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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

The Pillowman

By Martin McDonagh

One writer. One writer’s brother. One good cop. One bad cop.

Under totalitarian rule, Katurian is being interrogated in a state police cell. A writer of twisted fairy tales, he is told that his stories have predicted a string of gruesome child-murders committed in his district.

An epic and truly dark comedy, The Pillowman is an Olivier Award-winning play from acclaimed writer Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). Alongside gripping plot twists, it combines horror and suspense with irresistible humour and unexpected moments of tenderness.

Presented by students from the University of Oxford, with unprecedented gender-blind casting, this is a bold reimagining of McDonagh’s cult classic.

Age guideline 18+

Wed 29/10 19:30 £17.50 / £14.50 / £12.50 / £11
Thu 30/10 19:30 £17.50 / £14.50 / £12.50 / £11
Fri 31/10 20:00 £17.50 / £14.50 / £12.50 / £11

29th to 31th 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

Tickets and Information

This event is free - just drop in.

Big Draw Family Event: Britain’s Brilliant Birds

Fly on down and let your imagination soar at this year’s Big Draw event.

Led by Illustrator Claire Duffy, participants will celebrate Britain’s brilliant birds through drawing, exploring colour, pattern and line to create their own beautiful hand-drawn bird

Supported by OYAP.

25 October

2 - 4 pm

Tickets and Information

£2 towards materials

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

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…

28 October

7:30 pm

Tickets and Information

£5, Concessions £3

Call Mr Robeson

Written and Performed by Tayo Aluko, Paul Robeson is a great and famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner.

When over the years he gets progressively too radical and outspoken for the establishment’s liking, he is branded a traitor to his country, harassed, and denied opportunities to perform or travel. Just as physical, emotional and mental stress threaten to push him over the fine line between genius and madness, he is summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee, to give the most difficult and important performance of his career.

The play is a roller coaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable and eventful life, and highlights how his radical activism caused him to be disowned and disremembered, even by the leaders and descendants of the civil rights movement. It features much fiery oratory and some of his famous songs, including a dramatic rendition of Ol’ Man River.

30 October

8 pm (Doors 7:30pm)

Tickets and Information

£12.50 in advance, £14.50 on the door

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Bouncers


By John Godber

Step into the world of Bouncers where the sticky floors, drunk partiers and gruff doormen form the backdrop to a hilarious clubbing experience.

Poor Player Productions presents John Godber’s raucous comedy, taking you through a chaotic night on the town. Join Lucky Eric and his crew for a mad night out, but make sure your name’s on the list... or you won’t get in!

Category: Student Prices: £6 (£5)

28th to 31th October

19:30

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Welcome to the Parish of Cummerbund-Upon-Tweed

The Oxford Revue presents their brand new show, Welcome to the Parish of Cummerbund-Upon- Tweed: Please Drive Carefully.

There’s an old saying in Cummerbund-Upon-Tweed, but nobody’s sure what it is. For this is a village steeped in centuries of tradition – home of the world’s oldest stopped clock and fiercely proud of it. How will this out-of-pace little town, this last outpost of old England, square up to the descending forces of modernity.

Is this the death of England’s green and pleasant land? Journey through Cummerbund-Upon-Tweed and find out.

28th to 31th October

21:30

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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.

25th October

10:30 am

Tickets and Information

Tickets £8.00 no booking fees

Coppelia

The comic family tale of an eccentric toymaker and his mechanical doll

Dr Coppélius, the toymaker, has created the lifelike Coppélia doll and wishes for nothing more than to bring her to life. He thinks his dream has finally come true, but he has merely been caught up in a lovers' tiff. Love triumphs over all in this comedy of mistaken identity and the finale is a breathtaking celebration of the lovers' marriage.

Coppélia is an enchanting, effervescent family ballet, perfect for young and old alike. Delibes's irresistibly melodic score is performed by English National Ballet's full orchestra

Running time: TBC

28th to 31th October

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

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Shh!

Romance, humour and politics collide when a library is closed down, only to arise phoenix style when the local community pull together. Expect the unexpected as books fly overhead, performers go free-running over the shelves and the whole set is manipulated for a fast-flowing, feel-good show for all the family (minimum age 5 years) and dance lovers of all ages.
Workshops at Oxford Central Library
Saturday 25 Oct
10.15 - 11 am & 11.15 - 12 pm
45 minutes workshop for ages 8+
No dance experience required!

25 October

7:30 pm

Tickets and Information

£9, £6 concs. / Workshops & show £8

Shop of Little Horrors

Grimlake’s Emporium of Novelties is a dilapidated shop on the outskirts of nowhere. Elderly Albert Grimlake is obsessed with puppets, especially the ventriloquist’s dummies whose faces bear and uncanny resemblance to customers, friends and family long gone. He has no successor until Eric comes along. Young and keen as mustard, he’s seen all the Muppets movies. Twice. But Eric discovers there is so much to learn.

30th to 31th 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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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

An Instinct For Kindness

In November 2010, Chris Larner accompanied his chronically ill ex-wife to Dignitas in Switzerland. He returned home with an empty wheelchair and a story to tell.

This extraordinary solo performance has been acclaimed by press and public alike. The production premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2011, where it won the Scotsman Fringe First award before transferring to the West End for an acclaimed season.

Powerfully moving, Larner’s show is by turns funny and heart-rending. His brilliant script and performance draw us inexorably into the haunting, human story of a woman making the ultimate decision about her own life.

“A wonderfully subtle and deceptively understated performance. This is story-telling of a very high order.” ★★★★★ The Times

Age Suitability: 14+

Written and performed by Chris Larner
Directed by Hannah Eidinow
Part of Kicking the Bucket, a festival of Living and Dying in and around Oxford

28th October

8 pm

Tickets and Information

Tickets: Full Price £13.00 + fee*;  Concession £11.00 + fee*

An Evening With Sir Timothy Ackroyd

In aid of The Silverlining Charity, don't miss Sir Timothy Ackroyd in his one man play “A Step Out Of Time”, following sell-out performances in New Orleans, Dallas & New York.

Timothy Ackroyd won a scholarship to LAMDA and was nominated for the West End Critic’s Award for the most promising Newcomer of 1976 for his performance of Clytemnestra in Agamemnon.

His West End performances have included “Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell” with Peter O’Toole,”Pygmalion” with John Thaw, “No Sex Please, We’re British”, “Macbeth”, “Much Ado About Nothing”, “A Month In The Country” and ‘The Rivals’.

An evening with Sir Timothy Ackroyd is a real treat!

29th October

7:30 pm

Tickets and Information

All tickets £30.00 + fee*

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Miscellaneous Theatre

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