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Sheldonian Theatre

Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
01865 277299 www.sheldonian.ox.ac.uk/
Built between 1664 and 1669, the Sheldonian was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the greatest architect of his time, to house the University’s ceremonies and the Oxford University Press.

The theatre has played an important role in Oxfords history, and visitors are invited to step inside and explore this unique building.

  • Take a walk around the Sheldonian at your own pace with a self-guided tour.
  • Gaze up at the Sheldonian’s magnificent ceiling painted by Robert Streater during the reign of King Charles II.
  • Learn about the Sheldonian’s journey from past to present day through our colourful and informative display boards.
  • Enjoy one of the best indoor 360 degree panoramic views of Oxford from the Cupola.

 Simply pick up a leaflet at reception and take yourself around. Our friendly team will be on hand to answer any questions that you might have! Alternatively, book tickets for a concert or talk for a memorable experience

The Sheldonian Theatre is open throughout the year, except when it is being used for an event or University ceremony.

Please note our opening times can be subject to change, so do check ahead of your visit to avoid disappointment.

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April 2020

April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Maundy Thursday

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £45

BACH      St John Passion, BWV 245 Daniel Norman Evangelist David Stout Christ Mary Bevan soprano Katie Bray mezzo-soprano Joshua Ellicott tenor Tristan Hambleton bass The Choir of The Queen’s College  Owen Rees conductor Drama and suffering lie at the heart of Bach’s concentrated depiction of Christ’s arrest, rendition and execution, the St John Passion. But this probing, unsettling yet beautiful work is also one of Bach’s most optimistic, ending with a confident look to the future that invites us all, irrespective of faith, to partake in…

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April 9 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Maundy Thursday

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £45

BACH      St John Passion, BWV 245 Daniel Norman Evangelist David Stout Christ Mary Bevan soprano Katie Bray mezzo-soprano Joshua Ellicott tenor Tristan Hambleton bass The Choir of The Queen’s College  Owen Rees conductor Drama and suffering lie at the heart of Bach’s concentrated depiction of Christ’s arrest, rendition and execution, the St John Passion. But this probing, unsettling yet beautiful work is also one of Bach’s most optimistic, ending with a confident look to the future that invites us all, irrespective of faith, to partake in…

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April 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Maxim Vengerov

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £50

GRACE-EVANGELINE MASON    To Breathe Now* BRUCH  Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 Maxim Vengerov violin Marios Papadopoulos conductor Hannah Schneider conductor* It took Brahms 14 years to write his first symphony, but it was worth the wait. The piece launches with a compelling edifice of climbing strings, plunging winds and pounding drums. What follows is a work of gripping turbulence, deep conviction and exuberant joy. Before the Brahms, we welcome…

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May 2020

May 12 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Beethoven Festival: Symphony & Concerto Cycle IV

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £60

BEETHOVEN     Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56, ‘Triple’ Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 Maxim Vengerov violin Mischa Maisky cello Sergei Babayan piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor In the midst of despair, Beethoven produced one of his most extrovert and optimistic works. In the Symphony No. 2, Beethoven is truly becoming Beethoven – the music crackling into life with spirit, incision and drive yet underpinned by a very 19th century sense of order. The same can be…

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May 12 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Beethoven Symphony & Concerto Cycle IV

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £60

BEETHOVEN     Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56, ‘Triple’ Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36 Maxim Vengerov violin Mischa Maisky cello Sergei Babayan piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor In the midst of despair, Beethoven produced one of his most extrovert and optimistic works. In the Symphony No. 2, Beethoven is truly becoming Beethoven – the music crackling into life with spirit, incision and drive yet underpinned by a very 19th century sense of order. The same can be…

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May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Beethoven Festival: Fidelio

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £60

BEETHOVEN     Fidelio, Op. 72 Complete concert performance Emma Bell Leonore Andrew Staples Florestan Full cast to be announced Marios Papadopoulos conductor Courage, persistence and liberty are the central themes of Fidelio, Beethoven’s only opera, but he called on all three qualities to write the score in the first place. As in every other form he touched, Beethoven opened new doors in opera too – striving to fuse melodrama, operatic set-piece and symphonic thinking and adumbrating a thrilling, fertile new path in the…

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June 2020

June 19 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Sir Bryn Terfel

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£5 – £60

CAROL J JONES     The Light Thief* RICHARD STRAUSS   Oboe Concerto in D major, TrV 292 WAGNER  Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin 'Was duftet doch der Flieder' from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre Wotan’s Farewell and Magic Fire Music from Die Walküre Sir Bryn Terfel bass-baritone Clara Dent oboe Marios Papadopoulos conductor Hannah Schneider conductor* There is no voice on earth quite like Sir Byrn Terfel’s. Here, the bass-baritone joins the Orchestra for some of the most monumental moments in Wagner,…

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