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April 28   -   Royal Opera House (The Guardian)

The 10 best things to do this week: Reginald D Hunter and Cheltenham jazz festival

The controversial US comic starts his UK tour, while the annual music marathon returns: your at-a-glance guide to the best in culture

Reginald D Hunter The controversial US comic is back on tour in the UK with a new show, Some People v Reginald Hunter, taking in a mammoth 43 dates before he hits Edinburgh in August. Expect his typically biting takes on race and politics. Touring to 24 June

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