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.

Invent Your Own Ice Cream Competition

Beauty and the Beast, is coming up quick, but Beast is grumpy and doesn’t want to go on stage. OH NO! We need your help to make an extra special pantomime ice cream that’ll cheer him up. If you’re under 12 then we want to hear what your dream ice cream would be.

Tell us with words, or by drawing your ice cream to the left, or describe your ice cream as a story or poem!

To enter: just download this form, write your ideas and contact details on it, then and hand it in to our friendly Front of House team, scan and email it to james.webster@oxfordplayhouse.com or post it to Marketing Dept. Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, OX1 2LW.

Prize: A family ticket to see the show, plus a special outing to G&D's for the unveiling of your flavour!

Deadline: Sunday 23 November

Another wonderfully entertaining panto courtesy of Peter Duncan and the fabulous Oxford Playhouse. Audience Tweet
It’d be a crime to miss this year’s Playhouse panto… A riot from start to finish… the most accomplished, most memorable and most perfect of Christmas treats. Oxford Mail on Robin Hood

Venue: Main Stage  |  Category: Family Family Friendly

Date Time Booking Price Extra
Fri 5/12 19:00 Book Tickets £14.50
Sat 6/12 14:00 Book Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50
Sat 6/12 19:00 Book Tickets £21.50 / £19.50 / £16.50
Mon 8/12 10:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Mon 8/12 14:00 Sold Out £20 / £18 / £14.50
Tue 9/12 10:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Tue 9/12 14:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Wed 10/12 10:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Wed 10/12 14:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Thu 11/12 10:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Thu 11/12 14:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Sat 13/12 11:00 Book Tickets £21.50 / £19.50 / £16.50
Sat 13/12 16:00 Book Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50
Sun 14/12 11:00 Book Tickets £21.50 / £19.50 / £16.50
Sun 14/12 16:00 Book Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50
Mon 15/12 10:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Mon 15/12 14:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Tue 16/12 10:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Tue 16/12 18:00 Book Tickets £21.50 / £19.50 / £16.50
Wed 17/12 10:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Wed 17/12 14:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Thu 18/12 10:00 Sold Out £20 / £18 / £14.50
Thu 18/12 14:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Sat 20/12 14:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Sat 20/12 19:00 Book Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50
Sun 21/12 11:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Sun 21/12 16:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Mon 22/12 14:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Mon 22/12 18:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Tue 23/12 11:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Tue 23/12 16:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Wed 24/12 11:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Wed 24/12 15:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Fri 26/12 14:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Fri 26/12 18:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Sat 27/12 14:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Sat 27/12 19:00 Book Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50
Sun 28/12 11:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Sun 28/12 16:00 Book Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50

BSL Signed

Mon 29/12 14:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Mon 29/12 18:00 Book Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50
Tue 30/12 11:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Tue 30/12 16:00 Book Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50
Wed 31/12 11:00 Book Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50
Wed 31/12 15:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Fri 2/1 14:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Fri 2/1 18:00 Book Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50
Sat 3/1 14:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Sat 3/1 19:00 Book Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50

Captioning

Sun 4/1 11:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Sun 4/1 16:00 Book Tickets £14.50
Tue 6/1 10:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Tue 6/1 14:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Wed 7/1 10:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Wed 7/1 14:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Thu 8/1 10:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Thu 8/1 14:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Fri 9/1 10:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Fri 9/1 18:00 Book Tickets £21.50 / £19.50 / £16.50
Sat 10/1 14:00 Book Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50

Audio Described

Sat 10/1 19:00 Book Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50
Sun 11/1 11:00 Book Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50
Sun 11/1 16:00 Book Tickets £23.50 / £21.50 / £18.50

Audio Described

Tue 13/1 14:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Wed 14/1 10:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Wed 14/1 14:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Thu 15/1 14:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Fri 16/1 10:00 Book Tickets £20 / £18 / £14.50
Fri 16/1 18:00 Book Tickets £21.50 / £19.50 / £16.50
Sat 17/1 14:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50
Sat 17/1 19:00 Book Tickets £21.50 / £19.50 / £16.50
Sun 18/1 11:00 Book Tickets £21.50 / £19.50 / £16.50
Sun 18/1 16:00 Book Tickets £25.50 / £23.50 / £20.50



Enjoy! Membership for Oxford Playhouse

Be the first to know what’s happening at Oxford Playhouse and save money on your tickets.

For just £50 a year you can receive generous discounts on tickets for yourself and a friend (two tickets maximum per show). Join Enjoy! and receive the following benefits:

  • Up to 50% off opening night and Saturday matinees for most week-long shows. Bonus Enjoy! discounts of 25% or 50% off most shorter runs
  • Guaranteed early mailing of Oxford Playhouse brochure
  • Priority booking for productions in Oxford Playhouse’s season
  • Online booking for Enjoy! discounts
  • Three free house programmes per year
  • Special offers and invitations from local arts and cultural organisations and local businesses

All for only £50 per year - Enjoy! can pay for itself in just three visits!

Speak to the Ticket Office now to join on 01865 305305 or join online.

View our current Enjoy! performances.

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.


A list of all Access show/performances is available via our homepage, on the right-hand column > Filters > Access Performance. Or click here to view the list.

Captioning

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

A list of all Access show/performances is available via our homepage, on the right-hand column > Filters > Access Performance. Or click here to view the list.

Pre-Show Talk

Talks are usually held roughly 1 hr before the performance (please check for exact times) in the Top room at Oxford Playhouse. They are commonly 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 generally free 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.



A list of all Pre show/Post show performances is available via our homepage, on the right-hand column > Filters > Pre/Post show talks. Or click here to view the list.

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.



A list of all Pre show/Post show performances is available via our homepage, on the right-hand column > Filters > Pre/Post show talks. Or click here to view the list.

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.


A list of all Access show/performances is available via our homepage, on the right-hand column > Filters > Access Performance. Or click here to view the list.

Enhance your visit – VIP packages

link to packages


Link to the booking page

Are you aged 16-25?

OPT in! is our scheme for 16 to 25 year olds to access free, £5 and £10 tickets, along with free backstage tours, special events and discounts around the lovely city of Oxford. To OPT in! all you need to do is buy a membership card for just £1 from the Oxford Playhouse Ticket Office. Once you have your card, bring it along to collect your free and discounted tickets for shows throughout the year. It's as easy as that!

More details can be found on our OPT in! pages

Relaxed Performances

Relaxed performances are aimed at anyone who would benefit from a laid back environment including people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, a learning disability or very young children who might be afraid of the dark. The atmosphere in the auditorium will be relaxed with the house lights partially on. Audience members will be free to come and go as they please throughout the show and make noise if they want to. The performance on stage will be unchanged.