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Today, Wednesday November 13: David Tennant stars in this Royal Shakespeare Company Live production broadcast from the stage of the RSC in Stratford-Upon-Avon for the very first time. Shown in the Second Space. Starts 7pm. Tickets £15. Box office 0844 871 7607.
Today, Wednesday November 13: Mercury have established themselves as one of the world’s most authentic tributes to the legend that is Freddie Mercury and Queen. This 10th anniversary tour includes performances of some of the most popular Queen hits from the height of their reign as well as some additional tracks from the band’s vast back catalogue. Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets £17. Box office 0844 871 7607.
Thursday November 14: The ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of Motwon is back with Motown’s Greatest Hits, How Sweet It Is. This stunning live show combines first class music with slick choreography and an amazing band to deliver truly outstanding performances. Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets £21. Box office 0844 871 7607.
Thursday November 14 & Friday 15: Catherine Shipton (Casualty) stars in this play about five wives living on an army base who are caught up in the humdrum tension of waiting for their men to return whole and unharmed. A heartfelt, funny and gripping tale of those left behind. A portion of the production fee is donated to Help for Heroes. This production takes place in the Second Space. Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets £12. Box office 0844 871 7607.
Friday November 15: Psychic Sally on the road. Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets £24. BOx office 0844 871 7607.
Ha Ha Holmes
Saturday November 16: Comedian Joe Pasquale stars as the pipe smoking private detective Sherlock Holmes in an hilarious comedy drama. Ben Langley, the writer of the show, co-stars as Doctor Watson with Andrew Fettes taking on all the other roles. The story revolves around Holmes trying to find the Hound of the Baskervilles on the moors.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
Monday November 18 until 23: Jason Donovan stars for a second time in the best feelgood stage show that causes instant euphoria in the audience. The colourful, all singing, dancing show includes a dazzling array of outrageous award winning costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favourites. Sing along to It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Boogie Wonderland, Go West and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun as three friends hop aboard a battered bus searching for love and friendship. Tickets are only available for the Friday November 22 5pm performance . Ticket prices from £10. Box office 0844 871 7607. See front page of leisure for interview with star Jason Donovan.
Friday November 15: James Andrew Taylor discusses his latest book, Walking Wounded - The Life and Poetry of Vernon Scannell. See feature article on pages 22 and 23 for full details. Talk starts at 8pm. Tickets £6, students U16 free. Box office 01296 431272.
Fish n’ chips quiz
Saturday November 16: Tuck into a tasty fish and chip supper before battling it out against other teams for the title of Quiz Champion. All money raised will go towards the centre’s fundraising efforts. Food served from 7pm, teams of eight people maximum. Vegetarian option available on request. Tickets £7.50, must be booked in advance. 01296 431272.
Artist in residence
Every Wednesday: Internationally acclaimed iconographer Constantina Wood demonstrates her art every Wednesday from 10am-2.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury.
Thursday November 14: Have fun signing with your little one at Aylesbury Library. 10-10.30am.
Thursday November 14: Lunchtime concert at St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, from 12.45pm. Maria Immaculata Setiadi, a pianist from Indonesia, is bringing quite a treat – all the Chopin op 28 Preludes as well as pieces by Debussy and Lutoslawski. The recital is preparatory to a major international competition. Admission £3, U18 free.
Saturday November 16: Music students present a concert of classical and popular music at St Mary’s Church in aid of the Florence Nightingale Hospice. Full details in leisure story.
Enjoy Woodland Inspirations at Bucks County Museum, an exhibition of the entries from the Treasures of Wood and Woodland art competition held during the summer. Entrants were asked to enter artwork inspired by Buckinghamshire trees, woodlands and crafts.
The winning entries included a submission from Aymee King who lives in Stone, pictured above with her work, Fantastic Mr Fox.
Other winners included Zachary Taylor from Aylesbury with Hurdy Gurdy and Helen Price from High Wycombe with Beech Nest.
The exhibition will run until December 14.
The museum, which has free admission, is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-5pm until November 3, and from 10am-4pm after that date.
