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DILLIE KEANE

Dillie Keane takes a short break from her Fascinating Aïda gal pals to present her first solo show in 557 years. 

MY PET MONSTER AND ME

Join us for adventures with Sophie and her new friend George, the most lovable baby monster in the land! Perfect for children and families.

LITTLE HOWARD'S BIG SHOW FOR KIDS

A great show, full of laughs and brilliant ideas, for children and their grown ups. Perfect for children and families.

AN EVENING WITH HENNING WEHN
Fri 19 Feb - Sat 20 Feb See full date & time info

The ‘German Comedy Ambassador’, star of Would I Lie to You? and QI and Radio 4’s The Unbelievable Truth comes to Chipping Norton for a cavalcade of Teutonic jolliness.

THEATRE SCREENING: RENOIR: REVILED & REVEALED

A fascinating film built around the collection of 181 Renoirs at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, examining the man and the art.   

THEATRE SCREENING: AS YOU LIKE IT (BROADCAST LIVE)

Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change brought to you live from the National Theatre. 

CINEMA BAMBINO ADULT & BABIES FILM CLUB

A film club for parents and carers with babies, aged up to and including 18 months. A chance to socialise and enjoy a worry-free film experience. 

YOUTH THEATRE TASTER SESSIONS

Our highly-regarded Youth Theatre for young people aged 7 – 18 years comprises ten age-banded groups which meet weekly during term-time. Why not sign your child up on Saturday 27th February for a free taster session? 

BEE GEES FEVER

From soulful ballads to high-energy disco classics, the band faithfully recreates the songs that made the Bee Gees musical legends.

SIMON WESTON: MY STORY, MY LIFE

The Falkland Islands conflict of 1982 was a defining event for a generation. In one of the most horrific moments, the RFA Sir Galahad was bombed by Argentine planes. Simon Weston OBE was aboard at the time, and it was an event that would change his life forever. 

JAMES REBANKS - THE SHEPHERD'S LIFE

The shepherd's Life connected readers to age-old traditions and modern rural reality - and became a 2015 best-seller.

LA BOHEME

Merry Opera have previously appeared in Chipping Norton with La Traviata, Kiss Me, Figaro!and The Barber of Seville and return in 2016 with Puccini’s La Bohème

DRACULA: THE KISSES

Chipping Norton favourites Scary Little Girls (Mitford Walks, Living Word Walks) return with Dracula: The Kissesa wildly entertainingvividly drawn adaptation of the gothic classic, performed by an all female cast

RORY MCGRATH

The star of BBC’s Three Men In A Boat and They Think It’s All Over looks back on his life and career.  Join Rory as he remembers some bits and makes up the rest. Contains adult themes and traces of peanut oil.

THEATRE SCREENING: HANGMEN (Live Recording)

Following a sell-out run at London’s Royal Court Theatre, Olivier and Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh returns to the West End with Matthew Dunster’s award-winning production.

YOUTH THEATRE: THE WISHING TREE
Mon 7 Mar - Tue 8 Mar See full date & time info

Taking the European Folk Tale motif of a Wishing Tree, groups 4 - 8 of The Chipping Norton Youth Theatre will make their wishes and explore them through the drama skills they have been working on in their weekly sessions. 

25 YEARS OF THE YOUTH THEATRE

The Chipping Norton Youth Theatre was 25 years old in September 2015 and in recognition of this Groups 1, 2 and 3 invite you to a celebratory show looking back over the 25 years.

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

London Classic Theatre presents the first significant touring revival of the twenty-first century, promising to bring this ground-breaking classic to fresh and exhilarating life. 

SWEDE DREAMZ

With superb live vocals and clever ABBA trademark harmonies throughout, this show captures all the magic and excitement of one of the world's most successful and entertaining live bands.

THE BARRON KNIGHTS: SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES

The only group to have toured with the Beatles and twice with the Rolling Stones, The Barron Knights are one of the most entertaining group to come out of the 60s and 70s.  

THEATRE SCREENING: THE CAR MAN (RECORDED, captured live)

The international dance sensation from acclaimed choreographer Matthew Bourne, The Car Man is loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera and has one of the most instantly recognisable scores in classical music

BLAZIN' FIDDLES

Blazin’ Fiddles are the world’s most prolific fiddle group. Over the last 15 years, no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music all at once. 

