Cast of four bring Kipling's stories to life on stage

Ealing Times: The cast creating one of the stories

4:15pm Friday 11th April 2014

INSPIRING children across the country to turn household objects into all sorts of animals, Red Table Theatre is touring with a show about Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories.

Duty Free cast return to the stage with a new addition

Ealing Times: Carol Royle

2:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

AN experienced actress is joining the original cast of an 80s TV series, Duty Free, which has been turned into a play.

Film star brings his magic to the stage

Ealing Times: Ali Cook

1:30pm Saturday 5th April 2014

FOUR magicians will be bringing their own unique sets to the Wycombe Swan this month, including Ali Cook, who has also starred on the big screen.

Doctors' actor investigates murder in his latest show

Ealing Times: Doctors' actor investigates murder in his latest show

1:20pm Friday 28th March 2014

DIAL M for Murder is coming to Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. Actor Christopher Timothy talks about the joy of being in a good show, which is not always the case for an actor.

Warwick Davis on why he set up his Reduced Height Theatre Company

Ealing Times: Warwick Davis

10:30am Saturday 22nd March 2014

WARWICK Davis has played a plethora of roles in his career from being an Ewok in Star Wars to a professor in the Harry Potter film series, but he still longed to do a play. As a 3ft6 actor he found the opportunities weren't there for him, so he set up his own theatre company for actors under 4ft tall. Their first show is coming to the Swan this month.

Comedian brings cake and hugs to Bucks

Ealing Times: Patrick Monahan. Photo by Steve Ullathorne

10:50am Saturday 15th March 2014

GIVING up sweet things for Lent, training for a London Marathon and putting on a UK wide tour- Patrick Monahan is on a mission... to make people happy. The loveable comedian has named his latest tour, The Cake Charmer, which shows his love for the tea time treat.

Les Dennis talks about his play at The Swan and his new role in Corrie

Ealing Times: Claire Goose and Les Dennis in the play

10:30am Sunday 9th March 2014

AS Les Dennis planned "The Perfect Murder" on stage, he found out back stage that he had bagged a regular role on one of the most famous streets in the UK- Coronation Street.

Impractical Jokers' star brings his show to Norden Farm

Ealing Times: Joel Dommett

2:30pm Sunday 2nd March 2014

STAR of BBC3's Impractical Jokers and also a successful actor, Joel Dommett is bringing his latest stand up show to Maidenhead. He has been performing comedy since 2007, after his first gig in LA and was a regular face on MTV- presenting their news bulletins. He performed his first solo Edinburgh Fringe show in 2011 and is brimming with excitement for his first tour. 

Film maker's experience of depression inspires thriller

Ealing Times: Luke Mordue

10:50am Sunday 16th February 2014

A FILM maker from Bucks is using his experience of depression and anxiety to create what he calls a 'Post Apocalyptic drama/thriller'.

Denise Van Outen talks about her one woman show coming to Bucks

Ealing Times: Denise Van Outen

12:20pm Friday 14th February 2014

DENISE Van Outen had already opened her new one woman show when I spoke to her and she was feeling a bit exhausted. I'm not surprised. This is her first play she has starred in and she co-wrote and performs in it throughout.

Theatre group tells the story of Englishman part of slave abolition

Ealing Times: Theatre group tells the story of Englishman part of slave abolition

5:10pm Sunday 2nd February 2014

A THEATRE company is telling the story of the author of the famous hymn, Amazing Grace.

West End star talks about her work with Queen guitarist and upcoming tour

Ealing Times: Kerry Ellis

2:10pm Friday 24th January 2014

KERRY Ellis is a leading West End lady. Having performed in some iconic shows and sung alongside Brian May, she is appearing in a smaller scale show of Rent in Concert during a 15 date tour, where she will also be taking along her three-month-old son.

