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Oxford Playhouse is thrilled to announce its new spring season, playing from January 2017 to May 2017, including the second instalment of our Young Player’s Festival and a glimpse at our summer 2017 season.

 

After recently announcing award-winning and critically acclaimed comedian Stewart Lee as one of the Playhouse Patrons, the Playhouse welcomes his highly anticipated show Content Provider for one whole week to rid you of your January blues and hurl you into the new year with a bump. In addition to this rather wonderful show, Oxford is lucky enough to also see the likes of fellow comedians with their own shows from Andy Parsons who requests you wear your lucky pants and party shoes, Bridget Christie chatting about the post Brexit vote meltdown and Miles Jupp who is just trying to make bloody sense of it all.

 

As always the Playhouse presents as many eminent shows and internationally renowned companies as can be found, and this season is no different; if anything it just keeps getting better. This spring brings theatrical powerhouse Cheek by Jowl’s acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale followed by Matthew Bourne’s collection of the dances that made him one of Britain’s most well-loved choreographers in Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures. These are followed later in the season by Headlong, who return with a radical new production of Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion.

 

Some further highlights for this year includes the return of Abigail’s Party, a timeless comedy by Mike Leigh starring Amanda Abbington, visiting us in its 40th anniversary. In addition, English Touring Theatre bring a world premiere in the heart-breaking but hilarious Silver Lining from actor, writer, presenter and political activist Sandi Toksvig. Surrounding the events of a flood that threatens to engulf a retirement home, the story is full of amusing, strong elderly women ready to hatch a daring escape. Pink Mist also makes its way to the Playhouse, directed by Oxford’s John Retallack. Writer and poet Owen Sheers took inspiration from interviews with over 30 returned servicemen. This production had its first reading at the Playhouse in our Top Room, so this is a delight to present such a work through its progression from page to stage.

 
We work with young people across Oxfordshire all year round, and in March, we invite them all to take over the building in our Young Players’ Festival. From primary school to university students, from workshops and readings to fully staged shows, it’s a great way to celebrate the creativity of Oxfordshire’s young people. Another murmur of excitement can be heard surrounding the new family show Fantastic Mr. Fox – packed full of live music, this Easter offering will delight any child throughout the holiday.

 

A sneak peek into our next season, Dodie Smith’s coming-of-age story, I Capture the Castle set in 1930s England, is a warm, funny and magical new musical. Something to look forward to this summer…

 

A mixture of new writing, new stage adaptations as well as some absolute classics, we welcome some of our own local talent through the Young Players Festival as well as that of our very own OP Patrons. A delightful way to start a year and begin a new season. For further information or to book tickets, call the Ticket Office on 01865 305305 or book online at www.oxfordplayhouse.com

 

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 SPRING 2017 SEASON

PERFORMANCE LISTINGS

  Please note: All events take place at Oxford Playhouse unless otherwise stated.

 

Tickets for any of the events at Oxford Playhouse can be purchased by calling the Ticket Office on 01865 305305 or book online at www.oxfordplayhouse.com 

 

  • January

 

Thursday 12 January

An Evening with Pam Ayres

 

Pam Ayres has been making the nation laugh for over 40 years. Funny and warm, her charming understated manner belies a rare comic precision. Her hair-trigger timing, eye for the absurd details of everyday life, and unforgettable turn of phrase combine to make this national treasure everyone’s cup of tea.

 

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £24 | Discounts available

 

Friday 13 January

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

 

The 2016 Olivier Award-winner for Best Entertainment and Family returns to Oxford Playhouse. A brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance as audience suggestions are transformed on the spot into a dazzling all-singing, all-dancing production with unpredictable and hilarious results.

 

Time: 8pm

Tickets: £16 | Discounts available

Age guideline: 14+

 

Saturday 14 January

Miles Jupp

 

Miles Jupp (stand-up, actor, writer, thinker, father, husband, worrier, fool, star of Rev. and host of The News

Quiz), hits the road in a freshly-ironed shirt and some robust trousers and tries to make some bloody sense of it all.

