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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. The latest is My Last Supper, the show linked to my new book which is published in September 2019. 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 Last Supper, Cadogan Hall, London, in association with Guardian Live.

One Man Show

Monday 09 September, 2019

My Last Supper, at the Rheged Centre, Penrith, Cumbria.

One Man Show

Saturday 14 September, 2019

My Last Supper, The Glee Club, Nottingham.

One Man Show

Sunday 29 September, 2019

My Last Supper, Redgrave Theatre, Bristol.

One Man Show

Tuesday 01 October, 2019

My Last Supper, The Glee Club, Birmingham.

One Man Show

Sunday 06 October, 2019

My Last Supper, The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds.

One Man Show

Tuesday 29 October, 2019

My Last Supper, HOME, Manchester.

One Man Show

Thursday 07 November, 2019

My Last Supper, The Glee Club, Glasgow.

One Man Show

Thursday 21 November, 2019

My Last Supper, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh.

One Man Show

Saturday 23 November, 2019

My Last Supper at Words Weekend, Sage Gateshead.

One Man Show

Sunday 08 December, 2019

My Last Supper, The MAC, Belfast.

One Man Show

Saturday 22 February, 2020

My Last Supper at the Assembly House, Norwich

One Man Show

Thursday 27 February, 2020

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.

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 Last Supper, Cadogan Hall, London, in association with Guardian Live.

Monday 09 September, 2019

My Last Supper, at the Rheged Centre, Penrith, Cumbria.

Saturday 14 September, 2019

My Last Supper, The Glee Club, Nottingham.

Sunday 29 September, 2019

My Last Supper, Redgrave Theatre, Bristol.

Tuesday 01 October, 2019

My Last Supper, The Glee Club, Birmingham.

Sunday 06 October, 2019

My Last Supper, The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds.

Tuesday 29 October, 2019

My Last Supper, HOME, Manchester.

Thursday 07 November, 2019

My Last Supper, The Glee Club, Glasgow.

Thursday 21 November, 2019

My Last Supper, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh.

Saturday 23 November, 2019

My Last Supper at Words Weekend, Sage Gateshead.

Sunday 08 December, 2019

My Last Supper, The MAC, Belfast.

Saturday 22 February, 2020

My Last Supper at the Assembly House, Norwich

Thursday 27 February, 2020

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?