Stuff to do in January, aside from compiling lists of New Year’s resolutions and going to the last knockings of the Christmas pantos and shows. I’ll be adding to this guide regularly and, if you think there’s something I’ve missed, please drop me a line: email@example.com x
Hetty Feather, Theatre Royal, Bath, Tues 9–Sat 13 Jan
Hetty escapes from the Foundling Hospital and searches for her real mother via the squirrel house, circus and the scary streets of Victorian London. The Olivier-nominated show is, of course, based on Bath-born Jacqueline Wilson’s famous book.
Sunset Boulevard, Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, Tues 9–Sat 13 Jan
When the show was on at the London Coliseum, Ria Jones regularly received standing ovations for her portrayal of aging silent movie star Norma Desmond. So Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical version of the Billy Wilder masterpiece, now on its UK tour, must be pretty darned good.
Pianohood, Ustinov Studio, Bath, Weds 10 & Thurs 11 Jan
Will Pickvance’s one-man show weaving music and stories about late-night piano sessions with his father, Schubert cocktail parties and Elvis impersonators.
The Transports – a Tale of Exile and Migration, The Octagon, Yeovil, Fri 12 Jan
The cream of the contemporary folk scene – the Young’uns, Nancy Kerr, Faustus, Rachel McShane (formerly of Bellowhead), Greg Russell – and narrator Matthew Crampton will transport you in this ballad opera about the first batch of convicts to be sent to Botany Bay in the 1780s.
Antiques and Collector’s Fair, Bath and West, Shepton Mallet, Sat 13 & Sun 14 Jan
Who knows what you’ll discover amongst the plethora of antiques/vintage/junk on over 600 stands. Go early to beat the London dealers.
Entertainment in Bath, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, Sat 13 Jan–Weds 14 March
From the sleazy to the sophisticated, a look at What Was On in Bath, from its Georgian heyday right through to the present day.
The Russian State Ballet of Siberia, Bristol Hippodrome, Mon 15–Weds 17 Jan
Three classics – The Nutcracker, Cinderella and Swan Lake – from one of Russia’s leading ballet companies, accompanied by The Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet.
Blood Brothers, Theatre Royal Bath, Tues 16 – Sat 20 Jan
Lyn ‘I’d like to teach the world to sing’ Paul is Mrs Johnstone in the new tour of Willy Russell’s powerful, award-winning musical about the twin boys separated at birth and reunited later on by a twist of fate.
The Post, cinemas around Somerset, from Friday 19 Jan
Stephen Spielberg’s political thriller – Meryl Streep as Washington Post proprietor Kay Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee expose the US government’s lies about the Vietnam War, back in the days when the media was trusted.
The land we live in – the land we left behind, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, Sat 20–Mon 7 May (private view, open to all, Fri 19 Jan)
More than 50 international artists and creatives explore society’s relationship to the rural, from the 1500s to the present day – with exhibitions, performance art, talks and even a spot of goat milking squeezed in for good measure.
Frozen sing-a-long, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Sat 20 Jan
If you can tolerate Let it Go one more time (or have earplugs), then dress your small people up as Snow Queens, reindeers and snowmen and pop yourselves along to this sing-a-long version of the Disney fillum.
Griff Rhys Jones: Where was I? McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater, Sat 20 Jan
Cézanne – Portraits of a Life, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Tues 23 Jan
This major international exhibition bringing together over 50 of Paul Cézanne’s portraits opened at the Musée d’Orsay Paris, is on at the National Portrait Gallery London until 11 Feb and will then be winging its way over to the National Galley of Art Washington DC. But you can see it here – alongside interviews with curators and experts and more.
Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert, The McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater, Tues 23 Jan
He’s sold out in at the Cheese & Grain in Frome but there are still tickets available here and at The Octagon on Tues 30 Jan.
Slapstick Festival 2018, venues around Bristol, Thurs 25–Sun 28 Jan
A four-day celebration of slapstick, silent and classic screen clowning with 25 events, 27 special guests (including Jo Brand, Lucy Porter, Lee Mack, Ade Edmonson, Nigel Planer, The Kagools…) and 36 musicians at the Arnolfini, Watershed, Colston Hall and Bristol Old Vic.
Arrival, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Thurs 25 Jan
The UK Abba Fan Club have consistently voted this lot the most authentic and best of all the Abba tribute shows, so I’m guessing they must be right on the money, money, money.
Wicked, Bristol Hippodrome, Weds 31 Jan–Sat 3 March
The untold story of the Witches of Oz – or how two sorcery students became the Wicked Witch of the West (boo, hiss) and Glinda the Good.