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FRI 22- SUN 24 SEP 2017

Flashdance, New Theatre, Mon 18 – Sat 23 Sept 

joanne clifton in black underwear dancing on stage

Pass me my legwarmers, high leg leotard, and heavy dute welding visor – I’m ready for my Flashdancecloseup. Eh, what do you mean Joanne Clifton already has the lead role? (*sigh*) Yes tis true, the current Strictly champion continues her successful foray into musicals taking on the role of Alex, tomboy building site worker by day, gyrating sweaty permahaired foxtress by night. She stars with A1’s Ben Adams in this touring production that has me more excited than I dare express.

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Gilded Feasts: Native Feasts Pop Up,  Lassco Three Pigeons, Milton Common, Fri 22 – Sat 23 Sept

Forget the grocery shop this weekend, the Native Feast Boys are back (hooray!) at Lassco, where they’re cooking up a heap of mouthwatering treats in a set menu from heaven. Fabulous cooking from a Michelin star chef, über cool surroundings and no washing up…what’s not to love?

Lassco Three Pigeons, London Road, Milton Common, Oxon,


Pay-what-you- want Supper Club, Smoke and Thyme, Marston, Oxford, Sat 23 Sept

Run by experimental chef, Jack Greenall, in his Oxford home, this is one cool-sounding supper club, run on a pay-what-you-want basis. We hear he’s likely to tweak and change dishes right up to the last minute so don’t expect to see the menu in advance. Muddy are yet to try one of Jack’s supper clubs but it sounds like you can expect some brilliant combinations and some serious tantalising of the taste buds.


London Design Festival, various locations, 16 – 24 Sept

This festival, now in its 15th year, is just incredible – hundreds of events taking place across the city at venues including the V&A where you can see this stunning Reflection Room, by designer Flynn Talbot,  an immersive coloured light experience that will be the first London Design Festival installation to be housed in the Prince Consort Gallery.

Kanye the First, North Wall, Oxford, Weds 20 – Fri 22 Sep

pixelated picture of Kayne west

No, Kanye West isn’t coming to Oxford – although I have heard that his lovely wife Kim Kardashian is a big fan of Inspector Morse. This is actually a new play inspired by the giant-egoed rapper and social media ranter and it looks pretty darn good. It’s written by award-winning, hotshot young playwright Sam Steiner and explores notions of identity in modern culture. Our heroine Annie feels her life is a bit rubbish and dull, unlike the celebrities she slavishly follows on social media. What if she could reinvent herself as someone else, someone glitzier and glossier? If you’ve got a teenager who’s constantly glued to Instagram, this should make a thought-provoking outing, and it’s suitable for children aged 14 and over.

Murder Mystery with Science Oxford, Cogges Manor Farm, Fri 22 Sept

I’m loving the sound of this super-quirky event. Very different from your ‘normal’ Murder Mystery party this one. That clever lot at Science Oxford have teamed up with Cogges, taking the fictitious (whew!) 18th century murder of a farmhand as a spring board for your own hands-on investigation. There’s an hour or so for you to investigate, using modern day forensics to solve the crime. Oh, and the bar’ll be open. Just saying!

Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney,

Sherlock Holmes and the Crimson Cobbles, Chipping Norton Theatre, Tues 19 – Sun 24 Sep

Sherlock Holmes ilustration moustache magnifying glass

Sherlock Holmes is one of those fictional characters with enduring appeal, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s TV turn as the tricksy detective has brought in a whole new generation of mini brainiac sleuths. This new play is family-friendly – suitable for children aged 12 and over – and especially commissioned for Chipping Norton Theatre. Holmes and Watson are called upon to investigate the Whitechapel murders but when the evidence points to only one possible conclusion about the identity of Jack the Ripper, is Holmes prepared to believe the unbelievable?


Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem, River & Rowing Museum Henley, until 24 Sept

Peter rabbit eating radish in garden furry friends

Hop over to Henley for the last week of River and Rowing Museum’s  Peter Rabbit: Mischief and Mayhem. This exhibition includes original artworks, first editions and early Peter Rabbit merchandise. You can can even help Mrs Tiggywinkle hang up the laundry or visit Mrs Rabbit’s burrow! Dress up (probably best to save your bunny girl outfit for another day), help in Mr MacGregor’s Garden and listen to stories.


Giffords Circus, Fennels Farm, Stroud, Thu 21 to Sun 24 Sept

Last chance to see this candle-lit international gymnastic show with dancing horses, a live band, everyone’s favourite clown Tweedy and a side helping of psychedelic madness, as Giffords returns home to complete its 2017 tour that takes them to a 17th-century Spanish court. A bit of a schlep at this point admittedly but Stroud is fantastic and so is this show.

The Sherlock Holmes Experience Madame Tussaud’s, until Fri 30 Sept

A departure for Madam Tussauds, this Sherlock Holmes Experience (included in the normal ticket price) is live walk-through adventure. Journeying from 221B Baker Street to Dartmoor where a demon hound lurks, with plenty of stops along the way. You must help Dr. Watson find the missing Sherlock Holmes to reach a dramatic ‘watery’ conclusion. The experience is totally interactive with textured theatrical sets laden with detail, hidden clues and special effects. Bring your own deerstalker and make it snappy – there’s only one week to go.

Madam Tussauds, Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR

Entre Amigos: Ran Kan Kan, Tap Social Club, Oxford, Sun 24 Sept

Indian street food, music and craft ales at this family-friendly free afternoon with music courtesy of Ran Kan Kan – Oxford’s fabulous 20 piece Cuban big band.

Tap Social, 27 Curtis Industrial Estate, North Hinksey Lane, Oxford,

Simon Amstell: What is This? Oxford Playhouse, Sun 24 Sept

Catch brilliant stand-up, Simon Amstell in Oxford this Sunday as he starts a brand new UK tour. Supported by Mawaan Rizwan (check him out  – apparently his You Tube videos are a riot and have been downloaded over 18 million times!).

Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont St,


Legally Blonde, Wycombe Swan, Mon 25 – Sat 30 Sept

pink stilettos with a pug dog and a small dog on a lead
I took my mum to a production of Legally Blonde last year and we both hooted our way through it, it was much funnier than I thought it would be. This new show has a celeb cast  – Rita Simons (Roxy Mitchell in BBC’s EastEnders)  Lucie Jones (Eurovision UK representative 2017) and the delicious Bill Ward (James Barton in Emmerdale, Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street) as Professor Callahan. Grab a group of girlies and go have a giggle.

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