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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?

Swinging at the Cotton Club

The Jiving Lindy Hoppers & Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra

Swinging at the Cotton Club celebrates the music and dance of 1920s New York and Harlem’s hottest night spot, the Cotton Club.

Take a step back in time as The Jiving Lindy Hoppers and Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra recreate the sights and sounds of this swinging dance floor, with

breathtaking dance displays to numbers from Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Fats Waller. Performed live by a stellar company of

16 dancers, musicians and singers.

Their collective performances manage to retain the wholly spontaneous, uninhibited spirit of swing dance in its heyday. - Washington Post

8th September

19:30

Tickets and Information

£22 / £19 / £15 / £13

Josh Widdicombe - What Do I Do Now?

Following his hugely popular performance at the Playhouse last year, Josh Widdicombe returns with his brand new stand-up show What Do I Do Now?

Described as “priceless” by the Times, Widdicombe’s Channel 4 show The Last Leg has been nominated for numerous awards and won a Royal Television Society Award. Host of BBC Radio 5 Live’s Saturday morning sport show Fighting Talk, as well as his own show on XFM, he also regularly appears on Mock the Week, QI, Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News for You. His brand new sitcom, Josh, starts on BBC3 this autumn.

Nicely crafted observational comedy. - Independent

9th September

19:30 pm

Tickets and Information

£17.50 (£15.50)

Germaine Greer -The Disappearing Woman

Author, academic, outspoken broadcaster and feminist icon Germaine Greer comes to Oxford with her latest talk, The Disappearing Woman.

40 years ago it seemed that women were about to take their rightful place in the world, in parliament, in the judiciary, in the workplace, but when you open newspapers today it seems that women are disappearing… As soon as girls take on the size, role and shape of adult women, they begin to become less visible with each stage of their lives.

Greer attempts to explain this state of affairs and to suggest some strategies for change. Candid, enlightening and highly entertaining, this intimate event is followed by a Q&A.

Greer remains a winning, funny, indomitable figure. - Financial Times

10th September

19:30 pm

Tickets and Information

£14 (£12)

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Creation Theatre Company
01865 766266

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What's Showing?

As You Like It

This summer Creation will return to the beautiful gardens and lawns of Lady Margaret Hall for Shakespeare’s pastoral romantic comedy.

A wrestling match, love notes on trees and a healthy amount of boys falling in love with girls dressed as boys, this show promises to be as quirky and fun as you’ve come to expect from Creation; the perfect treat for those long summer evenings.

“This is a bright and entertaining production, with the accessibility for which Creation has been justly famed over 17 years” The Oxford Times on our Henry V

“That’s the way to inspire new actors and future theatre-goers with both the relevance and joy of Shakespeare’s words. What a combination!” An audience member on Macbeth

Performances:


1st September 7:00 pm

2th September 7:00 pm

3th September 7:00 pm

4th September 7:00 pm

5th September 2:30 pm

8th September 7:00 pm

9th September 2:30 pm;7:00 pm

10th September 7:00 pm

11th September 7:00 pm

12th September 2:30 pm;7:00 pm

1st to 12 September

Tickets and Information

Tickets £22

Alice at St Hugh’s

The whole family can fall down the rabbit hole with Creation this summer as we present Alice in the gardens of St Hugh’s College.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Creation will set loose the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts in a new adaptation for Alice fans young and old.

With daytime matinees in the school holidays and term time, and grown-up evening shows to enjoy a pimms on the lawns, we’ll be adding magic, music, puppetry and acrobatics to one of Oxford’s most famous stories.

Performances:

3th September 7:00 pm

4th September 7:00 pm

5th September 2:30 pm; 5:00 pm

6th September 2:30 pm; 5:00 pm

7th September 10:00 am; 7:00 pm

8th September 10:00 am; 7:00 pm

11th September 10:00 am; 7:00 pm

12th September 2:30 pm; 5:00 pm

13th September 12:00 pm

3st to 13th September

Tickets and Information

Tickets £20, Children £16

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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?

