Waterside ready for a big season

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Comedians Rhod Gilbert and Jimmy Carr, TV chefs The Hairy Bikers and a play about the founder of the Paralympics.

Just some of the highlights confirmed to appear at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre in it’s Autumn season.

The theatre traditionally quietens down during August, offering fewer shows so staff can carry out a deep clean.

Becky Martin, a spokesman for the Waterside explained: “Most regional theatres have a ‘dark’ period where effectively no shows are programmed in for a short period of time over the year.

“Many of these will fall over the summer months when touring shows take a break in their schedules and theatres are generally more quiet due to the holiday season.

“During this time the theatre carries out maintenance jobs and runs a deep clean of the building ready for the upcoming year.”

The action starts again on August 24 when the English Youth Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty, with a cast of 100 dancers.

The auditorium will be transformed on September 2 for a wedding exhibition, featuring catwalk shows.

In October 60s musical Dreamboats and Petticoats comes to the venue, whilstWelsh funnyman Rhod Gilbert will perform his latest material about life’s little irritations – followed a few weeks later by Jimmy Carr.

Meanhwile theatregoers can enjoy an evening of laughter, chefs tips and cooking tales with The Hairy Bikers.

There are also tribute shows to Motown, Buddy Holly and The Eagles.

But one of the highlights will be the world premiere of a play about Sir Ludwig Guttmann, who founded the modern Paralympics at Stoke Mandeville. For more details visitwww.atgtickets.com/aylesbury