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MICHAEL MCINTYRE: WORK IN PROGRESS

Please note: both dates have now SOLD OUT

BATTLE OF THE SEXES (12A)

As the rivalry between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs kicked into high gear, offcourt each was fighting more personal and complex battles. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court.

 

 

AN EVENING WITH GERVASE PHINN

With his keen ear for the absurd and sharp eye for the ludicrous, Gervase shares his hilarious and sometimes poignant tales of life as a schools inspector in the Yorkshire Dales.

 

 

JACQUI DANKWORTH AND CRAIG OGDEN

Jacqui and Craig’s relaxed live performance programme includes a diverse mixture of intimate songs and classic virtuso guitar playing.

 

 

FERDINAND (U)

The story of a giant bull with a big heart from the makers of Rio. *£5 FAMILY FILM*

 

 

THE FLORIDA PROJECT (15)

Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure, all while living in the shadows of Disney World. Starring Willem Dafoe. 

 

CINEMA FAMBINO: MEN IN BLACK (PG)

Find some space for your family at The Theatre. Child Ticket: £6 - includes 1 FREE adult ticket!

 

 

FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL (15)

Annette Bening, Jamie Bell and Julie Walters star in this adaptation of Peter Turner’s memoir about his relationship with Gloria Grahame in the last years of her life.

 

 

CORNERMEN

A tragic, funny and gripping play by award-nominated writer, Oliver Forsyth, tours after a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe. 

 

 

ROBIN INCE: PRAGMATIC INSANITY

Robin Ince returns with a new show. Inspired by Philip K Dick, Kurt Vonnegut and others, expect stories of aggressive kindness, rabies and death.

 

 

MINDFULNESS WORKSHOP

This workshop is suitable for those wishing to 'revisit' their practises as well as for those wishing to try mindfulness for the first time. 

ANNETTE GREGORY CELEBRATES ELLA FITZGERALD

Phenomenal Jazz vocalist Annette Gregory, backed by her fantastic band, celebrates the contribution to jazz music made by Ella Fitzgerald.

 

 

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (CERT TBC)

The highly anticipated, venomously funny absurdist drama reunites director Yorgos Lanthimos with Colin Farrell (The Lobster) alongside Nicole Kidman and a wonderful young British cast. 

 

 

HIGH SOCIETY: RELAXED SCREENING

Open to all, but with changes made to be accessible for people who might find a standard cinema experience challenging, including those living with dementia and learning disabilities. 

Carer goes free. 

 

MOLLY'S GAME (15)

Molly's Game is the true story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested

 

 

THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO

Merry Opera, regular favourites at Chipping Norton with fresh, energetic and musically respectful opera productions, return with this classic favourite.

 

 

OBAMA AND ME

While Barack Obama is fulfilling his American Dream as the first black president of the United States, Sylvia Arthur, a black Brit, is in Brussels in pursuit of the European version. Powerful, important and thoughtful political theatre.

 

 

THE SALTS: SONGS FROM THE SEA

The Salts are one of the most exciting and energetic bands on the folk circuit, performing rousing sea shanties, presenting original material alongside their interpretations of traditional songs we all know and love.

 

 

DOGS DON'T DO BALLET

Based on the award-winning book, the show features music, songs, handcrafted puppets and Biff, the ballet-dancing dog!

 

 

GET OUT (15)

Another chance to catch one of the most talked about, breathlessly thrlling and satirically timely films of the year.

FRIENDS 2FOR1/HALF PRICE

 

DANCE AND DRAMA WEEK FOR 8 - 16 YEAR OLDS
Sun 11 Feb - Thu 15 Feb See full date & time info

8 - 16 year olds are invited to explore stagecraft, acting and ballet dancing during this action-packed play in a week, based on Noel Streatfield's Ballet Shoes.

HOSTILES (15)

Starring Christian Bale and Rosamond Pike. In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.

 

FEBRUARY HALF TERM: PLAY IN TWO DAYS FOR 8 - 12 YEARS
Mon 12 Feb - Tue 13 Feb See full date & time info

Join us for two days of practical workshops, during which you will participate in drama games, improvisations and devise a play to perform on The Theatre's stage.

SCIENCE OXFORD: THE LIGHT FANTASTIC

Our fun family exploration of the amazing properties of light.

 

 

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (PG)

Hugh Jackman leads an all-star cast in this P.T. Barnum-inspired musical featuring original songs by La La Land's Oscar-winning lyricists. 

