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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

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Creation Theatre Company
01865 766266

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Macbeth

reation’s next outdoor summer Shakespeare will be a production of Macbeth in the grounds Lady Margaret Hall’s gardens.

Recommended for age 8+

Performances: August – September 2014

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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

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Playground

Playground is a platform which encourages development and presentation of new work while introducing a space for meeting up, networking and collaboration between performing and visual artists in the region.

Playground aims to facilitate a context within which artists can feel safe to experiment, to play around, to explore their potential, to “try things out” and open up their communication paths with other practitioners in the area in an attempt to create a vibrant creative hub in the city.

Members of the audience (participants) will be encouraged to become involved in following sessions by means of either creating/showing a piece of work, suggesting a theme or even organising an activity.

July Tue 22th

7:00 pm

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FREE

The Cap and Bells

The Cap and Bells (Il berretto a sonagli) was written in 1916 and performed the next year in Rome. Italy was in crisis: the First World War was raging; Pirandello had two sons in the army, one of whom had been captured by the Austrians. The author’s paranoiac wife had become deeply insane and was convinced he was committing incest with their daughter; the daughter tried to kill herself, then absconded. It is against this dramatic background that the Cap and Bells must be placed. Marital discord, carried to the extremes of madness, is the play’s driving force.

The play was written in Sicilian dialect, then translated by the playwright into Italian. It was largely neglected as a theatre piece until taken up by the great Neapolitan actor-manager Eduardo de Filippo in 1935, at Pirandello’s suggestion. Eduardo included it in his repertoire for more than forty years. A television version came out in 1980, when the actor, still playing the protagonist Ciampa, was eighty years old. Ciampa, the sharp minded clerk, is acknowledged as one of the most difficult roles in modern Italian drama; and the Sicilian novelist Leonardo Sciascia considered the Cap and Bells to be Pirandello’s ‘most perfect play’.

We enter the arena of combat between the obsessed mind and the rational intelligence, circling each other, fencing, testing the limits of endurance. But are they really distinct?

July Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th

7:30pm

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£13, Concessions £11

The Fever

A traveller, lying on the bathroom floor of a cheap hotel somewhere far away from home. Outside, civil war rages. Inside, a candle burns low, a fever takes hold, and for the first time, the traveller must confront the big questions she’s spent her life trying to ignore. What is the impact her life has had on the world? If her happiness depends on others’ suffering, is she really the moral person she believes herself to be?

The Fever is an Obie Award-winning play by acclaimed American actor and playwright Wallace Shawn. Hypnotic and compelling in style, witty and frank in tone, this searing play asks us to consider the true cost of innocence, and what we’re willing to permit in the name of preserving the status quo.

And a voice says – Why not all of it? Why not give her all that you have?

Fri 31th July - Sat 1st Aug 2014

7.30pm (Doors 7pm)

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£12, Concessions £9

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Buddy

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Seen by over 22 million people worldwide

Book now for the most successful rock and roll show of all time!

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Now in its 25th year, the sensational multi award winning West End show is coming to a theatre near you.

Forget feel good, Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story is feel great! Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

Featuring two terrific hours of the greatest songs ever written, including That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Rave On, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, Johnny B. Goode, Raining In My Heart, Everyday, Shout and many many more, this show is just Peggy Sue-perb!

28th,29th,30th,31th July 7.30 pm 30th 2:30pm

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Tickets £12.90 - £32.40 plus £4.00 transaction fee*

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MESH 2014- Pegasus Youth Theatre Companies, Oxford UK

Stories for Survival is a re-telling of the epic tale of the Arabian Nights with dramaturgy by Oxford poet and writer Jenny Lewis, Iraqi poet Adnan al Sayegh and Pegasus Theatre’s Yasmin Sidhwa, choreography by Allan Hutson and design by the Pegasus Youth Production Company led by Nomi Everall

Stories for Survival consists of stories within stories in this version a young woman – Sherry has a collection of Middle Eastern momentos given to her by her grandfather, a poet. As she picks over the items, she remembers her childhood and the stories he told her, and as she remembers they come to life. First the frame story based on the Sultan Sharyar and the brave young woman Scheherazade (her namesake) who puts herself forward to marry the Sultan, knowing that the consequence of her action maybe her own death. This story of sacrifice and survival plus the story of The Envious Sisters and a modern true Journey into Exile – (the life of Adnan al Sayegh and his family’s exile from Iraq) are brought to life through theatre and dance by the Pegasus Youth Theatre Companies.

