The Muddy Guide: What’s On Thurs 9 – Weds 15 June
Brideshead Revisited, Oxford Playhouse, Tues 14 – Sat 18 June
Where better to put on a theatre adaptation of Brideshead Revisited than Oxford? Acclaimed playwright Bryony Lavery’s sparkling new reimagining of the classic novel comes to Oxford Playhouse from next Tuesday. Clearly I can’t time travel (though I can balance 20 two pences on my nose – just saying), but the theatre-savvy Muddy Sussex editor Debbie has already seen this production in Brighton so it’s worth checking out her review.
Oxford Playhouse, 11-12 Beaumont St, Oxford, oxfordplayhouse.com
Mystics and Rationalists, Modern Art Oxford, from Sat 11 June
The year of celebrations surrounding Modern Art Oxford’s 50th birthday continue with Mystics and Rationalists, an exploration of how artists can offer unusual or unconventional perspectives that may be at odds with traditional logic or views. The exhibition features the likes of Yoko Ono, Karla Black, Daniel Buren, Dorothy Cross, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Dan Graham, Sol LeWitt and Amy Sillman. If it washes over your head who cares, it’s free!
Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke St, Oxford, modernartoxford.org.uk
Professional Hair and Make Up Open Days , The Iver Academy, Pinewood Studios, Sat 11 & Sun 12 June
This sounds great. Renowned hair and make-up school The Iver Academy , on site at Pinewood Studios no less, will be hosting a taster weekend for young people who are keen to take a vocational route into the Film, TV and Theatre industry. Attendees will get the chance to create a period character, learn some basic aging techniques and view all their makeup work on HD camera, taught by BAFTA award-winning make-up artists who’ve worked with the likes of David Beckham, Kate Moss, George Clooney, Dame Helen Mirren. It’s OK, you had me at Beckham.
The Iver Academy, based at Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath, Bucks, iveracademy.co.uk
Gifford’s Circus, Blenheim Palace, Thurs 9- Mon 13 June
This Cotswolds touring family circus is out of the starting blocks with a new show The Painted Wagon – a comedic homage to the Wild West. It started a few weeks back in Gloucestershire but now touches down in Oxfordshire, first at Blenheim Palace and then moving on to Oxford University Parks. Tweedy the clown, my total comedy crush, is back for another year, there are some new performers to keep things interesting, and as usual it’s live music and a whole load of quirky brilliance.
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, giffordscircus.com
Yevgeny Sudbin: Scarlatti Sonatas, Sheldonian, Fri 10 June
Why do all world-class musicians look like models these days? Yevgeny Sudbin has taken five minutes from his runway schedule to play Scarlatti, Beethoven, Mozart and Ravel tonight at the lovely Sheldonian Theatre.
The Sheldonian Theatre, Broad St, Oxford, musicatoxford.com
Babylon Plants Open Day, Sat 11 June
A lovely quirky one. Babylon Plants is a wholesale nursery which is usually open only to trade – so the florists that we all buy from – but it’s open to the public tomorrow. You can check out all the nursery stock, and cut flower beds, walk through a wild flower meadow and buy plants at wholesale prices. There’s cake, tea, lemonade too.
Babylon Plants, The Stables, Chestnut Farm, Cuxham Rd, Cuxham, babylonplants.com
Russell Kane Live, Chipping Norton Theatre, Fri 10 June
Comedian, presenter, actor, all round on the TV-megastar Russell Kane is coming to Chippy Theatre tonight with his brand new show. Amazing live, Kane has been nominated 4 times for the Edinburgh Comedy Awards before winning Best Show in 2010. About time he won it again, but still *sniff* not a bad record!
The Theatre Chipping Norton, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton, chippingnortontheatre.co.uk
Art Car Boot Fair, Brick Lane, Sun 12 June
The Art Car Boot Fair returns to Brick Lane on Sunday, so get down there if you want to feel the Brick Lane buzz and pick up a bargain. This year’s theme is the hand, so as well as the bootfuls of art, there are glove -puppet performances, palm readings and magicians. Iconic artists like Peter Blake (above) are known to show up, so bring your selfie stick with you (JOKE!). Doors open at midday and it’s a delicious £1 to enter.
Brick Lane, London E1, artcarbootfair.com
Peter Rabbit in the Garden, Oxford Botanic Gardens, Weds 15 June
Sweeeeet. Get your little people to spot pesky Peter Rabbit, taste test the veggies, do some crafty bits and bob and take a mini guided tour to help water the plants.
Drop-in session. Free with entry to the Garden. 10.30am-12.30pm.botanic-garden.ox.ac.uk
Kids Week, Free London Show Tickets, On Sale from Tues 14 June
Whoo-hoo! Kids Week is back, offering free tickets to more than 35 top London Shows for kids 16 or under when accompanied by a full paying adult. Also if you’re riddled with children like me, you’ll be pleased to know that you can get two extra kids tickets at half price! Booking opens 10am on Tuesday 14 June, and the offer is valid for performances from 1-31 August.