EXCLUSIVE FRIENDS' EVENT - BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S

Film screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  This is an exclusive booking for Friends of The Theatre

HERE BE MONSTERS

This action-packed new musical version of the hit children’s book Here be Monsters, performed by five talented actor musicians, is set to delight family audiences with its mixture of magical story-telling, original music and thrills galore! Perfect for children and families.

BACKSTAGE IN BISCUIT LAND

Jess Thom has Tourettes, a condition that makes her say ‘biscuit’ 16,000 times a day. Her unusual neurology gives her a unique perspective on life; one she’s about to unleash on the world. 

THEATRE SCREENING: THE RAILWAY CHILDREN (RECORDED, CAPTURED LIVE)

Join Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis as they tell the story of how they became The Railway Children in an entertaining Easter treat for all the family.

HAIRY MACLARY & FRIENDS

With music, singing and several of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories, this show is a must for the whole family. for children and families.

ROMESH RANGANATHAN: IRRATIONAL

Romesh has come a long way since quitting his career as a maths teacher, appearing on BBC1’s Live At The Apollo, Have I Got News For You and Mock The Week.

A NIGHT WITH TWEEDY

Join Chippy's favourite clown in his bizarre world for the afternoon as he brings madness and mayhem to The Theatre. Perfect for children and families.

STONES IN HIS POCKETS
Tue 5 Apr - Sat 16 Apr See full date & time info

Touring the UK from March until May, two actors play a vast array of eccentric and lovable characters in this universally loved, worldwide comic theatre sensation. 

WORKSHOP: ACTOR & CHARACTER - PLAYING WITH STONES IN HIS POCKETS

Working with the professional director of Stones In His Pockets, discover the process of creating a show including design concepts and rehearsal room techniques.

SWING

An international hit, fresh from New York, Paris, Edinburgh and New Zealand. Laced with fantastic rock and roll music, It'll make you want to dance and fall in love again.  

KATHRYN TICKELL & THE SIDE

With previous sell out shows in Chipping Norton, a very special evening will be in store in the company of Kathryn and The Side.

THE ALIENS ARE COMING WITH BEN MILLER

Comedian and bestselling science writer Ben Miller takes us on a fantastic voyage of discovery, from the beginnings of life on earth to the very latest search for alien intelligence.

1616-2016: EXPLORE A SHAKESPEARE PLAY WITH PHYLLIDA HANCOCK

This engaging session is run by Phyllida Hancock, RSC actress and trainer for Olivier Mythodrama.

NOT IN YOUR GENES WITH OLIVER JAMES

Oliver James talks to broadcaster Will Gompertz whose recent book suggests that thinking like an artist can let us achieve extraordinary things.

TRADE SECRETS WITH PETER BUCKMAN, JAMES FAHY & ADRIAN SELBY

Book a place on this intensive one-day writer’s workshop to get some invaluable tips from two first time novelists on how they found an outlet for their work.

THE SPIRITS WITH RICHARD GODWIN

Be guided you through the shaken and the stirred, literary cocktail history, cocktailonomics, and enjoy two classic cocktails blended with humour and a dash of fun.

US - THE JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME WITH DAVID NICHOLLS

David Nicholls’ 2010 novel One Day was a publishing phenomenon selling over 5m copies.  His latest book, Us, tells the story of Douglas Petersen, whose marriage to Connie is almost over. 

THE PIE AT NIGHT - STUART MACONIE

Stuart Maconie is a writer and broadcaster who catalogues British behaviour and cultural tastes in print, on radio and TV. 

DIFFERENT CLASS - JOANNE HARRIS

Joanne Harris MBE is the bestselling author of Chocolat, many other novels, cookbooks and short stories. Join her for the publication of her latest, much anticipated novel, Different Class.

A SENSE OF PLACE: WRITER'S WORKSHOP WITH CHRIS EWAN

Chris Ewan is the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of many mystery and thriller novels.

ELECTRIGIRL WITH JO COTTERILL AND CATHY BRETT

Learn how to draw a superhero! Suitable for ages 7 - 12 years.

