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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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This May Hurt A Bit

Nicholas James is in and out of hospital thanks to his ageing mother and unruly prostate. Or is it the other way around? Lost medical notes, mysterious stains and bodily malfunctions coincide with the arrival of family from overseas.

With characteristic wit, tenderness and Private Eye style surrealism, Out of Joint explores one family’s journey through the digestive system of the NHS, and asks: what is the prognosis for this much-loved, and fiercely debated, institution?

Written by Stella Feehily, and starring Stephanie Cole (Waiting for God, Doc Martin, Coronation Street), This May Hurt A Bit is a biting new political comedy directed by Out of Joint Artistic Director Max Stafford-Clark, who directed the highly acclaimed Our Country’s Good and Top Girls.

22 April 2014

19:30

Tickets and information

£24 / £21 / £17 / £11

This May Hurt A Bit

Nicholas James is in and out of hospital thanks to his ageing mother and unruly prostate. Or is it the other way around? Lost medical notes, mysterious stains and bodily malfunctions coincide with the arrival of family from overseas.

With characteristic wit, tenderness and Private Eye style surrealism, Out of Joint explores one family’s journey through the digestive system of the NHS, and asks: what is the prognosis for this much-loved, and fiercely debated, institution?

Written by Stella Feehily, and starring Stephanie Cole (Waiting for God, Doc Martin, Coronation Street), This May Hurt A Bit is a biting new political comedy directed by Out of Joint Artistic Director Max Stafford-Clark, who directed the highly acclaimed Our Country’s Good and Top Girls.

23 April 2014

19:30

Tickets and information

£24 / £21 / £17 / £11

This May Hurt A Bit

Nicholas James is in and out of hospital thanks to his ageing mother and unruly prostate. Or is it the other way around? Lost medical notes, mysterious stains and bodily malfunctions coincide with the arrival of family from overseas.

With characteristic wit, tenderness and Private Eye style surrealism, Out of Joint explores one family’s journey through the digestive system of the NHS, and asks: what is the prognosis for this much-loved, and fiercely debated, institution?

Written by Stella Feehily, and starring Stephanie Cole (Waiting for God, Doc Martin, Coronation Street), This May Hurt A Bit is a biting new political comedy directed by Out of Joint Artistic Director Max Stafford-Clark, who directed the highly acclaimed Our Country’s Good and Top Girls.

24 April 2014

14:30;19:30

Tickets and information

£21.50 / £18.50 / £13 / £11; £26.50 / £23.50 / £19.50 / £11.50

This May Hurt A Bit

Nicholas James is in and out of hospital thanks to his ageing mother and unruly prostate. Or is it the other way around? Lost medical notes, mysterious stains and bodily malfunctions coincide with the arrival of family from overseas.

With characteristic wit, tenderness and Private Eye style surrealism, Out of Joint explores one family’s journey through the digestive system of the NHS, and asks: what is the prognosis for this much-loved, and fiercely debated, institution?

Written by Stella Feehily, and starring Stephanie Cole (Waiting for God, Doc Martin, Coronation Street), This May Hurt A Bit is a biting new political comedy directed by Out of Joint Artistic Director Max Stafford-Clark, who directed the highly acclaimed Our Country’s Good and Top Girls.

25 April 2014

20:00

Tickets and information

£26.50 / £23.50 / £19.50 / £11.50

This May Hurt A Bit

Nicholas James is in and out of hospital thanks to his ageing mother and unruly prostate. Or is it the other way around? Lost medical notes, mysterious stains and bodily malfunctions coincide with the arrival of family from overseas.

With characteristic wit, tenderness and Private Eye style surrealism, Out of Joint explores one family’s journey through the digestive system of the NHS, and asks: what is the prognosis for this much-loved, and fiercely debated, institution?

Written by Stella Feehily, and starring Stephanie Cole (Waiting for God, Doc Martin, Coronation Street), This May Hurt A Bit is a biting new political comedy directed by Out of Joint Artistic Director Max Stafford-Clark, who directed the highly acclaimed Our Country’s Good and Top Girls.

26 April 2014

14:30; 19:30

Tickets and information

£24 / £21 / £17 / £11; £26.50 / £23.50 / £19.50 / £11.50

The History Boys

There is no period so remote as the recent past … The History Boys follows eight Sheffield students, fresh from their A-Levels, as they begin the final push for what their Headmaster sees as the ultimate prize – a place at either Oxford or Cambridge.

