ACTORS and puppets on an Oxford stage are telling the story of The Crowstarver.

The Oxford Playhouse production, based on an award-winning book by Dick King-Smith, is about a man who has a special gift with animals. It is set in a rural community during the Second World War.

Malcolm Hamilton, who plays the Crowstarver, pictured front left with Derek Frood, right, and puppeteers, from left, Cerianne Roberts, Jordan Whyte and Michael Wagg, said: “It is fantastic to bring such a wonderful, rural story to as beautiful a town as Oxford.

“Audiences have been totally captivated by the heart-warming story, and people have remarked on how lifelike the puppets are. They suspense their disbelief and get carried away with the story. I’m really looking forward to seeing how audiences enjoy the show.”

The production, from Exeter Northcott Theatre and Theatre Alibi, started on Tuesday and ends on Saturday. For tickets call 01865 305305 or go online at Picture: OX50530 Jon Lewis