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Theatre

The Madness of King George

David Haig stars in Alan Bennetts play about King George III that is a drama, comedy and political thriller all rolled into one. One of our greatest living playwrights, Bennetts writing is always a comedic joy, even when at its most tragic (think Talking Heads or The History Boys), and in Haigs capable hands this Theatre Royal Bath production is set to be a modern classic. A fascinating look at a king who founded the Royal Academy of Arts, studied science and witnessed the formation of the United Kingdom but is best remembered for his temporary bouts of insanity a challenging role to say the least, but one that David Haig, of My Boy Jack, Yes Prime Minister and Four Weddings fame, is relishing.

10 15 October, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 01223 503333

Exhibition

Vermeers Women: Secrets and Silence

Brought together for the first time, this collection of Vermeers paintings of women and the rooms they inhabited explores the intimacy, beauty and mystery of their domestic lives. The highlight is The Lacemaker, on loan from the Louvre and rarely seen outside of Paris. Three iconic paintings by the 17th-century master can also be seen alongside more than 30 works by other Dutch painters of the Golden Age. Take a peek at the luminous, contemplative women absorbed in a chore, playing an instrument or writing and its hard not to wonder who they really were, how they felt and what their lives were like. Fascinating.

5 October 2011 15 January 2012, The Fitzwilliam Museum, 01223 332900

Comedy

Edward Aczel Doesnt Exist

Edward Aczel is definitely an acquired taste. Britains greatest anti-comedian (The Guardian) presents his most recent Edinburgh offering, or as he puts it, an hour of moderately amusing comedy in order to gain some television exposure (touch wood). Its everything youd expect from a master of the genre shambolic, unprofessional and incompetent, but also extremely funny. If youre a fan of Count Arthur Strong or Neil Hamburger, this comes particularly highly recommended.

6 October, 8pm, The Junction, 01223 511511

Compiled by Custard Comedy, custardcomedy.co.uk

Family

Autumn Air Show

This October the Imperial War Museum at Duxford compares the first jet aircrafts with the last propeller-driven piston fighters they shared the skies with in the Korean War. This is a unique opportunity to see original and rare fighter planes from the period, including the iconic Spitfire, up close and personal as well as taking part in fly pasts and aeronautical displays. Relive happy childhood memories or get the next generation involved by joining model making classes courtesy of Airfix. Dont miss your chance to build and paint your own aeroplane model in the Airfix marquee, but get there early to ensure you get a seat.

16 October, IWM Duxford, 01223 499353

Classical

English Touring Opera

The ETO is spoiling us with a three-day glut of baroque masterpieces, starting with Handels Xerxes, starring Cambridge mezzo soprano, Julia Riley. This new production re-casts the Persian king as a pilot in the Battle of Britain. This is followed by Purcells The Fairy Queen, set in a Victorian asylum, complete with painters, aerialists and new period instrument orchestra, the Old Street Band. Last is Flavio by Handel, a tragi-comedy and emotional rollercoaster following star-crossed lovers and their warring families sound familiar? ETOs original 2009 production is being revived with many original cast members, including Paula Sides, Clint van der Linde and Andrew Slater.

26 - 28 October, West Road Concert Hall, englishtouringopera.org.uk, 020 7833 2555

Gig

Passenger

Travelling troubador Passenger brings his unique voice, sharply observed, poignant love songs and spine-tingling tunes to Cambridge for the last time this year. Expect a magnificent night of acoustic music in an atmospheric venue (theres no bar so bring your own!) Passenger is supported by up-and-coming Cambridge artist Ethan Ash who is fast making a name for himself and has performed at Cambridge Folk Festival and supported Seth Lakeman.

27 October, Emmanuel United Reform Church, Trumpington Street, 7 (12 for two), http://passengercambrdge-eorg.eventbrite.com/

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