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MCS returns to the Playhouse stage with an uplifting double-bill of new works of musical theatre.Leave it to Puck!By John Mann and Alex ThomasYou’d have thought he might have learned his lesson, but four hundred years on, mischief-loving Puck is still causing romantic mayhem in an enchanted wood. One day his magic misfires, leading a young girl, Willow, and her parents into a life they hadn’t bargained for…BirdlandBy Bob Chilcott and Charles BennettWelcome to Birdland, a world in which those with the best voice have the most power. Pip is a young sparrow with a song in his heart and a dream to sing just like his idol, the Golden Nightingale. He’s desperate to join the prestigious Dawn Chorus, but they’ve got other ideas. Will Pip sell his soul to the glamourous Doc Rock Peacocks or lose his way in the Bewilderness? Or will he be able to find his true voice?
Tickets £15Age guideline: 7+
Oxford Playhouse’s Artist Development Programme includes Playhouse Playmakers our Writers’ Attachment Programme, now in its 7th year, which supports 6 writers to write a full-length play with a year of workshops, dramaturgy and mentoring.Join us for an exciting afternoon featuring extracts from diverse and original new writers supported by Oxford Playhouse.Extracts of new plays by our current Writers on Attachment inckude: Anna Angerman (A Covid Testing Centre), Carla Grauls (Fairytale Dystopia), Gayathiri Kamalakanthan (Tea Picking), Liz Daramola (A Music Festival), Rhianna Ilube (A Queer Memorial, Berlin) and Thomas Ryalls (Blackpool’s Illumination
Tickets £12Age guideline: 14+This event was originally scheduled for 11am & 2pm and will now take place over one performance at 4pm.
Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this roarsome interactive show for all the family.Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across uncharted territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child's favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus!A special meet and greet after the performance offers all our brave explorers the chance to make a new dinosaur friend.Don’t miss this entertaining and mind-expanding jurassic adventure, live on stage.Book now before tickets become extinct!
Tickets £14.50Age guideline: 3+
A Musical by Gary Barlow and Tim FirthPerformed by Oxford Operatic SocietyOriginally Produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and The Shubert OrganisationThe death of a much-loved husband prompts a group of ordinary women in a small Yorkshire village to do an extraordinary thing.Blasting away all preconceptions of what it is to be in a women's institute, they decide to do an artistic nude calendar to raise money for charity. None of them expect the emotional and personal ramifications, but the making of the fabulous and funny calendar brings each woman unexpectedly into flower.With unforgettable songs written by Gary Barlow, this heart-warming musical proves that there is no such thing as an ordinary woman.Based on the play CALENDAR GIRLS by Tim Firth and on the motion picture CALENDAR GIRLS written by Tim Firth and Juliette TowhidiThis amateur production of CALENDAR GIRLS: THE MUSICAL is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.
Tickets from £10Age guideline: 12+
A Scottee & Friends productionFat Blokes is the cult, award-winning, sell-out, sort of dance show about trying to fit into a world that says you’re too fat.Made by five fat friends who have never done this sort of thing before, in collaboration with Lea Anderson, Fat Blokes subjects you to our pent-up aggression, love for riot grrrl and our ability to burp on command.Prepare to fall in love with us.This is fat rebellion.
Tickets from £10Age guideline: 16+
THE ROAR-SOME CREW ARE BACK FOR A BRAND NEW ADVENTURE!Zog, super keen student turned air-ambulance, still lands with a crash-bang-thump. Together with his Flying Doctor crew, Princess Pearl and Sir Gadabout, they tend to a sunburnt mermaid, a unicorn with one too many horns and a lion with the flu. However, Pearl’s uncle, the King, has other ideas about whether princesses should be doctors, and she’s soon locked up in the castle back in a crown and a silly frilly dress!With a bit of help from some friends and half a pound of cheese, can Pearl make her uncle better and prove princesses can be doctors too?Based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling sequel, Freckle Productions (Zog, Stick Man, Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales, Tabby McTat) bring the creative team behind Zog, Emma Kilbey and Joe Stilgoe, back together for this truly modern take on the classic fairy tale.
Adults £17.50 Children £15.50Age guideline: 3+Duration: 60 minutesInterval: No
A Joyous Jamaican JourneyJoin us as we tell the story of Reggae music and the Windrush Generation and hear how this music took the world by storm.Narrated by comedian John Simmit and featuring ska, rock steady, calypso, gospel, lovers rock, dancehall and Reggae played live by the JA Reggae Band.Get ready to enjoy the music of Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Millie Small and many more.