Burdened by academic pressures and wracked with sexual insecurities, the students throw themselves into hilarious and intriguing classroom experiences; all under the supervision of eccentric English master, Hector.

Written by Alan Bennett, this Olivier and Tony Award-winning play combines realism, humour and pathos to question what an education really means. Performed by students from the University of Oxford.

30 April 2014

19:30

Tickets and information

£17 / £14 / £12 / £11

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Creation Theatre Company
01865 766266

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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

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

Inspired by Dana Wylie Band
Directed by Ellen Havard in association with Oxford Playhouse
with support from CREATE Oxford and Arts Council England

There once was a storm. And in that storm, there was a boy.

A blustery boy lives alone, each day rebuilding his house from the rubbish whipped up by the winds. One day a girl appears and brings him through the gales and the rain. Together they share a summer of blue skies and warm sun. But when the hurricane takes her away how will the boy find his way on his own?

This imaginative tale of chaos and calm combines physical storytelling with original live music by Three Cane Whale. Oxford Playhouse Evolve Artist in Residence Ellen Havard creates this new family production especially for the BT Studio this Easter.

16th, 17th

Wed 16/4 14:00   Thu 17/4 11:00,14:00

Tickets and information

£7.50 (£5.50)

Hurricane Boy

Inspired by Dana Wylie Band
Directed by Ellen Havard in association with Oxford Playhouse
with support from CREATE Oxford and Arts Council England

There once was a storm. And in that storm, there was a boy.

A blustery boy lives alone, each day rebuilding his house from the rubbish whipped up by the winds. One day a girl appears and brings him through the gales and the rain. Together they share a summer of blue skies and warm sun. But when the hurricane takes her away how will the boy find his way on his own?

This imaginative tale of chaos and calm combines physical storytelling with original live music by Three Cane Whale. Oxford Playhouse Evolve Artist in Residence Ellen Havard creates this new family production especially for the BT Studio this Easter.

19th

11:00 and 14:00

Tickets and information

£7.50 (£5.50)

Matilda & Me

Matilda is my Grandma. She migrated from Jamaica to England in 1962. Now all of her memories have faded. I need to remember for her, for me, for us.

Ria Hartley poetically reflects on the story of her and her Grandma, and the story about the two islands they are from.

A conversation between two women fifty years apart, Ria’s colourful and touching production weaves together storytelling, autobiography, dubpoetry, live art and reggae music.

22 April 2014

19:30

Tickets and information

£10 (£8)

Wilde Without the Boy

Directed and adapted by Gareth Armstrong

...The gods had given me almost everything ... genius ... brilliancy, intellectual daring ... I summed up all systems in a phrase, and all existence in an epigram.

Wilde Without the Boy is a dramatisation of De Profundis, Oscar Wilde’s letter to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas.

Written from his prison cell in Reading gaol, after imprisonment for acts of gross indecency, this is Wilde’s epistle of self-reflection. Performed by Gerard Logan (The Rape of Lucrece).

23 April 2014

19:30

Tickets and information

£10 (£8)

Wilde Without the Boy

Directed and adapted by Gareth Armstrong

...The gods had given me almost everything ... genius ... brilliancy, intellectual daring ... I summed up all systems in a phrase, and all existence in an epigram.

Wilde Without the Boy is a dramatisation of De Profundis, Oscar Wilde’s letter to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas.

Written from his prison cell in Reading gaol, after imprisonment for acts of gross indecency, this is Wilde’s epistle of self-reflection. Performed by Gerard Logan (The Rape of Lucrece).

24 April 2014

19:30

Tickets and information

£10 (£8)

Pinocchio

A new version by Michael RosenA new version by Michael Rosen

Follow Pinocchio and his grasshopper friend as they set out on an adventure – to find some fun! Now…if only his nose would just stay still!

Hiccup Theatre joins forces with acclaimed writer for children Michael Rosen (We’re Going on a Bear Hunt) to bring Carlo Collodi’s classic tale to life in a sparkling new version.

