From the hits of Adele sung live to a step back in time to the 1940s, there's much to enjoy...
1940s weekend, Milton Keynes Museum, September 1 and 2
It is time to roll back the years for Milton Keynes Museum’s tribute to 1940s Britain. If the weather is fine, look to the skies for a Dakota flypast, while on the ground, camps and displays by the RAF and American GIs will take attention. The WI, WRVS and Women’s Land Army will be in attendance too, with displays focusing on women in war. Dancing will be encouraged as forces’ favourite Miss Lola Lamour serenades the assembled, and visitors can see a display of wedding dresses. The Home Guard battalions and the Women’s Home Guard auxiliaries will explore more about life in the war, village bobbies will be on hand to help in their pop-up police station, which has a ready-made cell, so be on your best behaviour to avoid being locked up. Wartime cookery sessions, fashion talks, 1940s vehicles and more are among the attractions.
Someone Like You – The Adele Songbook, Milton Keynes Theatre, September 1
Hand-picked by Adele herself on Graham Norton’s BBC Special, Katie Markham leads a six-piece band in Adele’s hits plus much more – from powerhouse performances through to intimate torch songs and a spellbinding sit down acoustic section.
Rain Man, Milton Keynes Theatre, September 3 to 8
When self-centred salesman Charlie Babbitt discovers that he has a long-lost older brother, Raymond, who has inherited the family multi-million dollar fortune, he sets out to get ‘his half’. Raymond is an autistic savant, who has a remarkable memory and a genius for numbers. Determined to get his hands on the money, Charlie ‘borrows’ Raymond from the institution where he has spent most of his life. As the two brothers embark on a trip across America, Charlie soon discovers that Raymond is worth more than he could have ever imagined.
LA Guns, Craufurd Arms, Wolverton, September 5
The legendary California hard rockers formed in 1983 and return with original members singer Phil Lewis and guitarist Tracii Guns. Support comes from Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and guitarist, Jared James Nichols.
Hats Off To Led Zeppelin, The Stables, Wavendon, August 31
The band has received many accolades over the years, most recently winning Best Led Zeppelin tribute for the third year running at the National Tribute Awards.
Jawbone, The Stables, Wavendon, September 6
With a sound sitting somewhere between the southern drawl of Little Feat and the classic London blues of The Rolling Stones, Jawbone creates a unique blend of sounds from both sides of the pond.
Van Morrison, Wrest Park, Bedfordshire, August 31
One of music’s undisputed true originals, Van Morrison’s hits include Brown Eyed Girl, Gloria, Here Comes The Night, Jackie Wilson Said, Bright Side Of The Road and Have I Told You Lately.
Joe Miles & Pete Riley, The Stables, Wavendon, September 1
The singer-songwriters share their love of the blues and vintage and classic electric guitars.
Supersonic 70s Show, The Stables, Wavendon, September 1
Expect everything from the rock of Queen to the pop of David Essex and the glam of T.Rex in this celebratory show.
The Jungle Book, Stantonbury Theatre, until September 1
It’s the UK premiere of this new dynamic adaptation, with percussion, puppetry and Kipling’s unforgettable characters.