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I perform live all over the country. Some, like The Ten (food) Commandments, my search for the culinary promised land, or My Dining Hell, my journey through appalling restaurant experiences, are one man shows, and are absolutely hilarious. Others are with my jazz quartet and are also absolutely hilarious, but in a good way. Here you’ll find a complete listing, with an indication of which type it is. There are links to buy tickets.



All Shows

This is a complete list of all my live shows, in date order. As tickets go on sale, 'buy' buttons will be added. For a more detailed description of the types of show, click on the 'Jazz', 'One Man Show' and 'double-header' tabs.

The Ten Food Commandments, Strode Theatre, Street, Somerset.

One Man Show

Thursday 01 November, 2018

Ten Food Commandments, Theatre Royal, Northampton.

One Man Show

Friday 16 November, 2018

The Jay Rayner Quartet, Brasserie Zedel, as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival. 9.15pm

Jazz

Wednesday 21 November, 2018

The Ten Food Commandments, The Milton Rooms, Malton, Yorkshire

One Man Show

Friday 23 November, 2018

The Ten Food Commandments, Assembly House, Norwich (NB. pre show dinner option)

One Man Show

Thursday 29 November, 2018

My Dining Hell, Brasserie Zedel, London 7.00pm

One Man Show

Friday 14 December, 2018

The Jay Rayner Quartet, Brasserie Zedel, London 9.15pm

Jazz

Sunday 23 December, 2018

My Dining Hell, Brasserie Zedel, London 9.15pm

One Man Show

Thursday 27 December, 2018

The Jay Rayner Quartet at the White Hart, Wytham, Oxfordshire

Jazz

Thursday 28 February, 2019

The Jay Rayner Quartet, Neeld Community Centre, Chippenham

Jazz

Saturday 30 March, 2019

Songs of Food And Agony

I’ve been playing the piano for over 30 years, and for the past decade have concentrated on jazz. You can read about my musical adventures here Now, working with some of Britain’s best musicians, we perform songs about food and drink, and others informed by my experience of growing up with my mother, Claire Rayner, who was an agony aunt, and I tell stories about both. With Dave Lewis on sax, Robert Rickenberg on bass and the singer Pat Gordon-Smith. To read more about the brilliant musicians in my band click here.

The Jay Rayner Quartet, Brasserie Zedel, as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival. 9.15pm

Wednesday 21 November, 2018

The Jay Rayner Quartet, Brasserie Zedel, London 9.15pm

Sunday 23 December, 2018

The Jay Rayner Quartet at the White Hart, Wytham, Oxfordshire

Thursday 28 February, 2019

The Jay Rayner Quartet, Neeld Community Centre, Chippenham

Saturday 30 March, 2019

My Dining Hell

I have been the restaurant critic for the Observer for over 15 years, written reviews of well over 700 establishments, and if there is one thing I’ve learnt it is that while readers like reviews, what they really love is reviews of bad restaurants. They adore them, feast upon them like starving vultures who have spotted fly-blown carrion out in the bush. In My Dining Hell, I examine our love affair with lousy reviews, rant about my most hated restaurants fads, list my most excruciating nights out and – just to balance things – read from the worst reviews my own work has ever received.

The Ten Food Commandments, Strode Theatre, Street, Somerset.

Thursday 01 November, 2018

Ten Food Commandments, Theatre Royal, Northampton.

Friday 16 November, 2018

The Ten Food Commandments, The Milton Rooms, Malton, Yorkshire

Friday 23 November, 2018

The Ten Food Commandments, Assembly House, Norwich (NB. pre show dinner option)

Thursday 29 November, 2018

My Dining Hell, Brasserie Zedel, London 7.00pm

Friday 14 December, 2018

My Dining Hell, Brasserie Zedel, London 9.15pm

Thursday 27 December, 2018

The Double Headers

In the first half it’s My Dining Hell; in the second half it’s songs of Food and Agony. What’s not to like?