What’s on in Oxfordshire this April

Oxford City & Oxfordshire | Magazine 

what's on in oxfordshire this April

Oxfordshire is set to come alive in April with a diverse array of events that promise to delight residents and visitors alike. From captivating musical performances and theatrical productions to thought-provoking literary festivals and tributes to music legends, the county is brimming with cultural experiences to suit every taste. Whether you’re an avid fan of classic rock, a lover of the arts, or a bookworm eager to engage with renowned authors, there’s something special happening throughout Oxfordshire this April. Below is just a small selection:

Me and My Girl – Musical Youth Company of Oxford

Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th April 2024
Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford

The Musical Youth Company of Oxford presents ‘Me and My Girl’ at the Oxford Playhouse from Wednesday, 3rd April to Saturday, 6th 2024. This musical masterpiece, with a book by L. Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber and music by Noel Gay, serves up a hearty dose of comedic chaos and heart-warming moments. The plot revolves around the Hareford family’s quest to find the rightful heir to their title, leading them to Bill, a fun-loving cockney from Lambeth. Bill’s journey to become a proper aristocrat, all while trying to stay connected to his beloved Sally, promises side-splitting hilarity and unforgettable musical numbers like ‘Me and My Girl,’ ‘The Sun Has Got His Hat On,’ ‘Lambeth Walk,’ and ‘Leaning On A Lamp Post.’

Originally making waves in London in 1937, ‘Me and My Girl’ experienced a triumphant revival in the 1980s, thanks to a revised book by the brilliant Stephen Fry, earning it three Tony Awards. Now, Musical Youth Company of Oxford brings their unique and fresh interpretation of this timeless classic to the Playhouse stage. Known for their exceptional talent and boundless energy, MYCO promises to infuse new life into this beloved musical. Brace yourself for a night filled with smiles, laughter, and toe-tapping tunes as MYCO invites you to experience the magic of ‘Me and My Girl’ like never before.

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The Bootleg Beatles

Friday 5th April 2024
New Theatre Oxford, 24-26 George St, Oxford

Prepare to be transported back in time to the swinging sixties as the legendary Bootleg Beatles take the stage at the New Theatre Oxford. While it may not be the original Beatles, you won’t believe your eyes and ears as this world-renowned tribute band recreates the magic and energy of the Fab Four. From the early days of ‘Love Me Do’ to the iconic ‘Let It Be,’ this musical journey promises to be a great night out.

From the mop tops to the Chelsea boots, Sgt. Pepper’s tunics to Chesterfield suits, every iconic element of the Beatles’ look and sound is meticulously recreated. The Bootleg Beatles leave no note unturned, and no quip unspoken in their quest to embody the spirit of the original band. With the added magic of an orchestral ensemble and a special set to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the ‘Please Please Me’ LP, this multimedia extravaganza is a must-see for Beatles fans of all generations. It may not be the Beatles, but you’ll simply have to see it to believe it.

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Choogh Choogh

Thursday 11th April 2024
Chipping Norton Theatre, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL

Journey through the vibrant landscapes of India, as Choogh Choogh arrives at the Chipping Norton Theatre. This unique performance work is a celebration of the sheer joy of traveling by train through this diverse and colourful country. Choogh Choogh seamlessly blends the grace of classical Indian dance with contemporary movement, theatre, and the art of playful storytelling to create an immersive experience like no other.

As the performance unfolds, the audience becomes part of the adventure with their very own ‘Choogh Choogh’ ticket. Through a delightful interplay of three scarves, three talented artists transport spectators from one scene to the next, mirroring the changing landscapes and vibrant culture outside the train window. The soundscape envelops the senses, filled with the rhythmic sounds of the train, the calls of hawkers, the music of festivals, and the ambient sounds of India’s rivers, jungles, and bustling cities.

Special songs, like ‘Chai Chai,’ ‘Coffee Coffee,’ and ‘Kites Kites Everywhere,’ written for children, add to the enchantment. The artists’ interactions with the audience ignite their imagination as scarves become steam, train tracks, turbans, train windows, and even camels and elephants. In this journey, passengers experience not only the world inside the train but also the vibrant world that exists outside it. As tickets are checked, imaginary food is shared, and the train ‘chooghs chooghs on,’ Choogh Choogh invites everyone to explore the limitless boundaries of what we can see and imagine together.

