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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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Suffragettes and Rabble Rousers

A Walk in the Footsteps of Oxford’s Radical Thinkers

Following on from The Oxford Poetry Walk, Oxford Playhouse has created a new audio tour with a difference, celebrating many of the great and radical minds that have spent time in the city.

Written and performed by artists including Anne-Marie Duff, Paterson Joseph, Polly Teale, Margaret Drabble, Molly Naylor and Glyn Maxwell, Suffragettes and Rabble Rousers is a collection of monologues about some of Oxford’s most forward-thinking residents.

With tales from the lives of Emily Wilding Davison, who was trampled under the king’s horse; Christian Cole, the University’s first black student; Civil War activists, the Levellers; Percy Bysshe Shelley and Thomas Cranmer.

Pick up a MP3 Player, headphones and a map from the Ticket Office and enjoy a stroll through Oxford with radical thinkers for company.

Further Information

Available Mon to Sat: 10am to 6pm (or 4.30pm when there is no evening show at OP)

Ticket price £5 (You will be asked to leave some form of ID as a deposit)

MP3 Players must be returned within four hours and before the Playhouse closes (6pm when there is no evening performance).

15th April to 30th April

Available Mon to Sat: 10am to 6pm (or 4.30pm when there is no evening show at OP)

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Ticket price £5

Measure for Measure

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Declan Donnellan, Designed by Nick Ormerod

Deep within the heart of the city lies an underworld of chaotic convents, prisons and brothels, kept hidden by a corrupt authority. As virtue and vice blur dangerously together, Shakespeare dissects the nature of government, love, and justice with humour and insight.

Following its scorching productions of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Ubu Roi and The Tempest, Cheek By Jowl returns with another thrilling reinvention of a classic. Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is reimagined in a razor-sharp modern production by a critically acclaimed company of Russian artists, performing in their native tongue.

Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod’s Cheek by Jowl is internationally renowned for its dynamic and beautiful style, with dramatic staging, poetic storytelling and world class actors. In Russia, this production of Measure for Measure was described as “compelling”, “stunning” and “breathtaking”. Not to be missed.

Performed in Russian with English surtitles.
(Please note that the back rows of the stalls - T, U and W - may have a limited view of the surtitles.)

Age guideline 16+ - there are some fleeting moments of graphic imagery of a sexual or violent nature. These include some partial nudity.

One of the ten great theatre companies in the world. Time Magazine

Performances:

Tue 28/4 19:30 £24 / £21 / £17 / £11

Wed 29/4 19:30 £24 / £21 / £17 / £11

Thu 30/4 19:30 £26.50 / £23.50 / £19.50 / £11.50

Fri 1/5 20:00 £26.50 / £23.50 / £19.50 / £11.50

Sat 2/5 14:30 £24 / £21 / £17 / £11

Sat 2/5 19:30 £26.50 / £23.50 / £19.50 / £11.50

28th to 30th April

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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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Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone

Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone is an investigation into what happens when we discover that our parents are flawed human beings, and that at some point, sooner than we think, they are suddenly going to disappear from our lives.

In an intimate and funny exploration of mother and daughter relationships, two highly skilled male actors explore the fascinating relationship dynamic of a thirty-something daughter and her ageing mother.

The honest, frank and familiar exchanges between mother and daughter range from the everyday: tea, travel, boyfriends and more tea; to the truth of their seemingly tense relationship.

14+
Contains strong language

Running Time: 50 minutes with no interval

28 April

7:30 PM

Tickets and Information

Prices: £12 (£10)

Clowning (in the real world)

What if you’re a clown, but you don’t want to make a clown show? What if you’re a clown but you can’t make a clown show? What if you’re just not funny?

Led by a Complicite Associate performer, participants will investigate the uses of clowning beyond simply being a clown. Over two days, the workshop will explore the essential qualities of the clown: naivety and optimism; vulnerability and failure; and, above all, absolute honesty, and ask how these qualities can feed into and inspire all areas of performance.

The workshop will have a strong physical emphasis, taking in traditional movement training as well as play, slapstick, competition, rhythm and observation.

This workshop is suitable for professional and semi-professional actors, drama students and anyone interested in performance.

29th and 30th April

11.00 - 17.30

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£150 for two days (£125 for students).

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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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Shooting With Light

In 1934 a young German refugee flees to Paris and discovers the genius of photography.

She reinvents herself as Gerda Taro, becoming one of the pioneering women to photograph the front line. In this startling and visually rich production Idle Motion expose one of the most remarkable untold stories of our age.

Today we live in a world where our lives can feel like they are defined by our collective Kodak moments. With the compulsion to capture it all we are flooded by a myriad of images. And yet within the 2.5 billion photographs taken every day, there will only be a precious few that we will continue to hold on to.

Described by The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner as “a brilliant emerging company” and developed with New Diorama, The Lowry and Greenwich Theatre, Idle Motion use innovative staging, physicality and multimedia to interweave the dramatic stories of photographs undeveloped, scattered and unearthed.

This is a story about capturing moments, freezing shadows and the photographs that outlive our memories.

28th April

8 pm

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Full Price £13.00 + fee*, Concession £11.00 + fee*

Duotone

“A hidden gem” Observer

Duotone is the alias of songwriter Barney Morse-Brown, cellist with multiplatinum artist Birdy, BBC Folk Award winners the Imagined Village, Chris Wood, Eliza Carthy & Jackie Oates.

Single-handedly disproving the myth that ‘men can’t multi-task’, his mesmerising solo performances of multi instrumental live looping move seamlessly between riotous energy and heartfelt intimacy. Duotone is proud to be returning to the North Wall to launch his new LP Let’s Get Low.

Written at home on his narrowboat, Let’s Get Low reveals a songwriter who is unafraid to explore real-life experiences that are often hidden from view. His debut album Work Harder & One Day You’ll Find Her (2009) and critically acclaimed second LP Ropes (2011) saw Duotone navigating his way through the loss of his wife. Let’s Get Low, two years in the making, presents a new perspective on his experiences and explores the meaning of home and his sense of place.

★★★★★ Songlines

“One of Britain’s most intriguing & inventive bands” Rock ‘N’ Reel

29th April

8:00 pm

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Full Price £12.00 + fee*, Concession £10.00 + fee*

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Miscellaneous Theatre

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