What’s on this weekend
FRI 17 - SUN 19 NOV
The Ladykillers, Salisbury Playhouse, to 18 Nov
When Mrs Wilberforce puts a sign in her newsagent’s window advertising ‘A Room to Let’ she’s delighted when the mysterious Professor Marcus proclaims it perfect for rehearsing his unorthodox string quintet. However, she soon discovers that she is not making tea for a motley band of musicians but harbouring a gang of hardened criminals and conmen planning the great King’s Cross Train Robbery! As his masterplan goes off the rails, and the bodies drop onto them, it begins to dawn on the Professor that, in Mrs Wilberforce (and General Gordon, her extraordinary featherless parrot), he may have finally met his match.
The Wipers Times, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, Mon 13 to Sat 18 Nov
An amazing, and true, story about a satirical newspaper created by two officers from a bombed-out building in Belgium during the First World War. Stationed in Ypres (pronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discovered a printing press and decided to put together a subversively funny newspaper to lift the spirits of the troops. A West End recruit penned by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, the pair will be at the theatre following the Tuesday evening performance for a Q&A session. everymantheatre.org.uk
NT Live: Follies, Salisbury Arts Centre, 16 Nov
New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production.
Living Crafts for Christmas, Blenheim Palace, 16 – 19 Nov
The first of the big crafty events that we’re about to bombarded with over the next 6 weeks. This one is more pleasurable than most – more than 150 British designer-makers showcasing their craft in the Churchill and Marlborough Pavilions in the Great Court. Millinery, ceramics, studio glass, leather work, sculpture, textile crafts, photography, toys and puzzles and all that jazz. If you’re looking for a good pub afterwards, head into Woodstock to The Woodstock Arms or The Crown, I’ve eaten in both and can totally recommend.
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxon, blenheimpalace.com
Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival, Fri 17 – Sun 19 Nov
Oooh, sparkly lights! This free festival will be taking over the city’s streets and open spaces for three days, with the newly opened Westgate Oxford (let us worship) as one of the main venues, along with Oxford Castle quarter, Gloucester Green and Broad Street. The Westgate will be hosting art installations, and will also form part of the route taken through the city as part of the popular lantern parade. Expect street artists, outdoor exhibitions, markets, music and dance throughout the weekend.
Peter and the Wolf, Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, Sat 18 Nov
Featuring animal antics of singing birds, waddling ducks, sneaky cats, and a rocking wolf this production features new music lovingly inspired by Prokofiev’s classic – including real musical vegetables (the mind boggles) plus puppetry and physical comedy for kids 4+.
The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park, Spiceball Park Rd, Banbury, themillartscentre.co.uk
The Roses’ Christmas Market, The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, Sat 18 Nov
Following its success last year, this second outing for the theatre’s Christmas market will see loads of lovely stalls selling gifts, local produce and affordable art which will help you nail your Christmas shopping. There’ll be food and drink too, as well as festive carol singing. rosestheatre.org
Angel Making Workshop, Marlborough, 18 Nov
Mandy Mander is back at Elements of Avebury with her wonderful Angel workshop. Learn how to make a gorgeous Angel. Using silver plated wire, Mandy will carefully show you how to make this amazing Angel, and then she will be yours to keep!
Hogwarts in the Snow, Harry Potter Studios, Sat 18 Nov – 4 Feb
Hogwarts in the Snow – as regular as Christmas! The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Trust me, your kids will love it.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, wbstudiotour.co.uk
As You Like It, Oxford Playhouse, Tue 14 – Sat 18 Nov
Shakespeare is for life, not just jaunty summer productions. Former Oxford Playhouse resident company Shared Experience bring Shakespeare’s much-loved romantic comedy to the theatre. It’s a modern setting for this production, just in case that sways you either way.
Oxford Playhouse, 11-12 Beaumont St, Oxford, oxfordplayhouse.com
Writing Comedy for Beginners, The Pheasant Inn, Salisbury, to 4 Dec
Finnish Rooftop Sauna, Queen Elizabeth Roof Terrace, South Bank, to Sat 30 Dec