Maki Sekiya
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Maki Sekiya Concert

The pianist Maki Sekiya gave a concert the other day in Oxford that has to be one of the most fascinating and memorable musical events I have attended in a great while. It confirmed my previous sense that she i...
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Maxim Vengerov Concert

Despite the fact that I had a bad fall recently and messed up both my knees, I could not resist attending the concert that the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra gave on Sunday, 23 April 2017 in the Sheldonian Theat...
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
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Lord of the Dance

The tour of Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games reached Oxford and I decided to have a look at it. I thought I would enjoy it as a diversion, as a spectacle and as a chance to see some impressive Irish dancing ...
The Commitments, UK Tour 2016/17
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The Commitments

Yet again I have attended a touring production of what is, in essence, a compilation musical. This time, however, the basis of the show is a collection of energetic, driving “Soul” music; and the plot is no...
Jenny Lee in Heartbeats and Algorithms
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Heartbeats and Algorithms

If you have a chance to see Jenny Lee’s one-woman show, Heartbeats & Algorithms, I recommend that you should grab it. It got its start and won much praise at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015 and rece...
The Rocky Horror Show UK Tour 2016
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The Rocky Horror Show

With some recent recasting, the touring production of The Rocky Horror Show has returned to Oxford as a Christmas treat before being given a rest for a while. This farcical spoof of horror films of the 1930s an...
The Mousetrap UK Tour
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The Mousetrap

Seeing the same old, 64-year old original production of The Mousetrap doing the rounds again (and booking at the moment at all the venues coming up until 6 January 2018) should be principally an exercise in nos...
The Seven Acts of Mercy November 2016_Photo by Ellie Kurttz _c_ RSC_207927
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The Seven Acts of Mercy

The newly commissioned play at he RSC, The Seven Acts of Mercy by Anders Lustgarten is an interesting and successful evening in the theatre. The staging and acting are extremely fine; the company plays well as ...
The Tempest by the Royal Shakespeare Company 2016. Photo Topher McGrillis © RSC
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The Tempest

There is a great deal of publicity about the use of contemporary technology that has been applied to make the new production of The Tempest at Stratford as magic as it should be and to stage something the infam...