Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park", a romantic comedy set in New York, will be performed at the Players Theatre, Nelson Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, from Tuesday 5th – Saturday 9th March inclusive at 7.45 pm. Tickets are £10 - £12. Book online at www.thameplayers.co.uk or the Information Centre at Thame Town Hall or phone 01844 212833.
Artistic Directors: Gilly French, Jeremy Gray Press Release: 5 December, 2023 CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2023 Feliz Navidad! - Christmas music from the New World Tuesday 19 December 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Bampton, Oxfordshire Bampton Classical Voices dir. Andrew Griffiths For their annual concert in commemoration of the village's patron Saint, Beornwald, Bampton Classical Opera presents a festive programme exploring the remarkable musical life of the New World during the seventeenth century, at the height of the Spanish Golden Age.
Varied series of concerts in the heart of the Cotswolds by distinguished artists, including Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano), Stephen Isserlis (cello), the Doric String Quartet and choral music from the Renaissance period performed by the Tenebrae ensemble in the beautiful surroundings of St. Mary's Church Tetbury. Talks about the music are given in advance in the Goods Shed Arts Centre. For full details and to book see the website. https://www.tetburymusicfestival.org/2023-concerts
Little Shop of Horrors will be performed at the Players Theatre, Thame OX9 2DP from Tuesday 12th - Friday 15th September at 7.45pm, on Saturday 16th September at 2.30 pm and at 7.45pm, and on Sunday 17th September at 5.30pm. Tickets are £10.00 and £12.00. Book online at www.thameplayers.co.uk or from the Information Centre at Thame Town Hall (check Thame Town Hall for opening times) or call them on 01844 212833.
The UK Premiere of Salieri's opera The Fair of Venice is the attraction at this year's Bampton Classical Opera. Performances are at the Deanery, Bampton on Friday and Saturday 21st and 22nd July (7pm), at Westonbirt School on Monday 28th August (5pm) and at St John’s Smith Square London on Wednesday 13th September (7pm). Tickets for Bampton and Westonbirt are now on sale - see our website https://www.bamptonopera.org/eventfuturedetail.htm?event=726. London tickets will go on sale later. Bampton Classical Opera 1 Deanery Court Broad Street Bampton, Oxfordshire OX18 2LY United Kingdom
Don’t Miss This Bawdy Romp of a Comedy at the Players Theatre! Thame Players are performing Tom Jones, in Joan MacAlpine’s stage adaptation of Henry Fielding’s novel. Nothing to do with the eponymous singer, this is a rich, ripe, rowdy, bawdy romp of a comedy set in the eighteenth century. It tells the story of a young man, Squire Allworthy's adopted son, who was “much beset by women”, and the trouble this causes, as he falls victim to the charms of one rustic wench after another! .. Follow Thame Players onTwitter.com/thametheatre, Facebook.com/thametheatre and Instagram.com/thameplayers
Eighteen concerts of Baroque music held in the excellent acoustic of Exeter College Chapel. Each concert has a different theme. For more details follow link. http://www.charivari.co.uk/charivari-concerts/early-music-by-candlelight.html
Exciting season will include WAGNER Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods) 29, 31 May, 2, 4, 6 June Sung in German with English surtitles DONIZETTI L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love) 20, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29 June, 1 July Sung in Italian with English surtitles MONTEVERDI L'Orfeo 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 July Sung in Italian with English surtitles and PURCELL The Fairy Queen 29, 30 July, 1, 3 August Sung in English with English surtitles Longborough Festival Opera New Banks Fee Longborough Moreton-in-Marsh Gloucestershire GL56 0QF https://lfo.org.uk/whats-on
Thame Players’ next production, A Bunch of Amateurs, is a “terrific comedy packed with killer comic dialogue” (What’s on stage), being performed at the Players Theatre, Thame between 7th – 11th March. The Players Theatre Nelson Street Thame Oxfordshire OX9 2DP See www.thameplayers.co.uk
13-17 December 2022 Venues include All Souls Chapel, Holywell Music Room and the Olivier Hall at St Edward's School. Concerts by distinguished artists will feature works by Ukrainian composers as well as better-known classics. Full programme on website <<https://www.ocmf.net/2022-festival/>>
Traditional pantomime running from 2-4th December and then from 7th-11th December. NB No performances on 5th and 6th December.
The festival this year includes performances from Julian Bliss alongside pianist Charles Owen, saxophonist Manu Brazo with pianist Prajna Indrawati, and the Consone String Quartet. Leading Italian ensemble La Fonte Musica makes a much anticipated return to the UK, offering a programme of music by Guillame Dufay under the direction of Michele Pasotti. Closing the festival will be The Orchestra of St John’s conducted by John Lubbock. There’s also a series of talks to bring insight to each performance, with speakers including esteemed author Sarah Dunant for a lecture on the rebirth of creativity in Renaissance Italy, Professor Natasha Loges and Brian David. https://www.tetburymusicfestival.org/
A hilarious musical farce at the Players Theatre, Thame..
Vache Baroque Festival. Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, England. CHARPENTIER: LA DESCENTE D’ORPHÉE AUX ENFERS Co-founders Betty Makharinsky and Jonathan Darbourne invite you to Charpentier’s opera La descente D’Orphée aux enfer (The Descent of Orpheus ino the Underworld) on Friday 2nd and Sunday 4th September 2022. The opera will be in two acts prefaced with sound installations and pre-show pop-up performances, including Jephte (1648) by Giacomo Carissimi [20 mins].
Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park, and Figures in the Garden, Janacek's The Diary of One Who Disappeared and a Young Artist Gala feature in the 5th season of operas performed in this beautiful house and garden. Waterperry Oxford OX33 1LA
Bizet's Carmen and Francesca Caccini's baroque opera La liberazione di Ruggiero, together with "Spell-Book" by Freya Waley-Cohen, are among exciting productions being offered by this year's Longborough Festival in Gloucestershire.
BAMPTON CLASSICAL OPERA 2022 A new production of Haydn's little-heard comic opera Il mondo della luna (‘Fool Moon’ ) Performances: The Deanery Garden, Bampton, Oxfordshire: Friday 22, Saturday 23 July Westonbirt School, Glos: Monday 29 August St John’s Smith Square, London: Friday 16 September Libretto: Carlo Goldoni English Translation: Gilly French Director/Designer: Jeremy Gray Conductor: Thomas Blunt Orchestra of Bampton Classical Opera (Bampton, Westonbirt) CHROMA (St John’s Smith Square)
Longborough Festival Opera 2022. WAGNER's Siegfried, Eric KORNGOLD's Die tote Stadt, BIZET's Carmen and Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina (The liberation of Ruggiero from the island of Alcina) paired with Freya Waley-Cohen’s contemporary dramatic song cycle Spell Book will all be featured in this year's festival at this purpose-built opera house in the heart of the Cotswolds.
On Saturday 12th February, in Strictly Sherlock! we join the king of the detectives as he brings to life three of his greatest and most baffling cases, The Sussex Vampire, The Creeping Man and The Devil’s Foot. Strictly Sherlock! has been adapted by Jonathan Goodwin from the originals written by Arthur Conan Doyle. Jonathan also plays Sherlock Holmes and co-directs it with Gary Archer. This original one-man show is brought to us by the “Don’t Go Into the Cellar” theatre company, who specialise in “Victorian theatre with bite”, bringing new adaptations of nineteenth-century literature's greatest ghost and horror stories to modern-day audiences. It follows the success of The Singular Exploits of Sherlock Homes from the same company Roger Johnson of The Sherlock Homes Journal praised this “Impressive interpretation of Sherlock Holmes – you could swear you were watching Jeremy Brett or Roger Llewellyn”. Take your choice – James Bond or Sherlock Holmes? Or why not come and see both? Strictly Sherlock! is on Friday 11th February at 7.45 pm at the Players Theatre OX9 2DP. Tickets are £12 (no concessions). This show will also be live streamed. Book online for both shows at www.thameplayers.co.uk or from the Information Centre at Thame Town Hall (check https://www.thametowncouncil.gov.uk/visit-thame/information-centre/ for opening times). Thame Players run the only dedicated theatre and cinema facility serving Thame, south-east Oxfordshire and west Buckinghamshire and have been a vibrant and successful amateur dramatics group for over 75 years. As an amateur theatre group they aim to provide high-quality, wide-ranging and accessible entertainment for Thame and local area. Shows are put on throughout the year at affordable prices, designed to suit a wide range of tastes and age groups. Follow Thame Players onTwitter.com/thametheatre, Facebook.com/thametheatre and Instagram.com/thameplayers
Join the Creator of James Bond and the King of the Detectives in Two Great Shows at the Players Theatre! There are serious treats in store for fans of spy and detective fiction at the Players Theatre this month, when there is one show celebrating Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, 007, and another celebrating Sherlock Holmes, the king of the detectives! On Saturday 5th February, in The Man with the Golden Pen, Jonathan Coote portrays the creator of Secret Agent 007, as he stands before the audience with a Martini in hand and a terrified look in his eyes. At 42 he is about to do the thing he most fears - he is getting married. He makes two major decisions: one, never to spend winter in England again; two, to write the spy story to end all spy stories. And that is exactly what Ian Fleming did. We are transported to 1952 as Fleming is putting the finishing touches to the first Bond book, Casino Royale, and Bond is with us; the alter ego, an icon of class and everything Fleming aspired to... This play, written by Mark Burgess, and directed by Simon Downing for Kick In The Head Theatre Productions, has been praised by Ajay Chowdhury of the Ian Fleming Foundation as “An extremely stylish and entertaining piece, capturing the essence and spirit of Ian Fleming... The play succeeds admirably both as entertainment and as an insight into an extraordinary man”. The Man with the Golden Pen is on Saturday 5th February at 7.45 pm at the Players Theatre, Thame OX9 2DP. Tickets are £13 (no concessions). Strictly Sherlock! is on Friday 11th February at 7.45 pm at the Players Theatre OX9 2DP. Tickets are £12 (no concessions). This show will also be live streamed. Book online for both shows at www.thameplayers.co.uk or from the Information Centre at Thame Town Hall (check https://www.thametowncouncil.gov.uk/visit-thame/information-centre/ for opening times). Thame Players run the only dedicated theatre and cinema facility serving Thame, south-east Oxfordshire and west Buckinghamshire and have been a vibrant and successful amateur dramatics group for over 75 years. As an amateur theatre group they aim to provide high-quality, wide-ranging and accessible entertainment for Thame and local area. Shows are put on throughout the year at affordable prices, designed to suit a wide range of tastes and age groups. Follow Thame Players onTwitter.com/thametheatre, Facebook.com/thametheatre and Instagram.com/thameplayers
A highlight of Oxford’s musical calendar, don’t miss this chance to hear the quintessential Christmas work in the expert hands of the city’s own period-instrument orchestra and world-renowned conductor, Edward Higginbottom.
Lots going on in Oxford Christmas Market. Browse the stalls offering crafts, Christmas ornaments, goodies of all sorts. You can enjoy the Christmas lights, soak up the atmosphere and treat yourself to a mulled wine. You are almost bound to bump into an old friend there! I did.