Here’s some key events taking centre stage this month.
5th » Trumpet Tunes
He’s played with Harry Connick Jr and he’s performed on Oprah: now, legendary trumpeter Leroy Jones is bringing the soul and spirit of New Orleans to the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. Joined by Welsh jazz singer Ian Shaw and The Horne Section’s Joe Stilgoe, he’ll be playing a mixture of old bebop classics and his own compositions, and showing why he’s become one of the Big Easy’s best-loved musicians over the last four decades.
Tickets cost £21 plus booking fees. Book now from the Box Office, or online at www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk
7th » Devilish Charm
Originally written as an opera, Charles Gounod’s Faust has been reimagined as a concert for this one-off performance at the Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks. It tells the tale of Faust, an aging scholar who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for eternal youth, and Marguerite, the beautiful young woman he leads astray. A professional orchestra joins Kentish Opera’s chorus for a dramatic new rendering of an old classic.
Tickets start from £10 and are available at www.stagsevenoaks.co.uk
8th » Quartets and Clarinets
Prodigious clarinettist Emma Johnson is performing a set at Frant Church from 8pm to raise money for the church’s conservation. Backed by one of Norway’s most in-demand ensembles, the Engegård Quartet, she’ll be playing music by Vaughan Williams, Grieg, Mozart and more. Since winning the prestigious BBC Young Musician of the Year award in 1984, she has performed all over the world and released albums to rave reviews. A licensed bar will be operating.
Tickets cost £18 and are available from Frant Stores, www.wegottickets.com and Paul Barber on 01892 750 665
13th » High Standard
After a triumphant headline slot at this year’s Local & Live, local trio The Standard Lamps return to Tunbridge Wells for an intimate gig at The Forum, with support from The Parkas and Mystery Clarke. Their witty, bluesy brand of rock has seen them bag a spot on national tours with The Who and The Bluetones – but, having namechecked Tunbridge Wells in one of their song titles, their hearts seem very much in Kent.
Tickets cost £8 and can be bought online from www.twforum.co.uk. Over 16s only.
14th » Mid Sussex Murders
If Halloween hasn’t sated your appetite for the grisly, you’ll love A Turn for the Nurse at The Forge in Halland. This Smoke and Mirrors production is a murder mystery play that comes with a three-course meal – you’ll watch Professor Herbert Fortescue battle problems including escaping patients and the unwanted return of his ex-wife while tucking into your dinner. For dedicated audience members, there’s an optional fancy dress theme of doctors and nurses.
Tickets cost £39 and must be booked in advance. Ring 07775 797 859 or visit www.hauntedmysteryweekend.co.uk to reserve a place.
14th » Lights, Stage, Action!
Premiering on Saturday November 14th, you’ve got a week to catch Brendan Murray’s new comedy Seeing The Lights at the Oast Theatre in Tonbridge. A brother and sister are brought together by their ailing mother’s desire to celebrate her 80th birthday with a family trip to Blackpool, but their issues threaten the outing. Catch it from 8pm every day except Sunday, for which there’s a special 3pm matinee performance.
Tickets cost £7.50 for members and £10 for non-members. Buy online from www.oasttheatre.com or by phone at 01732 363 849
21st » Beet It
Tonbridge Philharmonic Orchestra get their 2015/16 season off to a classical start with a concert celebrating some of Beethoven’s finest pieces. Set in the stunning confines of Tonbridge School Chapel, you can hear them perform Missa Solemnis, one of the composer’s lesser-known but most critically acclaimed works, among other compositions of his. A must-hear for lovers of choral and orchestral music, the concert starts at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £15 for adults and £8 for students, and can be bought on the door or online at www.tonphil.org.uk
25th » Kat Comedy
A rising star in the comedy world who’s sold out tours in the UK and Canada, Canadian comedienne Katherine Ryan brings her Kathbum stand-up tour to Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells on a rearranged date. Expect belly laughs from the wry observations on Canadian life and her family that have led to her becoming a staple of primetime comedy shows like 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You.
Tickets cost £17 and are available online from www.trinitytheatre.net