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How The Other Half Live, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, until Sat 11 Nov

How The Other Half Live Alan Ayckbourne

Coming at you from the West End, this Alan Ayckbourn farce about three couples and a clumsily covered-up affair features an all-star cast, including Robert Daws (The RoyalOutside Edge and Roger Roger) and Caroline Langrishe (LovejoyCasualty and Judge John Deed). Culminating in two disastrous dinner parties on successive nights shown at the same time, the play is Ayckbourn at his best turning social graces and personal misunderstanding into at turns heart-wrenching and hilarious drama.

November at Chapel Arts, Cheltenham, from Fri 10 Nov

Don’t miss the latest artists showing at Cheltenham’s serene gallery Chapel Arts (it used to be a Baptist Chapel and still has a spiritual vibe). This month you can feast your eyes on the abstract work of Lar Cann inspired by the Cornish landscape, stunning works of New York by Leslie Gerry, as well as pastel works on the mezzanine by Tony Allain, Jeanette Hayes, Jill Jeffrey and Suzanne Jones.


London Jazz Festival, Fri 10 to Sun 19 Nov

One of the biggest jazz festivals in the world, with ten jam-packed days of international talent. This year the numbers are dizzying – more than 350 performances in 60 venues with many of the events free.


War Horse, Bristol Hippodrome, until 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. You can check out our review herebristol-hippodrome


Quedgeley Fireworks Display, Fishers Meadow, School Lane, Quedgeley, Sat 11 Nov, from 7pm

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, Sat 11 Nov to Sun 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.


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!


Cézanne Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, until Sun 11 Feb 2018

This started just last week, Brings together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK . Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits and this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into this central aspect of his work.


Twelfth Night, RST, Stratford, until Sat 24 Feb 2018

Photo by Paul Stuart (c) RSC

The RSC’s winter production Twelfth Night sees Ade Edmondson, of The Young Ones and Bottom fame, as Olivia – Kara Tointon’s dour steward Malvolio in Shakespeare’s bittersweet comedy. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, who recreated Warwickshire’s Charlecote Park on stage for the RSC’s fabulous Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing, it’s set in Victorian Britain. Also starring Birmingham’s Dinita Gohil as Viola and Michael Cochrane as Sir Andrew Aguecheek. rsc

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