Ten of the best things to do in and around Leighton Buzzard in the next seven days

From a festive Big Band concert to top comedy, there's plenty to enjoy...

Monday, 26th November 2018, 10:52 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 4:03 pm
The Big Band at Christmas

1 MUSICThe Big Band at Christmas, Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre, November 27The show features Five Star Swing as seen at London’s Leicester Square Theatre, with Christmas songs given the dynamic big band treatment - from Glenn Miller, Sinatra, Basie, Nat King Cole and more, jazzing up those Jingle Bells.Details: leightonbuzzard librarytheatre.co.uk

2 BALLET SCREENINGThe Nutcracker - Royal Ballet, Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre, December 3Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Details: leightonbuzzard librarytheatre.co.uk

3 THEATREThe 39 Steps, Quarry Theatre, Bedford, November 29 to December 1Eight actors play more than 100 characters in this comic staging of The 39 Steps set in London, 1935. It’s a chance to meet up with cherished characters and enjoy great feats of vocal and physical slapstick. Details: www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

4 COMEDYMarcus Brigstocke: Devil May Care, The Stables, Wavendon, November 28It is time to establish what is good and what is bad. Who better to arbitrate in these challenging, divisive times than Lucifer himself? Details: stables.org

5 COMEDYBarnstormers Comedy, Grove Theatre, Dunstable, November 29Kevin Precious will preside over the proceedings, which feature the hugely energetic Paul Pirie, acerbic storyteller with a swagger Danny Deegan and the endearingly cynical Nick Dixon.Details: grovetheatre.co.uk

6 THEATREVentoux, Stantonbury Theatre, November 29Ventoux is the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani – whose drug-fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever seen. Their epic rivalry will be re-staged using a pair of roadbikes.Details: stantonburytheatre.co.uk

7 BALLETGlyndebourne 2018, Milton Keynes Theatre, November 27 to 29The Glyndebourne Tour returns for the 18th consecutive year. This year it will feature Massenet’s fairytale Cendrillon and a revival of Tom Cairns’s opulent La traviata.Details: atgtickets.com

8 MUSICRussell Watson, Grove Theatre, Dunstable, November 30Russell Watson is the UK’s best-selling classical crossover artist of all time. ‘The People’s Tenor’ returns to the stage with his brand-new show Canzoni d’Amore.Details: grovetheatre.co.uk

9 MUSICMatt Woosey Band, The Stables, Wavendon, November 28Matt’s maverick spirit has led the singer-songwriter to high places, with his latest album blending genres from roots to electronica and winning rave reviews and a wealth of fans. Details: stables.org

10 MUSICRuth Trimble, The Stables. Wavendon, November 27Expect exquisite songwriting from an artist getting extensive radio play and attention nationwide.Details: stables.org