Events and things to do in Buckinghamshire - May 2017

PUBLISHED: 14:57 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:40 10 May 2017

Anything could happen when Gangsta Granny is in full flow (Photo: Mark Douet)

Anything could happen when Gangsta Granny is in full flow (Photo: Mark Douet)

Photo by Mark Douet

With spring here and Bank Holidays arriving, there’s a feast of entertainment to choose from in Buckinghamshire

Gangsta Granny Gilly’s in Town

Aylesbury-born Gilly Tompkins returns to the town this month, playing a most unusual grandparent. Birmingham Stage Company, the acclaimed producers of Horrible Histories and George’s Marvellous Medicine, are bringing their world premiere of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from Wednesday, 17 to Sunday, 21 May prior to a West End run.

Gangsta Granny can be enjoyed by everyone from 5 to 105. It’s both laugh-out loud funny with some brilliant comic scenes, but also moving and truthful things about family relationships. As well as Gilly, who now lives in Leighton Buzzard, as Granny, the cast includes Ashley Cousins as Ben, Louise Bailey, Alison Fitzjohn, Laura Girling, Richard James, Umar Malik, Benedict Martin and Aaron Thiara. Aimee Eaton from Bedford will be dancing a solo piece.

It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny. There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake, and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be boring. But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.

Book at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Box Office, call 0844 871 7607 (bkg fee) or visit (bkg fee). Tickets are from £19.


Kate’s Classics and New Songs

Kate Rusby has insisted on sticking to her folk singing route, swerving attempts to turn her into a pop sensation since bursting on to the music scene in the late 1990s and being a Mercury Prize nominee. Her love affair with folk and telling stories through song has won the day and as well as being a four times winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, in 2014 she was the recipient of the prestigious British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors’ Gold Badge Award in honour of her ‘unique contribution to music’.

Enjoy her interpretive and soulful vocals with a band of virtuoso artists at Wycombe Swan on Sunday 21, May, tickets £25.50, under 16s £18,


Enter an Abba Paradise

Does Your Mother Know the first ever MAMMA MIA! UK tour comes to Milton Keynes Theatre from Tuesday, 2 to Saturday, 20 May? The show is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs within an enchanting tale of family and friendship on a Greek island paradise.

The cast includes Helen Hobson (Donna Sheridan), Gillian Hardie (Rosie), Emma Clifford (Tanya), Alex Bourne (Sam Carmichael), Jamie Hogarth (Harry Bright), Christopher Hollis (Bill Austin), Lucy May Barker (Sophie Sheridan), Phillip Ryan (Sky), Fia Houston-Hamilton (Ali), Blaise Colangelo (Lisa), Louis Stockil (Pepper) and Brad Veitch (Eddie).

The London production has now been seen by more than 1 in 10 of the entire UK population and is one of only five musicals to have run for more than 10 years on both Broadway and in the West End. In 2011 it became the first Western musical ever to be staged in Mandarin in the People’s Republic of China.

With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus, MAMMA MIA! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. For tickets, £20 to £66 plus transaction fee, call the box office on 0844 871 7652, see


Fan of the Thames

Artist Nicola Metcalfe has a new exhibition running at Bourne End Library from 4 May to 6 June, aptly titled ‘Mrs Metcalfe in the Library with a Paintbrush!’. Nicola will be showcasing her ‘We are UK’ series plus ‘Let’s go up the river’, her homage to the Thames. The exhibition features many Thames side locations, call into the library in Wakeman Road, SL8 5SX. You can expect plenty of quirky, colourful illustrations, bold, abstract paintings and even tea towels featuring the local area.


NGS Open Gardens

• 7 May, Overstroud Cotttage, Gt Missenden, tel: 01494 862701; Flaxbourne Farm, Aspley Guise, MK17 8HZ; Turn End, Townside , Haddenham, Aylesbury, HP17 8BG

• 14 May, The Plough, Aylesbury, HP17 0TJ; Chesham Bois House, Chesham Bois, HP6 6DF, tel: 01494 726476

