* A new show from theatre company Complicite arrived at the Oxford Playhouse on Tuesday. Lionboy follows Charlie Ashanti, an 11-year-old with a rather unusual talent – he can talk to cats. When his parents are kidnapped, their only hope of rescue is Charlie and a few of his feline friends: a team of performing lions from a floating circus. The cast features Adetomiwa Edun, last seen in BBC’s Merlin. Lionboy is here until Saturday. Tickets start at £12.50. Go to www.oxfordplayhouse.com or call the box office on 01865 305305.

* Oxford School of Drama is bringing some of Shakespeare's most famous characters to Blenheim Palace for a feast of engaging outdoor theatre. Shakespeare in the Park takes place every evening from now until June 22 (apart from June 16).

Take your seat in the hay bale auditorium and enjoy a picnic as you watch the action. Tickets cost £12 for adults and £8 for children, with a £3 increase on weekends. Buy them from www.blenheimpalace.com

* Seven-piece dance band the New Foxtrot Serenaders recreate the music from the first half of the 20th century. Tomorrow, they'll bring the vintage tunes of George and Ira Gershwin to the Old Fire Station at their new show, Strictly Gershwin. BBC Berkshire’s Bill Rennells will compere the evening. Get a ticket for £12 at www.oldfirestation.org or call 01865 263980.

* A night of improvised theatre will take place at The Bullingdon in Cowley Road on Sunday, courtesy of the Racing Minds improv quartet. Made up of members of Oxford Imps, this troupe have been making waves in the comedy festival circuit. Their show, Aaaand Now For Something Completely Improvised!, will pit them against the audience as they use viewer suggestions to carve out theatrical adventures. Get a ticket for a fiver from www.wegottickets.com

* Seven arts organisations in Oxfordshire are teaming up on June 22-23 to showcase what’s on offer across the county. Something For The Weekend 2013 intends to help local residents check out what’s on at their closest arts venue, and to encourage existing arts connoisseurs to spread their passion further afield.

The venues taking part will be The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury, The Theatre in Chipping Norton, The Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot, and Oxford’s The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford Playhouse, Arts at the Old Fire Station and Pegasus Theatre. With a programme that’s packed with indoor and outdoor performances, taster workshops in art, drama, music and dance as well as behind-the-scenes tours, you can find out more at www.facebook.com/ somethingfortheweekend2013