Embark on theatrical adventures this winter

Creation Theatre's production of Alice will be performed at The Mill from November 2015 - January 2016. Photo by Richard Budd
Creation Theatre's production of Alice will be performed at The Mill from November 2015 - January 2016. Photo by Richard Budd

It’s getting close to that time of year in the theatrical calendar where we can boo dastardly villains, cheer brave heroes and embrace the festive spirit - and there are certainly no shortage of Christmas shows on offer in Banburyshire.

The Mill Arts Centre are preparing to welcome Creation Theatre’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland for their 2015 winter production.

The eccentric re-telling of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel uses puppetry, music and acrobatics to bring the much-loved tale to life.

Audiences can join Alice and the white rabbit as they tumble down the rabbit hole to meet the Queen of Hearts, the Jaberwocky, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee and a whole host of other magical characters.

The show is transferring to Banbury after being performed in the gardens of Oxford University’s St Hugh’s College and Wonderland will be given a new, festive twist for the Christmas season.

Alice is set to run at The Mill from December 8 to January 2, with a range of matinee and evening dates available.

Cherwell Theatre Company will also return to the Banbury stage in the new year with their 11th panto offering.

Their satirical take on Cinderella will be performed at the company’s new home in Wykham Theatre at Banbury Academy from January 8 to January 17.

Meanwhile, Robin Hood and his merry men will descend on the leafy surroundings of Chipping Norton to entertain eager crowds.

The cast will venture to Chipping Norton Theatre, where they must attempt to overthrow the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham.

Come prepared to embrace all of the main pantomime traditions, with sweets by the sackload, cries of “he’s behind you!” and plenty of spectacular sword fights.

Performances begin at Chippy theatre next month and will run from November 17 to January 10.

For tickets and more information on each of the shows, visit the respective theatre websites: www.themillartscentre.co.uk , www.cherwelltheatreproductions.co.uk or www.chippingnortontheatre.com