What’s on: this week
Mon 5 – Sun 11 June 2017
Open air cinema, Swan at Streatley, Thur 8 June
Stunning riverside location, Top Gun on the big screen, and gourmet street food and cocktails on tap… Sign me up! They Swan at Streatley is hosting its first ever open cinema event. Literally giddy with excitement. I bloody love this movie for all its cheesiness, gratuitous half-nakedness and bad singing. Take me to bed or lose me forever! (hang on, I’m just going to have a burger first, I’ve seen the Wandering Feast catering van).. Advance tickets £12.
Pam Ann, Hexagon Reading, Fri 9 June
The A-List queen of the skies, lands her Louboutin’s on international turf and will hit the tarmac running, with her 20th anniversary UK tour. Pam Ann has developed cult-status with her masterful portrayal of a brash hot mess of an Australian airhostess. As the airports got bigger, so has her ego… and her mouth filthier. Enjoy the most politically incorrect flight path, with Pam’s blisteringly funny take on the world of airlines and aircrew. Tickets: 1st class £29; Business £26; Economy £23.
Nathan Caton: Straight Out Of Middlesex, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Thurs 8 June
Not heard of Nathan Caton? Well you’re about to. He’s a rising star of the comedy stage. His Edinburgh run sold out, he’s performed on the telly box and his Radio 4 sitcom Can’t Tell Nathan Caton Nothing is now in its third series. He’s hot – and a refreshing change from the middle-class suited comics we’e used to. Tickets £14.
ROH LIVE: The Dream/ Symphonic Variations/ Marguerite & Armand, Wed 7 June
Something a little bit spesh for ballet fans. The Royal Opea House will broadcast live this gorgeous mixed programme demonstrating the great creative vision of Frederick Ashton, Founder Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. The Dream (Ashton’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream), Symphonic Variations Marguerite and Armand will show the brilliance of the Royal Ballet’s dancers and an eye-popping number of men in tights (eyes up, ladies. Who I am kidding?).
Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show For Kids, Hexagon Reading, Sat 10 June
Mutton chops, waistcoats and a cabin set the scene for Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show For Kids. What’s with the long title, guys? With lots of Victorian style comic banter, the time-travelling duo perform a boxful of bafflement and impossibility. The magic is mysterious with brain-bursting illusions with a heavy helping of tom-foolery. A heavy dose of silly sounds good to me. New time (11.30am) added. Tickets £12.
Our Man In Havana, Theatre Royal Windsor, Wed 7 – Sat 10 June
If you like your theatre dark (and no, not just lights dimmed) with a lot of laughs, you’ll love Our Man in Havana. If you’ve never read the Graham Greene novel, it’s set in Cuba 1958. Jim Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman, gets sucked in to a dirty world of spying when the chance of helping out MI6 proves too good an offer to resist. Tickets from £15
Grayson Perry Exhibition, Serpentine Gallery, from Thurs 8 June
This summer Grayson Perry, one of the most astute commentators on contemporary society and culture, will present a major exhibition of new work. The works will touch on many themes including popularity and art, masculinity and the current cultural landscape.
Kraftwerk, Oxford New Theatre, Tues 6 June
The revolutionary German genius of Kraftwerk, the iconic 70s band that pioneered synth and computerised rhythms, come to Oxford’s New Theatre on Tuesday. Apparently their concerts are really brilliant, very theatrical and inventive, so this is your chance to see the granddaddies of electro, tech and hiphop whilst playing air synth to The Model.