Events and things to do in Buckinghamshire - February 2015

PUBLISHED: 12:35 29 January 2015 | UPDATED: 12:35 29 January 2015

That white suit and all the moves at Milton Keynes ©Nobby Clark nobby@nobbyclark.co.uk

That white suit and all the moves at Milton Keynes ©Nobby Clark nobby@nobbyclark.co.uk

©Nobby Clark nobby@nobbyclark.co.uk

A selection of events and things to do this February in Buckinghamshire

Brendan’s back in town

The first of this month brings Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole closer to home and family with the arrival of his A Night To Remember show at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre.

The Aylesbury date is near the lovely cottage he shares with wife Zoe near the Bucks-Oxon border. They married at Nether Winchendon House in 2010 and now share their lives with daughter Aurelia, born on Christmas Day 2012.

Straight after Strictly Brendan set off on a hefty schedule of 48 shows in three months, showcasing his expertise in an odyssey of music and dance, once again blending exquisite choreography with his own unique charisma in a bold, sensational show.

The show features new music and costumes as Brendan leads his cast through a diverse selection of styles and numbers. Tickets from £28.90, see www.atgtickets.com, tel 08448 717627.

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Fancy a bit of disco Fever?

Head back to the late 70s world of discos, dancing and those brilliant Bee Gees classics with Saturday Night Fever, which comes to Milton Keynes from 24 to 28 February. This new production follows the story we know so well from the film, that of Brooklyn boy Tony’s dream of being a disco king and the girls he meets along the way, so be prepared for the adult themes and occasional strong language of the original. But none of this detracts from a show which has been touring the country to critical acclaim.

Tickets from £12.90 plus booking fee, see www.atgtickets.com, tel: 08448 717652

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Songs that stand the test of time

This summer big audiences at the Royal Albert Hall and other major UK venues will be enjoying performances by music legends Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. That Frankie will be 81 by then just isn’t slowing him down, and he is still touring.

In the meantime you can enjoy Jersey Boys, the award-winning musical telling the story of the four boys from the wrong side of the tracks who wrote their own songs and went on to sell 175 million records worldwide. The show runs from 3-14 February at Milton Keynes Theatre, tickets from £17.90 plus booking fee, see www.atgtickets.com, tel 08448 717627.

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Magical tale of an outsider

Dance fans will love this bittersweet but witty production by Matthew Bourne, based on the classic Tim Burton movie. It features the music of Danny Elfman and Terry Davies, recorded in surround sound. See and enjoy it at Milton Keynes Theatre from 17 to 21 February, tickets from £16.90 plus booking fee, see www.atgtickets.com, tel 08448 717627.

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Verdi’s masterpiece

Elena Dee leads the cast in Ellen Kent’s version of La Traviata at two Buckinghamshire venues this month. See the passionate tale of courtesan Violetta at Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre on 8 February, or at the Wycombe Swan on 22 February.

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Performance highlights

AYLESBURY

1 February, Brendan Cole: A Night to Remember; 2 February, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac; 4 February, Curious; 5 February, Richard Alston Dance Company; 6 February, The Magic of Motown; 6 February, Comedy Club; 7 February, Jimmy Carr: Funny Business, 8 February, Ellen Kent’s La Traviata; 9-14 February, Anything Goes; 20 February, The Fantastical Story Factory; 20 February, Showstoppers – The Improvised Musical; 21 February, Songbird: The Music of Eva Cassidy; 21 February, Richard Herring – Lord of the Dance Settee; 23-28 February, Blood Brothers

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

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HIGH WYCOMBE

4 February, Fairport Convention; 5 February, The Three Degrees; 13 February, Waterloo – The Best of ABBA; 14 February, Ross Noble – Tangentleman; 15 February, The Life and Music of Doris Day; 16 February, Return to the Forbidden Planet; 22 February, La Traviata; 26 February, Dara O’Briain; 27 February, Steeleye Span, 28 February, Magic – A Kind of Queen

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

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20-22 February, Footloose; 28 February, Only Fools and Boycie

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

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MILTON KEYNES

3-14 February, Jersey Boys; 17-21 February, Edward Scissorhands; 22 February, Omid Djalili: Iranalamadingdong; 24-28 February, Saturday Night Fever

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

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5 February, Limehouse Lizzy; 7 February, Jackson Live; 7 February, Jaywalkers; 8 February, Kast off Kinks; 13 February, Toploader; 13 February, Patsy Reid & Friends; 14 February, Showaddywaddy; 17 February, Barbara Dickson; 19 February, Mark Thomas: Cuckooed; 21 February, Fairport Convention; 22 February, An Evening with Julian Lloyd Webber

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

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8 February, Little Howard’s Big Show; 11-13 February, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; 19-21 February, The Wizard of Oz; 25 February, The Only Way Is

• Stantonbury Theatre, Stantonbury, tel: 01908 324466

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BEACONSFIELD

6-7 February, Grease

• Beaconsfield High School

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AMERSHAM

7 February, Violin and piano concert

• Dr Challoners High School, Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont www.amershamconcerts.org.uk

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Other events:

• 3 & 25 February, Storytelling Performances in Jordans (Aimed at adults); Jordans Village Hall, Green West Lane, Nr Beaconsfield, tel: 07762 469059

• 4 February, family History Talk: Quaker Ancestry, Methodist Church Hall, Queensway, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, www.bucksfhs.org.uk

• 5-7 February, Punch & Judy, Winslow Public Hall, Elmfields Gate, Winslow, tel: 01296 715185

• 7-8 February, Buckingham Garden Centre Potato Weekend, Tingewick Road, Buckingham, tel: 01280 822133

• 14 February, Model Railway Exhibition, Milton Keynes 2015, Stantonbury Leisure Centre, Stantonbury, Milton Keynes, tel: 01494 773759

• 25 February, Waterways in West Africa, Little Chalfont Village Hall, Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont, tel: 01932 248178

• 28 February, 1950’s Record Hop Social Dance, Frieth Village Hall, Buckinghamshire, tel: 07947 106607

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