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Five of the best: Something good is coming to theatre

WYCOMBE Swan Summer Youth Project returns next month with a production of West Side Story.

WYCOMBE Swan Summer Youth Project returns next month with a production of West Side Story.

With music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the musical is based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

Set in 1950s New York, it explores the rivalry between the white, working-class Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks as they scrap for survival and reputation.

Two idealistic lovers struggle among the hate, violence and prejudice as gang warfare and knife crime wreck neighbourhoods.

Including a cast and crew of about 250 local young people, this is one not to be missed.

what? West Side Story where? Wycombe Swan, St Mary Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2XE when? Thursday, August 4, to Sunday, August 7, at 7.30pm Thur to Sat and 5.30pm on Sun cost? £14.50 adults, £12.50 children call: 01494 552 873 visit: www.wycombeswan.co.uk

He's number one

ROARY the number one little race car is zooming into Aylesbury next month.

It is the day of the Champion of Champions race at Silver Hatch and Roary is set to battle it out with Maxi, Cici and all the other cars to win the race and lift the trophy.

Farmer Green has created some brand new bio fuel to make sure this race is the fastest and greenest ever, but Flash has his eyes on that fuel for his skateboard and Big Chris seems more interested in baking a pizza and eating doughnuts than on preparing the cars for the race.

Luckily Marsha Marshall is on hand to make sure that everyone will be ready at the track for the big day.

what? Roary the Racing Car where? Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, HP20 2UG when? Monday, August 1 at 1pm cost? £13 full, £11 under-16s call: 08448 717 607 see: www.ambassadortickets.com/aylesbury

Great night of comedy

LAUGH away your blues at the next Chesham Comedy Club show this weekend. Outspoken Ian Cognito is lined up as the headline act and he plans on telling the audience what is wrong with Britain.

Martin Coyote, a prolific writer of challenging and thought-provoking gags, will be opening the show this month.

Slap bang in the middle is 19-year-old Matt Richardson, who won this year's Bath Comedy Festival New Act of the Year.

Keeping the show together is compere Simon Feilder, who graced our screens on The Big Breakfast many moons ago and has his own show, Feilder's Dreams.

what? July at Chesham Comedy Club where? The Chess Suite, Chesham United Football Club, Amy Lane, HP5 1NE when? Friday, July 22 at 8.30pm cost? £10 in advance, £12.50 on door call: 08455 194 015 visit: www.cheshamcomedy.com

Everybody, let's rock!

IT'S time to Shake, Rattle and Roll all the way back to the fantastic 50s. Travel back to the time of teddy boys, quiffs, Brylcreem, poodle skirts and blue suede shoes. Featuring a cast of more than 20 singers, dancers and musicians, Rock Around the Clock is a non-stop hit parade of rock 'n' roll classics that is guaranteed to leave you dancing into the night! This American jukebox sensation includes music made famous by Buddy Holly, Bill Haley and the Comets, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, The Platters and Jerry Lee Lewis. Featuring unforgettable songs such as Great Balls of

Fire, Jailhouse Rock, Blueberry Hill, Shake Rattle and Roll, Good Golly Miss Molly, Johnny B Goode and many more.

what? Rock Around the Clock where? Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, HP20 2UG when? Tuesday, August 2 to Saturday, August 6 at 7.30pm and 2.30pm on Thu and Sat cost? £12 to £26 call: 08448 717 607 see: www.ambassadortickets. com/aylesbury

It's the dance of the little sheep

BBC family favourite Shaun the sheep is coming to High Wycombe this week in a production adapted for the stage by the national children's dramatist, Dave Wood.

Shaun is stage-struck and has decided to put on a very special show for all his friends.

There'll be some madcap mayhem ahead as they dance and prance their way through a series of adventures under the nose of the short-sighted farmer.

The main storyline features the flock accidentally discovering the joys of dance, and Shaun being inspired, in true Mickey Rooney style, to put on his own show in the barn.

The inspiration is provided by none other than the farmer, who has been watching episodes of Strictly Come Dancing and decides to teach himself how to tango.

Shaun the sheep first appeared on BBC1 and CBBC in 2007 and the series has been sold worldwide.

what? Shaun's Big Show where? Wycombe Swan, St Mary Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2XE when? To Saturday, July 23, with a range of matinees and evening shows cost? £14.50 adults, £12.50 children call: 01494 552 873 visit: www.wycombeswan.co.uk

 
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