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Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne's unmissable take on the most famous ballet in the classical canon. Prepare to laugh your socks off then cry your heart out.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Thu 24 Apr

£17–£43.50 / 0131 529 6000

ListLive

Bust out your best moves guys, cos The List is taking over the country with our tiptop monthly nights. ListLive showcases some of the very best up-and-coming and established musical talent from the city and beyond. Prepare yourself for a regular injection of multi-genred artists with a different theme each time.

The Monarch, London NW1

Thu 24 Apr

£5 / 020 7482 2054

This time 'round we've got power-pop band Peguinsrising, fuzz and punk outfit CuT and dreamy blues/electronic purveyors Fragile Souls playing for your ears' delight.

Dinosaur Zoo

Dinosaurs aren't extinct! They're just hiding out on the other side of the world. Erth's Dinosaur Zoo brings its Jurassic creations to Scotland with an opportunity for children to get right up close.

St David's Hall, Cardiff

Thu 24 Apr

£12.50; £15 danger seats; £10 schools & groups / 029 2087 8444

  • 11:00
  • 14:00

Aliens Love Underpants

  • Directed by: Adam Bampton-Smith
  • Written by: Adam Bampton-Smith

A close encounter of the 'pantastic' kind.

Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford

Thu 24 Apr

£12.50 / 01785 254653

  • 13:30
  • 15:30

The Forbidden Experiment

Enormous Yes present a piece exploring language deprivation and the forbidden acts that took place on the island of Inverleith by both King James IV of Scotland in 1493 and the British Army during WWII.

The Arches, Glasgow

Thu 24 Apr

£11 (£9) / 0141 565 1000

Part of Behaviour.

  • 19:30
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The Lion King

It's Hamlet … with lions! Julie Taymor's puppet-powered stage version of Disney's spectacular tale of a dead king and an errant son is a feast of exuberant theatre for the whole family, with show-stopping visual effects, gripping drama and plenty of laughs. The arrival of this touring production in Edinburgh makes…

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Thu 24 Apr

£32.50–£35 / 01274 432000

Lyceum Theatre, London WC2E

Thu 24 Apr

£25–£85 / 0844 871 3000

Mark Thomas: 100 Acts of Minor Dissent

  • 4 stars

The political heavyweight of the comedy world is renowned for causing mayhem in the quest for fairness and good. Tonight he talks about his many acts of dissent.

The Lowry, Salford

Thu 24 Apr

Quays Theatre

£18 / 08432 086000

  • 20:00

Dear Scotland

The National Theatre of Scotland gets its referendum on with this evening of 20 short, sharp monologues inspired by the gallery's portraits and written by writers such as AL Kennedy, David Greig, Jackie Kay, Janice Galloway, John Byrne and Louise Welsh.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

£15 (£10) / 0131 473 2000

RSA 188th Annual Exhibitions 2014: Focus on Film

The Royal Scottish Academy's 188th annual exhibition has a special focus in 2014 on artists whose work incorporates the moving image. Featured artists include Margaret Tait Award winners Stephen Sutcliffe and Rachel Maclean, as well as Margaret Tait herself and other artists whose work includes film, such as John Byrne…

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0131 225 6671

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Frank Skinner: Man In A Suit

Sharp satire and intelligent wit.

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Thu 24 Apr

£27.50 / 0121 345 0600

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Louise Bourgeois: A Woman Without Secrets

Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) was one of the great artists of the 20th century, who drew on her own private demons and made them into works of art. This major exhibition focuses on her sculptural work, including pieces such as Spiral Woman, Avenza and Cell (Eyes and Mirrors). It complements the Fruitmarket Gallery's…

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize

Work by photographers from around the world, with images from established professionals alongside that of students and gifted amateurs, including the competition winner, Spencer Murphy's portrait of jockey Katie Walsh.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 10:00 – 19:00

Alan Davies: Little Victories

Sharp and inventive wit from the QI regular, award-winning actor and former Jonathan Creek and Whites star.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Thu 24 Apr

£25

Invisible Empire

Ensemble physical theatre that blends movement, sound, text and song to explore what lies behind extreme acts of resistance. Inspired by real events such as the Gunpowder Plot and the Oklahoma City Bombing. Company of Wolves presents. Booking is essential.

Cumbernauld Theatre

Thu 24 Apr

£6–£12 / 01236 732887

  • 19:45

Rick Wakeman's Journey to the Centre of the Earth

The most affable man in prog celebrates the 40th anniversary of his solo concept opus based on the Jules Verne novel, for which he will be joined by the Jules Verne Symphony Orchestra, the English Rock Ensemble and lashings of state-of-the-art effects.

Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne

Thu 24 Apr

£40 / 0191 261 2606

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We Will Be Free! The Tolpuddle Martyrs Story

  • Directed by: Louise Townsend

A drama set in 1834 about the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

Hertford Theatre

Thu 24 Apr

£13 (£11) / 01992 531500

  • 19:45

The Nation // Live | Work, Union, Civil War, Faith, Roots

A major new exhibition created through five community outreach projects, investigating the impact of themes that define the national narrative. Groups in Clydebank, Inverness, Dumfriesshire and Skye took part and among participating artists are Drew Wright and Daniel Warren.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 10:00 – 19:00

Rebecca Gouldson: The Industrial Shift

Etched metal works influenced by historic industrial processes.

Edinburgh Printmakers

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0131 557 2479

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Singin' in the Rain

Jonathan Church's production of the all-singing, all-dancing 1940s romp.

Liverpool Empire Theatre

Thu 24 Apr

£10–£45 / 0870 606 3536

Gabriel Kuri: All probability resolves into form

New work from the Mexican-born artist.

The Common Guild, Glasgow

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0141 428 3022

  • 12:00 – 19:00
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Alex Frost: Reproduction

New work addressing themes of multiplicity, uniqueness and reproduction.

Glasgow Print Studio

Thu 24 Apr

0141 552 0704

  • 10:00 – 17:30

BodyWorks

An exhibition all about how your body works, with the chance to perform a virtual autopsy, run in a giant hamster wheel and become a 'snot ninja' (lovely). Compare your physiological stats with other visitors and find out about all the latest scientific research into your very own body.

Glasgow Science Centre

Thu 24 Apr

Included in admission / 0141 420 5000

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Craig Campbell: Thrilling Mic Hunt

Enthusiastic storytelling and sharp wit from the Canadian stand-up.

Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham

Thu 24 Apr

£15 / 01329 223100

The Scottish Colourists Series: JD Fergusson

John Duncan Fergusson was the most ebullient of the Scottish Colourists. He was the one most eager to absorb developments in French art, and his lifelong interest in the human form helped rekindle his artistic career when the dancer and choreographer Margaret Morris became his partner; she and her dance schools inspired…

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

£7 (£5) / 0131 624 6200

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Tania Kovats: Oceans

A major exhibition in preparation since 2012, featuring previous work by Kovats as well as a major new work, All the Seas, which consists of bottled samples of water from all the seas of the world, collected by volunteers across the planet and sent to the gallery – check her website to see if there's a sea near you which…

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

Thu 24 Apr

Free / 0131 225 2383

  • 11:00 – 18:00