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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?

King Lear

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Bill Buckhurst
Nothing will come of nothing.
Old King Lear, weary of royal duties, proposes to break up his kingdom and divide it among his three daughters.
But this rash generosity is cruelly repaid and Lear discovers too late the false values by which he has lived.

Tempestuous poetry shot through with touches of humour and moments of heart-rending simplicity, Shakespeare’s King Lear is one of the deepest artistic explorations of the human condition.

Oxford Playhouse and the Bodleian Library are delighted to welcome back the Globe Theatre on Tour to perform King Lear starring Joseph Marcell (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) in the stunning setting of the Old Schools Quadrangle.

Fri 1/8 19:45 £22 / £20
Sat 2/8 19:45 £22 / £20
Sun 3/8 14:30 £22 / £20
Sun 3/8 19:45 £22 / £20

1st Aug - 3th Aug

Tickets

£22 / £20

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Creation Theatre Company
01865 766266

official website

What's Showing?

Macbeth

Shakespeare’s darkest play

A political thriller and a horror story. Fast paced, unrelenting, absorbing, repugnant.

This never was safe theatre and in Creation’s hands it becomes a rollercoaster of dreams and visions, re-imagined within the confines of a sanatorium within earshot of the guns of the Western Front.

Gathered for a strange wake and seated at tables before the edifice of Lady Margaret Hall, the audience is drawn into a disconcerting world that drifts among them like whispering eddies of dreaded gas.

1st Aug - 2th Aug

7:30 pm

Tickets and Information

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

Macbeth

Shakespeare’s darkest play

A political thriller and a horror story. Fast paced, unrelenting, absorbing, repugnant.

This never was safe theatre and in Creation’s hands it becomes a rollercoaster of dreams and visions, re-imagined within the confines of a sanatorium within earshot of the guns of the Western Front.

Gathered for a strange wake and seated at tables before the edifice of Lady Margaret Hall, the audience is drawn into a disconcerting world that drifts among them like whispering eddies of dreaded gas.

5th Aug - 7th Aug

7:30 pm

Tickets and Information

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

official website
Click here for transportation and parking information for this theatre

What's Showing?

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?

Sat 1st Aug 2014

7.30pm (Doors 7pm)

Tickets and information

£12, Concessions £9

The New Libertines: It Only Hurts the First Time

Touring troubadours The New Libertines bring you a show designed to deliver a slap in the face to a media that refuses to cover the most bold, brave and brilliant dark corners of the independent literary world. It Only Hurts The First Time is a showcase for a whole panoply of writers who do it for themselves and push both form and content to its limits.

The New Libertines stand for human experience in its glorious, messy, complex entirety, and stands against everything that is blank, bleak, and brutal, one dimensional or slick in contemporary culture, especially current literary culture.
This show features multimedia experimental novelist Rohan Quine, Polly Trope - author of the stunning confessional Cured Meat, psychogeographic poet Lucy Furlong, transgressive Literary Death Match winner Dan Holloway, Alice Furse, and multiple slam-winning poet Davy Mac. All supported by the brilliant indie band Superhand.

Whilst everything we do is done in the most beautiful way we can, we do not flinch from handling difficult subject matter.
14+

Please note: this event takes place in the café

Running Time: 1 hour & 45 minutes

Fri,  01st Aug

6:30 PM

Tickets and Information

Prices: £5 (£3)

The New Libertines: It Only Hurts the First Time

Touring troubadours The New Libertines bring you a show designed to deliver a slap in the face to a media that refuses to cover the most bold, brave and brilliant dark corners of the independent literary world. It Only Hurts The First Time is a showcase for a whole panoply of writers who do it for themselves and push both form and content to its limits.

The New Libertines stand for human experience in its glorious, messy, complex entirety, and stands against everything that is blank, bleak, and brutal, one dimensional or slick in contemporary culture, especially current literary culture. With roots that spread to burlesque, Beat, fin de siecle France and ecstatic mystics before slapping its influences around the face with a knuckle-dusting of postmodern wit and Modernist anger, New Libertinism is a celebration of light in dark corners, desire in the face of boredom, despair hidden beneath the underskirts of affluence – of everything it means to be human.

This show features multimedia experimental novelist Rohan Quine, Polly Trope – author of the stunning confessional Cured Meat who is coming all the way from Berlin where she runs a column on underground indie culture for Indie Berlin magazine, psychogeographic poet Lucy Furlong, transgressive Literary Death Match winner Dan Holloway, Alice Furse – a writer in the vanguard of a new wave of lyric, edgy 20-something fiction, and multiple slam-winning poet Davy Mac.

All supported by the brilliant indie band Superhand.

Friday 1st Aug

6:30pm (Doors 6:15pm)

Tickets and Information

£5, Concessions £3

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There is nothing currently showing. Please check the official website for more information.
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Buddy

Buddy Overview

Seen by over 22 million people worldwide

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

'The audience go absolutely crazy. It's the show you will never forget'
Daily Mail

'Joyous! I love this show'
Sunday Express

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!

Fri 01st Aug 7:30 pm; Sat 02th Aug 2:30 pm; Sat 02th Aug 7:30 pm

Tickets and Information

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

New Theatre Backstage Tour

The New Theatre Tours offer an exciting way to see the theatre from a truly unique perspective. Tread the boards of our prestigious stage and experience what your favourite performers from stage, screen and the music world enjoy every time they visit.
Buddy

Saturday 2th Aug

10:30 am

Tickets and Information

£8.00

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MESH 2014 – Beowulf and Grendel (Finale)

Beowulf and Grendel

Beowulf and Grendel is a new adaptation of the ancient Anglo-Saxon poem and explores the notion of migration in a post apocalyptic and ancient mythological setting where, due to disease, the adults are dying, leaving ‘tribes’ of young people to fend for themselves. Can young people co-exist, can they let go of blame and accept those who are seen as outsiders and used as scapegoats? Can they create a united world or is this an impossible dream?

This Finale show is the culmination of the ten day international youth arts festival Mesh produced by Pegasus in partnership with The North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford Inspires, Oxford International Link and Oxford City Council. Created with 150 young people from around the world, it is a fitting international celebration and questioning of power, nations, cultures and young people in a year where immigration is central to the political landscape in Europe and beyond.

Duration 2 hrs

Fri 1st Aug

7:00 pm

http://www.pegasustheatre.org.uk/shows/mesh-2014-beowulf-and-grendel-finale/

£7 full price, £5 conc, £4 U18

Mesh – International Youth Arts Festival

Oxford’s own youth festival created with, by and for young people produced by Pegasus in partnership with The North Wall Arts Centre.

Now in its third year, Mesh brings together young people from around the world to share and show their culture. At this unique Youth Arts Festival you can experience the fresh flavour, energy and ideas from young people as they perform original work and, working together, create a brand new finale show especially for Mesh.

Anyone can see these shows, some at Pegasus, some at the North Wall and the Town Hall. Come and enjoy this amazing international season that spans South African carnival music to Lithuanian drama, plus street theatre, parades and debates with published writers and young people from France, Germany, The Netherlands, Croatia, Thailand, Russia, Lithuania, South Africa and United Kingdom.

1st Aug

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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

official website

What's Showing?

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.

Fri, 01 Aug 7:30 PM Prices: £22.50 (£17.50)
Sat, 02 Aug 2:30 PM Prices: £17.50 (£12.50)
Sat, 02 Aug 7:30 PM Prices: £22.50 (£17.50)
Mon, 04 Aug 7:30 PMSOLD OUT Prices: £22.50 (£17.50)
Tue, 05 Aug 7:30 PM Prices: £22.50 (£17.50)
Wed, 06 Aug 2:30 PM Prices: £17.50 (£12.50)
Wed, 06 Aug 7:30 PM Prices: £22.50 (£17.50)
Thu, 07 Aug 7:30 PM Prices: £22.50 (£17.50)
Fri, 08 Aug 7:30 PM Prices: £22.50 (£17.50)
Sat, 09 Aug 3:30 PM Prices: £17.50 (£12.50)
Sat, 09 Aug 7:30 PM Prices: £22.50 (£17.50)
Tue, 12 Aug 2:30 PM Prices: £17.50 (£12.50)
Tue, 12 Aug 7:30 PM Prices: £22.50 (£17.50)
Wed, 13 Aug 7:30 PM Prices: £22.50 (£17.50)
Thu, 14 Aug 2:30 PM Prices: £17.50 (£12.50)
Thu, 14 Aug 7:30 PM Prices: £22.50 (£17.50)
Fri, 15 Aug 7:30 PM Prices: £22.50 (£17.50)

01 st Aug - 15th Aug

7:30 PM

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

official website

What's Showing?

Fragment

The North Wall Summer Residency
Each year, The North Wall Summer Residency unites emerging actors, designers, writers and technicians with a professional theatre company to form a brand new ensemble with the aim of exploring ideas and developing new work. This summer, the project is led by Iron Shoes and Dom Coyote Productions, who present Fragment, a blend of songs & stories meditating on love, loss and heartache...

1981
Young sweethearts Helen and Lester decide to spend the rest of their lives together.

2014
A research professor explores how we are connected, whilst slipping further away from those who love her.

A man refuses to answer the door, preferring to be alone.

A woman suffers a heart attack and reflects on a life that could have been.

The evening will also feature rehearsed readings of new work written alongside the main project. Open for the first time to the general public, this is an exciting opportunity to see emerging artists at the earliest stages of their careers.

Friday 8th August to Saturday 9th August

7:00 pm

Tickets and Information

Full Price £6.00 + fee* ; Concession £5.00 + fee*

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Miscellaneous Theatre

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There is nothing currently showing.
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