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Free What’s On Guide March to August 2013 Welcome to a Playhouse for Everyone

Welcome to Oxford Playhouse March to August 2013 A very warm welcome to the summer programme at OP. It’s an exciting mix of drama, music, comedy and dance, designed to stimulate the senses, the mind and the heart! Main stage treats include a heart-warming play, Maurice’s Jubilee, starring the wonderful Nichola McAuliffe and Julian Glover, a brilliant Rattigan, Less than Kind, an imaginative staging of Chekhov’s masterpiece, The Seagull and Dennis Potter’s legendary Blue Remembered Hills. Don’t miss an Oxford Playhouse co-production with Complicite, one of the best theatre companies in the world. Together we’ll be staging the premiere production of Lionboy.

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There are also classics in the shape of Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa, the irresistible The 39 Steps from the West End, and the smash hit National Theatre show, The Pitmen Painters. Comedy comes in the unique form of Daniel Kitson and Julian Clary, dance from the ever inspiring Richard Alston, and there’s a musical to get you dancing in Break The Floorboards. We are pitching our OP Tent at sites across the county, bringing free theatre and fun activities to all ages, and setting up at the

Bodleian for the sixth annual visit of The Globe, with The Taming of the Shrew. We’re also getting on our bikes, and making a special new show for children, taking place in Osney, called Bicycle Boy. We need your pedal power, so get ready! There’s plenty more on offer in the Burton Taylor Studio, around the city with Playhouse Plays Out and on the main stage, so enjoy perusing the programme and book soon to get the best seats. I can’t wait to see all of these shows. I hope you feel the same way too!

Michelle Dickson Director, Oxford Playhouse

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Don’t forget…

Monday 11 March

Tuesday 12 March

Award-winning choreographer and Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells, Jasmin Vardimon returns with her new show, Freedom.

What would you like to see tonight? Comedy, tragedy or history?

Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company

This intricate dance theatre production combines breathtaking physicality with beautifully detailed characterisation for a thought-provoking evening. Outstanding. Impressively performed, beautifully staged. Thrilling and cinematic, dark and intimate. HHHHH Salford Online

Show time 7.30pm

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Ticket prices £9.50 to £19.50

Age guideline 14+

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The School of Night

The School of Night is a new Shakespearean play created from scratch based on suggestions from you, the audience. This team of Bardic improvisers take on any challenge thrown down by the crowd, as they create a one-off Shakespearean masterpiece in this daring evening. Uproarious improvised scenes…this is intelligent, laugh a minute-fare. HHHH Daily Telegraph

Show time 7.30pm

Ticket price £15


Don’t forget…

Friday 15 and Saturday 16 March

Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 March

By Dylan Thomas

A Dickens Remix Adapted by Daniel Jamieson

Under Milk Wood

Welcome to the sleepy, run-down fishing village of Llareggub and Dylan Thomas’ inimitable description of its colourful characters. As the town sleeps we meet the extraordinary residents and glimpse the innermost hopes and dreams of their complicated lives. Bawdy, sad and beautiful, Oxford Playhouse Young Company, 16|22, brings to life Thomas’ stunning language in this exciting new production set to reflect the economic challenges of today’s world.

Show times Fri: 8pm Sat: 2.30pm & 7.30pm Ticket prices £10.50 children £8.50 Enjoy! membership 25% off Friday

Pre show talk Fri 15 Mar at 6.45pm with Bernard O’Donoghue Tickets: FREE Post show talk Fri 15 Mar

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Curiosity Shop

Theatre Alibi and Oxford Playhouse reunite with a co-production of Charles Dickens’ classic tale The Old Curiosity Shop. Imaginatively translated to the present day, Dickens’ story of love, human frailty and downright wickedness has a fabulous cast of characters, from bent lawyer Sally Brass to wide boy rapper Dick E. Swiveller. Playfully staged, featuring film and a soundtrack that takes in hits from Elvis Presley to Professor Green, Curiosity Shop shows England to be as much a cultural curiosity shop as it ever was in Dickens’ day.

Show times Tue to Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm Fri: 8pm Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm Ticket prices £9.50 to £25 Enjoy! membership 50% off Tuesday 50% off Saturday matinee

Post show talk Wed 20 Mar Pre show talk Thu 21 Mar at 6.15pm with Nikki Sved & Daniel Jamieson Tickets: FREE available


Don’t forget…

Monday 25 to Saturday 30 March

Monday 1 to Wednesday 3 April

By August Wilson

Adapted and directed by David Wood


Winner of multiple accolades, including two Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Fences is one of the greatest American dramas of the 20th century. Lenny Henry stars as Troy Maxson. Once a gifted athlete but denied his turn at the big time, Troy struggles through daily life, taking out his anger on his wife and a sports-obessed son. Set in 1950s Pittsburgh, Fences is a story of a family battling against prejudices and the universal heartache of a man robbed of his dreams.

Show times Mon to Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm Fri: 8pm Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm Ticket prices £12.50 to £28 (no discounts Fri & Sat eves)

Enjoy! membership 25% off Monday 25% off Saturday matinee Post show talk Wed 27 Mar

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Spot’s Birthday Party

It’s the birthday of everyone’s favourite puppy! All of Spot’s friends will be here; Steve the Monkey, Helen the Hippo and Tom the Crocodile plus Spot’s mum and dad, Sally and Sam. Writer and director David Wood has taken Eric Hill’s characters and woven them into a bright and colourful musical show. Join in the fun with songs, games, stories and theatrical magic to capture everyone’s imagination.

Show times Mon: 1.30pm Tue & Wed:10.30am &1.30pm Tue 2 at 1.30pm is a Relaxed performance read more on pg 58 Ticket prices £11 children £9 (no booking fee)

Age guideline 2 to 6 years Visit to download your birthday card to colour in. Enter your card to win a family ticket to Robin Hood 2013


Don’t forget…

Friday 5 and Saturday 6 April

Tuesday 9 to Saturday 13 April

Choreographed and directed by Liv Lorent

By Roger McGough after Molière


From the company behind Underneath the Floorboards comes this stunning new adaptation of the classic Grimm fairy-tale, Rapunzel. Written by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, award-winning choreographer Liv Lorent combines beautiful movement, stunning costumes and original music in this enchanting new show. This spellbinding dance theatre production is an Easter holiday treat not to be missed.

Show times Fri: 7pm Sat: 2pm & 7pm Ticket prices £15 children £12

Enjoy! membership 25% off Friday Age guideline For everyone aged 7 and over

The Misanthrope

How to lose friends and infuriate people! Master wordsmith Roger McGough dips his quill into a Molière classic in this mockery of manners and morals set amid 17th century French aristocracy. Considered by many to be Molière’s best play, The Misanthrope joins the creative forces of McGough, director Gemma Bodinetz and English Touring Theatre.

Show times Tue to Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm Fri: 8pm Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm

Post show talk Wed 10 Apr

Ticket prices £9.50 to £25

Captioned performance Wed 10 Apr Audio described performance Sat 13 Apr at 2.30pm Touch Tour at 1pm

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Monday 15 to Saturday 20 April

Maurice’s Jubilee

By Nichola McAuliffe Directed by Hannah Eidinow, designed by Christopher Richardson

Maurice, a retired jeweller, is expecting a visit from the Queen. 60 years ago, when he took charge of the Crown Jewels on the eve of her coronation, she promised to find him on the occasion of her diamond jubilee and his 90th birthday. Maurice’s Jubilee is a hilariously funny and poignant take on one man’s enduring commitment to a dream. Exploring timeless themes of love and loyalty, it was the criticallyacclaimed smash hit of the 2012 Edinburgh Festival. Nichola McAuliffe wrote, and stars in, this touching comedy. Nichola, who was last at the Playhouse with The Lady and the Van, won Olivier Awards for her roles in the West End and for the RSC and is well known for her TV career. She is joined on stage by Gay Soper (Star Quality) and Julian Glover, who won the Olivier Award for Best Actor for his work for the RSC and is renowned for a range of Hollywood films.

Show times Mon to Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm Fri: 8pm Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm Ticket prices Mon to Wed eves & Sat mat: £9.50 £15.50 £19.50 £22.50 Thu to Sat eves: £10 £18 £22 £25 Thu mat: £9.50 £11.50 £17 £20

Enjoy! membership 25% off Monday 25% off Saturday matinee Post show talk Wed 17 Apr

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Pleasance and PW Productions in association with Wild Thyme Productions and Ambassador Theatre Group

Nichola McAuliffe is terrific actress and here proves herself a more than promising playwright. There’s a touch of Alan Bennett in the spry wit she brings... HHHH Daily Telegraph 7

Wednesday 24 to Saturday 27 April

Life is a Dream

La vida es sueño By Pedro Calderón de la Barca

University of Oxford Student Company, The Oxford Spanish Play, brings an exciting new production of Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s masterpiece, Life is a Dream to the Playhouse stage. The undisputed flagship of Spanish Golden Age theatre and considered the peer of plays such as Hamlet and Oedipus, Life is a Dream interweaves themes of power, destiny and love. Locked up in a tower at birth by his father, Prince Segismundo’s future is doomed by a prophecy that pronounced him a disaster for the country. Now a grown man, the Prince is liberated by his father and given the chance to prove the prophecy wrong, but can he escape his fate? This classic play was recently a sell-out hit at the Donmar Warehouse, and will be performed here in Spanish, accompanied by English surtitles.

