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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.

My Dining Hell at the Lichfield Festival (2pm show)

One Man Show

Friday 13 July, 2018

The Jay Rayner Quartet at the Lichfield Festival (8pm)

Jazz

Friday 13 July, 2018

The Jay Rayner Quartet, Pizza Express Dean Street, London

Jazz

Saturday 21 July, 2018

My Dining Hell, Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel, London 9.15pm

One Man Show

Wednesday 05 September, 2018

Ten Food Commandments, Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel, london, 9.15pm

One Man Show

Tuesday 11 September, 2018

The Jay Rayner Quartet, Brasserie Zedel, 9.15pm

Jazz

Sunday 23 September, 2018

Fundraiser for Afghan Connections with Grayson Perry and Gareth Malone, New Theatre Oxford.

Contributor

Monday 24 September, 2018

Ten Food Commandments, Theatre Royal, Northampton.

One Man Show

Friday 16 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

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 Lichfield Festival (8pm)

Friday 13 July, 2018

The Jay Rayner Quartet, Pizza Express Dean Street, London

Saturday 21 July, 2018

The Jay Rayner Quartet, Brasserie Zedel, 9.15pm

Sunday 23 September, 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.

My Dining Hell at the Lichfield Festival (2pm show)

Friday 13 July, 2018

My Dining Hell, Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel, London 9.15pm

Wednesday 05 September, 2018

Ten Food Commandments, Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel, london, 9.15pm

Tuesday 11 September, 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

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?