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Looking for events on this weekend? From music and comedy to food and festivities, we are catering for a range of tastes this weekend.

1# Sing-a-long evening at historic venue 

Where: The Market House, Minchinhampton

When: Friday, November 15, 7.30pm

Richard Smith and Richard Reason will be leading the singing at the event at The Market House on Friday, November 15, at 7.30pm.

They'll be leading songs from 1914 through the 1920s and 1930s up to the 1960s.

The evening is being held in to raise funds for Horsfall House centre for the elderly.

Tickets cost £10 and are available from Horsfall House and The Market Stores. There will be a cash bar on the night.

2# Black comedy at its blackest and best 

Where: Sundial Theatre, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1XA

When: Friday, November 15, and Saturday, November 16, at 7.30pm

Cirencester Theatre Company are staging the show for two nights only on Friday (November 15) and Saturday at 7.30pm.

This is an immensely funny comedy thriller, full of mistaken identities, hilarious consequences and some great laughs. First impressions cannot be relied upon and you can expect to weep with laughter throughout.

Natural Causes is black comedy at its blackest and best.

Tickets, priced £12 and £10 concessions, are available from the Sundial Theatre website or the Cirencester Theatre Company website.

3# Former MasterChef champion hoping to raise the roof 

Where: The Griffin Theatre, Rendcomb College, Cirencester, GL7 7HA

When: Saturday, November 16, 7.30pm

Since winning MasterChef in 2005, Thomasina Miers OBE has not stopped cooking! She is now also a writer, environmentalist, television presenter, cook and co-founder of the Wahaca chain of Mexican street food restaurants.

Thomasina, who was brought up locally, is kindly giving her time free of charge so that all proceeds from the evening will help towards repairing the damaged roof of St Peter's Church, Rendcomb.

The bar opens at 6.30pm - Mexican canapes will be served - and the event begins at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced £15 (students) and £18 (adults) and are available at Ticket source via the Griffin Theatre at Rendcomb College website.

4# Shane Ritchie returns to the Everyman 

Where: Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

When: Monday, November 11, to Saturday, November 16

He stars as Archie Rice in John Osborne's The Entertainer alongside Olivier award-winning Sara Crowe as Phoebe Rice and Diana Vickers as Jean Rice. The production has been earning rave reviews.

This all-new version is set in 1982: Archie Rice is a washed-up entertainer playing a summer season. As his soldier son sails with the Task Force to liberate the Falklands, his daughter Jean returns from campaigning against the war, and Archie's professional and personal lives collide with devastating consequences.

The Entertainer was chosen as one of the greatest plays of the 20th century by Michael Billington, chief theatre critic of The Guardian.

Tickets are available from the Everyman box office or website.

5# Gloucester set for Christmas lights switch-on and parade 

Where: Gloucester city centre

When: Sunday, November 17, 4.30pm onwards

The switch-on will be followed by a procession carrying the theme 'Pinocchio', which is this year's pantomime at Gloucester Guildhall.

Headed by Father Christmas, the procession will include civic leaders, the Town Crier, samba bands and local children carrying giant lanterns depicting the story.

Gloucester Cathedral is looking forward to celebrating the switch on of the Christmas lights and the start of the festive season at a special service on Sunday at 5pm. "This is the 10th anniversary service," explained the City Canon, Canon Nikki Arthy. "It's so popular and we are delighted that both the procession and the service have become such a Gloucester tradition.

"We are expecting many hundreds of people to gather in the Cathedral to sing carols and to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas,"

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said: "Only in Gloucester does the lantern parade for the switch on of the city's Christmas lights end up inside the Cathedral.

"This year we mark the 10th anniversary of the community coming together to share something very special."

The procession leaves from Blackfriars at 4.30pm, arriving at the Cathedral at 5pm. All are welcome.

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