Show times Wed, Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm Fri: 8pm Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm Ticket prices £9.50 £10.50 £12.50 £15.50 Student tickets: £9.50 Available in advance

Enjoy! membership 50% off Wednesday 50% off Saturday matinee Performed in Spanish with English surtitles

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University of Oxford Student Company: The Oxford Spanish Play


Richard Alston Dance Company

Tuesday 30 April and Wednesday 1 May

Richard Alston Dance Company Described by the Times as “a choreographer for whom every dance is a love affair with his chosen music”, Richard Alston brings his company back to the Playhouse with a stunning mixed bill. Unfinished Business is danced to Mozart’s beautiful and flowing piano sonata Opus K533, and Gigue in D, accompanied by a live pianist. In Buzzing Round the Hunnisucle, Alston combines two contrasting pieces of music by Kondo in a dance of nimble and breathtaking precision.

Show time 7.30pm Ticket prices £9.50 £15 £19 £22 Enjoy! membership 25% off Tuesday Pre show talk Tue 30 Apr: 6.15pm Top Room Tickets: FREE Please note, the Top Room is not accessible for wheelchair users Watch the trailer at

The bill is completed by a new work by Martin Lawrance called Madcap, a startling piece with music by New York band Bang on a Can All-Stars and described by the Independent as “a knock-out”. Elegantly refined. Times

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Mick Perrin for Just for Laughs Live

Thursday 2 May

Julian Clary Position Vacant: Apply Within Julian Clary is looking for love and he’s not leaving town empty handed…

Show time 8pm Ticket prices £20, all discounts £18 Age guideline 16+

Position Vacant: Apply Within is Julian Clary’s inimitable night of camp comedy and his search for love… again. Climaxing with a marriage, live on stage, expect ruthless elimination games plus bridesmaids, clergymen, confetti and much more. Julian Clary remains one of the UK’s busiest writers and performers on stage and screen. In 2012 he guested on TV favourites including Would I Lie to You?, Q.I. and Live at the Apollo and remains a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4’s Just a Minute. Following a sold out autumn tour, the UK’s best-loved purveyor of saucy innuendo is back by public demand. Hilarious…vintage Clary. HHHH What’s on Stage

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Reduced Shakespeare Company

Friday 3 May

Reduced Shakespeare Company The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield

Show time 8pm Ticket price £16

All 37 plays in 97 minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is London’s longest-running West End comedy. Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. Pithier than Python. Irresistible. New York Times

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University of Oxford Student Company: The Oxford Revue

Saturday 4 May

The Oxford Revue and Friends

Show time 7.30pm Ticket prices £9.50 £10.50 £12.50 £15.50 Student tickets £9.50 available in advance

Join The Oxford Revue as it unites with its biggest sketch comedy rivals, The Cambridge Footlights and The Durham Revue, for an evening of sharp satire, blistering one-liners, and side-splitting absurdity. This is your opportunity to witness some of the country’s finest young comic talents assembled in Oxford for one night only. The Oxford Revue and Friends features a live band and is hosted by some very special guests. Presenting their best material from throughout the year, these are tomorrow’s comedy superstars at their fiery best. Past members of the three troupes include Al Murray, Olivia Colman, Armando Iannucci, Richard Ayoade, and the cast of Monty Python, to name but a few. Witty, inventive and extremely clever…the comedy stars of the future. HHHHH ThreeWeeks on The Oxford Revue

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Wednesday 8 to Saturday 11 May

The Wizard of Oz By L . Frank Baum

There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home... Oxfordshire Youth Music Theatre, part of the County Music Service, presents a magical journey to the land of Oz! Wicked witches, powerful sorcerers, flying monkeys and colourful Munchkins are joined by Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion in this timeless tale of self-discovery. Featuring all the well-loved songs from the film, this is your chance to see some of the county’s most talented performers and instrumentalists.

Show times Wed, Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm Fri: 8pm Sat mat: 2.30pm Ticket prices £9.50 £13.50 £16 £17 By arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Limited of New York

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Oxfordshire Youth Music Theatre

A production which exceeded my expectations and I am certain that OYMT will continue to be providing the West End with new cast members over the coming years. What’s on Stage on Evita 2011 15

Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 May

Less than Kind By Terence Rattigan

London, 1944. The war is reaching its climax on the beaches of Normandy, but senior minister John Fletcher is distracted by his affair with attractive widow Olivia Brown. As Olivia’s 17 year-old son returns home, a politicised evacuee joining the rising tide of socialists, he’s outraged at the minister’s immorality and the thought of his mother marrying ‘the enemy’. This romantic comedy from Terence Rattigan lay undiscovered due to an accident of wartime Britain and has received incredible reviews from audiences and critics alike in this, its first production. A beautifully observed, funny exploration of politics, social commentary and domestic drama, Less than Kind is brought to the stage by director Adrian Brown, a personal friend of Rattigan himself.

Show times Tue to Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm Fri: 8pm Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm Ticket prices Tue (preview) & Thu mat: £9.50 £11.50 £17 £20 Wed eve & Sat mat: £9.50 £15.50 £19.50 £22.50 Thu to Sat eves: £10 £18 £22 £25

Enjoy! membership 50% off Wednesday 50% off Saturday matinee Post show talk Wed 15 May

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An extremely classy production of a wonderful play, which I urge you to see. Rattigan’s reputation has soared in recent years, and rightly so, and this play is one of his best.


Planet Theatre

A masterclass in passion simmering beneath the decorum...witty and touching. HHHH Evening Standard 17

Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 May

The Seagull

By Anton Chekhov In a new version by John Donnelly

A lake. A young girl who’s spent her life beside it. She loves the lake, she’s happy; she’s free – like a seagull. Then a man comes along, sees her, and destroys her. Headlong returns to Oxford Playhouse with an innovative re-imagining of a classic text, by writer John Donnelly. In The Seagull, Chekhov explores emotion, creativity and romantic conflict with the clarity of a doctor and the heart of a poet. Its young, tormented protagonist is determined to overthrow the old and find new forms of expression as he struggles with the frustrations and fulfilments of putting words on a page. This darkly comic tale is directed by Blanche McIntyre, described by the Evening Standard as “a rising star”.

Show times Tue to Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm Fri: 8pm Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm Ticket prices Tue to Wed eves & Sat mat: £9.50 £15.50 £19.50 £22.50 Thu to Sat eves: £10 £18 £22 £25 Thu mat: £9.50 £11.50 £17 £20 Enjoy! membership 50% off Tuesday 50% off Saturday matinee Post show talk Wed 22 May

Pre show talk Fri 24 May at 6.45pm With James Methven Top Room Tickets: FREE Please note, the Top Room is not accessible for wheelchair users

Captioned performance Thu 23 May at 2.30pm Audio described performance Sat 25 May at 2.30pm Touch Tour at 1pm

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This promises to be a special evening. Oxford alumna Blanche McIntyre is a great talent, The Seagull is an amazing play, and Headlong is renowned for its hugely ambitious shows including the award-winning Enron and The Effect.


A Headlong and The Nuffield, Southampton production In association with Derby Theatre

The country’s most exciting touring company. Daily Telegraph 19

The Opera Group and Opera North in association with ROH2 and Watford Palace Theatre

Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 May

Show times Tue & Wed eves: 7.30pm Wed mat: 2.30pm

An Explosive Musical Adventure Based on the story by Philip Pullman

Ticket prices Tue & Wed eves: £10 £12.50 £15.50 £17.50 Wed mat: all seats £10

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter Lila desperately wants to be a firework-maker like her father, but when he refuses to teach her, she runs away from home to discover the three gifts of firework-making for herself. With the help of her friends, she faces pirates, tigers and the terrifying Fire-Fiend on her perilous quest. A vivid re-telling of the award-winning children’s book by Philip Pullman, this new family opera, with a libretto by Glyn Maxwell, is brought to life by magical puppetry, and music by David Bruce that sparkles with humour and musical fireworks!

Enjoy! membership 25% off Tuesday Post show talk Wed 29 May (mat) Age guideline For everyone aged 8 and over Look out for An Introduction to the Story Workshop on Wed 29 May. Read more on pg 51

Don’t miss this explosive half-term holiday treat.

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Rifco Arts and Watford Palace Theatre

Thursday 30 May to Saturday 1 June

Show times Thu: 7.30pm Fri: 7pm Sat: 2.30pm & 7.30pm

All Zain wants to do is dance, but his family, two left feet and the local yobs are all getting in the way. As the harsh reality of his jobless home town hits, Zain attempts to escape and turn his life into a showbiz world of fantasy…

Ticket prices £10 £12.50 £15.50 £17.50 Sat mat: all tickets £10

From the team behind the 2011 smash hit musical Britain’s Got Bhangra, this brand new show sees Bollywood and street dance collide in an electric, feel-good time for everyone.

