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Roald Dahl favourite lands in Cropredy

Cropredy Harlequins promise a fun theatrical experience for half term as they present Roald Dahl’s popular story James and the Giant Peach.

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The cast of the forthcoming show Round the Hornel

Go Round the Horne with celebration of radio show in Banbury

One of the most popular and influential programmes in British radio history is the subject of a show at the Mill in Banbury next week.

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Keeley Thompson with the Ugly Sisters played by Keith Fraser and Stuart Dawe

Brackley has starring role in Players’ new panto

Brackley takes centre stage in a pantomime being staged in the town this month.

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Russell Brand

Russell Brand to visit the area

Following a series of sold-out preview shows in November and December 2016, Russell Brand announces a new stand-up tour of UK and Ireland.

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Cast of Cinderella staged by Brackley Players

Look behind you in Brackley

If you are missing Christmas or missed out on a pantomime visit during the festive season fear not, because the ultimate fairy tale adventure, Cinderella, is being presented in February.

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The Twits. Photos: Pamela Raith Photography

Don’t be a Twit! Enter this rather marvellous, disgustingly good competition

We have teamed up with Aylesbury Waterside Theatre to celebrating their New Year of must-see entertainment in style with a chance to win 4 passes to the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden and 4 tickets to see the author’s classic The Twits.

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Caught in the Net staged by Banbury Cross Players

Get caught in a Banbury net

Caught in the Net is the hilarious Ray Cooney sequel to It Runs in the Family, and the farce will be presented by Banbury Cross Players at The Mill Arts Centre in February.

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Oxford Playhouse

Top fringe theatre comes to Oxford

Offbeat, a 10 day festival showcasing the best in fringe theatre returns next summer with 70 shows.

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Michele Goode as Dick Whittington, Alice Walters as Tommy the Cat, John Tweddle as Sarah the Cook and Kirsty Bright as Alice Fitzwarren

Pantomime fun at Rugby Theatre

Rugby Theatre will be welcoming in 2017 with the heart-warming rags to riches pantomime Dick Whittington.

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Isaac Stuart (Gavin), Philip Fine (John Smith) and Clare Primrose (Vicki). Picture: Jim Muller Photography

Bigamist taxi driver brings laughs in farce on Banbury stage

Ray Cooney’s sequel to Run for your Wife comes to The Mill next month courtesy of the Banbury Cross Players.

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Amanda Abbington starring in Abigail's Party

Amazing dramas

Fabulous plays including the iconic Seventies hit Abigail’s Party, a new bittersweet comedy from Sandi Toksvig and a drama about soldiers’ suffering are part of the new season programme at Oxford Playhouse.

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Craig Rhys Barlow as Robinson Crusoe with Pippins at The Theatre, Chipping Norton

Chipping Norton panto Trumps them all

It’s described as “a hideous creature – bright orange with a thatch of strange white hair on top of its head”.

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Which joke gives you the biggest laugh?

Brexit sprout gag is nation’s favourite cracker joke

A Brexit-themed joke about Brussels sprouts beat similar puns targeting Jeremy Corbyn, Roy Hodgson and Sports Direct to the title of best modern festive cracker joke.

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Adrian Banks as Dr Livesey, Jess Lloyd Jones as Jem Hawkins, Tom Dearsley as Bill Bones and Jenny Johns as Long Jane Silver

West End talent in Banbury for panto

Actors with a string of West End credits top the bill in a Banbury panto – a new adaptation of Treasure Island by Cherwell Theatre Company.

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Mr Toad's love affair with the motor car plays a major part in proceedings

Review: Toad of Toad Hall offers a masterclass in comic acting

Nick Le Mesurier reviews Toad of Toad Hall at the Bear Pit Theatre, Stratford

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Alice was performed by the same company at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury last year.

Christmas show comes to Banbury

An alternative to pantomime will be served up at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury.

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Mark Rylance and Jim Lichtscheidl as Ron and Erik

Review: Oscar-winner Mark Rylance shows comic class on stage in Nice Fish

Peter Ormerod reviews Nice Fish at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London
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Simon Webbe, Ashleigh Butler and Ricky K at the  Royal & Derngate to launch this years panto Jack and the Beanstalk NNL-160509-153841009

Guides: Christmas pantomimes 2016

It is time to cheer for the heores and boo and hiss at dastardly villains as pantomimes and Christmas shows hit the south Midlands region.

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Oxford Playhouse production of Cinderella, Christmas 2016.

Christmas ball with Cinders

With classic characters such as a bewitching damsel in distress, dashing Prince Charming, wicked stepmother, two ugly sisters and a beautiful fairy Godmother, Cinderella is the ideal festive family treat.

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The cast of Caught in the New

Kineton stages Cooney farce

The sequel to a Ray Cooney farce will be staged by Kineton Amateur Dramatics Society this week.

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