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THE TRIALS OF GALILEO

Icarus Theatre (last here with Hedda Gabler) returns with this one-man rollercoaster ride through the first flowerings of science, starring Tim Hardy (veteran of The Royal Shakespeare Company). Soul-breakingly bitter and heartwarmingly humourous.

THE SOUNDS OF SIMON

A tribute to the wonderful music of Simon and Garfunkel, spanning all the hits from 1957 to 1987.

THEATRE SCREENING: TREASURE ISLAND

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation from the stage of the National Theatre.

EIGHT WEEK YOGA COURSE WITH NIKKI JACKSON

This 8 week yoga course is run by Nikki Jackson , an established yoga teacher for 22 years.  You will learn a variety of stretches, postures , sequences, breathing and relaxation techniques to improve your health and wellbeing ready to start the New Year.  Suits all abilities , including complete beginners.

WILD NIGHT: ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME

Part story into his father’s time as a Polish soldier in the Italian Campaign of WWII and part muse on consumerism, All Roads Lead to Rome brings together  car mechanics, a road trip, dictators and the fetishisation of possessions in a touching solo performance using old photos, new film and surprising mechanical objects.

THE FRESH DIXIE PROJECT

The Fresh Dixie Project have made a real splash on the UK jazz scene with their unique 'crossover swing'. 2014 saw the band sell out the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, and receive standing ovations at Jazz Festivals from Hamburg to Malaysia.

EIGHT WEEK YOGA COURSE WITH NIKKI JACKSON

This 8 week yoga course is run by Nikki Jackson , an established yoga teacher for 22 years.  You will learn a variety of stretches, postures , sequences, breathing and relaxation techniques to improve your health and wellbeing ready to start the New Year.  Suits all abilities , including complete beginners.

VOULEZ VOUS

With their devotion to the original Swedish supergroup, incredible replica costumes and a talented team of performers, Voulez Vous will transport you back to Abba’s heyday.

CHIPPING NORTON SINGERS' SHOWCASE

Come and celebrate the first birthday of The Theatre's own community choir. The group has grown into a thriving community of around 70 singers, who meet weekly to tackle anything from rock classics to folk ballads and back again! 

THE BARBER OF SEVILLE

The Merry Opera Company returns to Chippy with Rossini’s great masterpiece of comic opera, fizzing with musical brilliance, bold humour and iconic melodies.

STEPHEN K. AMOS WELCOME TO MY WORLD

The maestro of feel-good comedy is back on tour with his new show. Fresh from sell-out tours of Australia and New Zealand, as heard on BBC Radio 4 Life: An Idiot’s Guide and What Does the K Stand For?

COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS

Like the name says it’s a Comedy Club 4 Kids! We have the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best... but without the rude bits! 

THEATRE SCREENING: TREASURE ISLAND

Robert Louis Stevenson’s story of murder, money and mutiny is brought to life in a thrilling new stage adaptation from the stage of the National Theatre.

ROBINíS WINTER ADVENTURE

Pied Piper, last here with Care of Henry and Great Gran’s Great Games, return with this uplifting tale of change, bravery and friendship told with puppetry, poetry, music and magical design.

RELAXED PERFORMANCE: ROBIN'S WINTER ADVENTURE

This Relaxed Performance is open to everyone, but has some changes to increase accessibility for all. The Theatre environment is adapted to welcome families with children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders and those with learning disabilities.

GROUNDED

A gripping, compulsive new play that flies from the heights of lyricism to the shallows of workaday existence, and targets our assumptions about war, family, and what it is to be a woman.

LUCY PORTER ME TIME

The 10th solo show from this fringe favourite, familiar from radio (The Unbelievable Truth) and TV (Mock The Week, HIGNFY).

EIGHT WEEK YOGA COURSE WITH NIKKI JACKSON

This 8 week yoga course is run by Nikki Jackson , an established yoga teacher for 22 years.  You will learn a variety of stretches, postures , sequences, breathing and relaxation techniques to improve your health and wellbeing ready to start the New Year.  Suits all abilities , including complete beginners.

