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Theatre / Plays

Going to the theater is a popular activity in Oxford, especially the outdoor performances of Shakespeare plays in the summer. If you intend to see a show while in town, you should check the listings at the individual theatres and buy your tickets in advance, or else you may be disappointed.

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Oxford Playhouse | Creation Theatre Company | Old Fire Station
Burton Taylor |  New Theatre (Apollo) | Pegasus Theatre
University Theatre | Oxford Shakespeare Company
North Wall Arts Centre | Miscellaneous Theatre in & Around Oxford

What's Showing?

Gruffalos, Ladybirds & Other Beasts

Following the sell-out success at the Edinburgh Fringe last year, best-selling British author Julia Donaldson brings this enchanting show to Oxford. See her stories and songs acted out with oodles of charm by a cast of five, including guitar-playing husband Malcolm.

Join us for Jack and the Flumflum Tree, What the Ladybird Heard, A Squash and a Squeeze, Zog and of course, The Gruffalo. Made all the more magical by a set that transforms from library to ship,tropical island to deep dark wood, this is a very special experience that families won’t want to miss!

Julia will be signing books after the show.

Bring your Monster Mate or Bestie Beast to life! Submit your pictures to our Gruffalo Gallery...

We all have a friend with whom we like to share our favourite moments and best kept secrets, a friend you can trust and you know will always be there but your mum and dad worry because your friend happens to look like a tiger or a bear, or the Gruffalo!

Julia Donaldson is bringing her Monster Mates and Bestie Beasts to Oxford Playhouse, to celebrate their visit we would like to invite your Monster Mate or Bestie Beast to hang out on our website or play hide and seek at the Playhouse.

Age guideline : 4+

30th and 31th May

14:30;  11:00/14:30

Tickets and Information

£13 (£11)

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Creation Theatre Company
01865 766266

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What's Showing?

Hamlet

We’ll be visiting the beautiful University Parks for the first time this summer, as we transform it into the royal palace of Elsinore for our open-air production of Hamlet.

Friends priority booking opens 8 April.
General booking opens 15 April

July – August 2016

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Old Fire Station
George Street, 01865 297170 (Box Office)

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Click here for transportation and parking information for this theatre

What's Showing?

Late Night Love

Somewhere in the static between radio stations, Eggs Collective present Late Night Love, a tender and ridiculous show that clambers up your drainpipe with a rose between its teeth.

Inspired by the confessional radio show of the same name, Late Night Love is an unflinching attempt to unpick the truth from the fiction of chocolate boxes and untangle expectations of adulthood from the promise of power ballads.

Raw-edged and warm-hearted, tune in to Late Night Love, where teenage crushes wrangle with the reality of romance, saxophones cry and secrets crackle from radios in the dark.

Late Night Love is the company’s second show, following 2015’s messy and much loved hit Eggs Collective Get A Round.

2th June

8:00 PM

Tickets and Information

Prices: £13 (£11)

The Princess And The Frog

Once upon a time there was a very beautiful princess…

This beautiful original ballet by Let's All Dance combines all the ingredients to charm audiences young and old. An original score, gorgeous costumes and crystal clear story-telling draw you into the magical world of classical ballet, and make it accessible to all. A lovely production and a heart-warming tale with the theme of friendship at its core.

‘Young and old are enthralled by the show’s simple magic.’ - The Stage

For all ages, especially 2-9 year-olds and their families. Suitable for children and adults with special needs. Babies permitted.

Running Time: 0:30

3th June

1:00 PM / 3:00 PM

Tickets and Information

Prices: £8.50 (£7)

Express Yourself

A stunning showcase of ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and musical theatre performed by some of the most talented upcoming stars from across Oxfordshire. We have the ‘cute-factor’ with children as young as 2 taking to the stage for their first performance alongside pre-professional young people of exceptional ability and flair. A kaleidoscope of colour, toe tapping tunes and bags of charm this is a chance to enjoy an exhilarating performance from the next generation of top professionals.

This performance contains flashing lights

Running Time: 2:00

4th June

2:30 PM/6:30 PM

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Fashion Statements: Badges and Buttons Workshop

Explore badges and buttons as sites of meaning for yourself, and create a small number of wearable adornments to take home.

A wide variety of printed and woven materials will be available with which to play, but you are also actively encouraged to bring along any fabric scraps or printed materials that you would like to repurpose in order to produce your very own Fashion Statements! The cost of the workshop is inclusive whether you bring your own materials or work with those supplied, and it covers the use of rubber stamps and tags, badge and button parts, and use of badge and button presses.

Felicity will bein residence in the Gallery, Friday 3 – Sat 4 June, 10am – 6pm. Drop by to watch her work, and ask any questions.

This workshop is part of the Shed Space exhibition at the Old Fire Station. See http://www.oldfirestation.org.uk/shed-space for the full list of workshops including leather-work, basketry, wire sculpting, and more.

Running Time: 2:00

4th June

1:00 PM

Tickets and Information

Prices: £5

Elaine Mitchener | Industrialising Intimacy

Using sound, movement, electronics and text, this is a unique collaboration between Elaine, Dam VanHuynh (choreographer), renowned composers/musicians George Lewis (pioneer of computer music) and David Toop (sound artist and writer). Wavering between observer and partaker, the audience is invited to share Elaine’s explorations of the many facets of intimacy, investigating the loss of privacy in our society versus the strength of true intimacy in the search for one’s centeredness.

