What’s on in Oxfordshire this September

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whats on in oxfordshire this september 2024

September in Oxfordshire has a variety of cultural, musical, and theatrical events. From the high-energy tribute performance of Totally Blondie at The Kenton Theatre, to the captivating tales of adventure with Simon Parker at The Theatre Chipping Norton, and the comedic genius of Mo Gilligan at the New Theatre Oxford, there’s something to entertain and inspire every taste.

The month also promises a thrilling dive into musical theatre with the iconic “Grease,” a journey through the extraordinary life of Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and a nostalgic trip with the music of Victoria Wood.

Whether you’re in the mood for laughter, music, adventure, or the intrigue of a musical murder mystery, Oxfordshire is the place to be this September, showcasing the breadth and diversity of its cultural offerings.

A small selection of what’s on in Oxfordshire this September 2024

Simon Parker: A Ride Across America

Thursday 05 September 2024
The Theatre Chipping Norton, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Check out Simon Parker - A Ride Across America at The Theatre Chipping Norton
Simon Parker: A Ride Across America – The Theatre Chipping Norton

Join the intrepid Simon Parker on Thursday, 5th September 2024, at The Theatre Chipping Norton, for an evening that promises to be as enlightening as it is exhilarating.

“A Ride Across America” is not just a talk; it’s an adventure that unfolds through a multimedia presentation, combining tall tales, captivating short films, detailed maps, vivid photographs, immersive audio clips, and engaging book readings. As America edges closer to the 2024 Presidential Election, Parker offers a unique lens through which to view the vast tapestry of the United States, guided by the rhythm of his bicycle pedals across 4,327 miles of American terrain.

Simon Parker, an award-winning travel writer, public speaker, and filmmaker, embarked on this monumental journey through 11 states to delve deep into the heart of America, its diverse populace, the pulsing veins of its politics, and the pressing issues it faces.

This event not showcases the stories and insights gathered from hundreds of encounters along the way and also provides an intimate glimpse into the soul of America, as perceived from the saddle of a bike.

Following the presentation, the audience will have the opportunity to engage directly with Parker during a Q&A session, and even get their hands on a copy of his second book, “A Ride Across America,” making it an unmissable event for anyone fascinated by the complexities and contrasts of the United States.

Old Time Sailors

Friday 06 September 2024
O2 Academy Oxford,190 Cowley Road, Oxford

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  The 02 Academy Oxford is the venue to see the Old Time Sailors
Old Time SailorsThe O2 Academy Oxford

Set sail for a musical voyage like no other with the ‘Old Time Sailors’ on Thursday, 29 February 2024, at the O2 Academy Oxford.

This event promises to whisk you away to the 19th century, where the spirit of the sea comes alive through the power of song and dance. With their vast crew of musicians wielding traditional and eclectic instruments, attendees will find themselves enveloped in the authentic sounds of folk and shanty songs that narrated the life and adventures of sailors from centuries past.

This unforgettable night promises to be a blend of historical homage and exhilarating entertainment, inviting everyone to stomp their feet, dance, and sing along to the rhythm of the waves.

Totally Blondie

Friday 06 September 2024
The Kenton Theatre, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BS

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Totally Blondie perform at The Kenton Theatre in Henley on Thames
Totally Blondie – The Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames

On Friday, 06 September 2024, The Kenton Theatre in Henley-on-Thames is set to host an electrifying evening with Totally Blondie, one of the UK’s most highly acclaimed professional tribute bands.

This ensemble of exceptional musicians, led by a charismatic Debbie Harry lookalike whose presence and performance style closely mirror the iconic Blondie frontwoman, promises a powerful homage to one of the most influential bands of the Seventies. Each member of Totally Blondie brings a wealth of experience to the stage, having collaborated with an impressive roster of international stars across various genres, from Katrina and The Waves to John Legend and Ronan Keating. Their setlist spans the entirety of Blondie’s storied career, from their ground-breaking debut album to their latest releases, ensuring that fans old and new will be treated to a comprehensive celebration of the band’s hits and hidden gems.

