From our Director/CEO Louise Chantal:
We've really pulled out all the stops for our 80th Anniversary season, marking a firm commitment by Oxford Playhouse to become a producing theatre once again, bringing the best and most exciting shows to your local theatre, and extending the work we do offstage, both working with thousands of young people on creative projects and supporting artists to develop their work and expand their audiences. Here's our indefatigable Programme Director Laura Elliot on the season coming-up…
Why am I excited about our 80th season? Because it’s big, it’s bold, and it celebrates OP with 4 stunning new co-productions, marking our commitment to investing in the best of UK theatre.
The first one to hit our stage celebrates a relationship with a company that has been central to the Playhouse programme for the last 25 years – English Touring Theatre. From revivals of classics, to literary adaptions and the sharpest of new writing, ETT have been behind some of our most popular shows. We’re working with them alongside Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory to bring their critically-lauded production of Othello to Oxford in September.
Next up, Oxford University alumni Blanche McIntyre adapts Aristophanes’ assemblywomen with her very own assembly of fierce female writers to bring us Women In Power. With writers including Wendy Cope, Jenny Éclair and Shappi Khosandi, I’m excited to see this raucous new musical comedy exploring a world where women take the lead. While Women in Power is with us we will be hosting a free Inspiring Women Symposium, marking the culmination of our VOTE 100 festival this year.
Speaking of inspirational women, our third co-production is with Emma Rice’s new company Wise Children and The Old Vic. This will see Angela Carter’s novel Wise Children brought to life in a celebration of show business, family and hope.
Finally in April 2019 Oxford Playhouse is delighted to be teaming up with Out Of Joint and Royal & Derngate Theatres to present the world premiere stage production of Kazuo Ishiguro’s literary masterpiece The Remains of The Day, adapted by OP associate and one of Britain’s most exciting young writers, Barney Norris.
Alongside our co-productions, we have a bumper season for you, including Alan Bennett’s The Habit Of Art starring Matthew Kelly. You can also enjoy west-end hit shows Shakespeare In Love, The Comedy about a Bank Robbery and Wipers Times. From further afield, 2btheatre join us all the way from Canada with their critically acclaimed, award winning show Old Stock, A Refugee Love Story, a Klezmer-folk music-theatre hybrid starring Ben Caplan. Plus there’s circus, dance, gorgeous family shows, including The Tiger who Came to Tea in its 50th anniversary year, and a plethora of goodies in the BT.