Elaine Mitchener’s use of her voice is quite unlike anyone else, a sound which draws you into her world as much as it intrigues and bemuses you. At home in jazz, gospel, free improvisation and contemporary classical, and brought up on reggae, she has worked with many of the best known names in modern music including Goldie, Aphex Twin and Christian Marclay.

This piece developed from a work in progress present in June 2015 by OCM at OVADA. This performance is 50 minutes and standing only.

“Mitchener is a genre-crossing virtuoso.” Financial Times

This is a standing event.

Running Time: 0:50

9th June

7:30 PM

Tickets and Information

Prices: £14 (£10)

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No Exit

Hell is other people.

Three people trapped in a room together for eternity. Without their toothbrushes. This is famed philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre’s idea of hell.

In No Exit, his most famous dramatic work, we are given a claustrophobic look at the depths of human depravity. Trapped in a bizarrely-furnished purgatory, Inez, Garcin and Estelle try to work out what sins have led them here before they turn on each other.

This immersive production will be performed in the round.

31th May

19:30

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The Hot Sardines

Take a blustery brass front line, add salty stride piano in the timeless image of Fats Waller and a frontwoman with the attitude and style of a 30s cabaret diva and you have The Hot Sardines in a seashell....

Running time: TBC

5th June

7:30 pm

Tickets and Information

General Tickets £24.15 plus £2.85 transaction fee*

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What's Showing?

Family Film: Inside Out

When a young girl named Riley is uprooted from her life in the Midwest and moves to San Francisco with her Dad’s new job, she needs her emotions to help guide her through her new life. But, as she struggles to adjust, turmoil ensues in emotion Headquarters and Joy and Sadness must go on a quest to restore the balance and help Riley find happiness again.

Activity…

Our relaxed performances are open to everyone, and designed to be welcoming to children and
adults with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, sensory and communication disorders and/or learning
disabilities and their families. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement within the auditorium and some adjustments will be made to the light and sound levels of the film.

Relaxed Screening

Running Time 95 minutes

Certificate PG

31th May

11am

Tickets and Information

Cost £3 all tickets

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University Theatre


What's Showing?

There is nothing currently showing. Please check the official website for more information.
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Oxford Shakespeare Company
0870 609 2231

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What's Showing?

Love’s Labour’s Lost

Directed by Nicholas Green

A Lover’s eyes will gaze an eagle blind,
A lover’s ear will hear the lowest sound
And when Love speaks, the voice of all the gods
Make heaven drowsy with the harmony.
(Act4.Sc3 Line 308 to 319)

Free love and anarchy?

Not so for the King of Navarre and his boys who have all sworn an oath to scholarship, fasting and absolutely no women.

What are the odds then, of a wandering Princess and her three friends pitching up in the same forest?!

Watch the madcap antics of four (once) solemn young men and their cohorts, as they fall over themselves and their words, to find out whether four weary young women love them.

Or love them not…

Our Love’s Labour’s Lost is let loose in the 1970’s with original music, inspired by the decade that bought us, Glam Rock, Punk and New Wave, from Nick Lloyd Webber.

Welcome to the Oxford Shakespeare Company, acclaimed specialists in open-air and site specific theatre.

Widely recognised for the inventiveness and panache of our shows, the OSC takes equal pride in the quality of its original music. This summer we are delighted to welcome back Nicholas Green, director of the exceptionally received Private Lives in 2010 and last year’s hugely successful Twelfth Night.

The OSC are celebrated for their open air, site specific performances both at their summer residency at Wadham College Oxford and across the Historic Royal Palaces sites of Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, Tower of London and the Banqueting House Whitehall.

This year we were delighted to be returning for our third year at Wilderness

Our shows are designed to be interactive with the environment in which they are performed, allowing the audience to enter fully into the world of the play. They are renowned for their talented actors, sensational costumes and for the quality of the live music which is individually devised for each production.

28th June

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The North Wall Arts Centre
South Parade, Oxford OX2 7NN, 01865 319 452

official website

What's Showing?

Colin and Katya

“All I want to ask is what lies behind the screen? Behind her uneasy smile? Beneath the flowers in her hair?”

East meets west. Essex meets Ukraine. Colin meets Katya. In a world of online profiles and international relationships, can love conquer all against a backdrop of desperation and kitsch?

From the winner of the OUDS 2016 New Writing Festival and a runner up of the National Theatre’s NewViews competition 2013, Jack Clover’s new play is a documentary, music and physical theatre extravaganza delving into the colourful world of the Ukrainian online bride industry.

MercuryMouth Productions is a student company from the University of Oxford.

“This superb piece of new writing… is an exquisite balance of comedy with more serious matter, which questions the portrayal of women, the judgemental nature of society and the inner-workings of culture itself.” Cherwell

Wed 01 Jun 2016 to Sat 04 Jun 2016

7:30pm

Tickets and Information

Full Price £10.00 + fee* Concession £8.00 + fee*

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Miscellaneous Theatre

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