The Oxford Playhouse

The Oxford Playhouse
11-12 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LW
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40+ Acting Company

This is a company for anyone aged 40 or over with an enthusiasm to play and explore text on your feet. During these sessions you will work through technical exercises to develop your performance skills and explore different genres of theatre, looking at play extracts, discussing themes and characters and working…

Thu 6 Sep

Top Room

£10 / 01865 305305

Thu 13 Sep

Top Room

£10 / 01865 305305

Thu 27 Sep

Top Room

£10 / 01865 305305

…and 3 more dates until 18 Oct

8 Minutes

It takes just eight minutes for sunlight to travel 93 million miles to earth. In this unique collaboration with scientists from STFC RAL Space, choreographer Alexander Whitley takes inspiration from solar science research and its stunning imagery. Dance, film and music take us on a journey through the universe…

Sat 13 Oct

£8–£18 / 01865 305305

Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas

An Oxford Playhouse and Reading Rep production. Written and directed by Helen Eastman. From an original idea by Hannah Groombridge. Alby isn’t just any penguin. Alby is a very special penguin. Alby is a snow-white penguin… Cast off by his fellow penguins, Alby finds himself all alone at the South Pole. When he…

Thu 6 Dec

BT Studio

£9–£11 / 01865 305305

Fri 7 Dec

BT Studio

£9–£11 / 01865 305305

Sat 8 Dec

BT Studio

£9–£11 / 01865 305305

…and 20 more dates until 5 Jan 2019

The Annual Charles Simonyi Lecture

Join Marcus du Sautoy and a specially invited guest lecturer for this year’s annual Simonyi Lecture. Each year the Simonyi lecture presents a story of cutting-edge science and how it impacts on modern society. From consciousness to quarks, from autism to the future of the planet, the Simonyi lecture tackles some of the…

Fri 26 Oct

£5 / 01865 305305

Auditioning for Drama School

This workshop explores everything you need to prepare for applying for theatre and performing arts courses. Covering voice, movement and text exercises, this is an essential intensive day for anyone planning to, or in the process of, applying for drama school. You will have the opportunity to discuss drama schools and…

Wed 24 Oct

Top Room

£30 / 01865 305305

Austentatious

'Austentatious' is an improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country’s quickest comic performers. In every single show the cast conjure up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience. The show comes fresh from six sellout runs at the Edinburgh Fringe, a…

Wed 10 Oct

£16.50 / 01865 305305

Ballet Black

Audiences can’t resist the “joyously unpredictable” (Guardian) programmes danced by Ballet Black, back for their third year here. Led by Artistic Director Cassa Pancho, this company celebrates dancers of black and Asian descent, showcasing technique, precision and grace in specially commissioned pieces. As part of…

Wed 7 Nov

£8–£23 / 01865 305305

Bullish

Meet Asterion, better known as the bloodthirsty Minotaur of Ancient Crete. Follow them through one cabaret odyssey, one strapping search for the man they might want to be. From the makers of smash hit JOAN comes BULLISH, a mythical play with songs, negotiating ancient and new territories in trans-masculine gender and…

Tue 25 Sep

BT Studio

£10 / 01865 305305

David O'Doherty: You Have To Laugh

Armed with his reliable keyboard from 1986, quirky, offbeat multi-award winning Irish musician, actor and comedian David O'Doherty presents an exciting repertoire of silly little songs performed on an even sillier little instrument, combined with traditional stand-up. Witness madness in motion.