OUT OF THIS WORLD!

Following last year's successful Explore Space family show, Science Oxford returns to the Chipping Norton theatre with their new show which promises to be Out Of This World!

MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD
Fri 27 Feb - Wed 11 Mar See full date & time info

A breathtakingly intimate new staging in a  transformed, in-the-round auditorium.

EIGHT WEEK YOGA COURSE WITH NIKKI JACKSON

This 8 week yoga course is run by Nikki Jackson , an established yoga teacher for 22 years.  You will learn a variety of stretches, postures , sequences, breathing and relaxation techniques to improve your health and wellbeing ready to start the New Year.  Suits all abilities , including complete beginners.

SCHOOLS PERFORMANCE: MY MOTHER SAID I NEVER SHOULD

A special SCHOOL'S PERFORMANCE of our inhouse show. A breathtakingly intimate new staging in a  transformed, in-the-round auditorium.

EIGHT WEEK YOGA COURSE WITH NIKKI JACKSON

This 8 week yoga course is run by Nikki Jackson , an established yoga teacher for 22 years.  You will learn a variety of stretches, postures , sequences, breathing and relaxation techniques to improve your health and wellbeing ready to start the New Year.  Suits all abilities , including complete beginners.

EIGHT WEEK YOGA COURSE WITH NIKKI JACKSON

This 8 week yoga course is run by Nikki Jackson , an established yoga teacher for 22 years.  You will learn a variety of stretches, postures , sequences, breathing and relaxation techniques to improve your health and wellbeing ready to start the New Year.  Suits all abilities , including complete beginners.

KING JOHN

With original live music, high energy performances and a huge emotional canvas, acclaimed theatre company Hammerpuzzle bring us one of Shakespeare’s most overlooked plays.

This production captures the dynamism and contemporary echoes of this compelling story whilst holding on to the heart of the original text.

THEATRE SCREENING: BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS

Meera Syal (The Kumars, Goodness Gracious Me, Rafta Rafta) returns to the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris (Broken, London Road).

THE PICTURE OF DOREEN GRAY
Thu 19 Mar - Sat 21 Mar See full date & time info

Award winning Chippy favourites, Lipservice return with their latest show!  

ANDY PARSONS: LIVE AND UNLEASHED - BUT NATURALLY CAUTIOUS

Top comedian Andy Parsons returns to Chippy this March!

PENELOPE RETOLD

A solo show from Caroline Horton, star of Mess and You’re Not Like The Other Girls, Chrissy. An epic, heartbreaking and fiercely playful production  from this Olivier Award nominated actress. 

DR PHIL HAMMOND: GAMES TO PLAY WITH YOUR DOCTOR

Dr. Phil returns after his sell out show in 2012. Phil Hammond is a GP turned hospital doctor, writer, broadcaster and comedian who has appeared on Have I Got News for You, The News Quiz, The Now Show, The One Show and Countdown. 

KATHRYN ROBERTS & SEAN LAKEMAN

Voted Best Duo in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2013, this husband and wife acoustic folk duo are regarded as amongst the finest in the British folk scene.

THEATRE SCREENING: HAMLET

This unique and ground breaking stage production played to sell-out houses throughout its run at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. 

SWORD IN THE STONE

A participatory musical for children and their families.

THE RAT PACK IS BACK

The hit show The Rat Pack is Back perfectly captures not only the wonderful music and comedy of the original legends, but also the remarkable personalities of the stars who truly ruled the entertainment world.

HUGLESS DOUGLAS

Join Douglas in this happy new show, full of laughter, sing along songs and plenty of opportunities to join in!

CAROUSEL
Thu 16 Apr - Sat 18 Apr See full date & time info

The Chipping Norton Amateur Operatic Society returns to The Theatre with this Rodgers and Hammerstein favourite.

THEATRE SCREENING: THE HARD PROBLEM

Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard returns to the National Theatre with his highly-anticipated new play directed by Nicholas Hytner.