 

Times: 7.30pm

Tickets: £18.50 | Discounts available

Age guideline: 16+

 

 Wednesday 18 January

Tangomotion

 

The world-class dancers of Tangomotion bring you a performance bursting with intoxicating Argentinian rhythms and Latin passion, accompanied by the tantalising music of Tango Nuevo and exquisite sounds of 1930’s Buenos Aires.

 

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £11.50 to £22 | Discounts available

 

Thursday 19 January

The Remains of Tom Lehrer as performed by Adam Kay

 

The satirical songs of Tom Lehrer, performed by Adam Kay, cover everything from pigeon poisoning to masochistic tango via nuclear oblivion. Award-winning performer Kay has extensive writing credits with the BBC and Channel 4 and is a regular on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show.

 

Times: 7.30pm

Tickets: £11.50 to £18| Discounts available

Age Guideline: 14+

 

 

Friday 20 January

La Bohème

 

OperaUpClose returns to the Playhouse with its Olivier Award-winning production of Puccini’s much-loved melodrama.

One of the most moving operas ever written, La Bohème charts the ups and downs of a group of idealistic graduates as they bicker, party, try to make ends meet and follow their dreams.

 

Time: 8pm

Tickets: £11.50 to £22 | Discounts available

 

 

Saturday 21 January

Black is the Color of My Voice: Double Bill

 

Inspired by the life of Nina Simone, Black is the Color of My Voice follows a successful jazz singer reflecting on the journey that took her from a young piano prodigy destined for a life in the service of the church, to a renowned jazz vocalist at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement. The second part of the evening is Apphia Campbell’s Soul Sessions cabaret, celebrating Simone’s brilliant music.

  

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £11.50 to £18 | Discounts available

Age Guideline: 12+

 

Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 January

Edward II

 

University of Oxford students present a new version of Christopher Marlowe’s political thriller. The King is dead and his son, Edward II, now sits on the throne, full of radical ideas and driven by a forbidden passion. Torn between his wife, the powerful nobles and his banished lover, Piers Gaveston, Edward is a King caught between love and leadership.

 

Times: Wed, Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm | Fri: 8pm | Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm

Tickets: £11.50 to £19 | Discounts available

Age guideline: 14+

 

Monday 30 January to  Saturday 4 February

Stewart Lee

 

Following his BAFTA-winning TV show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, legendary comedian and Oxford Playhouse Patron Stewart Lee presents Content Provider, his new full-length show, the first since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World.

 

Times: Mon to Thu: 7.30pm | Fri & Sat: 8pm

Tickets: £23 | Discounts available

 

  • FEBRUARY

 

 

Wednesday 8 to Saturday 11 February

Suddenly Last Summer

 

An epic journey into mind, memory and malice, this is considered to be one of Tennessee Williams’ most poetic works. Something unspeakable happened last summer. And now Violet Venable’s son Sebastian is dead. University of Oxford student company ETC uses music and movement to reimagine this dark and haunting tale of mother and son.

 

Times: Wed, Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm | Fri: 8pm | Thu & Sat mat: 2.30pm

Tickets: £11.50 to £19 | Discounts available

Age guideline: 14+

 

 

Friday 10 February

600 People

 

Somewhere between stand-up comedy and an astrophysics lecture, Third Angel brings you a simple show about huge ideas. Performed by Alexander Kelly, 600 People explores the stories we tell in order to understand our place in the cosmos, asking if there are extra-terrestrials in our galaxy and what it means to be human.

 

Time: 5pm

Tickets: £7 | Discounts available

Age guideline: 8+

 

Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 February

Pink Mist

 

Pink Mist tells the story of three young men deployed to Afghanistan. As the physical and psychological aftershocks of war take their toll on the loved ones they left behind, Arthur, Hads and Taff find their journey home is their greatest battle.

From award-winning writer and poet Owen Sheers, Pink Mist was inspired by 30 interviews with returned servicemen.

