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Sat 27-Mon 29 May

La Cage Aux Folles,  Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 23-Sat 27 May

Georges, manager of a St Tropez nightclub, and partner Albin, drag queen and the club’s star attraction live happily together. When Georges’ son Jean-Michel announces his engagement to daughter of a right wing politician determined to shut club down, Albin has to play the role of his life – bring on  I Am What I Am. First ever tour of the award-winning play, starring Marti Webb.


Shindig Weekender, Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, Fri 26-Sun 28 May

House party, gig, circus show, crafts, a kids’ bash, boutique camping and a wellbeing retreat – so something for everyone. No large stages but a massive line up in a series of stretch marquees set in glorious Somerset countryside.

Wells Comedy Festival, various venues, Wells, Fri 26-Sun 28 May

England’s smallest city hosts a big stand up, in four venues over three days. There’s a fab female line-up, including Sara Pascoe and Bec Hill (that’s her above). See the full programme.

Toyah: Classics, Hits & Anthems, McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater, Sat 27 May

Over 35 years, pocket rocket Toyah Wilcox has amassed 13 top 40 singles, recorded 24 albums and one teensy weensy little Muddy Stilettos interview….Performing live with her band.

Eat: Burnham on Sea Food & Drink Festival, guess where, Sat 27 May

Now in its 10th year, here’s a chance to stuff yourself silly – 130 producers (from cheese to charcuterie), street food (long and slow BBQ, Japanese noodles, Russian kebabs) – whilst watching cookery and food demos, taking part in a cookery workshop or just listening to some buskers. Big tractors and little lambs will keep young ‘uns entertained.

Rashid Johnson: ‘Stranger’, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Sat 27 May-Sun 10 September

Solo exhibition by the gallery’s new artist-in-residence – painting, sculpture, installation and drawing – and a large-scale installation to be shown in the Threshing Barn.

The Emperor’s New Clothes, ECOS amphitheatre, Frome, Sun 28 May

You’ll know the story but this is a production by the brilliant Illyria Theatre so there are sure to be lots of surprises. It’s outside in the amphitheatre (bring cushions and a picnic) – let’s hope for the Emperor’s sake it doesn’t get too cold.

Packhorse Fair, Bruton, Mon 29 May

Live music, farmers’ market, grub and booze, duck race, drag race (not cars) along the Lower Backway alongside the River Brue in this annual event – and there’s always The Chapel to slope off to if it all gets too much. From 11am.

National Bangers Crasherama, Smeatharpe, Mon 29 May

Cover your ears as old bangers screech, smash and lose their wheels around a racetrack on a disused aerodrome – then watch them hammered back into shape ready for the next race. A strangely exhilarating day out.

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