Your guide to What's On this weekend

Mary Youlden
Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 8:17am

Your guide to What’s On in and around Exeter this weekend (16-18 November):


Madagascar – The Musical
Friday & Saturday, Exeter Northcott
Join Alex (X-Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry), Marty, Melman and Gloria as they bound out of the zoo and onto the stage in this live musical spectacular. This smash hit musical features all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.

Simon Brodkin & Friends
Friday, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter 
Comedy Grove are back with  MC Cerys Nelmes and headliner Simon Brodkin.  From the man who pranked Theresa May, Donald Trump, Sepp Blatter, Kanye West, Philip Green and many more of the world’s biggest tools, acclaimed character comedian Simon Brodkin steps out from behind his Lee Nelson creation to be extremely funny as himself. About time.

Forbidden Nights
Friday, Exmouth Pavilion
Two hours of thrilling action and provocative choreography with the ultimate Forbidden strip tease (and a few men in uniform thrown in for good measure). Abandon your inhibitions at the door as the talented cast of acrobats, fire acts, aerial artists and world-renowned circus performers flip and spin across the stage in this high-octane show.

Non-Binary Electro Hour
Saturday, Voodoo Lounge, Exeter Phoenix
‘What are you if you’re not a man or a woman, when the world forces you to be one or the other? And what does drag even mean if you’re not a king or a queen? Also…how can I make this into a musical?’ Non-Binary Electro Hour brings together noise about queer life, and desire for queer/trans bodies, with a brief punk history of drag outside the boxes – from queer stars of stage and screen to the gender-bending icons of today.  Expect songs, sci fi, strip-tease, and spoken word. This modern-day revue is a gender fucked take on what it’s like to be in-between categories.

Sara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads * SOLD OUT *
Sunday, Exeter Corn Exchange
Always honest, always regretting it later, Sara opens her heart and mouth again to share the adventures of the last year. Full of jokes, hope and white wine LadsLadsLads is the thinking person's stag do.  Following a sell-out run in London’s West End, the multi-award-winning comedian and star of Live at The Apollo, Mock the Week, QI and Taskmaster, takes her new show on tour.


Timbali live at Old Fire House
Friday, The Old Fire House, New North Road, Exeter
Welsh reggae party anyone? This is a live dub band originating from Pembrokeshire, and playing all the funnest festivals.

EMG Symphony Orchestra Concert
Saturday, Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Music Group (EMG) Symphony Orchestra will be performing Mahler's 5th Symphony in Exeter Cathedral. Tickets available online from the orchestra's website or by phone or in person from Exeter Visitor Information & Tickets, Dix's Field, Exeter, or call  01392  665885.

Genesis Connected
Saturday, Exeter Corn Exchange
Genesis Connected is a tribute show celebrating the music of Genesis and the biggest selling acts connected: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Mike & the Mechanics. This show has an incredible mix of material, from atmospheric anthems to chart toppers that will get the crowd dancing in the aisles.


Exeter Christmas Market
Cathedral Green, Exeter
This year's Christmas Market runs until 16 December. You’ll find an exciting mix of continental and local, independent traders, showcasing the best of festive food, crafts and gifts. The west front bandstand showcases local bands, carol singers and choirs able to bid for free slots to entertain traders and customers. This year promises to be better than ever with great entertainment on stage, more stalls for local businesses and another drinks outlet where visitors can buy mulled wine, mulled cider and last year’s popular mulled apple gin.
Exeter Literary Festival
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, various venues, Exeter
Exeter Literary Festival runs over 3 days throughout the city, with over 30 events featuring History, Poetry, theatre, Horror SF etc, with discussions, workshops and author presentations. Details of all events can be found at

Hope in Conflict
Saturday, 9.30am, Alumini Auditorium The Forum Exeter University
Hope in Conflict is an event tackling the situations of conflict all of us experience, either personal, national or international. Keynote speaker is Padraig O Tuama the Leader of the Corrymeela Community, Northern Ireland's oldest peace centre that hosts visitors and volunteers from all over the world. All are welcome, of all faiths and none. Tickets: £20/ £10 students from  Facebook @HopeinConflictCorrymeela or

Unique Boutique Handmade Christmas market
Saturday, Exeter Phoenix
Exeter’s alternative maker’s market, Unique Boutique will have 40-plus stalls across the newly refurbished ground floor of Exeter Phoenix selling beautiful things like glazed ceramic vessels, dog bow ties, hammered sterling silver jewellery, paper boat collages, Lino cut print bags, sea glass jewellery, plenty of bunting and Christmas decorations, chilli wreaths, kids’ t-shirts….. the list goes on. Go along for a coffee and a browse.  10am-4pm.

Upton Pyne Craft Fair
Saturday, Upton Pyne Village Hall & Church
High quality local art and craft will be on sale at the biggest-ever Upton Pyne Craft Fair which takes place between noon and 4pm. Entry is free, and coffee, cakes, light lunches and afternoon teas with be available. The hall and church are in the centre of the village, a mile off the Crediton road just outside Exeter. 

Exeter Christmas Lights Switch On 2018
Sunday, Exeter High Street
Christmas 2018 is set to be bigger, brighter and better than ever before! The InExeter Christmas lights switch will be on Exeter's High Street at 5pm. This jam-packed family friendly day starts at 11am.

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