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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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September 2017

September 27, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Concert’ina

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£10 – £35

An exuberant celebration of Latin rhythms and a delicious salsa of harmonies, conjuring smoky milongas in flamboyant Buenos Aires. The flair of Latin America is captured by Palmeri’s striking Mass, Misa a Buenos Aires ‘Misa Tango’ & Piazolla’s Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas (Four Seasons), with extracts from Morricone's 'The Mission' and a lighthearted 'Guantanamera' and more. The Santiago Quartet, a stunning group of strings specialising in Argentinian and Latin American music are joined by Julian Rowlands, renowned Bandoneonist, David Coram…

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October 2017

October 7, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Concert’ina

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£10 – £35

An exuberant celebration of Latin rhythms and a delicious salsa of harmonies, conjuring smoky milongas in flamboyant Buenos Aires. The Santiago Quartet, a stunning group of strings specialising in Argentinian and Latin American music are joined by Julian Rowlands, renowned Bandoneonist, David Coram on piano, with soprano soloist Katie Fry and the Salisbury Community Choir: all artfully brought together by conductor, Jeremy Backhouse. The concert is supporting Mind, the leading mental health charity, a very topical cause, raising awareness and…

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March 2018

March 17, 2018 @ 8:00 am - March 25, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£7 – £20

The FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival is a world-class event that takes place in the central university area of Oxford each year. Around 200 speakers and authors from all over the world give talks in historic university buildings on a range of subjects from the latest fiction to biography, the arts, heritage, history, science, travel, food and drink, the environment, current affairs, politics, and business. The festival includes a highly regarded children’s programme on two weekends. The festival is organised…

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October 2018

October 25, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:10 pm

Vadim Repin

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom

About the event PROKOFIEV  Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63 SAINT-SAENS  Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 SHOSTAKOVICH  Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, Op. 70 Vadim Repin violin Marios Papadopoulos conductor Vadim Repin makes a welcome return following his heartening performance with us in 2016. This time, the Russian violinist brings us not Shostakovich but Prokofiev, and a concerto in which wondrous fantasy and nervous energy meet to enchanting effect. After Prokofiev's concerto and a deliciously impulsive…

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November 2018

November 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Remembrance Day

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
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About the event BUTTERWORTH The Banks of Green Willow VAUGHAN WILLIAMS An Oxford Elegy BRAHMS Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45 Mary Bevan €soprano David Stout baritone Rowan Atkinson narrator The Choir of The Queen's College Owen Rees conductor Oxford is at the heart of our commemoration of Remembrance Day, which this year marks 100 years to the day since the end of the First World War. Owen Rees conducts his own Choir of The Queen's College in a performance of Johannes Brahms's requiem, in…

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November 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:35 pm

Beethoven & Mahler

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
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About the event BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61 MAHLER Symphony No. 4 in G major Natalia Lomeiko violin Heidi Stober soprano Marios Papadopoulos conductor Our own concertmaster Natalia Lomeiko and first-time visitor Heidi Stober star in this concert in which both Beethoven and Mahler trade railing angst for beauteous contentment. Mahler glanced elsewhere in the slimmed-down pastoral of his fourth symphony and produced some of his most heart-easing music: clouds gather, only to be gently breathed away by the soprano's…

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December 2018

December 13, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Messiah

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
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About the event HANDEL Messiah, HWV 56 Mhairi Lawson soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers mezzo-soprano Daniel Norman tenor Matthew Brook bass Schola Cantorum of Oxford Steven Grahl chorus master Marios Papadopoulos conductor 'I did think I did see all Heaven before me' wrote Handel as he finished Messiah. It's not hard to hear why. Inside its biblical stories and reflections on redemption and love, Messiah contains some of the most moving music ever composed - as touching as it is universal. For this seasonal performance in the atmospheric…

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April 2019

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

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Yefim Bronfman

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£15 – £45

BEETHOVEN  Overture to Die Ruinen von Athen, Op. 113 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 FARRENC Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 36 Yefim Bronfman piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor To those who asked where the symphony could go after Beethoven, Louise Farrenc offered the most striking of answers. Her third symphony of 1847 is a masterpiece of symphonic design and emotional power, a work of feverish wildness, songful intensity and filigree beauty. Before it, we hear from…

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

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Yefim Bronfman

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

BEETHOVEN  Overture to Die Ruinen von Athen, Op. 113 Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 FARRENC Symphony No. 3 in G minor, Op. 36 Yefim Bronfman piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor To those who asked where the symphony could go after Beethoven, Louise Farrenc offered the most striking of answers. Her third symphony of 1847 is a masterpiece of symphonic design and emotional power, a work of feverish wildness, songful intensity and filigree beauty. Before it, we hear from…

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May 2019

May 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Krzysztof Penderecki

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

KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI Adagio for String Orchestra from Symphony No. 3 Viola Concerto Sinfonietta for String Orchestra Concertino for Trumpet and Orchestra Yuri Zhislin viola Gabor Boldoczki trumpet Krzysztof Penderecki conductor Krzysztof Penderecki's musical and personal journey has produced some of the most remarkable music of the last 70 years. Across strikingly different musical styles, he seeks 'to collect and transform the experience of the entire century' and often succeeds. Under Penderecki's baton, our own concertmaster Yuri Zhislin plays the elegiac viola concerto first…

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June 2019

June 14 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Steven Osborne

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

STRAVINSKY Concerto in E flat major, 'Dumbarton Oaks' SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102 RAVEL Pavane pour une infante defunte, M. 19 BIZET Symphony in C major Steven Osborne piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor 'One of the very finest of pianists' (The Guardian) Steven Osborne makes his debut with the Orchestra in a concert that springs with freshness and joie de vivre. Stravinsky sought to capture the ordered instrumental bustle of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos in his own 'Dumbarton Oaks',…

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July 2019

July 6 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra: Brandenburg Concertos

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

BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046 Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050 Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047 The Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic The Brandenburg Concertos represent the culmination of Johann Sebastian Bach's four-year focus on instrumental composition and the supreme…

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August 2019

August 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Oxford Piano Festival: Ingrid Fliter & the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

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

MOZART Symphony No. 24 in B flat major, K. 182 Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488 Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550 Ingrid Fliter piano Marios Papadopoulos conductor Ingrid Fliter makes her festival debut in the centerpiece of this concert at the Sheldonian Theatre with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. She plays one of Mozart’s best-loved piano concertos, finished in 1786 just before the premiere of The Marriage of Figaro and sharing the opera’s airborne inspiration from first note to…

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September 2019

September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Alain de Botton – The School of Life

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£8 – £22

Blackwell's are delighted to be hosting a very special event at the Sheldonian Theatre with Alain de Botton on The School of Life: An Emotional Education. We spend years in school learning facts and figures but the one thing we’re never taught is how to live a fulfilled life. That’s why we need The School of Life – a real organisation founded ten years ago by writer and philosopher Alain de Botton, an organisation which has one simple aim: to equip…

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September 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Oxford Concert for Peace – 2019

Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3AZ United Kingdom
£25 – £45

On 21st September -UN World Peace Day-Charles Kaye is bringing The World Orchestra for Peace, represented by 20 string players, to the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, U.K. This concert, a collaboration with Rotarians from Oxford and the Thames valley, aims to promote global Peace initiatives and Rotary International’s Peace Fellowship programme. Works by Mozart, Grieg, Elgar and Tchaikovsky will be performed without a conductor which is a rare event in the music world and represents a unique opportunity that should…

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