Here is our guide to some of the events taking place in and around Aylesbury this week.
The Turn of the Screw, The Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, Aylesbury, 7.30pm Friday October 19 and Saturday October 20
Aylesbury Opera present Benjamin Britten’s opera featuring local singers and orchestral players in this truly breathtaking piece rarely seen outside of professional opera companies. Based on Henry James’ Gothic novella set in late 19th century England, an unnamed governess travels to an isolated country house, hired by a mysterious guardian to care for two orphaned children. What follows is a series of increasingly ominous encounters with ‘the others’ - menacing spirits of the manor’s previous staff. Are the ghosts supernatural in origin or the product of an overactive imagination? Twelve year old Sam Wright from Granborough near Winslow is playing Miles, one of the two juvenile leads. Tickets £20 from the box office 07725 868092 or online:
Summer Holiday, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, 7.30pm Tuesday October 23 - Saturday October 27 with additional 2.30pm matinees on the Wednesday and Saturday
Ray Quinn takes on the role made famous by Cliff Richard in the iconic Sixties movie of the same name.Don (Quinn) and his mates are on a fun packed boys’ trip on a London bus in search of a good time and a brilliant summer. Featuring all the hits from the film, In The Country, Travellin’ Light, Bachelor Boy and The Young Ones. Tickets from £12. Box office 0844 871 7607 or book online:
The Robert Cray Band, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, 7.30pm tonight (Wednesday)
Legendary guitarist and singer songwriter Robert Cray (pictured in circle right) is considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation. His work has been a dominant force in Blues for over 40 years. Tickets from £33.65. Box office 0844 871 7607 or book online:
4 Half term & Halloween
Waddesdon Manor, 10am - 3pm Saturday October 20 through to Sunday October 28
Throughout the October half term holiday there will be the ever popular Halloween trail, spooky treats to tickle the taste buds and creepy craft activities for everyone to get involved with. These are free with grounds admission. Read about the special Fete Worse Than Death event (pictured on front cover of GO) at the end of half term in our GO page lead story further on in this week’s issue about the National Trust’s autumn calender of events.
5 Half term and Halloween
Pantoween, Friars Square shopping centre, Aylesbury, 11am - 3pm Wednesday October 24
Youngsters are in for a Halloween treat when Sparky Buddy Productions perform Pantoween. There will be fancy dress competitions, Bread and Butter’s mobile Zombie Disco, Halloween craft and a pair of scary witches on stilts. The event is free. Sparky Buddy Productions will perform their brand new interactive comedy play Pantoween at 11am. This family friendly show tells the adventures of characters Unicorn Girl, Fidget the Clown and Betti the Yeti. There will be lots of audience participation and slapstick comedy.