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Live screening of The Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake, at a cinema near you, Tues 12 June, 7.15 on the dot

Man meets swan story. The archetypal classical ballet with luscious Tchaikovsky score with principal dancers Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov.

Photo: Bill Cooper


David Baddiel, My family: Not the Sitcom, The Octagon, Yeovil, Tues 12 June

Hear him on Desert Island Discs the other day? See his one-man show celebrating the lives of his late sex-mad mother, Sarah, and dementia-ridden father, Colin.


Three Sisters, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, Tues 12–Sat 16 June

RashDash rip up Anton Chekhov’s revered 1900 play and reimagine it with electric guitars. Taking on the roles of Olga, Masha and Irina,  Abbi Greenland, Helen Goalen and Becky Wilkie ask why men have all the lines and take turn-of-the-century crinolines into 2018.


Twelfth Night by The HandleBards, Kilver Court Gardens, Shepton Mallet, Tues 12 June

The world’s first (and possibly only?) cycling theatre company with a bicycle-powered, cross-dressing production in the gloroius gardens of Kilver Court.


Thrill Me: the Leopold & Loeb Story, Merlin Theatre, Frome, Sat 16 June

Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit and shocking true life story. Two aspiring lawyers in 1924 Chicago kidnap and murder a 14-year-old boy in their quest to commit the perfect crime.



Alexander Calder, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, until Sun 9 Sept

Alexander Calder, Sword Plant, 1947, Sheet metal, wire and paint. 97.8 x 78.7 x 72.4/38 1/2 x 31 x 28 1/2 © 2018 Calder Foundation, New York / DACS London

Famously known for inventing the mobile, Calder also made a whole load of other stuff from wire sculptures, paintings,  jewellery, furniture, domestic objects, and monumental public commissions across the world – 80 of which (not the monumental ones) are on display in the new exhibition ‘From the Stoney River to the Sky’.


The Chemistry of Bronze, Black Swan Arts, Frome, until Sun 15 July

Five sculptors who work in bronze on display at the Best Art Gallery in the Muddy Awards – plus a behind-the-scenes look at how bronze sculptures are cast, finished and patinated by local bronze foundry Art of a Fine Nature in Shepton Mallet.

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