Post show talk Fri 31 May

Break the Floorboards

A delight that brings the audience to its feet… HHHH Guardian on Britain’s Got Bhangra

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Enjoy! membership 25% off Thursday

Look out for Street Dance Workshop on Thu 30 May. Read more on pg 52


Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 June

Blue Remembered Hills By Dennis Potter

Into my heart an air that kills From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those? AE Housman Following Close the Coalhouse Door, Northern Stage returns with Dennis Potter’s seminal play Blue Remembered Hills. Seven children play in a world of dappled sunshine one wartime summer until their merriment turns sour. Hilarious games, complex friendships and moral dilemmas lead them headlong into sudden and unexpected tragedy. Almost 20 years after his death, Dennis Potter’s charming and profound play captures humanity, wicked humour and his fierce intolerance of ordinary cruelty.

Show times Tue to Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm Fri: 8pm Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm Ticket prices Tue & Wed eves & Sat mat: £9.50 £15.50 £19.50 £22.50 Thu to Sat eves: £10 £18 £22 £25 Thu mat: £9.50 £11.50 £17 £20 Enjoy! membership 50% off Tuesday 50% off Saturday matinee Post show talk Wed 5 Jun

Pre show talk Fri 7 Jun at 6.45pm With James Methven Top Room Tickets: FREE Please note, the Top Room is not accessible for wheelchair users

Captioned performance Thu 6 Jun at 2.30pm Audio described performance Sat 8 Jun at 2.30pm Touch Tour at 1pm


Northern Stage is back, and with a truly wonderful play. This theatre company has brought us brilliant production after brilliant production – Close the Coalhouse Door, Our Friends in the North and Oh What a Lovely War, so don’t miss this one.

Look out for Blue Remembered Hills Schools’ Workshop on Wed 5 Jun. Read more on pg 54

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A Northern Stage Production


Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 June


From the novels by Zizou Corder Devised by the Company, Annabel Arden and Mike Kenny Directed by Annabel Arden

Oxford Playhouse is delighted to be co-producing Lionboy with Complicite, one of the world’s most exciting and unusual theatre companies. Charlie Ashanti is eleven years old. He’s a perfectly normal boy, except for one thing: he can speak to cats. When Charlie’s parents are kidnapped, he sets off on a rescue mission – with a little help from a floating circus and its pride of performing lions… Award-winning theatre company Complicite presents its first show for families and young people, inspired by Zizou Corder’s best-selling books and with a cast including Adetomiwa Edun from BBC’s Merlin. Complicite, founded by Simon McBurney, Annabel Arden and Marcello Magni, has been touring internationally for the past thirty years. Described by the New York Times as “mesmerizing, dynamic and continuously engaging” its recent productions include A Disappearing Number and The Master and Margarita.

Show times Tue to Sat eves: 7pm Wed & Thu mats: 1pm Sat mat: 2.30pm Ticket prices Tue & Wed eves & Sat mat: £9.50 £12.50 £15.50 £17.50 Thu to Sat eves: £12.50 £14.50 £17.50 £19.50 Wed & Thu mats: all tickets £12.50 Family ticket Tue & Wed eves & Sat mat:£50 Thu to Sat eves: £60 (Four tickets, inc. up to two adults, on best seats available) Enjoy! membership 50% off Tuesday 50% off Saturday matinee

Post show talk Wed eve & Thu mat Age guideline For everyone aged 8 and over

Captioned performance Sat 15 Jun at 2.30pm Audio described performance Sat 15 Jun at 2.30pm Touch Tour at 1pm


A highlight of the year. I still have shivers remembering Theatre de Complicite’s Mnemonic, from over 10 years ago, so feel hugely excited to not only be presenting the company at OP again, but to be co-producing the show with them. Though created for children and young people, adults won’t want to miss this theatrical treat.

Schools’ Workshops Workshop packages are available for students of all ages. Please contact hester. bond@oxfordplayhouse. com for more information

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Photograph: Hugo Glendinning

A Complicite co-production with Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Oxford Playhouse, Wales Millennium Centre and Warwick Arts Centre

Complicite produces the most imaginative theatre to be found anywhere. Independent 25

Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 June

Dancing at Lughnasa By Brian Friel Directed by Richard Beecham

Donegal, 1936; a time when life is simple but making ends meet seems impossibly hard. The five unmarried Mundy sisters laugh, cry and dance together through daily difficulties until their missionary brother returns home from decades in Africa. Frail and different through years living abroad, he challenges the sisters’ relationships within the family. As dusk sets on the only life the sisters have ever known, they question their beliefs and their place within the community, as dreams of love begin to crumble. Told through the eyes of seven-year old Michael, Brian Friel’s Olivier and Tony Award-winning play is a magical, moving story of a rural world on the brink of revolution. Filled with humour, tenderness and the longing of unfulfilled lives, Dancing at Lughnasa is produced by Royal & Derngate Northampton, winners of The Stage 100 Award 2010 for regional theatre of the year.

Show times Tue to Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm Fri: 8pm Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm Ticket prices Tue & Wed eves & Sat mat: £9.50 £15.50 £19.50 £22.50 Thu to Sat eves: £10 £18 £22 £25 Thu mat: £9.50 £11.50 £17 £20

Enjoy! membership 50% off Tuesday 50% off Saturday matinee Post show talk Wed 19 Jun

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A Royal & Derngate Northampton Production

With all eyes on the capital it is good to be reminded that some of the most daring, fascinating theatre springs up well outside it. Times on Royal & Derngate 27

Monday 24 to Saturday 29 June John Buchan’s

The 39 Steps

Adapted by Patrick Barlow

Direct from the West End, Broadway and 25 countries around the globe, comes a joyous version of the Alfred Hitchcock classic spy thriller, The 39 Steps, brilliantly and hilariously recreated as a smash hit comedy and winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. This blissfully funny show follows the adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women. Wonderfully inventive, The 39 Steps features four fearless actors, playing 139 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action.

Show times Mon to Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm Fri: 8pm Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm

Post show talk Wed 26 Jun

Ticket prices Mon to Wed eves & Sat mat: £12.50 £18.50 £22.50 £25.50 Thu to Sat eves: £12.50 £21 £25 £28 Thu mat: £12.50 £16.50 £20.50 £23.50 (no discounts Fri & Sat eves)

Captioned performance Thu 27 Jun at 2.30pm Audio described performance Sat 29 Jun at 2.30pm Touch Tour at 1pm

Enjoy! membership 25% off Monday 25% off Saturday matinee


Unmissable! If you’ve seen it before, you’ll want to see it again, and if it’s your first time, lucky you! Either way, book soon as it’s selling fast.

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Photograph: Dan Tsantilis

Fiery Angel

Uproariously jolly and splendidly inventive. Guardian 29

Magdalen College School Theatre Academy

Friday 5 to Sunday 7 July

Lord of the Flies By William Golding A plane crashes on an uninhabited island leaving a group of school boys as the only survivors. With no parents and no rules to obey the boys’ delicate sense of order soon begins to collapse.

Show times Fri: 7.15pm Sat: 3pm & 7.15pm Sun: 11am & 3pm Ticket prices £15 discounts £12

In the summer of 1953, William Golding submitted to his publishers a book ‘about children on an island, children who behave in the way children really would behave’. Sixty years later, by kind permission of William Golding Limited, Magdalen College School Theatre Academy premieres a new adaptation of Golding’s iconic novel. This production is the first spoken version to include music and, in particular, song to tell the story. Following its much-praised version of Virgil’s The Aeneid last year, Lord of the Flies sees the Academy work with writer and director Joanne Pearce, composer Shaun Davey and Adrian Noble, who co-directs, to produce a thrilling take on this classic story.

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Oxford Playhouse Saturday 6 July to Sunday 18 August

The Playhouse Plays Out Tent 5000 people came to the Tent last summer; where were you?! This summer we are back visiting your favourite fêtes, festivals and carnivals. Open all day, the Tent includes magical shows for children, workshops, crafts, games and more. So if you’re looking for FREE family fun or an interactive experience from the comfort of a cosy armchair under canvas, watch out for the Playhouse Plays Out Tent – coming to a green space near you. Fantastic! We spent two hours in your tent! What a brilliant concept. Lovely, accommodating staff and great resources. Even better… it’s free! Thank you. Audience member

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Locations include Oxfordshire Playdays Eynsham Carnival Berinsfield Fête And many more to be confirmed Age guidelines For everyone aged 3 and over Visit to watch a video and for a full list of locations


Tuesday 9 to Sunday 21 July

The Taming of the Shrew By William Shakespeare Directed by Joe Murphy

Two wealthy sisters in Padua must be married off. The modest, demure Bianca has no shortage of suitors, but who on earth will take the wild Katherina? Perhaps the gold-digging Petruchio, as maddeningly strong-willed and perverse as Katherina herself, will be equal to the task of bullying her to the altar? Shakespeare’s outrageous comedy introduces one of theatre’s great screwball double-acts: a couple hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other right up to its controversial conclusion. Firmly established as one of the city’s annual highlights, Oxford Playhouse and the Bodleian Library are delighted to welcome back the Globe Theatre on Tour to perform The Taming of the Shrew in the stunning setting of the Old Schools Quadrangle.

