Theatre

Mar 16 2018

The Wipers Times

After a record-breaking season at the West End (not to mention a similarly record-breaking run at the Playhouse in September 2017), The Wipers Times returns to Oxford. Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme. In…

Mar 16 2018

Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales

Four terrific tales – one superb show! Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and…

Mar 16 2018

Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour

~Playhouse Plays Out~ An unmissable cultural highlight of Oxford’s summer, Oxford Playhouse and the Bodleian Library welcome back the Globe on Tour with not one, not two, but three shows! Experience theatre as it was performed in Shakespeare’s day, with this unique theatrical event set in the Old Schools Quadrangle, one of the UK’s most…

Mar 16 2018

Birdsong

Marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Birdsong is the critically acclaimed hit stage show based on the world famous novel by Sebastian Faulks. In pre-war France, a young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their world upside down….

Mar 16 2018

Peter Pan

This reimagining of Barrie’s magical story sees John returning from the WW1 battlefields in the early Autumn of 1918 to find No. 14 Kensington Gardens transformed; the Lost Boys, once soldiers, recuperate in the nursery, Michael is an unkempt rascal and Wendy is a suffragist too busy campaigning for votes for women to sew on…

May 08 2018

Love’s Labour’s Lost

A young, louche King and his three wastrel cohorts. Swept along by the indulgences and hedonism of a childhood lived in the 1960s and now stumbling into 1970’s manhood. One morning, after yet another late night young Ferdinand decides – Enough! Time to set aside such wasteful antics. Time for them to get serious, to…

Mar 16 2018

Bridget Christie

Brexit. Trump. Nuclear apocalypse. Environmental catastrophe. Is rolling news affecting your ability to enjoy the simple things? Like baking, gardening and autoerotic asphyxiation? This new show from multi-award winning member of the Metropolitan Liberal Elite, and star of her own Netflix special, is for you. Join Bridget (Room 101, Have I Got News for You,…

Mar 16 2018

Now or Never

~Playhouse Plays Out~ Under a star studded big top an international band of acrobats and musicians invite you to share in their circus spectacle. In this haven of fun, the circus artists appeal to young and old to leave their differences outside the tent, to dream and simply enjoy being together. Join in the feast…

Jun 05 2018

Woke At Oxford Playhouse

Against a powerful soundtrack of original music and traditional gospel and blues sung live, two women 42 years apart become involved in the struggle for civil rights. One, a notorious Black Panther Assata Shakur; the other, a present-day university student enrolling as the Ferguson riots begin. Woke won the coveted Scotsman Fringe First Award and…

Mar 28 2018

David Baddiel

Following a sold out run at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and two critically-acclaimed West End runs, David Baddiel takes his Olivier-nominated one-man show to theatres nationwide. My Family: Not the Sitcom is a show about memory, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, moral policing on social media, golf, and gay cats. A massively disrespectful celebration of the…

Mar 14 2018

84 Charing Cross Road

Hollywood and Broadway legend Stefanie Powers stars as Helene Hanff in a new production of 84 Charing Cross Road, alongside Clive Francis as Frank Doel. Adapted from Helene Hanff’s best-selling book, 84 Charing Cross Road is a tender and heartwarming tale of transatlantic friendship. The bittersweet comedy is based on the extraordinary true story of…

Mar 14 2018

Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain

Could this be the final curtain for the world’s greatest detective? Sherlock Holmes lives in retirement on the South Coast. He keeps bees, occasionally casts his fly fishing rod, even plays his Stradivarius when the rheumatism allows. All too aware that he’s older and slower, he’s concerned that he might have lost his touch, paranoid…

Mar 14 2018

Mischief Movie Night

Nominated for the 2018 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy! Direct from a sold-out West End run and their return from six months on Broadway, Mischief Theatre, the award-winning company behind The Play That Goes Wrong, arrive at the Playhouse with Mischief Movie Night, the improvised movie live on stage! You suggest a genre, location…

Mar 14 2018

Gandini Juggling

Gandini Juggling and Alexander Whitley have joined forces to create the new adventurous and kaleidoscopic show, Spring, an enquiry into the nature of colour and how we perceive it. Featuring virtuoso jugglers and contemporary dancers, Spring takes these tangible and visceral art forms into new territories – and further establishes the relationships between them. Performed…

Mar 14 2018

Rumpelstiltskin

“What will you give me if I spin straw into gold for you?” balletLORENT‘s award-winning team who brought you Rapunzel and Snow White are back with the beloved tale Rumpelstiltskin, directed by Liv Lorent and retold by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Full of action and humour this emotionally rich fairytale is set in the…

Mar 14 2018

Dinosaur World Live

Dare to experience the dangers and delights of dinosaur world in this interactive new show for all the family. Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus…

Mar 14 2018

Neil Brand The Silent Pianist Speaks

Musician, writer and broadcaster Neil Brand, (BBC’s The Film Programme, Sound of Cinema, Music that made the Movies) welcomes you to the world of early cinema. Part of the Ashmolean’s American Cool festival, celebrating American art and culture from the 1920s to 1940s, The Silent Pianist Speaks celebratesthe great filmmakers of the Silent Era and…

Mar 14 2018

Dorothy Parker Takes a Trip

Actress and singer Sarah Gabriel explores the fascinating and conflicted life of American writer and poet Dorothy Parker. Using her letters, essays and poems, with live music and songs by George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart and more, Gabriel brings Parker’s words and world to life in this unique musical afternoon. Part…

Apr 30 2018

Love, Bombs & Apples

Love, Bombs & Apples is the hilarious and poignant play from award-winning playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak (Baghdad Wedding, The Prophet) – a tale of four men, each from different parts of the globe, all experiencing a moment of revelation. A Palestinian actor learns there is more to English girls than pure sex appeal. A Pakistani-born terror…

Mar 14 2018

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Lyric and Filter’s riotous reinterpretation of one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays comes to Oxford after its critically-acclaimed London and international festival runs. Featuring original live music, this classic tale of young lovers and warring fairies is given a unique and irreverent twist. Don’t miss one of the most exciting and inventive Shakespeare productions…

Apr 30 2018

The Immigrant

“Beautifully timed buffoonery…skills honed to perfection” – The Oxford Times. Matinee performance added due to popular demand! A hilarious and heartwarming slapstick comedy inspired by Charlie Chaplin’s original film. This delightful show tells the story of people starting a new life in the West today. Based on hundreds of accounts of what it is like…