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Blues begone! This week’s local fun

Things to do in the last week of January in Somerset & Dorset. With theatre, music, comedy, art, circus - and yes, magic – we've got all bases covered.

THEATRE: Dr Semmelweis, Bristol Old Vic, Weds 26 – Sat 12 Feb

World premiere of a play based on an original idea by, and starring, Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall, Don’t Look Up) about a 19th century physician who was ridiculed by the medical establishment for an important discovery.

COMEDY: Shaparak Khorsandi: It was the 90s! Taunton Brewhouse, Fri 28 Jan

The self-proclaimed ‘spit and sawdust’ comic takes a trip down memory lane.

CIRCUS: Circus of Horrors, Bournemouth Pavilion, Fri 28 Jan

The bizarre Britain’s Got Talent finalists promise to have you on the edge of your seats with their acts and rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack. Over 16s only.

ART: The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics, The Holburne Gallery, Bath, Fri 28 Jan – Sun 8 May

Didn’t anyone tell her less is more? See portraits of Queen Elizabeth I and four other Tudor monarchs – Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I – at Bath’s first public art gallery (great cafe too).

MUSIC: China Crisis, Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, Sat 29 Jan

The 80s post-punk band in Wimborne – not just Wishful Thinking, it turns out.

ART: Ida Applebroog, Right Up to Now 1969-2021, Hauser & Wirth, Bruton, Sat 29 Jan – Sat 2 May

Feminist pioneer Ida Applebroog makes works dealing with power, gender, politics, and sexuality. This new exhibition consists of highlights from her show at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and brand new stuff too.

KIDS: Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids, Lighthouse Poole, Sat 29 Jan,

Weird sounds, brilliant noises, and cool music: the world record-breaking beatboxer SK Shlomo is in the building – and looking for some super sonic sidekicks…

OUTDOOR: Snowdrop weekends, Bishop’s Palace & Gardens, Wells, Somerset, weekends from Sat 29 Jan to Sat 27 Feb,

Pick up a leaflet to guide you around the snowdrops at the medieval Bishop’s Palace: around the banks of the moat, across the Willow Bridge and into the Arboretum for some special varieties. Kids’ trail and activities, crafts for sale.

THEATRE: The Da Vinci Code, Theatre Royal Bath, Sat 31 Jan – Sat 5 Feb

Boffins try to decode a religious mystery in Dan Brown’s blockbusting (100 million copies sold) page turner, on stage for the very first time.

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