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Dreamboats And Miniskirts

  • Written by: Maurice Gran

Musical sequel to Dreamboats And Petticoats written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, which follows an aspiring vocal duo, who must adapt their style to succeed during the advent of the Beatles and the Mersey sound. Featuring the hits Twist & Shout, Handy Man, Pretty Woman and One Fine Day.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Thu 12 Mar 2015

£10–£44.50

Sat 14 Mar 2015

£10–£44.50

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Wed 12 Nov

£22.75–£33.25 / 02476 553055

Sat 15 Nov

£22.75–£33.25 / 02476 553055

Hull New Theatre

Thu 5 Mar 2015

£12–£31 / 01482 226655

Sat 7 Mar 2015

£12–£31 / 01482 226655

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The Woman In Black

  • Written by: Stephen Mallatratt (adaptation)

Combining the power and intensity of live theatre with a cinematic quality inspired by the world of film noir, prepare to be transported into a terrifying and ghostly world. Based on Susan Hill's acclaimed novel.

Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

Wed 29 Oct

£8–£25 / 01270 368 242

Sat 1 Nov

£8–£25 / 01270 368 242

Fireworks Extravaganza

To keep up with audience demand there are two fireworks displays at George Watson's Rugby Stadium. Both shows feature a full programme of entertainment, including Delighters Fire Circus Theatre, rock choir and pipe band. Plus plenty of hot food and drink. Book online via the SLA charity website; early booking advised.

George Watson's Rugby Stadium, Edinburgh

Sun 2 Nov

£6.50–£7.50 (Family £24–£26; under 2s free) / 0131 629 9112

The History of Fighting Fantasy and Adventure Gamebooks

Jonathan Green tells the story of how Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's The Warlock of Firetop Mountain did something truly magical – kick start a literary revolution as the first ever adventure game book. The author of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain also discusses how You Are The Hero, a history of Fighting Fantasy…

North London Tavern, NW6

Sun 2 Nov

£10 / 07941 962356

Part of Kilburn Literary Festival.

Jersey Boys

The electrifying true life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Bristol Hippodrome

Wed 27 May 2015

£18–£53.50 / 0844 847 2325

Thu 28 May 2015

£18–£53.50 / 0844 847 2325

Sat 30 May 2015

£20–£58.50 / 0844 847 2325

…and 4 more dates until 13 Jun 2015

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Wed 18 Feb 2015

£34.50–£56.50; £34.50–£56.50 concs available / 01702 351135

Thu 19 Feb 2015

£34.50–£56.50; £34.50–£56.50 concs available / 01702 351135

Sat 21 Feb 2015

£34.50–£56.50; £34.50–£56.50 concs available / 01702 351135

…and 2 more dates until 28 Feb 2015

The Edinburgh Playhouse

Thu 23 Oct

£18–£53.50 / 0844 871 3014

Sat 25 Oct

£20–£58.50 / 0844 871 3014

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Three Sisters

John Byrne (Tutti Frutti, The Slab Boys) present Chekhov's classic drama, documenting the decay of the privileged class in Russia and the search for meaning in the modern world.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 22 Oct

£16.50–£25 / 0131 529 6000

Sat 25 Oct

£16.50–£25 / 0131 529 6000

Waterstones Liverpool One

Tue 11 Nov

Free / 0151 709 9820

Botanic Lights

Follow a trail of light through the Botanic Garden and see it illuminated as you've never seen it before.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sat 1 Nov

£12.50 (Children £6; under 3s free) / 0844 573 8455

Sun 2 Nov

£12.50 (Children £6; under 3s free) / 0844 573 8455

Tue 4 Nov

£12.50 (Children £6; under 3s free) / 0844 573 8455

…and 17 more dates until 23 Nov

Jersey Boys

  • Directed by: Des McAnuff
  • Written by: Bob Crewe (lyrics)

Musical drama about the career of Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons.

Piccadilly Theatre, London W1D

Sat 25 Oct

£22.50–£90 / 0844 871 7627

Sun 26 Oct

£22.50–£90 / 0844 871 7627

Tue 28 Oct

£22.50–£90 / 0844 871 7627

…and 49 more dates until 15 Feb 2015

Albert Halls, Bolton

Sat 1 Nov

£12.50 / 01204 334400

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The Sooty Show

Sweep, Soo and Richard join the loveable bear to celebrate his birthday party – where things don't seem to be going to plan.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Thu 9 Apr 2015

£15–£30

Beck Theatre, Hayes

Mon 30 Mar 2015

£15 / 020 8561 8371

The Camberley Theatre

Sat 25 Oct

£12 (£10; £38) / 01276 707600

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Calorie Neutral Restaurant

Steam cooker supplier Miele and restaurant The Sisters join forces to host two sittings at Scotland's first calories-neutral restaurant. Free tickets are limited to two per person. To apply, email your name, the name of your plus one, your contact details and preferred sitting.

The Sisters Kelvingrove, Glasgow

Wed 22 Oct

Free / 0141 564 1157

Jung Chang – Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China

The internationally bestselling author of Wild Swans and Mao: The Unknown Story talks about her most recent book Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China, a biography of the woman who ruled 19th century China for 50 years.