 

FEBRUARY HALF TERM: PLAY IN TWO DAYS FOR 5 - 7 YEARS
Thu 15 Feb - Fri 16 Feb See full date & time info

Join us for two days of practical workshops, during which you will participate in drama games, improvisations and devise a play to perform on The Theatre's stage.

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (15)

As seductive as its North Italian setting, Luca Guadagigno’s adaptation of André Aciman’s coming-of-age novel is a sun-kissed cinematic ode to the ecstasy and exquisite pain of first love.

 

GAGA

There are no wigs, no make-up and definitely no false moustaches: just a host of massive Queen songs - played as they were meant to be. 

 

 

NICK SHARRATT'S BIG DRAW ALONG

Join this much-loved children's writer and illustrator in a family-friendly, fun filled draw-along for all ages.

 

 

TWELFTH NIGHT (12A)

Twelfth Night is a hilarious and heartbreaking tale of unrequited love. Christopher Luscombe directs Adrian Edmondson and Kara Tointon.

 

 

DARKEST HOUR (PG)

The dramatic and inspiring story of four weeks in 1940 during which Churchill’s courage to lead changed the course of world history. Starring Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Kristen Scott Thomas, Lily James and Stephen Dillane.

 

MANWATCHING

A funny and frank insight into heterosexual female desire, read out loud by a man. Transferring from London’s Royal Court Theatre.

 

 

OXFORDSHIRE YOUTH BIG BAND

OYBB plays a range of big band style music from early Count Basie to more modern charts by Gordon Goodwin.

 

 

OH, CAROL

Neil Sedaka and Howie Greenfield will go down in musical history as one of the most successful partnerships of all time, with hits such as Calendar Girl and Oh! Carol.

 

 

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (15)

Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney. 

 

 

THE WIZARD OF OZ: RELAXED SCREENING

Open to all, but with changes made to be accessible for people who might find a standard cinema experience challenging, including those living with dementia and learning disabilities. 

Carer goes free. 

 

THE CONDUCTOR

The threat of fascism creeps ever closer. What use is art in the face of all this? The Conductor is a concert-play: a story told, and woven within the music of the symphony itself.

 

 

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (15)

After the trail has gone cold on the murder of Mildred’s teenage daughter she rents a trio of dilapidated billboards, instigating a battle between herself and local law enforcement.

 

DOWNSIZING - CINEMA BAMBINO - (15)

A film club for parents and carers with babies, aged up to and including 18 months. 

Annual membership to club: £5 per person, Tickets: £3.50. For membership details, or to book, please call the Box Office on 01608 642350.

The best things come in small packages, a maxim never truer than in Alexander Payne’s miniature parable of a modern day Lilliput. 

MARK WATSON

Time Out's No 1 Critic's Choice, Mark Watson is a regular on Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week and his own Radio 4 series. Part of Chipping Norton Comedy Festival. Further acts to be announced via www.chipnorcomfest.com and @ chipnorcomfest

 

 

LUCY PEARMAN: MAID OF CABBAGE

Award Winning local Lucy Pearman’s Edinburgh Show comes home to Chippy.

'Lucy Pearman is so very endearing to watch and an integral feature of pioneering new comedy in a big way' ***** FunnyWomen.com

 

PUNCH AND JUDY

A traditional treat for children aged four and above.

The Mr Punch and Judy Show is performed by puppeteer Benjamin Hasker. Featuring all of the classic characters in a hilarious action-packed show, suitable for all age groups with no inappropriate content.

 

THE END OF THE PIER SHOW

A special hour-long "End Of The Pier Show" which is a one man traditional variety show ideally suited for older audiences, featuring Punch and Judy, magic, juggling and balloon modelling. The show brings back many happy memories. 

 

COMEDY CLUB & OPEN MIC NIGHT

It’s what Flock Comedy is known for: a brilliant evening’s entertainment with an MC and three great comedians – all pros on the stand-up comedy circuit

 

KIDOCRACY

Kidocracy is an interactive theatre show for children aged 6+, presented by Keith Farnan (Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow).   In just under an hour, they must elect leaders, come up with rules that rock and deal with all sorts of crises because running the world isn’t just all fun, fun, fun, there’s stuff to be done as well. 

 

TIDDLY TALK: PROFESSOR ADRIAN FURNHAM

Professor Adrian Furnham MSc DPhil Dsc DLitt delivers something akin to a TED Talk - a TIDDLY Talk - if you will on the psychology of humour – why does it exist, what does it achieve and what makes something funny?  He’ll be discussing his findings with us. And a comedian or two.

