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Pssst! Curtain is rising to reveal secret shows

Oxford Mail:

1:24pm Thursday 28th August 2014

They’ve been the talk of Edinburgh Festival and now they’re coming to Oxford. Intrigued, Katherine MacAlister tries to discover – without much luck – exactly what is going on

Lead role a dream come true for actor Alex Beaumont

Oxford Mail:

1:17pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Alex Beaumont tells Tim Hughes he has a point to prove after winning the top spot in a new musical

Filling mix of food, drink and fun on the menu

Oxford Mail:

2:16pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Celebrities, chocolate and champagne... Katherine MacAlister gets a taste of all the mouthwatering attractions at the Foodies Festival in Oxford this weekend

Shocking life story that blew literary world away

Oxford Mail:

1:37pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Unlikely author John Healy takes success in his stride after enduring an abusive childhood, homelessless, alcohol addiction and time in jail. Katherine MacAlister is impressed...

Charming tale of table football hits big time

Oxford Mail:

1:19pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Oxford producer Victor Glynn talks to Katherine MacAlister about how his small film made it big

'The puppets take the glory... but that's OK'

Oxford Mail:

1:29pm Thursday 7th August 2014

Katherine MacAlister talks to actor Stephen Arden about the toughest role he has ever been given – playing a puppet monster in the hit show Avenue Q

Norman's culinary wisdom goes wild

Oxford Mail:

1:27pm Thursday 7th August 2014

Top restaurateur Russell Norman tells Katherine MacAlister why he’s looking forward to Wilderness

Mooo-ch along to the theatre that visits you

Oxford Mail:

1:17pm Thursday 31st July 2014

There’s simply no excuse not to see touring theatre company Mikron’s two new shows, says Katherine MacAlister – they’re brilliant, cheap and playing right on your doorstep

The king, the lady and the revamp

Oxford Mail:

1:01pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Katherine MacAlister talks to the lead actors from Creation Theatre’s new vision of Macbeth – performed at Lady Margaret Hall and set during WWI

Glen's picked the ideal time for a Holly day

Oxford Mail:

11:55am Thursday 24th July 2014

Although he died aged just 22, Buddy Holly’s influence on popular music has been massive. Katherine MacAlister talks to the man playing the singer in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Magical play needs a sprinkle of fairy dust

Oxford Mail:

11:43am Thursday 10th July 2014

Producer Olivia Frazer-Smith tells Katherine MacAlister how crowdfunding donations will help get a new show on the road

Don't sweat it, Lee Evans is raring to go

Oxford Mail:

11:41am Thursday 10th July 2014

Katherine MacAlister talks to energetic comic Lee Evans about his forthcoming tour

Rod Stewart story is devil of a great show

Oxford Mail:

11:27am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Ben Elton talks to Katherine MacAlister about his hit musical Tonight's The Night, inspired by the life and songs of Rod Stewart

Dance spills on to street

Oxford Mail: Dance spills on to street

1:06pm Thursday 26th June 2014

There’s two enormously different festivals kicking off in Oxfordshire this week, one focusing on dance and the other books, and both equally as fascinating. Katherine MacAlister finds out more

Nothing mousy about star of ballerina show

Oxford Mail: The cast of Angelina Ballerina The Mousical

1:02pm Thursday 26th June 2014

With Angelina Ballerina about to leap on to the stage at Oxford’s New Theatre, writer Katharine Holabird explains her inspiration in creating the children’s favourite character

Panto from scratch in 48 hours? Oh yes they can!

Oxford Mail: Jessica Ellerby and Jason Langley starred in the 2009 panto Dick Whittington

11:41am Thursday 19th June 2014

To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Chipping Norton Theatre is going for broke with a daring panto challenge. Katherine MacAlister talks to writer Ben Crocker about what's in store

The show goes on for comedian Charlie Baker

Oxford Mail: Charlie Baker

11:28am Thursday 19th June 2014

After a short-lived stint in the X Factor musical, Charlie Baker tells Katherine MacAlister why he's happier than ever plying his comedy trade

The dancing never stops for Strictly duo

Oxford Mail: The dancing never stops for Strictly duo

11:44am Thursday 12th June 2014

TV stars Kevin Clifton and Karen Hauer tell Katherine MacAlister how their passion for dance and each other is a winning, and all-consuming, combination

