Ten of the best things to do in and around Leighton Buzzard for the rest of the month
From ourageous panto to classic opera, there's plenty to enjoy...
Puss in Boots, Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre, until January 26
LB Drama Group present this festive treat. The director of this year’s show is Liz Rhodes, with the cast featuring Chloe King as the Princess and Jo Taylor as Jack, Andy Ferguson as Jasper and Mark Croft as Jethro. The Dame is Grant Fellows, who recently retired as a vicar in the town, while Maggie Moulds is Puss and John Stone is the evil ogre Grump.
2 OPERA SCREENING
La traviata, Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre, January 30
Beamed live from the Royal Opera House, Verdi’s La traviata is one of the most popular of all operas.
American Idiot, Grove Theatre, Dunstable, January 17 to 19
American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world. The show features the music of Green Day.
The Girl on the Train, Milton Keynes Theatre, January 23 to 26
Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel of the same name and starring Samantha Womack, this gripping new play will keep audiences guessing until the final moment.
The Outsiders, Royal British Legion in Thrift Road, Heath & Reach, January 26
The venue starts its monthly rock ‘n’ roll schedule this weekend when it features four-piece The Outsiders, who are gaining growing recognition. The band play tunes that don’t always get the airplay they deserve but are still great to listen and dance to. The evening also features top rock ‘n’ roll DJ The Tartan Ted. Doors open 7.30pm.
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The Tragedy of King Richard II, Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre, January 15
Simon Russell Beale plays Richard II in a visceral new production about the limits of power, screened live from the National Theatre.
The Simon & Garfunkel Story, Grove Theatre, Dunstable, January 25
Using huge projection of photos and original film footage, this 50th anniversary celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia and Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Dirty Dusting, Grove Theatre, Dunstable, January 29
The heartwarming comedy about three cleaning ladies who set up a sex chat line stars Crissy Rock, best known for featuring in ITV shows Benidorm and I’m A Celebrity.
9 FAMILY CINEMA
Leighton Babies – Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald
Parents with children aged up to two can enjoy this prequel to the Harry Potter films in a child-friendly environment.
Details: central bedfordshire.ticketsolve.com
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The Queen of Spades, Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre, January 22
See Tchaikovsky’s intense opera of obsession and the supernatural when it is beamed live from the Royal Opera House.