Show times Tue to Sun eves: 7.45pm Sun mats: 2.30pm Sat 20 mat: 3.30pm Ticket prices £18.50 discounts £16.50 Enjoy! membership £15.50 (all performances) Groups 10+ £15.50 (all performances)

Introducing Taming of the Shrew FREE pre-performance talks will be offered from 7pm in Convocation House, Bodleian Library, by members of the Faculty of English, University of Oxford, before all evening performances. Tickets are FREE but book your place via the Ticket Office

Post show talk Wed 17 Jul

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Bodleian Shop We look forward to welcoming you preperformance and offering our unique gift ranges, all inspired by the Bodleian’s collections. Bodleian Library Tours Daily 30 minute and 60 minute guided tours. Longer 90 minute tours on Wednesdays and at weekends. Please visit about/visitors or tel: 01865 287400 for details

International Bookbinding Competition 2013 View a display of contemporary bookbinding on the theme of Shakespeare from some of the best binders worldwide in the Proscholium, Bodleian Library Look out for... H Henry VI on pg 44 H R  omeo and Juliet Workshop for ages 13 to 17 on pg 52


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Globe Theatre on Tour

On a scale of one to ten of spectacular venues, the Bodleian Library Quad has to score eleven. Oxford Times 33

Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 July

James and the Giant Peach By Roald Dahl Adapted by David Wood

James lives with Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, the most revolting Aunts in England. They make him work and slave and never let him play with other children. Then one day he meets a mystical old man who gives him a bag that contains the strongest magic the world has ever known. When James accidentally spills the bag near an old peach tree, the most incredible things start to happen – and James embarks on the adventure of a lifetime! Following its acclaimed productions of George’s Marvellous Medicine and The Jungle Book, Birmingham Stage Company presents Roald Dahl’s amazing story, adapted by renowned children’s playwright David Wood (Spot’s Birthday Party). If you’re looking for fruit-filled fun and wizz-popping wonders this summer holiday, then don’t miss James and his Giant Peach!

Show times Tue: 7pm Wed to Fri: 2pm & 7pm Sat: 10.30am & 2pm Ticket prices £9.50 £11 £14 £16 Family ticket Best available £53 Mid price £46 (Four tickets, inc. up to two adults) Enjoy! membership 50% off Tuesday 50% off Saturday at 10.30am

Post show talk Thu 25 Jul (mat) Age guideline 4+

Signed performance Sat 27 Jul at 2pm Look out for... Oxford Playhouse Young Company 7|10, and explore Roald Dahl in this weekly workshop for everyone aged 7 to 10 years. Read more on pg 53

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Birmingham Stage Company

A heart-warming mix of fun, fruit and nuts in this charming production. HHHH Daily Mail 35

Monday 29 July to Saturday 3 August

The Pitmen Painters By Lee Hall

In 1934, a group of Ashington miners hired a professor to teach an art appreciation evening class. Rapidly abandoning theory in favour of practice, the pitmen began to paint – prolifically. Within a few years avant-garde artists became their friends and their work was acquired by prestigious collectors, but every day they continued to work, as before, down the mine… Written by Lee Hall, creator of the worldwide sensation Billy Elliot and collaborator on Samuel West’s exhilarating Close the Coalhouse Door, The Pitmen Painters has received huge critical acclaim at the National Theatre and on Broadway, and won the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play. Highly amusing, deeply moving and always entertaining, it examines the lives of a group of ordinary men who do extraordinary things.

Show times Mon to Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm Fri: 8pm Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm

Post show talk Wed 31 July

Ticket prices Mon to Wed eves & Sat mat: £12.50 £18.50 £22.50 £25.50 Thu to Sat eves: £12.50 £21 £25 £28 Thu mat: £12.50 £16.50 £20.50 £23.50 (no discounts Fri & Sat eves)

Captioned performance Thu 1 Aug at 2.30pm Audio described performance Sat 3 Aug at 2.30pm Touch Tour at 1pm


I’m so pleased that this play is on the road again. It’s proved to be a huge hit with audiences and critics alike, so don’t miss it on its first visit to Oxford.

Enjoy! membership 25% off Monday 25% off Saturday matinee

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Bill Kenwright presents a Live Theatre Newcastle and National Theatre co-production

Perfectly-pitched‌manages to be tragic, funny and illuminating in one fell swoop of energy. HHHHH Evening Standard 37

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house presents Bookworks Theatre Friday 12 April

The Incredible Book Eating Boy

By Oliver Jeffers Barefoot Books, Summertown OX2 7ED Henry loves books, but not like you and I like books… he loves to EAT books. The more books he eats, the smarter he gets. But a book-eating diet isn’t the healthiest of habits, as Henry soon finds out! This intimate theatre adaptation of Oliver Jeffers’ award-winning book is an exciting adventure for children aged 4 and over, and their grown-ups. Each performance is five minutes long and presented to one child and an accompanying adult at a time. There will be a chaperoned play area for children waiting their turn if you want to bring more children than grown-ups.

Show times Every 6 minutes from 12pm to 1.30pm & 2.30pm to 4pm Ticket price £3 per adult and child (no discounts)

Age guidelines For everyone aged 4 to 8 years There is limited capacity for this production so early booking is recommended

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Oxford Playhouse and Live Canon April to September

The Oxford Poetry Walk

Devised and directed by Helen Eastman Back by popular demand, The Oxford Poetry Walk is a 70-minute walk around Oxford with specially selected and recorded poetry for company. Pick up an MP3 player, headphones and a map from the Playhouse Ticket Office and set off to enjoy the city with literary greats including Gerard Manley Hopkins and Oscar Wilde for company. Performed by Live Canon and produced by Oxford Playhouse. What a superb experience! I would advise everyone to do the Poetry Walk…it must be the best value in Oxford. Audience member

Show times Mon to Sat: 10am to 6pm (or 4.30pm when there is no evening show at Oxford Playhouse.) Ticket price £3.50 (no discounts)

Why not… Stop in the Playhouse café for coffee and cake on completing your walk? You will need to leave identification as a deposit, and MP3 players must be returned within 2 hours


Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe Friday 17 May

The Oh F**k Moment

Dorfman Centre, St Peter’s College OX1 2DL

A show to see if you’ve ever stood on a rake. Or got locked in a shed. Or followed your inclination to experiment and ended up in A+E. Or pressed the button that had the sign next to it saying: ‘Do not under any circumstances press this button’… This critically-acclaimed, Fringe First Award-winning show took Edinburgh by storm and sees poet Hannah Jane Walker and Chris Thorpe examine the guts of mistakes so big there’s no way back. A conversation for brave souls to hold their hands up and admit they messed up… or for people to laugh heartily because someone else did too. Show times 6pm & 8pm

ON SALE NOW! Sunday 9 June

Daniel Kitson Comedian Daniel Kitson returns to the Playhouse for one night only with his brand new show. Keep an eye on the Oxford Playhouse website for more details The best comic of his generation. Guardian

Age guidelines 18+

Ticket price £12

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Show time 8pm Ticket price £12 (no discounts)


Friday 3 to Sunday 12 May

Bicycle Boy

An Oxford Playhouse Production Written and directed by Helen Eastman Osney Mill Marina, Mill Street Oxford OX2 0AN

Grab your helmet, hop on your bike and come on down to Sam’s bicycle workshop. Only make sure you’re feeling fit, because we’re relying on you to pedal-power the show! Sam’s happiest when he’s fixing bikes. It’s what his Dad used to do, and his Grandad before that. Years ago, Grandad taught Sam how to ride and promised that when he took his stabilisers off he’d get a very special present. But where did he hide it? Sam’s determined to find it, even after all these years, but he’s going to need your help… Join us at Osney Mill Marina Garage and enter a magical world of broken spokes, spare wheels and bicycle bells in this brand new Playhouse Plays Out production for children aged 5 to 8 and their families. Set in our specially created bicycle workshop, roll up your sleeves and get ready to pedal or sit back and enjoy this interactive Oxford Playhouse production, featuring live music and lots of fun.

Show times Fri: 4pm Sat: 12pm & 4pm Sun & Mon: 11am & 3pm School performances available Thu 9 and Fri 10 May. Please contact hester. bond@oxfordplayhouse. com for more information on these and schools’ workshop packages

Age guideline For everyone aged 5 to 8 and their families Look out for... Visit for lots of information about how to cycle to the show. Everyone who comes by bike gets a FREE drink on arrival!

