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What's on in Shrewsbury this Weekend? October 20th – 22nd
18 Oct 2023

As visitor attractions get Halloween ready for half term, the town is filling up with live music this weekend, and the semi-finals and finals of the ITF World Tennis Tour. Pictured: Lorne Lofsky and Nigel Price who are playing at the Hive this weekend.

On All Weekend

The ITF World Tennis Tour continues at the Shrewsbury Club until Sunday. It is the biggest women’s tennis tournament outside of the grass court season to be played in the UK this year. Find out more about tickets to watch world-class tennis here.

Matches:

  • Friday -  Quarter-Finals Singles & Semi-Final Doubles
  • Saturday - Semi-Finals Singles & Doubles 
  • Sunday – Finals Day

Attingham Park’s Autumn Stomp and Stamp Trail opens on Saturday until November 5th. Bring your wellies and stomp your way around the route collecting stamps.

Whoever has tickets to watch the London Film Music Orchestra play the best of Hans Zimmer and John Williams at Shrewsbury Abbey this weekend should feel smug as all the events are sold out! 

Friday, October 20th

St Chad’s free lunchtime concert welcomes Colin Lapus of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for an organ concert. It’s a 12:30pm start, with a light lunch served afterwards.

There’s a Sale in the Square in aid of Brooke, the international charity dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules across the globe. Expect bric-a-brac, jewellery, crafts, books, jams and scones.

Throgmorton Associates are hosting a black tie charity ball at the Shrewsbury Club, as part of the ITF World Tennis Tour. There are still tickets remaining.

Enjoy Handel's Messiah performed by Shrewsbury Cathedral Choir and special guests from 7pm in the spectacular surroundings of Shrewsbury Cathedral.

Giselle

Classical Ballet and Opera House are performing the legendary ballet Giselle, where love triumphs over betrayal. It will be performed to a live orchestra at Theatre Severn.

Follow the extraordinary lives of Laurel and Hardy as composer, pianist, broadcaster and champion of silent cinema, Neil Brand tells the touching story of what he regards as the world's greatest comedy team at the Walker Theatre.

Evening gigs round-up: 
  • The World’s premier look-alike and sound-alike tribute to Bon Jovi - Bon Giovi comes to the Buttermarket from 6:30pm
  • Freshwest at Oil, 7:30pm until late with an eclectic mix of the finest French house beats to kick off the weekend.
  • An evening with Jessie Reid and Katie Mac at Shrewsbury Coffeehouse from 7:30pm
  • The Albion Bar is having a Rolling Stones night from 5pm, playing the new album and classic hits
  • Hot Rubber is playing live at The Bull Inn from 9pm
  • There’s an intimate acoustic show at Albert’s Shed. Ginger will be exclusively revisiting the back catalogue of The Wildhearts. Organisers have warned it’s likely to sell out. 

Saturday, October 21st

The Shropshire Produce Market is in the Square from 9am with lots of locally produced food and drink on sale, supporting local growers and makers.

There is a family fanzone day from Ellesmere College at the Shrewsbury Club as part of the ITF World Tennis Tour. Youngsters have the chance to meet the players, learn new skills and have a go at lots of interactive activities plus watch some world-class tennis. 

42 Crowns

Shropshire Drama Company’s production of 42 Crowns comes to Theatre Severn as part of a wider tour of Shropshire, celebrating the King’s 75th birthday. 42 Crowns is performed by four actors and a musician and delivered through a combination of rhyming verse, songs, readings and poetry.

There’s a rare opportunity to see the legendary Lorne Lofsky (Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker, Ed Bickert) and eloquent guitarist Nigel Price leading a superb band at SJN at the Hive

There’s more ballet from Classical Ballet and Opera House with Swan Lake at Theatre Severn. Over 30 musicians will accompany the ballet in a live orchestra.

