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Producing Company: Oxford Playhouse

Further Information

Patrons with small children are invited to bring their own booster seat or cushion, as the Playhouse has a limited supply

Creche: Don't miss out on going to the ball! If you have children too young to see Cinderella, why not leave them at our creche whilst you enjoy the show with the rest of your family? Our creche is run by fully qualified nursery staff from ABC Nurseries.
Tuesday 21 December: 11am and Wednesday 5 January: 2pm - £6 per child. Book by phone 01865 305305

Shop and Drop: For those aged 7 to 12 years. Drop the children off to watch the panto with a registered chaperone while you get the shopping done! Sunday 2 January: 2pm £5 on top of the ticket price (includes a free interval ice cream) Book by Phone 01865 305305

Audio Described performance: Saturday 8 January: 2pm Touch Tour: 12.30pm. Please call 01865 305305 to book specifically for audio description service.

Click here to view the leaflet for Cinderella




Treasure Hunt

Cinderella has lost her glass slipper in the Ashmolean and needs your help to find it! Without her slipper, she will never win the heart of her Prince Charming!

Find the slipper in the Ashmolean and be in with a chance of winning a family ticket to see Cinderella on Friday 31 December at 11am. Winners will receive their tickets, interval ice creams, programmes as well as a chance to meet some of the cast after the show!

Right, so how can I take part?

From Saturday 18 December to Thursday 23 December (excluding Monday), Cinderella’s shoe will be in a different location each day in the Ashmolean. So you can take part on any day you chose!

Each day a clue will be released on our Facebook page, Twitter and through Jack FM, directing treasure hunters to the location of Cinders’ shoe in the Ashmolean!

OK, then what?

Work out the clue and find the shoe in the Ashmolean. Once you have found the shoe, you must text Jack FM with the word written on the star next to the shoe!

Winners will be contacted in the next couple of days. Entrants must leave the shoe in its location and simply text in the word on the star to Jack FM.


An Oxford Playhouse Pantomime

Cinderlla was the 2010/2011 panto. Please click here for this year's panto.


Tick, tock, tick, tock, panto time is fast approaching. Don't miss out on what promises to be the biggest and best party in the land!

Cinders is but a lowly housemaid with two rather ugly sisters. The handsome prince is looking for a bride. Will true love take its course (assisted by our heroine's Fairy Godmother and the broken-hearted Buttons)? Can Cinders compete with her sisters to win the heart of the kingdom's most eligible bachelor? And, who knew getting your feet measured could be so important?

Legendary panto-maker Peter Duncan returns to the Playhouse for the fifth year running having previously delighted audiences with non- stop fun, great actors, memorable songs and plenty of audience participation.

You and your whole family are guaranteed to have a ball at this year's Oxford Playhouse pantomime. Cinderella is one of the best-loved fairy tales of all time, bursting with boos, cheers, songs and laughter. This is one festive bash you don't want to be late for!

Hurry; get your tickets while you can (but be careful not to lose a shoe on the way)!

Here is my prescription for the perfect Christmas. But be warned, like some medicines, it could prove addictive...
Oxford Mail Read the full review
This is a classic pantomime with just the right amount of gestural, political satire for the parents and teachers (a few digs at the Coalition should raise a titter) and an abundance of sweets, foam pies and sing-alongs for the kids.
The Stage - Read the full review
Fantastic performance – funny for all the family!! Audience member
Superb! Fantastic! Excellent! Just a few words to describe this wonderful performance! Loved every second of it, so funny and inventive! Audience member
Best one yet (I’ve seen them all!!) Audience member


Venue: Main Stage  |  Category: Family Family Friendly  |  Running Time: : 2hrs 20min (includes 20 min interval)


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Please contact the Box Office on 01865 305305 for more details and to purchase.

Audio Description

Audio description is a service for people with visual impairments. It is a live verbal commentary delivered during a performance, capturing the key visual elements such as actions and movements, gestures and facial expressions, sets, props and costumes. The description is relayed to the audience member through a lightweight headset which is supplied by the venue.

Touch Tours

At some performances a touch tour will be available before a performance. This means that before the performance the describer will visit the set with the service users, describe elements of the design and encourage them to touch surfaces, costumes and props so that they can understand the geography and nuances of the performance. Please phone Box Office to book free tickets for the touch tours.


Is a service for people with hearing impairments of all kinds. The captioner uses a special stage text software. They convert the spoken word into text, which is displayed on a caption unit situated on or next to the stage. As the words are spoken or sung the captioner sends the specially formatted script to the display unit.

As well as dialogue, the captions also include the name of the character who is speaking or singing and descriptions of any sound effects. The difference between this and surtitling (for performances in another language) is that it is essential that all of the audible elements of the performance are communicated and the aim is that it be done with the same pace and style as the performances given as part of the production as a whole.

Captioning is also a useful tools for audience members who speak or are learning English as a second language.

'The captions helped me to understand some of the accents and was good practice for my reading skills'
Italian audience member

Pre-Show Talk

A talk held roughly 1 hr before the performance (please check for exact times) in the Top room at Oxford Playhouse. Usually given by one or more members of the creative team involved in a production (Director, Writer, Designer) or by an expert in a related field or in the work of that company itself. The event is £2 to a ticket holder for the performance but it is best to book in advance as there are only 65 seats available by calling 01865 305305. Please note the Top Room is not accessible to wheelchair users.

Post-Show Talk

This is a chance for you to share your thoughts about a production and ask any questions that you may have. Moreover it is an opportunity for you to get more out of your visit from the playhouse, for free. We hold a post show talk for most of out week long shows, usually on a Wednesday.

The talk will be led by a member of the Oxford Playhouse Learning Team and some or all of the cast. Sometimes the director is also available. A few questions will be asked on stage and then it's your turn - all questions welcome.

BSL Signed Perfomance

This service is for Deaf or deafened people with at least an intermediate level of British Sign Language. During a BSL signed performance a trained performance signer will be placed somewhere on the stage to the left or right of the bulk of the action. The Signer will interpret the spoken work and essentially translate it into BSL.