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Producing Company: Oxford Playhouse

Further Information

Babes in arms
Babies under 18 months are welcome to pantomime performances - please book a free baby ticket by calling 01865 305 305 or email the box office with the transaction number of your booking. (Children over 18 months on the day of the performance require their own seat.)

Access Performances
There are Touch Tours before each of the audio described performances.
Saturday 10th January 14:00 - touch tours at 11:45 or 12:30
Sunday 11th January 16:00 - touch tours at 13:45 or 14:30

For access bookings, please call the box office directly on 01865 305 305 so we can help you find the best seats, or email for more information.

panto game

Beauty & the Beast

An Oxford Playhouse Pantomime

Get set for a magical, musical adventure this Christmas with Beauty and the Beast.

When our heroine, Beauty, takes a wrong turn in the forest she finds herself trapped by a dastardly beast: can she discover the heart of a monster? Will true love conquer all in the end?

With sing-a-long tunes, plenty of panto mischief, lashings of silliness and stunning dancing, get ready to boo, cheer and yell ‘he’s behind you!’ at this year’s festive spectacular.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without an Oxford Playhouse pantomime and it’s never too early to secure your seats.

Christmas just isn't the same without a visit to the Oxford Playhouse Pantomime.

Age guideline 5+ Brave children under 5 are welcome, but may find some scenes loud or scary.

Great availability this weekend. Last chance to catch the panto that both critics and audiences adore.

Has the balance between kiddie and adult pleasures just right.Guardian - read the full review here
As much a part of Christmas as mince pies and crackers. Comical, colourful and brimming with feelgood fun.***** Oxford Times
An eye-popping extravaganza.Stage
A solid cast bursting with talent.British Theatre Guide
Brought a huge smile to many faces around the auditorium.***** What's Good To Do
Theatrical extravaganza … a brilliant start to the festive seasonTheatre World
This year’s pantomime is a classic.A Family Day Out

Venue: Main Stage  |  Category: Family Family Friendly  |  Running Time: : Approx 2 hours 10 minutes inc 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.