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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It will come: humanity must prey on itself, like monsters of the deep.
This epic new production features a distinguished cast led by Michael Pennington. A master of his art who has been nominated for a prestigious Olivier Award three times, this is the first chance for UK audiences to see Pennington’s celebrated Lear. Max Webster’s deeply moving interpretation of one of theatre’s greatest tragedies is a poignant way to commemorate the 400th year of Shakespeare’s death.
An ageing tyrant’s misguided decision to divide his kingdom tears his family apart, sparks catastrophic civil war and destroys all he holds dear. Driven from his home, Lear endures storms and heartbreak that bring him to the edge of madness. Yet from insanity he finds reason; from blindness he gains new sight; after betrayal he discovers loyalty.
Age guideline : 14+
Running Time: 3 hours including interval
,,A majestic success.'' What's On Stage
Monday 25/4 19:30 Book Tickets £29 / £26 / £22 / £15 Enjoy! membership 25% offOPTin!£10
Tuesday 26/4 19:30 Book Tickets £29 / £26 / £22 / £15
Wednesday 27/4 19:30 Book Tickets £29 / £26 / £22 / £15 Post-Show Talk
Thursday 28/4 14:30 Book Tickets £27 / £24 / £20 / £15
Thursday 28/4 19:30 Book Tickets £31 / £28.50 / £24.50 / £15
Friday 29/4 20:00 Book Tickets £31 / £28.50 / £24.50 / £15 Add to Calendar
Saturday 30/4 14:30 Book Tickets £29 / £26 / £22 / £15 Enjoy! membership 25% off
Saturday 30/4 19:30 Book Tickets £31 / £28.50 / £24.50 / £15
25th to 30th April
Oxford’s own sonnet soundscape
This April, as part of the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Creation will be popping up in libraries across the city with a ‘Sonnet Booth’. If you haven’t heard of one of those before it’s because our actor/inventor has created it specially for this event.
From 22 April until 9 May anybody will be able to enter the booth and record a famous, or not so well known, sonnet, speech or soliloquy. And all this audio will be mixed by Creation Associate Artist Matt Eaton into an evolving soundscape of Oxford’s voices.
22th to 30th April
Ceramic Marbling Workshop
Marble different-coloured clays together to create your own distinctive ceramics – all creations can be collected and taken home after firing in the kiln. Working from the pages of ceramicists’ manuals and other materials, Ellen Love creates delicate works that examine the relationships between ideas, objects and different practices.
Ellen is exhibiting in Trio, an exhibition in the Old Fire Station’s gallery, 4 March – 30 April.
Ages 10+. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Running Time: 2:00
23th April to 30th April
Forget Me Not
Comic, poet and ex-psychiatric nurse Rob Gee presents a murder mystery set on a dementia ward.
Largely based on Rob’s experiences as a mental health nurse, many of the stories depicted in the show are true.
Except the murders, obviously.
★★★★★ 'Brilliant!' - Victoria Times
★★★★★ 'Remarkable!' - Edmonton Sun
★★★★★ 'Smart, witty and razor-sharp' - CBC
Patron’s Pick – Winnipeg Fringe, Best Male Solo Show – Victoria Fringe.
Running Time: 1:00
Prices: £10 (£8)
Prices: £10 (£8)
SatMatCo Scenes From…
A chance to hear extracts from two new plays by local playwrights, brought alive by professional actors, in an intimate ‘no frills’ setting. 1 hr of drama plus 1 hr of discussion with the writers, actors and SatMatCo team.
You must collect your ticket 5 minutes before the show begins, or it will be re-sold.
“…Saturday Matinee Company has quickly become recognised as a vibrant part of Oxford’s theatrical scene, with full houses at almost every show.” - The Oxford Times
“ [Saturday Matinee Company] allows script and actor to work their wonders on our imaginations. It is bold and brilliant” – Daily Info
Please note: The Loft is only available via a short flight of stairs, and has no level access.
Book a free ticket, then pay what you can after you’ve seen the show.
Join artist Alexandra Pullen for an introduction to weaving. Experiment with a variety of different materials and your own unique patterns to create your own woven box.
Any number of worlds and realities may be evoked when exploring this careful arrangement of words, objects and pen-and-ink images. By engaging with Alexandra Pullen’s recurrent symbols and narrative threads, viewers may be led to consider their own place within the work’s intricate and involving web. Alexandra is exhibiting in Trio, an exhibition in the Old Fire Station’s gallery, 4 March – 30 April.
