IT'S all happening in Ayrshire around the Coronationbank holiday weekend, with some top musical acts, a murdery mystery and even a lecture on Irvine author John Galt.

Here's what's to look out for:

Murder Mystery The Musical, by Hipshot Youth Theatre at Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre

Hipshot Youth Theatre presents the World Premiere of Murder Mystery, The Musical! Written and directed by Jerry Taylor.

This fast paced and hilarious comedy is set within the four walls of a haunted mansion and will have you roaring with laughter and screaming with fright. Throw in two feuding families, four escaped prisoners, a team of ghost hunters and a poltergeist, and you’re only ever going to get one outcome.

Someone’s getting murdered! Murder Mystery the Musical is a show for all ages and will make you laugh and sing throughout. Twenty- three suspects, one room and no way out… Will you be able to guess the killer?

It can be seen at the Gaiety on May 3 and 4 at 7.30pm. Tickets from the Gaiety Box Office on 01292 288235

A Wrong Resenting Race?  at Irvine’s Harbour Arts Centre

This lecture by Professor Christopher Whatley is on Characterising Popular Protest in John Galt’s Scotland and will be followed by a buffet supper with a glass of wine.

Born in Irvine in 1779, John Galt was a Scottish novelist, entrepreneur, and political and social commentator. He is recognised as being the first political novelist in the English language, because of his writings and the way in which he wrote openly of the many social and political issues relating to the Industrial Revolution.

You can find out more at the Harbour Arts Centre on Friday, May 5 from 7pm. Tickets from the HAC Box Office on 01294 274059.

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Dreamcoat Stars at the Gaiety Theatre

Experience powerful star vocals in a musical evening of West End and Broadway classics. Starring Any Dream Will Do’s, Keith Jack; the world’s longest playing Joseph, Mike Holoway; Broadway’s Glenn Carter; and London West End’s Jonathan Dudley.

Journey into a colourful production featuring vibrant and energetic songs from the most loved shows.

Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar, SIX, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, Jersey Boys, Les Misérables, Moulin Rouge and more.

Draw back the curtains, sing along and relive all your favourite musicals in one epic show.

Catch the show at 7.30 on Friday May 5 at the Gaiety Theatre. Tickets from their box office.

The Kings of Comedy at the Palace Theatre, Kilmarnock

The Kings of Comedy stars Ayrshire comedy sensation Billy Kirkwood and Glasgow comedy genius Des Clarke, supported by the comedy legend that is Mick Miller.

The Kings Of Comedy is a comedy show with a difference bringing you different styles of comedy from the finest comedians within the UK. 

Between them the line-up for the show has over 50 years experience in the world of comedy, including sell-out tours, numerous TV Shows and even a Royal Variety Performance.

You are guaranteed an amazing night out with the Kings at the Palace and they will also be joined by special guest performers.

So if this Bank Holiday weekend you are looking for a great night out - we can guarantee you A Right Royal Knees-Up.

You can catch them on Saturday, May 6 at the Palace, at 7.30pm. Tickets from the theatre box office on 01563 554900.

Brownbear at the Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine

Ayrshire musician, writer and filmmaker Matt Hickman - aka Brownbear – is returning to Irvine for an acoustic gig.

Brownbear’s 2014 debut single ‘Dead Or Alive’ was the initial spark that led to positive attention from radio and other media outlets, resulting in support slots with The Libertines.

His first record, ‘What Is Home?’ acted as an accumulation of all the highs and lows that Matt had experienced in life until that point, taking listeners on a broad journey that traverses themes of love, loss and identity.

You can catch him at the HAC for this intimate show on Saturday, May 6. Tickets still available from the HAC box office.