ROCK 'N' ROLL POLITICS WITH STEVE RICHARDS

In the build up to the closest election for years, award winning political columnist and broadcaster, Steve Richards, takes you behind the scenes of the great political drama.

A STRANGE WILD SONG

Critically-acclaimed Rhum and Clay present a darkly comic story told in their visually unique and highly inventive style, using a mixture of stunning imagery and humour to tell an unforgettably touching story about finding light in the darkest of places.

BOBBY MOORE: THE MAN IN FULL

Matt Dickinson, sports writer for The Times, looks at the man from all sides and talks about his new definitive biography.

TRADE SECRETS: ONE-DAY CREATIVE WRITING COURSE

If you're serious about writing, this intensive one-day course from industry experts is right up your street.

THE CHIPLITFEST STORY

Festival director and former police inspector Clare Mackintosh speaks to Jane Wenham-Jones about the creation of ChipLitFest and the launch of her debut novel, I Let You Go. 

LOVE, SEX AND OTHER FOREIGN POLICY GOALS

Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals is Jesse Armstrong’s debut novel. Jesse has written some of Britain’s best loved TV and movie comedy: Peep Show, Fresh Meat, Babylon, Four Lions, The Thick Of It and In The Loop. 

MEGAN BEECH: PERFORMANCE POETRY

Although still an undergraduate, Megan Beech has already published a poetry collection, When I Grow Up I Want to be Mary Beard, and is a winner of the Poetry Society's national youth slam, SLAMbassadors. 

LEE CHILD IN CONVERSATION WITH MARK BILLINGHAM

The creator of Jack Reacher (brought to screen by Tom Cruise) will talk to fellow crime writer and festival patron Mark Billingham, about his life, his iconic hero, and his unusual writing career.

REASONS TO STAY ALIVE

Matt Haig writes novels, screenplays and children’s books. Reasons to Stay Alive explores mental illness, turning the spotlight on to depression and anxiety. Matt is a boundary-breaking author: don't miss the opportunity to meet him.

PITCH THE AGENT

Are you ready to have your manuscript critiqued in public? Back by popular demand, literary agent Carole Blake teams up with Jane Wenham- Jones for this interactive event.

STINKBOMB & KETCHUPFACE & THE EVILNESS OF PIZZA, WITH JOHN DOUGHERTY

Be prepared to have your sides aching from laughter as John introduces his 3rd title in the best-selling and hugely praised Stinkbomb and Ketchupface series. Suitable for ages 5 - 9 years.

A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION TO...CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY WITH JEREMY MOON

Exploring the place of CSR in different economic, social, political, and managerial contexts, Professor Jeremy Moon considers the many positives, but also challenges, that CSR can present for companies, societies, and governments worldwide. A free, half-hour lecture.

THE RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB

The Richard and Judy Book Club has championed hundreds of authors, including Julie Cohen, who joins them on stage to discuss the bookclub and their own novels.

BREAKING THROUGH

Find out from three bestselling novelists what it takes to become a published author.

I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN

John Crace, Guardian journalist and critic, discusses his latest book I Never Promised You a Rose Garden: a short guide to modern politics, the coalition and the general election.

CREATING BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS

Amanda Jennings, currently at work on her fourth novel, will help you identify the key components of characters who can invite readers into a world they won't want to leave.

PIRATES, DINOSAURS & SWASHBUCKLING ADVENTURES

Embark on a swashbuckling adventure and ride on the back of prehistoric giants in this epic comic-creation workshop with the brilliant Neil Cameron. Suitable for ages 7 to 12 years.

LIVE WINDOW DISPLAY

The hugely talented and award-winning author, Petr Horáček, will be creating a live window display in Jaffe and Neale. Petr’s bold and imaginative illustrations captivate children worldwide. Don’t miss seeing how this incredible illustrator works.

LOSING IT

Best known for her roles in Absolutely Fabulous and The Young Ones, and described by Dawn French as 'the funniest woman in England', Helen Lederer is a comedy writer, actress and novelist.

