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Hairspray, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 5–Sat 10 March

It’s Baltimore ’62 and chubby white chick Tracy Turnblad is on a mission to win Miss Teenage Hairspray, fighting racism along the way and ending up with the hunk.  Interestingly, loosely based on real events (without the same happy ending).

The Cherry Orchard, Bristol Old Vic, Thurs 8 – Sat 31 March

A Russian landowner returns to the family estate (including a large cherry orchard) before it’s auctioned off.  This production of Chekhov’s final tragi-comic masterpiece tells the story of a family on the brink of ruin; a country on the verge of a revolution, ‘in the round’.   We’re reviewing on the first night, so watch this space.

Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, The Pavilion, Bath, Fri 9 – Sun 11 March

Unusual stuff for you, your home and garden from an eclectic mix of dealers from around the UK. I’ve got my eye on the glam vintage handbags.

How (not) to live in Suburbia, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Sat 10 & Sun 11 March

Photo Claire Nolan

Woman moves from cramped inner city to leafy Twickenham and it doesn’t go well (but in a funny way).

Jimmy Osmond, Octagon, Yeovil, Sat 10 March

Yep, you read that right. The long haired lover from Liverpool comes to Yeovil with a band. Brothers and sister stay behind.

Rare Plant Fair, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Sun 11 March

The sort of plants and flowers you don’t see every day on sale at The Bishop’s Palace.

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