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West End Magic

Friday 12th April 2024
The Corn Exchange Witney, Market Square, Witney OX28 6AB

West End Magic is renowned as London’s longest-running theatre magic show, and it’s now on tour, bringing its magic to venues across the country. This magical extravaganza features a line-up of incredible magic and variety acts from all corners of the UK.

Among them is the multi-award-winning magician Oliver Tabor, who will dazzle you with his extraordinary illusions that challenge the very boundaries of reality. Get ready to question whether reality can truly be bent and manipulated as you witness this master magician’s mind-bending feats.

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Adele Tribute (Hometown Glory)

Saturday 13th April 2024
Kenton Theatre, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2BS

Natalie Black takes the stage at the Kenton Theatre in Henley-on-Thames on Saturday, April 13, 2024, to pay homage to one of the world’s most beloved artists – Adele. Natalie Black’s “Hometown Glory” tribute to Adele is nothing short of extraordinary. With a career spanning over a decade, she has garnered worldwide acclaim for her stunningly accurate portrayal of the soulful British sensation. From weddings to cruise ships, television appearances, and even a role in the 2020 film ‘Greed,’ alongside Steve Coogan, Natalie has been wowing audiences across the globe.

Natalie’s performance is a must-see for any Adele fan. Her unparalleled vocal prowess and striking resemblance to the Grammy-winning artist promise a night of pure magic. Natalie will treat the audience to a repertoire of Adele’s greatest hits, including classics like ‘Set Fire to the Rain,’ ‘Make You Feel My Love,’ ‘Someone Like You,’ and ‘I Drink Wine.’ She takes immense pride in maintaining the highest standards, collaborating with top musicians, costume designers, arrangers, and tour organisers to ensure a pitch-perfect, top-quality show. Don’t miss out on this exceptional performance!

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Spiers & Boden

Saturday 13th April 2024
The Mill Arts Centre Spiceball Park Road, Banbury , OX16 5QE

An evening of traditional folk music is coming to The Mills Art Centre as Spiers & Boden take the stage on 13th April. Hailed by The Guardian as ‘the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene,’ Spiers & Boden burst onto the music scene in 2001, quickly amassing critical acclaim and a collection of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their journey led them to form and lead the immensely successful folk big band Bellowhead, which not only sold out The Royal Albert Hall multiple times but also left its indelible mark on popular culture, providing the iconic theme tune for Radio 4’s ‘The Archers’ and contributing to the soundtrack of BBC 1’s ‘Beyond Paradise.’

After a seven-year hiatus, this beloved duo made a triumphant return in 2021, treating fans to a brand-new album titled ‘Fallow Ground.’ The album soared to number 3 on the Official Folk Albums Chart in September 2021 and earned a spot in Mojo magazine’s top 10 folk albums of the year. As described by The Observer, ‘It’s all exquisitely played – the pair are still the dons.’ Don’t miss the chance to see this exceptional musical journey brought to life by two of the genre’s most celebrated artists.

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ZZ Toppd – ZZ Top Tribute Show

Saturday 20th April 2024
Fat Lils, 64 Corn Street, Witney, OX28 6BS

Get ready to rock with ZZ Toppd, the UK’s premier tribute to the legendary Texas music icons ZZ Top. Established in 2020, this electrifying two-hour show is as close to the real deal as you can get. With authentic stage props, costume changes, and spinning guitars, ZZ Toppd delivers a high-octane performance.

Expect to groove to all the classic songs from the ZZ Top catalogue, and with 2023 marking the 40th anniversary of the band’s iconic ‘Eliminator’ album, you might just be in for a surprise or two. Whether you’re a die-hard ZZ Top fan or simply looking for a night of rock ‘n’ roll fun, ZZ Toppd will have you tapping your feet and banging your head.

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Music at Oxford and 12 Ensemble; Recomposed by Max Richter

Monday 22nd April 2024
Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AZ

This event promises to be truly unique, as one of the UK’s most innovative and fearless classical ensembles collaborates to bring you an exceptional experience. At the heart of this musical journey is Max Richter’s ground-breaking composition, ‘Recomposed,’ which reimagines Vivaldi’s timeless ‘Four Seasons’ in a way that captivates and transforms our familiarity with this classical masterpiece.

