Since Miles Jupp’s last tour finished at The London Palladium in 2017, he’s been in The Full Monty on Disney Plus, The Durrells and Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? on ITV, as well as a heap of episodes of Frankie Boyle’s New World Order and Have I Got News For You. Yet one sunny day, in the middle of all this, he suddenly suffered a brain seizure. This led to the discovery of a tumour the size of a cherry tomato, and a rather pressing need to undergo major neurosurgery. The experience has left him with a story to tell and a few things that he’d like to share with the room. So that’s exactly what he’s doing in his new show On I Bang – a tale about surprise, fear, luck, love and qualified medical practitioners.
Wilde Theatre, Bracknell
You might have seen Chris McCausland on Scared of the Dark, Would I Lie to You, Have I Got News for You, The Royal Variety, QI, Blankety Blank, The Last Leg, and plenty more as well. He’s been called an “overnight success” – even though he’s been doing this for yonks. Chris is hitting the road again with another masterclass in stand-up comedy that has literally been yonks in the making.
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
The Queens are back – and they’re taking on the rest of the UK! With five Olivier award nominations and a 2022 Tony Award for Best Original Score, Henry the VIII’s hunt for an heir and his love of beheadings have made him one of the most famous monarchs in Britain’s history, with the tale of his six unfortunate wives the stock of any school history lesson. Created by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, Six tells the story of these women via a brand-new musical. With songs like “Ex-Wives”, “Haus of Holbein” and “Don’t Lose Ur Head” taking inspiration from contemporary pop to re-write history, Six brings a night packed full of fun, laughter, and six sassy Queens ready to tell their story.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Until 30 June
Natural History Museum
More than 50,000 images are entered into the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition every year, but their panel of judges can only select 100 finalists. A further 25 memorable images from this year’s entries have been shortlisted by the judges and the Natural History Museum and now the public are invited to vote for their favourite. Voting closes on 31 January 2024, and the winner and four runners-up will be announced on 7 February 2024.
I Grew Up 80s
Until 16 March
Discover Bucks Museum
Get ready to pull up your leg warmers and scramble your Rubik’s Cubes and take a nostalgic trip back to 80s childhood in this exciting new family-friendly exhibition, I Grew Up 80s. Explore the cultural landscape of 1980s Britain through the eyes of a child – revisiting the colourful vibrancy and innovation that defined the decade; from Betamax to BMX, the Walkman to the Sinclair ZX Spectrum and the Thompson Twins to Transformers, plus the movies that truly made the decade one of the most exciting in cinematic history.
Corn Exchange Newbury
Berkshire is set for another incredible entertainment season this new year, as Corn Exchange announces their spring 2024 season. The January-April line up includes a diverse host of theatre, comedy, music, dance, and more, from returning classics to exciting new shows, all set to dazzle Newbury’s audiences. Celebrating music’s most iconic women, West End star Kelly O’Brien will delight with her Dolly Parton tribute The Dolly Show (25 January) while Women in Rock (27 January) will take audiences on a journey through five decades of the world’s greatest female rock legends, and the rock ‘n’ roll greatness continues with the UK Pink Floyd Experience (2 February). And that’s just the music line up.