What's on page logo

Follow our Theatre writer Katherine MacAlister on Twitter @OxMailMacky

Model Indroneel Chatterjee is facing up to a new future

Oxford Mail:

3:21pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Katherine MacAlister discovers there’s so much more to the latest Face of Oxford than good looks

'It wasn't my naked ambition but I love it' says Full Monty star Andrew Dunn

Oxford Mail:

3:13pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Stripping off on stage for The Full Monty is all in a day’s work for TV actor Andrew Dunn, as he tells Katherine MacAlister

Scream idols: Frightfest at Phoenix

Oxford Mail:

5:59pm Friday 24th October 2014

Get your freak on at a week-long chill-fest in Jericho

Literary festival looking at the impact of war

Oxford Mail:

1:08pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

The (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival begins in Wantage on Saturday and Katherine MacAlister take a look at what’s coming up, including plenty about the First World War

'I've carved out a rock solid career in musicals' says former Hear'say star Noel Sullivan

Oxford Mail:

2:01pm Thursday 16th October 2014

As he prepares to bring the hit musical Rock of Ages to Oxford former Hear’say star Noel Sullivan tells Katherine MacAlister how he went about reinventing himself on stage

Dance your way through family festival of delights

Oxford Mail:

1:44pm Thursday 9th October 2014

Katherine MacAlister looks at what’s on offer for young and old around the county

'The best thing I did was move to the UK' says Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan

Oxford Mail:

1:35pm Thursday 9th October 2014

Katherine MacAlister finds out why outspoken Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan doesn’t shy away from controversy

On the road with Danny Bhoy

Oxford Mail:

1:12pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

Danny Bhoy tells Katherine MacAlister about life on the road with his latest stand-up show

No nonsense Mark Steel is coming to town

Oxford Mail:

2:01pm Thursday 25th September 2014

Comedian Mark Steel tells Katherine MacAlister how he goes about creating his award-winning show as he prepares to unearth the quirkier side of our fair city

Musicians? Comedians? Awesome trio rock on

Oxford Mail:

1:54pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Notepad and recorder in hand, Katherine MacAlister tries to unravel a talented Aussie trio who have already wowed 20 million people globally thanks to the YouTube phenomenon

Ken Hom shares his recipe for life

Oxford Mail:

1:42pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Ahead of his appearance at Blenheim Literary Festival, Katherine MacAlister catches up with globetrotting celebrity chef Ken Hom

A comedy marriage made in heaven

Oxford Mail:

1:32pm Thursday 11th September 2014

Musical laughs are guaranteed when comedians Rory McGrath and Philip Pope come to town. Katherine MacAlister finds out how it all works

TV to stage puts actor at height of powers

Oxford Mail:

1:49pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Casualty’s Ben Turner explains to Katherine MacAlister why The Kite Runner is the most challenging part he has ever played

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

Essential Links


About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree