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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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Beauty & the Beast

An Oxford Playhouse Pantomime

Get set for a magical, musical adventure this Christmas with Beauty and the Beast.

When our heroine, Beauty, takes a wrong turn in the forest she finds herself trapped by a dastardly beast: can she discover the heart of a monster? Will true love conquer all in the end?

With sing-a-long tunes, plenty of panto mischief, lashings of silliness and stunning dancing, get ready to boo, cheer and yell ‘he’s behind you!’ at this year’s festive spectacular.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without an Oxford Playhouse pantomime and it’s never too early to secure your seats.

Christmas just isn't the same without a visit to the Oxford Playhouse Pantomime.

Age guideline 5+ Brave children under 5 are welcome, but may find some scenes loud or scary.

For busy shows, the best availability is in the circle!

Another wonderfully entertaining panto courtesy of Peter Duncan and the fabulous Oxford Playhouse. Audience Tweet

It’d be a crime to miss this year’s Playhouse panto… A riot from start to finish… the most accomplished, most memorable and most perfect of Christmas treats. Oxford Mail on Robin Hood

Venue: Main Stage | Category: Family Family Friendly
Date Time Booking Price Extra


Thu 18/12 10:00 Sold Out £20 / £18 / £14.50
Thu 18/12 14:00 £20 / £18 / £14.50
Sat 20/12 14:00 £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Sat 20/12 19:00 £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50
Sun 21/12 11:00 £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Sun 21/12 16:00 £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Mon 22/12 14:00 £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Mon 22/12 18:00 £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Tue 23/12 11:00 £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Tue 23/12 16:00 £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Wed 24/12 11:00 £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Wed 24/12 15:00 £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Fri 26/12 14:00 £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Fri 26/12 18:00 £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Sat 27/12 14:00 £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Sat 27/12 19:00 £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50
Sun 28/12 11:00 £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Sun 28/12 16:00 £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50
Mon 29/12 14:00 £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Mon 29/12 18:00 £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50
Tue 30/12 11:00 £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Tue 30/12 16:00 £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50
Wed 31/12 11:00 £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50
Wed 31/12 15:00 £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50

18th to 31th December

Various Times

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Creation Theatre Company
01865 766266

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The Wind in the Willows

The weasels are in Toad Hall!

Toad hasn’t been seen since the most recent of his escapades backfired, Badger doesn’t react well to visitors in the winter and Ratty and Mole have tucked themselves away eating sardines and telling tales of sunnier days.

How will we drive the wild-wooders back where they belong?

Warm your feet by the fire, toast yourself a crumpet and let us thrill you with the daring adventures of Mr Toad, as his friends try to put him off his latest scheme while the seasons turn on the riverbank.

This year, we return to the North Wall to transform it into the banks of the bubbling Thames, country inns and the open road as we bring Kenneth Grahame’s family classic to life with music, fun and laughter.

With the arrival of spring, Mole loses patience with his house cleaning and flees his underground home. The air is filled with the sweet smells of springtime and Mole ends up by the river where he meets Ratty, a Water Vole. Friendship blossoms and Ratty invites Mole to join her on a trip up the river. As Mole embarks on her first boating adventure, Ratty warns Mole of the perils of the Wild Wood and the wider world. On their trip they run into Badger; a respected but elusive character who hates society.

One summer day, Ratty takes Mole to Toad Hall to meet his wealthy friend Toad. Toad is jovial, friendly and kind-hearted, but he regularly becomes obsessed with current fads, only to abandon them as quickly as he took them up. Toad’s current craze is his gypsy caravan and he persuades the reluctant Ratty and willing Mole to join him on a trip. Their adventure is short-lived when the wagon is upset by a passing motorcar. Ratty is so furious that he wants to prosecute the owners of the car but Toad has other ideas; he must have the biggest, fastest, gaudiest car that money can buy.

As winter approaches, the weasels plot to get their paws on Toad Hall and Mole and Ratty despair as Toad’s obsession becomes uncontrollable as he keeps buying and crashing cars. Mole tries to persuade Ratty that they should seek help from Badger, who is the only one who can sort him out. Ratty is reluctant to turn up unannounced so Mole sets out alone to the Wild Wood in the dead of night in search of Badger. Waking up to realise Mole has gone, Ratty chases after to her, arriving in the nick of time to save a terrified Mole from the troublesome Weasels.

