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THE SCAR­LET PIM­PER­NEL The egg, Thurs De­cem­ber 6 un­til Sun Jan­uary 13, per­for­mance times vary, £18/£12 » See The Guide, pre­vi­ous pages

RISE 2018 Bath Spa Uni­ver­sity The­atre, Sat De­cem­ber 8, 2.30pm & 7.30pm, £10/£6

» A world of quirky char­ac­ters and ab­stract move­ment, in­spired by Klee and themes of sur­re­al­ism and ex­pres­sion­ism, with B&NES Youth Dance Com­pany and RISE Youth Dance.

BED­ROOM FARCE Mis­sion The­atre, Tue De­cem­ber 11 un­til Sun De­cem­ber 15, 7.30pm (& 2pm Sat), £12.50/£10.50

» This clas­sic Ay­ck­bourn from the 1970s blends his in­ci­sive ob­ser­va­tion of hu­man re­la­tion­ships with a fast-paced sto­ry­line. A Next Stage pro­duc­tion.

ANTONY AND CLEOPA­TRA: NA­TIONAL THE­ATRE LIVE SCREEN­ING Lit­tle The­atre Cin­ema, Thurs De­cem­ber 6, 7pm, £22/£17.50/£10 » See The Guide, pre­vi­ous pages

A WARN­ING TO THE CU­RI­OUS Rondo The­atre, Sat De­cem­ber 8, 8pm, £14/£10

» More than a cen­tury af­ter they were first pub­lished, the ghost sto­ries of MR James re­tain their power to ter­rify and amuse. This grip­ping one-man show retells two of the eeri­est.

MAC­BETH The­atre Royal, un­til Sat De­cem­ber 8, 7.30pm and 2.30pm Sat, ticket prices vary

» Shake­speare’s in­fa­mous ex­plo­ration of be­trayal, cor­rup­tion and abuse of power, di­rected by Na­tional The­atre artis­tic di­rec­tor Ru­fus Nor­ris and de­signed by Rae Smith.

THE MODEL APART­MENT Usti­nov Stu­dio, un­til Sat De­cem­ber 22, 7.45pm (Mon­sat) and 2.30pm Thurs and Sat, £22.50/£17.50

» A black com­edy by award-win­ning play­wright Don­ald Mar­gulies, star­ring Diana Quick and Ian Gelder­star (Game of Thrones). Di­rected by Lau­rence Boswell.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Tovey Hall, Bath Cen­tral United Re­form Church, un­til Sat De­cem­ber 8, 7.30pm, £10

» Agatha Christie’s story of eight strangers trapped in a house on a re­mote is­land, to­gether with two house ser­vants. Pre­sented by Bath Ar­gyle Play­ers.

CHRIST­MAS STOCK­INGS: A FES­TIVE CABARET Rondo The­atre, Thurs De­cem­ber 6, 8pm, £15/£10 » An evening of cabaret, fea­tur­ing pole

dancers, drag acts, singers and, of course, bur­lesque. An an­ti­dote to the usual fam­i­lyfriendly ac­tiv­i­ties.

UN­TAMED BUR­LESQUE Chapel Arts Cen­tre, Sat De­cem­ber 8, 7.30pm, £15

» Back for its se­cond ever Christ­mas show, a night sur­rounded by some of the bright­est bur­lesque and cabaret stars in the South West.


THE KING IS BACK The Fo­rum, Thurs De­cem­ber 6, 7.30pm, £28.50

» In­ter­na­tion­ally renowned as one of the best Elvis trib­utes in the world to­day, Ben Portsmouth brings his unique style, charisma and ten-piece band.

KATIE MELUA WITH THE GORI WOMEN’S CHOIR The Fo­rum, Fri De­cem­ber 7, 7pm (doors), from £19.50

» Katie will be joined by mem­bers of the Gori Women’s Choir who fea­tured on the sil­ver-cer­ti­fied 2016 al­bum In Win­ter, recorded in Ge­or­gia.

THE PEO­PLE’S STRING FOUN­DA­TION: RES PUBLICA Rondo The­atre, Fri De­cem­ber 7, 8pm, £14/£12 » This Cor­nish band are an army of bo­hemi­ans and vagabonds, mix­ing world,

clas­si­cal and ur­ban styles in an­ar­chic em­broil­ment.

FROME JAZZ CLUB: COLD FU­SION The Corner­house, Frome, Sun De­cem­ber 9, 7.30pm, free en­try

» Fea­tur­ing Jake Mc­murchie (sax) and the Keith Har­ri­son-bronin­ski Trio, who delve into the far cor­ners of the jazz reper­toire to bring un­ex­pected de­lights.

A CHRIST­MAS BAND CON­CERT WITH MIL­I­TARY WIVES CHOIR St Michael’s Without, Broad Street, Fri De­cem­ber 7, 7.30pm, £10/£8


With mu­sic by Borodin, ex­cerpts from The Great­est Show­man and Christ­mas mu­sic. Raf­fle in aid of Macmil­lan Nurses or­gan­ised by Bath Ro­tary Club.

BATH CHORAL SO­CI­ETY: HAN­DEL’S MESSIAH Bath Abbey, Fri De­cem­ber 8 and Sat De­cem­ber 9, 7.30pm, £32/£6

» This Bath Choral So­ci­ety con­cert with the Bris­tol En­sem­ble marks the start of the sea­son of Christ­mas mu­sic at Bath Abbey, con­ducted by David Go­stick.

