Tap Factory are tapping into the energy of dance

The Oxford Times: Tap Factory are tapping into the energy of dance

11:51am Thursday 17th April 2014

Director and choreographer of dynamic Tap Factory, Vincent Pausanias, talks to David Bellan

Double bill of Stravinsky ballets heads to the Oxford Playhouse

The Oxford Times: Double bill of Stravinsky ballets heads to the Oxford Playhouse

11:31am Thursday 10th April 2014

Next week Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre are bringing a double bill of Stravinsky ballets to the Oxford Playhouse. David Bellan talks to company director-choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan

Matriarchal actress Stephanie Cole is at your service

The Oxford Times: Stephanie Cole

10:32am Thursday 10th April 2014

The indomitable Stephanie Cole is an institution, like the NHS which her latest play examines. But Katherine MacAlister finds her patient and calming

Review of Noah starring Russell Crowe and Emma Watson

The Oxford Times: Pure: Emma Watson as Ila

10:21am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Damon Smith climbs aboard an immersive Noah

Big numbers add up to a hit show in Guys and Dolls

The Oxford Times: Step up: Guy Brigg takes the company through its paces

10:04am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Giles Woodforde talks to director Guy Brigg about Musical Youth Company of Oxford’s upcoming Guys & Dolls show

Oxford Comedy Festival sits comfortably

The Oxford Times: Sofa so good: Annabel O'Connell

11:28am Thursday 27th March 2014

Angie Johnson looks forward to the Oxford Comedy Festival

Playwright Barney Morris welcomes Visitors

The Oxford Times: Teamwork: Alice Hamilton, Ally Watson and Barney Norris

11:22am Thursday 27th March 2014

Christopher Gray speaks to the playwright Barney Morris ahead of Up In Arms’ Visitors

Rosie Wilby is standing up for women

The Oxford Times: Off-the-wall comedy: Rosie Wilby

10:13am Thursday 20th March 2014

Nicola Lisle chats to self-mocking comedian Rosie Wilby

Mikado with the wow factor

The Oxford Times: Impact: The Mikado

10:10am Thursday 20th March 2014

Nicola Lisle speaks to Jeff Clarke, the director of Opera della Luna

Comedian Matt Richardson is hitting home

The Oxford Times: Comedian Matt Richardson is hitting home

9:34am Thursday 20th March 2014

He’s busy partying when he’s not on tour, but Didcot’s very own stand-up star Matt Richardson can still tickle Katherine MacAlister

Fast love - Theatre Guild's 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

The Oxford Times: Fast love - Theatre Guild's 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

11:14am Thursday 13th March 2014

Giles Woodforde discovers from a Theatre Guild rehearsal how demanding a part is Streetcar’s Southern belle Blanche

Moving target - interview with Mark Baldwin of Rambert Dance Company

The Oxford Times: Skimpy: L'apres-midi d'un Faune

10:38am Thursday 13th March 2014

David Bellan talks to Fiji-born director Mark Baldwin as Rambert Dance Company prepares for a rare visit to Oxford

Power of ten - interview with dance director Bawren Tavaziva

The Oxford Times: Moving: Tavaziva Ten

10:08am Thursday 6th March 2014

Dancin’ Oxford features the acclaimed Tavaziva dance company this year. Their director Bawren Tavaziva spoke to David Bellan

Actor and writer Maxine Peake takes it to the max

The Oxford Times: Maxine Peake

11:00am Thursday 27th February 2014

Katherine MacAlister speaks to actor/ writer Maxine Peake about Beryl Burton

Ghost the Musical - Special effects are dramatic

The Oxford Times: Cutting edge: It's all happening in Ghost

10:34am Thursday 20th February 2014

Giles Woodforde previews the stage version of a hit movie using the latest in digital technology

Staying one step ahead - interivew with Dancin' Oxford organiser Claire Thompson

The Oxford Times: Staying one step ahead - interivew with Dancin' Oxford organiser Claire Thompson

10:27am Thursday 20th February 2014

David Bellan talks to Claire Thompson, organiser of Dancin’ Oxford, which is promising dance activity all around the city

Rant against the machine - interview with comedian Jo Caulfield

The Oxford Times: Rant against the machine - interview with comedian Jo Caulfield

10:27am Thursday 6th February 2014

Katherine MacAlister talks to ‘angry’ comedian Jo Caulfield

Arrivals & Departures/Time of My Life @ Oxford Playhouse

The Oxford Times: The Distraction Operation in Arrivals & Departures

10:16am Thursday 6th February 2014

Christopher Gray finds Alan Ayckbourn in darkly comic mood

Balletboyz: The Talent - In good company

The Oxford Times: Balletboyz: The Talent - In good company

10:08am Thursday 30th January 2014

BalletBoyz: The Talent is coming. David Bellan talks to co-founder William Trevitt