Totally Blondie’s dedication to authenticity, from their sound to their stage presence, makes for a compelling and dynamic live music experience. Attendees can expect a passionate and high-energy performance that captures the essence of Blondie’s enduring appeal.

An Evening Without Kate Bush

Thursday 12 September 2024
Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  An evening without Kate Bush
An Evening Without Kate Bush – Oxford Playhouse

Sarah-Louise Young, alongside co-creator Russell Lucas, brings to life a show that’s as much a tribute as it is a theatrical masterpiece, inviting fans old and new to howl with the “Hounds of Love” and dance on the moors with “Wuthering Heights.”

This show emerges as a beacon for those touched by the Stranger Things phenomenon and long-time admirers alike, offering a splendid opportunity to release your inner Bush in an environment that celebrates the singer’s unparalleled influence on British music. With its roots in a sold-out, critically acclaimed premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe, followed by successful seasons in London, tours across the UK and Australia, the show has solidified its status as a must-see, bringing together an amalgamation of joy, unique flair, and a mind-blowing homage to the ethereal Kate Bush.

Critics and audiences have lauded “An Evening Without Kate Bush” for its spellbinding performances and innovative approach to tribute acts, with The Daily Telegraph and The Stage offering high praise for its creativity and impact. Sarah-Louise Young’s ability to channel the spirit and artistry of Kate Bush, combined with Russell Lucas’s visionary direction, creates a space where music and mythology intertwine, offering an immersive experience that transcends the conventional tribute show.

Mo Gilligan

Thursday 12 September 2024
New Theatre Oxford, 24-26 George St, Oxford, OX1 2AG

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Mo Gilligan appearing at the New Theatre Oxford
Mo Gilligan – New Theatre Oxford

Mo Gilligan, the triple BAFTA-winning stand-up comedy sensation, is set to electrify audiences once again with his latest World Tour, “In the Moment,” making a much-anticipated stop at the New Theatre Oxford.

Riding high on a wave of success from hosting The BRIT Awards for the second time, Gilligan has firmly established himself as one of the UK’s leading comedy talents. With a resume that boasts two sold-out national tours, including a landmark performance at London’s O2 Arena, three Stand Up Specials, and a host of hit TV appearances on shows like “The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan” (C4), “That’s My Jam” (BBC One), and “The Masked Singer” (ITV1), Mo’s comedic prowess has been recognised and celebrated across the board. Dubbed “The Funniest Man in Britain” by The Times, his journey from the viral “Coupla Cans” stand-up tour to global Netflix specials showcases a meteoric rise that has captivated audiences worldwide.

Gilligan’s unique blend of humour and charismatic stage presence earned him critical acclaim and a dedicated fan base, evidenced by his previous “There’s Mo to Life” tour, which included an unprecedented 10 dates at the Hammersmith Apollo and a historic performance at the O2 Arena. His work on “The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan” further solidified his status in the entertainment world, earning him two BAFTAs for Best Entertainment Performance and Best Comedy Entertainment Programme.

As a judge on “The Masked Singer” and the host of the UK version of Jimmy Fallon’s “That’s My Jam,” Mo continues to showcase his versatility and appeal. This upcoming tour promises to be a culmination of Gilligan’s remarkable journey in comedy, offering an intimate yet expansive look at his ability to connect with audiences “In the Moment.”

Looking For Me Friend: The Music of Victoria Wood

Thursday 12 September 2024
The Kenton Theatre, 19 New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BS

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Looking For Me Friend: The Music of Victoria Wood at The Kenton Theatre
Looking For Me Friend: The Music of Victoria Wood – The Kenton Theatre, Henley on Thames

“Looking For Me Friend: The Music of Victoria Wood,” promises a delightful evening dedicated to celebrating the genius of the beloved British comedian and songwriter, Victoria Wood.

Starring Paulus, known as The Cabaret Geek from BBC1’s ‘All Together Now,’ and accompanied by the talented Michael Roulston of Fascinating Aïda fame on piano, the show is a heartfelt tribute filled with Wood’s most cherished songs. It’s an invitation not only for die-hard fans but also for newcomers to discover the magic of Victoria’s wordplay and musical talent.

