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LIGHT'S UP EXHIBITION
Thu 9 Feb - Thu 9 Mar See full date & time info

This exhibition is a celebration of the creativity and imagination of those attending the Light's Up Memory Club in Chipping Norton. 

LA LA LAND (12A)
Tue 21 Feb - Fri 3 Mar See full date & time info

Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original Oscar-tipped musical film about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

SHAPPI KHORSANDI: OH MY COUNTRY

Shappi is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of her arrival in Britain. She's reclaiming patriotism, sending a love letter to her adopted land.

GIMME GIMME GIMME

Gimme ABBA have been performing this fabulous tribute to ABBA for over 17 years, with the current line up being together for the past eight years! 2017/18 will see the band embark on their fifth nationwide UK tour, 'On and On and On', a jam-packed spectacular performance totaling over two hours including even more songs and fascinating theatrical elements. 

CHIPPING NORTON SINGERS' SHOWCASE

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

I WAS A WIFE
Tue 28 Feb - Wed 1 Mar See full date & time info

A funny, powerful show for anyone who has loved, lost and who wants to love again. Join Polly backstage in her dressing room for a personal journey through the comic highs and painful lows of the most difficult part she has ever played…a wife. 

CINEMA BAMBINO: LA LA LAND

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.

COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS

Like the name says it’s a Comedy Club 4 Kids! Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old (no vampires). 

KING PLEASURE AND THE BISCUIT BOYS

King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys are more than just the world’s greatest swing band, they are an institution!

SILENCE (15)

Martin Scorsese's Silence tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) - at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden.

DILLIE KEANE
Mon 6 Mar - Tue 7 Mar See full date & time info

With some brand new songs, some grand old favourites, gorgeous songs of love and songs of disgraceful filth, Dillie will break your heart, mend it again and have it sent to the cleaners for pressing.  And she'll give you her recipe for chutney while she’s at it.

LABELS

Worklight Theatre’s multi-award winning show is a funny, moving and honest story about mixed heritage and immigration. 

WRITERS IN THE FRAME
Thu 9 Mar - Thu 6 Apr See full date & time info

To celebrate the launch of the sixth ChipLitFest which runs from 27th to 30th April, Silver Apples Photography is showing a selection of her Festival photographs.

HEDDA GABLER (BROADCAST LIVE)

"I've no talent for life." Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free...

Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel.

CLASSIC FILM NIGHT: GOLDFINGER (PG)

Come dressed in your dinner suits and cocktail dresses for our second classic film night hosted by the Friends of The Theatre. 

MR DARCY LOSES THE PLOT

Jane Austen sits writing, her quill scurrying across the vellum. She is dreaming up Darcy, a proud, lip curling, handsome creation in very tight pants. But then a door squeaks, a visitor approaches and Jane hastily hides her work. Now left to his own devices, Darcy embroiders his own storyline whilst his creator stitches her quilt. When Jane returns she finds the plot has moved on and Darcy is dancing to a rather different tune.

DENIAL (12A)

Denial recounts Deborah Lipstadt's legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier.

RELAXED FILM SCREENING: MY FAIR LADY

Relaxed Screenings are open to all but have some changes made to make the event more accessible to people who might find a standard cinema screening challenging, including those living with dementia and those with learning disabilities and their carers.

JACKIE (15)
Tue 14 Mar - Wed 15 Mar See full date & time info

A searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, the days following JFK’s assassination, through the eyes of his wife. 

THE GREAT BRITISH TAKE OFF: JON CULSHAW & BILL DARE

Join us for an evening of hilarity as Dead Ringers creator and producer Bill Dare is in conversation with the mighty impressionist Jon Culshaw. A night of utterly spontaneous unscripted observations, recollections and character collections.

I'M SORRY I'LL READ THAT AGAIN... AGAIN!

This knockabout show celebrates the radio series that gave birth to The Goodies and Monty Python’s Flying Circus - not to mention I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.

JENNY ECLAIR: HOW TO BE A MIDDLE AGED WOMAN (WITHOUT GOING INSANE)

Professional grumpy old woman, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter Jenny Eclair extends her hit tour into 2017.

SING (U)

In this quirky animated musical from the makers of Despicable Me and Minions, a koala impresario stages a grand singing competition for the world's animals.

