Leisure listings: Wednesday, February 26 to Tuesday, March 4

Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Photo by Phil Tragen
Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Photo by Phil Tragen

Your comprehensive guide to what’s on where - feel free to add your own events.


Box office: 0844 871 7607

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: The long awaited arrival of the star-studded show heading for the West End and previewing right here in Aylesbury. Opens at the Waterside tonight, Wednesday and runs until Saturday. Starring multi-award winning Robert Lindsay, comedian Rufus Hound, former big screen James Bond Moneypenny actress Samantha Bond and Katherine Kingsley, the musical comedy is set on the French Riviera . Evening performances 7.30pm with matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets from £20.50.

War Horse: National Theatre Live broadcast into the Second Space on Thursday at 7pm. Tickets £13.50.

Heritage Flame Lighting: The story of the birth of the modern Paralympic Games is celebrated on Sunday. Details in leisure picture story.

Tonight’s the Night: The smash hit West End musical comedy inspired by the songs of Rod Stewart, showing from Monday March 3 until Saturday March 8. See leisure picture story for full details.


Box office: 01296 431272

Comedy Variety Night: Fred Ferenczi presents the third comedy variety night to be held at the Limelight on Friday. Featuring a range of pro and semi-pro comedians, as well as break-through local talent, the show includes headline act Paul David Collins with Daryl Perry, Ricky Powell, Elizabeth Hortson and Olaf Falafel. Show starts 8pm. Tickets £10.50, concessions £8.50.

Open mic night: Step into the Limelight for a chance to share your talent in front of an appreciative audience on Saturday from 8pm. A fun evening of music, comedy, poetry and magic. Tickets £2.50 performers, £4.50 spectators, £3.50 U16s.

James Manders: Aylesbury session guitarist James Manders, and founder of Guitar in Schools,performs two live shows on Sunday at 1.30pm and 3pm.


Spring craft and messy play: NCT Cheeky Monkeys spring craft and messy play at Fairford Leys Church, Aylesbury on Friday 10am. Join your little one in activities including biscuit icing, shaving foam, Play-Doh, Easter and spring crafts. Refreshments and a raffle. China Creations Ceramic Studio will be available to help create personalised treasures from £4. Kelly Bond Photography will be at the event to take portraits of your child/family for competitive rates. Wear old clothes and bring spares - it is certain to get messy!

Total Brass Quintet Concert: A young professional brass quintet (two trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba) plays a wide variety of music at the Aylesbury Music Centre in Walton Road on Friday 7.30-9.30pm.

Mix 96 Pancake Day race: Enter a team or just watch the egg splattering fun in Kingsbury from 11am on Tuesday.


Lunchtime talk: Gallery talk today, Wednesday, from 12.30-1pm entitled ‘Highlights from the Insect Collections’. Free, but voluntary donations are welcome to support the museum programme.

Friars exhibition: The Buckinghamshire music club that has hosted such names as David Bowie, Genesis, Fleetwood Mac and Marillion, has an exhibition devoted to it from Saturday until July 5. Tickets cost £4 and are available online from www.theticketsellers.co.uk or in person from the county museum on the day of visit, subject to availability. Further details in leisure picture story.


The Russell Arms: £10 dinner deals are available Monday to Saturday from 5-9.30pm at the pub in Butlers Cross. Includes main course plus a glass of wine, pint or soft drink.

The Three Horseshoes: Bob Hall’s Last Chance Saloon, with Dave Peabody and Hilary Blythe, perform at the pub in Towersey on Thursday from 8pm. Bob is Britain’s finest blues and boogie woogie pianist. Tickets £10.

The Hub: KMD Jam/ open mic night in Aston Clinton on Friday from 7pm.

The White Swan: DJ Tango, one half of the legendary duo Tango and Ratty plays at the well established BASS6 Drum and Bass night at Aylesbury’s premier music venue in Walton Street on Friday 8pm-2am. Support from local DJs Madcap, Wills-E, PHD and Chewdiggy. Hosted by MC Wrekka.

The Aristocrat: Get Funky, a brand new band of experienced musicians play their first gig. Show at the Aylesbury pub starts at 9pm on Friday.


Cookery demonstration: In the Manor Restaurant and Old Kitchen, Waddesdon’s talented team show how to make an indulgent range of delicious cakes. The session on Friday from 10.30am-4pm includes a two-course lunch with wine, an informal introduction into the history of coffee and a goody bag to take home including a recipe folder. £45 per person. Booking essential on 01296 653226.

Stargazing night: This magical evening on Saturday 6.30-10.30pm includes a two-course dinner in the Manor Restaurant, a lecture from a local expert and star gazing with the Wycombe Astronomical Society. £35 per person. Booking essential, online www.waddesdon.org.uk or call 01296 653226.


Andrew Lawrence: As seen on BBC 1’s Live at the Apollo, and now a regular on Channel 4’s Stand Up For the Week, Andrew Lawrence is back on the road following a sell-out 50-date tour of the UK. A former double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, Court Theatre patrons can expect Lawrence to deliver an evening of top class stand-up on Friday. Doors open 7.15pm, show starts 8pm. Tickets £16, book online at www.courttheatre.co.uk


Bobby Socks and Blue Jeans: An electrifying show that will light up the stage with more than 40 smash-hits from the 50s and 60s. Starring Kytsun Wolfe, The Pony Tail and The Five Pennies , as well as a team of terrific musicians and performers, this show will bring back wonderful memories for every Bobby Socks girl and Blue Jeans boy. Tonight, Wednesday 7.30pm. Tickets £19.50. Box office 01494 512000.