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What the Butler Saw, Theatre Royal, Bath, Mon 27 March – Sat 1 April

Joe Orton completed his famous, subversive, farce only weeks before he was murdered by his lover Kenneth Halliwell in 1967 at the age of 34 and he actually never saw the play performed. Considered totally shocking when it was first staged in 1969, it tells the tale of Dr Prentice (Rufus Hound),  a sex-obsessed psychiatrist in a private clinic, who’s attempting to interview and seduce a prospective secretary when his nymphomaniac wife, an over eager hospital inspector and a dim-witted policeman turn up. Dropped trousers, mistaken identities, cross-dressing and heightened libidos ensue.

Somerset Collective’s Spring Pop Up Shop, At the Chapel, Bruton, Sat 25 March

Over 20 super stylish stores converge on the super stylish At the Chapel this weekend. Browse and buy  fashion, jewellery, home wares and gifts and stop for a coffee or glass of wine – or lunch, but you must book – while you’re at it. Shopping from 10am-4pm. A percentage of the takings go to a local charity.

Long Paws Comedy Club, Wells Little Theatre, Wells, Sunday 26 March

L to R: Wilmot, Lucas, Kurd and Ferns

Critics have described Canadian comic Mike Wilmot (Live at the Apollo, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and 8 out of 10 Cats) as leaving the audience in ‘a state of hilarity that most comedians can only dream of’ – go see if you agree. Rising stars Kate Lucas (5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016) and Kae Kurd (Best Newcomer nominee at the 2016 Chortle Awards) plus top MC Barry Ferns are on hand to help tickle your funny bone.

Yeovil Half Marathon, Sunday 26 March

Attention all fit people: why not meet in Yeovil town centre and run to Montacute House and back via some scenic lanes this Sunday? The race is in aid of the Yeovil Hospital Charity, School in a Bag and Autism Wessex and starts at 9am at Petter’s Way in Yeovil. You can enter here. There are shorter fun runs for ‘ladies’ (though why no shorter fun run for ‘gentlemen’?) and for kids.

Bruegel: Defining a Dynasty, Holburne Museum, Bath, until Sun 4 June

This one’s by Pieter Brueghel the Younger

Medieval folk at work and play and such like.  This is the UK’s first exhibition devoted to Antwerp’s famous Bruegel dynasty; four generations of artists, 29 works from galleries including the National Gallery, Royal Collection Trust, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Ashmolean.


Brave New Animation Workshop, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Tues 4 April

Award-winning animator and designer David Daniels (documentaries, concerts, music, ads) shows how objects can be brought to life with stop frame animation in a workshop inspired by the current exhibition at the gallery ‘Brave New World’ by Djordje Ozbolt. Bring your own phone, iPad/tablet; you’ll be able to buy and download software (it’s cheap as chips) while you’re there. Tickets include lunch at the Roth Bar & Grill.

Wonderland, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 8-Sat 13 May

Someone famous from a soap heads up the cast of West End stalwarts in the UK tour of the musical version of Alice in Wonderland. Wendi Peters (aka Cilla Battersby-Brown from Corrie) is The Queen of Hearts, with Dave Willetts as the White Rabbit and Kerry Ellis as Alice.

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