Dine out on laughs with a faulty cast

Oxford Mail: Fawlty Towers The Dining Experience

1:08pm Thursday 5th June 2014

Stepping into the shoes of Sybil Fawlty has given Donna Gray comedy inspiration, as she tells Katherine MacAlister

Culture comes alive with warrior's quest

Oxford Mail: Culture comes alive with warrior's quest

12:59pm Thursday 5th June 2014

Katherine MacAlister discovers the philosophy behind an exciting new show from China with martial arts and music

Grease is spending summer nights on the big stage

Oxford Mail: Libby Holcroft-Crewe (Rizzo), Andrew Stott (Roger), Phil Weller (Kenickle) and Steve Piper (Eugene)

10:19am Thursday 29th May 2014

Grease hits Oxford's New Theatre this week thanks to Oxford Operatic Society. We talk to the two leads and the director about putting on an amateur production in such an enormous city theatre

Play inspires strong sense of real bravery

Oxford Mail: Play inspires strong sense of real bravery

9:41am Thursday 29th May 2014

Only Fools and Horses star Gwyneth Strong tells Katherine MacAlister about her latest role, bringing real stories of courage to life

Just joshing around is comedian's dream job

Oxford Mail: Just joshing around is comedian's dream job

9:45am Thursday 22nd May 2014

As he heads out on the road for live dates and a slot at Latitude festival, TV regular Josh Widdicombe tells Katherine MacAlister why he gave up sports journalism to make people laugh for a living

Set a date with choir master Gareth Malone

Oxford Mail: Gareth Malone

9:35am Thursday 22nd May 2014

Gareth Malone, star of TV's The Choir, is bringing his own show to Oxford's New Theatre. He tells Katherine MacAlister what we can expect

Pull up a deckchair at the Cult Screens festival

Oxford Mail: The big screen in Oxford Castle courtyard

9:47am Thursday 15th May 2014

Classic films and cocktails on a summer's evening are the order of the day thanks to this year's Cult Screens festival. Jeremy Smith reports

Rap poet who's definitely in a class of his own

Oxford Mail: Mark Grist

9:38am Thursday 15th May 2014

Mark Grist tells Katherine MacAlister why giving up his career as a teacher to become an entertainer was the best decision ever

Baking and banter make up Paul Hollywood's secret recipe

Oxford Mail: Paul Hollywood

9:34am Thursday 8th May 2014

Bake Off star Paul Hollywood tells Katherine MacAlister why he's ditched the oven gloves to bare his soul in a new live show

Flavia Cacace is dancing to her own tune

Oxford Mail: Flavia and dance partner Vincent Simone

9:45am Thursday 1st May 2014

Flavia Cacace talks to Katherine MacAlister about leaving Strictly and marrying former contestant Jimi Mistry

Ambition keeps ballet teen Hugo Brown on his toes

Oxford Mail: Hugo Brown

9:33am Thursday 24th April 2014

Katherine MacAlister talks to young ballet dancer Hugo Brown whose latest show brings him back home

Jurassic larks at Dinosaur Zoo

Oxford Mail: Doyathinkysaurus? T-Rex comes to life at Dinosaur Zoo

7:30pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Jazz, opera and paleontology correspondent Stuart Macbeth finds the New Theatre Oxford's production of Dinosaur Zoo a monstrous triumph!

Comedian Lucy Porter looks North for inspiration

Oxford Mail: Lucy Porter

9:35am Thursday 17th April 2014

Katherine MacAlister catches up with comedian Lucy Porter and finds out how she’s juggling motherhood with her stand-up career

Doyathinkysaurus? T-Rex comes to life at Dinosaur Zoo

Oxford Mail: Doyathinkysaurus? T-Rex comes to life at Dinosaur Zoo

9:23am Thursday 17th April 2014

Theatre has never been so terrifying thanks to the Dinosaur Zoo, as Katherine MacAlister discovers

Comic actress Cariad Lloyd talks about hit improv show

Oxford Mail: The cast, from left: Amy Cooke-Hodgson, Joseph Morpurgo, Cariad Lloyd, Andrew Hunter Murray, Rachel Parris and Graham Dickson

11:28am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Katherine MacAlister talks to comic actress Cariad Lloyd about the runaway hit – and award-winning – improvised show Austentatious

