theatre for one night only, as part of their 30th Anniversary Tour playing Pele's Fireworks album & Prowsey classics. Tickets HERE

Saturday, May 13th

NTLive: Good (15)

Theatre Severn, 7pm

Last few tickets left for this National Theatre Live screening of CP Taylor's powerful political play 'Good' starring David Tennant (Doctor Who). Tickets £16 HERE

Wish You Were Dead

Theatre Severn, 2.30pm and 7.30pm

'Wish You Were Dead' returns for two final performances at Theatre Severn. 

Made in Shropshire Artisan Fair

The Square, 9am – 5pm

Made in Shropshire's Artisan Fair is back in The Square. An organisation of like-minded independents from around Shropshire, the fair aims to provide a high quality and diverse range of stallholders. Find that unique gift for someone special, or maybe even treat for yourself.

Student Fashion Showcase

The Darwin Centre, 11.30am to 2.30pm.

A Student Takeover and Unisex Fashion event - with four student fashion showcases, highlighting a selection of unisex fashion trends from stores at The Darwin - plus free beauty treatments, food and photoshoots provided by students from Shrewsbury Colleges Group.  

The Weather Report Creative Workshop

Theatre Severn, 10.30 am – 12.30pm

Screening of the powerful short film ‘The Weather Report’ by Jill Impey that records the voices of women from coastal, immigrant and creative communities in New Zealand and England. Followed by a workshop inspired by the film designed to boost well-being and explore what being a good ancestor means to you. Email to reserve your place, numbers limited, cash payment at event. Pay as you feel (£10 suggested)

Sunday, May 14th

Jarualda Quartet

Ruth Henley (pictured right with the Jarualda Quartet) is the organiser of the new Summer Music at the Gateway series

Summer Music at The Gateway

The Gateway, 3pm

A musical performance at the Gateway with Poppy Beddoe playing the clarinet, Roelof Temmingh on piano and Ruth Henley playing Cello. This is part of the new Summer Music at the Gateway series organised by Shropshire cellist Ruth Henley. For more details of the full series visit HERE

Garden Open: The Citadel

The Citadel, Garden Open for the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust, 2-5pm.

Weston Under Redcastle, Shrewsbury, SY4 5JY

This 4 acre garden is beautifully positioned on a central sandstone mound with views to the Welsh mountains. Paths meander through the Rhododendrons, Azaleas and magnificent Acers, with colours ranging from vibrant orange and claret to paler hues and all set out beneath a canopy of mature trees.

There is a walled potager to explore and a charming Victorian thatched summer house with views.Cream Teas in the garden, WC,  Plant Sales. No Dogs. Wheelchair access to some areas. St Luke's church will be open. £5 cash. Directions: 1/4 of a mile out of the village of Weston under Redcastle onthe road to Hodnet.

Coming Up

Musical performances will be held at Whittington church as part of Whittington Music Festival (featuring star of the King's Coronation Roderick Williams!) from May 17th until may 21st. The Shrewsbury Farmers Market will also be returning to the Square on Saturday 20th May.