The Muddy Guide Thurs 7-Weds 13 July

Didn’t manage to get a ticket for this year’s NudeFest at Langport this week? Never mind, there’s lots of other stuff going on (but please keep your clothes on).

Romeo & Juliet, live screening, various venues across Somerset, Fri 8 July

Lily-James-and-Richard-Madden.-Credit-Johan-Persson-700x455The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live season continues with a new vision of Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of forbidden love, screened live, in high definition black and white. With Derek Jacobi, Lily James and Richard Madden. Find your nearest cinema here.

Pirates: Fact and Fiction, Museum of Somerset, Taunton, Sat 9 July – Sat 1 October

pirates-1440449_1280Raise the Jolly Roger and set sail through pirate history, film and literature. Not just your common or garden Pirates of the Caribbean but Vikings, Barbary corsairs, Chinese pirates and even Somerset’s own buccaneer William Dampier who was born in West Coker in 1651. Find out about ships, weapons, tactics, dress up in pirate costume and walk the plank.

museumofsomerset.org.uk

Guys & Dolls, Bristol Hippodrome, Sat 12- Sat 16 July

PEOPLE PLACES AND THINGS by Duncan Macmillan, , Writer - Duncan Macmillan, Director - Jeremy Herrin, Set Designer - Bunny Christie, Westend, 2016,, Credit: Johan Persson/

Johan Persson

Based Damon Runyon’s short stories, this is the tale of a Bible-quoting gambler who ends up taking a straight-laced missionary gal on a date to Havana for a bet.  Set in Prohibition-era New York it’s got a fantastic score, a witty libretto and choreography by the one and only Carlos Acosta.  A Chichester Festival production.

Bristol Hippodrome

Dr Phil Hammond, Merlin Theatre, Frome, Sat 9 July

PhilHammond_l_eventEntertaining and subversive: comedian, writer and broadcaster Dr Phil Hammond comes to Frome with his new show just before taking it up to the Edinburgh Fringe.

merlintheatre.co.uk

NASS, Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet and the Priddy Folk Festival, Fri 8-Sun 10 July

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Two big festivals on this weekend. BMX, skateboarding and 96 decibel rock versus acoustic guitars and Morris dancers: you decide. See Somerset’s Summer Festivals.

EnvironMENTAL, Bruton Arts Factory, Bruton, Fri 8-Sat 30 July

13418796_1802994966600549_7835025474105984973_nOpen submission summer show: 60 artists and 100 works of art around the theme of the environment. The works have been selected by rock photographer Scarlet Page, artist Darren Coffield, Brit artist with a punk aesthetic Sue Webster and the Bruton Art Factory – so don’t expect any pastel flowers or kitty cats. There’s a opening party on 5pm-7pm Fri (all welcome) with Absolut Vodka cocktails. Come with a wallet: works are for sale.

brutonartfactory.co.uk

STOP PRESS….

Opening at Number 7 Dulverton this Saturday 9 July, a celebration of ceramics featuring the work of Sophie Smith and Ian Roberts. You can meet Sophie in the shop between 10am-1pm. On until Sat 16 July.

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