With the recent news that filming has started in Southern Oxfordshire on four more episodes of Midsomer Murders series 15, we won’t have to wait too long for our share of mystery and intrigue.

The new episodes are bound to be packed with the same kind of drama that we’ve become used to over the years. But if you really can’t wait that long to get your fill of the dramatic, then don’t worry, there are some other treats coming up for you.

On Saturday 12 May, the Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot, presents I, Elizabeth. It’s a mesmerising play about Elizabeth I, a woman who at the tender age of 25 was Queen, a political powerhouse and the most educated woman of her age.

Yet she remained famously unmarried and her true personality was an enigma. Just who was the woman under the crown? Using this incredible woman’s own words, taken from letters, speeches and writings, the play attempts to recreate Elizabeth’s mindset at a crucial stage in her reign and major crossroads in history.

It’s a powerful piece of theatre starring Rebecca Vaughan (Austen’s Women) in the title role. Described by Edinburgh Fringe 2010 as ‘a performance worthy of an Oscar’, this is drama that you can’t afford to miss. Check out the Cornerstone arts website for more details.

As if that wasn’t enough, there is also the 41st Henley Drama festival to look forward to. Running from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 May, the festival showcases talent from across the region during five nights of one act plays.

Some you might recognise, others have been specially created for the festival. Either way, it’s set to be another few nights of really powerful drama. For more details visit the Kenton Theatre’s website.

Then in June at the Waterperry Gardens, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men return with their production of Macbeth. Performing Shakespeare the way old Bill himself intended, this matinee performance on June 13 brings to life the story of the ruthlessly ambitious lord, who seizes the throne with the help of his plotting wife and three witches. You all know the story but you might not have seen it done like this before.

What with all this and new episodes of Midsomer Murders in production, it seems like we’re really spoilt for drama in South Oxfordshire.