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In March 2020, as news of the Coronavirus pandemic swept the nation, the curtain fell at Oxford Playhouse. More specifically, the curtain fell on The Woman In Black, and at that moment everything changed.

The last year and a half have been an unbelievable challenge for all of us, and UK theatre has certainly not been immune to the sting of the pandemic. We have faced uncertainty, disappointment and confusion at the Playhouse, but throughout everything we have held onto hope.

Hope that sprung from seeing our audiences engage with our social and digital content from the safety of their own homes, hope that came from the kindest of donations from our supporters and audiences and vital funding from Arts Council England, hope that refused to be extinguished even when things seemed unbearable.

This week, that hope became joy, as we were able to raise the curtain again on The Woman In Black and finally prove that the show really must go on. We couldn’t be more delighted to have the company back at Oxford Playhouse.

Actor Robert Goodale, one of the astonishing two-hander cast, was told of the initial closing as he was getting ready in his dressing room that pivotal Monday back in March 2020. He returned this week, and on opening night he shared with our Stage Door keeper how much it meant to him to be back on stage, in the exact place the world had changed for him last year.

We’ve been thrilled to welcome audiences back to the venue, and reviews of this gripping production have been overwhelmingly positive!

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what is extraordinary is how these two actors kept us so enthralled, terrified and on the edge of our seats for two hours.

OX in a Box

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There were abrupt plunges into darkness, shrieks from the audience to echo the sound effects and a distinct sense of unease, on stage and out front, especially in the second half. Just the thing to bring people back to the theatre."

Daily Info

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There were abrupt plunges into darkness, shrieks from the audience to echo the sound effects and a distinct sense of unease, on stage and out front, especially in the second half. Just the thing to bring people back to the theatre.

Henley News

Running until Sat 24 Jul

Don’t miss the chance to see The Woman In Black at Oxford Playhouse!

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