Playing the game - interview with Alan Ayckbourn

The Oxford Times: Alan Ayckbourn

9:29am Thursday 30th January 2014

Alan Ayckbourn returns to Oxford with a triple bill of plays and a public appearance. Katherine MacAlister asks him about infectious youth, breaking the rules and his prolific output

The only way is UPP (Ultimate Picture Palace) cinema club

The Oxford Times: Kristin Scott Thomas in The English Patient

11:05am Thursday 23rd January 2014

Frankie Goodway raises the curtain on a club for Oxford Times readers to indulge in gold-standard films

Burns Night served up with poetry and music

The Oxford Times: Recital: Some of the Live Canon actors in action

10:54am Thursday 23rd January 2014

Katherine MacAlister on a Playhouse Plays Out production with a difference this weekend

Wrong way up - interview with playwright and actor Henry Lewis

The Oxford Times: Pattern: Henry Lewis

10:12am Thursday 23rd January 2014

Katherine MacAlister speaks to Henry Lewis — the surprisingly young and astoundingly successful playwright and actor

Tis Shakespeare as you know it not - Twelfth Night @ Oxford Playhouse

The Oxford Times: Multi-taskers: Oliver Dimsdale and Poppy Miller in Filter Theatre Company’s production

10:11am Thursday 16th January 2014

Christopher Gray on the musically zany version of Twelfth Night coming to Oxford

War story taking no prisoners - interview with playwright Nick Gill

The Oxford Times: Home turf: Nick Gill

11:09am Thursday 9th January 2014

Angie Johnson finds playwright Nick Gill ‘feels lucky’ ahead of his masterful depiction of dark themes

Such great theatre to look forward to

The Oxford Times: Ghost at the New Theatre, Oxford

10:07am Thursday 2nd January 2014

Katherine MacAlister eyes some of the best shows heading this way

The Only Way Is Downton's Luke Kempner - service with a smile

The Oxford Times: Luke Kempner

1:48pm Thursday 19th December 2013

Upstairs and downstairs roles are all in a day’s work for Luke Kempner, as he tells Katherine MacAlister ahead of The Only Way Is Downton

Interview with Mark Dawson of new comedy 'I'm An Aristocrat, Get Me Out of Here!'

The Oxford Times: A swashbuckling story: Jonathan Peck, Lauren Silver and Mark Dawson

3:24pm Thursday 5th December 2013

Scarlet Pimpernel with a new slant: As the Gonzo Moose theatre company brings its latest comedy to the Pegasus, Nicola Lisle talks to co-writer and actor Mark Dawson

Quality Street: Interview with Miracle on 34th Street star Poppy Carter

The Oxford Times: Poppy Carter in Miracle on 34th Street

1:58pm Thursday 5th December 2013

Katherine MacAlister speaks to Poppy Carter, star of Miracle on 34th Street, coming to the New Theatre

Peter Duncan launches Robin Hood in Oxford

The Oxford Times: Peter Duncan

1:35pm Friday 29th November 2013

Peter Duncan, Oxford Playhouse director, tells Gill Sutherland about the daring, dangerous Robin Hood launching this weekend

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is Oxford's 'mane' event this year

The Oxford Times: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe  is Oxford's 'mane' event this year

1:25pm Friday 29th November 2013

Giles Woodforde talks to the director of Creation’s Christmas show The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Radio comedian Jeremy Hardy enjoys chance to see the audience

The Oxford Times: Funny man: Jeremy Hardy

12:09pm Friday 29th November 2013

Katherine MacAlister talks to a man better known for his voice

Alison Steadman knows the spirit of Christmas

The Oxford Times: Festive: Alison Steadman

12:05pm Friday 29th November 2013

Alison Steadman has a wealth of starring roles and her latest is Spirit of Christmas, as she tells Katherine MacAlister

The Lights fantastic: Christmas Light Festival and more this weekend

The Oxford Times: The Lights fantastic: Christmas Light Festival and more this weekend

1:53pm Thursday 21st November 2013

Liz Nicholls heralds a weekend of festive merriment which kicks off a bigger, better Christmas Light Festival

For Art's Sake: restoration at the Ultimate Picture Palace

The Oxford Times: Becky Hallsmith

1:31pm Thursday 21st November 2013

Becky Hallsmith reviews the restoration work at the Ultimate Picture Palace which is now entering the home stretch

Sean Lock returns to stand-up

The Oxford Times: Sean Lock is back on tour!

