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Thursday September 12: This year marks the 60th anniversary of The Drifters and to celebrate this incredible achievement they will be producing their most spectacular show to date by presenting The Diamond Dynasty Tour. Including songs such as Up On The Roof, Saturday Night at the Movies. Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets £25 and £26. Box office 0844 871 7607.
Sunday September 15: Ice the Cake Wedding Show is for anyone planning a wedding and anyone who just loves weddings, full stop! With catwalk shows showing off the frothiest bridal gowns, a vintage zone, live entertainment and demonstrations, a VIP area and literally hundreds of ideas it’s a day of inspiration and confetti. The show takes part in all areas of the theatre and entry is free. Visit www.icethecake.co.uk to pre-register and jump the queue. Event time 11am-4pm.
Big band dance
Monday September 16: Following the success of the first Big Band Dance Night at the Waterside, Mike Smith’s orchestra and singers are back with award winning vocalist Matthew Ford. The auditorium will be transformed to a flat floor to enable patrons to dance to the quick step, jive, fox trot along with other popular big band and Latin ballroom numbers. Alternatively, patrons can sit back and enjoy watching a spectacular view of the 15-piece live band from above in the circle levels. Showtime 7.30-10.30pm. Tickets £14 and £18.
Tuesday September 17: Royal Opera House Live presents a screening of Turandot Live in the Second Space. 7.15pm. Tickets £15. Box office 0844 871 7607.
Ifs, Buts & Babies
Friday September 13 & Saturday 14: If you missed these two ladies when they appeared in the Second Space at the Waterside earlier this year, here’s another chance to see them. Jill Neenan and Avelia Moisey from Wing are mums with a shared background as musicians, having both appeared on the West End stage. They have written an amusing show providing down to earth snapshots of the trials, tribulations, tears and triumphs of parenthood through original songs and dialogues. Numbers include Happy Mummy Jive, Big Knickers and Drunk in Charge. Show starts 8pm. Tickets £12 and £10 concessions. Box office 01296 431272.
Saturday September 14: The Charter market event in the Market Square celebrates Queen Mary granting Aylesbury the Charter of Incorporation in 1554 that made Aylesbury a genuine market town. Live music and face painting add to the atmosphere, plus there’s a chance to learn more about the history of the town and why Queen Elizabeth I’s older sister liked us!
Sunday September 15: Go back to Tudor times in celebration of Aylesbury’s historic Charter Day. With Tudor themed activities, demonstrations and entertainment. In the Market Square 11am-4pm. This is a free event.
Films showing from Friday September 13 to Thursday September 19
About Time (12A): Friday & Saturday 2.15pm, 5.15pm, 8pm; Sunday 2.15pm, 5.15pm (subtitled), 8pm; Monday to Thursday 2.15pm, 5.15pm, 8pm. Audio described.
Despicable Me 2 (U): Kids screen. Saturday & Sunday 11am. Audio described.
Elysium (15): Friday to Monday 9.15pm; Wednesday & Thursday 9.15pm. Audio described.
Insidious 2 (15): Friday 2pm, 4.30pm, 7pm, 9.30pm; Saturday & Sunday 4.30pm, 7pm, 9.30pm; Monday to Thursday 2pm, 4.30pm, 7pm, 9.30pm. Audio described.
Justin and the Knights of Valour (PG): Friday 3.40pm; Saturday & Sunday 11am, 3.40pm; Monday to Wednesday 3.40pm; Thursday 3.40pm (subtitled). Audio described.
Justin and the Knights of Valour 3D (PG): Friday 6.15pm; Saturday & Sunday 1.15pm, 6.15pm; Monday to Thursday 6.15pm. Audio described.
Monsters University (U): Saturday & Sunday 11.15am. Audio described.
One Direction - This Is Us 3D (PG): Saturday & Sunday 11.45am, 2pm. Audio described.
Planes (U): Friday 4pm; Saturday & Sunday 1.30pm, 4pm; Monday 4pm (subtitled); Tuesday & Wednesday 4pm. Audio described.
Riddick (15): Friday to Monday 6.30pm; Wednesday & Thursday 6.30pm. Audio described.
Royal Opera House - Turandot (live) 2013 (12A): Odeon Plus Culture. Tuesday 7.15pm.
Rush (15): Friday 3pm, 6pm, 8.45pm; Saturday & Sunday 12 noon, 3pm, 6pm, 8.45pm; Monday to Thursday 3pm, 6pm, 8.45pm.Audio described.
We’re the Millers (15): Friday to Thursday 8.30pm. Audio described.
White House Down (12A): Friday to Thursday 2.30pm, 5.45pm, 9pm. Audio described.
Star Trek Into Darkness (12A): Senior Screen. Wednesday 11am. Audio described.
About Time (12A): Odeon Newbies. Wednesday 11.15am.
Today, Wednesday September 11: A gallery talk entitled ‘The Aylesbury Prune’. 12.30-12.50pm. Free, but voluntary donations are welcome to support the museum programme.
Heritage open days
Thursday September 12 to Sunday 15: Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places not usually open to the public or normally charge admission. Take the chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of events around Aylesbury town centre. Join a tour of the museum’s historical buildings and explore lots more amazing places and buildings including the Judges Lodgings, crown court buildings and cells, Friends Meeting House and Tring Road cemetery. A full programme of each day’s events and how to book a place can be found at www.buckscc.gov.uk/museum or call 01296 331441.