 

SIMON EVANS: GENIUS

Ever since he was a small boy, all Evans really wanted was to be recognised by the world as a man of genius. He has, until now, remained thwarted.

“a masterclass in socio-political comedy” The Scotsman 

 

GEORGE EGG: DIY CHEF

A SHOW ABOUT HOW TO COOK WITH POWER TOOLS

“the wonderfully talented George Egg is genuinely unique” The Independent

 

ELLIE TAYLOR

Following a sell-out Edinburgh Festival season and autumn tour, the star of BBC Radio 4's The Now Show visits Chipping Norton with this unmissable new stand-up show.

Part of Chipping Norton Comedy Festival. Further acts to be announced via www.chipnorcomfest.com and @ chipnorcomfest 

 

 

THE POST (12 A)

Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep star in a thrilling, masterfully made drama from the legendary Stven Spielberg. 

 

CHIPPING NORTON SINGERS SHOWCASE

Join us for a delightful evening of songs and readings when our singers and creative writers return for their annual showcase. 

BLAZIN' FIDDLES

Whatever the hall – be it in a Highland village or London’s Royal Albert – this legendary, multi award-winning act never fails to set the hearts of their audiences alight.

 

DOWNSIZING (15)

The best things come in small packages, a maxim never truer than in Alexander Payne’s miniature parable of a modern day Lilliput. 

 

SOME LIKE IT HOT (12A)

Join the FRIENDS of Chippy Theatre for a very special screening of one of the all time great film comedies with nibbles and a complimentary cocktail. 

 

EXPLOSIVE LIGHT ORCHESTRA

An epic night of rock classics and melodic symphonic rock by the best ELO tribute band currently touring the UK and Europe.

 

 

CRIMES UNDER THE SUN

Inspired by Agatha Christie, The 39 Steps, and film noir, welcome to a hilarious yet murderous trip to a classic English Riviera retreat. 

 

 

KATHY LETTE'S GIRLS NIGHT OUT

Kathy Lette, funny, feminist author, invites you to her Girls’ Night Out, a psychological strip tease taking us from Puberty to Menopause Blues

 

 

THE THINKING DRINKERS' HISTORY OF ALCOHOL

Enjoy a drink as these award-winning professional drink experts definitively prove that alcohol has influenced everything that has ever happened. Ever.

 

 

CAPTAIN FLINN AND THE PIRATE DINOSAURS 2: THE MAGIC CUTLASS

All aboard for a non-stop action packed theatrical experience with live music, puppetry and dastardly dinosaurs!  

 

 

 

YOUR NAME IN LIGHTS

In these days of "Fame" being the apparent ambition of so many people, Groups 4-8 of The Chipping Norton Youth Theatre invite you to join them for their performance based on a quest for this elusive goal. 

 

WINDRUSH VALLEY SCHOOL: ALADDIN TROUBLE

Join Windrush Valley School for their annual production! 

 

JULIUS CAESAR (12A)

Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) and Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder plays Caesar and David Morrissey is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from the stage of London's newest theatre, The Bridge.

 

 

RONNIE SCOTT'S ALLSTARS

A sell-out hit on their last visit, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars perform a vast repertoire of jazz music and is comprised of house musicians as seen in the Ronnie Scott’s Quintet. 

 

STEVE KNIGHTLEY

Multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, The Show of Hands frontman showcases a setlist peppered with classic gems.

 

 

COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS
Sat 24 Mar - Thu 24 May See full date & time info

It's a comedy club, right, but for kids. Also any adults who enjoy a swear-free hour with the international circuit's best stand-ups and sketch acts. Non-patronising. Pure awesome.

Suitable for ages 6+

 

ROMAN J. ISRAEL ESQ (12A)

Academy-Award winner Denzel Washington spars with Collin Farrell in this highly anticipated second feature from Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler). 

*Please note, the date and time listed here are a change to those printed in the brochure. Any previous bookers will be contacted. We apologise for any inconvenience.* 

 

PHANTOM THREAD (15)

Daniel Day-Lewis sheds light on the fashion world of 1950’s London, as an uncompromising dressmaker is commissioned by royalty and high-society.

 

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN: RELAXED SCREENING

Open to all, but with changes made to be accessible for people who might find a standard cinema experience challenging, including those living with dementia and learning disabilities. 

Carer goes free. 