 

Times: Tue to Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm | Fri: 8pm | Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm

Tickets: £11.50 to £28 | Discounts available

Age guideline: 12+

 

 

 

Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 February

Silver Lining

 

One stormy night in the Silver Retirement Home, five elderly ladies trade stories of their remarkable lives. As the flood waters rise, they are faced with the realisation that help isn’t coming. With no rescue in sight, they are going to have to do it themselves. A hilarious and heart-breaking new comedy by writer, actor, presenter and political activist Sandi Toksvig.

 

Time: Tue to Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm | Fri: 8pm | Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm

Tickets: £11.50 to £28 | Discounts available

Age guideline: 14+

 

 

Tuesday 28 February to Saturday 4 March

The Winter’s Tale

 

Internationally acclaimed Cheek by Jowl returns with its stunning English language production of The Winter’s Tale. Shakespeare’s tragicomedy smashes all the rules. The Winter’s Tale tells of a delusional and paranoid king who tears his family apart. Initial darkness gives way to joy as time leads the characters to a shattering conclusion.

 

Times: Tue, Wed & Sat eves: 7.30pm | Fri: 8pm | Sat mat: 2.30pm

Tickets: £11.50 to £28 | Discounts available

Age guideline: 16+

 

 

  • MARCH

 

Monday 6 to Wednesday 6 March

Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures

 

Five times Olivier Award and Tony Award-winning choreographer and director, Matthew Bourne, presents a collection of dances that established his career. Celebrating 30 years of his company, these pieces cemented the hallmark witty and entertaining style Bourne has since brought to international smash-hits including Swan Lake and The Car Man.

 

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £11.50 to £26 | Discounts available

Age guideline: 12+

 

 

Friday 10 March

Bridget Christie

 

The multi-award winning stand-up, author and columnist presents her brand new Edinburgh smash-hit show addressing the UKs shock exit from the EU. If you didn’t vote for Brexit, or you did, but now don’t, because everything’s gone to [insert swear-word here], then this is absolutely the show for you.  And if you did want to leave the EU, you will still find it funny, but for different reasons, as you witness a liberal female comedian’s exasperated and despairing meltdown.

 

Time: 8pm

Tickets: £17 | Discounts available

Age guideline: 16+

 

 

Saturday 11 March

Andy Parsons

 

Worried about your job, your family, the NHS? Worried about worrying? Sod it! Come and have a laugh about it. It’s one of the things we do best. Put on your lucky pants and party shoes, and get yourself on a night out. With four sell-out national tours Andy Parsons is back with his own blistering take on the tumultuous world of British and global politics.

 

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £16 | Discounts available

Age guideline: 16+

 

 

Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 March

Blithe Spirit

 

When charming socialite and author, Charles, hosts a séance, he never expected to summon up the spirit of his first wife! Beautiful, seductive and a tad vengeful, Elvira is intent on winning Charles back from his new wife Ruth. Oxford Theatre Guild returns to the Playhouse with an enchanting, vibrant production of this ‘spirited’ Coward comedy classic.

 

Time: Tue to Thu & Sat eve: 7.30pm  | Fri: 8pm | Sat mat: 2.30pm

Tickets: £11.50 to £19 | Discounts available

Age guideline: 12+

 

Friday 17 March

Cheats and Deceits

 

From cheating cuckoos to ant-mimicking spiders, the natural world is full of hustlers; creatures of all shapes and sizes

who are out to deceive and manipulate others in the constant battle for survival. Ecologist Martin Stevens exposes the ruthlessness of nature and gives us a fascinating insight into the evolution of deception.

 

Time: Tue to Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm | Fri: 8pm | Sat mat: 2.30pm

Tickets: £7 | Discounts available

Age guideline: 10+

 

Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 March

PLAYHOUSE PLAYS OUT: The Unbuilt Room

 

Discover an imagined version of Oxford in this unique performance-game.  The Unbuilt Room combines storytelling with the limitless possibilities of contemporary open-world computer games. A performer stands on a bare stage and describes an imaginary place. Giving instructions, the audience works together to navigate the space, overcoming obstacles and exploring this other world without leaving their seats.