MOTHERS IN FICTION

Join authors Hannah Beckerman, Rowan Coleman and Clare Mackintosh, to discuss our obsession with peeking behind closed doors, and to consider why the role of the mother is such a pivotal one for writers - and their readers.

NORDIC NOIR

Three of Denmark's most exciting writers, Sara Blaedel, Kenneth Degnbol and Dagmar Winther, discuss the phenomenon of Scandinavian crime and the British appetite for it.

THE ART OF THE REWRITE

Novelist, creative writing teacher and fiction consultant Julie Cohen takes you through practical techniques for revising your novel including 101 uses for a Post-It note.

REX, THE SCARIEST DINOSAUR AROUND!

Join multi award-winning picture book maker Simon James, as he talks about his latest bestselling book Rex. Suitable for ages 4+ years.

A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION TO... CONTEMPORARY FICTION

Eaglestone examines how works of contemporary fiction both reflect the world in which we live and the artistic concerns of writers and readers alike. A free half-hour lecture.

STORYTELLING WITH MOG, THE FORGETFUL CAT

Judith Kerr’s Mog, the lovable forgetful cat, has been enchanting children for generations. Join Mog as her antics are brought to life in a lively storytelling session.

MISS CARTER'S WAR

Inspired by seeing an elderly woman being repeatedly ignored in a shop, actress Sheila Hancock wrote her debut novel, Miss Carter's War, about life in a fast changing post-war Britain. 

AFTERNOON TEA WITH THE ARCHERS

Over tea and cake for both audience and panel, Jane will chat to producer Sean O'Connor, and to Tim Bentinck who has played David Archer since 1982..

NEW VOICES

Be ahead of the curve and meet three new writers at the start of their promising careers.

RESEARCHING YOUR NOVEL

Lloyd Shepherd, author of four critically acclaimed historical mysteries, shares some of the pitfalls and practicalities of researching your novel.

JIMMY COATES: PART BOY,PART WEAPON, TOTALLY DEADLY!

Jimmy Coates seems like an ordinary boy, but he’s not. For ages 8 - 12 years.

A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION TO... CORAL REEFS

Charles Sheppard introduces the history and wonder of coral reefs as well as revealing the impact of their loss should our conservation efforts fail. These vibrant and fascinating ecosystems need our help. A free half-hour lecture.

SECOND LIFE

Join us for an insight into the world of a bestselling author, as he launches his new book, Second Life.

LIFE AS A POET IN RESIDENCE

Life as a Poet in Residence takes you all sorts of places, in Kate Fox’s case it includes Radio 4's Saturday Live, Glastonbury Festival and the Great North Run. Hear Kate’s hilarious stories and, of course, her poems about these residencies. 

CHIPLIT QUIZ

Mark Billingham, festival patron and best-selling crime-writer, returns to his role as ChipLitFest quizmaster. 

A MODERN MONARCHY

Catherine Mayer, editor-at-large for TIME, and Penny Junor, the seasoned royal biographer, meet to discuss the lives of two of Britain's most famous, but private royal men: Prince Charles and Prince Harry.

QUICK READS: BITE-SIZED BOOKS FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHORS

Take the children to the library, but never get a book for yourself? Shut your eyes rather than open a novel? Quick Reads encourages those adults that rarely read

CREATING TENSION

Are you writing a novel, or thinking of writing one? Then you need to know about tension. This workshop is for all writers, working in any genre.

COMPLETELY CASSIDY'S BIG PAJAMA PARTY

Have you ever dreamed about wearing your PJs in public? Now's your chance! Wrap up in your dressing gown and grab your favourite teddy to join Tamsyn for a mini 'sleepover'. For ages 8 to 11 years.

A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION TO...THE MIDDLE AGES

Presenting an insight into the challenges of life in Europe between 500-1500, Miri Rubin looks at kingship and family, agriculture and trade, groups and individuals and the legacies they left the modern world. A free half-hour lecture.

COMING UP TRUMPS

Now a life peer, infamous for flicking the V-sign in the House of Lords, Baroness Trumpington looks backs over her long and remarkable life.

