It’s a busy old week in Oxfordshire, so busy in fact, that it’s hard to fit everything in. And there’s some great new acts coming your way. Take Sam Wills and his new show The Boy with Tape on His Face which is taking the UK by storm. Think mime with noise, stand-up with no talking, drama with no acting. Still none the wiser? Then you’d better get down to Glee tonight to catch this exciting one-man show from New Zealand. Call the box office on 0871 472 0400.

Mark Simpson, pictured, BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006, is coming to town on Monday to celebrate 50 years since the first performance of Britten’s great anti-war masterpiece The War Requiem. The project is bringing more than 200 student musicians from Oxford University and London Music Colleges to Oxford Town Hall, to perform to 500 students from local state schools. This is a huge and unique project, which is bringing some of the country’s top classical musicians to Oxford.

With a full symphony orchestra, a chamber orchestra, full choir, boys choir, and featuring brilliant young soloists, this promises to be an incredibly special event. log on to for tickets.

Waterstones is celebrating World Book Day on Saturday with a Where’s Wally Extravaganza, to celebrate the colourful character’s 25th anniversary, from 12-3pm, with fantastic Wally giveaways and activities. The best-dressed Wally lookalike on the day will win a special prize. Call 01865 790212 for details.

lLooking for a friendly sing-song and play session to enjoy with your pre-school children? Then Hey Diddle Diddle is for you, held every Monday in the Top Room at Oxford Playhouse, and led by experienced practitioner Emily Marshall. Book on 01865 305305 or Creation also lands a monster on Monday with Hamlet opening at Blackwells Bookshop on Broad Street. The actors will perform in the Norrington Room, surrounded by more than 200,000 books. The staging will be semi-improvised and the audience of 300 will stand alongside the actors, as well as seated around the space. The actors will learn a number of roles and play a game of chance before the show to determine the casting for that evening. The audience is also encouraged to bring a random object to be used as a prop onstage.

Call 01865 766266 or log on to The Oxford International Women’s Festival 2012 starts today and the theme this year is Equality and Diversity. There is a fantastic variety of events happening in various venues throughout Oxford and the rest of the county, including exhibitions, workshops, topical talks, performances and social events celebrating women’s achievements in sport, science, film, literature, theatre, music and more. Log on to If you fancy a night at the cinema with a difference, then try out The National Theatre’s production of A Comedy of Errors starring Lenny Henry, pictured, which will be broadcast live from the Olivier Theatre tonight to the Phoenix Picturehouse. Shakespeare’s furiously paced comedy is staged in a contemporary world into which walk three prohibited foreigners who see everything for the first time. Log on to for details The smash-hit production of Yes, Prime Minister comes to Oxford Playhouse from Monday. Prime Minister Jim Hacker and Cabinet Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby face a country in financial meltdown. The only prospect of salvation comes from morally dubious allies, leading to deliciously comic consequences. Call the box office on 01865 305305 or log on to Pegasus has a great line-up. On Saturday you can enjoy Flamenco artist Amarita Vargas returning from Spain for an evening of flamenco puro in an intimate cabaret-style setting. Then Kevin Tomlinson brings his brand of magical comedy theatre about the seven stages of life tomorrow. Or if dance’s more your thing, check out the powerful new urban dance experience Kathakbox, an innovative new stage production from one of the UK’s most exciting and dynamic dance companies, tonight as part of Dancin’ Oxford. Call 01865 812 150.

The Chuckle Brothers are back for a new comedy adventure tour entitled The Pirates of the River Rother 2, coming to the New Theatre on Saturday. Call the box office on 0844 8713020.

If that’s not enough for you, join Matthew Bourne at Oxford Playhouse for a very special Friday at 5pm event tomorrow. Hailed as the King of Dance, Matthew Bourne is a choreographer, director and five-time Olivier and Tony award-winner. Creator of the legendary all-male Swan Lake, Matthew’s many productions have been seen by thousands of dance and theatre fans across the globe. Call the box office on 01865 305305 or book online at