The acclaim for “Looking For Me Friend” speaks volumes, with the Daily Mail hailing it as “the most feel-good show in town” and notable endorsements that include Victoria Wood’s colleagues and friends, emphasising the show’s authenticity and emotional resonance. Sue Devaney, a star of Wood’s ‘dinnerladies,’ remarked, “Vic would have loved this,” highlighting the show’s success in capturing the essence of Wood’s humour and humanity. Additionally, the praise from Fascinating Aïda and the recognition of its “poignancy and heart” by The Scotsman underline the show’s ability to connect with audiences on a deeply personal level.

This tribute evening offers a communal experience that celebrates the enduring legacy of Victoria Wood’s extraordinary talent in bringing laughter and joy through her masterful storytelling and musical prowess.

Alfie Moore: A Face For Radio

Friday 13 September 2024
Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024 - Alfie Moore: A Face For Radio
Alfie Moore: A Face For RadioOxford Playhouse

On Friday, 13th September, the Oxford Playhouse welcomes the unique comedic talents of Alfie Moore with his latest show, “A Face For Radio.”

Drawing from a life that could have taken a very different path, Moore shares a hilarious and somewhat poignant reflection on the twists of fate that led him from the potential of a stage school prodigy to the hardy realities of working in Sheffield’s steelworks, followed by an eventful career with Humberside Police. This parallel universe narrative not only sets the stage for an evening filled with laughter but also offers a glimpse into the life choices and circumstances that shape us.

Moore’s transition from dealing with the grit and grind of policing to becoming a beloved BBC radio personality and his flirtations with television fame, provides the perfect backdrop for a show that combines storytelling, humour, and a touch of introspection.

Alfie Moore’s “A Face For Radio” is a stand-up comedy show and an exploration of life’s unpredictability, the dreams we follow, and the realities we encounter. With over thirty years of experiences that range from the industrial heartlands of Sheffield to the frontline of policing (where, as Moore jokes, he was “punched in the face quite a lot”), audiences can expect a journey through the life of a man whose face may be better suited for radio but whose stories demand the spotlight.

This show promises an evening of laughter and a heart-warming acknowledgment of the resilience and unexpected turns in the road to success. Whether you’re a fan of Moore’s radio work, intrigued by his policing background, or simply in search of a genuinely entertaining night out, “A Face For Radio” at the Oxford Playhouse is set to deliver on all fronts.

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials

Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 September 2024
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1UL

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials
Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials

From Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd September 2024, the prestigious grounds of Blenheim Palace will once again play host to the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.

Under new management by a team renowned for orchestrating some of the most beloved countryside events, this year’s trials are set to elevate the equestrian experience to new heights. As a cornerstone event in the international equestrian calendar, the trials will attract competitors from across the globe, all vying for supremacy in one of the sport’s most esteemed venues.

Beyond the competition, the event promises a plethora of activities suitable for families and individuals alike, offering an immersive experience that blends top-tier equestrian sport with the charm and beauty of the Oxfordshire countryside.

Attendees can expect to find an extensive selection of shopping opportunities, from equestrian gear to lifestyle and country fashion, alongside thrilling arena attractions that showcase the skill and agility of both horse and rider. For families, the trials provide a wealth of children’s entertainment, making it not just an event for equestrian aficionados but a great family day out.

A Fistful of Mondays – By Joe Graham

Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 September 2024
Witney Corn Exchange, Market Square, Witney OX28 6AB

“A Fistful of Mondays,” penned by the talented Joe Graham, is set to grace the stage of the Witney Corn Exchange from Tuesday 24th to Saturday 28th September 2024, promising audiences a delightful blend of humour, romance, and line dancing.

The story unfolds in the quaint setting of Walbersley Sports and Social Club, where Tom, a karaoke enthusiast, and Barry, the bar manager, find their monotonous lives invigorated by the arrival of The Monday Night All Star Line-dancing Club. This energetic group not only brings a new lease of life to the club but also leads Tom into an unexpected romance with Annie, the dance teacher. As Tom navigates his newfound love, he must also confront his past insecurities, while the line dancing club faces its own set of challenges, including a betrayal that threatens to divide them.

This latest revival of “A Fistful of Mondays” seeks to recapture the magic and enthusiasm of its original production in 2009 and its subsequent successful UK tour in 2011, which featured notable names such as Shaun Williamson and members of the pop group Steps. The show, renowned for its engaging narrative, classic country tunes, and dynamic line dance sequences, offers a unique theatrical experience that combines the best elements of a romantic comedy with the spirited world of line dancing.

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Grease

Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 September 2024
New Theatre Oxford, 24-26 George St, Oxford, OX1 2A

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Grease the Musical at the New Theatre Oxford.
GreaseNew Theatre Oxford

The timeless allure of “Grease” is set to captivate audiences yet again at the New Theatre Oxford, promising a nostalgic journey back to the high-spirited days of Rydell High.

This iconic musical, which has charmed generations with its enchanting tale of romance, rebellion, and rock ‘n’ roll, tells the story of Danny, the quintessential bad boy greaser, and Sandy, the quintessence of the girl-next-door, as they navigate the complexities of love and identity. Their unexpected reunion at Rydell High after a summer of romance sets the stage for a tumultuous senior year. As they grapple with the expectations and social dynamics of teenage life, the question looms: can their love endure the pressures of high school society?

This exhilarating new production of “Grease” is infused with a fresh vibrancy, thanks to a young and dynamic cast whose energy and passion breathe new life into the classic score. Audiences can look forward to singing along to beloved hits like “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” and “You’re the One That I Want,” each performed with a modern twist that respects the original’s spirit while appealing to contemporary sensibilities.

Under the direction of Curve’s Artistic Director, Nikolai Foster, this revival promises to reignite the passion of long-time fans and introduce the magic of “Grease” to a new generation. Whether you’re a T-Bird, a Pink Lady, or simply a lover of high-energy musicals, this production is a must-see that proves why “Grease” remains an enduring favourite in the world of musical theatre.

Murder For Two

Thursday 26 September to Saturday 05 October 2024
The Theatre Chipping Norton, 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton OX7 5NL

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Murder For Two at The Theatre Chipping Norton
Murder for Two – The Theatre Chipping Norton

“Murder for Two,” a wildly inventive musical murder mystery, is set to bring a whirlwind of laughter and intrigue to The Theatre Chipping Norton.

Crafted by the ingenious minds of Kellen Blair and Joe Kinosian, this production is a masterful blend of comedy, mystery, and music, uniquely presented with just two actors. One takes on the role of the investigating officer with aspirations of detective glory, while the other embodies an entire line-up of eccentric suspects, all with the added twist of both performers dazzling on the piano. As the plot unfolds around the mysterious death of a celebrated novelist during his birthday bash, the audience is drawn into a hilarious, high-energy chase for clues, with every character more suspiciously entertaining than the last.

With its dynamic duo delivering a tour de force of quick changes, rapid-fire wit, and impressive musical chops, “Murder for Two” guarantees an evening of uproarious entertainment. The shared piano becomes a central character in its own right, providing live accompaniment to the unfolding comedic chaos, enhancing both the suspense and the hilarity. As Officer Marcus races against time to crack the case before the real detectives arrive, the audience is kept on the edge of their seats, trying to piece together the puzzle amidst a barrage of laughs.

Matt Bragg Has Nothing Wrong With Him

Friday 27 September 2024
The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 5QE

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Matt Bragg Has Nothing Wrong With Him at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury
Matt Bragg Has Nothing Wrong With Him The Mill Arts Centre

Dive into an evening of laughter and sharp wit as Matt Bragg brings his debut show, “Matt Bragg Has Nothing Wrong With Him,” to The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury on Friday, 27 September 2024.

Celebrated for his unique blend of Jack Dee’s deadpan humour and Frank Skinner’s comedic brilliance, all delivered with the flair of a Mod, Matt is set to showcase the best of his material honed over seven years on the comedy circuit. Having graced stages across Europe, from intimate basements to grand arenas, and opening for comedy giants such as Ricky Gervais, John Bishop, Suzi Ruffell, and Jason Manford, Matt Bragg’s tour is a culmination of experience, timing, and the kind of observational comedy that has earned high praise from peers and critics alike, including Ricky Gervais who lauds his “classic observational comedy, delivered with effortless style.”

