Here is our guide to some of the events taking place in and around Daventry this week.
Shrek the Musical, Milton Keynes Theatre, Until August 5
Join Shrek and Donkey as they aim to rescue Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon. This musical turns the world of fairy tales on its head all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy. Call the Midwide star Laura Main will star as Princess Fiona. It will be the final chance to see the show as the run finishes at the weekend.
AIDA, Rugby Theatre, until August 5
At the Niles edge, the enslaved Nubian princess, Aida, becomes romantically entangled with the Egyptian Captain Radames, who is betrothed to the Pharaoh’s daughter, Amneris. As their forbidden love grows deeper, Aida is forced to find balance between her heart’s yearning for Radames, and her responsibility to lead her people.
Hamlet, Abington Courtyard, Northampton, until August 4
Shakespeare’s tale of revenge and intrigue is to be performed in the open air. It has been specially adapted by the director to be performed in the open air.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Kilworth House Theatre, Until September 9
Tickets the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical are in short supply. It brings to life the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours.
Hoot Owl, Master Of Disguise, The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, August 3
Hoot Owl is no ordinary owl - He’s a Master of Disguise. And he plans to use his cunning camouflage powers to gobble up the tiny animals of the night. Trouble is, Hoot Owl’s prey keep escaping. Tickets for this show for the entire family cost between £10 and £35.
The Greatest Showman, Culworth Village Hall, August 3
Celebrates how the visionary American, Phineas Taylor Barnum, rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. The all star musical film has been a massive success with hits including This Is Me. It stars Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron.
Hollowell Fete and Flower Festival, August 4-5
The action packed afternoons will include competitions, games, open gardens and a vintage vehicle display. Entrance is £5 for adults. There’s fun for all the family with beautiful courtyard and wildlife gardens to walk around, the ‘Hatched, Matched and Dispatched’ themed floral display in Hollowell church, a treasure hunt, art and craft competitions, homemade crafts and cards stalls to look around, hook-a-duck and delicious homemade teas being served in the village hall.
Music at Fawsley with Fiori Musicali, Fawsley Church, August 5
Delightful serenades and divertimentos for a summer’s evening by Mozart and Boccherini in one of Northamptonshire’s idyllic country churches. Eva Caballero performs alongside the Fiori Musicali choir. The concert starts at 7.30pm.
Mini Adventures, Daventry Country Park, August 7
The Mini Adventures sessions feature a range of children’s activities at Daventry Country Park including Xplorers Orienteering and themed trails throughout the summer holidays. The theme for this week’s activities is entitled Search for Summer
It runs from 10.30am and the cost is £2 per child.
Call 01327 871100 for more
Wicked Wednesday, Daventry Leisure Centre, August 8
Wicked Wednesdays offers fun weekly sessions at Daventry Leisure Centre for children aged five to 12. Next up is a roller disco.
The session runs from 1pm to 2.30pm. The cost is £2 per child. Places must be booked in advance.