What’s on where around Banbury: listings, July 9 edition

John Hegley is coming to the Mill
John Hegley is coming to the Mill

Here’s your guide to what’s on where around Banbury over the coming week. Please email editorial@banburyguardian.co.uk with details of your events at least a week before the edition in which you’d like them to appear.


Friday (July 10)

The Dolphin Inn, Middleton Cheney, 9pm

Uninvited. Free entry.

GF Club, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, 8pm to 11pm

Steve O’Conner. Members free - non-members £1

Saturday (July 11)

The Mill, Banbury, 8pm

Pink Floyd tribute act Dark Side of The Wall. See page 47 for details.

GF Club, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, 9pm to midnight

Felix. Members free - non-members £1

St Mary’s Church, Banbury, 7.30pm

‘A Night at the Opera’ - Dido & Aeneas plus well-known opera choruses. They will be accompanied by the Baroque players, The Sheldon Ensemble, conducted by the choir’s musical director, Julian Harris who will also be playing the harpsichord. Joe Cummings will accompany the choir on the piano for the opera choruses that will make up the rest of the programme, including Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, Puccini’s Humming Chorus, Donizetti’s Chorus of Wedding Guests and pieces from Gilbert & Sulllivan Pirates of Penzance. Tickets £12.50 adult (no conc), £5 Under 16. Call 07721 204734 or visit Banbury Tourist Information Centre.

Middleton Cheney Social Club, doors open 7pm

Micky Page and Charlie play country and western. Admission £2 members, £4 non members.

Brackley Town FC, 8pm onwards

Dance the night away with The Sapphires. Free entry.

Sunday (July 12)

Middleton Cheney Social Club, doors open 7pm

Tony Caspar. Admission £2 members, £4 non members.


ODEON (Friday July 10 to Thursday July 16)

Minions 2D (PG)

Jurassic World 2D (12A)

Magic Mike XXL (15)

Ted 2 (15)

NT:Live Everyman (TBC)

Odeon Kids

Two By Two (U)

1h27m – £2.50 per Ticket – Prompt Start Time

Sat –Sun 10:00

Odeon silver screen

The Water Diviner (15)

2h01m – £3.50 per Ticket– Prompt Start Time – Wheelchair Access Available

Wed 11:00

Odeon silver screen

Still Alice (12A)

1h51m – £3.50 per Ticket– Prompt Start Time – Wheelchair Access

Thu 11:00


Today (Thursday)

The Mill, Banbury, 7pm

Nationally renowned poet and ‘sit-down comedian’ John Hegley will be performing at the monthly live poetry event Beatnik Boulevard. John’s set will include pieces from his collection of poems, ‘Peace, Love and Potatoes’. He has produced ten books of verse and prose pieces and is an Edinburgh Festival regular. He is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, guillemots and handkerchiefs. John will be joined on stage by the poet and performer Claire Taylor. Visit www.facebook.com/beatnikboulevardpoetry?ref=hl for details. Tickets (priced £5) are available from The Mill Arts Centre Box Office on 01295 279002 or online at www.themillartscentre.co.uk

The Mill, Banbury, 7.30pm

Oddsocks Productions return this summer with a comic double-bill of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing, both combined with classic Britpop music.

Tickets cost £14.50 or £12.50 for concessions.

Call 01295 279002.

Friday July 10

The Theatre, Chipping Norton, 7.45pm

Dot Dot Dot Flamenco present No Frills Flamenco. The award-winning production is flamenco stripped down to its bare essence. It features dancers Magdalena Mannion, Noemí Luz and Yinka Esi Graves. Tickets: £16, £14 conc, £8.50 under 26. To book call the Box Office on 01608 642350 www.chippingnortontheatre.com

Sunday (July 12) to Wednesday (July15)

Old Dairy Yard at Prescote Manor near Cropredy,7.30pm

Cropredy Harlequins present A Midsummer Night’s Dream, an open air production, using the beautiful manor house as a backdrop. The show is directed by Verna Wass, who was responsible for last year’s successful production Rebecca’s World. Verna has set the play in the post-First World War era. Flapper fairies will be dancing the charleston and ladies of the recently formed Women’s Institute are the mechanicals (Petra Quince, Nicola Bottom and co). Tickets cost £7 (£6 concs) from 01295 757224. Licensed bar. Audience are asked to bring their own chairs.

The Mill, Banbury, Wednesday (July 15) to July 17, 7.45pm

Banbury Cross Players bring the legend of Dracula to life on stage. The stylish stage play was adapted by Jane Thornton and John Godber and follows Professor Van Helsing, Jonathan Harker and Dr Seward as they embark upon a quest to defeat Dracula once and for all. Tickets £12.00/£ 11.00 (no concessions Fri/Sat). See www.themillartscentre.co.uk or call 01295 279002.

Friday July 17

The Theatre, Chipping Norton, 7.45pm

Musical comedy stars Jonny & the Baptists return to Chipping Norton with this exclusive preview of their new show, The End Is Nigh. Last year, Jonny accidentally told his four year old niece that climate change was going to end the world. To stop her crying, he then promised he would fix it. The show is presented by the multi-award-nominated stars of Radio 4’s The Now Show and The Infinite Monkey Cage. Tickets: £13. Suitable for ages 14+. To book call the Box Office on 01608 642350 or visit www.chippingnortontheatre.com

The Theatre, Chipping Norton, 7pm

Murder At The Mansion: A Theatrical Murder-Mystery Experience at Ditchley Park. It is Friday 17th July 1942. Winston Churchill is escaping the dangers of London and is arriving at Ditchley Park this evening for a party thrown in his honour. However, the night will not quite go to plan, and the head of Churchill’s security will meet a very sticky end. Join Detective Inspector Essio as together you question the suspects and solve the murder before the PM arrives, and save the honour and safety of Ditchley Park forever. 1940s dress is encouraged but not compulsory.

Bring a picnic and eat in the fabulous grounds of Ditchley Park from 5pm. Please note: This is an interactive theatre experience with limited access to seating. All Tickets £25. To book call the box office on 01608 642350 www.chippingnortontheatre.com

Until Saturday July 18

Merton College Gardens, Merton Street, Oxford, 7.30pm (also 2.30pm Saturday July 11; no performance Sunday July 12)

King Lear by William Shakespeare, directed by Alistair Nunn. Tickets: £15/ £12 concessions, £9 for under 16s. Box office: 01865 260666.

Saturday July 18

Middleton Cheney Library, 2.30pm

‘Fashionable Stitches’, an illustrated talk by Nicola Jarvis, an artist/embroiderer. Nicola will take visitors on a journey through the decade when she was an embroiderer in the fashion industry. Adult £8/child £4. Tea, coffee and cakes available.