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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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Oxford Playhouse Young Companies

Called 7|10, 11|15 and 16|22, each company meets once a week during term time for drama games, improvisation techniques, performance skills and more! Every group has the opportunity to share what its been working on with friends and family and 16|22 presents its flagship show as part of Oxford Playhouse’s programme each year.

If you’re looking for an after-school or college group to build your confidence, make friends, have bags of fun and learn more about drama then Oxford Playhouse Young Companies are for you!

7|10 Young Company meets Mondays 4:30 pm to 6 pm
11|15 Young Company meets Tuesdays 5 pm to 7 pm
16|22 Young Company meets Wednesdays 5 pm to 7 pm

September to November 2014

£50 per term

Othello

Directed by Scott Graham
Adapted and originally directed by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett

Othello’s passionate affair with Desdemona leaves him open to jealousy and attack – with devastating consequences. Violence is a way of life and reputation is everything. This is a mating ground. There’s tension around the pool table, cues in hand. A world of broken glass and beatings in the car park. It’s dog eat dog. And it’s about to kick off…

Frantic Assembly, "The most innovative and progressive company around" (Times), comes to Oxford with this electrifying take on Shakespeare’s thriller-tragedy of paranoia, jealousy, sex and murder. Fusing a taut adaptation of the classic text with its trademark hard-hitting choreography, Frantic Assembly takes a scalpel to 21st century Britain, exposing prejudice, danger and fear.

Age guideline 14+ - Contains scenes of a violent nature

Running Time 100 minutes with no interval

Frantic Assembly’s fierce take on Shakespeare…is a triumph Observer

Tue 21th 19:30 £24 / £21 / £17 / £11
Wed 22th 14:30 £21.50 / £18.50 / £13 / £11
Wed 22th 19:30 £24 / £21 / £17 / £11
Thu 23th 14:30 £21.50 / £18.50 / £13 / £11
Thu 23th 19:30 £26.50 / £23.50 / £19.50 / £11.50
Fri 24th 20:00 £26.50 / £23.50 / £19.50 / £11.50
Sat 25th 14:30 £24 / £21 / £17 / £11
Sat 25th 19:30 £26.50 / £23.50 / £19.50 / £11.50

22th to 25th October

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Creation Theatre Company
01865 766266

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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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Chop Marks and Avifauna

Help us celebrate the opening of our two new exhibitions, Chop Marks by Miranda Creswell and Avifauna by Claire Duffy.
Chop Marks

Miranda Creswell’s drawings on used kitchen boards trace the ‘chopmarks’ which are left behind on them, as part of a half remembered , imagined landscape.

Avifauna

A new body of work looking at Britain’s beautiful birds by illustrator and printmaker Claire Duffy.

15th to 31th October

5:30 -7:30 pm

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This event is free - just drop in.

Don Q

"Here, Sancho my son, help me to undress – I want to see if I am the knight that the wise king prophesied!"

Norman Quixote has lost himself in books. In his twilight years and increasingly ignored in a rushing world, he retreats into tales of knight errantry and damsels in distress.

With his sense of reality waning and threatened with “incarceration in a home for the aged”, he embarks on a quest to fulfil his destiny, taking his loyal friend Sam along for the ride.

Following the success of their debut show The Government Inspector, Flintlock Theatre bring their signature high-energy physical storytelling to their re-imagining of this classic tale. Filled with fights, dances, gypsy-jazz and scooters, Don Q is a fast and furious romp of a show suitable for ages 10–110.

Includes occasional mild swearing and partial nudity
All Ages

Running Time: 2 hours including an interval

22th to 25th October

7:30 PM

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Prices: £13 (£11)

Short Stories Aloud

"Unlike any other literary gathering…go along and listen for yourself!" The Huffington Post

Whoever said stories should be read and not heard? Come and listen to award-winning short stories being read aloud by professional actors with author Q&A following them. There’s cake aplenty, too; something for all appetites. Different theme each month; same friendly vibe. Listen to your favourite tales and discover new ones…

Please note: this event takes place in the Loft Room which is NOT wheelchair accessible
Free if you bring cake!

