The White Devil at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Straford-upon-Avon is on until November 29

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

2:23pm Thursday 28th August 2014

DIRECTOR Maria Aberg has taken on John Webster’s revenge tragedy The White Devil with a vengeance. (Royal Shakespeare Company, Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon) Just like The Two Gentlemen of Verona next door in the main theatre, the setting is contemporary Italy, but Aberg creates a selfish, decandent and cruel society. Webster’s play was shocking in its day with eight murders resulting from Vittoria and Bracciano’s adultery, but Aberg enables us to empathise with all of the characters, even if their behaviour is outrageous, which makes it all the more disturbing.

Didmarton Bluegrass festival takes place from August 29-31 at Kemble Airfield Park near Cirencester

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

2:19pm Thursday 28th August 2014

MUSIC lovers are in for a treat this month as one of UK’s premier bluegrass, old time and Americana music events takes place in Gloucestershire from August 29-31.

Shane Filan's You and Me Tour stops off at Cheltenham Town Hall on November 16

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

2:10pm Thursday 28th August 2014

SHANE Filan was just a teenager when the mighty Westlife formed in 1998.
And in 2012, after 14 UK number 
one singles, 12 massive albums and numerous tours, the band decided to call it a day.

Local author Graham Jones writes second instalment of Time Travelling Toby series for young children

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

2:05pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A LOCAL author is giving children the exciting chance to set sail alongside Admiral Nelson in his latest book, Time Travelling Toby and the Battle of Trafalgar.

The Keith Thompson Band return to Cirencester's Brewery Blues on September 12

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

2:02pm Thursday 28th August 2014

AFTER a well-earned break Cirencester’s Brewery Blues is back on September 12 with The Keith Thompson Band launching their new album Catch the Fire.

Gloucester Cathedral set for Crucible 2 sculpture exhibition which opens September 1

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

12:55pm Thursday 21st August 2014

SCULPTURES are being set up at Gloucester Cathedral this month in preparation for the Crucible2 exhibition which opens on September 1 – 100 pieces, created by 61 artists, placed in and around the medieval building and its grounds.

John Challis, best known as Boycie in Only Fools and Horses, plays Cotswold Playhouse

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

12:52pm Thursday 21st August 2014

ENJOY an evening with Only Fools And Horses actor John Challis on September 6 at 7.30pm at the Cotswold Playhouse, Parliament Street in Stroud.

Pam Ayres brings her latest show to Cheltenham's Everyman on September 14/15

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

12:48pm Thursday 21st August 2014

PAM Ayres brings her latest show to Cheltenham’s Everyman, following the recent publication of her new book of poetry, You Made Me Late Again!

Festival of Transport at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock Sunday/Monday, August 24/25

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

12:45pm Thursday 21st August 2014

THE Blenheim Palace Festival of Transport is gearing up, preparing the glorious grounds and getting set for the eighth annual weekend celebration of vehicles.

The Corinium Players Guitar Ensemble will play Cirencester Parish Church on September 13

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

12:42pm Thursday 21st August 2014

CIRENCESTER Parish Church will be filled with music on Saturday, September 13, at 7.30pm.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre until September 4

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

12:15pm Friday 15th August 2014

The Two Gentlemen of Verona Royal Shakespeare Company Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon Box Office 0844 800 1110 We attempt to take our seats, but are immediately whisked off onto the stage, which is set as a contemporary Italian piazza. A street vendor gives us ice cream and we feel privileged to stand amongst the young cast, many of them new to the RSC. Then on with debutant director Simon Godwin’s refreshing take on this rarely performed play (after we have been directed to our seats).

An opportunity for famlies and serious cyclists to cycle round the parkland of Blenheim Palace in Woodstock

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

12:06pm Friday 15th August 2014

FAMILIES and serious cyclists alike are invited to enjoy a once-a-year opportunity on August 17 to cycle around the picturesque parkland of Blenheim Palace – a World Heritage site.