Fri 9 Nov

£19 / 01865 305305

Dick Whittington & His Cat

Schools Early Bird: £11.50 each with 16th free - reserved by end April and paying by 24th September. School Standard: £12.50 each with 16th free, reserved after April or paying after September. Groups on Low/Seasonal shows can get schools price but no free tickets. Groups on High/Premium shows get 20% off for 20…

Fri 23 Nov

£10–£32 / 01865 305305

Sat 24 Nov

£10–£32 / 01865 305305

Mon 26 Nov

£10–£32 / 01865 305305

…and 34 more dates until 6 Jan 2019

Duet For One

Following an acclaimed West End run, Tom Kempinski’s multi award-winning play Duet For One comes to Oxford Playhouse. In this powerful, deeply moving and poignantly funny play, Stephanie Abrahams (Belinda Lang), a brilliant concert violinist who seemingly has it all, is forced to re-evaluate her life when struck by an…

Tue 28 Aug

£8–£35.50 (£12) / 01865 305305

Wed 29 Aug

£8–£35.50 (£12) / 01865 305305

Thu 30 Aug

£8–£35.50 (£12) / 01865 305305

…and 2 more dates until 1 Sep

Emma Rice

Emma Rice is one the UK’s most well-loved and distinctive theatre directors. As the former Artistic Director of Kneehigh and then Shakespeare’s Globe, she has spent decades creating shows which are filled with her trademark mix of joy, wonder and magic. And we’ve been lucky enough to have many of them visit our stage…

Fri 16 Nov

01865 305305

Fisherman's Friends

The original sole men, Cornwall’s tightest band of brothers and its best-known musical export, the Fisherman’s Friends will be heading back on the road for a run of UK tour dates in November 2018. In a show that’s guaranteed to warm the cockles, the group’s eight good men brew up a heady mix of hearty song, salty…

Sat 10 Nov

£25 / 01865 305305

The Habit of Art

Alan Bennett is one of our greatest, most celebrated playwrights, with blockbusters including The History Boys, The Madness of King George and Talking Heads. He is applauded as a genius for his sharp character observations and treasured for the way he beautifully balances wit, wistfulness and compassion. In The Habit…

Mon 24 Sep

£8–£35.50 (£12) / 01865 305305

Tue 25 Sep

£8–£35.50 (£12) / 01865 305305

Wed 26 Sep

£8–£35.50 (£12) / 01865 305305

…and 3 more dates until 29 Sep

Henning Wehn: Get on With It

You couldn’t make it up; surely the German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn hasn’t bosched out yet another new show? And what’s he still doing here anyway? Well, his lack of transferable skills is what keeps him here and his belief that practise makes perfect is what keeps him going. This show is a much needed call to…

Thu 2 May 2019

£19.50 / 01865 305305

Fri 3 May 2019

£19.50 / 01865 305305

Sat 4 May 2019

£19.50 / 01865 305305

How to Hide a Lion

Stage adaptation of Helen Stephen's book How to Hide a Lion.

Sat 22 Sep

BT Studio

£8 / 01865 305305

Sun 23 Sep

BT Studio

£8 / 01865 305305

Iain Stirling: U OK Hun? X

Upbeat wit and gags from Edinburgh-born stand-up and BAFTA-nominated children's TV presenter.

Mon 8 Oct

£16.50 / 01865 305305

Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways

Tales of cargo, calamities and cocoa. A double bill of theatre, poetry and music to whisk you back to the days of World War II when a shortage of crews to keep the working boats going brought a new breed of boater to the canal. Young women took on 72’ narrow boats with 55 tons of war supplies, and a whole new way of life…

Tue 11 Sep

BT Studio

£10 / 01865 305305

Julian Clary: Born to Mince

‘Are you ready for some filth? I know I am. It’s been a while since I sallied forth to pleasure the provinces with my particular brand of saucy innuendo. Let me at them!’ In this outrageously camp new show, (that he was going to call Bed Knobs and Knee Pads but was advised might not sell too well in Harrogate)…

Sun 2 Jun 2019

£23 / 01865 305305

Marcus Brigstocke - Devil May Care

A new stand-up show from the multi award-winning comedian who decides it is time to establish, once and for all, what is good and what is bad.