As summer returns, Toad’s hour finally comes and he’s sentenced to 19 years in prison for his reckless driving and for stealing a car. Toad wins the sympathy of the gaoler’s daughter who helps him to escape, disguised as a lowly washer-woman. With the police in close pursuit, Toad hitches a lift on a train and a barge in exchange for his washing services. By strange coincidence, Toad tricks his way into the very car he stole and finally drops his guise, recklessly grabbing the wheel. Needless to say, he promptly crashes and submerges the car into a pond.

Reunited with Ratty, Mole and Badger, Toad learns that Toad Hall has been taken over by the untrustworthy weasels from the Wild Wood, who have driven out Mole and Badger. The four friends, armed to the teeth, enter via a secret tunnel and pounce upon the unsuspecting weasels. Having driven away the intruders, Toad holds a banquet to mark his return, during which (for a change) he behaves both quietly and humbly. He makes up for his earlier wrongdoings by seeking out and compensating those he has wronged, and the four friends live out their lives happily ever after.

DIFFRENT HOURS SHOW:
http://www.creationtheatre.co.uk/show-two/schedule

5th to 31th December

2:00

Tickets and Information

Green – Premium seats – from £30 Pink – Band A – from £25 Orange – Band B – from £19.50 Blue – Band C – from £13.50

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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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Hay Fever by Noël Coward

This December, Oxford Theatre Guild brings Summer to Oxford with a classic Coward romp set in the English countryside. Each member of the bohemian Bliss family has invited a guest for the weekend to their country retreat without the rest of the family’s knowledge. As might be expected chaos ensues thanks to their rude and somewhat shocking behaviour over the weekend including couple swapping, mistaken engagements, parlour games and hiccups!

Written and set in 1925, this production incorporates much of the glamour from the period mixed with the quick wit and high jinks one can always expect from Noël Coward. With music and costumes direct from the roaring 20s, Oxford Theatre Guild invites you to step back in time and immerse yourself in the chaotic and highly amusing world of this Noel Coward classic.

Groups can get every 8th ticket for free. Please contact the Ticket Office for more details. Group tickets cannot be booked online.

12+

Running Time: 2 hours including a 20 minute interval

Tue, 16 Dec 7:30 PM Prices: £13 (£11)
Wed,17 Dec 7:30 PM Prices: £13 (£11)
Thu, 18 Dec 7:30 PM Prices: £13 (£11)
Fri, 19 Dec 7:30 PM Prices: £13 (£11)
Sat, 20 Dec 2:30 PM Prices: £13 (£11)
Sat, 20 Dec 7:30 PM Prices: £13 (£11)

16th to 20th December

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Last Christmas Shopping Day

If you’ve not got all your presents yet then there’s still time. We’re opening 10-5pm on the 23rd December to help you with your last minute present needs.

We’ll even have a gift wrapping service so you can have it wrapped and ready to go all in one place – straight to it’s chuffed new owner.

23th December

10-5pm

This event is free. No ticket is needed.

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Hurry Up, Father Christmas!

Written by Helen Eastman
Directed by Amy Mulholland

It’s Christmas time at the North Pole and everything’s running late.

The sleigh isn’t polished and the reindeer aren’t fed, Father Christmas has lost his keys and now the magic dust has run out – oh no! Hurry up, Father Christmas! There’s lots to do and it’s time to go! From the writer that brought you the sell-out productions Father Christmas and the Icicle Bicycle and Dear Father Christmas comes this interactive show for children aged 3 to 6 years.

Father Christmas and some of his very merry team of festive helpers present this perfect Christmas treat for young children and their families. Join Ivy the Elf and Mr Tick Tock for stories, songs and activities to help get the sleigh on its way.

Before you come…
Write your letter to Father Christmas and post it in the Playhouse’s special postbox in the theatre foyer, or download decorations to make and colour in at home.

And get in the Christmas spirit by making your own snow globe or Christmas decorations!

Age guideline 3 to 6

Thu 18/12 11:00 Sold Out £8 (£6)
Thu 18/12 14:00 Sold Out £9 (£7)
Sat 20/12 10:00 Sold Out £8 (£6)
Sat 20/12 12:00 Sold Out £8 (£6)
Sat 20/12 15:00 Sold Out £9 (£7)
Sun 21/12 10:00 Sold Out £8 (£6)
Sun 21/12 12:00 Sold Out £9 (£7)
Mon 22/12 10:00 Sold Out £8 (£6)
Mon 22/12 12:00 Sold Out £8 (£6)
Mon 22/12 15:00 Sold Out £9 (£7)
Tue 23/12 10:00 Sold Out £8 (£6)
Tue 23/12 12:00 Sold Out £8 (£6)
Tue 23/12 15:00 Sold Out £9 (£7)
Wed 24/12 10:00 Sold Out £8 (£6)
Wed 24/12 12:00 Sold Out £9 (£7)
Sat 27/12 12:00 Sold Out £8 (£6)
Sat 27/12 15:00 Sold Out £9 (£7)
Sun 28/12 10:00 Sold Out £8 (£6)
Sun 28/12 12:00 Sold Out £8 (£6)
Sun 28/12 15:00 Sold Out £9 (£7)
Mon 29/12 10:00 Sold Out £8 (£6)
Mon 29/12 12:00 Sold Out £8 (£6)
Mon 29/12 15:00 Sold Out £9 (£7)
Tue 30/12 11:00 Sold Out £8 (£6)
Tue 30/12 14:00 Sold Out £9 (£7)
Wed 31/12 10:00 £8 (£6)
Wed 31/12 12:00 £9 (£7)

