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Disraeli - Queen Victoria’s Favourite Prime Minister

A play written and performed by Jeff Rozelaar

“We are all dreadfully disgusted at the prospect of a Jew for our Prime Minister.”
So declared Lady Palmerston when Benjamin Disraeli was given the keys to No.10 Downing Street.

This controversial characters 'intrusion' into the heart of the Victorian 'Establishment' is related imaginatively in this one-man play.

It includes references to Hughenden Manor which Disraeli acquired and lived in. The property is a very popular National Trust venue in the South East of England.

'This amazing one-man show held the audience’s rapted attention' Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, Maidenhead Synagogue

'A splendid experience… mesmerising' U3A Reading (History group)

'A spellbinding monologue' U3A Chinnor (History group)

Studio
£15

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Mounted Band of the Household Cavalry - Open Rehearsal

An open rehearsal from the 42 piece Mounted Band of the Household Cavalry. Watch the band rehearse for upcoming engagements.

The Band of the Household Cavalry is a British Army band which ceremonially serves the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. The HCMR Band is the largest symphonic wind band in the British Army.

This is a free event but donations to the Norden Farm Centre Trust are welcomed, these can be made during the basket process.

Wed 17 Nov, Wed 2 Feb and Tues 29 Mar
11.30am – 12.30pm

Please note that these dates are subject to change.

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National Theatre Live: The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage

By Philip Pullman, adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Nicholas Hytner. An encore screening from the Bridge Theatre in London.

Set twelve years before the epic His Dark Materials trilogy, this gripping adaptation revisits Philip Pullman’s fantastical world in which waters are rising and storms are brewing.

Two young people and their dæmons, with everything at stake, find themselves at the centre of a terrifying manhunt. In their care is a tiny child called Lyra Belacqua, and in that child lies the fate of the future. And as the waters rise around them, powerful adversaries conspire for mastery of Dust: salvation to some, the source of infinite corruption to others.

Eighteen years after his ground breaking production of His Dark Materials at the National Theatre, director Nicholas Hytner returns to Pullman’s parallel universe. Broadcast live from London’s Bridge Theatre.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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Clive Anderson: Me, Macbeth & I

The host of Channel 4’s Whose Line Is It Anyway, BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends and Clive Anderson Talks Back takes to the road.

His much anticipated first ever solo tour, in a one-man show is guaranteed to be funnier than Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy.

WHY? ‘An assured and entertaining show’ ★★★★ The Times

Courtyard Theatre
£18

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Royal Opera House Live: Rigoletto

Live screening (Thursday) from The Royal Opera House.

In a pitiless world of luxurious decadence, corruption and social decay, Director of The Royal Opera Oliver Mears sets his scene. In his first work for his own Company, Mears brings Verdi’s masterpiece into the modern world. Verdi’s thrilling Rigoletto pits power against innocence, beauty against ugliness, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano. This special anniversary screening of Verdi’s Rigoletto celebrates 171 years since its premiere in 1851.

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Approximately 180 mins including an interval.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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Matt Chorley: Who Is In Charge Here?

Matt Chorley has spent the past 15 years in Westminster seeing up close how politics works, or doesn’t.

After the sell-out success of his first tour This Is Not Normal, the award-winning  Times  columnist and Times Radio presenter is back with an hilarious new show exploring who really calls the shots. Is the Prime Minister actually in charge, or at the mercy of the opposition, backbenchers, lobbyists, the media, spin doctors, his wife, or the Queen? 

‘Great British stand up is alive and well… Matt Chorley with acid wit and music hall timing’ Andrew Marr

‘No politician is spared in this delightful display of disdain’ ★★★★ The Times

‘Engaging, funny, entertaining’ Rory Bremner

Studio
£22.50

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Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Budapest Cafe Orchestra play a blistering barrage of traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, Klezmer laments, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czadas and their own unique re-imaginings of some of the biggest tunes ever written by the classical greats.

The group was established in 2009 by British composer and violinist, Christian Garrick, and led by him have won legions of fans with their magical and infectious performances.

The line up features Christian Garrick (violin), Eddie Hession (accordion), Kelly Cantlon (double bass) and Adrian Zolotuhin (guitar, saz, balalaika, domra).

Courtyard Theatre
£16

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The Silk Roads: Ancient and Modern (Live streaming)

Four lectures from Dr Paul Wordsworth delve into the origins of the famous Silk Roads and explore the ways in which commerce and travel shaped the cultural connections of a continent.

Presented by WEA Maidenhead Branch and Oxford University Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE).

Programme
10.15am: Development of the Silk Roads
11.40am: The Sogdian Trading Network
1.40pm: The Silk Roads after the coming of Islam
3.00pm: The Modern Silk Roads

Dr Paul D. Wordsworth is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford specialising in the archaeology of the medieval Caucasus and Central Asia.

Please contact Steph Diggon (weamhead@gmail.com or Tel: 01628 563676) for course materials before and after the event.

Please click here for more information.

Live Stream from the Courtyard Theatre
£39 per household

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Matt Forde: Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right

There are wallies everywhere and half of them are running the country.

The other half are trying to. Matt Forde (Spitting Image, Have I Got News For You, The Last Leg, The Royal Variety Performance) lashes out right, left and centre. And chucks in some funny voices.

'Our foremost satirical stand-up...Whatever your politics, you’ll find excellence here' ★★★★ Stephen Armstrong, The Sunday Times

'Possibly the best political comedy show on the Fringe' ★★★★★ Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

'Forde is as gratifyingly sane as comedians come… smart, funny ideas' ★★★★ Dominic Maxwell, The Times

Suitable for ages 14+ years.

Courtyard Theatre
£15

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