As audiences at The Mill Arts Centre prepare for an unforgettable night, they can anticipate a show that combines eloquent narratives with a keen eye for the quirks of everyday life, all presented in Bragg’s signature style that has been described as “brilliantly funny” by Suzi Ruffell and praised for its exemplary stand-up by Tom Rosenthal.

Whether you’re a long-time fan of stand-up comedy or simply in search of a night filled with good humour and great stories, “Matt Bragg Has Nothing Wrong With Him” promises a performance showcases the best of Matt Bragg’s comedic journey and solidifies his place as one of the most engaging voices on the comedy scene today.

Lionel: The Music of Lionel Richie

Sunday 29 September 2024
The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park Road, Banbury, OX16 5QE

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Lionel: The Music of Lionel Richie at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury.
Lionel: The Music of Lionel Richie – The Mill Arts Centre

Get ready to dance “All Night Long” at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury, as the electrifying tribute show “Lionel: The Music of Lionel Richie” takes the stage on Sunday, 29 September 2024.

Celebrated performer Malcolm Pitt, known for his captivating appearances alongside Lionel Richie on prestigious platforms like ITV’s ‘Sunday Night At The Palladium’ and the ‘Graham Norton Show’ on BBC, channels the soul and charisma of the music legend in a performance that promises to be both powerhouse and breath-taking. Audiences can expect to be swept away by renditions of Richie’s timeless hits, including ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’, ‘Hello’, and ‘Three Times A Lady’, among others, in a show that has garnered five-star accolades for its dynamism and authenticity.

The show pays homage to Lionel Richie’s illustrious career and also celebrates the enduring legacy of the Commodores, bringing to life their classic tunes with an extraordinary level of energy and soul.

The production boasts a stellar ensemble of world-class musicians, led by musical director Jonny Miller of Talon fame, ensuring that each performance is of the highest musical calibre. Whether you’re a lifelong fan of Lionel Richie and the Commodores or simply in love with the rich history of soul and pop music, “Lionel: The Music of Lionel Richie” at The Mill Arts Centre is an event that promises to deliver an unforgettable evening of music.

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Mad, Bad and Dangerous

Sunday 29 September 2024
New Theatre Oxford, 24-26 George St, Oxford, OX1 2AG

What's on in Oxfordshire this September 2024.  Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Mad, Bad and Dangerous at the New Theatre Oxford.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Mad, Bad and Dangerous – New Theatre Oxford

Join the renowned Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE at the New Theatre Oxford, for “Mad, Bad and Dangerous,” an evening that promises to unveil the layers of the man dubbed ‘the world’s greatest living explorer.’

This unique event offers a rare glimpse into the life of a legend whose expeditions have pushed the boundaries of human endurance and exploration. Sir Ranulph’s incredible journey has seen him circumnavigate the globe from pole to pole, cross the Arctic and Antarctic by foot, summit Everest as the oldest Briton, and uncover the Lost City of Ubar.

His tales are not just of triumph but also of the trials and tribulations that came with his adventures, including battles with frostbite, near-death experiences, and overcoming a heart attack before an astonishing marathon challenge. This night is set to be an exploration of Sir Ranulph’s extraordinary achievements, the personal costs of such endeavours, and the unyielding spirit that propelled him forward.

Beyond the record-breaking feats and the physical extremes, Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ presentation will delve into the personal aspects of his life, including his upbringing, military service, and the inspiration drawn from his personal heroes.

The audience will be treated to a side of Sir Ranulph rarely seen: the motivations behind his daring exploits and the lessons learned from a lifetime of adventure. Accompanied by captivating visuals and intimate home footage, Sir Ranulph will share stories of mischief, courage, and determination that have defined his career.

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Whether you’re in town for a festival, exploring ancient colleges, or soaking up the rural beauty, our array of hotels, B&Bs, self-catering properties, and glamping sites ensures a memorable and comfortable stay in Oxfordshire.

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