April

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ECA Third Year Show: Low Risk Occupiers

Third year Edinburgh College of Art students showcase their work.

St Margaret's House, Edinburgh

Wed 29 Apr

Free / 0131 661 1924

Thu 30 Apr

Free / 0131 661 1924

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

  • Directed by: Steven Hoggett
  • Written by: Simon Stephens (adapt)

Simon Stephens's adaptation of the darkly humorous book by Mark Haddon presented by National Theatre.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Wed 29 Apr

Over-11s only

£17–£33 / 0131 529 6000

Thu 30 Apr

Over-11s only

£17–£33 / 0131 529 6000

Gielgud Theatre, London W1D

Wed 29 Apr

£17.50–£155 / 0844 482 5130

The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time

Thu 30 Apr

£17.50–£155 / 0844 482 5130

The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-Time

Shafted!

A new comedy by renowned playwright John Godber.

East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Tue 28 Apr

£14

  • 19:30 – 22:00 Shafted! East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Wed 29 Apr

£14

  • 19:30 – 22:00 Shafted! East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Thu 30 Apr

£14

  • 19:30 – 22:00 Shafted! East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Tradfest

A festival inspired by the traditional arts of Scotland. Expect music, song, story, dance and craft to coincide with the seasonal rites of Beltane and May Day given a contemporary spin. The 2015 line-up features Malinky, The Tannahill Weavers, Nuala Kennedy, Southern Tenant Folk Union, Rozi Plain, The Shee, Dean Owens…

Various venues: Edinburgh

Wed 29 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

Thu 30 Apr

Times & prices vary / 0131 556 9579

52 Shades of Maggie

The sequel to 51 Shades of Maggie follows Maggie Muff and her pal Sally-Ann as they try to organise a party in the pub. Will things go as planned? What do you think?

Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Wed 29 Apr

£22.50–£25 / 0141 332 1846

Thu 30 Apr

£22.50–£25 / 0141 332 1846

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Dirty Dusting

Three senior cleaning ladies embark on a brand new business venture together – a telephone sex line.

Lichfield Garrick

Thu 30 Apr

£20 / 01543 412121

Nick Cave

He's calling it a solo tour but the brooding singer is accompanied by a backing band of current and former Bad Seed members.

Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Thu 30 Apr

£45 / 0115 989 5555

The Sage Gateshead

Wed 29 Apr

£45–£65 / 0191 443 4661

Beltane Fire Festival

A modern interpretation of the ancient fertility festival of Beltane in the spectacular setting of Calton Hill. Beltane Fire Society performs the story of the death of winter and the birth of summer via dance, drumming, debauched acrobatics, giant-puppetry and fire.

Calton Hill, Edinburgh

Thu 30 Apr

£8–£11

The Vote

  • Directed by: Josie Rourke
  • Written by: James Graham

A collaborative drama from James Graham and Josie Rourke, about the process of voting during a national election. The play is due to be broadcast live on television during the final ninety minutes of the General Election, in May 2015.

Donmar Warehouse, London WC2H

Wed 29 Apr

Tickets available by a ballot / 0844 871 7624

  • 19:30 The Vote Donmar Warehouse, London

Thu 30 Apr

Tickets available by a ballot / 0844 871 7624

  • 19:30 The Vote Donmar Warehouse, London

Dear Lupin

  • Written by: Michael Simkins

This stage adaptation by best-selling author Michael Simkins is based on Roger Mortimer's often hilarious, sometimes touching, always generous letters to his son, Charlie, packed with crisp anecdotes and sharp observations. Starring James Fox.

Theatre Royal, Norwich

Wed 29 Apr

£8–£27 / 01603 630000

Thu 30 Apr

£8–£27 / 01603 630000

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The Ancient Secret Of Youth & The Five Tibetans

  • Directed by: David Thacker
  • Written by: Jim Cartwright

The world premiere of Jim Cartwright's mystical comedy-drama about three old friends who discover a book containing powerful rejuvenating rituals. Directed by David Thacker, and starring Lauren Drummond, Tom Mannion, Eric Potts, Matt Tait and Denish Welch.

The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Thu 30 Apr

£10–£26.50 / 01204 520661

Extreme Stunt Show Air Battle

An exciting stunt show where the Extreme Team take to the air to battle it out with performers defying gravity to perform stunts.

