Tribute acts galore, a murder mystery, some acclaimed folk music and a conversation with a famed Taggart star are on the entertainment menu for Ayrshire in the week to come.

Here's what you can look forward to...

The Cavern Beatles at Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre on Thursday, April 13

The band, fully endorsed and licensed by the legendary Cavern Club in Mathew Street, Liverpool, return to The Gaiety with their remarkable show, travelling through Beatles eras.

Tickets (£19.50 to £29.50) are available from the Gaiety Box Office - 01292 288235.

Acoustic McCartney and Sting at the Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine on Friday, April 14

Edinburgh Festival Fringe award winner Gus Boyd provides two shows in one concert.

His interpretations of Paul McCartney’s work with The Beatles, Wings and as a solo artist will include such famous hits as Drive My Car, Yesterday, Let It Be and Hey Jude.

The Sting selection will include interpretations of Roxanne, Message In A Bottle, Fields Of Gold, Every Breath You Take and Englishman In New York.

Tickets available from the Harbour Arts Centre Box Office - 01294 274059.

Forever Abba at the Gaiety Theatre on Friday, April 14

Presented by Sweeney Entertainments, Forever ABBA is one of the UK’s leading international tribute shows and theatre audiences from across Great Britain and Sweden have long enjoyed this superb recreation of possibly the world’s greatest pop group.

Tickets cost £23 to £33 from the Gaiety Box Office - 01292 288235.

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In Conversation with Blythe Duff at the Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine, Saturday, April 15.

Join the host of the Braw and the Brave podcast as she sits down to chat to star of the stage and screen Blythe Duff.

Undoubtedly best known for her role as Jackie Reid in Taggart, her extensive experience as actor here in Scotland and abroad, from Shakespeare to the West End, will make for a fantastic evening of stories from her incredible career to date before a live audience in Irvine from 7.30pm.

Tickets available from the HAC box office - 01294 274059.

Back Into Hell – a tribute to Meatloaf and Jim Steinman – at Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre on Saturday, April 15

Rock and Roll dreams come true in this two-hour extravaganza celebrating the renowned music of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman.

Tickets from £26 to £30 from the Gaiety Box Office - 01292 288235.

The Alistair McCulloch Trio – village hall and community centre tour

As party of Gaiety on Tour, the Alistair McCulloch Trio will be playing six special concerts at rural venues in Ayrshire. The gigs will feature acclaimed Ayrshire fiddler Alistair alongside past Scottish folk instrumentalist of the year, Aaron Jones of the Blind Dogs on bouzouki, guitar and vocals and founder member of Capercaillie Marc Duff on whistles.

They play Dailly Community Hall on Thursday, April 20 at 7.30m; Fairlie Village Hall on Friday, April 21; McCosh Hall, Kirkmichael on Saturday, April 22 with three more concerts to follow.

All shows kick off at 7.30pm and tickets cost £6 to £9.

Ayr Fort Players present Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders, by Derek Webb

Agatha Crusty – pronounced Croosty – is a crime novelist who gets caught up in a series of murders directed at members of the All Saints Village Hall committee. Suspects include Toby the vicar, Harry Knott the caretaker, committee chair Eleanor and identical twins Olivia and Oliver Truscott-Pratt.

Don’t let the laughter fool you – there’s a genuine murder mystery going on.

The show comes to Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre from Thursday, April 20 to Saturday, April 22.

Tickets priced £9.50 to £16.50 from the Gaiety - 01292 288235.