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Professor Brian Cox Live, Hexagon Theatre, Reading, Fri 7 & Sat 8 Oct


The man who made science sexy has embarked on his live tour, making highly complex ideas accessible to all in a brilliantly entertaining way. Expect a dazzling journey through space and time regardless of whether you’re a science geek or a complete novice. Tickets £32 to £42. Box Office: 0118 9606060 or book online.

Hexagon Theatre, Reading

Moscow Drug Club, Windsor Fringe Festival, Fri 7 Oct, 8pm


Combining original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leornard Cohen, Tom Waits and Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club are appearing as part of the Windsor Festival Fringe which comes to a close this weekend. Described as ‘knock out’ and ‘brilliantly rendered crowd pleasing tuneage’ they play a mix of 1930s Berlin Cabaret Jazz, Nuevo Tango and Gypsy Swing – belting! Tickets £11.

Windsor Baptist Church Hall, Victoria Street, Windsor.

Legally Blonde The Musical, South Hill Park, Bracknell, Weds 5-Sat 8 Oct, 7.45pm


I’ve never read the book or seen the film (shame on me!) but I know the basics, and the musical doesn’t stray far from the original – chronicling the journey of perky Elle Woods a fashion savvy, social girl who finds her life turned upside down when she is dumped by her boyfriend Warren. In an effort to prove to Warren that she is more than just some blonde social girl, she follows him to Harvard Law, where she struggles to fit in and do well. Ultimately, she defies expectations and manages to stay true to her delightfully pink personality. Performed by Starmaker Youth Theatre there are some great songs, lots of energy and fun and will have you smiling as you leave the theatre. Tickets £11-£19.50

Autumn Wine Tasting, Town Hall, Maidenhead, Sat 8 Oct, 1.30pm-5pm


Don’t forget Perfect Friday Wine (Maidenhead’s very own online/pop-up wine merchant Jo Randell) is giving you the chance to taste over 40 selected wines at her Autumn Wine Tasting. Plus, the venue is just a few minutes walk from the train station (Maidenhead Town Hall) so you can leave the car at home and get stuck in! *Ahem* I mean, you know, delicately quaff the odd glass. Tickets £12, redeemable against orders of 12+ bottles.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family, Norden Farm, Sat 8 Oct, 8pm


The debut one-man show from writer-performer and UK All-Star Poetry Slam champion, Ben Norris, is getting brilliant reviews. Hilarious and moving, the show is a poetic, multimedia, ramshackle road trip in which Ben battles Britain’s most notorious service stations and the perils of lower-league football in search of the man behind his father. Tickets from £12.



Royal Shakespeare Theatre Live Screening: King Lear, various venues, Wed 12 Oct


The RSC are bringing out the big guns for its new production of King Lear, with Antony Sher playing the title role. But fear not, if you can’t catch it in Stratford, it is being broadcast live around the country on 12 Oct. Click here for your nearest venue. And if you miss the screening, there’s still a chance to see it live in November when it transfers from Stratford to the Barbican in London (10 Nov – 23 Dec 2016).

Further afield

Hand Made at Kew, Thurs 6 – Sun 9 Oct


Finally, somewhere I can sell my crocheted tea cosies. Four days of global handcrafts awaits us at Kew Gardens with work bought directly from over 200 artists and makers in ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, metalwork, wood, sculpture and jewellery. The ticket price gives you access to whole of Kew gardens at this beautiful time of year.

Kew Gardens, Surrey,

Picasso Portraits, The National Portrait Gallery, 6 Oct – 5 Feb 2017


The big autumn show from The National Portrait Gallery takes a look at some of the lesser known works of PP, following his abstract use of portraiture through his career. A  no-brainer if you happen to be in central London.

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