Newark Showground

Wed 29 Apr

£6–£12 / 01636 702326

The Suffolk Showground, Ipswich

Thu 30 Apr

£6–£12 / 01702 549622

That'll Be the Day

Step back in time with a brand new edition of the popular touring show, and hear rock'n'roll hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Baths Hall, Scunthorpe

Thu 30 Apr

£24.50 / 0844 854 2776

Grand Opera House, York

Wed 29 Apr

£20–£24

Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

Tue 28 Apr

Times to be confirmed / £22.58–£27.41 / 0844 576 3000

Wed 29 Apr

Times to be confirmed / £22.58–£27.41 / 0844 576 3000

Thu 30 Apr

Times to be confirmed / £22.58–£27.41 / 0844 576 3000

All the Young Nudes – Life Drawing Club

A relaxed life drawing club with music and a bar to aid the flow of inspiration.

Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

Tue 28 Apr

£5 / 0131 247 4704

The Flying Duck, Glasgow

Tue 28 Apr

£5 / 0141 564 1450

Redd Function Suite, Dundee

Tue 28 Apr

£5

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'.

Victoria Theatre, Halifax

Wed 29 Apr

£15–£29.10 / 01422 351158

Thu 30 Apr

£15–£29.10 / 01422 351158

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Pasha Kovalev: Life Through Dance

  • Directed by: Pasha Kovalev

The Strictly Come Dancing professional performs his brand of ballroom and Latin.

Thameside Theatre, Grays

Wed 29 Apr

£27.50 / 0845 300 5264

Winter Gardens, Margate

Thu 30 Apr

prices vary / 01843 292795

Shrek the Musical

  • Directed by: Nigel Harman
  • Written by: David Lindsay-Abaire (lyrics)

Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, Shrek the Musical comes direct from London, where it was seen live on stage by nearly a million people. This production is directed by Nigel Harman, who starred as Lord Farquaad in the West End show and won the 2012 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a…

King's Theatre, Glasgow

Wed 29 Apr

£15–£54.50 / 0844 871 7648

Thu 30 Apr

£15–£54.50 / 0844 871 7648

Kingdom of Fife Real Ale and Cider Festival

A chance to sample over 30 real ales from around the country, as well as wines, ciders, perrys and continental beers. There is live music on offer each night and all guests receive a commemorative beer glass and programme with detailed tasting notes.

Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

Thu 30 Apr

£5; £4 CAMRA members / 01592 611101

Stick Man

  • Directed by: Sally Cookson
  • Written by: Benji Bower (music)

Scamp Theatre bring Julia Donaldson’s popular picture book to life in this engaging family show.

Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

Wed 29 Apr

£6 per pupil / 0161 912 5616

Thu 30 Apr

£6 per pupil / 0161 912 5616

Evita

A theatrical performance.

Riverside Theatre, University Of Ulster, Coleraine

Wed 29 Apr

£14; £13; £18; £16.50 / 028 7032 3232

  • 20:00 Evita Riverside Theatre, University Of Ulster, Coleraine

Thu 30 Apr

£14; £13; £18; £16.50 / 028 7032 3232

  • 20:00 Evita Riverside Theatre, University Of Ulster, Coleraine
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The Netherlands National Circus

An award-winning circus spectacular blending together aerial feats, acrobatics, comedy, dance and theatre.

Wanstead Flats, London E7

Tue 28 Apr

£7–£26

Wed 29 Apr

£7–£26

Thu 30 Apr

£7–£26

The Addams Family

Hamilton District Youth Theatre present the magnificently macabre new musical comedy, The Addams Family.

The Town House, Hamilton

Thu 30 Apr

£10 (£9) / 01698 452299

The Graduettes

Live sitcom focusing on the lives of three girls who graduate and then realise that life is not exactly what Sex and the City promised them

Lansdowne Church (Websters Theatre), Glasgow

Tue 28 Apr

£9 (£8) / 0141 337 2311

Wed 29 Apr

£9 (£8) / 0141 337 2311

Thu 30 Apr

£9 (£8) / 0141 337 2311

Ross Sutherland: Standby For Tape Backup

In this one-man show, Ross Sutherland takes one of his granddad’s old videotapes and remixes it to create an audiovisual poem.

Shoreditch Town Hall, London EC1V

Wed 29 Apr

Council Chamber

£12.50 / 020 7739 6176

Thu 30 Apr

Council Chamber

£12.50 / 020 7739 6176

Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted

Lee Nelson, the creation of comedian Simon Brodkin, is the chavvy catch-phrase monger whose Well Good Show has become a BBC3 hit. Now the South London geeza takes his banter to the live stage where it all works best. Brodkin has appeared as Nelson in a host of TV programmes including Al Murray's sketch show Al Murray's…

Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Wed 29 Apr

£21 / 01604 624 811

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Thu 30 Apr

£20 / 02476 524524

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