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Muddy Guide April 6-12

The Mentor, Thurs 6 April-Sat 6 May

It’s not every day a Hollywood star comes to the West Country.  F. Murray Abraham (Salieri in Amadeus, Homeland, Star Trek, Grand Budapest Hotel…) stars as Benjamin Rubin, a cantankerous old writer still basking in the glories of yesteryear. Egos clash when he invites accolyte and rising literary star Martin Wegner (Daniel Weyman) to come to his dilapidated Art Nouveau villa to work on his new play. German writer Daniel Kehlmann’s play has been translated by Christopher Hampton and is directed by Olivier Award-winner Laurence Boswell, the Ustinov’s Artistic Director. Quality stuff.

A fragile beauty: art on the Blackdown Hills 1909-1925, Somerset Museum, until Sat 8 July

The Camden Town Group led by Walter Sickert initially painted lots of north London scenes but were later drawn to the Blackdown hills on the borders of Somerset and Devon. The works in this exhibition, inspired by the Expressionists and post-Expressionists, come from galleries and private collections from around the UK – and it’s free.

Dr John Cooper Clarke, Westlands Yeovil, Thurs 6 April

He doesn’t look like this these days but what a cool pic. Dr JCC, the ‘people’s poet’ is stopping off at the newly opened Westlands venue on his latest tour, to dispense verse, pontifications on modern life, assorted riffs and jokes.

Blood Brothers, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 10-Sat 22 April

She begged, stole and borrowed, and like to teach the world to sing (in perfect harmony) – now Lyn Paul, lead vocalist in 1970s pop group the New Seekers, gets to play and sing the mum in this iconic, musical tearjerker by Willy Russell about two twin brothers separated at birth.

Somerset Stages Rally, Minehead, Sat 8 April

Over 100 of the UK’s best rally drivers put their foot down along 42 stage miles of forest ‘roads’ on Exmoor, in the largest race of its kind in the south of England. The race starts and finishes on Minehead Sea Front and spectators can watch the cars in action from a special stage at Kennisham. Vroooooom!

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