The Gruffalo is coming to Banbury!

We are delighted to announce that family favourite The Gruffalo will be the centrepiece of The Mill Arts Centre’s Christmas season this year (7th-18th December)!

Critically acclaimed theatre company Tall Stories present a magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood…

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the high-spirited Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world! Not only that, but all performances will be relaxed and performed by a company of deaf and hearing actors using spoken English, visual storytelling and BSL to ensure that all can enjoy this magical tale.

Our new Autumn season is now on sale with a whole host of exciting live events, classes and workshops for everyone to take part in.

In particular, we are thrilled to welcome Ballet Theatre UK to The Mill for the first time this Autumn with their production of the classic love story, Beauty and the Beast (26th October). This really will be a unique opportunity to experience this acclaimed company of 18 ballet dancers up close in our intimate auditorium.

Inspired by the original tale and set to a stunning classical score, this production tells the story of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village – until she is imprisoned in a mysterious castle by the Beast, a grisly and fearsome monster.

For fans of fun, frivolity and embarrassingly yellow stockings, The HandleBards return to The Mill for a bicycle-powered, laugh-out-loud production of Twelfth Night (14th October). Duke Orsino is in love with Lady Olivia, but she won’t have anything to do with suitors.

Viola is shipwrecked and believes her twin brother Sebastian to be dead. Meanwhile, a bunch of Olivia’s servants plot to make a fool out of her pompous butler, Malvolio. There’s drunkenness, shipwrecks and love triangles aplenty in Shakespeare’s classic comedy.

Visit our website or pick up one of our new Autumn 2022 brochures to discover what’s on at your local arts centre!

Full details of our programme are available at Tickets can be purchased online, in person at our Box Office, and by contacting our Box Office team on 01295 279002.

The Mill is open 9:30am-4:30pm Monday-Saturday with hot and cold drinks and light refreshments available from the Café Bar.