LOVING (12A)
Sun 19 Mar - Thu 23 Mar See full date & time info

Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown.

Tale Part presents MIND THE GAP

Groups 4 - 8 will take you on a journey and each time they stop they will explore the "station" through the drama skills they have been working on in their weekly sessions.

Take Part presents HOLD THE FRONT PAGE

Groups 1, 2 and 3 invite you to their show which consists of ideas explored during the rehearsal provess. Their performance will showcase skills such as characterisation, movement and voice work which they have been developing over the past year.

GLORY DAYS: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN TRIBUTE

Glory Days have been playing for twenty years and is made up of Springsteen fans who wanted to capture the live Springsteen experience - no lookalikes, just the music!

RICHARD HERRING: THE BEST

Richard Herring, King of the Edinburgh Fringe, Metro columnist and the UK's Podfather (RHLSTP, AIOTM) picks his favourite routines from his 12 one-man shows and crams them into 90 minutes for your delectation.

FENCES (12A)
Sun 26 Mar - Mon 3 Apr See full date & time info

Starring Oscar winner Denzel Washington and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (The Help), Fences is an adaptation of August Wilson’s acclaimed, Tony and Pulitzer awardwinning Broadway play about an African-American father struggling with race relations in 1950’s United States.

NO FINER LIFE
Mon 27 Mar - Tue 28 Mar See full date & time info

Graham Harvey, for twenty years the Agricultural Story Editor of The Archers and writer of more than 600 episodes, brings to the stage the true tale of an unlikely Cotswold hero and an enduring romance.

FLAT 73

Battersby Buildings have 75 flats, yet few residents know each other. Beryl, recently widowed lives on the ground floor, television her only companion. Above her lives Chelsea, struggling as a newly single mum. Along the corridor lives Simon, a young man with learning disabilities and a passion for ‘flash mobbing’. On the top floor lives Laura who, unbeknownst to them, connects them in her role as a Samaritan.

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.

FAY HIELD & THE HURRICANE PARTY

One of Britain’s leading singers across the spectrum of traditional and contemporary folk music, Fay’s first two solo albums, Looking Glass and Orfeo, won many accolades. Fay’s choice of material and the delivery of it, reflect a rare sensitivity and appreciation of the tradition whilst remaining naturalistic and highly distinctive.

MOONLIGHT (15)
Sun 2 Apr - Tue 11 Apr See full date & time info

Based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, this is the tender, heart-breaking story of a young man's struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

DOUG SCOTT THE STORY OF CLIMBING EVEREST

Doug Scott and the late Dougal Haston’s first ascent of Everest’s South West Face remains one of the most significant climbs in mountaineering history and made him the first Brit to conquer Everest.

VENTOUX

Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France. It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani – whose drug-fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever seen. 

TONY HINCHLIFFE
Thu 6 Apr - Mon 8 May See full date & time info

Antony Hinchliffe will be exhibiting a varied selection artwork, a lot of it new pieces, including oils, acrylic and charcoal depicting subjects from seascapes to figurative and abstract landscapes.

ARMANDO IANNUCCI DESERT ISLAND BOOKS

Ahead of the Festival weekend, ChipLitFest presents Armando Iannucci. The comic genius behind Alan Partridge, The Thick Of It and Veep, owner of numerous Baftas, Emmys and an Oscar nomination reveals the books he would grab en route to a desert island.

CINEMA BAMBINO: FENCES

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. 

TWELFTH NIGHT (12A): RECORDED, CAPTURED LIVE

Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity

JUDIE TZUKE

A special acoustic performance that promises to be an intimate evening of old favourites, new songs and tales from across the life and career of one of the UK’s finest Singer/Songwriters.

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.

PLAY IN TWO DAYS
Mon 10 Apr - Tue 11 Apr See full date & time info

Participants will engage in drama games, storytelling and improvisations and then create their own version of a traditional tale to show to their families on our stage at 12.45pm on Tuesday.

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (15)

In Manchester by the Sea, the latest Oscar-tipped film from awardwinning writer and director Kenneth Lonergan, the life of a solitary janitor is transformed when he returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew after his brother’s death.

PLAY IN TWO DAYS
Wed 12 Apr - Thu 13 Apr See full date & time info

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.