Ticket prices £8.50 discounts £5.50

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Friday 22 March at 5pm

Susan Greenfield

Digital Brain: What does it mean for you? Oxfordshire Science Festival and Oxford Playhouse present an exclusive Friday at 5pm with renowned neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield. A former director of the Royal Institute, Baroness Greenfield will talk about how digital technologies are having an unprecedented effect on our lives, thoughts and feelings. Referencing child development and how brains young and old are being forced to adapt to new ways of living, she will explore the potential positive and negative changes the digital world is having on our brains and how to minimise the threats and harness the opportunities for life in the 21st century.

Friday 12 April at 5pm

Michaela Strachan’s Really Wild Adventure Adapted from her book of children’s poetry, TV favourite Michaela Strachan takes families on a delightful journey through an alphabet jungle of animal rhymes. From antelopes to zebras, orphaned orangutans to polar bear dentistry, this is a whistle stop interactive show with poetry, dancing, music and lots of fascinating wildlife facts. Michaela will sign copies of her book after this really wild Easter holiday Friday at 5pm.

After the talk, Susan will take questions from the audience. Ticket prices £5 discounts £3

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Ticket prices £11 discounts £9

Age guideline Suitable for children aged 3 to 8 years and their families


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Friday 24 May at 5pm

Wicked Women

The Archers’ stars come to Oxford Two Wicked Women take over the Playhouse stage, as The Archers’ stars Sara Coward (Caroline Sterling) and Sunny Ormonde (Lilian Bellamy) present their unique musical anthology, celebrating outrageous women throughout the centuries. Full of good humour, sparkling wit and tales of some seriously wanton women, Sara and Sunny celebrate scandalous souls both real and fictional – from Cleopatra to Shirley Valentine, Lady Macbeth to Lady Bracknell. There will also be a chance to put your questions to the Ambridge residents as they reveal the secrets of life ‘backstage’ in the village and show you another side to the stars of the nation’s favourite radio drama! Ticket prices £11 discounts £9

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Globe Theatre on Tour

Photo: Shakespeare's Globe 2010 production of Henry VI part 1. Henry VI Cast to be announced.

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Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 September

Henry VI

Three Plays By William Shakespeare, directed by Nick Bagnall The Globe Theatre on Tour returns to the Playhouse main stage with a rare opportunity to see the three plays of Henry VI; Shakespeare’s powerful rendering of a country wracked by civil war. Harry the Sixth follows the death of Henry V, where divisions are appearing around the infant Henry VI. The Houses of York and Lancaster sees the nobles of England take sides behind Richard Duke of York and King Henry VI, culminating in the first battle of the War of the Roses. The True Tragedy of the Duke of York is a bloody power struggle between the King’s party, led by the fearsome Queen Margaret, and the Yorkists. Don’t miss the black comedy and touching pathos that combine in these savagely great History plays. 01865 305305

Show times Shakespeare almost certainly did not set out to write a trilogy. Each play can be enjoyed with or without knowledge of the others. Harry the Sixth Tue 10 at 7.30pm Thu 12 at 2.30pm Sat 14 at 12pm The Houses of York and Lancaster Wed 11 at 2.30pm Thu 12 at 7.30pm Sat 14 at 3pm The True Tragedy of the Duke of York Wed 11 at 7.30pm Fri 13 at 8pm Sat 14 at 7.30pm Ticket prices £20 or book a cycle of three shows for £50, discounts £45 (Please note, the three performances must be booked at the same time but can be on any day.) Enjoy! membership £5 off a cycle of three shows


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Friday 29 November to Sunday 12 January

Robin Hood

Written and directed by Peter Duncan Robin Hood is riding into Oxford Playhouse for the very first time in this action-packed new panto. Expect non-stop thrills and spills as Robin and his Merry Men battle the evil Sheriff of Nottingham in this classic show sure to delight all the family. With a superb cast of your favourite characters, sing-a-long tunes, stunning dancing, slapstick, silliness and lots of chances to join in, it’s going to be the perfect festive entertainment. So what are you waiting for? It’s never too early to book your tickets, so don’t delay – secure a panto-tastic time for your family today. The cat’s whiskers…even by the impressive standards achieved at this venue over the years, this is a stand-out Christmas show. HHHHH Oxford Times on Dick Whittington 2012

Show times Various – see the website or call the Ticket Office for more details Ticket prices £14 to £24.50 No booking fee and great rates for groups! Book before 1 Nov 2013 and receive £1 off every ticket

BSL Signed performance Sun 15 Dec at 11am Captioned performance Sat 21 Dec at 7pm Audio described performances Sat 4 Jan at 2pm Touch Tour at 12.30pm Sun 5 Jan at 4pm Touch Tour at 2.30pm

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Oxford Playhouse at the Burton Taylor Studio


the very best small-scale professional family shows

The Burton Taylor Studio is managed by Oxford Playhouse on behalf of the University of Oxford

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The Burton Taylor Studio is situated around the corner from Oxford Playhouse on Gloucester Street


oxford playhouse at the burton taylor studio: april 2013 Friday 5 April at 7.30pm Makin’ Projects

Monkey Poet’s Murder Mystery Murder Mystery’s riotous opening act takes us on a journey through poetry, suspense and comedy as Monkey Poet shifts characters from Bukowski to Wilde to Shakespeare to Homer, trying to solve a murder whilst wooing Dorothy Parker... In the second act Monkey Poet rips into a multitude of subjects including religion, democracy, homophobia and the day your dad took the stabilisers off the bike. Tickets £10 discounts £8

Ages 16+

Saturday 6 April at 11am and 2pm Tallulah Swirls Theatre Company

When Eggy Met Peggy


What happens when the lonely egg, sat on a wall, meets the sparkling pea from under that huge pile of matresses? Join Eggy and Peggy The Pea in this deliciously funny and original twist on The Princess and The Pea. A feast of delightful puppetry, laughter and a stomping soundtrack to inspire adults and children alike. Tickets £7.50 children £5.50

Ages 4+

Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 April at 7.30pm Clare Summerskill presents

Well That Explains It!

Let’s talk about sex! Sexual orientation, being single, being married, being gay, bi, lesbian, queer, straight and those who just see themselves as a little bit on the wonky side… Join Clare Summerskill for everything you’ve ever wanted to know about all these matters but were too afraid to ask. A fast-moving, song-singing, side-splitting evening of comedy and music. Tickets £8 discounts £6

Ages 14+ contains some strong language

Friday 12 April at 7.30pm

Nick Pynn and Kate Daisy Grant Nick Pynn and Kate Daisy Grant bring their five-star, multi-awardwinning music show to the BT studio for one night only. Featuring Nick’s instrumental avant-folk masterpieces and Kate’s emotive, quirky pop songs played on an array of toy, folk and homemade instruments, the pair use live looping to create a two-person orchestra. Tickets £10 discounts £8

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oxford playhouse at the burton taylor studio: april 2013 Saturday 13 April 11am and 2pm Bird’s Nest Theatre

Blown Away

What if, one windy night a little girl arrives in your bedroom and tells you she’s the wind? A small boy finds himself swept up and whisked away on an unforgettable journey with the wind. Flying through the air with the world so small below them, they feel big, and when you’re big you can do anything at all! A beautiful and engaging show containing live music, shadow puppetry and movement. Tickets £7.50 children £5.50

Ages 3 to 5

Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 April (eves 7.30pm and Sat mat 2.30pm) Polly Ingham Productions, in association with Oxford Playhouse, supported by MCS Drama

England Street by Kenneth Emson

Ali and Brennan are on the run. The country is England but not as we know it. In the wake of brutal riots, new laws divide the land. Finding safety in a lifeless factory, the brothers risk everything to celebrate the anniversary of Old England. A celebration of humanity across borders, this thrilling modern drama is a stark warning for our future. Tickets £10 discounts £8

Ages 14+

Thursday 20 June at 11am and 2pm La Baracca-Testoni Ragazzi


I’m the sun in the yellow, the sea in the blue and the sky in the light-blue, I’m fire in the red... and I turn red when I get excited! I have no feet, no hands and no legs, but I can follow you while you walk... I am Spot and I tell stories. Spot is a very particular stage light. Its light shines and draws shapes and colours on the floor. A special stage show for very young children using movement, light and sound. Tickets £7.50 children £5.50

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Ages 1 to 4


oxford playhouse at the burton taylor studio: june 2013 Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June at 7.30pm Show and Tell

My Robot Heart By Molly Naylor

Storyteller Molly Naylor joins forces with folk duo The Middle Ones to present this warm and poignant show accompanied by live music. Inspired by experiments into robots and love, My Robot Heart follows three generations of one family before an impending wedding. Molly returns to Oxford following her acclaimed Friday at 5pm Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You. Tickets £10 discounts £8

Tuesday 25 June at 7.30pm Victoria Melody with Farnham Maltings

Major Tom

Following her sell-out performances of Northern Soul, Victoria Melody returns to the BT with her story of how an average 34 year-old became a beauty queen and her smelly Basset Hound a championship show dog… This one woman, one dog show explores the British fascination with celebrities, beauty and winning and follows their adventure as Major Tom heads to Crufts, and Victoria to the Mrs England beauty pageant. Tickets £10 discounts £8

