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NT Live: The Audience (encore), Westlands, Yeovil,  Mon 16 Oct

The smash hit show returns in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday (nts: get card), with Helen Mirren as her Maj, granting an audience to seven different PMs over 60 years of her reign.

War Horse, Bristol Hippodrome, Weds 18 Oct–Sat 11 Nov

After young Albert’s beloved horse Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped over to France during WW1, he sets off on a dangerous mission to find him and bring him home. Be prepared to shed a tear. We’ll be reviewing the show on opening night, so watch this space. Want to know how they created the horses? There’s a 2-hour family workshop on Sat 21 Oct

Exmoor Dark Skies Festival, around Exmoor National Park, Thurs 19-Sun 29 Oct

Exmoor’s one of the best places in the world to observe the night skies, becoming an International Dark Skies Reserve in 2011. Expect night walks (and swims and rides), astronomical talks, space/sci-fi films, astrophotography and lots of stargazing in their very first festival.  Explore the full programme.

Waiting For Godot, Tobacco Factory, Bristol, Thurs 19 Oct–Sat 4 Nov

The 20th century classic by Samuel Beckett, about a struggle for purpose, the power of friendship and the hunt for a pair of decent boots.

Last Man Standing, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Fri 20 Oct

Orpheus, Eurydice – and Terry Pratchett – are the inspiration behind this performance by the James Wilton Dance company.

Tap Factory, The Playhouse, Weston super Mare Fri 20 Oct, The Octagon, Yeovil, Sat 21 Oct

Photo: Margot de Heide

Eight handsome hunks put on their tap shoes and run riot with dustbin lids, tools, cans, mallets and brooms: explosive urban tap dance, acrobatics and comedy and a helluva lot of noise.

Voodoo VaudEvil, The Circus of Horrors, Wookey Hole, nr Wells, Fri 20–Sat 21 Oct

Trashy, bizarre, steam punk horror circus mash up of wincingly gruesome acts, burlesque and live rock music. Bloody good fun for those that like that sort of thing (they won Simon’s heart on Britain’s Got Talent a few years back).  Me? I’ll take a cuppa and an episode of  The Archers. Not suitable for under 16s.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017, M Shed, Bristol, Sat 21 Oct–Sun 8 April 2018

For the first time, the Natural History Museum’s prestigious annual exhibition opens in Bristol and London at the same time. 100 stunning images depict frozen wastelands, tropical paradises, peculiar species and fascinating animal behaviour.

Lost & Found by Oliver Jeffers, McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater, Sun 22 Oct

The Muddies loved the story of the boy battling through storms and dark nights to take a lost penguin back to the South Pole.

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