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What’s on: The Muddy Guide 6 – 12 Feb 2015

Oxford International Art Fair, Fri 6 – Sun 8 Feb, Oxford Town Hall

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If last year’s event was anything to go by, this year should be a knockout. It’s bigger by an extra two whole halls, and includes not only paintings by international artists, but also sculpture and photography. The artists will be here too, so you have a chance to quiz them about their work. The event kicks off on Friday night with a Private View (and priced tickets) but best to fast forward to the weekend when the fun starts and when entrance is FREEEE!  Saturday sees some live painting and Sunday features the Global Art Awards. 

Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Mon 9 -Sat 14 Feb


Hot on the heels of New Theatre’s Top Hat (last night tomorrow 7 Feb)  comes more toe-tapping, tails and fabulous custumes, this time at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre with Cole Porter’s classic musical with the old favourites including Anything Goes to I Get A Kick Out of You. Take your mum, she’ll love you for it.

Marco’s Italian opens, Oxford High St, Weds 12 Feb


Superchef Marco Pierre White continues his Italian assault on the UK’s provincial cities with his latest restaurant at the Mercure Oxford Eastgate. It promises Italian sharing platters, home-made pizza and pasta and New York favourites like  steaks, burgers and BBQ ribs. No Michelin stars in the offing I bet, but it does sound perfectly indulgent.

Fifty Shades of Grey, in cinemas Valentine’s Day

Ooooh, I don’t know about this. Do you reckon Fifty Shades the movie can scale the, er, dizzy heights of the book? Frankly my dear, as long as Jamie Dornan is in it wearing not very much, I don’t give a damn.

Opens 13 Feb.

Vintage Fashion Auction, Mallam’s, Abingdon, Sat 7 Feb

OMG, what an auction! I’ve never been to Mallam’s auctioneers in Abingdon but I think a visit is on the cards with its vintage fashion auction.There’s a specialist selection of vintage wedding dresses, a private Alexander McQueen collection and (wait for it) Flash Gordon costumes. If you’re super-organised, you can line up your bids and set your budget limits on the the viewing day today (Fri 6) between 9am – 7pm. And while we’re on auctions, there’s another one coming up on 11 Feb (start time 10.30), this time in Watlington, that looks great too, through JonesandJacob. Here comes the fun!

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Spanish Fiesta, Wycombe Swan, Sat 7 Feb 


Ignore the freezing cold and rest yourself instead on a sunkissed Spanish isle, drinking sangria and being seductively fed seafood by a stonkingly sexy waiter…. (Oh sorry, I just went to my happy place for  second there). The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs Spanish Fiesta under the baton of Spanish Conductor Eduardo Portal tonight at the Wycombe Swan, with Morgan Szymanski (pictured) twanging the guitar strings (it’s a technical term, look it up). offering the classics  from Bizet’s Carmen and Fauré’s Pavane to Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Sweet dreams!

Monty Python’s Spamalot, Mon 9 – Sat 14 Feb, New Theatre Oxford 

Huzzah! Spamalot is on tour from the West End! I’ve wanted to see it forever but somehow failed to get my chuff into London. Now it’s arriving at Oxford’s New Theatre (which seems to be getting some very good shows these days, don’t you think?) and, well, that’s much more civilised. I’ll review next week, but let me me know what you think too.

Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank Centre, Mon 9 – Sun 22 Feb 


If you possibly can, try and make it down to Imagine, a brilliant fortnight of events for kids of all ages with an incredible array of readings from top authors, live performances, world-class orchestras and free activities, plus ‘s a special section on Alice in Wonderland to mark the book’s 150th anniversary.

Jeeves and Wooster, Oxford Playhouse, Tues 10 – Sat 14 Feb

jeeves and wooster

I’ve seen Robert Webb (Peep Show, That Mitchell and Webb Look) on stage a couple of times in dramas where he was good but not knockout. I suspect though that slapstick comedy like Jeeves and Wooster where he plays likeable upper-class buffoon Bertie Wooster is where he’ll absolutely nail it.  The play won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and a whole heap of four and five star reviews, so it’s close to a dead cert for a fun night out.






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