THE OCTET WIN­TER CON­CERT St Michael’s Without, Broad Street, Fri De­cem­ber 8, 7pm, £10/£6

» Joined by the sought-af­ter Adam’s Ap­ple Jazz trio, the choir bring to­gether a feast of ro­man­tic and con­tem­po­rary mu­sic, in­clud­ing Chilcott’s A Lit­tle Jazz Mass.

ST SWITHIN’S CHRIST­MAS St Swithin’s Church, Wed De­cem­ber 11, 7.30pm, £10/£5

» Stu­dents from Bath Spa Uni­ver­sity present a pro­gramme which in­cludes Tchaikovsky’s en­chant­ing Romeo and Juliet Fan­tasy Over­ture and high­lights from Bern­stein’s Can­dide.

A CHRIST­MAS CEL­E­BRA­TION FROM GRENVILLE JONES St Saviour’s Church, Larkhall, Sat De­cem­ber 8, 7.30pm, £12/£8

» The Wel­come Choir and Bath Male Choir, with guest soloist Kirsten Barker, per­form some Christ­mas favourites, rais­ing money for the Peggy Dodd Cen­tre.

RUSH HOUR CON­CERT: MATTHEW SPRING AND SINGERS Michael Tip­pett Cen­tre, Bath Spa Uni­ver­sity, Wed De­cem­ber 12, 6pm, £5/£3 (BSU stu­dents and staff free)

» Matthew has an ac­tive ca­reer as a per­former on the lute and other as­so­ci­ated early mu­si­cal in­stru­ments, and has ap­peared on more than 50 CD record­ings.


CLIVE ARROWSMITH PHO­TOG­RA­PHY EX­HI­BI­TION: PE­TER GABRIEL RE­FLEC­TIONS Mu­seum of Bath Ar­chi­tec­ture, un­til Sun Fe­bru­ary 3, £6.50/£5.50/£3.20 (50 per cent dis­count with Dis­cov­ery card)

» Im­ages taken in 1978 at a num­ber of key lo­ca­tions around Bath, in­clud­ing the Ro­man Baths, pre­sented along­side new pic­tures taken in the same Bath lo­ca­tions.

NICK CUDWORTH: BATH NIGHT PAINT­INGS 2003-18 Vic­to­ria Art Gallery, Sat De­cem­ber 1 un­til Fe­bru­ary 17, free en­try

» Well known for his por­traits of celebri­ties and paint­ings of Bath street scenes, this ex­hi­bi­tion presents Nick’s stun­ning Bath night paint­ings as gi­clée prints on stretched can­vas.

ON PA­PER EX­HI­BI­TION: FROM THE ARTS COUN­CIL COL­LEC­TION Vic­to­ria Art Gallery, Sat De­cem­ber 1 un­til Fe­bru­ary 17, £4.50 (free with Dis­cov­ery Card) » Pa­per art­works from lead­ing artists such as Damien Hirst, Roy Licht­en­stein,

Brid­get Ri­ley, Gil­lian Ayres and Ed­uardo Paolozzi.

AXLE ARTS WIN­TER SHOW Tas­burgh House Ho­tel and Axle Arts, Up­per We­ston (by ap­point­ment), un­til Sun De­cem­ber 9

» In­cludes colour­ful ab­stracts from Derek Balmer, ab­stracted fig­u­ra­tive paint­ing from Iryna Yer­molova, and warm wood­cut prints from Frans Wes­sel­man.

EMMA ROSE: DE­CEM­BER DREAMS Emma Rose Art Works, Wal­cot St, through­out De­cem­ber

» De­cem­ber’s ex­hi­bi­tion is built around Emma’s work Monet’s Dreams. A large pro­por­tion of her work echoes the land, sea, sky, gar­dens and the el­e­ments.

RODIN: RE­THINK­ING THE FRAG­MENT EX­HI­BI­TION Hol­burne Mu­seum, un­til Jan­uary 27, £11/£5.50/free for 18 and un­der

» This dis­play fo­cuses on one of the world’s most renowned sculp­tures, The Thinker (1880-81), on loan from the Bur­rell Col­lec­tion, Glas­gow.

VIS­IT­ING MASTER­PIECE: MR AND MRS CLARK AND PERCY Hol­burne Mu­seum, un­til Jan­uary 27, £11/£5.50/free for 18 & un­der

» This well-loved paint­ing by David Hock­ney (b.1937) is one of the great­est por­traits of British art. On loan to Bath from the Tate, this paint­ing is mon­u­men­tal in size – over two by three me­tres.

GAINS­BOR­OUGH AND THE THE­ATRE EX­HI­BI­TION Hol­burne Mu­seum, un­til Jan­uary 20, £11/£5.50/free for 18 and un­der

» This ex­hi­bi­tion brings to­gether some of Gains­bor­ough’s finest por­traits of his friends in the the­atre from the 1760s to 1780s.

THE WON­DER WOMEN OF SPACE EX­HI­BI­TION Her­schel Mu­seum of Astronomy, un­til Tues Jan­uary 1, £6.50/£5.50/£3.20 (50 per cent dis­count with Dis­cov­ery card)

» Caro­line Her­schel, who dis­cov­ered comets and mapped the stars, claimed a right­ful place in sci­en­tific cir­cles dur­ing times when in­tel­li­gence in women was fre­quently dis­re­garded.

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