COOKING WITH SAIRA HAMILTON

Join MasterChef finalist and cookery writer Saira Hamilton for one of her popular and delicious live food demos.

LIAR LIAR WITH LUCY ATKINS, HANNAH BECKERMAN, AMANDA JENNINGS & C L TAYLOR

Who are literature's best liars? And who do we love for their duplicity? Authors C.L. Taylor, Amanda Jennings, Lucy Atkins and Hannah Beckerman debate fictional fibbers.

ART OF THE REWRITE WRITER'S WORKSHOP WITH JULIE COHEN

Back by popular demand, our fastest-selling workshop from 2015: Great books aren’t written, they’re rewritten. 

HELL AND HIGH WATERS WITH TANYA LANDMAN

Find out about the pains and pleasures of writing about different cultures and periods in history, as Tanya shares her authorial secrets and reads from her very latest YA novel Hell And High Water.  Suitable for 11+ years.

CRIMINAL VIOLENCE WITH EVA DOLAN, DAVID MARK & STAV SHEREZ

Meet three crime authors who are in tune with the dark side of life for a bloody good discussion.

STORYTELLING FOR YOUNG CHILDREN WITH ATINUKE

Join author and storyteller Atinuke, as she conjures up the sights, sounds and atmosphere of life in Africa. Suitable for ages 3 - 5 years.

POETRY COMPETITION AWARDS

Our annual poetry competition for all primary and secondary schools within the local partnership produces fantastic, high-quality writing that deserves an audience. Join us at this special ceremony to celebrate the talent of our young authors. 

A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION TO...GLOBAL CATASTROPHES WITH BILL MCGUIRE

Bill McGuire, Professor of Geophysical & Climate Hazards at University College London, explores the many potential catastrophes facing our planet and our species in the future...

A WILD LIFE WITH MARTIN HUGHES-GAMES

Best known as a member of the BBC’s Springwatch and Autumnwatch programmes, Martin has also spent 30 years behind the camera. All this is captured in A Wild Life, one of the natural history books of the year.

SELF‐PUBLISHING, FROM MANUSCRIPT TO MARKET WITH CLAYS LTD

Looking to Self‐Publish your book but not sure where to start? Clays, who provide printing services to ChipLitFest, will reveal the manuscript to market process, with a special focus on print, giving you insider tips on self‐publishing your book. 

A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION TO.....SIKHISM WITH ELEANOR NESBITT

Eleanor Nesbitt, Reader in Religions and Education at the University of Warwick’s Institute of Education, talks about Britain’s Sikhs and their great contribution to our recent history...

X MARKS THE SPOT - MARK BILLINGHAM, CHRISTOPHER BROOKMYRE & VASEEM KHAN

Mark Billingham, Christopher Brookmyre and Vaseem Khan talk about how London, Edinburgh and Mumbai can confuse and distract as well as reveal the truth.

FIRST DRAFT - MUSIC!

First Draft has a toe­tapping tune for any book­related occasion!  Music event for all ages!

CHIPLIT QUIZ WITH MARK BILLINGHAM

The ChipLit Quiz returns written and hosted, as always, by Festival patron and bestselling crime writer, Mark Billingham. 

1616-2016: LEARN A SONNET WITH JONATHAN STEBBINGS

Celebrate Shakespeare by remembering his verse. This entertaining workshop teaches you to learn, appreciate and speak a sonnet or two.

AFTERNOON TEA WITH PRUE LEITH, IN CONVERSATION WITH JANE WENHAM JONES

Over tea and cake for both audience and speakers, Prue Leith, novelist and food campaigner, business woman, writer and ChipLitFest Patron, discusses her extraordinary culinary career and her latest novel...

UNLIKELY ROMANCE WITH JESSICA GILMORE, PENROSE HALSON & AYISHA MALIK

Jessica Gilmore writes romance novels for Mills & Boon and Harlequin, Penrose Halson has published an account of the early days of a British marriage bureau, Marriages are made in Bond Street, and Ayisha Malik’s debut novel...

FLYING FERGUS & HIS MAGIC BICYCLE WITH JOANNA NADIN

Let your imagination soar with Flying Fergus and friends. Suitable for ages: 6 - 10 yrs.

