This week

FRACKED! Or Please Don’t Use the F-Word, Theatre Royal, Bath, Mon 15-Sat 20 May

Big names James Bolam and Anne Reid star in a black comedy about guess what?

theatreroyal.org.uk

Moonlight, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Weds 17 May

The Oscar-winning film that nearly wasn’t, this is a moving coming of age story about a boy from a rough Miami neighbourhood – the first all black and first LBGT film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture (and Mahershala Ali, winner of Best Supporting Actor).

thebrewhouse.net

The Antiques Roadshow, West Somerset Railway, Minehead  Station, Weds 17 May

Of course, you have absolutely no interest in the value, all you want is to find out more about your great Aunt Hilda’s ring, that mystery object you found in the loft or your latest car boot find. Fiona and the rest of the gang will be on hand to identify and hopefully bring you financially beneficial tidings. From 9.30am-4.30pm.

bbc.co.uk

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf  NT live screening, various venues across Somerset,  Thurs 18 May

Photo: Johan Persson

Broadcast live from the Harold Pinter Theatre, London, the brilliant Imelda Staunton gives Liz Taylor a run for her money in this 5 star production of Edward Albee’s play.

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Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain, Playhouse Theatre, Weston-super-mare, Fri 19-Sat 20 May

Boudicca, King John and the Magna Carta, Henry VIII, Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin and more – a whistlestop tour of Britain’s history with all the bogies and burps left in.

parkhousetheatres.co.uk

The Bath Festival, various venues across Bath, Fri 19-Sun 28 May

A 10-day celebration of music and literature :  talks, performances, workshops, readings by the likes of  Mary Berry, Salman Rushdie, Victoria Hislop, Stephen Isserlis, India Knight, Simon Callow, John Simpson, Madeleine Peyroux (above)…. I could go on but why don’t you check out the festival brochure and see for yourself?

bathfestivals.org.uk

Curzon Music Festival, Curzon Cinema Arts, Clevedon, Sat 20-Sun 21 May

The awesome Songs from the Shed are putting on the second Curzon Music Festival, with back-to-back live bands, local and global street food, a cocktail bar and local ales and ciders. Headliners: Reef frontman Gary Stringer on Sat and Show of Hands on Sunday.

curzon.org.uk

My First Ballet, Bristol Hippodrome, Sat 20 & Sun 21 May

With a narrator to help the young audience follow the story, and a shortened version of Prokofiev’s score, My First Ballet is the perfect introduction for little ballet lovers.

Tickets

Great Somerset Colour Run, Wincanton Racecourse, Wincanton, Sun 21 May

Whizz, walk or dawdle around a 5k course while a load of people throw coloured powder paint at you – all in the aid of St Margaret’s Hospice. Registration at 11am; race at 1pm.

somerset-hospice.org.uk

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