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
From best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson, the tale of plucky Hetty Feather is brought thrillingly to life on stage in this Olivier Award-nominated production, direct from a sell-out West End season.
ROLL UP and join Hetty on her escape from the Foundling Hospital.
TREMBLE as she faces Matron Stinking Bottomly.
THRILL as she discovers the squirrel house and Tanglefields Travelling Circus.
GASP as she endures a night locked in the attic.
QUAKE as she braves the scary streets of Victorian London.
CHEER as she overcomes all in the search to find her real mother and a true family of her own.
With beautiful storytelling, spectacular circus skills, original songs and live music, this critically acclaimed, five-star production offers the perfect treat for the whole family. Be excited and delighted by this unmissable adventure story.
Family ticket Wed & Thu £68 | Fri & Sat £76 (4 tickets up to 2 adults). Tickets must be in the green seats and the price change will apply in the basket.
Cast and Credits
Written by Jacqueline Wilson. Adapted by Emma Reeves. Directed by Sally Cookson.
,,Amusing, gripping, spectacular and moving.'' Times
,,An utterly magnificent show.'' Evening Standard
Age guideline : 7+
Running Time: Approx 2 hours 10 minutes inc interval
Tuesday 9/2 19:00 Book Tickets £15 / £12
Wednesday 10/2 17:30 Book Tickets £21 / £19 / £15 / £12
Thursday 11/2 13:00 Book Tickets £21 / £19 / £15 / £12
Thursday 11/2 17:30 Book Tickets £21 / £19 / £15 / £12
Friday 12/2 19:00 Book Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 / £17 / £12
Saturday 13/2 13:00 Book Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 / £17 / £12
Saturday 13/2 17:30 Book Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 / £17 / £12
9th to 13th February
Set in a basement amongst towering book stacks, we’ll follow Shakespeare’s aging King and his three daughters in a tale of power, madness and betrayal, as he divides his kingdom amongst them.
The first production of our new six year partnership with Blackwell’s Bookshop, we’ll be celebrating 50 years of The Norrington Room and 20 years of Creation Theatre. To top it all off, we’ll be joining up with the creative team and director behind our sell-out 2011 Doctor Faustus.
‘Creation has pulled a masterstroke in securing this venue for its new production…a raffish and alluring performance…this is a winner’ – Andrew Blades, The Stage on Doctor Faustus
‘One of Creation’s most intimate and unusual performance venues…provides a totally unique theatrical experience’ – Oxford City Guide on Doctor Faustus
‘Creation Theatre excellence’ – Oxford Mail on Doctor Faustus
‘Creation’s ambition and creativity are to be applauded’ – Whatsonstage on Doctor Faustus
Crime and the treatment of criminals ought to be black and white. One rule for everyone. But is justice free from the assumptions of gender and class ever really possible? Turning Leaves brings together three stark, powerful solo performances to discuss social perception and analysis of crime and risk.
Trees Grow High
A response to media controversies about female perpetrators of sex crimes.
Oh Danny Boy
A dark and destructive reflection on society’s responsibility to its outcasts.
A discussion of the establishment’s attitudes to crime and whether true impartiality is ever possible.
Running Time: 1:00
Prices: £10 (£6)
Hammer and Tongue
The heart of Oxford's live spoken word scene for over a decade, delivering glittering performances sandwiched by acclaimed feature artists, such as Simon Munnery, John Hegley, Elvis McGonagall, Luke Wright, and Kate Tempest.
Each month also features the Open Poetry Slam where eight up and coming poets have three minutes to dazzle the audience with their performance skills. Judges chosen from the audience score them and the winner goes through to the grand final. Sign up for the slam on the door (free entry for slammers).
"Hammer & Tongue has reinvented the poetry medium for the hip hop generation." The Guardian
"The best live poetry is to be found at the Hammer & Tongue slams." The Sunday Times
Please note: this event takes place in the Café
Running Time: 2 hours including an interval
Prices: £7 (£5)
Ed Aczel: The Random Flapping of a Butterfly’s Wings
Ed Aczel “Britain’s greatest living anti-comedian” Guardian returns to the road for his 2nd nationwide stand-up tour as he tries once again to nail down the nature of existence.
Aczel is known for not following the rules of stand-up comedy and he aims to use his show, with help of the Chaos Theory, to change the world once and for all – although it may turn out to be too complicated.
Britain’s greatest entertainer’ ★★★★★ Time Out
‘One of the most entertaining oddities in years’ ★★★★ Metro
‘Aczel turns unprofessionalism into an art form’ ★★★★ The Times
Running Time: 2:00
Prices: £10 (£8)
Back in town after supporting Lucy Rose at the O2 in November, the Mercury-nominated classical/folk crossover composer and singer brings his choral blend of hushed folk lullabies, wistful harmonies and whistling to the OFS, that acclaimed debut album, `Architect’, drawing admiring comparisons to everyone from Fleet Foxes and Burt Bacharach to Bach and Ravel.
