DARE you experience one of Shakespeare's spookiest plays on the scariest night of the year? Quite Nice Theatre are staging Macbeth, a chilling story of ruthless ambition, greed, murder and vengeance, in Reading Central Library Amphitheatre from Halloween - Wednesday, October 31 - until Saturday, November 10. The production is the first to be staged at the open-air venue, and hot drinks will be available in the interval to keep the chills away. Tickets cost £8 from www.wegottickets.com/quitenicetheatre or buy in person from Reading Central Library.
BEN Waters returns to Jagz in Ascot for a night of boogie and blues on Thursday, November 15. One of the world's leading rock'n'roll piano players, Ben has 3000 gigs under his belt and a sound melding Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis with original material. Get ready to get down - book tickets, £10, on 01344 878100 or visit www.jagz.co.uk
EXPERIENCE a music event with a difference. What The Butler Saw, part of Whitley Arts Festival, takes place at Mannakoo, by Reading Station on Saturday, and features music from Tripwires, Tail Feather and Bear & The Woods, one-to-one puppetry, human kaleidoscopes and secrets tours of the underground club. It runs from 7.30pm-1am. Tickets £4 on the door.
MUSICIAN and author Alan Clayson launches his new album, One Dover Soul, at Rising Sun Arts Centre on Friday, October 26. Eccentric but always fascinating, Alan has taken part in such diverse projects as playing keyboards with Dave Berry in the 80s and producing a study on Jacques Brel, Clayson Sings Chanson. Doors at 8pm, entry price to be confirmed. Visit www.alanclayson.com
Do you like comedy, with an added nerdy edge, and maybe a singsong or two? It sounds like Festival Of The Spoken Nerd, a celebration of science, comedy and geekiness, with live experiments, audience participation, guest scientists and comedy, is perfect for you! Hosted by geek songstress Helen Arney, stand-up mathematician Matt Parker and Blue Peter science expert Steve Mould (pictured below), the show demonstrates that the trio have the science of comedy off pat. Join them and explore your inner nerd at Newbury Corn Exchange on Thursday and Friday, October 25-26. Tickets cost £14 with £12 concessions from www.cornexchangenew.com or call 01635 582666.