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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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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.


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

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This event is free - just drop in.

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)

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£12.50 in advance, £14.50 on the door

Night Visit

Travel through the night, encounter spirits, visit heaven and hell, voyage beyond death. Performance storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton summons ghosts, telling strange stories of her ancestors' experiences with spiritualism. A multi-layered narrative, where biography and myth merge with history and dream. Sally Pomme traces the cultural history of spiritualism from the 1800's when science tried to capture the invisible, to the mass bereavement of two World wars. Night Visit is innovative and immersive, the audience are surrounded by quadraphonic sound performed by Panos Ghikas, and vivid images manipulated by Fotios Begklis. Sound and speech fracture and fuse, narrative and noise cut-up and coalesce, images suggest fleeting presences. Night Visit conjures worlds beyond our own.

Please note: This is a multimedia performance, and an experimental form of telling a story. The sound can sometimes be loud or disorientating. The content includes seances and ghosts.

No Babies allowed
Adults only

Running Time: 1 hour & 15 minutes

31th October

8:00 PM

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Prices: £10 (£8)

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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


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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


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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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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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We can’t live without breathing. We certainly can’t sing without breathing.

In this new piece of musical theatre, composer Orlando Gough explores breath through the voices of Rebecca Askew, Anna Dennis and Melanie Pappenheim, who sing about breath from birth to death, supported by a chorus of respiratory patients.

Thought provoking and playful, Breathe looks at the complex, fundamental process of breathing through the lenses of science, medicine, and literature, highlighting its profound emotional implications. It is directed by Emma Bernard, with lighting design by Chahine Yavroyan.

“Moving and arresting. A wonderfully playful, provocative piece.” The Times (Flam by Orlando Gough)

Orlando Gough has developed Breathe through dialogue with staff and patients in the Churchill Hospital Respiratory Medicine department. Breathe forms part of the Breath Festival of talks and events which will take place on 1 November.

Breathe has been developed by artlink in conjunction with OCM and the Sound Resource project Singing for Better Breathing. It is supported by ORH Charitable Funds, The Radcliffe Trust, a Wellcome Trust Arts Award and Arts Council England.

1st November

6:30 pm & 9 pm

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Tickets: Full Price £14.00 + fee* ;Concession £10.00 + fee*

A Little Rough Music

Saturday 1st November to Sunday 2nd November 2014
Sat 1.30pm - 5pm, Sun 10am - 5pm

This project is part of the nationwide Family Arts Festival (17 Oct-2 Nov) and Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival (21-23 Nov 2014.)

Come and learn new songs and rhythms in a mad carnival-esque style music-making jamboree at the end of the half-term holiday.

A wonderful weekend of song, percussion, instrument-making and carnival head-dress making, that is absolutely intended for all the family. Tambourines, bells, whistles and kazoos will augment a band of more traditional instruments, to create a performance which will form part of the Christmas Light Festival.

Inspired by street bands around the world and our own traditions of outdoor music making and celebratory noise, band-leader Tim Hill has bags of experience running the street bands Tongues of Fire and The Big Noise, and creating music for outdoor shows, carnivals and celebrations with Welfare State International, Rag and Bone and many others.

Sat 1 Nov
1.30-2pm The Island of Noise – fascinating illustrated talk on English traditions of outdoor music-making – with live
music and song
2 – 5pm Workshops for All (aged 4 – adult): Song and music-making; Head-dress making

Sun 2 Nov
10am-12.30 Instrumentalists Workshops (aged 9 – adult):For those who play or are learning to play
1.30 – 5pm Full band and song rehearsal - for everyone culminating in a small Summertown Parade

Saturday 1st November to Sunday 2nd November 2014

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Tickets: Group (2 - 5 people) £20.00 + fee*

Johnny Got His Gun

Metal Rabit
“A stunning tour de force” ★★★★ Independent

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.

Metal Rabbit brings the UK premiere of Dalton Trumbo’s award-winning novel to stage in the form of Bradley Rand Smith’s Obie-winning adaptation, directed by Evening Standard Outstanding Newcomer Nominee and Fringe First winner David Mercatali (Dark Vanilla Jungle, Tender Napalm).

A brutal, intense one man show with an incredibly powerful message about the cruelty of war and the way the military treats those who suffer in its service

★★★★ Time Out

★★★★ What's On Stage

Age Suitability: 14+

Wednesday 5th November 2014

8 pm

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


Cost of Performance/Event: £13 (concessions £11)
Other relevant information: Grounded is a gripping new play that challenges
our assumptions about war, family, and what it is to be a woman.
She’s a hot-rod F16 fighter pilot. She’s pregnant. Her career in the sky
is over. Now, she sits in a trailer in Las Vegas flying remote-controlled
drones over the Middle East. She struggles through surreal 12-hour shifts
far from the battlefield, hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and
mother by night.

29th November 2014

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Miscellaneous Theatre

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