CAMERON'S COUP: HOW THE TORIES TOOK BRITAIN TO THE BRINK

Polly Toynbee and David Walker bring their new and devastatingly incisive analysis of the past four years of coalition right into the Prime Minister’s constituency to discuss what they see as an alarming reversal in social progress – nothing short of a revolution.

WRITING GREAT DIALOGUE

Novelist Emily Barr and children's writer Craig Green will demonstrate techniques for writing consistently believable conversations.

ANIMATE!

Learn how to make stop-motion videos like a pro. For ages 7 to 12 years.

STORYTELLING WITH PETR HORACEK

Join hugely talented Petr as he reads from some of his best-selling books and does some live drawing.

STORYTELLING WITH MOG, THE FORGETFUL CAT

Judith Kerr’s Mog, the lovable forgetful cat, has been enchanting children for generations. Join Mog as her antics are brought to life in a lively storytelling session.

VILLAGE CRIME

Wickedly entertaining, M C Beaton is also the creator of Hamish MacBeth, and joins us to share stories from her life of crime.

PHONE HACKING TRIAL

Journalists Martin Hickman and Peter Jukes discuss reporting from the courtroom and the fallout from a trial that closed a national newspaper and sent shockwaves through the Government.

MAD, BAD & DANGEROUS TO KNOW

Lucy Atkins, Fanny Blake, Harriet Evans and Veronica Henry discuss what makes a literary anti-heroine and invite the audience to contribute their own favourites.

WRITING FOR CHILDREN

Want to unlock the secrets of success when writing for children and teens? Then come along to this workshop, run by children's author Tamsyn Murray, and find out everything you need to know about about this competitive but rewarding market.

ANIMATE!

Learn how to make stop-motion videos like a pro. For ages 13-18 years.

A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION TO...WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Looking at his early life and education, Stanley Wells explores Shakespeare's social and intellectual background and the literary traditions on which Shakespeare drew. A free half-hour lecture.

THE PARENT AGENCY

Author, screenwriter and comedian David Baddiel invites you into the hilarious world of The Parent Agency. Suitable for ages 9+ years.

THE FUREYS

Legends of Irish music, The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 37 years, and are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination.

DON Q

Following the huge success of their debut show The Government Inspector, celebrated Oxfordshire company Flintlock Theatre bring their signature high-energy storytelling to this re-imagining of Cervantes’ classic, Don Quixote.  A fast, furious romp!

LUKE JERMAY: SIXTH SENSE

Luke Jermay is the most incredible man you might never have heard of and works regularly consulting and devising tricks for Dynamo and Derren Brown.

SHOOTING WITH THE LIGHT

Described by The Guardian as ‘a brilliant emerging company’, Oxfordshire based Idle Motion use innovative staging, physicality and multimedia to interweave the dramatic stories of photographs undeveloped, scattered and unearthed. This is a story about the photographs that outlive our memories.

DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD
Sun 10 May - Mon 11 May See full date & time info

A magnificent adventure for all the family from the imagination of the master – Roald Dahl!

CELTIC FIDDLE FESTIVAL

Called ‘three of the finest folk violinists anywhere’, Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations.

THEATRE SCREENING: MAN AND SUPERMAN LIVE

Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient; Oedipus at the National Theatre) stars in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic. Streamed live from the National Theatre!

THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (ABRIDGED)

From the high-brow to the low and everything in-between, the bad boys of abridgment leave no joke untold as they deconstruct the entire history of comedy in 90 rollicking minutes.

KAFFE FASSETT: GLORIOUS COLOUR

As part of the annual Fibre Festival in Chipping Norton the renowned textile artist Kaffe Fassett will be doing a talk followed by a question and answer session here at The Theatre.

ELIZA CARTHY AND TIM ERIKSEN

Eliza Carthy and Tim Eriksen are two of the most respected voices in traditional folksong, both true entertainers, both wearing their hearts on their sleeves.  Together they form a powerhouse duo that is, hilarious and heartbreaking, intense and joyful.

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