Retired detective brings serial killer show to The Elgiva

Ealing Times: The group on stage

11:30am Tuesday 21st January 2014

A RETIRED murder squad detective will explore the motives and horrors of 20 of the world's worst serial killers.

Movie to be planned and filmed in 28 days

Ealing Times: Gemma Nichols and Phil Matthews

11:30am Saturday 18th January 2014

MOST movies are filmed over many months after careful planning - but a Marlow actress will plan, shoot and premiere a short film in 28 days.

Starsky star talks to Freetime about his children's book and Craig Revel Horwood

Ealing Times: Paul Michael Glaser

2:10pm Tuesday 10th December 2013

SPORTING a rather impressive beard Paul Michael Glaser has been recognised less frequently for his most famous role as Starsky while he has been touring the UK with Fiddler on the Roof. But London cabbies have clocked on and spoken to him about the hit American TV series.

Rabbi pens book about Jewish life in Bucks

Ealing Times: Bucks Free Press in 1940

2:40pm Sunday 8th December 2013

A RABBI has written a book about Jewish life in Bucks and Berks, and was surprised to discover how deeply rooted the faith was in the area.

Beaconsfield poet listed for top literary award

Ealing Times: Claire Trevien

10:50am Sunday 1st December 2013

FOR a poet, it can be notoriously difficult to prise open the door to success, recognition and fame.

Cerys Matthews on a mission to demystify music

Ealing Times: Cerys Matthews

1:50pm Friday 29th November 2013

CHART music does not warm the heart of Cerys Matthews - so she is on a mission to reclaim music from record label bosses and wants you to join you to join her crusade this Christmas.

High Wycombe graduate exhibits popular denim art in London

Ealing Times: Ian in his studio

2:30pm Sunday 24th November 2013

A FORMER Bucks New Uni artist whose pieces sell for thousands said he was first inspired to work with denim after he made a collage out of newspaper cuttings from the Bucks Free Press.

Jason Donovan: 'Being on stage is like being an athlete"

Ealing Times: Jason Donovan, centre, in Priscilla

3:12pm Friday 15th November 2013

JASON Donovan is very much a family man these days. The actor is currently working hard touring the country with Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which is coming to Aylesbury next week.

Aylesbury panto stars prepare for the festive season

Ealing Times: Holly Brewer and Anita Dobson

10:50am Friday 8th November 2013

PANTO season is very nearly upon on us and in Aylesbury festive audiences will see former Eastenders star and all rounder, Anita Dobson, take to the stage as The Wicked Fairy, Carabosse. Aylesbury's Andy Collins is back as Chester the Jester as is Milton Keynes singer, Holly Brewer. Here we chat to the cast.

Interview: The wonderful world of Ellen Kent

Ealing Times: Aida

10:20am Saturday 2nd November 2013

IN Ellen Kent's latest production there is a wall of fire- and not just a scenic background- but real fire raging across the stage.

Wycombe duo proud of Gromit design

Ealing Times: Catherine McDaid with the Gromit they painted

10:00am Saturday 26th October 2013

A HUSBAND and wife illustrating team from Wycombe got the chance of a lifetime after being asked to exhibit alongside their artistic heroes on a charity project involving one of the nation’s best-loved dogs.

Loudwater man hopes to help job searchers

Ealing Times: Daniel Walker

4:30pm Sunday 13th October 2013

A PAIR of award winning careers advisers have published an e-book to help anyone struggling in the current recession to manage a widening career gap.

Getting back to nature with Ray Mears

Ealing Times: Ray Mears

4:10pm Friday 11th October 2013

RAY Mears would be the perfect man to sit around the camp fire with. Having become a household name for his survivalist skills in the wild you would feel in safe hands if you found yourself against the elements on a camping trip.

Father Ted actor: 'Comedy is my first love'

Ealing Times: Ardal O'Hanlon

11:00am Saturday 5th October 2013

ARDAL O’Hanlon’s parents wanted him to pick a ‘credible career’ - a politician or a lawyer - but he chose comedy and argues it is now more credible than either of the aforementioned professions.