Meet Rex and other dinosaurs in Cheltenham's Wilson Gallery from August 24

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

12:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

FROM August 24 two floors of The Wilson, Cheltenham’s art gallery and museum in Clarence Street, will be taken over by huge dinosaurs from the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic periods. The Meet Rex and Other Dinosaurs exhibition will run until  September 28 and is a family-friendly show perfect for budding palaeontologists – and their parents.

Swinging Sixties weekend of cars, music, fashion and games

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

11:54am Friday 15th August 2014

ON AUGUST 16 and 17 the Cotswold Motoring Museum is celebrating all things sixties with a family-friendly swinging sixties weekend of cars, music, fashion and games to coincide with its Glad All Over: Remembering 1964 exhibition.

Saul Waterways Pageant will be held over the Bank Holiday weekend

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

11:48am Friday 15th August 2014

SAUL Waterways Pageant will be held over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday to Monday, August 23 to 25 at the junction of the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal and Stroudwater Navigation.

Gloucestershire Steam and Vintage Extravaganza, August 1-3, at South Cerney Airfield

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

12:13pm Thursday 31st July 2014

THE Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza, are pleased to announce that the Raging Bull Aerobatic display will stun the crowds at the show on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August. The show which takes place at South Cerney Airfield, Cirencester from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd August 2014, organisied by local volunteers to raise money for local and national charities. The show has grown dramatically in recent years and is now widely regarded as one of the biggest and best Steam, Vintage and Countryside events in the UK. Attracting thousands of exhibits from all corners of the British Isles, as well as some from further afield - it really is a nostalgic road trip into bygone years.

Cirencester students perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

12:10pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A GROUP of seven Cirencester College Performing Arts and A-level drama students are looking forward to making their stage debut at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe to perform Scandimania: Gods of Ice and Fire.

Ex Standard reporter, Alex Love, to perform at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

12:05pm Thursday 31st July 2014

EDINBURGH Festival Fringe starts this week with performers coming from all over the world – including an ex-reporter from the Cotswolds.

The Big Feastival hosted by Jamie Oliver and Alex James takes place August 29-31 near Kingham

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

12:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Jamie Oliver and Alex James present The Big Feastival, a unique weekend celebration of music, food and fun for all the family, set on Alex’s idyllic Cotswolds farm near Kingham.

Ten outstanding concerts at Guiting Power Festival starts July 25

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:27am Friday 25th July 2014

THE GUITING FESTIVAL 2014 Friday 25th July until Sunday 3rd August inclusive The 44th music festival in Guiting Power promises to deliver ten outstanding concerts, featuring world-renowned musicians, to bring an exceptional programme to the heart of the Cotswolds.

Two operas at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester this weekend

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:22am Friday 25th July 2014

THE picturesque grounds of the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester will play host to two outstanding operas this summer.

Riverdance 20th anniversary tour comes to Bristol Hippodrome

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:11am Friday 25th July 2014

THE Riverdance 20th Anniversary Tour will visit 16 venues across the UK from September and stops off at Bristol Hippodrome from Tuesday, September 30, to Sunday, October 5.

Brandywine Theatre Company perform four plays at the Barn Theatre in August

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:07am Friday 25th July 2014

THE Brandywine Theatre Company will be performing four plays next month at The Barn Theatre in Beeches Road, Cirencester.

Re-enactors return the Golden Age of Roman Britain to Chedworth Roman Villa July 26/27

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:04am Friday 25th July 2014

Re-enactors return the Golden Age of Roman Britain to Chedworth Roman Villa Legio II Augusta re-enactors and National Trust costumed interpreters re-create a weekend of Roman life at Chedworth Roman Villa.

Collection of vibrant lithographs by Henri Matisse at Wetpaint Gallery in Cirencester until August 23

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

9:59am Friday 25th July 2014

AN EXCITING collection of vibrant lithographs by one of the most famous, versatile and influential artists of the 20th Century is currently on show at Wetpaint Gallery in Cirencester until August 23.

Family fun at Blenheim Palace this summer

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

9:54am Friday 25th July 2014

BLENHEIM palace has a packed summer holiday events calendar, with everything you need to entertain all the family throughout the summer. From July 26 to August 31, daily events and activities will be taking place throughout the grounds.