Ages 14+

Thursday 27 and Friday 28 June at 7.30pm


By Siobhán Nicholas Two women astronomers, Jessica Bell from the 21st century and Caroline Herschel from the 18th century, look up at the same night sky and find themselves colliding in their search for understanding. Each woman can precisely map her position in the universe yet she struggles to find her place in the world. From Take the Space who brought Hanging Hooke and Dolce Via to the BT. Tickets £10 discounts £8

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Oxford Playhouse offers a bursary scheme for anyone who wants to take part but needs a hand with fees. This scheme is sponsored by Oxford University Press. For more information email

PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN Mondays 10.30am to 11.15am Until 22 July (no sessions 1 Apr, 8 Apr, 6 May, 27 May, 1 Jul) Top Room, Oxford Playhouse

Hey Diddle Diddle

Have you discovered the perfect musical start to the week for you and your pre-school child? Hey Diddle Diddle is a friendly sing-song and play session held weekly at Oxford Playhouse. With complimentary tea and coffee, as well as a chance to stay and play (and explore the big OP toy cupboard!), Hey Diddle Diddle is a fun way to start the week for both parent and child. This is the only workshop, of all the many different groups I have been to, that captivates the children throughout the session…very well done! Heidi and her daughter, participants. Tickets £5 for one adult and one pre-school child. £2 for a second child

Ages under 5

Monday 8 April 1.30pm to 2.30pm Hospitality Room, Oxford Playhouse

Once Upon a Time

Spend some creative time with your child and share a fairy-tale world of interactive storytelling and activities over a gentle hour with a cup of tea or coffee. Tickets £5 for one adult to one pre-school child. £2 for a second child

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Ages 4 to 6


HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS easter holiday activities Thursday 4 April 10am to 4pm Top Room, Oxford Playhouse

Commedia Dell’Arte

Comedy King Mark Curtis is back by popular demand with a workshop on Commedia Dell’Arte, one of the earliest forms of comic improvisation. You will have fun using half masks and learn the skills behind the delivery of physical comedy and slapstick. Who knows, there may even be room for some acrobatics... The only thing you need to bring is you and a large amount of silliness! Tickets £25

Ages 12 to 15

Tuesday 9 April 10am to 4pm Top Room, Oxford Playhouse

Shakespeare Explorers

Get to know the language and characters of The Tempest at this workshop on understanding Shakespeare. Led by Heidi Vaughan, participants will delve into this famous play exploring the themes, performance style and individual speeches in this interactive and exciting workshop. Tickets £25

Ages 8 to 12

Friday 12 April 10am to 4pm Top Room, Oxford Playhouse

Finding Your Voice

Young Company Director Jo Noble leads this workshop about script delivery and voice technique. An essential day for anyone studying A-Level Drama or thinking of going to drama school. Tickets £25

Ages 16+

half term activities Wednesday 29 May 12pm to 1.30pm Top Room, Oxford Playhouse

The Firework-Maker’s Daughter: An Introduction to the Story Try your hand at some shadow puppetry as you find out about the story and characters of Philip Pullman’s classic tale. Why not stay on for The Firework-Maker’s Daughter performance at 2.30pm? Tickets £4.50

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Ages 8 to 12


half term activities continued... Thursday 30 May 10am to 4pm Top Room, Oxford Playhouse

Street Dance

Join Body Politic founder Emma-Jane Greig and learn hip-hop and street dance routines before performing a short piece at the end of the day. A brilliant opportunity to show off your dance moves, be creative and have some fun. Tickets £25

Ages 13 to 17

SUMMER WORKSHOPS Monday 5 to Friday 9 August Top Room, Oxford Playhouse

Ahoy There!

Taking inspiration from classic adventure stories including Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe, spend the week devising your own sea-faring adventure before performing to family and friends on the last day. All aboard me hearties! Tickets £125

Ages 8 to 12

Monday 12 to Friday 16 August Burton Taylor Studio

Romeo and Juliet

Two young people meet at a party and, in an instant, fall deeply in love. But their love can only battle so long and it’s only a matter of time before they too are consumed in violence… With detailed work on the text and multi character staging, bring a fast moving, explosive 50-minute adaption of Shakespeare’s greatest love story to life in this week-long drama workshop for all budding actors. Tickets £125

Ages 13 to 17

Monday 19 to Friday 23 August Burton Taylor Studio

Tricks of the Trade: Improvisation and Mask Do you like to laugh a lot? Do you like to tell stories? Well this man does! Join Mark Curtis for a week-long workshop that will develop your improvisation skills, story-telling abilities and teach you some very clever tricks from the world of improvisation. Come prepared to move around and laugh lots as you build towards a performance to friends and family on the last day. Tickets £125

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Ages 10 to 14


OXFORD PLAYHOUSE YOUNG COMPANIES Join one of our Young Companies with weekly classes and professional guidance from the Oxford Playhouse team. New for this season is our youngest company, 7|10, so if you’re aged between 7 and 22 years, there’s a Young Company that’s right for you… Monday 15 April to Monday 24 June 5pm to 6.30pm Top Room, Oxford Playhouse

7|10 Oxford Playhouse Young Company

7|10’s first term will look at master storyteller Roald Dahl and how to bring his characters and stories to life on stage. It’ll be swishwifflingly good fun! Places £45 per 9 week term (no sessions 6 and 27 May)

Ages 7 to 10

Thursday 25 April to Thursday 27 June 5pm to 7pm Top Room, Oxford Playhouse

11|15 Oxford Playhouse Young Company

Improvise! Devise! Perform! Join 11|15 for the summer term and work towards creating an exciting performance for your family and friends.

Places £54 per 9 week term (no session 30 May)

Ages 11 to 15

Wednesday 17 April to Wednesday 26 June 5pm to 7pm Top Room, Oxford Playhouse

16|22 Oxford Playhouse Young Company

16|22’s summer sessions will focus on script, duologues and working towards a performance at the Burton Taylor Studio on Wednesday 26 June. Why not come and see 16|22’s production of Under Milk Wood on the mainstage on 15 and 16 March and see what you could be doing? Places £66 per term 16|22 is sponsored by Oxford Theatre Guild and HMG LAW

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Ages 16 to 22


pantomime young company Sunday 15 September from 12pm Top Room, Oxford Playhouse

Audition for Robin Hood

Are you aged between 8 and 15 and passionate about singing, dancing and acting? Then why not audition for this year’s pantomime, Robin Hood? Each year a group of 20 young people from across Oxfordshire perform as part of the Playhouse pantomime ensemble to over 35,000 people. If selected, you will need to be available for the whole period between Monday 11 November 2013 to Sunday 12 January 2014 for rehearsals and performances. Places Book your FREE audition place through the Ticket Office Please note, audition places are limited so early booking is recommended

Ages 8 to 15

SCHOOLS, COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES Monday 20 to Friday 24 May or Monday 15 to Friday 19 July 10am to 4pm

Work Experience at Oxford Playhouse

Working with marketing, fundraising, programming, productions, operations and administration departments, including experience in the Ticket Office and ushering a performance, Oxford Playhouse provides the opportunity for students to gain an insight into the running of a busy theatre from all perspectives. To apply visit

Ages 14 to 16

Wednesday 22 May at 6.30pm

Free Teachers’ Night: The Seagull Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine whilst finding out what’s coming up for schools at Oxford Playhouse, before taking in a performance of Headlong Theatre’s production of Chekhov’s The Seagull. Tickets Up to two FREE tickets available for each school Please call the Ticket Office to book a place

Wednesday 5 June 4.30pm to 6pm Auditorium, Oxford Playhouse

Blue Remembered Hills Schools’ Workshop Led by Assistant Director for Northern Stage, Rachel Oliver, this practical workshop will explore the rehearsal process behind the production, including exercises on characterisation, script work and how to tackle the challenge of portraying children on stage. The workshop aims to provide a valuable insight into the play for students studying Dennis Potter, Drama, English, Theatre Studies or Citizenship. Places £13 per student (includes a ticket to see Blue Remembered Hills Tue to Thu) One free teacher’s ticket for every 15 students.

