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Events and things to do in Buckinghamshire - April 2015

PUBLISHED: 15:31 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:31 26 March 2015

Bertie Wooster, played by Robert Webb, can't wait to meet you!

Bertie Wooster, played by Robert Webb, can't wait to meet you!

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A selection of events and things to do across Buckinghamshire this April.

These dogs make a difference

We all know that many of the animals sharing our lives are far cleverer than some people think. Now you can meet some of smartest and friendliest dogs in Buckinghamshire – those training to work for the charity Hearing Dogs For Deaf People.

The national charity has its headquarters at Saunderton and is holding its popular Spring Open Day on Saturday, 11 April. It’s a chance to see behind the scenes as some adorable puppies show how they are learning to provide a marvellous lifeline for those of us without hearing, alongside the trainers and helpers who care for them until it’s time to join a deaf person.

As if the puppies weren’t enough of a temptation, the food treats here are always excellent, so don’t miss the cake stall (try some for free!) where you can learn about the charity’s Bake Off campaign. There’s also a nice little shop and, for those who haven’t visited in a while, a chance to see the new-look glass-fronted kennels used by the dogs at the school.

This event at The Grange, Wycombe Road, Saunderton, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, HP27 9NS, runs from 11am to 4pm; adult: £4,Conc: £3, children (5-15): £2, family (2 adults, 2 children): £10.

Tickets will be available on the day. See www.hearingdogs.org.uk

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Completely bonkers fun

There’s no other way to describe Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, as Robert Webb, pictured, delights in the role of absurd aristocratic fool Bertie Wooster in this new play adapted from PG Wodehouse’s works. As you might expect, things go terribly wrong at a country house weekend, we need Jeeves, played by Jason Thorpe to save the day. This work, written by David and Robert Goodale, is based on the 1938 novel The Code of the Woosters and they’ve done a brilliant job with capturing the Wodehouse spirit. Delightful characters such as Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, Sir Watkin Bassett, Dahlia Travers, Roderick Spode and Constable Oates make an appearance. The show enjoyed a great extended run at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre, picking up accolades including winning the 2014 Best New Comedy at The Olivier Awards.

Join in the merriment at Milton Keynes Theatre from 7 to 11 April.

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Lloyd Webber’s musical journey

Although cellist Julian Lloyd Webber was devastated last year when a herniated disc in his neck led him to decide he would have to retire from major performances, the master musician still has a huge amount to share with audiences.

On 29 April a national tour comes to High Wycombe, and it’s a very personal story of his journey, providing a unique insight into his life as a musician, but also as a member of arguably the most influential musical dynasty of modern times.

A mix of personal anecdotes and stories, 
it is linked with rare video footage of him playing and talking with many of the people involved in his amazing life such as Nigel Kennedy, Elton John, Katherine Jenkins, Tim Rice, Yehudi Menhuin, Joaquin Rodrigo, Cleo Laine and Stephane Grappelli.

For the backbone of the show, and complimenting the chat and clips, he will be joined by his wife and fellow cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber and pianist Pam Chowhan to perform works.

Tickets are £26, see wycombeswan.co.uk

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Gardens open in April

Get out in the spring sunshine by visiting a local garden open to the public under the National Gardens Scheme, see www.ngs.org.uk.

On 26 April a trip to Long Crendon provides a chance to visit seven during a day out, from cottage gardens to formal knot gardens, woodland delights and an ornamental pond, plus lots more. A combined ticket is £6, children free. You might find time to enjoy home made teas at Church House in the High Street. The village itself has lots to admire, including sights that fans of Midsomer Murders might recognise (local residents have also appeared as ‘extras’!) and parts of ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie were filmed there.

