The cool stuff this weekend
Shall we go out and play? Plenty on this week in Bucks & Oxon if you fancy a bit of theatre, music, movies, comedy, or gingerbread French gilt mirrors for that matter.
Jack Whitehall: At Large, New Theatre Oxford, Sun 15 – Mon 16 Jan
A brand new live show from young Master Whitehall who never seems to be off our screens or mags at the mo. He recently hosted the Royal Variety Performance, and in Bad Education and A League Of Their Own, but his winning posh boy routine continues to charm in small doses.
New Theatre, Oxford, atgtickets.com
Biscuiteers: Waddesdon Manor in Gingerbread, until Sun 19 March
Worth a prod if you’ve forgetten this exhibition post-Crimbo. One of the most delicious exhibitions you’re ever likely to see, Biscuiteers – Waddesdon Manor in Gingerbread shows the whole manor house recreated in a 2 metre long model of gingerbread. It’s an extraordinary repilica of Waddesdon’s most famous rooms including paintings, furniture, porcelain and textiles that took more than 500 hours to make, used more than 30kg of butter and sugar, 240 eggs and 216 kg of icing. Don’t you want to just gobble it all down in one? Also worth mentioning htat this weekend for the first time you can take your dogs into Waddesdon Manor’s grounds and down to the Coach House. Don’t let them near this exhibition, they’ll slather all over the home furnishings.
Waddesdon Manor, nr. Aylesbury, waddesdon.org.uk
Lala Land, Cinemas Nationwide, opens on general release Thurs 12 Jan
La La Land has just won seven gongs at the Golden Globes, and now you can see what the fuss is all about. Director Damien Chazelle’s tribute to the Hollywood musical with a story embedded in present-day LA stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone and has ‘feel good’ plastered all over it.
Gaslight, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Mon 16 – Sat 21 Jan
A couple of star turns in the thriller Gaslight, rocking up at The Aylesbury Waterside this week, wtih Kara Tointon, Keith Allen and Rupert Young headlining. While Jack Manningham is on the town each evening, his wife Bella (Kara Tointon) is home alone. She can’t explain the disappearance of familiar objects, the mysterious footsteps overhead or the ghostly flickering of living room gaslight, and the surprise arrival of a retired detective (Keith Allen) leads to a shocking discovery. Der, der, derrrrrrr!
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, atgtickets.com
The new Design Museum, Kensington, now open
The Design Museum has finally moved from Shad Thames to a spectacular 1960s Grade II listed building on Kensington High St. Opened for just a few weeks, it’s showing New Old, from tomorrow (Thurs) the first in series of pop up exhibitions that explores how design can help people lead fuller, healthier and more rewarding lives into old age, from robotic clothing to driverless cars.
Design Museum, High Street Kensington, London, designmuseum.org
Joz Norris & Marny Godden, Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford, Fri 13 Jan
If dry January is doing your nut in here’s one way to whet your sense of humour again. Joz Norris & Marny Godden are both members of the brilliantly named Weirdos, a comedy collective previousy nominated twice for Chortle awards. This is their 2016 Edinburgh show brought to Oxford for one night only, a double bill of two solo shows that explore love, death, lamps and – obviously – porridge.
Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont St, Oxford, oxfordplayhouse.com
City of Oxford Orchestra – Viennese New Year Concert, Sheldonian, Sat 14 Jan
An Oxford tradition now in its 44th year, the City of Oxford orchestra dusts down its penguin suit and strikes up for its Viennese Concert at the Sheldonian Theatre. The programme includes Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Gershwin’s Songs, Mozart’s Symphony No 23 and – but of course – Strauss’s Waltzes, Polkas and Marches.
Sheldonian, Broad St, Oxford, venues.ox.ac.uk
Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young, Mill Arts, Banbury, Fri 13 Jan
Ever wondered what Paul Young did after Live Aid? Well, here he is, stetson firmly on head, hanging out with Los Pacaminos, playing the very best in Tex Mex Border music – I kid you not! – featuring the likes of Ry Cooder, Los Lobos and even Roy Orbsion. They promise a ‘tequila-fuelled Tex Mex party night’ at the Mill Arts Centre. Get on your horse, light up your cigarillo and enjoy the ride.
Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, millarts.co.uk
Coffee Concert, Holywell Music Room, Oxford, Sun 15 Jan
The Castalian String Quartet won First Prize at the 2015 Lyon International Chamber Music Competition, and over the last year have played at Wigmore Hall, Jubilee Hall Aldeburgh, and the Hitzacker. This Sunday they’re playing in the more intimate surroundings of the Holywell Music Room, with Haydn and Beethoven for company.
Hoywell Music Room, Holywell St, Oxford, coffeeconcerts.com
Pianist Jonathan Powell, JdP Music Hall at St Hilda’s College, Sat 14 Jan
Loving the idea of this piano programme featuring international soloist and composer Jonathan Powell, bringing together four radical piano works from the first half of the 19th century from Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin and Alkan.
Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford, jdp.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk
Oxjams, Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford, Thurs 12 Jan
Turtle necks at the ready for the return of the Oxford Jazz Masters Series, celebrating 20 years of scorching contemporary jazz at the Burton Taylor Studio, featuring George Haslam on saxophone, clarinet and tárogató, Richard Leigh Harris on piano, and Steve Kershaw on double bass. With special guests to be announced.
The Tempest, Captured Live Screening, Chipping Norton Theatre, Sat 14 Jan
Simon Russell Beale has returned to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in this groundbreaking family production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The tale of Prospero, a magician able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. Rather than flog up to Stratford upon Avon you can watch from the comfort of Chipping Norton Theatre, with a whopper bucket of popcorn to keep you going through the tough bits.
The Theatre, 2 Spring Street, Chipping Norton, chippingnortontheatre.co.uk
Accoustic Night, MK Gallery, Thurs 12 Jan
Live music lover? Then you might want to check out MK Gallery’s acoustic nights showcase the best emerging singer songwriters and instrumentalists in MK at the town’s supergroovy Gallery.
MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes, mkgallery.org