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Ages 14 to 18


ADULTS & GROUPS Thursday 21 March, Thursday 25 April and Thursday 23 May 12pm to 2pm


Spotlight is a workshop for everyone over 50 offering an in-depth look at theatre. Each sociable and informal session focuses on the show playing on the Playhouse stage that week or an aspect of theatre making, with guest speakers including actors and creative teams behind the shows. No previous experience or theatre knowledge is needed! Why not bring a friend and stay to see the matinee performance in the afternoon? Tickets £6 (includes sandwiches, tea and coffee)

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October 11am to 5pm

Writing Weekends with Matt Hartley

Join critically-acclaimed writer Matt Hartley for a series of weekend workshops designed to help you progress your script or play. Each weekend will look at constructive tools to help conceive and develop ideas. Come with a current project or a completely blank notepad ready to start scribbling! Matt Hartley is an award-winning playwright, currently writing for the RSC and BBC Radio 4. Tickets £60 per weekend

Age 18+

Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 August 10am to 5pm

Making Theatre with Out of Joint

Out of Joint presents a practical workshop on devising a new piece of theatre. Participants will work with one of the company’s Associate Directors, exploring rehearsal techniques used by Artistic Director Max Stafford-Clark. Devising, interviewing, improvising, verbatim theatre and action-ing will all be used to create a piece of theatre, providing a unique insight into the working practices of one of the UK’s foremost new writing theatre companies and techniques and ideas to take away for use in your future work. Tickets £125

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Age 17+


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Each year we entertain over 150,000 people in the main auditorium, over 11,000 in the Burton Taylor Studio, and work with 14,500 people through our Learning team. We produce and tour our own shows, present Playhouse Plays Out shows across the city and county, host artists in residence and show the best touring theatre from the UK and across the world.

This will go towards our artistic programme helping us to develop and tour our own Playhouse productions. Plans include shows for families and young children and Playhouse Plays Out productions which take theatre to unexpected and interesting locations, reaching new audiences across the county.

Without the generous support of our core funders, individual donors, sponsors, volunteers and audiences, Oxford Playhouse would not be here. Thank you for your support!

At Oxford Playhouse we are passionate about what we do and hope that you are too. By coming to the Playhouse, you help to keep the theatre thriving. If you can, please consider making a gift to support our future. We are a charity and each year we need to raise over £200,000 from charitable sources to support all areas of the theatre – the strong artistic programme, our learning and community work and our listed building.

Now is an excellent time to support the Playhouse. We are delighted to be receiving matched funding from the Arts Council England’s new Catalyst scheme for the next three years so your gift can be matched pound for pound.

If you would like to support Oxford Playhouse there are a number of ways you can help: – Make a gift to our fundraising campaign which you can now do online. – Set up a regular gift by standing order to provide vital ongoing support. – Remember Oxford Playhouse in your Will. – Talk to your company about how they can get involved.

For further details, please look out for our leaflets in the foyer, contact the Development Office on 01865 305315 or or visit

Oxford Playhouse gratefully acknowledges the support of its core funders:

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and support from:



Anonymous Charity of Thomas Dawson CHK Charities Limited The Coutts Charitable Trust Doris Field Charitable Trust Ernest Cook Trust Esmée Fairbairn Foundation The Foundation for Sport and the Arts The Foyle Foundation

Garfield Weston Foundation The Helen Roll Charity The Leche Trust The Lord Faringdon Charitable Trust The Ormonde Charitable Trust Mr & Mrs JA Pye’s Charitable Settlement Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement The Souldern Trust St Michael’s and All Saints Charity

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Relaxed Performances

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How to get to the Playhouse Our Address:

Oxford Playhouse Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LW

By Road: Parking: Parking in Oxford can be expensive. It is often cheaper (and sometimes free after 6.30pm) to park on-street. You will find pay-and-display meters on Broad Street, St. Giles and in Jericho. Car Parks: Gloucester Green (underground, nearest to the Playhouse), Westgate Shopping Centre, Worcester Street, Abbey Place, Oxpens and Oxford Rail Station. Park and Ride: Using one of Oxford’s five Park and Ride services is probably the easiest and cheapest way to get around the city. For more information visit:

By Train:

Oxford rail station is a 10 minute walk from the Playhouse.

By Bus and Coach:

The city’s main bus and coach station is a two minute walk away from the Playhouse situated in Gloucester Green.

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In person

Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm or until 30 minutes after the start of the evening performance. Sundays and Bank Holidays two hours before the performances.

Oxford Playhouse Booking Fee

A £1 booking fee applies to each ticket purchased for Oxford Playhouse shows whether in person at our Ticket Office, or by phone or online. Although it might not be popular, the booking fee is vital to securing the Playhouse’s future. The whole fee is retained by the theatre for its charitable purposes, whereas the majority of the actual ticket price goes to the producer of the show. In order for the theatre to raise the same amount through ticket income, prices would have to rise by approximately £3 per ticket. We have also ensured that there are exemptions to the booking fee and a cap: tickets with a face value of less than £10, Enjoy! tickets, group bookings of 10+ and tickets to Family Friendly shows do not incur a booking fee. Purchase more than five tickets in one transaction and the booking fee is limited to £5.

Waiting lists

Waiting lists on the day are available one hour before the performance starts at the Ticket Office. For full details please call 01865 305305

Returns and exchanges

Exchanges must be made at least 24 hours before the performance and are subject to conditions at the discretion of the Duty Ticket Office Manager. Please note actual tickets must be returned to the Ticket Office before an exchange can be made. We will be happy to offer a full refund or ticket exchange if we cancel or alter in a material way any performance as advertised. For full Terms and Conditions, see

Seating Plan Possible limited view. Please call the Ticket Office for further information. These seats can be removed to accommodate wheelchairs. Please call the Ticket Office for further information. Rows A – C are sometimes removed for staging and are therefore not always available – please check with the Ticket Office when booking.





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B22 A21

B7 A8

Data Protection: When processing your booking Ticket Office staff will ask you your name, address and telephone number. This information is required for administration purposes and may be used to keep you informed of forthcoming events. In the case of sales for other venues you may receive information from the event promoter. We may also pass your details to other carefully selected organisations if you agree. The Oxford Playhouse Trust Ltd is a registered charity and we occasionally contact our audience as part of our fundraising initiatives. Please let us know if you would like to be kept informed about future events, activities and fundraising.


Discount Group

Ticket Price

Up to 50% off opening night and Saturday matinees for week-long shows. Bonus Enjoy! discounts of 50% or 25% Free £5 and £10 subject to availability

Conditions Available on up to two tickets, almost every production, for all Enjoy! members. Join the Enjoy! scheme via the Ticket Office for an annual fee of £50. Not applicable on tickets for The School of Night, Fridays at 5pm, Spot’s Birthday Party, Julian Clary, Reduced Shakespeare Company, The Oxford Revue, The Wizard of Oz, Lord of the Flies, Robin Hood and Playhouse Plays Out. 16 to 25 year olds if they are a member of OPT in! (membership cards £1 from Ticket Office) for allocated performances. See page 58 for more information.

Early Bird

£3 off each ticket Available for most shows when you book 4 or more productions at the top ticket price before Friday 12 April 2013. Not available online.

In Advance

£2 off each ticket Available for most shows on full priced tickets of £11.50 or more for under 18s, over 60s, full-time students, ES40s, BECTU and Equity members.

Access users

£9.50 or £12.50 per ticket Available for access facility users, wheelchair users and one companion.

Schools & Colleges

£9.50 or £12.50 per ticket plus one free teacher seat for every 15 seats booked

An allocation of tickets is available Monday to Thursday. School tickets for Robin Hood from £11 (or £10.50 if booked before Easter 2013)

Party Rate 20% off full priced For all groups of 10 or more. tickets for most Not available online, email lauren.caddick performances for group bookings. Payment must be made as one transaction. Not available for Julian Clary. Students Standby £9.50 or £12.50 per ticket (full-time) with valid photo ID

Best available seats on the day of the performance. Book in person at the Ticket Office. Standby rate available in advance for Life is a Dream and The Oxford Revue and Friends.

Over 60s Standby £11 or £12.50 per ticket Best available seats for all matinee performances bookable during the week of the show. Not available online. Standby

£9.50 or £12.50 per ticket Best available seats on the day of the performance for under 18s, ES40s, BECTU and Equity members for most shows.

Conditions: All discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Duty Ticket Office Manager and may not be available for all shows. Discounted tickets cannot be booked in conjunction with any other reductions or offers. Proof of status is required. Please note that not all discounts are available with online booking.