Overcoming Stress: Free Talk & Meditation

These days, many people suffer from anxiety and stress at some time or other. Sometimes it is due to stressful work, sometimes due to problems at home, and sometimes due to difficult relationships.

On this course, Gen Wangmo will explain how anxiety and stress, as well as other conditions such as tension, nervousness, worry and depression have their roots in our state of mind and show how we can reduce and eventually overcome these conditions by working on our mind with a combination of meditation and positive thinking.

She will give practical advice on dealing with anxiety and stress in daily life and guide two meditations anyone can practise at home.

The meditations taught on this course come from the Buddhist tradition, but you do not have to be a Buddhist to attend the course or practise the meditations‏.

Followed by a new weekly drop-in class from Thursday 17 September. Click here to find out more.

Gen Kelsang Wangmo is a western Buddhist nun and the Principal Teacher of Shantideva Kadampa Buddhist Centre in Reading. She has been studying and practicing Kadampa Buddhism for over fifteen years. She is loved for her gentle and joyful approach and her sincere example.

10th September

7:30pm

Tickets and Information

Free. Just come along.

Oxford Open Doors

Go behind the scenes at the Old Fire Station with activities and tours to learn more about what makes us special: the combination of Crisis Skylight and arts centre.

2015 is the third year of our Hidden Spire project, which brings professional artists and Crisis clients together to create a performance using music, dance, theatre, visual arts and more. The show, Before The Tempest, will be performed 17 – 19 September: on Open Doors day you will have the chance to peer into the theatre for an exclusive glimpse of the set. Don’t miss out on the related exhibition, which will be free to view in the Gallery.

Don’t miss our Shop, packed with a range of carefully curated items from designers and makers from Oxfordshire and the UK.

Looking for a break from sightseeing? The Crisis Skylight Oxford Café will be open 8.30am – 6pm on Saturday. Enjoy a great meal prepared from fresh, local produce, and support on-the-job training for Skylight clients.

12th September

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tickets and Information

Free

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Old Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to fetch her poor dog a bone, but when she got there, the cupboard was bare… Or was it?

Join this dotty old woman on a nursery rhyme journey as she clatters about in her kitchen, while her dancing dog sniffs out trouble in the most unlikely places.

Garlic Theatre delight children and adults alike with a spicy blend of slapstick and folk humour in this fresh and funny adaptation that features amusing glove puppets, singing teapots and a feast of musical treats.

Saturday 5/9 11:00 £8 (£6)
Saturday 5/9 14:00 £8 (£6)
Saturday 5/9 16:00 £8 (£6)

5th September

Tickets and Information

£8 (£6)

Burning Books

Jess Green hit the headlines last year with her scorching YouTube piece addressed to Michael Gove, then Secretary of State for Education. In this powerful, humorous and highly topical commentary on the state of education, Green weaves passionate poems (including Dear Mr Gove) with colourful characters underscored with original music from The Mischief Thieves.

Meet Sandra, the school librarian who surreptitiously removes ‘unsuitable’ books, Janine, the picketing teacher fighting for her pension, and more in this insightful show about surviving in the classroom.

7th September

19:30 pm

Tickets and Information

£10 (£8)

Vanity Bites Back

A bold, subversive and brilliantly funny clown cookery show about searching for self-worth in a cheesecake.

Join aspiring TV cookery host Jill for her most exposing episode to date. Delving into the complexities of mental illness and biting back at the silence and stigma surrounding anorexia, Vanity Bites Back is the Fringe First-nominated debut from “wide eyed bundle of talent” (Edinburgh Fringe Review) Helen Duff.

A formidable comic creation… fresh, quick witted and supremely empowered - Scotsman

8th September

19:30 pm

Tickets and Information

£10 (£8)

Going Viral

Going Viral is a show about how things spread. Drawing on the science of epidemics, it explores the spread of disease, panic and ideas. It shows how our society reacts, and how our connected world makes us both more vulnerable and more human.