Thu 11 Oct

£16 / 01865 305305

Michael McIntyre: Work in Progress

We welcome back Michael McIntyre to Oxford Playhouse with his latest work in progress. Please note: Maximum of 4 tickets per household. Tickets can only be collected on the night with ID. No tickets will be posted, or given out in advance. . Duration: 1 hour 50mins with interval

Mon 27 Aug

£25 / 01865 305305

On the Exhale

After a devastating school shooting, a woman develops an obsession that begins to take over her existence. The UK premiere of Martín Zimmerman’s “startlingly original” (New York Times) play is a compulsive and visceral examination of American gun violence directed by double Fringe First awardwinner Christopher Haydon…

Tue 28 Aug

BT Studio

£10 / 01865 305305

Wed 29 Aug

BT Studio

£10 / 01865 305305

Thu 30 Aug

BT Studio

£10 / 01865 305305

…and 2 more dates until 1 Sep

Orlando

Following their sell-out hit The Tiger’s Bride, Marvellous Machine return to the BT with their adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s high-spirited romp. Expect live music, comedy and drag.

Tue 4 Sep

BT Studio

£10 / 01865 305305

Wed 5 Sep

BT Studio

£10 / 01865 305305

Thu 6 Sep

BT Studio

£10 / 01865 305305

…and 2 more dates until 8 Sep

Othello

Othello is one of Shakespeare’s most startlingly contemporary plays – an electrifying thriller and masterful depiction of a life torn apart by prejudice. Venice: a western colonial power employs the newlymarried Othello, a Muslim general, to lead their army against the impending Turkish invasion. The difficulties of…

Tue 18 Sep

£8–£28 / 01865 305305

Wed 19 Sep

£8–£28 / 01865 305305

Thu 20 Sep

£8–£28 / 01865 305305

…and 2 more dates until 22 Sep

Perfectly Imperfect Women

What is perfection and what’s so bad about imperfection? This universal story examines the complex relationship between mothers and daughters, and what it means to accept imperfection in order to connect more deeply with your female line. Award-winning storyteller Danyah Miller discovers she has more in common with her…

Mon 1 Oct

BT Studio

£10 / 01865 305305

Playbites for Lunch

Oxford Playwrights are back with a new collection of their popular lunchtime short plays performed by local actors in the Top Room.

Wed 26 Sep

Top Room

£7 / 01865 305305

Plink and Boo

Acrobatics, music and games at this circus theatre experience for 2-5 year olds.

Sat 29 Sep

BT Studio

£8 / 01865 305305

Rhondda Rips it Up

My Ladies, Lords and Gentlemen! WNO cordially invites you to the World Premiere of the rip-roaring, uproarious musical comedy 'Rhondda Rips It Up!' created for your delectation by the illustrious Ms Elena Langer (composer and suffragette) and the inimitable Ms Emma Jenkins (librettist and suffragette). Join us on an…

Tue 9 Oct

£8–£28 / 01865 305305

Salt

In 2016, two artists got on a cargo ship, and retraced one of the routes of the Transatlantic Slave Triangle - from the UK to Ghana to Jamaica, and back. Their memories, their questions and their grief took them along the bottom of the Atlantic and through the figurative realm of an imaginary past. It was a long journey…

Thu 4 Oct

BT Studio

£10 / 01865 305305

Fri 5 Oct

BT Studio

£10 / 01865 305305

Sara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads

The award-winning comedian returns with her new show.

Thu 8 Nov

£18 / 01865 305305

Shakespeare In Love

Winning no less than seven Oscars, the film of Shakespeare in Love, starring Judi Dench, Joseph Fiennes and Gwyneth Paltrow, became an instant classic. Adapted by Lee Hall for a triumphant West End run, this epic Elizabethan extravaganza is exuberant, witty, funny, and a beautiful homage to love, art, and theatre…

Tue 30 Oct

£8–£35.50 (£12) / 01865 305305

Wed 31 Oct

£8–£35.50 (£12) / 01865 305305

Thu 1 Nov

£8–£35.50 (£12) / 01865 305305

…and 2 more dates until 3 Nov

Shakespeare's Mad Women

Juliet is about to kill herself. All Lady Macbeth and Ophelia can do is wait for her to arrive. Together they play cards, drink moonshine from teacups, and piece together the remnants of their pasts. This hit dark comedy from Lady Garden Theatre explores the ‘what if’ behind three of Shakespeare’s most famous…