Relive the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart through the envious eyes of his greatest rival, Antonio Salieri. Looking back on a life of mediocrity, Salieri tells the tale of the young genius who tore through Vienna like a musical whirlwind, and his own conspiracy to push Mozart to his downfall.
Amadeus is the Oscar and Tony award-winning story of the jealousy, love and inspiration that surrounded Mozart’s turbulent life and informed his music. This production features extracts of Mozart’s best-loved music alongside new pieces composed especially for the production.
Age guideline : 14+
Tuesday 9/2 19:30 Book Tickets £6 (£5)
Wednesday 10/2 19:30 Book Tickets £6 (£5)
Thursday 11/2 19:30 Book Tickets £6 (£5)
Friday 12/2 19:30 Book Tickets £6 (£5)
Saturday 13/2 19:30 Book Tickets £6 (£5)
9th to 13th February
Chicago The Musical
“Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery…all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts”…so begins the international award winning Broadway and West End musical, CHICAGO, which comes to the New Theatre Oxford for 1 week only starring West End and EastEnders actor John Partridge ( Cats, A Chorus Line, Miss Saigon, Starlight Express) as Billy Flynn, Dancing on Ice winner and Coronation Street star Hayley Tamaddon (Emmerdale, Grease, Mamma Mia!) as Roxie Hart, and X Factor winner and real life prison warden Sam Bailey as Matron ‘Mama’ Morton.
13+ age guidance.
Running time: TBC
12th February 19:30 PM
13th February 14:30 PM /19:30 PM
15th February 19:30 PM
16th February 19:30 PM
17th February 14:30 PM /19:30 PM
18th February 19:30 PM
19th February 19:30 PM
20th February 14:30 PM /19:30 PM
12th to 20th February
General Tickets £15.00 - £44.50 plus £4.00 transaction fee*
A Perfect World?
Pegasus Youth Theatre showcase
“The more people I am able to help, the more people are willing to help others. The more followers we have, the closer we are to a perfect world.” – Akilnathan Logeswaran
What makes a world perfect? Or imperfect? Is there such a thing as perfection?
In the first of our annual youth theatre showcases, each of our courses has explored these questions and many more.
This production will bring together twelve short performances and an exhibition including dance, drama, music and visual art.
Set both in our world and worlds beyond our own the pieces imagine how our environments have an impact on how we live; how we shape our perfect worlds through our dreams and aspirations; and how our different cultural experiences determine our idea of perfection.
Due to capacity, tickets are limited to two per participant.
Running time: 2 hours
Ages 5 plus
Thursday, 11 February, 6.30pm
Friday, 12 February, 6.30pm
Saturday, 13 February, 1.30pm
Saturday, 13 February 6.30pm
11th to 13th February
Cost £9, £6 conc.
There is nothing currently showing. Please check the official website for more information.
Shakespeare’s - The Winters Tales
In 2016, special events will take place across Britain and the world to mark 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare – playwright, poet, actor, and arguably the greatest writer ever in the English language.
From March to December, Shakespeare Oxford 2016 will celebrate his life, work, and legacy through a festival of performances, talks, exhibitions, concerts, conferences, film showings, poetry and youth projects.
Land of our Fathers
by Chris Urch
Presented by Theatre503, Tara Finney Productions and Wales Millennium Centre
3 May 1979, South Wales. Thatcher is counting her votes, Sid Vicious is spinning in his grave and six Welsh miners are trapped down a coal mine.
As the men await their rescue, secrets emerge and accusations fly. Within two weeks, everything they believe in and everything they know will have changed.
Winner of Time Out’s Critic’s Choice and Fringe Show of the Year 2013, Chris Urch's critically acclaimed debut play is packed full of blistering comedy and echoes a generation of lost voices.
“Blisteringly good” ★★★★★ Time Out
“Breathtaking" ★★★★★ The Public Reviews
“Undeniably powerful” ★★★★The Guardian
There will be a free post show talk on Tuesday 9 February
Tuesday 9th February to Wednesday 10th February 2016
Full Price £14.00 + fee*, Concession £12.00 + fee*
Sixteen year old Ulla is attempting to become the youngest person to sail the world single-handedly, with only her cat Binnacle to keep her company.
All is not plain sailing, as our heroine encounters mythical creatures and obstacles on her journey, including Cy-ops, a one-eyed, over-keen robotic customs official who mistakes her cat for smuggled contraband. Meanwhile the voices of the Sirens, Ulla’s friends and family, call out to her from across the waves, tempting her to give up her lonely voyage and come home.
Olivier Award winning OperaUpClose, present this new opera, inspired by Homer's Odyssey. Featuring live music and puppetry, this show is suitable for children aged 7+, families and any adult with a sense of fun and wonder.
Friday 12th February 2016
1:30pm & 7:00pm
Full Price £14.00 + fee*