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The Real Thing, Theatre Royal, Bath Mon 18–Sat 30 Sept

DJ Hathaway, I mean, Laurence Fox stars as Henry in Tom Stoppard’s play about infidelity. Henry, the best playwright of his generation and married to Charlotte who’s appearing in his play about a marriage on the verge of collapse. Her leading man, Max, is married to Annie. Life starts to imitate art when Henry’s affair with Annie (keeping up?) threatens his own marriage – but are they really in love? Is it the real thing?

Dreamboats and Petticoats, The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, Mon 18–Sat 23 Sept

The jukebox musical’s hitting the road with toe-tapping toons from the 50s and 60s – be prepared to twist again (like we did last summer) in the aisles….

SuperSaturday, Somerset Performing Arts Library, Yeovil, Sat 23 Sept

The Eastville Project Space brings a combo of electronics, art and music to town. Armed with soldering irons and electronic components (provided), kids aged 10+ can make their own solar flower lights and synthesizers. Booking essential:

Somerset Arts Week Festival 2017, various venues across Somerset, Sat 23 Sept–Sun 8 Oct

Malcolm Ashman at Andelli Art

350 artists showcasing their work – much around the theme ‘Prospect’ – in 120 venues as part of the county’s largest festival of visual arts. You’ll find art in some of Somerset’s most stunning gardens, bookshops, scrapyards, tithe barns, pubs … as well as galleries. Cavaliero Finn’s ‘Essence of Home’ in an uninhabited Georgian Manor House (venue 88) caught my eye.   The Colony Room Club Somerset at the Bruton Art Factory returns as the official Festival Club. Plan your arty trail around the county with the Festival programme.

May-we-go-round? Merlin Theatre, Frome, Sat 23 Sept

Brighton-based comedy dance duo shimmy (and swear, too apparently) their way through the merry-go-round of lurve.

Shark in the Park, Macmillan Theatre, Bridgwater, Sun 24 Sept

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All three of Nick Sharratt’s books about the pointy-finned one live on stage….


Bathscape Walking Festival, around Bath, until Sun 24 Sept

From a short stroll to a 20-miler: 27 walks – all free and all with leaders – around Bath and surrounding countryside, focusing on history, wildlife, creative stuff, well-being….As well as discovering interesting stuff about the city and its environs, you could find yourself coming over all poetic and scribbling down a line or two.

The Caretaker, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, until Sat 30 Sept

Photo: Idil Sukan

Patrice Naiambana, Jonathan Livingstone and David Judge in Pinter’s classic about what happens when a homeless man is taken in by two brothers.

Stewart Geddes, Atkinson Gallery, Street, Mon 4 Sept–Weds 11 Oct

It’s the President of the Royal West of England Academy’s turn in the spotlight at the Atkinson Gallery this month. The man himself will be on hand in the gallery on Sat 23 Sept at 3pm to talk you through his work – the one above is called Oi Oi.

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