This can seem like a grey time of the year, so why not inject a little colour into your life by enjoying everything that Leicester’s theatres and venues have to offer. Far from being a dead time, January and February are when Leicester’s stages come alive! From great new shows to the Comedy Festival, there is so much going on. Stick with us while we tell you what’s happening


January

Kicking off January is a killer comedy at Curve, where illustrious drag queen Cheryl Hole and drag king superstar LoUis CYfer lead an all-drag cast in Death Drop: Back In The Habit. Running from 17-21 January, book your tickets now.

Willy Russell’s Educating Rita is a play based on the classic film which looks at the ways in which social class and education can shape who we are. It’s coming to the Little Theatre from 23-28 January, book now!

One of the biggest stars in music and also one of the hardest working, Frank Turner is touring his new album FTHC and comes to Leicester’s O2 Academy on the 23 January. There are still a few tickets available, so don’t miss out! Book on his website.

Coming to De Montfort Hall on 24 January and featuring the music of Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, The Who, Eric Clapton, AC/DC, Queen and many more, The Classic Rock Show is a note perfect celebration of this fantastic era. There are limited tickets available here.

At the Musician on 27 January, cult singer songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips, also known as Grant-Lee Buffalo, brings his critically acclaimed tunes to the people of Leicester. Tickets available on his website.

Coming to Curve from the 31 January to 11 February is the National Theatre’s adaptation of legendary author Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. Approved and supported by Neil himself, it’s a thrilling tale of fantasy, myth and friendship. Get your tickets here!


February

February is the month of the Leicester Comedy Festival, but it’s not limited to then, there are loads of fantastic shows from the start of the month, with Guz Khan of the BBC’s Man Like Mobeen at De Montfort Hall on 1 Feb, followed by comedy legend Sara Pascoe on 2 & 3 Feb.

This one has us intrigued, on 4 February at the O2 Academy, you can experience Elvana, who answer the question that nobody asked… What would happen if Elvis fronted the classic Grunge band Nirvana? Tickets are available here.

On the 8 February it’s where it all begins. The Leicester Comedy Festival kick off their 30th Anniversary in style, with more than 500 shows across three weeks. It’s the biggest comedy festival in Europe and alongside festival favourites like the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Competition, the UK Pun Championships and the UK Kids’ Comedy Festival, you can enjoy shows by legends of comedy including Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Nish Kumar, Sara Barron and many more. There is way too much to list, even in its own blog post, but we’ve done our best, and you can read it here.

It’s another anniversary in February as the Spark Arts Children’s Festival marks it’s 20th year. Packed full of the very best music, theatre, dance and workshops in venues across the city, this award winning festival, which is aimed at 0-13 year olds, runs from the 13-19 February. Find out more here.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mike Oldfield’s masterpiece Tubular Bells, his long-term collaborator will be performing this classic album in full at De Montfort Hall on 19 February. Tickets available here.

The perfect show for little ones, everyone’s favourite forgetful cat Mog will be coming to Curve from 21-25 February. Aimed at those from 3-8 years and following Judith Kerr’s timeless story, come along and find out whether Mog gets his medal (and an egg!) Get your tickets here.

Heading to Leicester from London’s West End for one week only and starring Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood, the smash hit production of Annie will be at Curve from 25 February to 4 March. Bet your bottom dollar that this will sell out quickly so get your tickets soon!

And to round off February, on the 28th, legendary singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega will be at De Montfort for an evening of songs and stories. So you’ll hear her classic tunes like Luka and Tom’s Diner, but also the stories behind them and her long career which began in New York in the 1980s. Book now to avoid disappointment!

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