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May 26, 2014



World Cup Final 1966

Never mind that England are unlikely to make it past the group stages at the World Cup in Brazil. Revisit the glory days of Bobby, Nobby and the Charltons in this gem of a show by Carl Heap and Tom Morris, which started life at Battersea Arts Centre and now returns reworked - and not before time - in Bristol. Bristol Old Vic, Bristol (0117-987 7877), 12 June-12 July.

Ming: the Golden Empire

Ming in Mandarin means bright or brilliant, and the art of the eponymous Chinese dynasty was certainly that. Edinburgh has claimed the only British showing for this rare exhibition of artefacts from the Nanjing Museum. Expect exquisite blue-and-white porcelain and many treasure besides. National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh (0300 123 6789), 27 June-

9 October.

Port Eliot festival

Like festivals? Like Grade-I listed houses and gardens? Then Cornwall's annual literary, musical and floral jamboree is for you. Speakers and performers include Shami Chakrabarti, Brian Selznick, Rosie Boycott, Simon Munnery, John Shuttleworth, Shazia Mirza, Robin Ince, Martin Parr, Public Service Broadcasting and Sam Amidon - all on the banks of the river Tamar. Port Eliot festival, Saltash (0844 870 0000), 24-27 July.

We Will Rock You

Is it just fantasy that Ben Elton's wildly popular jukebox musical, based on the music of Queen, is finally closing after its 12-year West End run? We're afraid not, so if you want to catch Galileo, Scaramouche and Killer Queen live, do so now. Didn't mean to make you cry. Dominion theatre, London (0844 847 1775), until 31 May.

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All good things . . . Sharon D Clarke in Ben Elton's We Will Rock You, ending this month



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Source: Guardian (UK)