How do you behave when it's impossible to tell symptoms from distress? Is panic airborne too? What's spreading through this theatre, here, tonight?

This new piece from Daniel Bye (The Price of Everything) has his trademark blend of comedy, storytelling and performance lecture.

Wednesday 9th - Thursday 10th September

19:30 pm

Tickets and Information

£10 (£8)

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Roy Chubby Brown

Roy Chubby Brown returns with his meatiest show yet!

He’s still rude, he’s still crude and this time he’s turning headlines into punch lines as his rip-roaring brand of banter continues to burst bellies across the country. Chubby doesn’t hold back from sharing his outlandish views on news, women and gender, sailing so close to the mark, even the most seasoned of fans will be left gob-smacked!

Running time: 2h 10m

4th September

7:30 pm

Tickets and Information

General Tickets £23.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee*

Sing-a-Long-a Frozen

A full screening of Disney’s Frozen with lyrics on screen to help you sing along during the film. Introduced by a live host who will guide you through this interactive screening by showing you how to use your free prop bag, warm up your singing voices and teach you some dance moves with the help of the Singalonga Princesses. Watch as we bring the film to life and help you experience this movie in a whole new light.

Running time: 2h 40m inc interval

13th September

11:00 am; 15:00 pm

Tickets and Information

General Tickets £16.90 plus £4.00 transaction fee*

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Funday Sunday: Baby Boogie

The amazingly popular Baby Boogie returns this autumn for another spin of the turntables. Jiving toddlers groove to the music while daddio (and mummy too) gets down to the beat.

Listen to some of the best tunes in town PLUS try out the chill-out zone with free craft activities for a refreshing break in the cafe!

Workshops 45 minutes
Disco 60 minutes

Suitable for 5s and under with their parents and carers

Please call if you would like to book for the workshop and show package.

Part of the Family Arts Festival

Performances:

Sunday, 6 September, 10.30am - Workshop
Sunday, 6 September, 11.30am - Disco
Sunday, 6 September, 1.30pm - Workshop
Sunday, 6 September, 2.30pm - Disco

6th September

Tickets and Information

Cost Disco only £5 per person Workshop and Disco £7 per person

Open Doors

A chance to get behind the scenes to see how a theatre like Pegasus really works. The building will be open for tours, open classes, exhibitions, face painting and a scratch performance from Pegasus SPARK artists Lunabug Theatre. The city-wide theme for 2015 is ‘Libraries, Books and Printing’ and we will have print craft activities, a book swap for all ages and storytelling exercises. Everyone welcome!

12th September

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tickets and Information

Cost FREE

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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?

We Want You To Watch - RashDash

by RashDash and Alice Birch
Commissioned by the National Theatre

This is about pornography.

This is an interview. This is an intervention.
This is an interrogation.

We’re recording now.

We want to pull its plug out. We want to stop its heartbeat. We want to blow its brains out and begin again.

We know exactly what we’re doing.
We’re not stupid.

Age suitability: 16+

Friday 18th September to Saturday 19th September 2015

8:00 pm

Tickets and Information

Full Price £15.00 + fee*, Concession £13.00 + fee*,  Student £5.00 + fee*

We Want You To Watch

by RashDash and Alice Birch
Commissioned by the National Theatre

This is about pornography.

This is an interview. This is an intervention.
This is an interrogation.

We’re recording now.

We want to pull its plug out. We want to stop its heartbeat. We want to blow its brains out and begin again.

We know exactly what we’re doing.
We’re not stupid.

Age suitability: 16+

Friday 18th September to Saturday 19th September 2015

8:00 pm

Tickets and Information

Tickets: Full Price £15.00 + fee*; Concession £13.00 + fee*; Student £5.00 + fee*

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Miscellaneous Theatre

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