BRITAIN'S SECRET TREASURES WITH MARY-ANN OCHOTA

Mary­Ann will show how discarded items reveal our past as well as how to read our landscape and decipher the features that tell ancient stories.

THE ART OF A GOOD THRILLER WITH C L TAYLOR

Cally Taylor writes bestselling psychological thrillers where drama meets crime. Her workshop will focus on creating the perfect atmosphere for thrillers full of gripping plots and surprising twists. 

VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION TO…SHAKESPEARE’S COMEDIES WITH BART VAN ES

Bart Van Es explores what makes a Shakespearean comedy and why he wrote so many.

THE BUTCHERS HOOK WITH JANET ELLIS

The vivid debut novel by actress and presenter Janet Ellis is a dark, twisted tale set in C18th London.

STINKBOMB AND KETCHUP FACE WITH JOHN DOUGHERTY

Join festival favourite John Dougherty - and his guitar - for a fun-filled and laughter-packed session of silliness! Suitable for ages 5 - 11 years.

NEW VOICES WITH FIONA BARTON, JOANNA CANNON & AA DHAND

Journalist Fiona Barton, psychiatrist Joanna Cannon and pharmacist AA Dhand talk about the painful and exhilarating process of getting their first novels published.

MEET THE AGENT WITH CAROLE BLAKE & JANE WENHAM JONES

Renowned agent Carole Blake reveals 29 ways NOT to submit your manuscript and promises samples of successful approaches that set a writer on the path to representation and publication.

THE THRIFTY FORAGER AND GARDENER – ALYS FOWLER

Alys Fowler has been gardening since her teens. She worked as head gardener for BBC Gardeners’ World and writes a column for the Guardian. 

A BUZZ IN THE MEADOW DAVE GOULSON

In 2003, Dave Goulson, Professor of Biological Sciences at University of Sussex, bought a derelict French farm to create a sanctuary for his beloved bumblebees and other insects. Hear his captivating tale of wildflower meadows, seventy species of bees, fifty types of butterflies and surprisingly loud garden dormice.

WRITING SHORT STORIES - TESSA HADLEY

Tessa Hadley, Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, is author of six novels including The Past and two volumes of short stories. 

THE EU - WHAT'S NEXT? WITH MATTHEW GODWIN AND GILES MERRITT

Journalist Giles Merritt and Politics Professor Dr. Matthew Goodwin explore how the changing political landscape influences us domestically and in Europe and, possibly, alters our future policies.

MONSTERS, MAGIC & MAYHEM - STEVE COLE

The author of Astrosaurs, Secret Agent Mummy, Magic Ink, Slime Squad and the new Young Bond books, Steve never fails to entertain young and old alike. 

A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION TO...EMPIRE WITH STEPHEN HOWE

Stephen Howe, Politics Tutor at Ruskin College, Oxford, interprets the meaning of the idea of 'empire' through the ages and examines the aftermath of imperialism on the contemporary world.

IN THE FAMILY WAY WITH JANE ROBINSON

In the Family Way tells secrets kept for entire lifetimes: long-silent voices from the workhouse, the Magdalene Laundry or the distant mother-and-baby home. Jane Robinson is a leading social historian whose previous books include A History of the Women’s Institute.

A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION TO....TAXATION WITH STEPHEN SMITH

Stephen Smith, Economics Professor at UCL, explores how tax policy­makers balance the impact of taxation on citizens and economies.

MYTHS, LEGENDS & SUPERHERO'S WITH SARWAT CHADDA

If you like your stories full of magic, ancient gods, superheroes and demon-slayers, come and hear Sarwat, and test your knowledge in his legendary quiz! Suitable for ages 10+ years.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

FINDING YOUR VOICE: WRITER'S WORKSHOP WITH ROWAN COLEMAN

Sunday Times bestseller Rowan Coleman understands the value of identifying your authorial voice. Her workshop will help you to discover who you are as writer...

VERY LITTLE SLEEPING BEAUTY WITH TERESA HEAPY & SUE HEAP

Join Teresa Heapy and Sue Heap for a very BIG reading and drawing adventure! Suitable for ages 2 - 6 years. 

ABSOLUTE PANDEMONIUM: BRIAN BLESSED

Join him to find out why he punched Harold Pinter, whether he fell for Katherine Hepburn, and the truth behind his love/hate friendship with Peter O’Toole.

