THEATRE: The Mousetrap, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Mon 24 – Sat 29 Feb
Eight suspects, one killer. Agatha Christie’s murder mystery and longest-running show hits the Ocean city, starring Susan Penhaligon of Bouquet of Barbed Wire and A Fine Romance.
BRIDAL: Pier House Wedding Fayre, Westward Ho!, Mon 24 Feb
Need some wedding inspo? Spend the evening checking out the local bridal action with a complimentary canapé in hand.
THEATRE: The Three Musketeers – Le Navet Bete, Princess Theatre, Torquay, Weds 26 Feb
A comedy condensed version of the 700-page Dumas classic, with BMX bikes in place of trusty steeds and baguettes for swords. Good reviews from The Stage and The Guardian.
TALK: From Art to Zoology: A Story of Evolution, Quince Honey Farm, South Molton, Weds 26 Feb
Inspirational talk by Katrina Van Grouw, author of The Unfeathered Bird and Unnatural Selection, on the evolution of birds. She comes recommended as being both funny and inhabiting that unusual no-man’s land between science and art, so likely to be good at explaining tricky evolutionary subjects.
THEATRE: Night of the Living Dead – Remix, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Tues 25 – Weds 26 Feb
Interesting fact – this iconic 1960s film is widely regarded as a metaphor for the social problems that gripped Vietnam-era America (no, me neither). This remake sees seven performers do a mini-me stage version, armed with cameras, props and costumes to recreate the film shot-for-shot before your eyes.
ART COURSE: Frost and Fire: Experimental Landscape Painting, Dartington, Totnes, Weds 26 to Sat 29 Feb
Get arty and learn how to apply contemporary painting techniques using acrylic and water based oil paints on this four-day course hosted by award-winning artist Anthony Garratt, in the lovely surrounding of Dartington. Suitable for beginners and those with more experience.
THEATRE: Amsterdam, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Thurs 27 – Sat 14 Mar
The UK premiere from the Actors Touring Company, by prize-winning playwright Maya Arad Yasur – one which acts questions of our collective history and how our past influences our present, and how we treat each other.
EAT OUT: Supper Club, Cafe 3 Sixty, Bovey Tracy, 7pm, Sat 28 Feb
Not been to Bovey’s super-cool new velo cafe yet? Now’s your chance to join them – on yer bike or not – for a friendly shared dining experience with generous platters of home-made good. Three courses for £27.
MUSIC: Beyond the Barricade, Princess Theatre, Torquay, Fri 28 Feb
‘I dreamed a dream’ of the best-loved songs of Les Misérables coming to Devon and it came true – courtesy of the Musical Theatre Concert Tour who have spent 21 Years touring the UK and featuring past-principal performers from the hit West End and Broadway show.
THEATRE: Nathan and Ida’s Hot Dog Stand, Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, Fri 28 Feb
A feast of physical comedy served with generous helpings of clowning, mime, dance and a pinch of puppetry (with hints of the classic cartoons), this fast-paced, two-hander evokes tantalising tastes of a glorious bygone era: silent movies, carnival rides and sepia-toned postcards. A multitude of characters tell a story of love, resilience and hot dogs.
MUSICAL: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Sat 29 Feb
You name it, they’ll sing it – this spontaneous musical comedy is Edinburgh Fringe acclaimed direct from the West End, whether you fancy Hamilton in a hospital or Sondheim in the Sahara.
ANTIQUES: Antiques and Collectibles Fair, RHS Rosemoor, Torrington, Sat 29 Feb – Sun Mar 1
Well-chosen collectibles and antiques within the always delightful setting of RHS Rosemoor (and it’s indoors so is mercifully weather-proofed.)
COMEDY: Milton Jones: Milton Impossible, Plymouth Pavilions, Sat 29 Feb
Milton’s silly, super-speedy one-liners are a joy. Here he is on a mission to reveal the truth about being an international spy, before being given a disappointing new identity which forced him to appear on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo. But this is also a love story with the twist, or at least a really bad sprain.
COMEDY: Ardal O’Hanlon, The Show Must Go On, Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple. Sun 1 Mar
From Father Ted to Death in Paradise, Ardal O’Hanlon has been showing off and making us chuckle for years and the good news is he’s coming to Devon to do it again.
WEDDINGS: Powderham Wedding Fair, Powderham Castle, Kenton near Exeter, Sun 1 Mar
Glorious wedding options in a delightful setting: a good place to start planning any upcoming nuptials.