My kingdom for a horse!

After decades of civil war, the nation hangs in the balance. Enter Richard, Duke of Gloucester, to change the course of history. Richard was not born to be a king, but he’s set his sights on the crown. So begins his campaign of deceit, manipulation and violence, yet behind his ambition lies a murderous desire to be loved. Headlong Theatre returns to Bristol Old Vic with a new production of Shakespeare’s Richard III starring Tom Mothersdale (The Glass Menagerie), directed by Headlong associate artist, John Haidar. On from 1 – 9 March and 2 – 13 April. Tickets from £7.50.

bristololdvic.org.uk

Watch & Listen

Brit Award winner and chart-topping singer-songwriter James Morrison is back with a new album – You’re Stronger Than You Know – and is heading to O2 Academy Bristol on 29 March (doors 6.30pm) to showcase his new material. He will also be performing some of his fan favourites such as his hit 2006 debut single You Give Me Something and his critically acclaimed duet with Nelly Furtado, Broken Strings. Tickets £28.50, plus booking fees.

academymusicgroup.com; jamesmorrisonmusic.com

Sexual Healing

Multi award-winning comic Harriet Kemsley pulls her skirt out of her pants and shames slut shaming in the deeply personal and hilarious show Slutty Joan, which heads to The Wardrobe Theatre on 24 March, 8pm. Star of Bobby and Harriet Get Married, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, Harriet delves into her own sexual history in this new show as she reflects on how, in a Cornell University study, women rated fictional female peer, Joan, as emotionally unstable and less competent because she was sexually promiscuous. Tickets £13.

thewardrobetheatre.com

Blues Tunes

Audiences will be toe-tapping and finger-clicking their way out of concert halls around the city this month as the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival returns for its seventh edition from 22 – 24 March. The programme will bring some of the smoothest and funkiest jazz musicians on the circuit right now including Pee Wee Ellis, Echoes Of Ellington, Liane Carroll and Lucky Peterson. Plus there will be masterclasses and conversation events from the experts. And don’t miss the brilliant China Moses singing Billie Holiday’s Lady In Satin with a hand picked 28-piece orchestra.

bristoljazzandbluesfest.com

Champion & Connect

The Bristol Women’s Voice annual International Women’s Day celebration returns on 2 March with a packed programme of exciting events celebrating Bristol’s trailblazing females. There will be music, art, workshops, theatre, talks and discussions focusing on women’s achievements throughout history, as well as an opportunity for women to connect, share their stories and discuss ideas about how to tackle challenges ahead. Takes place at Bristol City Hall, College Green (11am – 5.30pm).

bristolwomensvoice.org.uk