Richter’s ‘Recomposed’ has garnered global acclaim, allowing audiences to rediscover a well-known piece in an entirely fresh light. This rendition melds the Baroque era with Richter’s signature ‘post-minimalist’ style, resulting in a performance that is stripped back, evocative, and mesmerizing. Amidst the familiar strains of Vivaldi, you’ll encounter Richter’s innovative interpretations, breathing new life into this beloved work. In the hands of the 12 Ensemble, known for their audacious and avant-garde approach to classical music, this event promises to be a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Rock for Heroes

Friday 26th April 2024
Kenton Theatre, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 2BS

A night of electrifying rock anthems, incredible musicianship, sensational vocalists, and a whole lot of fun as “Rock for Heroes” takes centre stage at the Kenton Theatre. This show is a true ROCKTACULAR experience that will reignite your love for classic rock. With a talented 7-piece band at the helm, “Rock for Heroes” breathes new life into the iconic music of legendary bands like Guns ‘N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, and more. You’d be ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ if you miss it! It’s a show for the entire family and an absolute must-see for any rock enthusiast.

“Rock for Heroes” isn’t just about music; it’s a celebration of the Heroes of Rock. The evening promises to awaken your fond memories, keep you laughing till your sides hurt, and have you rocking the night away. Jump at the chance to secure your tickets today and be part of the BIGGEST rock celebration in town. Whether you’re reliving the classics or discovering them for the first time, “Rock for Heroes” guarantees an unforgettable night of rock ‘n’ roll bliss that will leave you singing along and tapping your feet to the timeless tunes of rock’s greatest heroes.

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Rory Bremner in Conversation with Graeme Garden

Friday 26th April 2024
The Chipping Norton Theatre, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL

Get ready for an evening of laughter, wit, and sharp political satire as Rory Bremner takes the stage for ‘Rory Bremner in Conversation with Graeme Garden’, at The Chipping Norton Theatre. Rory Bremner, one of the nation’s foremost impressionists and satirists, boasting four BAFTA wins, will lead the audience on a delightful journey of light-hearted conversation, comedy, and unapologetic political takedowns. With a repertoire that spans over 100 of the most notable (and notorious) personalities, this special fiftieth-anniversary fundraising event promises to be the perfect remedy for the unsettling times we find ourselves in. Rory’s unique talent for impersonating both beloved and controversial figures ensure a night filled with laughter and insightful commentary that’s not to be missed.

Adding to the star-studded line-up is none other than Graeme Garden, celebrated for his roles in iconic British comedies like ‘The Goodies’ and ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.’ Together, Rory and Graeme will create an unforgettable evening of humour and conversation that transcends the boundaries of comedy and politics.

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The Grand Oxford Wedding Fair

Sunday 28th April 2024
The Oxford Town Hall, Oxford

The Grand Oxford Wedding Fair, set to take place on Sunday, 28th April at the Oxford Town Hall, promises to be a splendid occasion for couples planning their dream wedding. This historic and stunning venue provides the perfect backdrop for this grand event, making it an excellent starting point for all your wedding preparations.

What sets this wedding fair apart is its impressive line-up of exhibitors from Oxford and beyond, offering a wide array of services and products to cater to every aspect of your special day. Whether you’re in search of a talented photographer, an exquisite wedding cake, or simply some valuable advice, you’ll find it all here. The fair even goes beyond the expected by featuring fashion shows on a signature catwalk, showcasing the latest bridal gowns, menswear, and bridesmaid dresses.

Furthermore, the experienced staff from Oxford Town Hall will be on hand to guide you through the venue’s various unique rooms and help you discuss and shape your wedding plans and ideas. Best of all, admission is free, and the fair runs from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, providing ample time for couples to gather inspiration and resources for their big day.

Jake Bugg

Monday 29th April 2024
02 Academy Oxford, 190 Cowley Road, Oxford

Jake Bugg, the acclaimed singer-songwriter, is hitting the road for his ‘Your Town Tour,’ and this time, he’s taking the stage in some of the UK’s smaller towns and venues. This tour is a special one, as it’s all about bringing live music back to the heart of communities. Audiences can look forward to a unique concert experience as Jake performs two sets per night, one acoustic and one electric. He’ll be belting out his biggest hits, including fan favourites like ‘Lightning Bolt’ and ‘Two Fingers,’ as well as treating fans to tracks from his latest album, ‘Saturday Night, Sunday Morning,’ which reached the Top 3 on the charts. Jake Bugg’s soulful voice, heartfelt lyrics, and remarkable talent on the guitar promise a night of musical magic that fans in Oxford won’t want to miss.”

The 02 Academy Oxford will be the place to be on Monday, 29th April, as Jake Bugg brings his extraordinary talent and authentic sound to the stage.

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