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MON 4 – SUN 10 NOV

Some of the cool stuff happening this week in Somerset and ever so slightly beyond


Andrew Hardwick, Atkinson Gallery, Street, Mon 4 Nov – Sat 7 Dec

Old workings, moor, summer clouds 2019

The Bristol-based artist and Royal West of England Academician has a studio a farm where the River Severn turns into the sea surrounded by industry and new housing estates, reflected in works using board, canvas, netting, wire and various paints.


Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III, Royal Ballet Live screening, venues around Somerset, Tues 5 Nov

ballet dancers red yellow tunics

Artists of the Royal Ballet in Concerto. Photo Johan Persson

A different kind of fireworks on bonfire night: three works by Frederick Ashton, Kenneth MacMillan and Rudolf Nureyev.

Find a screening near you.


Minyoung Choi, Andelli Art, South Horrington, nr Wells, Weds 6 – Weds 20 Nov

painting of volcano with fish on table


Magical, surreal show by Wells Art Contemporary ‘Next Generation prize’ winner Minyoung Choi. Anthropomorphic animals inhabit fairy-tale landscapes, interacting with objects symbolising memories from her Seoul childhood, this is an artist to watch.


Queens of Sheba, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, Weds 6 – Sat 9 Nov

four cool black women dancingBased on a real incident at the DSTRKT Nightclub in 2015 when four women were turned away for ‘being too dark’, four women take to the stage with their explosive true stories.


Contemporary Art pop-up, Gainsborough Bath Spa, Bath, Fri 8, Sat 9 & Sun 10 Nov

James Jean by Maria Rivans

Curated show of prints, original paintings and sculptures with new works from both local and national artists, including this limited edition print by collage artist Maria Rivans.


Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers: Tribe 25, Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, Sun 10 Nov

japanese drumming

High energy synchronised drumming and dramatic choreography from Europe’s leading taiko drum group.




Cyrano, Bristol Old Vic,  until Sat 6 Nov

Man with a schnozzle enlists the help of a handsome fool to win the heart of his lady love. The epic love story returns in verse form at the ever innovative Bristol Old Vic. Tristan Sturrock (Zacky Martin in Poldark) stars.


International Garden Photographer of the Year 2019, Hestercombe Gardens, until Weds 20 Nov

Photo Jonathan Need

Around 20,000 entries from around the world whittled down to 40 winning images in the International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition on display near the orchards of Hestercombe’s Grade 1 landscape and gardens. In association with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.


Desire, Love, Identity: Exploring LGBTQ+ Histories, Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester, Dorset,  until Sun 17 Nov

The British Museum’s touring exhibition comes to the West Country via the Ashmolean.


Richard Twose: Experiments with Flying, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, until Sun 24 Nov

The famous artist living near Bath puts acrobats from the CircoMedia Bristol to the test in this selling show.


Disney’s The Lion King, Bristol Hippodrome, to Sat 23 Nov

The first Disney animation with an original story (and more than a few passing resemblances to Hamlet) on stage with a cast from around the world.



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