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Mon 7 - Sun 13 Jan 2019


COMEDY: Oxfordshire Mind Comedy Gala, Oxford Playhouse, Sat 12 Jan

Nish Kumar, Ed Gamble and Felicity Ward rock up for a night of top class comedy in aid of the charity Mind. Nish and Ed are regulars on our screens and Felicity Ward is best known for her part in The Guilty Feminist podcast as well as appearing on Mock the Week and Live from the BBC. An antidote to the January blues, if ever there was one.


THEATRE: Macbeth, New Theatre Oxford, Tues 8 – Sat 12 Jan

Following its sell out in London, the National Theatre’s production of Macbeth goes on tour round the UK and lands in Oxford this week. Directed by the National’s Artistic Director Rufus Norris, and with the designer of War Horse, Rae Smith on board, this new production takes place in a post-apocalyptic anarchic world. Every possible sign of brilliance, right here.


THEATRE: Hickory Dickory Murder, The Old Fire Station, Oxford, Tues 8 Jan

Photo by Idil Sukan

A Golden Age murder mystery where the audience help tell the story with suggestions  and input to create a twisting plot that is hilarious and darn right silly. Award-winning comedy company The Dead Secrets are at the helm for what looks like a spiffingly fun night out.


MUSICAL: Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Oxford Playhouse, Wed 9 Jan

You like to be in control? Not like that *tut*, I meant in the theatre of course. This all-singing all-dancing Oliver award-winning comedy is back in Oxford, in a show where the audience decides on how the production will unfold. Bagsy I request Jamie Dornan in his Fifty Shades outfit.


COMEDY: Adam Kay – This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor, Oxford Playhouse, Thurs 10 & Fri 11 Jan

After sell-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016, 2017 and 2018, Adam Kay’s best selling book is now being turned into a BBC Series. His hilarious and sometimes stomach-churning observations on his time as a junior doctor are certainly causing a stir and you can catch him for yourself at the Oxford Playhouse.


WORKSHOP: Young Playmaker Writing Workshop, Oxford Playhouse, Thurs 8 Jan

Do you have a talented young playwright in your midst? Oxford Playhouse are running workshops led by playwright Renata Allen for tweens and teens who wish to write a short play. Renata will guide them through developing their ideas and writing their plays with the completed works being shown at The Burton Taylor Studio in July.


TALK: An Evening with Alice Roberts, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, Fri 11 Jan

Prof Alice Roberts, TV anthropologist and author, will be Digging into Britain’s Past with her touring show that shares her insights, anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories from her career. They’ll be footage from her many shows (Time Team, Coast, Digging for Britain, Britain’s Most Historic Towns) and excerpts from her books, finishing with a 20 min Q&A.


FILM: Vintage Cinema, Large Barn Hall, Amersham, Fri 11 Jan

Can you believe it’s nearly 20 years since Bridget Jones crashed onto our screens? Grab some free gourmet popcorn, a comfy beanbag and a couple of girlfriends and enjoy it all over again with Vintage Cinema’s screening in Amersham. There’s also a cash bar so you can join Bridget in downing the vino.


KIDS: Creative Computing Club, Science Oxford, Sat 12 Jan

Take your 9 – 12 year old along to learn how to make a medieval themed game with houses, trees and a character who can move around the village and castle. There’s a 10am session for those completely new to coding and one at 12.30 for those who have some knowledge. Parents need to stay with their kids so rev up the brain box and prepare to be baffled!


MUSIC: Dr Feelgood, The Bullingdon, Oxford, Sat 12 Jan

70s rock band, Dr Feelgood, return to The Bullingdon for a night of nostalgia with hits such as Milk and Alcohol, Roxette and She Does It Right. The rockers still love to tour and apparently don’t disappoint with great musicianship and showmanship.


KIDS: Hippity Hop, Oxford Playhouse, Sat 12 and Sun 13 Jan

Photo by Suzi Corker

This is apparently the first ever interactive hip hop show for young children aged 2-5 with puppetry, rap, music and movement. This celebration of street culture with fun lyrics by acclaimed rap artist Breis and graffiti-based designs, and not a crotch-grab in sight, has been a great success with the littlies and tickets are selling fast so hop to it (sorry!).