Beautiful gardens open for the National Gardens Scheme on July 13

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:37am Friday 11th July 2014

Gardens open for the National Gardens Scheme

Cirencester open gardens event on July 13, gardens open in two areas of the town

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:31am Friday 11th July 2014

THE Cirencester Open Garden events continue on Sunday, July 13, 2-5pm, with gardens open in two different areas of the town – the old and the new.

Classic novel Oliver Twist by Jenny Wren Productions to be performed at an open air venue near you

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:25am Friday 11th July 2014

OLIVER Twist, Dickens’ classic tale of poverty and pick-pocketing, privilege and prosperity is given the Jenny Wren treatment, as a small but perfectly formed cast unravel the secrets of Oliver’s past, portraying all the colourful characters he meets on his perilous path. Expect laughter and tears, surprises and fears; but not Lionel Bart’s musical – they can’t sing!

Canadian band The Stanfields to play The Prince Albert in Stroud on July 22

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:20am Friday 11th July 2014

THE Canadian band The Stanfields return to the UK this month for a string of live dates that includes an acoustic session at The Prince Albert, Rodborough Hill, Stroud on Tuesday, July 22, at 8-11pm.

Guiting Power Music Festival takes place from July 25 until August 3

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:18am Friday 11th July 2014

THE 44th Guiting Festival in Guiting Power takes place from Friday, July 25 until Sunday, August 3 and promises to deliver ten outstanding concerts, featuring world-renowned musicians, to bring an exceptional programme to the heart of the Cotswolds.

Will Harvey's War based on wartime experiences of Gloucestershire Laureate on at Cheltenham's Everyman

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:14am Friday 11th July 2014

IT’S a rare treat for actors to meet the people or descendants of the characters they are playing. But that’s what happened to 12-year-old Benjamin Crossley last week when he met the daughter and granddaughter of local First World War poet and writer, F W Harvey.

Opera Brava to perform Tosca and Rigoletto at Cirencester's Royal Agricultural University this month

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

10:08am Friday 11th July 2014

THE picturesque grounds of the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester will play host to two outstanding operas this summer.

Le Page Ensemble to play hits at classical music concert in Lansdown Hall, Stroud

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

2:32pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

THE Le Page Ensemble’s upcoming concert Into Our Dreams in Stroud will include Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet in A minor, the slow movement from Franz Schubert’s String Quartet in D minor, Death and the Maiden, Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel, as well as music by Bela Bartok, Felix Mendelssohn and Philip Glass.

Exhibition, The Feathered Aviator, at New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, commemorates the start of the First World War

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

2:25pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

THIS summer the gallery at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester will be transformed with an evocative, engaging and inspirational installation commemorating the start of the First World War.

Singin' In The Rain will play the Bristol Hippodrome from July 22 to August 9

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

2:20pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

SINGIN’ in the Rain will play The Bristol Hippodrome from Tuesday, July 22 to Saturday, August 9.

Mumbo Jumbo headline at Brewery Blues, Cirencester, on Friday, July 11

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

2:18pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

NO TWO Brewery Blues shows are ever the same. They draw from a large jamboree bag of talent that not only includes local artists, but those clamouring to perform UK wide and as far afield as Ireland, USA, Holland, Germany and France.

The Merchant of Venice by Rain or Shine Theatre Company at Poulton House Gardens on July 19

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard:

2:12pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

THE Rain or Shine Theatre Company present The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare at Poulton House Gardens in Poulton on Saturday, July 19 at 8pm.

The third Cirencester Open Gardens Event is being held in Chesterton on Sunday, June 29

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Marion Stephenson of 9 Chesterton Park, preparing for her garden opening.

12:10pm Thursday 26th June 2014

THE third Cirencester Open Gardens event is being held in Chesterton on Sunday, June 29 from 2-5pm. Six gardens are opening. These are at 29, 31 & 36 Oaklands; 46 Somerford Road, 9 Chesterton Park and 8 Hanstone Close.

