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Weekend city guide: 28 – 30 October

The last weekend of October is sure to be a howler!

While we embrace this month’s spooky spirit (check out our guide to freakishly good Halloween fun here), we’ve got those of you looking to avoid the ghouls covered too. This weekend offers a little bit of everything. Cycling fans can get into gear at Six Day London while tech-lovin’ families can enjoy two days devoted to, well…lots of digital stuff. Read on to see all our picks for entertainment this weekend across the UK. And our London, Manchester and Scotland guides are always packed with plenty of great options too!

LONDON

1984
Closes 29 October
Playhouse Theatre

You’re not paranoid – George Orwell’s darkly dystopian novel comes to life on stage nightly through Saturday. Don’t miss Andrew Gower, who played Bonnie Prince Charles Stuart on Outlander, in his West End debut along with Rosie Ede from Call the Midwife as Mrs Parsons.

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Murder Ballad
Closes 31 October
Arts Theatre

The title says it all: there’s a murder and a whole lot of singing. But what it doesn’t say is how sexy, chilling and heart-breaking Kerry Ellis, Ramin Karimloo and the rest of the cast are at portraying this deadly love triangle.

Six Day London
Until 30 October
Lee Valley VeloPark

Watch some of the sport’s biggest stars at this world-class track cycling series being held at London’s iconic velodrome. In addition to all the pedaling power, there’ll be a track centre DJ and lots of entertainment.

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Scorpion Child
30 October
The Borderline

You want to get bit by Scorpion Child. This band from Austin, Texas plays a deadly mix of ’70s hard rock and ’80s hair metal. Jared James Nichols and Bad Flowers will be appearing too.

International Series
30 October
Wembley Stadium

Last chance to catch an American football game in London this year! The Cincinnati Bengals are making their first ever UK appearance in a game against the Washington Redskins and it’s going to be a battle.

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An Evening with Michael Douglas
30 October
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

For one night only the Hollywood star will talk about his five-decade-long career – including his roles in everything from Basic Instinct to Behind the Candelabra – in a conversation on stage with Jonathan Ross.

MANCHESTER

Bear Grylls presents Endeavour
28 October
Manchester Arena

Prepare yourself for mind-blowing action and adventure because the survival skills reality TV star is going to take you on an immersive theatrical expedition that celebrates feats of courage.

Digital Kids Show
29 – 30 October
Event City

There’s nothing like games and gadgets to bring a family closer. Check out what sort of stuff will be rocking our virtual world in the near future while you enjoy tournaments, theatre shows and even some fairground rides.

GLASGOW

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Tom Chaplin
28 October
St Luke’s

The Keane frontman is out on his own in support his solo debut album The Wave. Hear his soaring emotional voice belt out a whole new bunch of new songs that are sure to take you on an emotional journey.

Braehead Clan
30 October
Braehead Arena

The 2015-16 EIHL Playoff Champions Nottingham Panthers are going to take on the Clan in a Halloween Fright Night event. Ice hockey has never been so scarily fabulous!

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Saxon
29 October
O2 ABC

With their 21st studio album, Battering Ram, now out the new wave of British heavy metal rockers are launching a UK tour and they’ll be bringing along special guests Fastway and Girlschool.

EDINBURGH

MGM Scotland: Capital Punishment
29 October
Meadowbank Sports Centre

Get ready for a night of brutality in the ring as these professional boxers – Ronnie Clark, Tommy Philbin, Brian Forsyth, Ratu Latianara, Stephen Tiffney, Ross Murray, Lewis Benson and Thomas Dickson – are all looking to deliver knockout blows.

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