Leisure listings: Wednesday, October 2 to Tuesday, October 8

Participants in Strictly Florence
Participants in Strictly Florence
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Your comprehensive guide to what’s on where – feel free to add events using the comment panel.


La Boheme

Thursday October 3: Directed by Ellen Kent, this new production of Puccini’s opera is traditionally staged, featuring lavish sets and costumes. La Boheme is one of the most romantic operas ever written, telling the tragic tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer. This classic tale of Parisian love and loss features many famous arias including Your Tiny Hand is Frozen and They Call Me Mimi. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets from £10-£29.50. Box office 0844 871 7607.


Friday October 4: A stunning, traditional production of Verdi’s magnificent story of war, jealousy and revenge. The doomed love of the beautiful Ethiopian slave girl Aida and the Eygptian hero Radames, set against stunning sets inspired by the Valley of the Kings. Spectacular ballet sequences and unforgettable arias including the classic Triumphal March. Incredible pyrotechnics with a magnificent wall of fire. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets from £10-£29.50. Box office 0844 871 7607.

Strictly Florence

Sunday October 6: Ten brave local couples take to the dance floor in aid of the hospice. Get ready for the dance event of the year when 10 local pairs take to the Waterside stage on Sunday (October 6) before a VIP judging panel which will include Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood.
Strictly Florence is being held in aid of the Florence Nightingale Hospice to celebrate 25 years of local care.
The couples have undergone six weeks of intensive training to perform in a night to remember. The judging panel will include the Waterside’s pantomime star for this year actress Anita Dobson, alongside dancer and choreographer Scott Cole, brother of Brendan, one of the professional dancers in the BBC television series. The sparkling show starts at 7.30pm, tickets cost £20 and are available from the box office on 0844 871 7607.

Sean Lock

Monday October 7: Purple Van Man is an hilarious new stand-up show from Sean Lock. Filled with gags, opinions, deft observations and some silly voices, this is what Sean does best. Show starts 8pm. Tickets £23, box office 0844 871 7607.


Tuesday October 8: The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). An irreverent, fast-paced romp through all 37 of the Bard’s plays in 97 minutes, this production was London’s longest running comedy. Join the madcap men in tights, the performance begins at 7.30pm. Tickets £16 from the box office 0844 871 7607.


Thom Tuck

Friday October 4: Thom Tuck has watched every single Disney straight-to-DVD movie so that you don’t have to. In this debut stand-up show Thom draws parallels between straight-to-DVD gems and stories from his own life. Delight in the schadenfreude of this discussion, dissection and descent into madness. Includes tales of heartbreak. Not suitable for children. Tickets £10.50/£8.50 concessions. Box office 01296 431272.

Open mic night

Saturday October 5: Step into the Limelight literally for an opportunity to share your talent in front of an appreciative audience. A fun evening of music, comedy, poetry and magic – an acoustic night only. Starts 8pm. Tickets £2.50 for performers, £4.50 for spectators, £3.50 under 16s.


Films showing from Friday October 4 to Thursday October 10:

About Time (12A): Friday and Saturday 2.45pm, 8.15pm; Sunday 8.15pm; Monday to Thursday 2.45pm, 8.15pm.

Despicable Me 2 (U): Saturday and Sunday 11.30am.

Daivathinte Swantham Cleetus (12A) 3D: Sunday 4pm.

Filth (18): Friday to Thursday 6.15pm, 8.45pm.

Insidious 2 (15): Friday to Thursday 7pm.

Justin and the Knights of Valour (PG): Friday to Thursday 3.45pm.

Justin and the Knights of Valour 3D (PG): Saturday and Sunday 1.15pm.

Monsters University (U): Saturday and Sunday 11.15am.

One Direction – This Is Us (Fan Cut) 3D (PG): Saturday and Sunday 10.45am.

Planes (U): Saturday and Sunday 11.15am, 1.30pm.

Prisoners (15): Friday and Saturday 2pm, 5.15pm, 8.30pm; Sunday and Monday 2pm (sub-titles), 5.15pm, 8.30pm; Tuesday to Thursday 2pm, 5.15pm, 8.30pm.

R.I.P.D. (12A): Saturday and Sunday 12.30pm.

R.I.P.D. 3D (12A): Friday to Thursday 6pm.

Rush (15): Friday to Thursday 2.15pm, 5pm, 8pm.

Runner Runner (15): Friday and Saturday 4pm, 9.30pm; Sunday 3.30pm, 9.30pm; Monday to Wednesday 4pm, 9.30pm; Thursday 4pm, 9.30pm (sub-titles).

Sunshine on Leith (PG): Friday 4.15pm, 6.45pm, 9.15pm; Saturday and Sunday 1.45pm, 4.15pm, 6.45pm, 9.15pm; Monday and Tuesday 4.15pm, 6.45pm, 9.15pm; Wednesday 1.45pm, 4.15pm, 6.45pm, 9.15pm; Thursday 4.15pm, 6.45pm, 9.15pm.

The Smurfs 2 (U): Kids Screen. Saturday and Sunday 11am.

Behind the Candelabra (15): Senior Screen. Wednesday 11am.



Wednesday October 2: Internationally acclaimed iconographer Constantina Wood, artist in residence at St Mary’s Church in Aylesbury, will demonstrate her art from 10am-2.30pm.

Classical music

Thursday October 3: Lunchtime concert at St Mary’s Church, Aylesbury, from 12.45pm. Pianist Maria Razumovskaya returns to play Schubert, Chopin and Liszt. Admission £3, U18 free.


Lunchtime talk

Today, Wednesday October 2: A gallery talk entitled ‘The Mystery of Yewden Roman Villa’ 12.30-12.50pm. Free, but voluntary donations are welcome.

Painting exhibition

On until Saturday 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 Saturday 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.


Live music

Thursday October 3, Friday 4, Saturday 5: At the Shoot Pool, Hale Leys, Aylesbury. Every Thursday 9pm-1am jam night; every Friday 10.30pm-1am live cover/tribute bands; every Saturday from 7-10pm new original artists and from 10.30pm-1am live cover/tribute bands.

Inside Out

Saturday October 5: Popular local male duo Inside Out are welcomed back to Rivet Sports and Social Club playing favourite songs to get everyone up and dancing. in Whitehead Way off Mandeville Road, Aylesbury. Starts 8.45pm. Members free, guests £2.


Saturday October 5: Angie and Darren’s ska craze, ska music with two mics to sing along. Playing at The Weavers pub in Aylesbury. Starts 9pm. Free entry.


The Magic Flute

Saturday October 5: Aylesbury Opera Group is presenting a concert performance of The Magic Flute by Mozart in the parish church of St Peter and St Paul, Tring at 7.30pm. This is billed as a ‘Come and Sing’ concert.

This means people can chose to either simply enjoy being a part of the audience and watch the performance, or you can chose to take part.

If you chose the latter, you should go along to the afternoon rehearsal on the afternoon of the concert day at 3pm and join in with the choruses, then be part of the evening performance. The music will be provided. Tickets £10 available on the door or in advance from 07725 868092.

Eisenach Ensemble

Sunday October 6: At Holy Trinity Church, Aylesbury. See front page leisure story for full details.


Plant & produce

Saturday October 5: BBOWT market with sale of plants and produce at Great Missenden Memorial Centre from 10am-1pm.

Browse a huge selection of perennials grown by members; also crafts, white elephant and second hand book stalls. Excellent refreshments. All in aid of local wildlife trust. Entrance is free.

Ploughing match

Saturday October 5: Chiltern Hills Agricultural Association competition using modern and vintage tractors. See front page of leisure for full details.


Senior citizen day

Sunday October 6: All senior citizens travel at half price on Chinnor and Princes Risborough railway. Talking timetable 01844 353535.

Enthusiasts’ day

Sunday October 6: At Buckinghamshire Railway Centre. See front page picture story in leisure for full details.art


Friday October 4, Saturday 5, Sunday 6: Father and son artists Michael and Graham Turner exhbit their work, including motorsport and medieval art, at Halton House from 10am-6pm.


The big draw

Saturday October 5: Take part in arts and crafts activities inspired by animals in the museum. 10am-4pm. Free.


Behind the scenes

Friday October 4: Learn about life at the manor, how it was used in the 19th century and how it was run. Explore rooms where the servants lived and worked and find out how these areas of the house are used today. See secret staircases and rooms where the servants slept. 10.30am-noon. £30 (includes house and gardens admission). Book on 01296 653226.


Friday October 4: Windmill Hill public access tours. The archive and reading room at Windmill Hill is a new space to enjoy contemporary art. Located 10 minutes from the manor by car or it can be reached on foot. Admission free. The archive may have to close for private events, so it is advisable to check the website before travelling.

Artist & makers

Saturday October 5 & Sunday 6: The fair is at Waddesdon Plant Centre from 10am-4pm on both days. Admission £3.


Hats Off to Zeppelin

Friday October 4: A tribute to one of the greatest rock bands ever. Show starts 7.45pm. Tickets £12. Box office 01844 217228.

Tea with old Queen

Sunday October 6: A funny, witty and poignant play revealing the eccentricities of our monarchy as recorded in the fictitious ‘secret’ diaries of William Tallon – Steward and Page of the Backstairs to the Queen Mother. Backstairs Billy has seen and done it all. Billy died a few years after the Queen Mother, taking with him his secrets – or so they thought! Show starts 7.45pm. Tickets £10. Box office 01844 217228.


Under Milkwood

Sunday October 6: The Windmill Players perform Dylan Thomas’s Under Milkwood at Brill Sports and Social Club 7.30pm. Tickets £5 (including light supper) from 01844 238650.


That’ll Be The Day

Tonight, Wednesday October 2: Prepare yourself for a party as the legendary rock’n’roll spectacular show returns by popular demand. Featuring a fantastic line up of knock-out hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s mixed with zany comedy routines to produce a show with a real feelgood party atmosphere. Starts 7.30pm. Tickets from £22. Box office 01494 512000.

Beer & cider festival

Thursday October 3: Top brewed ales and ciders from local area. Live music from The Salts. 18+. Doors open 7.30pm. Tickets £12 on the door (includes one free beer). At town hall.