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 Today I received an email announcing that the cancelled ( because of Covid) tour by Derren Brown has been rearranged yet again but that my tickets will be all set to go in August! To say myself and my daughter ( His number one fan, don’t they all say that?) are excited doesn’t begin to describe it!

We first became followers of the amazing Mr Brown years ago and marvelled at his TV programmes. Eventually we managed to go and see him in Oxford and what a night that was! We were enraptured and mystified and totally caught up in the magic of it all. I don’t care that Derren himself says , “I am always honest about my dishonesty.” For me it is not a trick it is Magic! At the end of the show we waited like eager groupies at the backstage door with many others, and eventually Derren came out and was so kind, polite and completely charming I forgave my daughter the long cold and dreary wait and happily took snaps of her as she sidled up to her hero. She is sure that one day he will propose to her, I’m afraid that we all know that’s never going to happen but if you see the happiness in her face in the pic you will just accept common sense isn’t going to win this argument.

His shows both stage and TV are astounding and he never fails to entertain with his complete air of showmanship and presence. A master of psychological illusion the term mentalist doesnt seem to do him justice.

I would hate to ever give anything away about the shows because simply being part of the audience at home or in the theatre is simply an experience you can’t explain. At the end you simply ask how? It’s amusing and sheer fun to be so befuddled and duped by him! He is smart, enigmatic, dapper and charismatic holding the audience in rapture from start to finish.

My daughter found herself on stage at one show and I have to say the level of audience participation makes it a delight for those prepared to be ‘hypnotised’ or manipulated into telling their darkest secrets and thoughts!

If you manage to go to one show this year and like the idea of a little magic in the darkness that overtook the world with Covid then go to see Derren Brown… Have fun be amazed and remember what the wonderful Roald Dahl told us…Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

All I can reveal at this point is that the show will ultimately be about you, the audience member, because that’s what I find most interesting. There are places I’d like to take you where we haven’t been before. I always aim to have it deliver more than you’d expect. I’m excited to be at the starting point of that process. Getting it on the road will be my favourite part of the year.”

– Derren

I'm a slightly deranged middle aged widow, living in the Cotswolds with two fabulously funny little dogs. A mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Determined to survive by writing to remember, to forget and to cope with grief. the memory of my husband supporting me, guiding me and probably laughing at me if there is a ‘somewhere’

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Theatre

London theatres reopen, here are the next shows

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After months of closure and waiting, it seems that soon we will be able to return to the theatre. Meanwhile, one after another, the major London theatres announce their program and reopenings. It seems that this is the right time, meanwhile many shows already have tickets on sale. Some shows will start in April, but the majority will start in May/June.

The pandemic left several hugely successful shows like Hamilton on hold and delayed the start of expected shows like Frozen and the Bob Marley musical. In any case, buy tickets from an authorized dealer with this logo, should there be other closures for the pandemic, you will get a refund via a voucher or another ticket.

It is hoped, however, that the pandemic is under control with vaccines, although there may actually be surprises. But life is short and you also have to live, so London is reopening and hopes to be back as before soon.

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Exhibition

Don’t miss this exhibition if you like the Tudors

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Hopefully, this exhibition dedicated to commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold should begin on May 19th and continue until September 5th.

For the uninitiated it was an 18-day meeting between King Henry VIII and King Francis of France I. Inside huge temporary palaces in Belgium, under tents made of luxurious gold fabrics or on the purpose-built courtyard , the two kings and their courtiers, hosted large banquets and exchanged expensive gifts.

The reason was to try to impress the other king. It was practically a war of luxury, music and delicious food. Both kings wanted to be seen as men of the Renaissance, refined and with good taste.

The exhibition not only explains what the political situation was like then but shows many fabrics, tapestries, clothes and vestments used during this long meeting. The name of the meeting comes from the luxurious and often golden fabrics that had been put on display. The exhibition is held at Hampton Court Palace and is included in the palace entrance ticket.

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Festival

The Reading & Leeds festivals are back this year

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After a one-year hiatus caused by the pandemic, the organisers are convinced they can hold this year’s edition. Since they announced it, tickets have been selling like hot cakes. The Reading Festival is the oldest still existing rock festival in the world, in fact it has continued since 1961 when it was held in Richmond, since 1971 it has been held in Reading and since 1999 the Leeds Festival has been added which has the same program at the same weekend, so the Friday program in Reading meets in Leeds on Saturday etc.

The festival went through several stages, from rock to punk, and then moved on to the more recent indie stage. While at the end of the 1980s the festival seemed to have its days numbered mainly due to a change in musical choices that pointed towards more commercial music and disappointed normal festival goers. In the following years bands like Nirvana and The Stone Roses helped to relaunch the festival so much that to please all the fans it was decided to add the Leeds festival.

The festival normally has four stages, the main one for the most famous musicians, another for punk music, a third one for alternative and indie music and one with lesser known musicians. It also has tents for dance music and cabaret. The Reading and Leeds festivals are held this year on August 27-29, the August bank holiday weekend. This year we will have names like Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Lewis Capaldi, Queens of the Stone Age, Post Malone and many others.

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