Leeds University

Thu 13 Nov

Free / 0113 343 2778

London Sports Writing Festival 2014

Legendary sports personalities discuss their literary works, with readings and discussions by Roy Keane, Gareth Thomas, Trevor Brooking and many more.

Lord's Cricket Ground, London NW8

Thu 23 Oct

£10 Single Session; £35 Masterclass

Fri 24 Oct

£10 Single Session; £35 Masterclass

Sat 25 Oct

£10 Single Session; £35 Masterclass

Barnum

  • Directed by: Ian Townsend (musical director)
  • Written by: Mark Bramble (book)

A colourful musical celebrating the eccentric life of American showman Phineas T Barnum, best known for his elaborate pranks and for founding the popular Barnum & Bailey Circus. With Brian Conley in the title role, and Linzi Hateley as his wife, Chairy.

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Wed 26 Nov

£22–£48 / 01274 432000

  • 14:00 Barnum Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Thu 27 Nov

£22–£48 / 01274 432000

  • 14:00 Barnum Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Sat 29 Nov

£22–£48 / 01274 432000

  • 14:30 Barnum Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds

Wed 15 Apr 2015

£21.50–£46.50 / 0844 848 2700

  • 14:30 Barnum The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds

Thu 16 Apr 2015

£21.50–£46.50 / 0844 848 2700

  • 14:30 Barnum The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds

Sat 18 Apr 2015

£21.50–£46.50 / 0844 848 2700

  • 14:30 Barnum The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds
…and 2 more dates until 25 Apr 2015

His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

Wed 19 Nov

£21–£56 / 01224 641122

Thu 20 Nov

£21–£56 / 01224 641122

Sat 22 Nov

£21–£56 / 01224 641122

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Sixties Gold: 50th Anniversary Show

Stars of the most swingin' decade of them all perform their golden hits. Featuring Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Searchers, PJ Proby, The Fortunes and Brian Poole & Chip Hawkes.

The Grand Theatre & Opera House, Leeds

Sun 2 Nov

£28.50–£30.50 / 0844 848 2700

The Hawth, Crawley

Sat 29 Nov

£30.50 / 01293 553636

Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Sun 30 Nov

£30.50 / 01322 220000

Russian State Ballet: Swan Lake

  • Written by: Tchaikovsky

Tchaikovsky's magical score accompanies this tale of mystery and romance with spellbinding ballet dancing from the Russian State Ballet.

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Sat 21 Feb 2015

£32–£36.50 / 01256 844244

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Wed 28 Jan 2015

£16.50–£37.50 / 08441 717620

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

Sun 1 Mar 2015

£30.50–£37.50 / 01702 351135

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Drumchapel & West Winterfest Fireworks

Music and entertainment from Jemma Stevenson, Simply Rod, Nycki Simz and many more. Fireworks from 7pm.

Drumchapel Park, Glasgow

Wed 5 Nov

Free

Shrek The Musical

  • Written by: David Lindsay

Parker & Snell Company presents a show based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, this year's must-see show for all the family.

Gaiety Theatre, Douglas

Sat 25 Oct

£22 / 01624 694555

Sun 26 Oct

£22 / 01624 694555

Wed 29 Oct

£22 / 01624 694555

Sat 1 Nov

£22 / 01624 694555

Halloween Street Party

Hallloween party old town high street Hemel Hempstead on Sunday 26th October 2014.

The Old Town Hall Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead

Sun 26 Oct

Free / 01442 228 091

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Moseley Fireworks and Bonfire

Family fireworks evening with food stalls, licensed bar and live band. Bonfire lit at 6.30pm, fireworks at 7.30pm.

Moseley C of E Primary School, Birmingham

Sat 8 Nov

£6 (£3) / 0121 449 0441

A Play, a Pie and a Pint: Squash

Martin McCormick's play about bad boy Paul and his antics.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Wed 22 Oct

£12 / 0131 228 1404

Thu 23 Oct

£12 / 0131 228 1404

Fri 24 Oct

£12 / 0131 228 1404

Sat 25 Oct

£12 / 0131 228 1404

Our House

Musical comedy-drama set in London's Camden Town and featuring famous songs by the 1980s ska-pop band, Madness. Presented by the Allegro Musical Group.

Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 25 Oct

£10–£13 / 0131 447 7597

  • 14:30 Our House Church Hill Theatre, Edinburgh

Sparks in the Park

Moseley Round Table host a night of family fun with fireworks, fun fair, bar and food with all proceeds going to local community charities and organisations. Doors at 5pm, firework display at 7pm.

West Midlands Travel Sports and Social Club, Birmingham

Sat 1 Nov

£5 (Children £2; Family £10) / 0121 687 2465

Hopetoun Fireworks Display

A family event for Guy Fawkes' night featuring a spectacular fireworks display set to music on one of Scotland's most impressive country estates. The floodlit facade of this stately home provides a stunning backdrop for the pyrotechnics, plus entertainment including fire jugglers and a lively samba band. Fireworks display…

Hopetoun House, South Queensferry

Sat 1 Nov

£12 (Children £6; under 3s free) / 0131 331 2451

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