24th July 2014

4.30pm and 8.30pm

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MESH 2014 – The Netherlands and Lithuania

Café The Junction

Script by Adriaan Spaargaven and Sander van Egmond

A collaboration between Bonaventura College and the Centre for the Arts and Culture – BplusC in the Netherlands.

Three men receive a mysterious invitation to go to the Café – The Junction. The businessman, the lawyer and the drug dealer. They each have their own reasons for attending this meeting. What is their relationship? What are their motives? They all play their part, all confident that they will make a better deal than the other. But at The Junction nothing is what it seems and only one of them can be the winner

The script has been written by two of the actors; Adriaan Spaargaven and Sander van Egmond. The actors are students from Bonaventura College and the dancers are from BplusC.

Please note this show will take place at The North Wall, Oxford

Click here to book tickets on their website

duration 45 mins


“Still to come…..”
performed by students from Little Theatre Academy (Lithuania)

Little Theatre Academy of Vilnius Theatre School, Lithuania present this piece of poetic action theatre.

This show sees a group of children trying to create their own world, a world that is free from war, anxiety, betrayal and violence. Together the children discover whether such a world can exist, or whether love for each other has been forgotten, even by children.

Please note that this performance takes place at the North Wall.

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Performed in English.

25th July

4:30pm and 8:30pm

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Tickets: £7, £5 conc, £4 U18

MESH 2014 – Croatia and Germany Double Bill

Parrhesia

Young DaskaTheatre, Sisak, Croatia present this multimedia performance with participation from Youth Centre Ribnjak, Zagreb, Croatia.

This show consists of three multimedia parts with elements of puppet theatre, shadow theatre and visual effects. Its main theme is honesty (parrhesia an ancient Greek word meaning honesty). The show explores relationships between people in different social interactions and tries to find reasons for the amount of dishonesty, hypocrisy and falsehood that is so apparent.

duration 47 minutes

“Mujeres”

Performed by “The BBG Dance Company” by the Bertolt-Brecht Comprehensive School, Bonn

“Mujeres” is a dance piece the BBG Dance Company, Bonn would like to dedicate to all Chilean and Argentinian women who first demonstrated publicly about the oppression and violence of dictatorship and torture. They went on the streets and showed pictures of their husbands, children, friends and all the people who had been arrested by the police and then mysteriously disappeared. “Mujeres” deals with images of suffering and protest, but ultimately with the need for human rights, equal power and freedom.

duration 35 mins

Sat 26th Jul

4.30pm and 8.30pm

Tickets and information

£7. £5 conc, £4 U18

MESH 2014 – The Grand Debate

The Grand debate explores the question No Stories, No Culture? debating ideas around how stories reflect, comment on and change cultures; how we can interpret cultural history through story, why stories have been and are suppressed, and the importance to society of valuing stories, creativity and culture.

A panel of writers, academics and young people will give their input before International participants and the general public are invited to take part in a facilitated discussion and give feedback on the general view from different cultures and perspectives.

Sun 27th Jul

1.15pm

Tickets and information

FREE

MESH 2014 – Russia

The Great Little Prince
Performed by Dance group Neposedy (Perm, Russia)

The Great Little Prince is an ordinary person and the planets are different social Worlds with their own problems. The problem of choice for a person. As the world consists of a lot of small worlds, where one’s soul could find its habour? What will he choose?

Tuesday, 29 July

4.30pm & 8.30pm

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Tickets: £7, £5 conc, £4 U18

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University Theatre


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Oxford Shakespeare Company
0870 609 2231

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As You Like It

For the Summer of 2014 we are delighted to present Shakespeare's As You Like It directed by Michael Oakley and music by Nicholas Lloyd Webber.

Fall in love with Shakespeare’s most musical and joyful romantic comedy in an outdoor promenade production in the beautiful surroundings of Wadham College.

It’s love at first sight when Rosalind and Orlando first lock eyes, but their passion will never survive in the glamorous but strict world of Duke Frederick. Banished from her stately home, Rosalind flees the court donning the disguise of a man with her loyal cousin Celia.

Welcome to the Forest of Arden whose inhabitants are at one with nature and everyone seems to be in love! Encountering a host of colourful characters, and accumulating chaos and confusion along the way, Rosalind must first discover her real self before true love can flourish.

1-5th July, 7-12th, 14th-19th, 21-26 th July,28-31th July 7.30pm,4th, 9th,12th,16th,19th, 23th, 26th,30th July 14:30

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

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Miscellaneous Theatre

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