Tickets from £10Age guideline: 11+
Calling all brave heroes! Enter into a magical world of myths and legends in this fantastical new show for all the family.Unveil a myriad of dark secrets and come face to face with some of the most magnificent monsters and terrifying beasts ever to walk the earth. Discover the colossal Stone Troll, the mysterious Indrik and Japanese Baku; the Tooth Fairy (not as sweet as you'd think), an adorable Unicorn and majestic Griffin. Take your place among legendary heroes, just don't wake the Dragon…From the creators of the international smash hit Dinosaur World Live, who bring spectacular puppets to life, don’t miss this spell-binding adventure, live on stage!
Tickets £15.50Age guideline 3+
“I’m not acting crazy. I’m the genuine article.”It’s the booming fifties, and Britain is in the clutches of Goon mania as men, women and children across the country scramble to get their ear to a wireless for another instalment of The Goon Show. While Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers get down to the serious business of becoming overnight celebrities, fellow Goon and chief writer Spike finds himself pushing the boundaries of comedy, and testing the patience of the BBC.SPIKE is an absurdly funny new play by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman (The Wipers Times, Trial By Laughter, A Bunch of Amateurs) that delves into the inner workings of one of our most unique and brilliantly irreverent comedy minds.The cast includes Olivier Award-winning actor John Dagleish (Sunny Afternoon) as 'Spike Milligan' with Stephen Fry as the voice of the 'BBC Announcer'.
Tickets from £10Age guideline 10+
Join Harry Hill as he test drives his latest idea of what a joke is. Laugh with him as he succeeds, distance yourself from him as he fails, track him down in the bar and get a selfie, ask him if he’s bringing TV Burp back, phone your mum and get him to wish her a happy birthday. Let’s Mattress!
Tickets £22.50Age guideline: 14+
The Original Theatre Company presentsAdapted for the stage by Rachel WagstaffDirected by Philip FranksBy Agatha Christie1960s England and a wind of change is blowing through the land.It has even reached the sleepy village of St. Mary Mead. There’s a new housing estate to make the villagers curious and fearful. And even stranger, a rich American film star has bought the Manor House.Jane Marple, confined to a chair after an accident, is wondering if life has passed her by. Then there is a vicious murder, and Miss Marple must unravel a web of lies, tragedy and danger.This adaptation of Agatha Christie’s famous novel brings real emotional depth and psychological insight to a thrilling story of revenge and the dark secrets that we all hide.Starring Susie Blake as Miss Marple (Victoria Wood's As Seen on TV, Coronation Street, Mrs Brown's Boys).
Tickets from £10Age guideline: 10+
Here he comes again, trotting on to the stage with all of the misplaced confidence of a waiter with no pad. There'll be lots of talking, some apologising and some songs on a glued together plastic keyboard from 1986.As seen on Channel 4's Along for the Ride with David O'Doherty, '8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown' and BBC's 'Live At the Apollo.'
Tickets £25.50Age guideline: 14+
Based on Michael Morpurgo’s Mudpuddle FarmMusical adaptation by Caroline Wigmore & Jen GreenGolden Toad Theatre presents a new farmyard musical about the joy of unlikely friendships.This bold and energetic new musical follows the air-raising adventures of Pintsize, the youngest and most daring piglet on Mudpuddle Farm.Pintsize loves nothing more than playing with his next-farm-neighbour and best friend Diana the sheep, but one day he wakes up to discover a tall fence built between their two farms. Devastated by the loss of playtime with his best pal and the fact that pigs can't jump over fences, Pintsize resolves that he will figure out how to fly over it instead.Can his determination and ingenuity defy the laws of physics? Will crotchety Farmer Rafferty finally make peace with his neighbour, Farmer Brightwell? Can Albertine the clever goose keep Pintsize from hurting himself as he tries to fly?
After a sell-out tour of his house in 2020 (extended into 2021 due to popular demand), Ol’ Broken Pancreas is charged up and ready to flick the switch on another night of attention seeking.Co-host of the award-winning mega-hit podcast Off Menu with James Acaster, Taskmaster champion, and has his own special Blood Sugar available worldwide on Amazon Prime.As seen and heard on Mock the Week (BBC2), Live At the Apollo (BBC), The Russell Howard Hour (Sky), QI (BBC2), Would I Lie To You (BBC) and Sunday mornings on Radio X alongside Matthew Crosby.
Tickets £20.50Age guideline: 14+
Simon Evans’ (Live at the Apollo, Mock The Week, The News Quiz) last show, Genius 2.0 was described by The Scotsman as ‘A Masterclass’ and provided an hilarious analysis of the departure of any visible sign of intelligence from modern life.But his new show raises the stakes, with his usual excoriating views of a world on fire given a perspective shift from personal revelations that turned his world upside down this year.