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March 11 Mon Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company 7.30pm OP 2 12 Tue The School of Night 7.30pm OP 2 15 Fri Under Milk Wood 8pm OP 3 16 Sat Under Milk Wood 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP 3 19 Tue Curiosity Shop 7.30pm OP 3 20 Wed Curiosity Shop 7.30pm OP 3 21 Thu Curiosity Shop 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP (mat) 3 22 Fri Susan Greenfield 5pm OP 42 22 Fri Curiosity Shop 8pm OP 3 23 Sat Curiosity Shop 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP (mat) 3 25 Mon Fences 7.30pm OP 4 26 Tue Fences 7.30pm OP 4 27 Wed Fences 7.30pm OP 4 28 Thu Fences 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP 4 29 Fri Fences 8pm OP 4 30 Sat Fences 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP 4

April 1 Mon Spot’s Birthday Party 1.30pm OP 2 Tue Spot’s Birthday Party 10.30am, 1.30pm OP 3 Wed Spot’s Birthday Party 10.30am, 1.30pm OP 5 Fri Rapunzel 7pm OP 5 Fri Monkey Poet 7.30pm BT 6 Sat When Eggy Met Peggy 11am, 2pm BT 6 Sat Rapunzel 2pm, 7pm OP 9 Tue The Misanthrope 7.30pm OP 9 Tue Well That Explains It! 7.30pm BT 10 Wed The Misanthrope 7.30pm OP 10 Wed Well That Explains It! 7.30pm BT 11 Thu The Misanthrope 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP 12 Fri The Incredible Book Eating Boy From 12pm Barefoot Books 12 Fri Michaela Strachan's Really Wild Adventure 5pm OP 12 Fri Nick Pynn and Kate Daisy Grant 7.30pm BT 12 Fri The Misanthrope 8pm OP 13 Sat Blown Away 11am, 2pm BT 13 Sat The Misanthrope 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP (mat) 15 Mon Maurice’s Jubilee 7.30pm OP 16 Tue Maurice’s Jubilee 7.30pm OP 17 Wed Maurice’s Jubilee 7.30pm OP 17 Wed England Street 7.30pm BT 18 Thu Maurice’s Jubilee 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP 18 Thu England Street 7.30pm BT 19 Fri England Street 7.30pm BT 19 Fri Maurice’s Jubilee 8pm OP 20 Sat Maurice’s Jubilee 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP 20 Sat England Street 2.30pm, 7.30pm BT 24 Wed Life is a Dream 7.30pm OP 25 Thu Life is a Dream 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP 26 Fri Life is a Dream 8pm OP 27 Sat Life is a Dream 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP

4 4 4 5 47 47 5 5 47 5 47 5 38 42 47 5 48 5 6 6 6 48 6 48 48 6 6 48 8 8 8 8


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April continued... 30 Tue Richard Alston Dance Company


May 1 Wed Richard Alston Dance Company 7.30pm OP 2 Thu Julian Clary 8pm OP 3 Fri Bicycle Boy 4pm Osney Mill Marina 3 Fri Reduced Shakespeare Company 8pm OP 4 Sat Bicycle Boy 12pm, 4pm Osney Mill Marina 4 Sat The Oxford Revue and Friends 7.30pm OP 5 Sun Bicycle Boy 11am, 3pm Osney Mill Marina 6 Mon Bicycle Boy 11am, 3pm Osney Mill Marina 8 Wed The Wizard of Oz 7.30pm OP 9 Thu The Wizard of Oz 7.30pm OP 10 Fri Bicycle Boy 4pm Osney Mill Marina 10 Fri The Wizard of Oz 8pm OP 11 Sat Bicycle Boy 12pm, 4pm Osney Mill Marina 11 Sat The Wizard of Oz 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP 12 Sun Bicycle Boy 11am, 3pm Osney Mill Marina 14 Tue Less than Kind 7.30pm OP 15 Wed Less than Kind 7.30pm OP 16 Thu Less than Kind 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP 17 Fri The Oh F**k Moment 6pm, 8pm St Peter's College 17 Fri Less than Kind 8pm OP 18 Sat Less than Kind 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP 21 Tue The Seagull 7.30pm OP 22 Wed The Seagull 7.30pm OP 23 Thu The Seagull 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP (mat) 24 Fri Wicked Women 5pm OP 24 Fri The Seagull 8pm OP 25 Sat The Seagull 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP (mat) 28 Tue The Firework-Maker’s Daughter 7.30pm OP 29 Wed The Firework-Maker’s Daughter 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP 30 Thu Break the Floorboards 7.30pm OP 31 Fri Break the Floorboards 7pm OP


10 11 40 12 40 13 40 40 14 14 40 14 40 14 40 16 16 16 39 16 16 18 18 18 43 18 18 20 20 21 21

1 Sat Break the Floorboards 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP 4 Tue Blue Remembered Hills 7.30pm OP 5 Wed Blue Remembered Hills 7.30pm OP 6 Thu Blue Remembered Hills 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP (mat) 7 Fri Blue Remembered Hills 8pm OP 8 Sat Blue Remembered Hills 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP (mat) 9 Sun Daniel Kitson 8pm OP 11 Tue Lionboy 7pm OP 12 Wed Lionboy 1pm, 7pm OP 13 Thu Lionboy 1pm, 7pm OP 14 Fri Lionboy 7pm OP 15 Sat Lionboy 2.30pm, 7pm OP (mat)

21 22 22 22 22 22 39 24 24 24 24 24


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June continued... 18 Tue Dancing at Lughnasa 7.30pm OP 19 Wed Dancing at Lughnasa 7.30pm OP 20 Thu Spot 11am, 2pm BT 20 Thu Dancing at Lughnasa 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP 21 Fri My Robot Heart 7.30pm BT 21 Fri Dancing at Lughnasa 8pm OP 22 Sat Dancing at Lughnasa 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP 22 Sat My Robot Heart 7.30pm BT 24 Mon The 39 Steps 7.30pm OP 25 Tue The 39 Steps 7.30pm OP 25 Tue Major Tom 7.30pm BT 26 Wed The 39 Steps 7.30pm OP 27 Thu The 39 Steps 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP (mat) 27 Thu STELLA 7.30pm BT 28 Fri STELLA 7.30pm BT 28 Fri The 39 Steps 8pm OP 29 Sat The 39 Steps 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP (mat)

26 26 48 26 49 26 26 49 28 28 49 28 28 49 49 28 28


5 Fri Lord of the Flies 7.15pm OP 6 Sat Lord of the Flies 3pm, 7.15pm OP 7 Sun Lord of the Flies 11am, 3pm OP 9 Tue The Taming of the Shrew 7.45pm Bodleian 10 Wed The Taming of the Shrew 7.45pm Bodleian 11 Thu The Taming of the Shrew 7.45pm Bodleian 12 Fri The Taming of the Shrew 7.45pm Bodleian 13 Sat The Taming of the Shrew 7.45pm Bodleian 14 Sun The Taming of the Shrew 2.30pm, 7.45pm Bodleian 16 Tue The Taming of the Shrew 7.45pm Bodleian 17 Wed The Taming of the Shrew 7.45pm Bodleian 18 Thu The Taming of the Shrew 7.45pm Bodleian 19 Fri The Taming of the Shrew 7.45pm Bodleian 20 Sat The Taming of the Shrew 3.30pm, 7.45pm Bodleian 21 Sun The Taming of the Shrew 2.30pm, 7.45pm Bodleian 23 Tue James and the Giant Peach 7pm OP 24 Wed James and the Giant Peach 2pm, 7pm OP 25 Thu James and the Giant Peach 2pm, 7pm OP 26 Fri James and the Giant Peach 2pm, 7pm OP 27 Sat James and the Giant Peach 10.30am, 2pm OP (2pm) 29 Mon The Pitmen Painters 7.30pm OP 30 Tue The Pitmen Painters 7.30pm OP 31 Wed The Pitmen Painters 7.30pm OP

31 31 31 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 32 34 34 34 34 34 36 36 36


1 Thu The Pitmen Painters 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP (mat) 36 2 Fri The Pitmen Painters 8pm OP 36 3 Sat The Pitmen Painters 2.30pm, 7.30pm OP (mat) 36


Access Facilities Oxford Playhouse offers a range of facilities for audience members with access requirements, including level access to the auditorium, low level counters at the Ticket Office and bar, wheelchair spaces (stalls: end of rows E & L and centre of row T), audio described, captioned and signed performances. Look out for these symbols on the show pages of this Guide. Captioned and signed performances are excellent for people who are deaf, deafened and hard of hearing. Captioned performances may also be of interest for those whose first language isn’t English and for anyone who finds it helpful to follow the text during a show.

Audio described performances are designed for blind or partially sighted audience members. Via headphones, a live narrator describes the action in the pauses between the onstage dialogue. Touch tours accompany audio described performances. The auditorium has a Sennheiser infrared system for audience members who are hard of hearing. Please ask the Ticket Office at the time of booking to advise you on the best places to sit for using the Sennheiser headsets within the auditorium.


Look out for our next season August 2013 to January 2014 On sale June 2013 Did you know… • t hat last year Oxford Playhouse produced and co-produced 11 new productions? Keep an eye out for Oxford Playhouse’s own shows coming this year including Bicycle Boy, Tea Time, Lionboy and many more…

• that you could be saving £££s by becoming an Enjoy! member? Ask at the Ticket Office about how to save 50% or 25% off most productions.

• that you can hire rooms at the Playhouse for your reception, meeting or event? With an accessible location at the heart of Oxford, spaces that accommodate 10 to 80 people and hospitality packages to suit all needs, why not consider OP for your next gathering – whether business or pleasure. Visit for more info

• that over 35,000 people came to see Oxford Playhouse’s Christmas panto,

Dick Whittington? Book before November and save £1 off every ticket for this year’s cracking Christmas show, Robin Hood…

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Oxford Playhouse Season Brochure March to August 2013  

What's on guide for all shows and events coming up at Oxford Playhouse and the Burton Taylor Studio from March to August 2013.

Oxford Playhouse Season Brochure March to August 2013  

What's on guide for all shows and events coming up at Oxford Playhouse and the Burton Taylor Studio from March to August 2013.