THEATRE: The Cat and the Canary, Queens Theatre, Barnstaple, Mon 10 – Sat 15 Feb
The classic 1922 whodunnit by John Willard takes place in a country house where the descendants of Mr West gather to find out who gets their hands on the inheritance, but get a load of spookily macabre goings-on instead. From The Classic Thriller Company and featuring a lotta well-known TV faces, including Brit Ekland.
CHILDREN’S THEATRE: Dino-Saw, The Soapbox Children’s Theatre, Plymouth, Weds 12 – Sat 15 Feb
Join baby Dino on an adventure and meet dinosaurs big and small. An immersive theatre show for under 8’s (under 1 years go free) by Stiltskin Theatre Company at their award-winning children’s theatre.
THEATRE: RSC Shakespeare Season, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Weds 12 – Sat 22 Feb
The Royal Shakespeare Company returns to Plymouth with three plays from the Bard, kicking off with a #metoo telling of Measure for Measure (12-22 Feb) directed by RSC artistic director Gregory Doran, followed by an imaginative new take on romantic comedy As You Like It (13-20 Feb) directed by Kimberly Sykes, concluding with The Taming of the Shrew (18-22 Feb) which promises a fresh portrayal of the battle of the sexes.
COMEDY: Laugh out Loud Comedy Night, Honky Tonk Wine Library, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, Thurs 13 Feb
Quaff from Honky Tonk’s curated range of fabulous wines while being entertained by compere Tom Glover and headliner Paul McCaffrey, as seen on Live at the Apollo, Impractical Jokers, and Russell Howards Good News to name but a few.
MUSIC: Fairport Convention, Corn Exchange, Exeter, Thurs 13 Feb
The folk troupe’s winter tour promises a mix of old and new, including a fair few Fairport favourites, plus plenty from their album Full House, released 50 years ago.
STAY: Valentines Break at Broomhill Art Hotel, Muddiford, Barnstaple, Fri 14 Feb
Looking for a Valentine’s stay for an art lover? Book in quick at North Devon’s quirky art hotel, surrounded by 12 leafy acres of sculpture gardens and covetable objet d’art. I reviewed their Terra Madre restaurant back in the autumn and the food is amaazing.
MUSIC: Seth Lakeman, A Pilgrim’s Tale, Flavel Arts, Dartmouth, Fri 14 Feb
The Dartmoor singer/song-writer on tour in the towns and cities of the Pilgrim Fathers, telling the soulful tale of their epic journey from his timely new album, A Pilgrim’s Tale.
HOME: The Big Fix, various venues around Devon, Sat 15 Feb
Tired of waiting for him indoors to fix the toaster? Here’s your chance to make do and mend, with a host of Repair Cafes popping up around the region.
THEATRE: Bang Bang!, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Thurs 6 – Sat 15 Feb
John Cleese makes his stage-writing debut with his adaptation of this classic comedy, a blend of French farce and Fawlty Towers, starring Tony Gardener (My Parents are Aliens) and Tessa Peake-Jones from Only Fools and Horses.
THEATRE: Boar, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, Exeter, Sat 15 Feb
A one-man fantasy adventure tale with over 40 characters. Prepare for arrows to roll and heads to fly in this action-packed comedy of swords, sorcery and swill.
COMEDY: Dom Joly’s Holiday Snaps, The Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, Sun 16 Feb
The Trigger Happy TV funny guy on his serial globe-trotting. Not your standard destinations either, with North Korea to Chernobyl among his unusual holiday snaps.
DANCE: Dance to the Music, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Sun 16 Feb
Directed and choreographed by Strictly’s Kristina Rihanoff, and hosted by X-Factor heartthrob Jake Quickenden, prepare yourself for a foot-stomping romp through the evolution of dance, taking in the Roaring Twenties Charleston, to modern day ballroom and tap.
COMEDY: Jayde Adams: The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Sun 16 Feb
Well-reviewed by the Guardian and Evening Standard, the Bristol comedienne and star of the BBC’s upcoming TV show Good Omens ponders what it is to be a successful woman in 2020 and casts some amusing shade on fashionable feminism, pop-star style.
MUSIC: Devon Baroque 20th Birthday Concert, Dartington Hall, Sun 16 Feb
An afternoon of baroque in Dartington’s stunning Great Hall, featuring music from Vivaldi, Handel and Bach. Concessions for under 18’s and students.
EAT OUT: Kids Eat Free at The White Hart, Dartington Estate, Totnes, until 29 Feb
Yup, that’s right – every Mon-Sat, 12-3pm each day, the littlies can enjoy a free kids’ meal with every adult main. Loads to choose from, including crowd-pleasers like burgers and fish and chips. No minimum number of adults required. Wanna know more before you book? Check out my Muddy review here.
EAT OUT: Exmoor Food Fest, venues around the region, Sat 1 – Sat 29 Feb
Fancy scoffing and quaffing at some of Exmoor’s finest restaurants, including Michelin-starred venues like Thomas Carr @ The Olive Room, for as little as £10? Er, yes!
FILM: Banff Mountain Film Festival, Corn Exchange, Exeter, Fri 7 Feb – Mar 26
A brand-new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. Perfect for adrenaline-fuelled snow-seekers without having to leave your comfy seat.