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What’s on this week. The best pantos and Christmas shows   will be up and running now and the best pop-up ice rinks are still gliding along.

NT Live: Young Marx, The Brewhouse, Taunton, Weds Dec 13 

Photo: Manuel Harlan

Watch the very first production from London’s newest theatre, The Bridge, from the comfort of your seat in Taunton (you’ve sort of got your finger on the pulse). A 32-year-old Karl Marx (Rory Kinnear) is hiding in Soho, broke, restless and horny, with his writing blocked, marriage dying and friend Friedrich Engels (Oliver Chris) in despair at his wasted genius. His only option is a job on the railway but there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss. I’m in then.

Classic Christmas, Gourmet Picture Company, Royal Victoria Park, Bath, various dates between Thurs 14 Dec–Sun 7 Jan

Rick Stein and Tom Kerridge pop up in Bath with the Gourmet Picture Company, offering three-course meals curated by the two chefs accompanied by screeenings of classic films. Oooh, nice. The programme kicks off with Casablanca and ends with Wonderwoman, with 28 other movies including Life of Pi, When Harry Met Sally, Iron Man and many more in between.

Alight! Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath, Thurs 14–Sun 17 Dec

Piano Migrations (c) National Trust- Nicola Easterby

Light and sound installations after dark in the Georgian gardens, inspired by nature and created by leading artists Kathy Hinde and Ulf Pedersen, with mulled wine on the opening night. From Sat 9–Sun 24, the Cabinet area at the top of the gardens will be decked out as a Georgian Christmas with games, crafts and refreshments.

Women with Vision, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, Sat 16 Dec –Sun 11 March 2018

Helix, Sandra Blow

Women in British art, past, present and future, to coincide with Vote100 celebrations (centenary of British women’s suffrage) and 160 years of the RWA. Artists include Cornelia Parker, Elisabeth Frink, Sonia Lawson and Sandra Blow.

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