 

Time: 7pm & 8pm

Tickets: £10 | Discounts available

Age guideline: 14+

Location: Crypt at Frewin Annexe, St Michael’s Street, Oxford OX1 3JB

 

 

Monday 20 to Saturday 25 March

La Strada

 

This visually stunning new stage adaptation of Federico Fellini’s film La Strada, directed by Olivier Award nominee Sally Cookson (Hetty Feather), boasts visual treats and live music. The story of Gelsomina, who is sold by her penniless mother to a travelling sideshow strongman, unfolds as they journey through the Italian countryside performing for their keep. Their perilous trip leads them to a roaming circus where they meet a tightrope walker, who rekindles Gelsomina’s spirit with a new found confidence.

 

Time: Tue to Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm | Fri: 8pm | Thu & Sat mat: 2.30pm

Tickets: £11.50 to £28 | Discounts available

Age guideline: 12+

 

 

Friday 31 March to Saturday 1 April

Jane Eyre

 

As part of Oxford Playhouse’s Young Players Week, the 17|25 Young Company presents Jane Eyre. A vibrant, physical production of an enduring classic. Charlotte Bronte’s tale of the orphan Jane Eyre and  her journey of self-discovery through injustice and betrayal is known the world over.

 

Time: Fri: 8pm | Sat: 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Tickets: £15 | Discounts available | A limited number of £5 tickets are available to under 18s

Age guideline: 14+

 

 

Monday 3 to Saturday 8 April

Abigail’s Party

 

Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, Mr Selfridge) stars in Mike Leigh’s undisputed classic. The drinks party from hell begins when Beverly and husband Laurence invite round new neighbours, Tony and Ange, along with nervous divorcee Sue; jittery about the bash her teenage daughter, Abigail, is throwing up the road. As that party reportedly gets out of hand, this one too descends into chaos, and comedy, as drama and tragedy combine into an iconic piece of theatre.

 

Time: Mon to Thu: 7.30pm | Fri: 8pm | Thu & Sat mat: 2.30pm

Tickets: £15 to £32.50 | Discounts available

Age guideline: 12+

 

Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 April

Fantastic Mr. Fox

 

Fantastic Mr. Fox is family fun at its finest. A tale of greed, determination and the power of friendship, this production, in celebration of the centenary of the birth of Roald Dahl, promises a huge theatrical feast. With live music and songs, it’s perfect for the whole family this Easter holiday.

 

Times: Tue eve: 7pm | Wed to Sat eves: 5.30pm | Wed, Fri, Sat mats: 1pm

Tickets: £12 to £23.50 | Discounts available

Family tickets: Wed & Thu: £68 | Fri & Sat: £76 (4 tickets. Maximum 2 adults)

Age guideline: 5+

 

 

Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 April

Pygmalion

 

A radical new production of Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion from Headlong. Witness the transformation of Eliza Doolittle in a world where people can be digitally altered within seconds. Through video and sound technology, director Sam Pritchard’s fearless new staging interrogates class identity and social mobility in Britain today and asks us: how much do our voices still define who we are?

 

Times: Tue to Thu & Sat eves: 7.30pm | Fri: 8pm | Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm

Tickets: £11.50 to £28 | Discounts available

Age guideline: 12+

 

 

Coming soon…

 

 

Tuesday 16 to Saturday 20 May

I Capture the Castle

 

Cassandra is 17. She’s writing a diary about her eccentric family. They are behind with the rent for their tumbledown castle; the roof is leaking, and the family is surviving on oatcakes and eggs. But the new landlord is a wealthy young American, with an attractive brother. Perhaps things are about to change. Set in the bohemian England of the 1930s, Dodie Smith’s classic coming-of-age story is thrillingly brought to life on stage in this warm, funny and magical new musical.

 

Times: Tue to Thu & Sat eve: 7.30pm | Fri: 8pm | Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm

Tickets: £11.50 to £28

Age guideline: 12+

 

 

For further information or to book tickets for any of the events at Oxford Playhouse, call the Ticket Office on 01865 305305 or book online at www.oxfordplayhouse.com 

 

 

 

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