Midsomer Murders has proven itself to be one of the most popular and loved murder mystery series of all time, watched by millions in the UK and around the globe. So it’s only fitting that here in the heart of Midsomer, or South Oxfordshire as it is known in the real world, great drama is alive and well.

This is something that is abundantly clear at Henley’s Kenton Theatre. The new season is here and alongside some excellent Henley Literary Festival events with a fine selection of authors, there is some superb drama.

Outside Henley’s Kenton Theatre

First off there is a poignant yet surprisingly funny look at getting old and dementia, in An Evening with Dementia. For fans of classic drama, Jane Austen’s Emma is being brought to the stage in an ambitious new project. And of course, as the nights draw in and the temperature drops, it can only mean one thing: pantomime season.

This year’s choice is Jack and the Beanstalk, a firm family favourite and judging by the new trailer that’s already doing the rounds, it’s going to be loads of fun for the whole family. The theatre is a really warm and welcoming place to see a show, with a great sense of tradition that kids will love.

However, it’s not just great drama you’ll find here. You can also catch some top musical acts too. Coming up this season you can find Christmas Classics with Blake, to get you in the mood for the festive season. There’s also the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Bye Bye baby, Ian McCulloch, from Echo and the Bunnymen fame, plus Mike Hurst and the Springfields. It’s quite a line up.

As well as this you’ll get Georgie Fame in concert, more great drama in the form of Maskerade, fun with Anything Goes and more culture with The Nutcracker Ballet.

Tickets for all performances are available from the Kenton theatre box office in Henley. And while you’re visiting, you might want to explore some of the many filming locations for your favourite MM episodes that have been shot here in the town. Stop in at The Argyll pub for a pint of Midsomer Ale too, where you can have your picture taken pulling a pint.

The great tradition of drama in Southern Oxfordshire goes on. And long may it continue.