Claire Sweeney talks marriage, panto and her new show

Ealing Times: John Thomson and Claire Sweeney

1:30pm Friday 4th October 2013

CLAIRE Sweeney has had a long and varied stage career, playing some of the most coveted roles in the West End.

New head chef at Tree hotel

Ealing Times: Anurag Sharma

1:10pm Sunday 29th September 2013

THE Tree Hotel in Cadmore End is excited to welcome a new chef to its kitchen.

Screenwriter who prompted the dig for Richard III to talk at Henley Festival

Ealing Times: Screenwriter who prompted the dig for Richard III to talk at Henley

1:30pm Friday 27th September 2013

DISCOVERING the remains of Richard III- a medieval King- in a car park in Leicester captured the imagination of the country.

Former Les Mis lead to sing at Arts4Every1 tomorrow

Ealing Times: Damian Wilson

3:10pm Thursday 26th September 2013

DAMIAN Wilson is coming to High Wycombe tomorrow night as part of his tour, where he will be playing songs from his solo albums. He is a singer-songwriter who has performed as the lead singer in Threshold, Headspace and Landmarq. He has also worked on projects with many other bands and played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on their UK national tour.

Brian Conley: 'It’s just you and me and we’re going to have a laugh'

Ealing Times: Brian Conley

12:50pm Sunday 22nd September 2013

AFTER 40 years in the industry, you would imagine Brian Conley would be winding down, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The 52-year-old is as hungry as ever to perform on stage.

Stripper to spice up village's ladies' night

Ealing Times: Richard Kane

10:50am Sunday 22nd September 2013

A STRIPPER is coming to Lane End as part of a fundraising ladies' night to help a struggling community centre.

'Saxon warrior burial is grave discovery in sinister surroundings'

Ealing Times: Geoffrey

10:10am Tuesday 17th September 2013

A BEACONSFIELD man has had his début novel published about a Saxon grave found on the edge of an English village.

Mum helps children choose the right food

Ealing Times: Michelle and Zoe

11:10am Saturday 7th September 2013

A MUM has written a nutrition book for children so they are able to make good food choices throughout their life- and includes characters such as Carlos the clever cauliflower and Pablo the perfect pea.

The Urban Rajah talks curry, family and his love of spice

Ealing Times: Urban Rajah

3:40pm Friday 6th September 2013

THE Urban Rajah is coming to Beaconsfield with stories of his family's journey across three continents and the food they brought with them to England. The food writer, cook and traveller will be talking about his new cook book at a lunch raising money for the South Bucks Hospice.

Dirty Dancing tribute show comes to the Wycombe Swan

Ealing Times: Matt Firth

10:00am Tuesday 3rd September 2013

MANY people up and down the country have watched Dirty Dancing more times than they can remember. The 1987 iconic film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey is probably best known for its award winning soundtrack. That music is being brought to the stage this weekend in Wycombe.

High Wycombe covers band play to the crowds against all odds

Ealing Times: Against All Odds

10:10am Sunday 18th August 2013

A COVERS band from High Wycombe is building on a successful string of gigs by laying down studio tracks before hitting the road again this autumn.

Castles, filming and arresting a rioter on menu for TV historian's talk

Ealing Times: Dan Snow. Photo by Howard Barlow.

11:20am Friday 16th August 2013

CAPTURING a rioter is not something many historians can claim to have done.

Joe Pasquale will play Sherlock Holmes at the Swan

Ealing Times: Joe Pasquale as Sherlock Holmes

10:30am Friday 9th August 2013

JOE Pasquale never says no before thinking about it. And with this gung-ho attitude he is half way through a degree, is touring the country with his latest stand-up show, has learned to fly, took up boxing and has completed a marathon. The 51-year-old talked about his upcoming show, Ha Ha Holmes, his midlife crisis and Monty Python.