Running Time: 2:00
Primavera (Latin Spring)
Celebrate spring, dancing all night to live Latin music with the exuberant sound of Colombian cumbia from Manos pa’ Arriba and Cuban mambo classics from Ran Kan Kan, Oxford's Cubanista big band.
Together they aim to launch a Latin Spring movement to have you rising up and dancing until dawn (or midnight, whichever comes first).
DJ Badger will keep the Old Fire Station dance floor tropical and caliente until midnight with fantastic African Caribean Latin dance tunes.
Music from 9pm, other events from 8pm.
NB: Tickets bought on the door will cost £12.
Running Time: 4:00
Prices: £10 (£8)
It’s just I’m certified now. I feel like sending out announcement postcards to our friends and extended family – “It’s official! Percy HAS been insane all these years”.
Veronica has a question: how can she convince Molly Percy, who believes herself dead, that she is not dead? And how can Veronica and Percy discern together where personality stops and mental illness takes over?
An earnest portrayal of how relationships are tested and tempered by mental illness. Pripyat is a piece of new writing by recent graduate Verity Bell which confronts these issues with real honesty.
Tuesday 10/5 19:30 Book Tickets £6 (£5)
Wednesday 11/5 19:30 Book Tickets £6 (£5)
Thursday 12/5 19:30 Book Tickets £6 (£5)
Friday 13/5 19:30 Book Tickets £6 (£5)
Saturday 14/5 19:30 Book Tickets £6 (£5)
10th to 14th May
My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty
My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty is an enchanting version of the fairy tale ballet created especially for children aged three upwards.
As a baby, Princess Aurora is cursed by the evil Carabosse: on her 16th birthday, she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die. Her godmother the Lilac Fairy alters the spell so Aurora will not die but will sleep for 100 years, only to be awoken by true love’s kiss...
Running time: 1hr 30mins
11:00am / 14:00pm / 17:00pm
General Tickets Tickets £12.90 - £28.90 plus £4.00 transaction fee*
Black Screen: Cronies
Louis and Jack have been friends since forever, so how could anything as lame as adulthood change that? But Louis’s first adorable attempts at grown-folk business are increasingly at odds with Jack’s ceaseless quest for new damns not to give.
One hot summer day, Louis makes plans with his new friend Andrew, and Jack refuses to get left behind, both metaphorically and literally. Twenty-four hours later, everything has changed. Produced by Spike Lee with writer and director Michael Larnell.
The screening will be followed by a post show talk.
Sundance Next Fest 2015
BFI London Film Festival 2015
Chicago International Film Festival 2015
Running time 84 minutes plus 20 minute discussion
For ages 17 plus
Cost £7, £5 concessions, £4 U18s
There is nothing currently showing. Please check the official website for more information.
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Directed by Nicholas Green
A Lover’s eyes will gaze an eagle blind,
A lover’s ear will hear the lowest sound
And when Love speaks, the voice of all the gods
Make heaven drowsy with the harmony.
(Act4.Sc3 Line 308 to 319)
Free love and anarchy?
Not so for the King of Navarre and his boys who have all sworn an oath to scholarship, fasting and absolutely no women.
What are the odds then, of a wandering Princess and her three friends pitching up in the same forest?!
Watch the madcap antics of four (once) solemn young men and their cohorts, as they fall over themselves and their words, to find out whether four weary young women love them.
Or love them not…
Our Love’s Labour’s Lost is let loose in the 1970’s with original music, inspired by the decade that bought us, Glam Rock, Punk and New Wave, from Nick Lloyd Webber.
Welcome to the Oxford Shakespeare Company, acclaimed specialists in open-air and site specific theatre.
Widely recognised for the inventiveness and panache of our shows, the OSC takes equal pride in the quality of its original music. This summer we are delighted to welcome back Nicholas Green, director of the exceptionally received Private Lives in 2010 and last year’s hugely successful Twelfth Night.
The OSC are celebrated for their open air, site specific performances both at their summer residency at Wadham College Oxford and across the Historic Royal Palaces sites of Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, Tower of London and the Banqueting House Whitehall.
This year we were delighted to be returning for our third year at Wilderness
Our shows are designed to be interactive with the environment in which they are performed, allowing the audience to enter fully into the world of the play. They are renowned for their talented actors, sensational costumes and for the quality of the live music which is individually devised for each production.
NT Connections: I’m Spilling My Heart Out Here
Written by Stacey Gregg
It’s the daily scramble across no-man’s-land: you flinch as you pass those even more clueless than you, strewn from the barbed wire of exams, first dates, evil former best mates… but hell’s ok if you stick together.
30th April 2016
Full Price £4.00 + fee* Concession £3.00 + fee*