this May

THEATRE

The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works of William Shakespeare at the Tacchi-Morris in Taunton on Saturday, June 20

If thou findest the Bard just a bit too heavy for thou....then fearest not. The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents the hilarious Complete Works of William Shakespeare at the Tacchi-Morris in Taunton An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine years in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre.

Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a threeman comedy troupe that takes long, serious subjects and reduces them to short, sharp comedies.

Since 1981, ‘The Bad Boys of Abridgement’ have created eight stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots and numerous radio pieces – all of which have been performed, seen, heard and translated into Klingon the world over.

Warning! This show is a high-speed roller-coaster type condensation of all of Shakespeare’s plays, and is not recommended for people with heart ailments, bladder problems, inner-ear disorders, outer-ear disorders, Shakespearean scholars, degrees in Elizabethan history and/or people inclined to motion sickness. The RSC cannot be held responsible for expectant mothers.

For tickets, phone the Box Office on 01823-414141.

EVENT

Hestercombe Wedding Open Day at Hestercombe, Cheddon Fitzpaine on Sunday, May 10, 11am to 4pm.

Hestercombe is the picture-perfect setting for a wedding – visit the venue on Sunday, May 10 and find out why.

See the venue spaces dressed for a wedding, explore the picturesque gardens, meet wedding suppliers and enjoy complimentary drinks and canapés as you chat to their in-house wedding team.

Plus, take advantage of exclusive offers available on the day. Free to attend.

EXHIBITION

A Personal Passion: The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art at Hestercombe Gallery, Cheddon Fitzpaine from April 25 to July 5, 2015, open daily from 11am to 5pm

The latest Hestercombe Gallery exhibition focuses on the personal passions of art collector Chris Ingram, and showcases important works from the 20th Century to the present day. More recent contemporary works by artists such as Peter Howson, Ken Currie, Ray Richardson and Suki Chan juxtaposes Modern British luminaries such as Dame Elisabeth Frink, Carel Weight, Lynn Chadwick, Kenneth Armitage and Frank Auerbach.

The exhibition features sculpture, works on canvas and paper as well as film.

MUSIC

Richard Durrant – Bach on a Bicycle (Cycling Music Lap 2) from May 1 to July 3, 2015

After last year’s successful, 1,500 mile, 36 concert, Cycling Music tour, the UK’s busiest, most entertaining, virtuoso guitarist, Richard Durrant, is back in the saddle. This year the route is even more challenging as Richard leaves Sussex and heads for the Isle of Skye (via Somerset) playing concerts in theatres, arts centres, halls, churches, schools and bicycle workshops along the way.

Richard will pedal up to 100 miles between gigs carrying his show equipment on his bicycle and trailer.

After each ride his work begins in earnest with a show featuring Bach’s Chaconne and his own Cycling Music for guitar, sequencers and pre-recorded bicycles, complete with spectacular projected animations.

The fitter than usual guitarist will also be carrying his ukulele to perform more works by Bach.

A donation from each show will be made to the Cycling Defence Fund (CDF). CDF is a charity which protects cyclists by defending their rights. It provides information and advice about all aspects of cycling in the UK and helps cyclists access legal assistance.

OPERA

Opera Brava at Crowcombe Court, Friday, June 19 to Saturday, June 20

Opera Brava return for the third year to Crowcombe Court staging performances of Rigoletto and Carmen on Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20.

The gates open at 6pm for you to picnic in the grounds and the performances begin at 7.30pm. Tickets are £25 for adults and £10 for children age five to 16. (Adult tickets are £30 from June 1.) Tickets are limited to 500 per performance. There are also limited opportunities to join the “Inner Circle” and enjoy the opera with full hospitality and drinks packages. Three tables of ten are available each night.

For more information, phone 01984-618752, e-mail info@crowcombecourt.co.uk or go to www.crowcombecourt.co.uk