Running Time: 90 minutes - 2 hours

28th October

7:30 PM

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Prices: £5 (£3)

The Willows

The Willows are a folk roots family band from Cambridge. Fronted by the breath-taking voice of Jade Rhiannon and supported by rich vocal harmonies and sensitive acoustic musicianship, the band draw inspiration from the British Folk and Americana traditions in equal quantity. Debut album Beneath Our Humble Soil was championed by the likes of Mike Harding and Bob Harris and nominated for Best Debut Album in the Spiral Earth Awards 2014.

"Tender, delicate and very beautiful music...absolutely gorgeous sound" Bob Harris
"Fabulous, fabulous music" Mike Harding
"...The Willows are a breath of fresh air to the folk music community..." Maverick Magazine

Running Time: 90 minutes

28th October

8:00 PM

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Prices: £10

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Fat Pig

by Neil LaBute
Beautifully sweet, wickedly funny, and heartbreakingly cruel, Fat Pig tells the story of Tom, a handsome professional, who falls for Helen, a funny, bright and sexy woman – who happens to be plus-sized. Can Tom stand up for love in the face of hostility from friends and colleagues?

Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play in 2005, Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig takes a provocative look at society’s slavish adherence to ideals of beauty.

21th 19:30
22th 19:30
23th 19:30
24th 19:30
25th 19:30

Category: Student Prices: £6 (£5)

21th to 25th October

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Rock of Ages

The award-winning smash hit Broadway musical direct from the West End.

Rock of Ages is an LA love story lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems. Lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair, and yes, they can come true!

Ben Richards and Noel Sullivan star in this hilarious musical comedy which will have you singing and laughing along with its epic songs, including Don’t Stop Believin’, We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Wanted Dead or Alive, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight this Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is, played loud and proud by an awesome live band....

Running time: 2h 35m (inc interval)

21th ; 22th; 23th; 24th; 25th October

19:30 pm / 19:30 pm / 19:30 pm / 17:00 pm;  20:30 pm / 14:30 pm; 19:30pm

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Around the World in Eighty Days

A joyfully frenetic whirlwind of a show, full of daft Victorian invention, daring deeds and downright silliness. Three actors portray a cast of thousands in this madcap adaption of Jules Verne’s globetrotting classic, bringing to life sea storms, police chases and even elephant rides.

Oxfordshire Theatre Company and The Theatre, Chipping Norton bring you a piece of theatre that will have you crying with laughter as you travel the world.

“ **** An inventive romp… Something for everyone; though the characters may not yet have the ability to fly, this production certainly does.”
Andrew Blades, The Stage

” ***** All three performers are tirelessly superb…The thrills and romance of travel are revived as Terry’s hilarious version of Around The World in 80 Days taps into a timeless spirit of adventure. It’s a pleasure to watch”
Matt Dicks, Cotswold Homes Magazine & Public Reviews

This event is part of the Family Arts Festival

23th October

7.30 pm

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Cost £13, £9 cons, £6, U18

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University Theatre


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Oxford Shakespeare Company
0870 609 2231

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

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Our Fathers

Cost of Performance/Event: £13 (concessions £11)
Other relevant information: Award-winning ensemble Babakas present a moving
and funny journey through fatherhood past and present.
Three performers share their own real-life stories. Mike has received an
email asking him to be a surrogate father for a woman he has never met.
Bert’s evangelical father believes dance is to blame for his son’s
sexuality. Meanwhile Sofia needs to find a man before it’s too late, but
her dad keeps getting in the middle.

25th October 2014

An Instinct For Kindness

Cost of Performance/Event: £13 (concessions £11)
Other relevant information: One young man’s fight for life, the
extraordinary strength of the human spirit, and the sacrifices the military
asks of those who serve it.
When the call came, idealistic Joe Bonham eagerly volunteered for the
trenches of World War One. But as he wakes in a strange world and attempts
to piece back together the fragments of his past, he realises he has paid a
price he never expected.

28th October 2014

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Miscellaneous Theatre

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