RICHARD DIGANCE GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY TOUR

Join Richard for a celebration of his 50 years of songs and stories that led to a BAFTA Nomination and The British Academy of Composers Gold Award. 

HIDDEN FIGURES (PG)

The incredible story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

THE FOUNDER (12A)

The Founder is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s California.

MONDAY'S CHILD

Monday’s Child is a poetic story of the unique bond between a little girl and an old woman suffering memory loss. Together, in a dreamlike garden, they sing and dance and dress up as they explore a treasure trove of memories.

TONI ERDMANN (15)

A wonderfully comic film about a father daughter relationship that was hailed as one of the standout films of the Cannes festival. Winfried doesn't see much of his working daughter Ines and decides to surprise her with a visit after the death of his dog

DANCE DAY

Step into the life of a West End dancer! This workshop provides an opportunity to build confidence, gain knowledge and learn choreography from a West End Show. 

HACKSAW RIDGE

The recipient of an incredible 6 Oscar and 5 Bafta nominations, Hacksaw Ridge is the incredible true story of conscientious objector-turned-medic Desmond Doss as he heads to the front line of World War II.

An inspiring story of courage under fire and staying true to your beliefs, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ stars the great Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, Never Let Me Go).

ELLE (TBC)

Michèle (the fabulous Isabelle Huppert) seems indestructible and as the head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. When she is attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, Michèle's life changes forever.

AFRICAN DRUMMING

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

TWEEDY LOST PROPERTY

Tweedy, the slapstick and clowning star of Gifford’s Circus, presents a comedy about a clown who gives in to society and gets a real job in a Lost Property Office.

DANCER (12A)

Ukrainian-born "bad boy of ballet" Sergei Polunin became the Royal Ballet's youngest ever principal dancer at age 19. But two years later - at the height of his success - he walked away from it all, resolving to give up dance entirely.

RELAXED FILM SCREENING: APRIL IN PARIS

Relaxed Screenings are open to all but have some changes made to make the event more accessible to people who might find a standard cinema screening challenging, including those living with dementia and those with learning disabilities and their carers

THE EMPTY NESTER'S CLUB

Brilliant new comedy theatre, written and directed by John Godber, the acclaimed playwright of Teechers and Bouncers.

JULIUS CAESAR (12A): BROADCAST LIVE

Caesar returns from war, allconquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power. 

CHIP LIT FEST: TRADE SECRETS 2017

Trade Secrets returns. This intensive day-long writers’ workshop is now fully established as ChipLitFest’s invaluable course that will help you to identify the trade secrets that really matter.

 

 

CHIP LIT FEST: I SEE YOU

We’re very excited to be hosting a homecoming for ChipLitFest founder and bestselling author Clare Mackintosh, in conversation with fellow crime-writer Sharon Bolton. 

 

 

CHIP LIT FEST: YOU TOOK THE LAST BUS HOME

Distinguished academic Dr Dylan Miller explores the ingenious and hilarious work of Brian Bilston, the mysterious ‘Poet Laureate of Twitter’, in a bid to unmask the poet behind the pipe. 

 

 

CHIP LIT FEST: THE CHILDREN'S LAUREATE

Children’s Laureate, distinctive and brilliant illustrator will draw answers to any questions you have for him. Watch your questions take shape!

 

 

 

CHIP LIT FEST: NEW VOICES 2017

Our New Voices panel is back for 2017 with this year’s incredible ones to watch. From a Man Booker nomination to a Harvill Secker competition winner and another hugely talented Faber Academy graduate, these novelists have had an unforgettable year. 

 

 

CHIP LIT FEST: WRITERS' WORKSHOP PLAYWRITING

Clare Bayley, co-author of Playwriting: A Writers' & Artists' Companion and internationally-performed playwright, will guide you through the playwriting process

 

 

 

CHIP LIT FEST: VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION TO ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

Tristram Wyatt, Senior Research Associate, Oxford’s Department of Zoology, introduces the field of animal behaviour.

 

 

CHIP LIT FEST: WRITERS' WORKSHOP WRITING CRIME

Writing thrillers and crime fiction can often involve blurring lines of fact and fiction, but how much research does a brilliant crime novel need?

 

 

DARKSIDE

A nostalgic trip through the massive back-catalogue of one of Britain’s most enigmatic rock music bands.

