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Events and things to do in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire - November 2014

PUBLISHED: 10:25 04 November 2014 | UPDATED: 10:25 04 November 2014

Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera twists and turns with mistaken identities... and a woman wronged. ©Tristram Kenton

Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera twists and turns with mistaken identities... and a woman wronged. ©Tristram Kenton

©Tristram Kenton

A selection of events to enjoy across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire this month

The magic of Glyndebourne

Three very different treats come to Milton Keynes Theatre from Glyndebourne in November, providing opera lovers –and those new to the musical feast – with an opportunity to enjoy a taste of the best from Britain’s stages.

It begins on 18 to 20 November with Mozart’s La Finta Giadineria. The story starts just after Sandrina, the Marchesa Violante, has been left for dead by a jealous lover. She disguises herself as a gardener, getting work with the local mayor. Expect a good helping of thwarted passion. This version is sing in Italian with English supertitles.

It’s followed from 19 to 22 November by Verdi’s masterpiece, La Traviata. What more could you want than the unforgettable story of a fallen woman who tries to live life to the full while facing probable death? Although this is a more up-to-date version, it’s had great reviews, sung in Italian with English supertitles.

The last Glyndebourne offering is quite different: Benjamin Britten’s Turning of the Screw on 21 November, based on a story by Henry James. We meet two children who may simply be evil or possessed by malign forces. The music is haunting, be prepared for nursery rhymes that become peculiar chants and Bible psalms being distorted. It’s sung in English with supetitles.

To book see www.atgtickets.com.

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Performance Highlights

AYLESBURY

3-5 November, Miracle on 34th Street; 6-8 November, MCB The Nutcracker; 9 November, Paul Hollywood – British Baking Live; 19 November, Ross Noble; 20 November, Chas & Dave; 25 November, Al Murray; 26 November, John Cleese; 27 November, Frank Skinner; 29 November, Karl Jenkins – The Armed Man with World War 1 Centenary Concert

• Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 08448 717627

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8 November, The Mystery of the Market Town Murder (A Walking Play)

• Aylesbury Town Hall, Church Street, tel: 01296 425678

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BRACKNELL

9 November, Swan Lake; 11 November; Watching the Living – A Daphne Du Maurier Double Bill; 28-29 November, This was the World and I was King; 28 November, Conservatoire Concert Series; 29 November – 3 January, Aladdin

• South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, tel: 01344 484123

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CHESHAM

1 November Peter Pan; 14 November The Barron Knights; 16 November The Sooty Show; 22 November Vienna Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker

• The Elgiva, St Mary’s Way, tel: 01494 582900

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HIGH WYCOMBE

3-8 November, To Kill a Mockingbird; 8 November The South; 9-10 November, Dawn French – 30 Million Minutes; 11 November, Pride and Prejudice; 13 November, Paul Daniels & Debbie McGee; 15 November Kenny Ball Junior; 22 November, John Mayall; 23 November, Princes Risborough & Marlow Choral Society; 25-29 November, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

• Wycombe Swan, St Mary Street, tel: 01494 512000

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MAIDENHEAD

1 November, The New Foxtrot Serenaders – Strictly Gershwin; 12 November, Hannah Saunders and Liz Simmonds; 15 November, Celebrating Hoagy; 19 November, Jonathan Dimbleby – Destiny in the Desert; 20 November, Taplow Youth Choir

• Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, tel: 01183 788660

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MILTON KEYNES

Until 8 November, Dirty Dancing; 11-15 November, Swan Lake; 18/20 November, Glyndebourne’s La Finta Giardiniera; 19/22 November, Glyndebourne’s La Traviata; 21 November, Glyndebourne’s The Turn of the Screw; 25-29 November, Calamity Jane

• Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, tel: 08448 717652

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1 November, Roger McGuinn; 1 November, Anna Massie & Mairearad Green; 4 November, Wishbone Ash; 7-9 November, Joe Brown

• The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, tel: 01908 280800

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NEWBURY

Until 8 November, But First This; 12-15 November, Twelfth Night; 20 November – 4 January 2015 Peter Pan