How to get that desired bikini body

Ealing Times: Victoria Craig

12:50pm Sunday 28th July 2013

FANCY being a bikini babe on the beach this year? Miss Galaxy Universe contestant Victoria Craig, who slimmed down from 10st 9 to a tiny 8st for the beauty pageant shows you how.

Exploring philosophy in debut play by Wooburn Common woman

Ealing Times: Fauzia Rahman

2:20pm Saturday 27th July 2013

FOR a few years Fauzia Rahman's play sat in a draw untouched. But The Philosopher's Tale is now getting the recognition it deserves and will be performed at The Camden Fringe festival next month.

The Wycombe Swan Youth Project take on Oliver!

Ealing Times: Jenny Jones, Ben Cisneros and Nathan Ashton

2:30pm Friday 26th July 2013

FOLLOWING on from last year's success of the summer Wycombe Swan Youth Theatre project many were left asking for 'MORE' and that wish has been granted with this year's production of Oliver.

DM journalist writes book about learning to talk

Ealing Times: DM journalist writes book about learning to talk

2:50pm Saturday 20th July 2013

MOST of us take it our ability to speak, to interact verbally with our fellow human beings, for granted.

Chinnor's celebrity cook gears up for Thame Food Festival

Ealing Times: Lotte Duncan at her cafe in Chinnor

11:10am Friday 19th July 2013

IN the village of Chinnor you will find a café serving beautiful homemade cakes and tempting lunch time snacks. And behind the counter you will find celebrity cook, Lotte Duncan. With a published cookbook under her belt, numerous appearances on television and a judge for the Observer Food Awards you would think she would have enough on her plate. But Lotte is also patron of the increasingly popular Thame Food Festival, which is getting even bigger this year.

Max Raptor chat to Freetime ahead of festival

Ealing Times: Max Raptor

10:30am Monday 15th July 2013

PUNK outfit Max Raptor are set to play Oxfordshire’s Truck Festival on July 19.

Wycombe rapper with a difference

Ealing Times: Wycombe rapper with a difference

10:20am Sunday 14th July 2013

HIP-HOP might not be something Bucks is particularly famous for, but a Wycombe-based rapper is planning to change all that with the release of his debut video. Kwakz is a rapper with a difference, ditching the hip-hop scene’s fascination for drugs, girls and guns for his own message of living a life "full of purpose."

Opera star: 'Opera is the perfect art form'

Ealing Times: Jenni France, second from the left.

1:30pm Monday 8th July 2013

JENNI France grew up in Bledlow and fell in love with opera, which she describes as the "prefect art form", when she went to music college. She is currently starring in the chorus at Garsington Opera before she takes to the stage next year in a principle role.

Interview: Ska bands gear up to come to Penn Festival

Ealing Times: The Selecter

10:50am Sunday 7th July 2013

PENN Festival is now in its third year. Following the gallons of rain and mud last year organisers are hoping for a drier affair at this month's event, which will see a host of established bands and new music coming to the two stages. For ska fans there is plenty to see including The Beat, The Selecter and Neville Staple. Pauline Black from The Selecter talked to Freetime about her 33 year career, followed by a brief chat with Neville Staple from The Specials.

Martynas brings the accordion to the masses

Ealing Times: Martynas, Photo by Simon Fowler

4:40pm Saturday 6th July 2013

HE is introducing the accordion to everyone across the world. And next week Martynas will be at The Henley Festival, playing in tents across the show ground on the banks of the River Thames.

New girl band to launch limited demo CD tomorrow at Scorpio's

Ealing Times: Simone, Ruby, Becky and Nicole

1:40pm Friday 5th July 2013

SO determined was Becky Wixon to put together an all girl band, she even taught her friend from scratch to play bass. The four piece called Rouge will be giving away their free handmade demos CD tomorrow at Scorpio's in High Wycombe. Becky, lead singer and guitarist, explains how the group first got together and their style of music.



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