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Laughter and Lear

August is the month when many theatres go dark - and the actors and crew get a chance for a break. Of course the Brewhouse in Taunton has been dark for months and there’s no sign yet the county’s most central space is set to reopen soon.

At the seaside however it’s business as usual with an influx of visitors at Weston- super-Mare - so North Somerset’s Playhouse Theatre has a packed programme of music, drama and entertainment. Likewise Burnham-on-Sea’s Princess Theatre has a range of shows culminating in Folkfest.

Hairspray comes to Bristol’s Hippodrome this month

Bristol and Bath have something for everyone - from Shakespeare at the Theatre Royal in Bath to Hairspray at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Children may enjoy Postman Pat, Chris and Paui Roadshow in Weston, Grandpa in my Pocket in Exeter and The Boy who Cried Wolf at the Old Vic.

As for comedy, the Blakehay Theatre stages Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, while in Bath there’s A Little Hotel on the Side - a classic farce to cheer up anyone feeling that summer is coming to an end.

David Haig who stars in the title role in William Shakespeare’s King Lear directed by Lucy Bailey at the Theatre Royal Bath

Highbridge Brass. £6/concs £5. Fri 30 Aug. Romany Diamonds. 7.30pm. Acoustic Roma family. £10. Part of Folkfest. See www.folkfest. Sat 31 Aug. Folkfest Saturday. 1pm - 11pm. Various muscians and bands. Free. See

Strode Theatre. Street. Tel: 01458 442846. www. Thu 22-Fri 23rd Aug. Fame: The Musical. 7.30pm, Sat 24 5pm and 8.30pm. Stage version of the film set in a performing arts school in New York. £14/£12.

Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre. School Road, Taunton TA2 8PD. 01823 41 41 41; www.

Theatre in August

Blakehay Theatre. Wadham Street, Weston-super-Mare. Box Office, 01934 645 493 (open 10am-2pm) Fri 23-Sat 24 Aug. Blithe Spirit. Red Triangle stage Noel Coward’s supernatural comedy in three acts. When writer Charles Condomine invites a medium to hold a seance at his country house, he receives a ghostly visitation from his dead first wife, to the chagrin of his very-much-alive second one. 7.30pm. £10 Thu 29-Sat 31 Aug. AVENUE Q. Alliance of humans and puppets dramatise a comic story of self discovery set in New York about a graduate. Age: 14+.

Bristol Hippodrome. St Augustine’s Parade Bristol BS1 4UZ. Tel 0844 871 3012. http://www.ticketmaster. Tue 6-Sat 17 Aug. Hairspray: The Musical. The story of Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart as she sets out to follow her dreams. 19-24 Aug. The Rocky Horror Show. Richard O’Brien’s riotous rock musical about a straight couple caught up in a crazy world. With Ben Forster, Oliver Thornton, Rhydian, Rachel Grundy and Christopher Luscombe. Tue 27 Aug-Sat 14 Sep. Ghost: The Musical. Romantic musical about the power of love.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre. King Street, Bristol BS1 4ED England. Box Office: 0117 987 7877 tickets@ Website: 13 July-1 Sept. The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Childrens’ theatre. Outside in King Street. Various times. 29 July-3 Aug. Bristol Proms. In collaboration with Universal Music Arts and Entertainment and Watershed. 7-10 Aug. Pigeon English. From Kelman’s Man Booker Prize winning novel. Age 12+. Bristol Old Vic Young Company and the National Youth Theatre collaborate.

Exeter Northcott Theatre. Stocker Road, Exeter, Devon, England EX4 4QB. Box Office: 01392 493 493. Email: Website: www. 30

Wed 7-Sat 10 Aug. Grandpa in my Pocket. From CBeebies. Sunnysands Pirate, Horatio Heave Ho takes Jason and Jemima on a pirate adventure in search of treasure.

Merlin Theatre. Bath Road, Frome, Somerset BA11 2HG. Tel: 01373 465949;; Fri 23-Sat 24 Aug. Singin’ in the Rain. 7pm. Musical performed by Theatre Summer School students featuring song and dance with hit songs Make ‘em Laugh, Moses Supposes and Singin’ in the Rain.

Playhouse Theatre. High Street, Weston-super-Mare. Tel: 01934 645544. Website: Fri 2 Aug. Country Roads. John Denver tribute band. All his top country music hits. 7.30pm £16. Sat 3 Aug. Bee Gees Fever. Tribute band. 7.30pm. £16. Sun 4 Aug. Chris & Pui Roadshow. CBeebies duo with their show for tiny ones. 11am, 2pm. £10/£8. Thu 8 Aug. Joe Pasquale. Dancing on Ice favourite with his comedy show. 7.30pm. £17.50. Thu 15-Sat 17 Aug. Grease: The Musical. 7.30pm. £14. Loganwest stage the 1950s coming of age musical Wed 21 Aug. Glenn Miller Orchestra. 7.30pm. Fri 23 Aug. Postman Pat. £12/£10. 1pm. Sat 24 Aug. The ELO Experience. Tribute band. 7.30pm. Sun 25 Aug. Last Night at The Proms. Classical music. Fri 30-Sat 31 Aug. Gotta Sing Gotta Dance. Lively music and dance show.

Princess Theatre and Arts Centre. Princess Street, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, TA8 1EH. Tel: 01278 784464. Sat 3 Aug. The Fab Beatles. 7:30pm. Beatles tribute band. £15/concs £13. Sat 10 Aug. Tea Dance. 2-5pm. £5 (Includes tea). Sat 24 Aug. Living with Spirit Festival. 10am-5pm. Clairvoyants, Mediums, Tarot and more. £1 Sun 25 Aug. Brass Band Concert. 7.45pm. Burnham &

Thu 29-Sat 31 Aug. Fame: The Musical. 7pm, The Young Musical Theatre Company stage the 1980’s song and dance drama. £14/£13

The Boy who Cried Wolf is an open air production outside the Bristol Old Vic this summer

Theatre Royal Bath. Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, North and East Somerset, England BA1 1ET. Box Office: 01225 448844. 25 July-10 Aug. King Lear. David Haig stars in Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece. 15-31 Aug. A Little Hotel on the Side. Farce by Georges Feydeau starring Richard McCabe. 21-25 Aug. Dracula. Outdoors at the Ball Court, Prior Park College, Bath. Youth Theatre. Various performance times. Gothic drama. Strawberry Line Times

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