Evening gigs round-up:
  • The Buttermarket is holding The Emo Festival from 5pm with teenage nostalgia from bands such as My Chemical Romance and Linkin Park.
  • Nikki Gee is back at Oil for a night of disco classics and full-on funky house from 7pm.
  • 4 piece powerhouse, Five o’clock Hero, are playing the best of 60’s mod including The Who, Kinks and Small Faces and also the best of The Jam, Specials, Weller, The Circles, Lambrettas, Secret Affair and many others at Albert’s Shed from 9pm.
  • Watermelon Chronicles are playing at Old Post Office from 9pm with mashups, medleys and classic tracks.
  • There’s an upbeat and acoustic set from Alex Davies at Albert & Co Frankville at 9pm

Sunday, October 22nd

The Buttermaket is holding a Halloween-ish Family Rave at 2pm. Big Fish Little Fish will provide dance music, bubbles, balloons, confetti and snow foam for all the family to enjoy.

Ukrainian-born pianist Dinara Klinton returns to St Chad's Church with a Shropshire Music Trust concert at 2:30pm. The programme is inspired by the love triangle of Johannes Brahms and Robert and Clara Schumann. Dinara has played all over the world, winning acclaim and many prizes.

Prince of Egypt

Old Market Hall has a screening of The Prince of Egypt - The Musical. The critically acclaimed West End stage adaptation was filmed live at the Dominion Theatre in London.

It’s time for another instalment of History Club – this time its Tudor and Stuart Shrewsbury at 4:30pm at Bear Steps Hall. Find out how Shrewsbury dealt with the plague and what the town looked like at this time.

Unit 47

Albert Shed has a gig from Unit 47 and Die Twice from 6pm. Unit 47 is a dynamic five-piece rock band playing a blend of indie, britpop, and classic rock ‘n’ roll. Die Twice is an eclectic southwest-based band taking inspiration from French Jazz, 60s psychedelic rock, blues and funk.

Tap and Can is holding a craft beer and street food pairing evening, with five small plates and six craft beers of a variety of styles.

 Stephen Fearing

Shrewsbury Folk Festival regular, Stephen Fearing, will be playing his mesmerising blend of roots, folk, and pop at the Hive on Sunday evening. Co-founder of Canadian roots-rock supergroup Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, he is a beguiling teller of tales and master guitarist who delights audiences throughout North America, the UK, and Europe. 

As part of their Pride Month, Old Market Hall has a showing of Big Boys at 7pm. It’s a charming coming-of-age comedy about the sexual awakening of Jamie, who begins to come to terms with who he is and who he desires.

Exhibitions

Two new exhibitions have moved in to Bear Steps Art Gallery until October 28th - Jon Young is in the Gallery and Steffan MacMillan will be in the Balcony and Link Room. Read our preview of Steffan's exhibition HERE         

You can still catch… 
  • Autumn Exhibition of British abstract at Mrs Jones Art Gallery until October 28th.
  • SMTC Exhibition – 100 Years of Musical Theatre at SM&AG until November 10th.
  • Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery’s Imagination Playground until November 30th. Suitable for age 2+.
  • Luke Crump’s solo exhibition Lines of Thought at The Hive until December 5th.
  • Ashes Under Uricon, an exhibition exploring works inspired by the Roman City at Wroxeter, is at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery until December 17th.

Coming Up…

On October 24th, Bob Watson will be the guest expert for the Severn Tree Trust’s annual celebrity lecture with a talk on ‘Trees, their structure, strength and longevity’ at the Barnes Theatre, Shrewsbury School, at 7.30pm. Author Bob has reams of specialist knowledge about trees, having been curator of Thorp Perrow Arboretum in Yorkshire before taking the post of lecturer in forestry and arboriculture at Newton Rigg College in Cumbria. Tickets £5 on the door.

Driftwood

On October 25th there’s a mystical new play by award-winning writer Tim Foley in a distinctive physical and cinematic production. Driftwood, a co-production from Pentabus and ThickSkin, is at the Walker Theatre.

 

Further Afield 

You can celebrate Oktoberfest at Ford Village Hall on Saturday from 2pm until 11pm. There will be a traditional Oompah band, live rock band, German beers and sausages! All in aid of local and community charities.