What’s on this week
MON 6 - SUN 12 NOVEMBER
Joan, Salisbury Playhouse, 9-11 Nov
An earthy story of courage, conviction and hope, this play is a refreshing look at Joan of Arc – history’s greatest underdog. Performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, Joan takes the stage as a gutsy gender warrior, dragging up as the men she’s defied. What happens when a disguise soon becomes something a lot more real and you have to fight for who you really are? A fearless solo show, with uproarious songs, exploring what it means to stand out, stand up and stand alone.
Mitch Benn – Don’t Fear the Reaper, Salisbury Arts Centre, 10 Nov
It’s been a morbid time for “the country’s leading musical satirist” (The Times); he’s turned 46 – over the hill by anyone’s standards – his personal life is in turmoil, and his childhood heroes are dropping like flies. At times like these, a man feels the Reaper creeping up on him… But is death anything to fear? And is it really the end? (Yes. Yes, it is, sorry!) Mitch confronts his – and YOUR – mortality with hilarious (and tuneful) consequences. Join him – it’s time you’re not getting back…
War Horse, Bristol Hippodrome, to Sat 11 Nov
After young Albert’s beloved horse Joey is sold to the cavalry and shipped over to France during WW1, he sets off on a dangerous mission to find him and bring him home. Be prepared to shed a tear. We’ll be reviewing the show on opening night, so watch this space. Want to know how they created the horses? There’s a 2-hour family workshop on Sat 21 Oct.
Murder Mystery Night Down on the Farm, Cholderton Charlie’s, 11 Nov
Adults only this time ladies, for this fantastic night of Murder Mystery, with a three-course dinner.
No worries if you missed all the fireworks action last weekend, there’s still some crackers lighting up the skies on Saturday 11 November in this hamlet outside Gloucester. Prices to be confirmed. Tel: 01452 721552
Hannah Ryggen, Modern Art Oxford, 11 Nov – 18 Feb 2018I’m always excited when Modern Art Oxford introduces a new exhibition and this one is going to be a corker. Hannah Ryggen was one of Scandinavia’s most outstanding artistic figures of the 20th century, an impassioned artist responding to the socio-political events of her time, from the the rise of fascism and the Nazi occupation of Norway, to nuclear power and media coverage of the Vietnam War. This is the first major presentation of the artist’s work in the UK and surveys her career from early portraiture through to the intricate tapestries that characterised her career from the 1920s onward. Don’t forget that Modern Art Oxford is free entry, and there’s a corker of a cafe on site too.
The Nutcracker, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Sun 12 Nov
A Christmas season staple, this performance by the Russian National Ballet will transport you to a fairy-tale world where everyone is happy and good triumphs over evil. Not to be missed, especially as it’s the first time the Russian National Ballet has visited The Roses. rosestheatre.org
Dark Arts, Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios, London until Sun 12 Nov
Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios are brilliant at ringing the changes with their events and for this one the Great Hall will be decorated with over 100 floating pumpkins, just as seen as in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, along with a table laden with a Halloween feast of red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops. Kids can also delve into the sinister world of the Dark Art – wand combat techniques and Death Eater duels as well as filmmaking snot, blood and drool. Er, nice! wbstudiotour.co.uk
Messiah at the Tower of London, 10 Nov
A slightly strange combination, but kind of intriguing. First performed in 1742 Handel’s Messiah is one of the most famous works of classical music ever written, and er, The Tower of London is well famous too! Actually, the concert takes place in the intimate Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula within the Tower, a similar sized venue to when the original was performed.
Ghost Tours, Hampton Court, selected dates from 5 Nov – Jan 2018
Want to petrify your kids? Course you do! There are Family Tours on 5 Nov at 6.30 (and also 7 Jan 2018, but seriously I’m not even thinking next year yet!). It’s a 75-90 minute walking tour hearing stories of ghostly apparitions and paranormal activity Minimum age is 8 years and a maximum of 3 children per accompanying adult.
Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey, hrp.org.uk