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two and a quarter million copies. Theatre Royal Bath;

Brunei, collectors are responding to the emotion compelling you when you are standing in front of Holt’s and Ganjei’s paintings. The techniques both artists employ are complicated and thoughtful, resulting in the type of work which draws you back again and again to notice more each time, and really marvel at the work. David Simon Contemporary; www.

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SEBASTIAN WARD TURNER LANDSCAPES Sebastian Ward Turner, a young local artist, will be exhibiting his new work at The West Barn in Bradford on Avon. The exhibition entitled Viewpoint will be showcasing his oil paintings of landscapes and seascapes, inspired by some of the greatest impressionist and romantic painters of the 19th and 20thcentury. Near The Tithe Barn in Wiltshire;

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RACING DEMON David Hare’s richly intelligent, funny and gripping drama received all four major Best Play Awards when it opened at the National Theatre in 1990 and has since been a hit all over the world. The story sees four clergymen seek to make sense of their mission in inner-city London whilst facing their own personal crises. David Haig plays Lionel Espy, a cleric whose faith is wavering as his parishioners dwindle; there’s tabloid-hounded gay vicar Harry Henderson; ‘Streaky’ Bacon, a genial reverend with a taste for tequila, and a charismatic young curate Tony Ferris. Theatre Royal Bath;


14 – 1 6 J ULY

Jazz singer Hailey Tuck is set to mesmerise the audience at Iford Arts Festival

– all balanced on a contemporary knife-edge. There’s no doubt this will be an electrifying evening of exceptional entertainment that will leave you utterly inspired. 8pm. £17/£10, Meal Deal £27.50, VIP ticket £46. Komedia; 5 – 2 6 JU LY

EDINBURGH FRINGE PREVIEWS AT KOMEDIA For the fourth year running, Komedia Bath is proud to present the very best rising stars in stand-up with a whole month of Edinburgh Fringe Previews. Kicking off the opening night of the previews season is Larry Dean – an award-winning comedian and writer. Other comics who will feature include Mike Bubbins, Pippa Evans, Marlon Davis and many more. Komedia; 6 JU LY


THE MINISTRY OF BURLESQUE: CABARET Fusing the wild, weird and witty traditions of circus, cabaret and burlesque, Ministry of Burlesque Cabaret unfolds as a bold and daring new-variety experience. Enjoy a myriad of musical comedy masters, provocative prima donnas, glittering enigmatic exotic dancers and astonishing feats of human grace

HANCOCK AND CO. Impressionist James Hurn makes a welcome return to Bath’s 200-year-old theatre (and ex-Catholic chapel). This unique show features a solo performance by James who brilliantly mimics the voices of Tony Hancock, Sid James, Kenneth Williams and even Hattie Jacques while reproducing a classic Galton and Simpson radio episode. For this latest show he’s added two new


radio scripts that he’s written himself. 7.30pm, £14. The Mission Theatre; 8 J ULY

THE PICTURE OF DORAN GRAY AT MISSION THEATRE Oscar Wilde’s only novel caused outrage upon its initial publication back in 1890 due to its depictions of decadence and allusions to homosexuality. The eponymous Gray is a handsome young man who makes a Faustian pact to stay forever young while his portrait ages, thus releasing him to live a life of vice and evil. The play involves puppetry and an original soundtrack to recount the intriguing tale. 7.30pm, £10. The Mission Theatre; 11 – 15 J ULY

SAND IN THE SANDWICHES Following an acclaimed sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, Edward Fox returns to Bath with his acclaimed portrayal of John Betjeman, poet laureate and one of the best loved poets of the 20thcentury. Sand in the Sandwiches celebrates a man famous not only for light verse and laughter, but for his passions, his sense of purpose and his unforgettable poetry. When his Collected Poems came out in 1958 they made publishing history and have since sold over

FROME JAZZ CLUB Every Sunday evening, the Frome Jazz Club will be hosting a different jazz band. The season includes seven dates, and features a number of renowned musicians, including Kevin Figes, Jake McMurchie, Nathan Mansfield, Nick Malcolm and Terry Quinney. 7pm-9.30pm, Free. Frome Jazz Club, The Cornerhouse, Christchurch Street East, Frome. Tel: 01373 472 042 30 J UNE

BRIAN ROPER CONCERT Bath Philharmonia presents a concert dedicated to the memory of local philanthropist Brian Roper; a concert that encourages future generations to develop their own love of classical music. International renowned pianist Peter Donohoe performs Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto in a programme of exotic orchestrations including Stravinsky’s Firebird and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. 7.30pm, £25-£35. The Bath Forum; 1 J ULY

BATH BACH CHOIR’S BIG 70TH ANNIVERSARY Exactly 70 years on from its first public performance, Bath Bach Choir will perform two of the greatest works of the choral repertoire: Bach’s Magnificat (Mary’s song of praise) composed for Vespers on Christmas Day 1723 in St Thomas’s Leipzig, and Great Mass in C minor, which was composed for a special occasion in Salzburg in 1783, although never finished. With a double choir and two solo sopranos, it promises to be an evening full of grandeur and Italianate excess! 7.30pm, £12-£30. Bath Abbey; 15 J ULY

STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL PLAY FROME With classic tracks like Here Comes The Sun and Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me), Steve Harley’s career spans 11 albums 

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