Thu 20 Sep

BT Studio

£10 / 01865 305305

Shift

SHIFT is the latest jaw-dropping show from award-winning contemporary circus company Barely Methodical Troupe. Following their sell-out smash hits, Bromance and Kin, SHIFT’s four extraordinary performers test their physical limits in an explosive display of power-based acrobatics. Altering perspectives, challenging…

Tue 11 Sep

£8–£19 / 01865 305305

Wed 12 Sep

£8–£19 / 01865 305305

Simon Stephens

Simon Stephens is one of the UK’s most exciting playwrights. His plays include Punk Rock, A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, and the stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Most recently, he wrote the National Theatre’s adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera, which is being…

Thu 11 Oct

£3 / 01865 305305

Standard:Elite

A playful, interactive theatre experience about class, privilege, and social mobility that’s accessible and, above all, fun.

Wed 12 Sep

BT Studio

£10 / 01865 305305

Summiting the Science of Everest

Mount Everest - the highest point on our planet and the ultimate achievement for any climber - has long been a fascination for physicist and adventurer Melanie Windridge. Once the preserve of the world’s elite mountaineers, it has become ever more accessible to ordinary people. Fresh from conquering the summit…

Fri 5 Oct

£5 / 01865 305305

Tiddler And Other Terrific Tales

Julia Donaldson stories (Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze) told via puppetry.

Wed 22 Aug

£8–£12.50 / 01865 305305

Thu 23 Aug

£8–£12.50 / 01865 305305

Fri 24 Aug

£8–£12.50 / 01865 305305

Sat 25 Aug

£8–£12.50 / 01865 305305

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Direct from a smash hit West End season, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns to the stage, celebrating 50 years of Britain’s best-loved picture book! The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy…

Wed 24 Oct

£8–£12 / 01865 305305

Thu 25 Oct

£8–£12 / 01865 305305

Fri 26 Oct

£8–£12 / 01865 305305

Sat 27 Oct

£8–£12 / 01865 305305

Tom Allen: Absolutely

Tom Allen’s unique style of sharp, acerbic wit and camp, riotous storytelling has seen him sell out shows all over the country. As seen on Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and Radio 4’s Just A Minute.

Sun 30 Sep

£15 / 01865 305305

Unconditional

What Josie wants for her mother, and Steffi wants for her daughter is the same - a better world. Both touching and laugh-outloud hilarious, this show is a joyous celebration of equality and liberation between a mother and her grown-up daughter.

Mon 17 Sep

BT Studio

£10 / 01865 305305

Tue 18 Sep

BT Studio

£10 / 01865 305305

Wed 19 Sep

BT Studio

£10 / 01865 305305

The Wipers Times

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman's satirical play about WWI.

Mon 3 Sep

£8–£35.50 / 01865 305305

Tue 4 Sep

£8–£35.50 / 01865 305305

Wed 5 Sep

£8–£35.50 / 01865 305305

…and 3 more dates until 8 Sep

Wise Children

‘Let’s have all the skeletons out of the closet, today, of all days!’ It’s 23 April, Shakespeare’s birthday. In Brixton, Nora and Dora Chance – twin chorus girls born and bred south of the river – are celebrating their 70th birthday. Over the river in Chelsea, their father and greatest actor of his generation…

Tue 13 Nov

£8–£28 (£12) / 01865 305305

Wed 14 Nov

£8–£28 (£12) / 01865 305305

Thu 15 Nov

£8–£28 (£12) / 01865 305305

…and 2 more dates until 17 Nov

Women in Power Symposium

Throughout 2018 we’ve been bringing women’s stories to the forefront of our programme, to mark 100 years since the Representation of the People Act 1918 – the act which allowed some women in the UK the right to vote. Alongside Women In Power, running from the Wednesday to the Saturday, on Thursday 4 October we’ll be…

Thu 4 Oct

01865 305305

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