Birdsong, adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks,comes to the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Left to right: George Banks, Peter Duncan and Johnny Clarke

12:05pm Thursday 26th June 2014

PETER Duncan, Jonny Clarke and George Banks will be heading the cast of the 2014 national tour of Rachel Wagstaff’s stage play Birdsong, adapted from the novel by Sebastian Faulks, when it comes to the Wyvern Theatre next month.

A Taste of Honey with Rebecca Ryan of Shameless and Waterloo Road heads to Cheltenham

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: A Taste of Honey with Rebecca Ryan of Shameless and Waterloo Road heads to Cheltenham

12:00pm Thursday 26th June 2014

BEST known for her roles as Debbie Gallagher in the Channel 4 hit TV series Shameless and Vicki McDonald in the BBC show Waterloo Road, Rebecca Ryan will bring to life Shelagh Delaney’s older than her year’s teenage lead Jo in A Taste of Honey at the Everyman next month.

Fantastic British Food Festival at Sudeley Castle, July 11 to 13

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Fantastic British Food Festival at Sudeley Castle, July 11 to 13

11:55am Thursday 26th June 2014

SUDELEY Castle in Winchcombe near Cheltenham is gearing up for the Fantastic British Food Festival to be held on the Falcon Lawn from July 11 to 13.

Northleach Charter Fair and Music Festival, Saturday, June 28

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Northleach Charter Fair and Music Festival, Saturday, June 28

11:52am Thursday 26th June 2014

THE Northleach Charter Fair and Music Festival will take place, for the second year running, on the King George V playing fields on Saturday, June 28, at the new time of 11am to 5pm, with the music festival kicking off from 5pm to 11pm.

Tonight's the Night, musical comedy inspired by songs of Rod Stewart at Bristol Hippodrome

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Tonight's the Night, musical comedy inspired by songs of Rod Stewart at Bristol Hippodrome

11:43am Thursday 26th June 2014

TONIGHT’S The Night, the smash hit musical comedy inspired by the songs of Rod Stewart is on now at The Bristol Hippodrome until July 5.

Open gardens afternoon at Batsford House, Moreton-in-Marsh on Sunday, June 15, 2 - 5.30pm

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Batsford House

11:04am Thursday 12th June 2014

THE Friends of Cotswold Volunteers are holding an open gardens afternoon on Sunday, June 15 2014 at Batsford House, Moreton-in-Marsh from 2– 5.30pm. This unique event and opportunity for the public to see a private garden that has rarely been open to the public has been given by kind permission of Lord and Lady Dulverton.

Cricklade Art Group's summer exhibition, Cricklade Town Hall, June 14-15

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Nadine Gould, Hare series

10:49am Thursday 12th June 2014

THE Cricklade Art Group would like to welcome you to their Summer Exhibition in the Cricklade Town Hall on Saturday and Sunday, June 14/15 from 10am till 4pm. There is something for everyone, young and old with demonstrations on art techniques scheduled too. There are quiz sheets for children to help them look at the artwork more closely. The Sunday is also the Cricklade Festival so the group is hopeful of many visitors.

Private gardens in Cirencester open in aid of homeless youth charity, Cirencester Housing for Young People

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: 11 Corinium Gate

10:35am Thursday 12th June 2014

CIRENCESTER will celebrate summer with more than 40 gardeners opening their gardens to raise money for charity. This year, gardens will be open on five Sundays in June and July (dates to be listed weekly in the Standard).

Blenheim Palace Flower Show, June 20-22 at Woodstock, Oxfordshire

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Monty Don

10:27am Thursday 12th June 2014

IT’S the final countdown to the Blenheim Palace Flower Show, which is set to burst into bloom in just over a week’s time.

Expanded opening hours at Woodchester Mansion between Dursley and Stroud

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Woodchester Mansion

1:27pm Thursday 5th June 2014

GREATLY expanded opening hours have signalled the start of Woodchester Mansion’s step up to the big league of visitor attractions in Gloucestershire.

Beautiful gardens set to open for the National Gardens Festival Weekend

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Atcombe Court

12:51pm Thursday 5th June 2014

A HUGE variety of stunning gardens across England and Wales will open their gates to the public over June 7 and 8, for the second ever National Gardens Festival Weekend.






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