18th to 31th December

Various Times

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The Snow Queen by Mike Kenny

The Pegasus Christmas show. A frozen adventure.

Once upon a time…
Young Kai and Gerda are very best friends, but when the Snow Queen steals Kai away to her frozen palace, Gerda must got to the ends of the Earth to save him and melt the splinter of ice in his heart. Inspired by Hans Andersen’s classic story of friendship and growing up, follow Gerda as she faces dangers and dilemmas, magic and adventure. Get up close to the action – to a show that’s fast-moving, inventive, packed with comic characters, excitement and plenty of fun. And that’s not all!. We’ll be bringing our building to life in surprising ways, creating a playful experience where you can explore the icy world of the Snow Queen and make your visit spookily special.

Running time: approx 1 hour 50 minutes including interval

Thu 18 Dec 12.30pm SOLD OUT
Thu 18 Dec 7.00pm (BSL interpreted information) £15 full, £10 concs., £6 U18s
Fri 19 Dec 12.30pm £15 full, £10 concs., £6 U18s
Fri 19 Dec 7.00pm £15 full, £10 concs., £6 U18s
Sat 20 Dec 2.30pm SOLD OUT
Sat 20 Dec 7.00pm £15 full, £10 concs., £6 U18s
Sun 21 Dec NO PERFORMANCES
Mon 22 Dec 2.30pm £18 full, £12 concs., £6 U18s
Mon 22 Dec 7.00pm £18 full, £12 concs., £6 U18s
Tue 23 Dec 2.30pm £18 full, £12 concs., £6 U18s
Tue 23 Dec 7.00pm £18 full, £12 concs., £6 U18s
Wed 24 Dec 2.30pm £18 full, £12 concs., £6 U18s
Thu 25 Dec NO PERFORMANCES
Fri 26 Dec 7.00pm £18 full, £12 concs., £6 U18s
Sat 27 Dec 2.30pm £18 full, £12 concs., £6 U18s
Sat 27 Dec 7.00pm £18 full, £12 concs., £6 U18s
Sun 28 Dec 2.30pm £18 full, £12 concs., £6 U18s
Sun 28 Dec 7.00pm £18 full, £12 concs., £6 U18s
Mon 29 Dec 2.30pm £18 full, £12 concs., £6 U18s
Mon 29 Dec 7.00pm £18 full, £12 concs., £6 U18s
Tue 30 Dec 2.30pm £18 full, £12 concs., £6 U18s
Tue 30 Dec 7.00pm £18 full, £12 concs., £6 U18s
Wed 31 Dec 2.30pm £18 full, £12 concs., £6 U18s

18th to 31th December

Tickets and Information

Cost Family Cushion Concerts: £5 (babies under 1 year free) . £16 Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children)

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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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What's Showing?

The Wind in the Willows

The weasels are in Toad Hall!

Toad hasn’t been seen since the most recent of his escapades backfired, Badger doesn’t react well to visitors in the winter and Ratty and Mole have tucked themselves away eating sardines and telling tales of sunnier days.

How will we drive the wild-wooders back where they belong?

Warm your feet by the fire, toast yourself a crumpet and let us thrill you with the daring adventures of Mr Toad, as his friends try to put him off his latest scheme while the seasons turn on the riverbank.

This year, we return to the North Wall to transform it into the banks of the bubbling Thames, country inns and the open road as we bring Kenneth Grahame’s family classic to life with music, fun and laughter.

This performance is suitable for Mums, Dads, Grannies, fidgety 7 year olds, and groups of friends from work. We do however suggest that (much like Kenneth Grahame’s book) it may be a little grown up for pre-school children and recommend age 5 as a minimum.

11th to 31th December

Different Hours : http://www.creationtheatre.co.uk/show-two/schedule

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Miscellaneous Theatre

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