Stay Inspired!

During The Theatre's closure, we want help our audience to keep those creative neurons firing. We want to celebrate the work of the artists whose visits have been postponed due to closure, the ongoing projects we are supporting during closure, and recommendations about where else you can find great culture in the coming weeks. 

On this page, you will find a changing programme of content to enjoy online until we can meet again!

Lots of love from all at The Theatre. 


New show from comedy legend Mark Thomas

Name the comedian who might say ‘I wonder if I can set up a comedy club… in a refugee camp… in Palestine?’ Of course, it’s Mark Thomas. And that is exactly what he tries to do.

Join Mark and friends for an online streamed screening of his “Showtime from the Frontline” followed by a live Q+A.

Friday 9th June, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 (20% of sales go to Chipping Norton Theatre). CLICK HERE for more details and to book tickets. 

Folk Legend Steve Knightley

We had to postpone a recent visit from 'Show of Hands' star, and Chippy favourite, Steve Knightley. To keep you going until his rescheduled gig on September 25th, Steve has shared a very intimate solo performance of his show 'A Musical Journey'. Click on the videos below to watch, or CLICK HERE to book for his visit in September. 


NHS Charity Single from Skerryvore

Skerryvore, whose gig has been postponed from Spring to October 3rd, released a chart topping single from quartantine in support of the NHS. Enjoy it below, alongside the trailer for their visit this autumn. 


Irish Troubadors The Fureys sent their best wishes

The Fureys visit to Chipping Norton has been rescheduled for April 26th 2021. Here's George Furey with a message, and a bit of tune to keep you going. 


Master of political silliness - Johnny and the Baptists

As we shall be missing our regular visit from the wonderfullly satirical comedy musicians, Johnny and the Baptists, here is a great short video which clocks up about 20 gags a minute. 


Stand Up Comedy Mathematician Matt Parker

Ever wondered if maths could be funny. Every wondered if comedy could be mathematical. Wonder no longer - Matt Parker is here - or at least will be here on Weds 9th September. CLICK HERE to book tickets, and enjoy a flavour of his work below. 


A dramatic response to the rise in domestic abuse

As the newspapers have shown, the current pandemic has also brought about a rise in domestic abuse. We are proud to share Oxfordshire-based theatre company Human Story's new play that deals with this topic, now hot off the press as an audio podcast. For more information, and links to the podcast CLICK HERE.

Get Creative! Get Involved!

Chipping Norton Theatre is launching a community creative writing project called Speak as One. Got something you want to say? Why not have a crack at writing a short monologue for a single voice - it might even be professionally recorded and broadcast. Found our more on our Speak As One page here. 

Or why not have a go at learning Mime? We have commissioned a series of three masterclass workshops with professional mime Richard Jones from Electric Cabaret. The videos are below - let us know how you get on!


Dance and Movement for those aged 50+

The Theatre invites you to have fun exploring new dance moves whilst improving strength, mobility and coordination with dancer Ali Maxwell. A fantastic way to stretch and move whilst having fun!  All abilities are welcome and no dance experience is required. These sessions are designed for participants aged 50+.

Two online workshops are available - CLICK HERE to watch. 

And further afield:

Here is a selection of streamed live work from across the web that you can access whilst theatres are closed. Enjoy!


One of the finest most detailed companies around, combining physical theatre with stunning visual and sound design. They are sharing the full recording of their show, The Institure, HERE.

The Royal Court

Dramatically thrilling, very dark and disturbing, and very well filmed, The Royal Court's production of Cyprus Avenue takes a satirical and fast paced look at the sectarian struggles in Northern Ireland. Starring Stephen Rea. CLICK HERE to watch. 

The Globe

The Globe are releasing a different free title to stream every couple of weeks. See what's on HERE.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

A selection of A-list actors combine with original artwork to present a visual and aural experience of the epic poem. Something a bit different. Watch it HERE.

Complicite, from the Barbican

Complicite's remarkable show is available for free between 15th and 22nd May. Listening on headphones is essentail.CLICK HERE to go to their website for details. 

National Theatre Live at Home

The Theatre, when we are open, regularly screens performances from the NT Live programme. During venue closure, the National Theatre are showing a different live performance each week, streamed free to your home. CLICK HERE for the latest titles. 

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