Today, Wednesday November 13: A gallery talk entitled ‘Country Clothes - rural workwear of the 19th century’. 12.30-12.50pm. Free, but voluntary donations are welcome.
PUBS AND CLUBS
The Hop Pole
Today, Wednesday November 13: Aylesbury Uke Jam meet at The Hop Pole, 83 Bicester Road, Aylesbury tonight at 7.30pm. Open to all players of any ability, or none, just go along with your uke and join in. Please note, the Hop Pole has an over 18 policy. Contact Keith Manuel 07881 424403.
Today, Wednesday November 13 & Tuesday 19: Tonight, Wednesday, Around the World food night at the Queen’s Head, 1-5 Temple Square, Aylesbury 6-9pm; Tuesday, the Big Money quiz night, register by 7.30pm for 8pm start.
Thursday November 14, Friday 15 & Saturday 16: Thursday 9pm-1am jam night, all welcome; Friday 10.30pm-1am live cover/tribute bands; Saturday 7-10pm new original artists; Saturday 10.30pm-1am live cover/tribute bands.
Saturday November 16: Black tie dinner dance in aid of Help for Heroes at the club in Whitehead Way, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury. Three course meal with cabaret (Michael Buble and Robbie Williams tribute). Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £25 each available from the club, 01296 424824.
Saturday November 16: See front page of leisure for details of the musical talent contest Battle of the Bands, hosted by radio presenter Dez Kay.
Friday November 15: Evening of gifts, stalls and treatments at the Chilterns MS Centre from 6.30pm. See front page of leisure for full details.
Friday November 15: Christmas shopping and pamper evening at Aylesbury High School from 7.30pm. Over 25 stalls with Christmas gift ideas, enjoy a winter punch and chocolate fountain while you browse. Tickets £3.50 (includes a drink), available from the school reception, or on the door on the night.
Saturday November 16: A bazaar at the Church of the Good Shepherd 11am-2pm. Christmas tombola, bric a brac, refreshments, home made cakes, Santa’s lucky dip, toys and books.
Saturday November 16: A Family History Talk at Prebendal Farm community centre, Somerville Way, Fowler Road, Aylesbury. Anna Flood reveals the shortcomings in our knowledge about the Post Office. Using examples from the records at the British Postal Museum and Archive, Ms Flood will provide a history of the Post Office from its origins in 1635, and its transformation, development and survival through wars, republicanism and the Great Fire of London. She will also touch upon the Post Office’s role as one of our greatest social institutions and biggest employers. Starts 2pm for 2.30pm. Free. Non-members are very welcome; a small donation is appreciated.
Hardy Plant Society
Saturday November 16: Following the annual general meeting of the Bucks and Oxon group there will be a talk about bees by Ken Neil. Mr Neil is a local expert and topics he will cover include threats to bee populations, how to be a successful beekeeper and what we should grow to help them. The meeting starts at 2.15pm and will be held at the Winslow Centre, Park Road, Winslow. Visitors are most welcome (£4 charge for visitors).
Today, Wednesday November 13:
Superb two and three course Christmas lunches start today in the Manor Restaurant. The imaginative menu includes several Rothschild historical recipes including creamed smoked haddock chowder, artichokes filled with taleggio and herb risotto and a homemade Christmas pudding with brandy ice cream. Two courses cost £19 and three courses cost £22.50. The meals will be served from Wednesday to Sunday at four sittings (12 noon, 12.30pm, 2pm and 2.30pm) until December 22. Book on 01296 653226.
Today, Wednesday November 13: Artist Bruce Munro has created an outdoor light exhibition centred on the aviary which opens today to great atmospheric effect in the darker winter evenings.
NEW THEATRE, OXFORD
Thursday November 14: The classically trained Italian film and theatre composer, who has also released 11 studio albums of his hauntingly beautiful and evocative music, performs in Oxford for one night only. His compositions incorporate African music, folk, pop, and the rock influence of musicians including the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, U2 and Radiohead. Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets from £33.40. Box office 0844 8713020.