• 16 May, Red Kites, Bledlow Ridge, HP14 4JJ, tel: 01494 481474

• 21 May, Fressingwood, Great Missenden, HP16 0EF

• 21 May, The Manor House, near Princes Risborough, HP27 9PB

• 28-29 May, Nether Winchendon House, Aylesbury, HP18 0DY, tel: 01844 290101

• 29 May, The Claydons, East Claydon, MK18 2ND; The Plough, Aylesbury, HP17 0TJ


Other events

• 1 May, Elizabethan Adventure, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117

• 1 May, May Fayre, Whaddon School, MK17 0LS

• 7, 14, 21 and 28 May, Exploring the Pleasure Gardens – A walk on the Wild Side, West Wycombe Park, Village and Hill, tel: 01494 513569

• 7 May, Village Market, Aston Clinton School, tel: 07815 130191

• 13 May, May Fayre, Higginson Park, Marlow

• 14 May, Aylesbury Race for Life 5K, Waddesdon Manor,

• 14 May, 5K/10K and Children’s Fun Run, Sprinters Leisure Centre, Honor End Lane, Prestwood, tel: 01296 696133

• 19-21 May, Tom Kerridge presents Pub in the Park, Higginson Park, Marlow, tel: 03300 555729

• 20 May, Enchanted Museum, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117

• 21 May, Priestfield Arboretum Open Day, Stony Lane, Little Kingshill, tel: 07887 730200

• 21 May, Chiltern Hills Vintage Vehicle Rally, Weedon Park, Weedon Hill, tel: 01296 681530

• 27-29 May, Bank Holiday Weekend Vintage Steam Cruises, Bourne End Marina, Wharf Lane, tel: 07774 925323

• 28-29 May, Roman Gladiators, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117

• 29 May, Village Fayre, Cheapside Lane, Denham, UB9 5BH



Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 08448 717627

5 May, Think Floyd; 6 May, Some Guys Have All the Luck – The Rod Stewart Story; 8 May, Gino’s Italian Escape Live; 9 May, Jimmy Carr; 11 May, NT Live: Obsession; 11 May, Mercury: The Ultimate Queen Tribute; 12 May, Alexander O’Neal; 13 May, The Chicago Blues Brothers; 17-21 May, Gansta Granny; 24 May, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; 25 May, Joe Longthorne; 27 May, Let’s Twist Again; 30 May – 3 June, A Judgement in Stone

Queens Park Arts Centre and Limelight Theatre, Queens Park, tel: 01296 424332

6 May, John Otway Big Band; 19 May, John Verity Band; 26 May, Sunjay



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

3-4 May, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom; 6 May, That’ll Be The Day; 9 May, Bucks Dance; 8-13 May, Footloose; 16 May, Al Murray; 18 May, Solid Gold 70’s; 19 May, The Elvis Years; 20 May, Wycombe Orpheus Male Voice Choir; 21 May, Kate Rusby; 24 May, The All-Star Stand Up Tour; 25-27 May, Ballroom Stars Keep Dancing



Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, tel: 08448 717652

2-20 May, Mamma Mia; 23-27 May, Evita; 30 May-3 June, Billy Elliot

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

3 May, The Simon & Garfunkel Story; 6 May, Ultimate Bowie; 9 May, The Cavern Beatles; 11 May, The Kast Off Kinks; 13 May, Dutch Swing College Band: World Jubilee Tour; 13 May, Charlie Dore; 14 May Cherry Lee Mewis & Dani Wilde; 16 May, Leo Sayer; 18 May, Courtney Pine featuring OMAR; 18 May, Eleanor McEvoy; 19-20 May, G2 Genesis; 25 May, Snakecharmer; 27 May, Tom Allen & Suzi Ruffell; 27 May, Amanda St John; 28 May, Brother Strut; 30 May, Moya Brennan

Stantonbury Theatre, tel: 01908 324466

13 May, Reduced Shakespeare Company and Seabright Productions present William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged); 18-20 May, Ghosts – The Play’s The Thing Theatre Company

Winslow Public Hall, tel: 01296715185

3-6 May, The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery



All Saints Church, tel: 01628 478345

6 May, Marlow Choral Society – Stainer’s Crucifixion



St Mary’s Parish Church, Church Lane, tel: 01296 696960

13 May, Sean Shibe: Classical Guitar – Wendover Music; Mini Mozart

St Mary’s Church, tel: 01296 623123

20 May, Wendover Choral Society present Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle

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