Hello and welcome to our bumper Spring 2020 season!
We continue our commitment to co-producing new theatre productions with the first UK stage adaption of Hans Fallada’s bestselling novel Alone in Berlin, directed by James Dacre in co-production with Royal and Derngate (The Remains of the Day). We are also pleased to be co-producing Pride and Prejudice (Sort Of*) – an all-female hilarious new take on Jane Austen’s literary classic, that opened earlier this year to a plethora of 5 star reviews.
We will be presenting a host of drama classics including Willy Russell’s Olivier Award Winning comedy Educating Rita, starring one Britain’s best loved actors Steven Tompkinson (Art). Harold Pinter’s most popular and widely performed play The Birthday Party will be dramatically reimagined by The Everyman Cheltenham, and Susan Hill’s gripping long running West End hit The Woman in Black will also be returning. As we head into summer, The Kite Runner returns by popular demand. And following the success of The Wipers Times, we are proud to present Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s hilarious brand new comedy A Bunch of Amateurs.
New work can be found in Frantic Assembly’s I Think We Are Alone, written by Sally Abbot, directed by Kathy Burke and Scott Graham. For something truly unique, A Little Space sees internationally acclaimed Gecko (The Wedding, Missing) return in co-production with Mind the Gap, one of Europe’s leading learning disability theatre companies, presented as part of Dancin’ Oxford. This production promises a unique blend of theatre, choreography and stunning imagery with Mind the Gap’s incredible performers. Our intimate Burton Taylor Studio also brings you a plethora of contemporary work. I’m particularly excited by the Best of Birmingham European Festival, which presents a medley of dance and physical theatre from this brilliant international festival. I’m also looking forward critically acclaimed Edinburgh hits Madame Ovary and Umbrella Man alongside Andy Smith’s Commonism and Lulu Rackza’s A Girl in School Uniform Walks Into a Bar.
For Opera Fans, Welsh National Opera returns with Cosi Fan Tutte, OperaUpClose presents Madame Butterfly and local company Oxford Opera return with a La bohème, after their inaugural sell out production of Carmen last year.
We love to welcome lots of performance by local companies to Oxford Playhouse, and looking forward to Oxford Operatic Society’s Crazy For You and Oxford Theatre Guild’s The Cherry Tree which marks their 60th production at the Playhouse. Oxford Brookes Confucius Institute will return with the Chinese New Year Festival Show while Oxford University student companies present Merrily We Roll Along and Shadows of Troy on the Main Stage, plus 8 weeks of fantastic student drama in the Burton Taylor Studio.
For families, to warm up your January, Oily Cart return with their beautifully immersive All Wrapped Up, and David Walliams’ Slightly Annoying Elephant will be bumbling onto our main stage over February half term. Then, for three weeks over Easter, the entire Playhouse will be taken over by performance by, for, and with young people with Young Players Festival. Our own brilliant 17|25 Young Company will present Doctor Faustus, directed by Jo Noble. Our 12|16s will present devised work around VE Day, alongside showcases by our Primary and Young Play Writers and much more to be announced. The festival will see many local youth groups perform, including Musical Youth Companyof Oxford presenting a stylish reimagining of Chess. Little ones can enjoy Room on The Broom and Tiddler and Other Teriffic Tales, and for something truly special we are producing the world premiere of John Light’s The Flower. Created by former Evolve artist Daniel Nadaffy, this promises to be an enchanting and heartwarming production.
There are comedians aplenty with Pam Ayres, Stewart Lee, Ardal O’Hanlon, Tommy Tiernan, Fascinating Aïda, Adam Buxton and the return of the Oxfordshire Mind Comedy Gala.
Finally, ahead of spring don’t forget Alice Sebold’s world famous novel The Lovely Bones opening in November this year. Adapted by Bryony Lavery and directed by Melly Still is a theatrical tour-de-force not to be missed! And if you haven’t booked your tickets yet, CHRISTMAS is just around the corner with family treats in Beauty and the Beast and The Jolly Christmas Postman. We will also be taking over Wellington Square with Celestial Sound Cloud - a beautiful interactive digital sound and light sculpture presented as part of Oxford Christmas Light Festival in collaboration with the University of Oxford from 15 to 17 November.
Hope you enjoy!
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