WRITING A FOOD BLOG: GLUTS & GLUTTONY WITH KATHY SLACK

Kathy Slack will introduce the award-winning Gluts & Gluttony and reveal the key principles of great food blogging. 

STORYTELLING FOR YOUNG CHILDREN WITH ATINUKE

Join author and storyteller Atinuke, as she conjures up the sights, sounds and atmosphere of life in Africa. Suitable for ages 3 - 5 years.

POP UP MONSTER WORKSHOP FOR 2 - 6 YEARS WITH PAUL STICKLAND

Come and make a funny colourful pop up paper monster with pop up book designer and creator of Dinosaur Roar!, Paul Stickland. Suitable for ages 2 - 6 years.

TRUMBO (cert. 15)

Bryan Cranston, star lead of Breaking Bad, gives a cracking performance as Dalton Trumbo, the Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted after refusing to testify in the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947. 

THEATRE SCREENING: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR (BROADCAST LIVE)

This new production of ‘Lucia Di Lammermoor’ is directed by the acclaimed Katie Mitchell (‘Written On Skin’).

THEATRE SCREENING: PAINTING THE MODERN GARDEN

From the exhibition walls to the beauty of artist’s gardens like Monet’s Giverny, discover how artists used the modern garden to explore radical new ideas.

ROB BECKETT: MOUTH OF THE SOUTH

Beckett's back with a brand-new hour of funnies and he's taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread!  Star of Live at the ApolloMock the Week and 8 out of 10 Cats 

ONE MILLION TINY PLAYS ABOUT BRITAIN

Laugh-out-loud funny, and sometimes heartbreakingly moving, these miniature insights into other people’s lives reveal the triumphs, disasters, horrors and joys of life in the twenty-first century. 

WHOSE WINE IS IT ANYWAY?

A top notch wine tasting event to tantalise your taste buds with a selection of exciting wine in a light hearted journey around the world of wine.  Find out what’s in and what’s not!

TOWN HALL CEILIDH FEATURING BANBURY COUNTRY DANCE BAND

Join us for a fun filled evening of wild dancing great music and good company as a trio of experienced musicians and singers entertain you through the night. 

STIG OF THE DUMP

This timeless children’s classic is given an entertaining theatrical adaptation by the company behind the hit production of Danny Champion of the World that visited Chipping Norton last year. Perfect for children and families.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Thu 12 May - Sat 14 May See full date & time info

The Chipping Norton Amateur Operatic Society returns to The Theatre with this classic musical, winner of an unprecedented 9 Tony awards.

THE GIRL WHO FELL IN LOVE WITH THE MOON

A stand-out highlight from last year’s Edinburgh fringe, this stunningly delivered show is full of wistful romance, atmosphere and forlorn delight.  


Friends 2 for 1 / Half Price offer is available on this event.

BIG O AND THE WILBURYS

Perhaps the most famous supergroup of all time, with the five legends of the music industry creating a sound like no other. That unique sound is captured so brilliantly by tribute band, Big O and the Wilburys.

GYLES BRANDRETH: WORD POWER!

Join Gyles Brandreth on an uproarious and unexpected magic carpet ride around the awesome world of words.   

PUCKOON

Based on the book by Spike Milligan, this comic masterpiece is an irreverent and hilarious story which takes the mick, celebrates the absurd, and paints a picture of a simple life that borders on the ridiculous. 

ZANDRA RHODES

Dramatic, glamorous, exotic – Zandra Rhodes has been making waves in the world of fashion for over 40 years.

FAIRPORT CONVENTION

Chippy's favourite classic rock and folk ensemble return to The Theatre.

BALLET CENTRAL

Ballet Central 2016 features a sparkling programme of ballet, neoclassical, contemporary and narrative dance. 

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface. 

RUSSELL KANE

Multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter Russell Kane is famed for his critically acclaimed tours Russell has been performing sell-out shows across the globe and now he is back with this brand new show!

BRANAGH THEATRE LIVE: ROMEO & JULIET (BROADCAST LIVE THEATRE SCREENING)

Branagh and his creative team present a passionate new vision of the classic tragedy.

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