Fri 11- Sun 13 Jan 2019
MUDDY’S PICK OF THE WEEKEND
THEATRE: Macbeth, New Theatre Oxford, until 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.
COMEDY: Adam Kay – This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor, Oxford Playhouse, 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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: Christmas Toy Box, Bucks County Museum, now 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: Great War Propaganda, Abingdon Museum, Oxon, now 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: Stanley Spencer: Friends and Family, Stanley Spencer Gallery Cookham, Berks, until Mar 2019
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
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.