Tickets £19.50Age guideline: 14+
The Improvised Jane Austen NovelAn improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country’s quickest comic performers. In each show the cast conjures up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.Previous ‘lost’ masterpieces have included Double 0 Darcy, Game of Scones and The Wickham Man.Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment, this is a regency treat guaranteed to delight Austen novices and die-hard fans alike.
Tickets £21Age guideline 12+
Frantic Assembly presents its award-winning and electrifying take on Shakespeare’s tragedy of paranoia, sex and murder. Othello’s passionate affair with Desdemona becomes the catalyst for jealousy, betrayal, revenge and the darkest intents.Frantic Assembly takes Shakespeare’s muscular and beautiful text, combines its own bruising physicality, and presents an Othello firmly rooted in a volatile 21st century. This is a world of broken glass and broken promises, of poisonous manipulation and explosive violence.As relevant today as it ever was, Othello exposes the tension, fear and paranoia buried beneath the veneer of our relationships and how easily that can be maliciously exploited.Originally a Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth collaboration, in association with Royal & Derngate Northampton and developed at the Lyric Hammersmith.
Tickets from £10Age guideline: 14+
(No children)Following a complete sell-out 2021 tour, star of global smash hit Live Innit, Taskmaster & the first British-Asian stand-up to sell-out London’s Wembley Arena adds extra 2022 dates!After barely surviving the pandemic, and with two years of pent-up killer material, Paul tackles the UK’s handling of the pandemic, why the rules of six only worked for white people, fame, England football fans and Tom Cruise landing his helicopter in someone’s garden. Don’t miss it.
Tickets from £27.50Age guideline 14+
(Clorinda the warrior)Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company presentsClorinda Agonistes is a dramatic and powerful work that weaves contemporary dance, film, and baroque and new music to create a story that explores resistance, resilience and rebellion across the boundaries of culture and time.It is inspired by the heroine of Claudio Monteverdi’s celebrated work Il Combattimento, the proud and fiery Muslim warrior Clorinda who refuses to reveal her name.In Shobana Jeyasingh’s bold, visceral and surprising retelling of Clorinda’s story, the heroine becomes symbolic of women engaging in and caught up in the struggles of the Middle East today.In this bravura act of time travel, the baroque beauty of Monteverdi;s score gives way to music by the celebrated Arab-American composer Kareem Roustom, whose specially commissioned score is played live with the haunting voice of Syrian soprano Dima Orsho.
Tickets from £10
Watch German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn give everything a good rinse and witness him wring sense out of the nonsensical. An unbiased look at a certain virus might be inevitable but Henning has no agenda; he just happens to be always spot on. It’s a curse.
Tickets from £24.50Age guideline 16+
Are you ready for a gigantic sprinkle of Playhouse magic?Then get set to join Cinderella on a midnight coach ride through pantoland!There’s only one problem … Cinders' ugly sisters and wicked step-mum make her scrape and clean all day and it’s beginning to make her feel all sad. She needs backup. She needs you! Plus some support from her best friend Buttons (who happens to be a mouse) and maybe a bit of help from a certain fairy godmothery-shaped someone...But even if Cinders does get to the party, what’s all this about midnight deadlines, pumpkins and magic slippers? When panto hijinks ensue, it’s the audience who’ll really be having a ball!Illustrations by Korky Paul
Tickets from £15For everyone aged 5 to 105!Brave children under 5 are welcome to attend but might find some scenes loud or a little scary.
Star of the Royal Variety Performance, Would I Lie to You?, Have I Got News for You, QI, and Live at the Apollo...One of the UK's top stand-ups Chris McCausland is on tour with a stand-up show about life, family, and loads of other nonsense as well!
Tickets £21.50Age guideline 16+
Ten-minute walk from Oxford Railway Station. Oxford Station is on a direct line from London Paddington (1hr) and Birmingham New Street (1hr 20min) - connecting to stations nationwide. If coming via Oxford Parkway the Park and Ride buses run into the centre of Oxford direct from the station.
A range of tea and coffees that are available throughout the day, along with homemade sandwiches and a selection of cakes and bakes.
Both bars are stocked with a selected range of Juices, Soft Drinks, Wines, Sprits, Bottled Beers and Ciders.
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Oxford Playhouse is a theatre for everyone.Oxford Playhouse and its Burton Taylor Studio present and produce a wide range of live performance. The programme includes the best of British and international drama, family shows, contemporary dance and music, student and amateur shows, comedy, lectures and poetry.We also create live performance here in Oxford. The Playhouse produces and tours its own shows, hosts Artists in Residence and presents Playhouse Plays Out, an ongoing series of off-site events which happen at locations across the county.The theatre's Learning team works with over 15,000 people each year through post show discussions, workshops, work experience, holiday schemes, a youth theatre and a young people’s theatre company.
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