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20 for 2020

Crack out your calendar, folks (and maybe your credit card). Here are the hottest tickets for Somerset and Dorset in 2020 - see you there!

Ready to ditch the slippers and box sets yet? Here are 20 splendifous reasons to get out and about in Somerset and Dorset over the coming months. So book ahead,  grab some mates, and out you go.

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THEATRE

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We Will Rock You, Bristol Hippodrome,  Mon 16 – Sat 21 March

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If Bohemian Rhapsody, unleashed a Queen obsession that you’re struggling to shake off, We Will Rock You, should scratch that itch. This worldwide hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns to the UK and it’s rocking up in Bristol, with 24 of Queen’s biggest hits delivered in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked the bands’ legendary live performances.

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Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour, Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, Mon 18 – Weds 20 May

Can’t get to the famous London theatre? No worries, the theatre’s coming to you, with their unique and highly interactive productions of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, The Tempest and As You Like It – with discounts if you buy tickets to more than one show.

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Semmelweis, Bristol Old Vic, Sat 13 June – Sat 25 July

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The marvellous Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall, etc) makes his debut at the Bristol Old Vic in a world premiere (yep!) based on the true story of maverick doctor Dr Ignaz Semmelweis. After making a discovery that could save hundreds of thousands of new mothers, the medical establishment questions his methods, rejects his theory – even doubts his sanity –  and the controversial surgeon finds that being a pioneer is not enough…

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Bristol Hippodrome,  Tues 26 – Sat 30 May

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Photo Johan Perrson

Everybody’s talking about hit West End musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, and it’s going on tour with Layton Williams and Shane Richie continuing in the roles of Jamie and Hugo/Loco Chanelle.

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Pride & Prejudice (sort of), Bristol Old Vic, Tues 7 – Sat 11 April

This tongue-in-cheek production of Pride & Prejudice (sort of) has our name written all over it – where else can you can see the Bennett sisters singing karaoke? Although the all-female cast begs the question: who’s going to be getting out of the lake in the wet shirt?

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Six, Theatre Royal Bath Tues 18 – Sun 23 Feb; Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 7 – Sat 11 July

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From Tudor queens to pop princesses, the award-winning Six sees the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their own personal tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power.

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MUSIC

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Bath Festival Finale Weekend, Bath Recreation Ground, Sat 23 – Sun 24 May

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The 10 day celebration of music and books – 120 events since you’re asking – culminates in a musical extravaganza with McFly, UB40, Billy Ocean and Scouting for Girls and more on the bill.

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Live in Somerset, Vivary Park, Taunton, Fri 10 – Sun 12 July

Missed McFly in Bath? Catch ’em here at Taunton’s party in a park. McFly headlining on the Friday,  Jesse J on the Sunday and Scouting for Girls, Lulu, Heather Small in between.

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Boyzlife, Bath Forum, Thurs 6 Feb; Bournemouth Pavilion Thurs 5 March

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It’s an Irish mash-up (apologies for the potato pun) but fans of boybands Westlife and Boyzone are in for a treat as the two become one, with a full-band production show featuring Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy.

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Gabrielle: Rise Again, Bournemouth Pavilion, Mon 9 Nov; Bath Forum Tues 1 Dec

One of the UK’s most successful singer-songwriters, Gabrielle returned to the charts with her 2018 album ‘Under My Skin’. In this show she’ll be wheeling our all her biggest songs spanning three decades.

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Kaiser Chiefs, Bath Racecourse, Fri 5 June

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A day at the races followed by a night, not at the opera, but with one of the UK’s best-loved guitar bands. We saw them in torrential rain last year at the Smoked & Uncut at the Pig and they were brilliant live.

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Elbow, Bournemouth BIC, Sat 25 April

Mercury Prize and Brit Award winners on tour with their ballardy, warm Northern optimism.

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COMEDY

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Jen Brister: Under Privilege, Dorchester Corn Exchange, Fri 13 March

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Jen Brister describes herself as a stand-up comedian, writer, actor, d***head, and it’s that kind of self-deprecating humour, we love. Her show Under Privilege takes an irreverent look at the often controversial subject of ‘privilege’. Who has it? Who doesn’t? And why does no one like to admit they have any?

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Josh Widdicombe: Bit Much…, The Playhouse Theatre, Weston-super-Mare, Thurs 2 April; Bath Forum, Sat 18 April,

Somehow the boyish one’s finding the time from all his TV and radio work to grumble and tell jokes on a UK and Ireland tour.

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Lucy Porter – Be Prepared! Brewhouse Taunton, Fri 24 April;  Hen and Chickens Bristol, Thurs 7 May.

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Lucy Porter returns with a new show. Despite what Brown Owl told you, an emergency 10p for the phone box and a competent knot, cannot solve everything. Life’s slightly more complicated than that.

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Suzi Ruffell: Dance Like Everyone’s Watching,  Bristol Old Vic, Weds 4 March & Marine Theatre Lyme Regis,  Thurs 16 April

She’s made a name for herself by turning tragedy and anxiety into big laughs but this year she’s actually happy.

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Chris Ramsey,  Westlands Entertainment Venue Yeovil, Fri 1 May;    Bournemouth BIC, Thurs 1 Oct; Westlands Entertainment Venue Yeovil, Fri 2 Oct

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The 2019 Strictly semi-finalist takes hits the road for his biggest ever stand-up tour. The Guardian says he spins unpretentious banter in to ‘stand-up gold’.

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DANCE

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Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, Bristol Hippodrome, Tues 3 – Sat 7 March

Matthew Bourne’s acclaimed stage adaptation of The Red Shoes is set to romantic music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann. It’s tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.

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BalletBoyz: Deluxe, Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts,  Weds 18 March; The Octagon Yeovil, Tues 14 AprilTheatre Royal Bath, Sun 26 April

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The men in tights return with their brand new show fusing beautiful dance with original music, including works by Shanghai-based dancer and choreographer Xie Xin (TAO Dance Theatre, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Eastman), composer Jiang Shaofeng and Cassie Kinoshi, of the Mercury Prize-nominated SEED Ensemble.

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Rambert2: Triple Bill, Bristol Old Vic, Tues 11 – Thurs 13 Feb;

Formed each year from a worldwide search for new contemporary dance talent, Rambert2’s dancers combine technical virtuosity with raw energy and work with top international choreographers to create thrilling and innovative pieces.

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