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I perform live all over the country. Some, like 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, Redgrave Theatre, Bristol

One Man Show

Thursday 30 March, 2017

JR Quartet plays Sunday lunch at Ronnie Scott’s, London (with special guest Giacamo Smith)

Jazz

Sunday 23 April, 2017

The Jay Rayner Quartet at the Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel, London

Jazz

Thursday 04 May, 2017

Lunch with Jay Rayner, part of The Auckland Literary Festival, New Zealand

One Man Show

Thursday 18 May, 2017

Ten Food commandments at Auckland Literary Festival, New Zealand

One Man Show

Friday 19 May, 2017

Ten Food Commandments at Brisbane Powerhouse, Australia

One Man Show

Sunday 21 May, 2017

The Ten Food Commandments, at Northcote Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia (for the Wheeler Centre)

One Man Show

Wednesday 24 May, 2017

the Ten food Commandments at the Devizes Arts Festival, Wiltshire

One Man Show

Wednesday 14 June, 2017

The Ten (Food) Commandments, York Theatre Royal

One Man Show

Thursday 06 July, 2017

The JR Quartet with songs of food and agony at Pizza Express, Dean street, London (two shows, early and late)

Jazz

Friday 14 July, 2017

Songs of Food and Agony with the JR Quartet, Buxton Festival, Derbyshire

Jazz

Friday 21 July, 2017

10 Food Commandments, at the Gateway, Seaton, Devon

One Man Show

Saturday 23 September, 2017

The Ten Food Commandments at the Winchester Comedy Festival

One Man Show

Thursday 05 October, 2017

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.

JR Quartet plays Sunday lunch at Ronnie Scott’s, London (with special guest Giacamo Smith)

Sunday 23 April, 2017

The Jay Rayner Quartet at the Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel, London

Thursday 04 May, 2017

The JR Quartet with songs of food and agony at Pizza Express, Dean street, London (two shows, early and late)

Friday 14 July, 2017

Songs of Food and Agony with the JR Quartet, Buxton Festival, Derbyshire

Friday 21 July, 2017

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, Redgrave Theatre, Bristol

Thursday 30 March, 2017

Lunch with Jay Rayner, part of The Auckland Literary Festival, New Zealand

Thursday 18 May, 2017

Ten Food commandments at Auckland Literary Festival, New Zealand

Friday 19 May, 2017

Ten Food Commandments at Brisbane Powerhouse, Australia

Sunday 21 May, 2017

The Ten Food Commandments, at Northcote Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia (for the Wheeler Centre)

Wednesday 24 May, 2017

the Ten food Commandments at the Devizes Arts Festival, Wiltshire

Wednesday 14 June, 2017

The Ten (Food) Commandments, York Theatre Royal

Thursday 06 July, 2017

10 Food Commandments, at the Gateway, Seaton, Devon

Saturday 23 September, 2017

The Ten Food Commandments at the Winchester Comedy Festival

Thursday 05 October, 2017

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?