 

THE MERCY (12A)

Based on an incredible true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth), and his attempt to win the first single-handed round-the-world yacht race in 1968.

 

JOURNEY'S END (12A)

Saul Dibb’s adaptation of the celebrated RC Sherriff play, written between the wars, brilliantly portrays the claustrophobia of the trenches and the excruciating anticipation of an unseen enemy.

 

 

MI FLAMENCO INCOGNITO

All the spirit of authentic, pulsating flamenco, intertwined with the unexpected: a passionate spectacle for dance, music and theatre-lovers everywhere.

 

TOBY BELCH IS UNWELL

Toby Belch is Unwell speaks of universal hopes and fears, both the pathos of missed chances and optimism for the future. A play for everyone who loves words, poetry and theatre.

 

FLOYD IN THE FLESH?

Accompanied by a full lighting show and performing songs from albums such as Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and many more, there is something for Floyd fans of all eras! 

 

THE SHAPE OF WATER (15)

In this other-worldly fairy tale, Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation in the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works. On discovering an exotic amphibian, a thrilling and ravishing romance unfolds.

 

BOYS' DANCE DAY

This workshop is designed especially for boys, providing them with the rare opportunity to dance with other boys and explore contemporary and urban dance techniques.

CHARLOTTE GREEN THE NEWS IS READ

Charlotte Green has one of the most iconic radio voices of her generation. Drawing on her autobiography The News is Read, she recounts aspects of her life on and off-air, offering a fascinating look behind the scenes of radio. 

 

DANCE MORNING

For those with little feet that just can't help but move, this will be a high energy, fun workshop covering a variety of dance styles. 

TWEEDY: SYMPHONY

'The brilliant Tweedy, a circus clown and true genius had the audiences crying with laughter' The Independent

No matter what he does, Tweedy seems to get into a mess, but to the delight of audiences of all ages he can always find a creative way to get out of it. 

 

FINDING YOUR FEET (12A)

Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie and Joanna Lumley are just a handful of the all-star British cast in this hear-warming modern comedy.

 

PLAY IN TWO DAYS

Participants will engage in drama games, storytelling and improvisations and then create their own version of a traditional tale.

PLAY IN TWO DAYS

During our popular Play in Two Days, participants will join in fun drama games and activities, enjoy improvisations and then create some ideas for their play. 

RHEINGANS SISTERS

Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Original Track’, TheRheingans Sisters make bold, playful, innovative folk music that is anchored in traditions without ever being bound by them.

 

STOMP-STYLE BODY PERCUSSION

Stomping, clapping and everything in between- this dynamic, high-energy session will explore the use of the body as a percussive instrument. Ollie Tunmer, ex-STOMP, will provide a session that is highly interactive, totally unique and great fun!

FINDING YOUR FEET - CINEMA BAMBINO - (12A)

A film club for parents and carers with babies, aged up to and including 18 months.

Annual membership to club: £5 per person, Tickets: £3.50. For membership details, or to book, please call the Box Office on 01608 642350.

Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie and Joanna Lumley are just a handful of the all-star British cast in this hear-warming modern comedy.

 
POSTING LETTERS TO THE MOON

This delightful, funny and touching show relives life during the early 1940s with readings of wartime letters between Oscar-nominated actress Celia Johnson (Brief Encounter) and her explorer and writer husband Peter Fleming (brother of James Bond creator Ian Fleming). Performed by their daughter, Lucy Fleming and Simon Williams (The Archers)

 

ULTIMATE BOWIE

Ultimate Bowie pays tribute to the work of this global super-star in a show that is visually stunning and vocally impressive. An eight-piece band that takes you from David Bowie’s early years with hits such as Starman, through his remarkable career to songs like Let’s Dance, China Girl and many more. 

 

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD AND THE WOLF

An alternative spin on this classic story – about two misfits who just want to fit in.

Suitable for ages 7+

 

THE MAGIC FLUTE

Marrying Mozart's beautiful music with a witty script, this production celebrates the birth of 'teen culture' in a timeless coming-of-age-story and explores the 'other-worldliness' which glamorous Hollywood brought to post 'Blitz' London.

 

WINCHESTER (CERT. TBC)

Helen Mirren stars as firearms heiress Sarah Winchester, convinced she is haunted by the souls killed by the Winchester Repeating Rifle

 

THE FUREYS

As part of their 40th Anniversary tour, Irish Legends The Fureys return for another great night of music, songs and stories.

