Two world wars, one Jimmy Carr, a whole host of royals and a chance to escape it all – that’s how the weekend’s shaping up. Full listings, as always, in our incomparable What’s On guide
Living History weekend
It must be nearly spring if Eden Camp is hosting one of their World War II Living History Weekends. A fascinating family day out, this offers a chance to learn about the harsh realities of the war and talk to reenactors about the conditions of the front line within the only modern history museum of its type in the world. This Saturday, Feb 28 from 10am-5pm.
More history with the Gild of Freemen of the City of York Open Day on Saturday – full details here…
…and make your own rainbow plaque for LGBT Month, also on Saturday afternoon
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
The original case of being in two minds. Dr J and Mr H have taken over the undercroft at The Merchant Adventurer’s Hall, thanks to Theatre Mill, which stages drama in unusual locations. Not for the faint-hearted, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde runs till Sunday, March 22 at 7.30pm every day apart from Monday with 2.30pm matinees on Sat and Sun.
Returning this weekend, the Escape Club is a night out for people who love dancing and having a great time with friends, but don’t really like clubs. “Many of our clubbers have kids and the dancing’s all
over by 12 so they can get home in time for the babysitter – although I suspect one or two go on into town!” says organiser Pete Kilbane. The Jam (see above) are on the playlist… Sat Feb 27 @ 8pm at the Crescent Club.
The Vudu Lounge on Swinegate reopens with a new look on Friday, and entry is free before 2am. More here
Royals: Then and Now
Prince Charles by Bryan Organ © National Portrait Gallery, London. Click to see a bigger image
The popular art exhibition Royals: Then and Now at Beningbrough Hall is back this weekend. They’ve brought in a whole new selection of portraits including Prince Charles by Bryan Organ and the suave 21st Birthday Portrait of Prince William by Mario Testino. Running from Saturday, Feb 28 through to Sunday, Nov 1 every day apart from Monday, 11am-5pm.
If you haven’t heard of Jimmy Carr, you haven’t been watching TV in Britain. A household name, Jimmy has made a living hosting Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats and live stand up. New show Funny Business combines musings on the human condition with toilet humour. This Friday, Feb 27 and Saturday 28 at The Grand Opera House, 8pm.
Music of WWI
The University of York hosts this two-day music concert, Over here and Over There: the Music of World War One. Together with some free talks, panels and discussions there are The Soldier’s Tale, Friday Feb 27 at 9.30pm at Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall: a performance of Stravinsky’s classic 1918 composition and After the Lusitania Saturday, Feb 28 at 7.30pm featuring the University of York Chamber Orchestra (pictured above).
This weekend kicks off the Late Music concert season. Catch contemporary, innovative classical performances throughout the year from Sat Feb 28 at locations across the city centre. Late Music Concert Listings