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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.

Writing workshop with Jay Rayner at Brasserie Zedel. (Three hours, from 1.15pm)

Author

Sunday 25 February, 2018

The Jay Rayner Quartet, at The Concorde Club, Eastleigh

Jazz

Friday 09 March, 2018

Jay Rayner Quartet, live at Brasserie Zedel, London, for Mother’s Day 7pm

Jazz

Sunday 11 March, 2018

The Ten (food) Commandments, The Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking

One Man Show

Thursday 15 March, 2018

The Jay Rayner Quartet, Gateshead International Jazz Festival: an afternoon of food and agony (from 2pm)

Jazz

Saturday 07 April, 2018

Jay Rayner Quartet, Live at Brasserie Zedel, London 9.15pm

Jazz

Friday 20 April, 2018

The Jay Rayner Quartet at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival (dinner and a show)

Jazz

Thursday 03 May, 2018

The Ten (Food) Commandments at the Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed

One Man Show

Saturday 05 May, 2018

The Ten (Food) Commandments, Pitlochry Festival Theatre

One Man Show

Sunday 06 May, 2018

The Ten (Food) Commandments, Aberdeen Performing Arts

One Man Show

Tuesday 08 May, 2018

The Ten (Food) Commandments, Adam Smith theatre, Fife

One Man Show

Wednesday 09 May, 2018

The Ten (Food) Commandments, Macrobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling

One Man Show

Thursday 10 May, 2018

The Ten (Food) Commandments, Mitchell theatre, Glasgow

One Man Show

Friday 11 May, 2018

My Dining Hell, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

One Man Show

Saturday 12 May, 2018

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, at The Concorde Club, Eastleigh

Friday 09 March, 2018

Jay Rayner Quartet, live at Brasserie Zedel, London, for Mother’s Day 7pm

Sunday 11 March, 2018

The Jay Rayner Quartet, Gateshead International Jazz Festival: an afternoon of food and agony (from 2pm)

Saturday 07 April, 2018

Jay Rayner Quartet, Live at Brasserie Zedel, London 9.15pm

Friday 20 April, 2018

The Jay Rayner Quartet at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival (dinner and a show)

Thursday 03 May, 2018

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, The Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking

Thursday 15 March, 2018

The Ten (Food) Commandments at the Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed

Saturday 05 May, 2018

The Ten (Food) Commandments, Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Sunday 06 May, 2018

The Ten (Food) Commandments, Aberdeen Performing Arts

Tuesday 08 May, 2018

The Ten (Food) Commandments, Adam Smith theatre, Fife

Wednesday 09 May, 2018

The Ten (Food) Commandments, Macrobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling

Thursday 10 May, 2018

The Ten (Food) Commandments, Mitchell theatre, Glasgow

Friday 11 May, 2018

My Dining Hell, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Saturday 12 May, 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?