1:11pm Thursday 21st November 2013

Comedian Sean Lock is returning to stand-up. He shares his glee with Katherine MacAlister

Jack and the Giant - a giant step for pantokind in Chipping Norton

The Oxford Times: Rowan Talbot as the Giant, Rachel Dawson as Jack,  and JJ Henry as Dame Trott

12:19pm Friday 15th November 2013

Giles Woodforde drops in on rehearsals for this year’s Chipping Norton pantomime

Simon Schama brings The Story of The Jews to Oxford

The Oxford Times: Simon Schama

10:29am Friday 15th November 2013

Simon Schama is still engaged in the intensely personal task of The Story of the Jews. Katherine MacAlister speaks to the star historian

Stand-up Josie Long tours to the Phoenix cinema

The Oxford Times: Josie Long

5:00pm Thursday 7th November 2013

Comedian Josie Long has been making us giggle for as long as she can remember, and with six stand-up comedy tours under her belt knows how to make a crowd howl with laughter.

Microbe hunter Ian Lipkin heads for Oxford Playhouse

The Oxford Times: ian Lipkin

5:00pm Thursday 7th November 2013

Getting hold of Ian Lipkin is understandably difficult, with the time difference in the US, his ferocious timetable, and a PA with the temperament of a rottweiler, to contend with. “He hasn’t had much sleep,” she keeps telling me when I try to find a slot in his ridiculously busy schedule.

Oxford Operatic Society brings Sweeney Todd to the Playhouse

The Oxford Times: Oxford Operatic Socity brings Sweeny Todd to the Playhouse

3:00pm Thursday 7th November 2013

Sweeney Todd, Demon Barber of Fleet Street, returns to London as a convict from Australia, bent on revenge against those who separated him from his wife and child.

Will Young on his starring role in Cabaret at the New Theatre next week

The Oxford Times: Will Young on his starring role in Cabaret at the New Theatre next week

4:15pm Friday 1st November 2013

The gentleman of pop, Will Young, has bridged that hazardous move between the worlds of music and theatre with alacrity. Not content with selling millions of records, he did it the hard way, by proving he could act his way out of a paper bag, and winning an Olivier award in the process. “What drew me to theatre was the different way of storytelling and the different methods of playing a character. Because pop is who you are, while theatre means you can act in character,” he says diplomatically.

Comic Alexander Armstrong is in fine voice

The Oxford Times: Alexander Armstrong

9:20am Thursday 31st October 2013

Katherine MacAlister chats to the actor and TV presenter who is now lead vocalist

Sexy high kicks on the high seas as Le Corsaire comes to Oxford

The Oxford Times: Sexy high kicks on the high seas as Le Corsaire comes to Oxford

4:28pm Sunday 27th October 2013

English National Ballet is set to be the first British company to stage Le Corsaire. David Bellan talks to Anna-Marie Holmes

Ruby Wax: the wax and wane of sanity

The Oxford Times: Back: Ruby Wax

5:24pm Friday 25th October 2013

She may have left stand-up comedy to fight her demons, but Ruby Wax is happier. Katherine MacAlister asks about highs, lows and mindfulness

Preview of Oxford Theatre Guild's Measure for Measure

The Oxford Times: Alistair Nunn as The Duke, Jessica Reilly as Isabella and Craig Finlay as Angelo                      Picture: Cate Field

4:00pm Thursday 17th October 2013

One recent RSC production of Measure for Measure set the play in a Viennese bondage club, complete with half-naked men straining at neck braces and ankle chains. In her new production for Oxford Theatre Guild, director Cate Field goes to the opposite extreme — she has set Shakespeare’s enigmatic, dark comedy of power, repression, and sexuality in 21st-century, small town America.

Dame Jacqueline Wilson heads to Oxford Playhouse

The Oxford Times: Dame Jacqueline Wilson heads to Oxford Playhouse

12:38pm Wednesday 9th October 2013

T here are many ways to describe Jacqueline Wilson but as usual her own words work best: “I’m a 10-year-old girl disguised as a grey-haired old lady, so you could say I’m locked in childhood.”

Actor Sam West steps into Look, Stranger at Oxford Playhouse

The Oxford Times: Sam West

12:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013

Samuel West has seen his already prolific career take off recently. Yet, in true English style, he is characteristically reticent about owning it. In fact, he tells me an anecdote about Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino filming together to emphasise his point. “Pacino says ‘Are you thinking what I’m thinking? That you’ll never work again?’ And I totally believe that story because actors are needy people.”

Preview of Flintlock Theatre's The Government Inspector

The Oxford Times: Preview of Flintlock Theatre's The Government Inspector

2:27pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013

‘I do accept the occasional bribe,” the local judge admits casually, “Just small gifts — a fur coat for my wife for instance.” Meanwhile, a warning that an inspector is coming throws the mayor into a right tizz, and he rushes around trying to get the town’s affairs in order: “Get the hospital straight!” he cries in panic-stricken tones. “Get rid of half the patients.”

On the horizon

The Oxford Times: The Government Inspector

5:15pm Thursday 19th September 2013

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