NORTH Devon Theatres have released details of their brand new season of shows from October to December at the Queen s Theatre, Barnstaple and the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe. As the nights begin to draw in, the stars will most definitely be out. With so

NORTH Devon Theatres have released details of their brand new season of shows from October to December at the Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple and the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe.

As the nights begin to draw in, the stars will most definitely be out. With some high quality theatricals starring the likes of Juliet Mills, Maxwell Caulfield, Roxanne Pallet and Sue Jenkins; some top notch musical acts including The Drifters, the Wurzels, Charlie Landsborough and Kate Rusby and three of the hottest comedians on the circuit today - Stewart Francis, Kevin Bridges and Jeremy Hardy - tickets are expected to be snapped up quickly when general booking opens on Monday, August 9.

The season begins with the hotly anticipated Bedroom Farce, an Alan Ayckbourne classic comedy direct from the West End with a star studded cast, featuring star of Dynasty, Emmerdale and Grease 2, Maxwell Caulfield and his wife Juliet Mills, who recently starred in ITV's Wild at Heart.

Studio Theatre and Small Pond join forces to present the classic Mack & Mabel and Shakespeare 4 Kids return to the Queen's Theatre with the wonderful A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The excellent London Classic Theatre return to the region with a production of Pinter's classic The Caretaker and Opera della Luna present Gilbert & Sullivan's famous comic opera HMS Pinafore.

Following a sell-out season last autumn, The Vagina Monologues returns to the region with a stellar cast and promises the ultimate girls' night out. For something a little more refined, Ballet Ireland present Romeo and Juliet with music by Prokofiev.

The ever-popular Ardal O'Hanlon heads up an impressive comedic line-up this season. Perhaps best known as Father Dougal in Channel 4's much loved Father Ted, Ardal is a highly acclaimed stand-up and those lucky enough to catch him at the Queen's last time won't want to miss this visit.

Audiences can also look forward to the deadpan delivery of Canadian stand-up and star of Mock the Week, Stewart Francis as well as Jeremy Hardy at the Landmark, a man The Guardian describe as 'one of the sharpest comedians on the circuit today.'

Also appearing this season is Scottish 'comedy prodigy' Kevin Bridges, a man described by The Scotsman as 'frighteningly funny' and quickly becoming a household favourite.

The new season is jam packed with musical delights and there seems sure to be something for all tastes, from the outstanding classical pianist Imogen Cooper, through to the spellbinding sound and spectacle of the Mugenko Taiko Drummers.

The younger audiences are well catered for this season as The Little Big Club are Live in Concert - featuring Barney, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, Barney, Pingu and lots more.

The new Gallery Session season is launched with a very special free gig from vibrant jazz four-piece Brass Jaw on Wednesday, August 11.