The week's stage news

  • THE acclaimed production of Dunsinane, the sequel to Shakespeare’s Macbeth by award-winning writer David Greig, comes to Oxford Playhouse on Tuesday to Saturday, September 17-21.

Macbeth is dead. Under cover of night, an English army has swept through the landscape, killed the tyrant and taken the seat of power. Attempting to restore peace and put a new ruler in place, Siward, the commanding officer, is beset by a brutal guerrilla uprising. Increasingly isolated from his own men and Scottish allies alike, his efforts to restore order appear futile as the situation spins out of control. As relevant now as the time it depicts, this compelling play is a must-see. Call the box Office on 01865 305305 or book online at

  • Fancy taking up drama? Abingdon Drama Club is currently accepting new students for all drama classes starting this weekend. Join the fun, energetic acting classes taught by professional actor and director Andrea Mardon. The classes focus on drama games, improvisations and scene work as a way to build confidence, speech and diction, reading comprehension, team work and physical awareness. New students are welcome to come along for a taster session. Groups are divided into 11-13, 14-15 and 15+. See or email


  • It’s Oxford Open Doors this weekend, with a myriad of events happening around the city. But start off with a behind-the-scenes tour of The Story Museum’s former GPO buildings before the first chapter of its transformation begins this autumn. This will be your last chance to see the site in its present dilapidated state. Tours start at 2pm and 3pm, last about half an hour and are free. The Story Museum is at Rochester House, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford. Call 01865 790050.


  • After only 18 months of Suzi Ruffell performing all over the UK, this bright young comic from Portsmouth was nominated for the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Her innovative style captivates audiences with her engrossing tales of social ineptitude, overbearing parents and stories of desperately trying to fit in. You can catch her for yourselves at Oxford’s Glee Club on Saturday night. Age restriction 18+. Call 0871 472 0400 or see


  • Rick Stein will be returning to his Chipping Norton roots with his fresh and fascinating autobiography Under a Mackerel Sky at St Mary’s Church, in Chipping Norton on Wednesday, September 18, at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £12.50 each. Call 01608 641033.