Among other gardens open in April are:

• 5 April, Overstroud Cottage Open Garden, Great Missenden, tel: 01494 862701

• 6 April, Rivendell Open Garden, Amersham

• 12 April, Westend House Open Garden, Leighton Buzzard, tel: 01296 661332

• 25 April, Cliveden Open Gardens, Cliveden, Maidenhead, tel: 01628 605069

• 26 April, Stoke Poges Memorial Gardens – Open Garden, Slough, tel: 01753 523744

• 26 April, Whitewalls Open Garden, Marlow, tel: 01628 482573

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AYLESBURY

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 08448 717627

Until 4 April, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; 7-8 April, Activate Dance Festival; 9 April, The Sooty Show; 10 April, Encore Screening – Maxine Peake as Hamlet; 11 April, The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Show; 13-18 April, Spamalot; 16 April, NT Live – The Hard Problem; 18 April, Big Red Bath; 21 April, Dara O Briain: Crowd Tickler; 24-25 April, EYB Swan Lake; 26 April, Sex in Suburbia; 28 April – 2 May, Oh What A Lovely War – The Musical

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HIGH WYCOMBE

Wycombe Swan Theatre & Town Hall, St Mary Street, tel: 01494 512000

1 April, Johnny Cash Roadshow; 2 April, Sing-A-Long-A-Frozen; 2 April, Sing-A-Long-Sound of Music; 4 April, Pop Factor the Concert; 6-11 April, The Full Monty; 12 April, Alan Carr – Yap, Yap, Yap; 14-18 April, Calamity Jane; 21-25 April, The Boy In Striped Pyjamas; 27 April, Balletboyz; 28 April, Count Arthur Strong; 29 April, An Evening with Julian Lloyd Webber; 30 April – 2 May, The Business of Murder

Old Town Hall, Wycombe Swan Theatre, St Mary Street, tel: 01494 512000

2/9/16/23/30 April, Hellfire; 7-10 April, Honk the Musical in 4 Days Fees; 18 April, Ultimate Elton;

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MILTON KEYNES

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, tel: 08448 717652

Until 4 April, The Producers; 5 April, Alan Carr: Yap, Yap, Yap!; 7-11 April, Jeeves & Wooster; 12 April, The Solid Silver 60’s Show 2015; 13-18 April, Dance ‘til Dawn; 19 April, Sing-A-Long-A-Frozen; 21-26 April, Lord of the Dance; 28-30 April, Wuthering Heights

The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, tel: 01908 280800

2 April, Secret Love: The Life and Music of Doris Day; 12 April, The Blockheads; 19 April, An Evening with Hazel O’Connor; 22 April, Courtney Pine: Song; 24 April, Joe McElderry Live and Unplugged; 28 April, The Fureys; 30 April, Uriah Heep

Stantonbury Theatre, Stantonbury, Milton Keynes, tel: 01908 324466

23 April, Lysistrata

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Other events

• 1 April, The Great War Through The Magic Lantern, Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, www.bucksfhs.org.uk
• 1/8/12/19/26/29 April, Steaming Day, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Nr Aylesbury, tel: 01296 655450

• 3-6 April, Day Out With Thomas, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, Nr Aylesbury, tel: 01296 655720

• 3-6 April, Traditional Easter; Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117

• 4 April, Vale Harvest Local Food Market, Banks Park, Haddenham Village Hall, Haddenham, www.valeharvest.weebly.com
• 11 April, Bourne End Community and Craft Fair, The Jackson Room, Bourne End Library, Wakeman Road, tel: 07989 716635

• 18 April, Plant Sale, Mentmore Village Green, Mentmore Village, tel: 07707 218719/01525 372757

• 18-19 April, Meet the Lambs, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117

• 18 April, Our Ancestors through Literature, Prebendal Farm Community Centre, Somerville Way, Fowler Road, Aylesbury

• 26 April, Oxfordshire CCC v Herefordshire CCC, The Wormsley Estate, Stokenchurch, tel: 01283 260068

• 26 April, St George’s Celebration, Fun Day and Scout Parade, Market Square, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 425678

• 26 April, Wendover Woods Craft Market, near Café In the Woods, Wendover Woods, tel: 07854 815291

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