PETRE SMITH - KWISIQITHI (THE ISLAND)
Tue 9 May - Sun 21 May See full date & time info

This touring photo exhibition furthers the themes in our latest Homegrown production The Island and is part of Artweeks 2017

“Kwisiqithi” is the Xhosa word for ‘The Island’, the tongue in which Nelson Mandela and the freedom fighters debated and crafted the first constitution draft for a free South Arica whilst taking respite from the scorching African sun and the gun sights of the prison guards patrolling the hazardous chalk mine where they would slave away.

THE ISLAND
Wed 10 May - Sat 20 May See full date & time info

In South Africa it was forbidden to mention that The Island existed. It was a place where you put the people you wanted to forget.

KISS ME KATE
Thu 25 May - Sat 27 May See full date & time info

The Chipping Norton Amateur Operatic Society follow their 2016 sell out production of Fiddler on the Roof with Cole Porter’s wonderful musical Kiss me Kate.

TANGLED DREAMS
Thu 25 May - Thu 22 Jun See full date & time info

This exhibition celebrates the work of Pauline Nolan and Wendy Todd, two friends who frequently exhibit together at their Garden Studio, Churchill, Chipping Norton.

FAIRPORT CONVENTION

After nearly 50 years on the road, Fairport Convention, the originators of British folk-rock music, remain one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene.

UNARMED STAGE COMBAT WORKSHOP

How is a fight portrayed realistically on stage? This workshop presents a set of principles to enable participants to learn how to portray unarmed stage combat safely and effectively.

UNDER MILK WOOD

This peek into the lives and loves of the likes of Captain Cat, Polly Garter and Willy Nilly continues to enthral audiences with its canvas of nonsense gossip, feuds, affairs, fights, frauds and practical jokes.

BURTON

Burton vividly presents the life of the great Welsh actor in his own words from humble beginnings to Hollywood megastardom. 

THE FABULOUS CORNBURY FINALE 7th-9th July 2017
Fri 7 Jul - Sun 9 Jul See full date & time info

Superstar BRYAN ADAMS will headline the 14th and final Cornbury Festival on Saturday July 8th 2017.  Save the booking fee and support the theatre and buy your tickets through us.

Full Line Up Announced! Bryan Adams / Kaiser Chiefs / Tom Chaplin / The Pretenders / Jools Holland / Jack Savoretti / Imelda May / Ward Thomas / St Paul & The Broken Bones / Sophie Ellis-Bextor / Scounting For Girls / Right Said Fred / The Pierce Brothers / Midge Ure / Stone Foundation / Nine Below Zero / Staxs / Black Dylan / Max Jury / Tex Pistols / Key West / Keston Cobblers Club / Callaghan / Rose Elinor Dougall / The Rails / The Danberrys / Police Dog Hogan / Sarah Munro / The Wandering Hearts / Earl / Laura Oakes 

NT LIVE: ANGELS IN AMERICA Part One: Millennium Approaches (Broadcast Live)

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

NT LIVE: ANGELS IN AMERICA Part Two: Perestroika (Broadcast Live)

America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell.

Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass).

3 DAY DRAMA
Mon 31 Jul - Wed 2 Aug See full date & time info

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

DRAMA WEEK
Mon 31 Jul - Fri 4 Aug See full date & time info

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
Mon 31 Jul - Fri 4 Aug See full date & time info

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.

3 DAY MUSICAL THEATRE
Mon 7 Aug - Wed 9 Aug See full date & time info

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

DRAMA WEEKS
Mon 7 Aug - Fri 11 Aug See full date & time info

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
Mon 7 Aug - Fri 11 Aug See full date & time info

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.

3 DAY DRAMA
Mon 14 Aug - Wed 16 Aug See full date & time info

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
Mon 14 Aug - Fri 18 Aug See full date & time info

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
Mon 14 Aug - Fri 18 Aug See full date & time info

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.

WEST END TO BROADWAY
Mon 21 Aug - Sat 26 Aug See full date & time info

Working with a professional team, including a director, choreographer and musical director, participants will rehearse and perform a variety of show-stopping songs and excerpts from West End and Broadway musicals. This exhilarating and inspiring week culminates in performances on Saturday

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