26 April 2014

11:00; 14:00

Tickets and information

£7.50 (£5.50); £7.50 (£5.50)

Banksy: The Room In the Elephant

In 2011, UK graffiti artist Banksy spray painted ‘This Looks A Bit Like An Elephant’ on the side of an old water tank in Los Angeles. The disused tank was home to a man called Tachowa Covington who, in his seven years there, had furnished it with carpets, a stove and even CCTV.

The tank instantly became a work of art and was taken away to be sold. By making a statement did Banksy end up making a man homeless?
A colourful and compelling performance by Beadle and a spunky, clever script that weaves poetry and street swagger from Tom Wainwright.

27 April 2014

20:00

Tickets and information

£10 (£8)

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert - Tour

Direct from the West End and starring Jason Donovan comes the feel-good international hit sensation Priscilla Queen of the Desert the Musical!

Winner of 4 WhatsOnStage.com awards, including Best New Musical, and based on the smash-hit movie, Priscilla is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they had ever dreamed of. Jason Donovan stars as Tick, the role he originated in the West End.

With a dazzling array of outrageous Olivier and Tony award-winning costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favourites including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive, Hot Stuff, Finally, Boogie Wonderland, Go West, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and I Love The Nightlife, this wildly fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of fabulous!
Due to occasional coarse language, parental guidance is recommended for children 15 years and under.

Please be advised that Jason Donovan will only be performing in Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances. On Tuesday and Wednesday the role of Tick/Mitzi will be played by Noel Sullivan.

1-2 April 2014

7.30 pm

Tickets and Information

Tickets £12.90 - £43.40

Tap Factory

World Tour 2014 - Tap Factory - tap dance at its stomping best!

Theatre Productions are proud to be bringing this world class show to the UK in 2014. A dazzling, amazing production, showing many genres of dance, in an urban setting. Tap Factory is where Stomp meets Tap Dogs! Their feet have a life of their own, and the rhythm never stops. A brand new award- winning concept in the genre of Stomp, Tap Dogs and Blue Man Group.

This tremendously visual, and highly exciting show, features the world’s best tap dancers and international musicians as they blend the art of percussion, with dance and acrobatics.

This dynamic work was created by Vincent Pausanias and comes to the UK direct from sell out tours in Europe and South America as part of a World tour.

This amazing fully choreographed spectacular features mind blowing live percussion, and gorgeous male dancers and acrobats to set your pulses racing.

With Urban, tap dance, hip hop, comedy, and aerial acrobatics. Audiences will be amazed and thrilled by this high octane spectacular.

20 April

7.30 pm

Tickets and Information

£23.40 - £26.90

Ellen Kent’s Nabucco

Back with the very first opera she ever produced, Ellen Kent brings Nabucco to life in this lavish new production of Verdi’s epic tale, starring international soloists. Featuring the haunting and melodic Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, Nabucco follows the plight of the Hebrews as they are forced from their homeland into exile by the Babylonian King Nabucco. It is a powerful tale laced with revenge, destruction and jealousy. Traditionally staged with magnificent sets and costumes, as well as amazing lighting and stage effects, this production promises an evening to remember.

25 April

7.30 pm

Tickets and Information

Tickets £17.90 - £43.40 plus £4.00 transaction fee*

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Stories for Survival

Sherry has a collection of Middle Eastern mementos given to her by her grandfather, a poet. As she pick over the items she remembers her childhood and the stories he told her from the Arabian Nights and as she remembers they begin to come to life before our eyes.

In this re-telling of those tales, set in locations ranging from contemporary to classic and UK to middle and the far east, fantastic characters are met and moving stories told. The well-known tales of Sinbad, Aladdin, and Ali Baba sit alongside the less read Sympathy the Learned, The Blind Beggar and Princess Badoura. Using dance and music with physical theatre and dramatic storytelling, young people present a selection of stories over a week.

1 April

7pm

Tickets and Information

£7, £5 concessions, £4

Rubbish

An exciting and playful production, by the award-winning Theatre-Rites.

Imagine a world that celebrates its rubbish. A world where, at the touch of a puppeteer’s hand, the contents of a bin bag can transform before your eyes.

Four inquisitive excavators explore the unexpected value of discarded objects. What will emerge from a bag full of sludge and what could possibly happen when they fi nd a lost glove?

Come and enjoy the beautiful, silly and inventive world of Rubbish.

Suitable for ages 5+

24 April

1.30pm

Tickets and Information

£8, £6 U18s

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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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Miscellaneous Theatre

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