• The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, tel: 01635 46044

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7 November, Sean Hughes; 13-15 November, Nabucco; 17 November, Albert Roux; 22 November, Carols at The Corn Exchange 28 November – 4 January 2015 Aladdin

• Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, tel: 0845 5218218

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READING

3 November, Moscow Ballett La Classique – The Nutcraker; 4 November, 10cc & Special Guests; 5 November, Jools Holland; 7 November, Paul Hollywood – Get Your Bake On; 8 November, Al Murray; 12 November, Erasure; 21 November, Dave Gorman; 24 November, Joan Armatrading; 27 November, Noel Fielding; 28 November, David Baddiel; 29 November, Christmas with the Salvation Army

• The Hexagon, Queens Walk, Reading, tel: 01189 606060

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1 November, Stephen K Amos; 16 November, Henley Symphony Orchestra; 28 November, Our Life on Ice, in conversation with Torvill & Dean; 29 November, Reading Community Gospel Choir

• Concert Hall, Town Hall, Blagrave Street, tel: 01189 606060

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WINDSOR

2 November, Fascinating Aida; 4 November, Chas & Dave; 6-8 November, Miracle on 34th Street; 11-15 November, Swan Lake; 18-22 November, Our Country’s Good; 24-26 November, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; 27 November, Christmas Rat Pack; 28-29 November, ABBA Merry Christmas Party

• Theatre Royal Windsor, Thames Street, Tel: 01753 853888

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Foodie events

• 1 November, Wycombe Swan Beer and Food Festival, St Mary Street, tel: 01494 512000

• 25 November, Farmers’ Market, Market Square, Aylesbury

• 29 November, Wine, Beer & Produce Festival, Mursley Village Hall, tel: 01296 728167

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Enjoy a day out

• 3/10/17/24 November, Cliveden House Tour & NT Lunch, tel: 01628 605069

• 16 November, Twilight Tour: Scandalous by Nature: The Troublesome Owners of Stowe, Stowe House, tel: 01280 818002

• 22 November, Autumn Amble, Burnham Beeches, Hawthorne Lane, Farnham Common, tel: 01753 647358

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Christmas is coming….

• Looking for an unusual gift or treat for you and your home? Then head to Windsor Contemporary Art Fair at Windsor Racecourse on 8 November for work by some 150 artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and selected galleries, with prices from around £40 to £4,000. See www.windsorcontemporaryartfair.co.uk.

• 2 November, Turkey Tasting & Early Gifts, Hazeldene Farm, Chesham, tel: 07582 630883

• 15 November, Charity and Christmas Market, Pangbourne Village Hall

• 16 November, The Chilterns American Women’s Club Charity Bazaar, The Bellhouse Hotel, Gerrards Cross, tel: 07730 349621

• 22-23/29-30 November, Meet Father Christmas at Legoland Windsor, tel: 0871 2222001

• 22 November, Aldworth Bazaar and Turkey Tasting, Aldworth Village Hall, Bell Lane, Aldworth, tel: 01635 578090

• 22 November, Christmas Fayre, Abbey Baptist Church, Reading

• 23 November, Christmas Market, Crowne Plaza, Marlow, tel: 07912 696658

• 25 November, Christmas Flowers, Buckingham Old Gaol, tel: 01280 823020

• 26-30 November, Christmas Fair, Waddesdon Manor, tel: 01296 653226

• 29 November, Pangbourne College Christmas Bazaar, tel: 01635 860039

• 29 November, Bearwood Christmas Market, Bearwood Road

• 29-30 November, Lapland UK, Whitmore Forest, Windsor Estate, Swinley Road, tel: 08716 207063

• 29-30 November, Traditional Chilterns Christmas, Chiltern Open Air Musuem, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117

• 29-30 November, Christmas Craft Fair, The Barn Courtyard, The High Street, Wendover, tel: 01296 620428

• 30 November, Santa Steaming Day, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton Road Station, tel: 01296 655720

• 30 November, Wokingham Winter Carnival in the town centre

• 30 November, Christmas Market, Hilton Hotel, St Anne’s Manor, Wokingham, tel: 07912 696858

• 30 November, Santa Dash, Home Park, Windsor, tel: 01753 567630

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