Making a meal of Shakespeare, encountering Andrew Maxwell’s take on politics and re-visiting Dr Strangelove are on Charles Hutchinson’s weekend list for May 10 to 12

Friday night is...fundraising music night

Ukulele Sunshine Revival, York Hospital Sports and Social Club, White Cross Road, York, tonight, doors open at 7pm

UKULELE Sunshine Revival welcome the summer – despite this week's drab weather – with an evening of musical entertainment in aid of the National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society's York branch.

Joining them tonight will be special guests The Waifs And Strays and The Bluebirds with Union Central. Tickets cost £5 in advance from Pyramid Gallery, Stonegate, at or on 07986 812732 or £6 on the night.

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The King of comedy: Andrew Maxwell at Selby Town Hall

Comedy gig of the weekend

Andrew Maxwell: Showtime, Selby Town Hall, Saturday, 8pm

AFTER a barrage of five-star Edinburgh Fringe reviews, Andrew Maxwell is on the road for his first tour in nearly a decade with his cocktail of personal stories, astute political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos.

Maxwell specialises in eagle-eyed current affairs humour and to a new generation he is the devilish voice of MTV's Ex On The Beach.

In Showtime, he feels we should trust the millennials and bull detectors who care about their own future, and look forward, not back. "We should show up, put the effort in and go all out to make things happen," he says.

York International Shakespeare Festival, choice one

Feast, A Play In One Cooking, Friargate Theatre, York, Saturday, 2pm, 5pm; Sunday, 2pm

SHAKESPEARE wrote 37 plays with no fewer than1,191 individual characters: 1,044 men but only 147 women.

Food for thought in Feast, the first play by London-based Romanian theatre-maker Olivia Negrean, who invites her audience into the Friargate studio, where six of Shakespeare's women from different plays, different parts of the world and different times come together to cook dinner. "Although it is never just dinner, is it?" says Negrean.

York International Shakespeare Festival, choice two

Boris Rex, Falling Sparrow Theatre Company, The Dogrose Theatre, above York Gin, Pavement, Sunday, 8pm

FALLING Sparrow turn the life and times of Boris Johnson into a Shakespearean tragi-comedy, tracking the path of its perfidious anti-hero from the boorish days of Oxford University, through to a blood-soaked General Election.

This murky tale of ambition, backstabbing and national catastrophe fuses fusing original verse with newly-penned pentameters, spoken word, comedy... and rap.

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Atom-bomb farce: Peter Sellers in Dr Strangelove

Classic film of the weekend

Dr Strangelove, Vintage Sundays, City Screen, York, Sunday, 12 noon

STANLEY Kubrick's atom-bomb farce, from 1964, endorses his characteristic vision of human fallibility and stupidity with suspense and darkly comic aplomb.

Peter Sellers’ triple role took the plaudits, but George C. Scott, Peter Bull and Sterling Hayden give equally impactful performances, Hayden as the unhinged air force general who launches a war of Mutually Assured Destruction.

In addition, Stanley Kubrick Considers The Bomb, a new short film directed by Matt Wells, will be screened exclusively in cinemas alongside Dr Strangelove.

Contributions come from those who knew Kubrick best, such as Katharina Kubrick, Jan Harlan, his executive producer and brother-in-law, and journalist and author Eric Schlosser, as the film considers how Kubrick transformed society’s widespread concern about nuclear war into his irreverent comedy.

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Kevin Simm, left, fronts Wet Wet Wet at York Barbican

Oh, and, here's belated thought, if you have had your fill of the wet weather...

Wet Wet Wet, York Barbican, Sunday, 7.30pm

THE Scottish band return to York this weekend, this time with a new vocalist: Kevin Simm, ex of Liberty X and 2016 winner of The Voice talent show. Love will still be all around, no doubt.