Events and things to do in Buckinghamshire - October 2016
PUBLISHED: 16:02 26 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:02 26 September 2016
From the weird to the nostalgic - with a little innuendo thrown in - October offers a feast of entertainment
Could that be Michael Jackson?
We have to start our diary with a show coming to High Wycombe’s Swan on 9 October. King of Pop celebrates late superstar Michael Jackson and stars the world’s leading MJ tribute artist Navi, joined by Jackson’s original lead guitarist, Jennifer Batten.
It’s hot on the heels of the latest conspiracy theory that Jackson, who died in 2009, is still alive. Millions of fans have been poring over a photo taken in daughter Paris Jackson’s car, with some believing what others have dismissed as a pile of laundry in the back of the vehicle, is actually her father.
Beyond all the strange stories, the one of tribute act Navi has its own quirky elements. Jackson himself hand-picked Navi as his official body double and even hired Navi to perform at two of his birthday parties. Now who does that? Anyway, the real Michael gave Navi a standing ovation and described his performance as “Incredible”.
What’s for sure is that, just like Elvis, the Michael Jackson fascination, and love of his music, continues across the planet. There’s a Facebook page with 75 million ‘likes’ and the Michael Jackson World Network (MJWN), is the UK’s oldest MJ fan club, with members in 100 countries.
The Wycombe show gives us a chance to see Navi on stage alongside Jennifer Batten, who played three famous sell-out world tours with Jackson, Bad Dangerous and HIStory, to more than 4.5 million fans worldwide. Tickets are £25 and there’s a VIP option at £37 which includes meet and greet, premium seats and a VIP pack.
La Bohème at Aylesbury
Doomed love in Paris sets the scene for one of the most romantic operas ever written, Puccini’s classic tale of consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer. A brand new production directed by Ellen Kent comes to Aylesbury’s Waterside Theatre on 20 October (Aida is performed the following night), starring Olga Perrier as Musetta and Ecaterina Danu as Mimi.
The set reflects the Bohemian art of the period and will include a local brass band, snow effects and Musetta’s dog will also make an entrance. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Tickets £16.50 to £41.90 plus transaction fee.
Now let’s go walkies
Stokenchurch Dog Rescue at Tower Farm, Oxford Road, will hold their fundraising sponsored walk from 11am on Sunday, 2 October, with 5k & 10k routes to choose from. Bring your own dog or walk one from the kennels (advance booking needed). Even those without dogs are welcome. Contact Dave Bevan on 01844 344601 or Mandy Constable 01494 482695.
Classic comedy brought to life
Fancy a return to the days when risqué comedy and innuendo was delivered with perfect timing and was actually funny? We’re talking about the 1960s radio show Round the Horne, which would see as many as 15 million listeners tuning in to the antics of the world’s dirtiest, dirty old man, one J Peasemold Gruntfuttock, camp Julian and Sandy, and Charles and Fiona, fading film stars with their stilted talk.
Apollo Theatre Company have used original scripts by Barry Took and Marty Feldman in a production directed by Tim Astley for the Round The Horne 50th Anniversary Tour. Experience this comedy classic live at Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes on 20 October (also on at Reading’s Hexagon Theatre on 13 October). Stantonbury tickets: £15, Concessions £13.
• 1 October, Craft and Vintage Fair, The Olney Centre, High Street, Olney, tel: 07531 475653
• 1-2 October, Wild about Wool, Chiltern Open Air Musuem, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117
• 7-16 October, Little Missenden Festival, St John the Baptist Church, Little Missenden, Nr Amersham, tel: 01494 958148
• 11 October, Garden Tour, Cliveden, Cliveden Road, Taplow, tel: 01628 605069
• 15-16 October, Harvest Festival, Chiltern Open Air Museum, Gorelands Lane, Chalfont St Giles, tel: 01494 871117
• 15-16 October, Meet the Beekeepers, Hughenden, tel: 01494 755573
• 15-16 October, Open Garden for NGS, Acer Corner, Wendover, tel: 07958 319234
• 16 October, Open Day, Priestfield Arboretum, Stony Lane, Little Kingshill, tel: 07887 730200
• 24-28 October, Dirty Beasts Creepy Half Term Craft Activities, Buckinghamshire County Museum and Roald Dahl Childrens Gallery, Aylesbury, tel: 01296 331441
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, tel: 08448 717627
2 October, Bay City Rollers starring Les McKeown; 14 October, Jimmy Osmond: Moon River and Me; 20 October, Ellen Kent’s La Boheme; 21 October, Ellen Kent’s Aida; 22 October, Dancing Queen – The Concert; 27 October, Royal Philharmonic
Queens Park Arts Centre and Limelight Theatre, Queens Park, tel: 01296 424332
8 October, John Otway; 14 October, Ed Gamble
Wycombe Swan Theatre & Town Hall, St Mary Street, tel: 01494 512000
5 October, Ministry of Science – Live; 3-4 October, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story; 8 October, Russell Kane; 9 October, King of Pop; 14 October, Julian Clary; 17-22 October, Sister Act; 27-29 October, All or Nothing – The Mod Musical; 30 October, RAF In Concert; 31 October, Balletboyz
Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, tel: 08448 717652
2 October, Des O’Connor & Jimmy Tarbuck; 3-8 October, The Full Monty; 16 October, Sing-a-long-a-Grease; 17-22 October, Footloose; 24-29 October, CATS
The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, tel: 01908 280800
1 October, Pasadena Roof Orchestra; 7 October, Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders; 8 October, Lee Nelson; 9 October, Andy Hamilton; 12 October, Shazia Mirza: 13 October, Lee Nelson; 17 October, The Feeling; 19 October, Wishbone Ash; 20 October, Loudon Wainwright lll; 25 October, Martin Taylor; 30 October, Marcus Brigstocke
Stantonbury Theatre, tel: 01908 324466
8 October, Rapunzel and the Tower of Doom; 18 October, Why the Whales Came; 20 October, Round the Horne
York House Centre, Stony Stratford, tel: 07760 298453
15 October, Sweeter than Roses – William Shakespeare
Dr Challoners High School, Cokes Lane, Little Chalfont, tel: 01494 765420
8 October, Amersham Concert Club: 50th Anniversary Gala Concert, Divertimenti String Quartet