Parkinson: The Man & his Music

A live theatrical journey through Sir Michael Parkinson’s musical DNA in words, pictures and performance featuring Sir Michael himself in conversation with his son plus very special musical guest: Joe Stilgoe.

Sir Michael’s knowledge, passion and love of music in all its forms is celebrated in a new show to be premiered at Ronnie Scott’s. In conversation with the multi-talented Joe Stilgoe using clips of classic musical moments from the Parkinson archive featuring performances and interviews with the likes of George Shearing, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby alongside live music from Joe this will be a fascinating , entertaining and informative journey to the musical heart of Sir Michael Parkinson.

Kansas Smitty’s House Band

The Kansas Smitty’s House Band have been quietly, or depending on where you’ve been spending your evenings, not so quietly, carving out a name for themselves as one of the driving forces in the London jazz scene. Their reputation, built on their incendiary live shows, has recently been cemented by the release of their full debut album and the opening of their own bar venue in East London.

The House Band don’t like to be boxed in. As their debut album exemplifies, they make wide use of the the sour mash of styles that has allowed them to cross the divides between generations and dispositions. Moving through sounds of swing, blues, R&B, New Orleans ethnic music, and gospel, they relentlessly pursue a sound of their own, seeking out and creating a genre-blind audience for their music. The Sunday Times summed it up nicely, saying ‘Conservatories or cocktails? If jazz is to survive it will need more bands (like this one)’

Willemijn Verkaik

Willemijn Verkaik Live in Concert with special guests Celinde Schoenmaker, Savannah Stevenson, Suzie Mathers and Tyrone Huntley.

Catch the international star of Wicked and Disney’s Frozen at the Cambridge Theatre in the heart of London’s West End for one night only on the 31st July. Willemijn will be joined by StageBox Musical Theatre Kids and an 8-piece live band.

The Jay Rayner Quartet

The renowned restaurant critic, Masterchef judge and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet has one other skill. He’s also a jazz pianist.

Now Jay brings The Jay Rayner QuartetSongs of Food and Agony, to the stage: an ensemble of top flight musicians performing tunes from the Great American food and drink songbook including Cantaloupe IslandBlack CoffeeOne For My Baby, and Save The Bones. There will be standards from the likes of Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Blossom Dearie and Dave Frishberg.

Alongside anecdotes from his life being paid to eat out on somebody else’s dime, he also talks about growing up with a mother, Claire Rayner, who was an agony aunt and plays tunes that draw on the narratives of the problem page letter.

With the singer Pat Gordon Smith, bassist Robert Rickenberg and saxophonist Dave Lewis.

 

Grayson Perry ‘Typical Man In A Dress Part 2’

Award-winning artist; Bafta-winning TV presenter; Reith Lecturer and bestselling author with traditional masculine traits including having the desire to “always be right and to overtake all other cyclists when going up big hills”.

Grayson discusses the nature of identity, popularity and art in the topsy turvy world of Brexit, Trump and whatever else is thrown at us before November 2nd.

Join us for an intelligent evening of laughs, discussion, insight and costume changes in this one-off show at the London Palladium.

Dinner & Show options now available at £67.50 (actual worth of £86), bookable in the tickets section below.

Jay Rayner ‘The Ten (Food) Commandments’

The original Ten Commandments have very little to offer when it comes to the complex business of how and what we eat. Now the award-winning restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Jay Rayner has decided it’s time to act. So join our very own culinary Moses in this audio-visual romp as he attempts to lead us to the edible promised land. He’ll explain why thou shalt always eat with thy hands, why thou should most definitely worship leftovers, and why thou must celebrate the stinkiest of foods. Plus he’ll invite thee to honour thy pig – and so much more besides. Join the chair of BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet as he sets out to provide hilarious guidance on the very best way to eat now. Includes Q&A and book signing.

An Evening With Adam Henson

Adam Henson is perhaps the best-known farmer in the UK, presenting to around 7 million viewers every Sunday evening.

Join Adam as he shares stories about his farming life, his TV career, and the running of the Cotswold Farm Park, together with his thoughts on British Agriculture, plus a chance to ask your own questions.

Followed by a post-show book signing.

Tickets below.

Maria Friedman

Following her sell out Live At Zédel debut, Maria explores the work of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim in her critically acclaimed show, comparing and contrasting songs from their separate catalogues, as well as their joint masterpiece ‘West Side Story’. Songs include ‘New York, New York’, ‘I Can Cook Too’, ‘Losing My Mind’ and ‘Send In The Clowns’. Book fast for the three-time Olivier Award Winner as she returns to the West End’s most intimate venue for a three week run.
Maria will be joined by MD, Tony nominee Jason Carr.

Gareth Malone

Following two hugely successful nationwide tours in 2014 and 2015, Gareth is excited to announce his next series of live shows for this November.
A uniquely intimate tour of just 6 dates this is the perfect opportunity to spend an evening with the TV’s favourite choirmaster.
Gareth will be joined by some exciting guest choirs and singers as he takes you on a journey of musical discovery showcasing the diversity of the music that inspires him.

Gareth is also thrilled to announce that the multi-instrumentalists, The Ayoub Sisters, will also be joining him on the tour. Discovered by Mark Ronson, and signed to Decca Records & Classic FM, The Ayoub Sisters music ranges from classics to chart-toppers. Expect the unexpected!  Join us for this one-off musical extravaganza this Autumn.

“It’s been two years since I was last on tour and I can’t wait to get on the road and meet audiences up and down the country once again. This will be an intimate tour of some of my favourite music venues and I’ll be showcasing the songs that really matter to me. There’ll be plenty of chances to singalong as well as opportunities to ask questions. You’ll hear great music and spend an evening celebrating the wonder of the human voice. There’ll be special guests, all sorts of fun, stories and laughter. And singing, definitely lots of singing. Roll on November!” Gareth

Anne Reid Cabaret

Anne Reid and her musical director Jason Carr present an evening of songs and stories…Reid is one of Britain’s most loved and respected actors, star of the very popular Last Tango in Halifax, Ladies of Letters, Dinnerladies, The Mother. What is less well known is her life as a cabaret performer.