 

 

A FANTASTIC WOMAN (CERT. TBC)

A timely and timeless work from Chilean director Sebastian Lelio and star Daniela Vega. Marina, the transgender heroine of A Fantastic Woman, is plunged into a precarious situation after her boyfriend dies unexpectedly in her company.

 

GIANT

‘Witty, winsome and inventive. It is rare to find such a generous ensemble as The Zoo Co’ **** The Stage

Horribly honest clowns and questionable cabaret acts ignite the stage with Zoo Co’s trademark live music, puppetry, poetry and movement.

 

MARK STEEL

This time last year, it seemed highly unlikely the UK would vote to leave the EU; Donald Trump was a buffoon who surely wasn’t going to beat Hilary Clinton and Mark was living the married suburban ideal, a year later everything has changed!  But don’t worry, as Mark thinks Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright.

 

HEY BEATLES

Hey Beatles showcase the Fab Four’s biggest hits and perfectly capture the authentic live feel and excitement of the band at their peak. The band know how to get the crowd up on their feet and dancing like it’s 1966!

 

I, TONYA (15)

Based on unbelievable, but true, events, I, Tonya is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. 

 

MOSCOW DRUG CLUB

Acoustic Gypsy Tango Swing meets 1930’s Berlin cabaret. Moscow Drug Club conjure an intoxicating brew of pre-war music: Hot Club de France.

 

A TENDER THING
Thu 3 May - Sat 12 May See full date & time info

Ben Power’s unique and moving play imagines the star-crossed lovers at the end of long lives together. Shakespeare’s original words are woven together into a new, deeply romantic story of loyalty, loss and enduring love. 

 

ARTWEEKS: Jill Jeffery and Grenville
Thu 3 May - Thu 17 May See full date & time info

This exhibition features the work of Jill Jeffrey and Grenville Moore. 

CHAOS - HIGH SOCIETY
Thu 17 May - Sat 19 May See full date & time info

The Chipping Norton Amateur Operatic Society CHAOS are following their 2017 sell out production of Kiss me Kate with the wonderful musical show High Society. 

 

MACBETH (CERT. TBC)

Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

 

QUARTER LIFE CRISIS

Alicia is a hot mess. She doesn’t know what she’s doing with her life.  Everyone around her seems to know where they’re going in life, but she’s trying to find ways to cheat growing up and keep her 16-25 railcard.

What does it mean to be an adult, and when do you become one? Quarter Life Crisis mixes addictive basslines, spoken word and audience participation.

 

THE UNRAVELLING WILBURYS

The Unravelling Wilburys perform the songs of The Travelling Wilburys, such as Pretty Woman, Mr Blue Sky and Here Comes the Sun. The whole package is presented with the band’s inimitable style and humour

 

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS - THE MUSICAL

With a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics, An American in Paris, direct from London’s West End 

  

AFRICAN DRUMMING

The universal appeal of African drumming ensures that every participant finds the workshop acceddible and everyone enjoys getting involved with creating infectious grooves and foot-tapping rhythms!

BALLET CENTRAL

Under the artistic direction of Christopher Marney, Ballet Central returns with a new programme showcasing the best in dance theatre. These young dancers on the cusp of their professional careers will perform a mixed bill, featuring works by world-renowned choreographers.

 

TOM ALLEN: ABSOLUTELY

The sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working class Bromley, Tom Allen embarks on his debut solo tour this autumn.

‘riotous stuff, perfectly delivered’ ★★★★ Scotsman

 

CARA DILLON

Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the top of her genre, captivating audiences for over 20 years. She has, according to Mojo magazine,  "Quite possibly the world's most beautiful female voice".

 

 

 

3 DAY DRAMA

This interactive workshop aims to build confidence, creativity and imagination. Improvisation, mime and storytelling will be explored in this fun and exciting experience.

DRAMA WEEKS

Working with a theatre professional, participants will develop a piece of theatre together and learn how performances transfer from the rehearsal room to the stage.

MUSICAL THEATRE WEEKS

Working with professional theatre practitioners, this week provides a chance to create a musical theatre show. After intensive rehearsals, participants perform their show on The Theatre's stage at 6.30pm on Friday.

3 DAY MUSICAL THEATRE

Working with creative practitioners, this high energy workshop provides a chance to sing songs and learn some dance routines.

MUSICAL IN SIX DAYS: THE ADDAMS FAMILY, A NEW MUSICAL

Working with a director, a choreographer and a musical director, you will rehearse this original musical comedy about everyone's favourite kooky family in a week. 

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