EXHIBITION: Nature of the Beast, Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford, Sat 12 Jan – Sat 9 Feb

Rhino by Rory Carnegie

Looking at nature’s darker side, this exhibition shows work in a variety of media including painting and photography. Rory Carnegie photographs animals in a studio, and by removing them from their natural surroundings, he plays with our perception of a familiar looking beast; Abigail Reed draws huge moths so we can see how truly strange these creatures are; James Fotheringhame’s paintings find fleeting moments in nature; and Helen Ward pins insects to soft white backgrounds creating shadows and elegant compositions.


WALK: Sobell House Winter Walk, Blenheim Palace, Sun 13 Jan

A six mile walking event organised by Sobell House (hospice charity) around the beautiful grounds at Blenheim. Tickets include entrance to the grounds and a hot drink. Suitable for all ages and abilities, dogs and pushchairs.


EXHIBITION: The Story of Phi: Collecting Sex, Weston Library, ends Sun 13 Jan

In the Victorian age, the Bodleian created a restricted category for obscene books, labelled inconspicuously with the Greek letter Phi. Now we can see what those prim Victorians were hiding with this display showcasing many items never previously exhibited which explores our changing ideas about censorship and sexuality.


MUSIC: Coffee Concert, Hollywell Music Room, Oxford, Sun 13 Jan

Enjoy Tim Horton on the piano playing Beethoven’s Sonata op.26 in A flat, Schubert’s Impromptus D899 and Schoenberg’s Six Little Pieces op.19., then pop to the King’s Arms pub at the top of Holywell Street or the Vaults & Garden Café in the High Street for your complimentary cup of coffee. How civilised!


EXHIBITION: Great War Propaganda, Abingdon Museum, until Thurs 31 Jan

Extended by popular demand, this collection of conscription and propaganda posters explores the social attitudes and underlying stories of the Great War period, giving us some insight into life at home and on the front line one hundred years ago.


EXHIBITION: Christmas Toy Box, Bucks County Museum, until Sat 19 Jan

OMG, I had one of these Daleks! This retro toy display from the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties looks like a total blast. It includes Dr Who, Thunderbirds, string puppets, the Sony Walkman (yup, had one of those too), jack in the boxes and teddy bears. There are games to play from Giant Jenga, Brio Trains and Duplo, while your bored kids yawn wide and say rude things about you on snapchat.



EXHIBITION: Stanley Spencer: Friends and Family, Stanley Spencer Gallery Cookham, Berks, until Mar  2019

Youth and Experience self portraits by Stanley Spencer

Not a loyalty scheme, but the latest exhibition at the brilliant Stanley Spencer Gallery on Cookham High Street. Although more famous for his local landscapes, his portraits are world class – in fact one on his first self portraits hangs in the Tate Britain. This new exhibition is an intimate snapshot of the artist’s private life, demonstrating his immense talent at capturing the mood and character of those closest to him.


MUSIC: Oxford Philharmonic Anniversary Concert, Barbican, London, Sat 12 Jan

The Orchestra is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a concert involving three world-class soloists – Maxim Vengerov, Anne-Sophie Mutter (performing Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins) and Martha Argerich performing Schumann’s piano concerto. The second half of the programme is dedicated to Beethoven’s ground-breaking Eroica Symphony.



THEATRE: All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre, London, Sat 2 Feb – Sat 11 May

Not the recent fabulous tv series but a play based on the award-winning 1950s film starring Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a Broadway star, and her young fan, Eve Harrington, who inveigles her way into her life. With Gillian Anderson and Lilly James in the starring roles, director Ivo van Hove at the helm, and with the themes of celebrity and youth at its core, this looks like a dead cert for success.


ART: Jeff Koons, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Thurs 7 Feb – Sun 9 Jun

Behemoth of the contemporary art world, Jeff Koons is curating his own exhibition in collaboration with Norman Rosenthal. Spanning Koons’ entire career and showcasing seventeen works, most of which have never been shown in the UK before, the show will include his popular series Equilibrium, Statuary, Banality, Antiquity and his recent Gazing Ball sculptures and paintings.


EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Sat 2 Feb

Christian Dior by Maria Grazia Chiuri (b. 1964), Éventail de vos hasards, Dress, Haute Couture, Spring/Summer 2018. Dior Héritage collection, Paris

This is going to be maaassive! The V&A is showing the largest House of Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK, tracing the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him. The exhibition is based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and there will be a new section exploring Dior’s fascination with British culture. A highlight will be the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London.

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  • Sheila Richards January 11, 2019

    I’m planning a move to Oxford for my retirement. This list proves what a great decision this is!

    Thank you!


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