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After the incredible success of the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie in 2014, writer/director James Gunn returns for this sequel to continue the story of Marvel’s most disfunctional team of super heroes.

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Directed by Nacho Vigalondo, Colossal tells the story of Gloria, played by Anne Hathaway, who after breaking up with her boyfriend, is forced to leave her hedonistic lifestyle in New York and return to her home town to start again.

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New York

Alien: Covenant sees acclaimed director Ridley Scott return to the Alien franchise with a follow up to his divisive 2012 prequel Prometheus.

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Multi-award winning jazz singer, Liane Carroll will be at the live music club Joanna’s Place’at Saffron Walden’s Fairycroft Centre on Friday, June 30.

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Joanna Eden

Whittlesford Community Gospel Choir, contestants in the BBC Choir of the Year Competition, will be singing at Ickleton Village Hall on Saturday, July 1.

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A modern version of Shakespeare’s Loves Labours Lost will be in the Monastery Gardens, Windhill in Bishop’s Stortford on July 6, 7 and 8.

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Memories of the 1970s and 1980s are being called for by Braintree Museum which is seeking stories and objects relating to times gone by in Dunmow. Braintree and the district. Your memories will be recorded, become a part of the museum’s collection and the history of the area for future generations to enjoy.

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The Big Weekend in Cambridge and Cambridge Mela, the annual free festival on Parker’s Piece, runs from Friday to Sunday, July 7-9 with all kinds of music and a massive, mechanical elephant to symbolise Bollywood.

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Anglia Ruskin University

The Hotbed Theatre Festival, celebrating new writing will be at Cambridge Junction on Saturday, July 8, produced by Menagerie Theatre Company in association with the venue.

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Cambridge

A stage show of Priscilla Queen of the Desert will be at The Leys School, in Cambridge from Tuesday, July 11 to Saturday, July 15.

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Cambridge

Our top tips for the weekend: bag a cultural bargain at the Fry Gallery art sale, see Cambridge Footlights, go to Thaxted and enjoy Morris Men dancing all evening as well as music at the Thaxted Festival.

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Michael Rothenstein

The University of London Chamber Choir will be singing in Littlebury, the home village of their Conductor, Colin Durrant, for their final concert of the academic year performing a wide range of international music alongside a few choral classics.

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Tickets are selling fast for Russell Brand’s new show, Rebirth at Cambridge Corn Exchange on Tuesday, July 18. He poses the question: “How do we make sense of the madness of our lives once we become parents? What am I going to tell my daughter about conformity and responsibility? What happens if she grows up to be like me or, worse, date someone like me?”

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A BBC Young Chorister of the Year, Agatha Pethers will sing the Pie Jesu solo in a performance of the Faure Requieum at Saffron Hall on Saturday, June 24.

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The story of how in 1599, Will Kemp, an actor in Shakespeare’s company danced his way from London to Norwich will be told as part of Haverhill Festival, which is running until July 1.

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Sasha Regan’s all male Mikado will be at Cambridge Arts Theatre from Tuesday June 27 to Saturday, July 1.

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Cambridge

The first weekend of Thaxted Festival, June 23-25 includes the Brandenburg Sinfonia, on Friday, at 8pm, playing Mendelsohn, Rodrigo, the Beatles and Beethoven, pianist John Lill on Saturday at 7pm, playing Mozart, Prokovfiev, Brahms and Beethoven, and the Escher Quartet on Sunday at 7.30pm, playing Haydn, Debussy and Schubert.

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes presents an evening called Mind Over Matter at Chelmsford Civic Theatre on Monday, July 3, He will talk about his life, childhood, misdemeanours at school, army life, frostbite and early expeditions including projects which put him into the Guinness Book of Records and got him described as Britain’s greatest living explorer.

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What the EU referendum and this month’s general election showed is that Britain is a divided nation: rich and poor, young and old, town and country. The play, My Country, based on interviews with people from across the regions about Brexit, laced together by poet Carol Ann Duffy, expresses these divisions.

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Co-written by stars Julian Barratt and Simon Farnaby, Mindhorn tells the tale of Richard Thorncroft (Barratt), a washed up actor best known for his role as Detective Mindhorn in a popular 1980s TV show.

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