until January 6 Tales of folly and dreams come true for the young and young at heart in this magical, musical journey with much-loved classic stories told afresh by actor/ musician Tristan Pate.
The Story Museum, 41 Oxford Castle, Oxford, OX1 1AY, www. storymuseum.org.uk
WINTER WALKS AT WADDESDON
January 5-March 24 With adventure backpacks, a sensory map and other on-site interpretation to encourage visitors to engage with nature in new ways. Waddesdon’s ‘Silent Space’ will also be reintroduced for Winter Weekends, giving visitors the chance to switch off and relax in the peace of the gardens. Plus, on Saturday, January 12, there will be an Artisan Food Market, bringing the very best of local produce. Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Bucks, HP18 0JH, www.waddesdon.org.uk
January 8-12 Following its sold-out London run, Scottish actor Michael Nardone will play the title role in National Theatre Director Rufus Norris’ touring production of Macbeth, with Kirsty Besterman joining the cast as Lady Macbeth.
New Theatre, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AG, tel: 0844 871 3020, www.atgtickets.com/oxford
SHOWSTOPPER! THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL
Wednesday, January 9 Fresh from their sell out-run at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the multi award-winning play returns to Oxford Playhouse. No two nights are ever the same! Tickets from £10.
Oxford Playhouse, tel: 01865 305305, www.oxfordplayhouse.com
ARTISAN FOOD MARKET
January 12, 10am-2pm Waddesdon’s first food market of the year. Held on the second Saturday of each month, their markets bring the very best in quality, fresh, seasonal produce from over 40 local suppliers. Free admission and parking. Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Bucks, HP18 0JH, www.waddesdon.org.uk
NATURE OF THE BEAST
January 12-February 9 A group exhibition of artists Abigail Reed, Rory Carnegie, James Fotheringhame and Helen Ward, whose work looks to nature and its darker edge, using a variety of media including painting and photography.
Sarah Wiseman Gallery, 40-41 South Parade, Oxford, OX2 7JL, tel: 01865 515123, www.wisegal.com
January 12-March 17 Taking inspiration from the high street, this exhibition looks at contemporary signage and lettering, featuring handpainted signage, gilded glass, neon and film.
New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court, Cirencester, GL7 1JH, tel: 01285 657181, newbreweryarts.org.uk
Sunday, January 13, 11am The first one is the National Rubber Duck Day, Duck Race on Sunday 13 January 2019 11am at The Boating Lake, Pittville Park, Cheltenham. As well as the 5 duck races there will be ‘Hook a Duck’ and Raffle. Also We have The Woozy Pig serving hog roast and the Old Dough Hook selling pizza and Piccolo Prosecco. The Mayor will start the first race, with Alex Chalk doing the honours on the final one. www.sueryder.org
THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY
January 15-19 Now booking into its third year at the Criterion Theatre in London, Mischief Theatre’s smash-and-grab hit, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, is a fast and fabulous comedy caper hailed the funniest show in the West End! Tickets start at £10.
Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, OX1 2LW, tel: 01865 305305, www.oxfordplayhouse.com
JAZZ AT THE CHAPEL
Wednesday, January 16, Doors 7pm; performance 8pm Violinist John Pearce is an internationally renowned jazz and classical musician. He has performed concertos by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. His artistry and passion comes to the fore in his dazzling jazz performances. John will be joined by Alex Steele on piano.