It's time to stand-up and be counted

Oxford Mail: Paul Fung

12:50pm Thursday 27th March 2014

The first ever Oxford Comedy Festival kicks off on Saturday with a fantastic line-up. Local compere and stand-up comedian Paul Fung tells Katherine MacAlister all about it

Comic Rich Hall has a Rich vein of humour

Oxford Mail: Rich Hall

12:40pm Thursday 27th March 2014

American comedian Rich Hall tells Katherine MacAlister why the stage is beckoning again

Stage Whispers with Alexandra Coke of The Story Museum, Oxford

Oxford Mail: Stage Whispers with Alexandra Coke of The Story Museum, Oxford

12:55pm Thursday 20th March 2014

The plot thickens at The Story Museum's new exhibition, according to Alexandra Coke

Comedian Rob Beckett has a boy next door charm

Oxford Mail: Rob Beckett

2:25pm Thursday 13th March 2014

Katherine MacAlister chats to comic Rob Beckett ahead of his upcoming appearance at Glee in Oxford

Ramping up the ballet with Rambert's lead dancer Stephen Wright

Oxford Mail: Steven Wright in action

1:52pm Thursday 13th March 2014

Stephen Wright tells Katherine MacAlister about their bold new rock & roll show

Stage Whispers with Elizabeth Adlington, New Theatre Area Theatre Manager

12:52pm Thursday 6th March 2014

"Ghost the Musical is probably the most technically complex production to ever tour the UK" writes Elizabeth Adlington

Actor and singer Sam Attwater is in seventh heaven

Oxford Mail: Sam Attwater

11:33am Thursday 6th March 2014

Actor and singer Sam Attwater tells Katherine MacAlister about life after a tiring stint on stage and as a contestant in Dancing on Ice

Dancin' Oxford hits its sexy stride

Oxford Mail: Night Ball

11:00am Thursday 27th February 2014

This is the time to start tapping your feet as Katherine MacAlister unlocks just some of the exciting secrets of Dancin' Oxford 2014

Stage Whispers with Tei Williams of Chipping Norton Theatre

Oxford Mail: Tei Williams

11:00am Thursday 27th February 2014

"Listening to the actors reading the play for the first time, on the first day of rehearsals was side-splittingly funny" writes Tei Williams

Playwright Michael Frayn on his upcoming revival 'Alarms and Excursions'

Oxford Mail: Michael Frayn

11:00am Thursday 27th February 2014

Katherine MacAlister meets a prolific playwright ahead of a new performance of one of his comedies

1920s flapper musical is a 'thoroughly family show'

Oxford Mail: The cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie strut their stuff

2:02pm Thursday 20th February 2014

Richard Wilson learns about the unique vision of the company behind a stage revival coming to Wantage and Didcot

Stage Whispers with Andy Evans, comedian and Humour Tumour organiser

Oxford Mail: Stage Whispers: Andy Evans 'Laughter is the best therapy'

1:46pm Thursday 20th February 2014

"In my youth, I was able to eat twice my own body weight for breakfast and still look fantastic" writes Andy Evans

Last ghost of a chance - interivew with the cast of Ghost the Musical

Oxford Mail: David Roberts and the cast

1:32pm Thursday 20th February 2014

Katherine MacAlister talks to the cast of Ghost the Musical which ends its tour in Oxford

Christopher Timothy - An actor's life... great and small

Oxford Mail: Christopher Timothy

11:40am Thursday 20th February 2014

At 73, actor Christopher Timothy could be forgiven for taking it easy. Nothing could be further from the truth as Katherine MacAlister finds out

Dream of a role... and a stint with Sir Cliff too - interview with David Luke

Oxford Mail: David Luke

2:09pm Thursday 13th February 2014

Former Cherwell School pupil David Luke tells Katherine MacAlister about his path to stage success as he prepares to return to Oxford as a star of Dreamboats and Petticoats

Dancing to his own tune - interview with Brendan Cole

Oxford Mail: Brendan Cole - License to Thrill at Oxford's New Theatre

12:51pm Thursday 13th February 2014

Things have moved on for Strictly ‘bad boy’ Brendan Cole but, as Katherine MacAlister finds out, it’s onwards and upwards

Stage Whispers with Elizabeth Adlington at the New Theatre Oxford

1:34pm Thursday 6th February 2014

"We hosted an evening of comedy in aid of conservation by Orangaid, the Sumatran Orangutan Society" writes Elizabeth Adlington






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