Sunday September 15: Special Sunday opening at the museum for the Tudor Fair day. Go back in Tudor times to celebrate Aylesbury’s historic Charter Day. Tudor themed activities include falconry and archery in the museum garden and Market Square. Free event from 11am-4pm. See front page of leisure for full details.
On until October 5: Spectacular scenes of Hartwell House and its grounds displayed in the Georgian Room. A marvellous depiction of Georgian life captured by Balthasar Nebot in 1738 for Sir Thomas Lee.
Wood and woodland
On until November 2: A fascinating exhibition in the art gallery celebrating the beauty and importance of trees, featuring a wonderful array of objects from the museum’s collections. The exhibition highlights the many and varied uses of wood and shows the skills of traditional crafts people. Explore the special walk-through wood and discover art inspired by the county’s woodlands as well as the wildlife and plants that inhabit them. There is also a woodland story corner, and a chance for everyone to choose their favourite object on display and nominate it for the People’s Choice award. Free entry to the exhibition.
PUBS AND CLUBS
Thursday September 12: Two bands will join forces for a night of superb big band music and entertainment at Thame Snooker Club from 8-11pm. Entry to the concert is free but there will be a collection in aid of Cancer Research.
Thursday September 12, Friday 13 & Saturday 14: At The Shoot Pool, Hale Leys, Aylesbury. Every Thursday 9pm-1am jam night; every Friday 10.30pm-1pm live cover/tribute bands; every Saturday from 7-10pm new original
artists and from 10.30pm-1am live cover/tribute bands.
Saturday September 14: If you have photographs of unknown relatives that you would like to identify, take them along to the Buckinghamshire Genealogical Society meeting at Southcourt community centre in Prebendal Avenue from 2.30pm. Expert Tom Doig will explain how to identify them as well as giving personal advice on individual pictures.
Saturday September 14: Wendover Free Church is 30 years old and extends an invitation to the community to celebrate the anniversary. The shared premises in Aylesbury Road will be open to all, so go along and join in the fun. There will be no charge for most activities including live performances, craft for all ages, fun for children, plus opportunities to learn what the church community is all about. And there will be refreshments.
Saturday September 14: Friends of Bedgrove Surgery are holding a coffee morning at Brentwood WaySurgery from 10am-noon. Books, cakes, cards, raffle. Everyone welcome.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, TRING
Until November 17: Exploring the lives of night creatures. Free entry.
COURT THEATRE, TRING
After last year’s stunning and critically acclaimed production of West Side Story, Tring Festival Company Youth is now presenting Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Featuring a talented cast of 14 to 18 year olds from the local area, with Connor Dyer in the lead part, the show starts tonight (Wednesday) at the Court Theatre and runs until Saturday September 14. This is the 30th anniversary year of Tring Festival Compay Youth productions at Pendley. During the years many members have gone on to work in the West End and worldwide. The show plays until Saturday and starts each evening at 7.30pm, with an additional matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £8-15 (concessions available). Book online www.courttheatre.co.uk
Friday September 13: Two-hour cruise with fish and chip lunch and a dessert. Depart 12.30pm. Adults £22, seniors £20.
Friday September 13: A Rothschild wine dinner at the Five Arrows at 7.30pm. Enjoy a selection of superb Rothschild wines, champagne and canapes on arrival, and a four course dinner. £69 per person. Book on 01296 651727.
Heritage open day
Saturday September 14: The house and gardens are free of charge on this day. Local emergency services and community teams join in for a fun packed day full of activities for all the family. There will also be live music performances on the North Front. 10am-5pm.
Saturday September 14: The Oxford Chamber Music Festival in the Reading Room at Windmill Hill. Programme includes the Ravel and Kodaly Duos, Bach’s Inventions and a work especially written by leading composer David Matthews. Starts 7.30pm. £16 per person. Box office 01296 653226.
On until November 1: Three new walks explore slightly off the beaten tracks in the gardens of the manor. Free leaflets are provided.
An Inspector Calls
On until Saturday September 14: Thame Players present J. B. Priestley’s classic play at their beautiful theatre just off the High Street in town. The play is a three-act drama, which takes place on a single night in 1912, focusing on the prosperous middle-class Birling family who live in a comfortable home in Brumley, an industrial city in the north Midlands. The performances start at 7.45pm. Tickets £8 and £9 (concessions £1 less) from 01844 217228.
Ha Ha Holmes!
Saturday September 14: It’s elementary, and it’s also downright hilarious as comedian Joe Pasquale takes on the role of Sherlock Holmes. With Ben Langley as Doctor Watson and Andrew Fettes as everyone else, this sure-fire wonderfully ridiculous show is well worth an investigation. Show starts 7.30pm. Tickets £21. Box office 01494 512000.
NEW THEATRE, OXFORD
On until Saturday September 14: Written by Willy Russell, the legendary and multi award winning Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to finally meet again with fateful consequences.
Evening performances 7.30pm, matinees 2.30pm. Tickets £10-£29.50. Box office 0844 871 3020.`