Mon 1 Jan 0001 - Wed 22 Feb 2017,
A fiercely political convergence of death metal and theatre.
3 of We Are Cult's 10 Stand-Up Comics to Watch in 2017 bring you a one-off hour of exciting new comedy.
6 Women celebrates the bravery, courage and defiance of ordinary women.
Adderbury Ensemble with Viv McLean (piano); Directed by Martyn Jackson
with Emma Boor
The legendary pianist Alfred Brendel, the first person ever to record Beethoven’s complete piano works, will give a lecture with demonstrations on Bee...
Jack Gibbons’ 30th annual Oxford Summer Piano Series
Following her previous sold out performances, Pam Ayres returns to the Playhouse by popular demand.
Returning to Offbeat, BBC Radio 4’s Viv Groskop asks the questions that matter. Current affairs, politics, feminism and Fiona Bruce impressions ahoy!
Theresa Heskins returns to the Playhouse with her celebrated production of Verne’s classic adventure.
Using physical theatre and storytelling techniques to recreate Phileas Fogg’s action adventure...
Dance company Pagrav showcase different elements of the beautiful Kathak dance form.
Avenue Q is a laugh-out-loud musical that follows the story of a recent college graduate named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q.
Kick off your shoes and turn up the volume for a disco delight with your toddlers
Ballistic is a one-man tour-de-force about the life of a loner.
Beethoven Sonatas for Violin and Piano with contemporary companion pieces
Choirs of Oxford and Bonn | Oxford Studio Orchestra
Where is home? Where do we belong when the maps are redrawn? What happens when we have to leave our homeland for a better future?
Expect some popping characters, cracking sketches and full-frontal depravity.
Pre-concert Recital at 6.30pm (free admission)
The unofficial satirical Brexit tale of Britain’s finest politiclown.
Bring on the Bollywood takes a love story inspired by real life, filters it through classical comedies and infuses it with all the energy of a great B...
Juliette Burton performs this preview show which investigates individual kindness and its potentially life-changing effect on others.
This workshop is bursting with fun with basic clowning and physical comedy, devising and storytelling and improvisation games.
Carleen’s astonishingly soulful voice has won numerous awards and accolades including Jazz FM’s Best UK Vocalist.
Carthage explores the impact on those displaced and isolated by slavery, human trafficking and forced migration.
A contemporary re-imagining of Oliver Twist, Magdalen College School Theatre Academy perform this powerful new story.
Choir of the Queen's College, Owen Rees
Vaet and his Contemporaries
Nicholas Collon Conductor, The Horn Section of the CBSO Soloists
Rebecca Atkinson-Lord presents this personal show about class mobility, regional identity and being a Thatcher’s child.
Tanya is an outcast, hunted by those who misunderstand her, until the day when she finally stands up to be counted – and learns how to cry.
Join the Science Oxford team for a playful exploration of the science of colour
Unleash your inner idiot and take the voices in your head for a waltz around the stage with Helen Duff, the "master of shamelessly silly yet socially...
A darkly comic tale of despair and redemption.
Cow is a tragicomedy with music about a girl, a cow and the ways people ask for help.
Deborah McAndrew’s lively new adaptation brings fresh vigour to this swashbuckling tale of unrequited love.
It’s free, it’s awesome and it’s bringing the very best in dance to the heart of your city!
It’s free, it’s awesome and it’s bringing the very best in dance to the heart of your city!
NB Programme Change: was previously Timothy Ridout (viola), John Reid (piano)
Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece.
Based on a remarkable true story, Samuel Edward-Cook performs this epic one-man play.
Dis-Covery is performance poet, student and general busybody.
With special guest Ben Aaronovitch
Calling all hippo expert enthusiasts! Award-winning family comedy that will have kids storming the stage.
Join Elmer on a vibrant, musical safari through the jungle to celebrate everything that makes us unique.
This warm and witty retelling of Austen’s masterpiece transports her famous characters vividly to the stage.
Is it possible that eating too much cake and buying too many dresses are actually signposts back to happiness?
English Choral Classics by Byrd, Tallis, Elgar, Parry, Howells, Harris
Tap-dance and quintessential jazz combine in this explosive show.
A poignant docu-drama about the Teaching Crisis.
Step inside the lives of four strangers as their worlds begin to tangle out of control.
A comedy about breast cancer, marital breakdown, family baggage and grieving – what could be funnier?
A full-throttle tale of lifelong friendship
A coming-of-age, supernatural thriller, this is a ground-breaking experience told using virtual reality headsets and binaural sound.
Alexander Ullman, piano
Tales of love and loss, struggle and survival - a powerful drama told alongside great food and live music.
In a world of unrealistic body images, phallocentric sexual experiences, and academic expectations, what does it feel like to be a girl under pressure...
Goggles is a quirky comedy about love, loss, loneliness and fish.
Blending 1927’s handmade animation, claymation, live music and performance, Golem is a dystopian fable for the 21st century.
A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood...
Performing the works of Haydn, Beethoven and Mendelssohn
Extra date announced! After selling out Wed 10 May, Henning will return on Wed 31 May for a second show (on sale soon).
This highly entertaining show uses storytelling, live music and dance to explore identity, race and the true story of a global upbringing.
Jolie Booth’s immersive solo show introduces a flat caught between two timelines: the home of Anne Clarke in 70s bohemian Brighton, and a squat established by Jolie in 2002.
Storytelling, comedy, a four-day trek up Machu Picchu.
A storytelling show about words and love and the word love.
Daniel Lebhardt, piano
Ian Bostridge is an Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College and his Sheldonian recital, accompanied by Sebastian Wybrew, will bring the College’s 50...
Season Ticket IAO MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017
OXFORD - 23 – 27 July 2017
An award winning promenade play tackling loneliness.
With echoes of hip hop, Kate Tempest and Samuel Beckett’s 'Not I', Roxanne brings an unnerving and provoking spoken word performance about events that...
Loved for her warmth and charisma as well as her unique approach to flavours, Britain’s favourite Bake Off winner, Nadiya Hussain will be in conversat...
Instructions for Border Crossing is an exposed gearbox of a political thriller.
FE-FI-FO-FUM, I smell lots of panto fun! Book now for Oxford's most GIGANTIC panto yet!
The star of Radio 4’s John Shuttleworth’s Lounge Music hits the road for his farewell tour.
A darkly comic grapple with the awkward task of expression, inviting you into the mind of a person who stammers.
Featuring all the best bits from Kid Carpet’s anarchic family shows, mashed up and remixed to create the gig of the century.
The boys from the 2015 smash Bromance are back in this red-hot, 5-star piece of circus.
Plus music by Ešenvalds, Pärt and others with Oxford Pro Musica Singers
Described as a ‘stunning and provocative piece’, Ladylike is an absurd, comical, and emotionally charged ritual of dance super-heroism.
Please note change of date
Ronda Armitage’s much-loved story of the sea is brought to life.
Night-inspired music by Brahms, Elgar, Strauss, Whitacre and more
by William Shakespeare
Comedian and activist Chris Coltrane presents an hour of uplifting, Tory-smashing stand-up.
An innovative concert for lovers of folk, early and modern music by the uniquely inventive composer Howard Skempton and other experimentalists.
Politics meets powertools and aerobics routines in this physical-video-poetry-comedy show about life under capitalism.
A new family comedy from multi award-winning ThisEgg about saving the world.
A powerful ‘gig-theatre’ retelling of this Greek tragedy.
The Oxford Piano Festival is honoured to welcome back Menahem Pressler for what is sure to be a captivating recital in the historic Holywell Music Roo...
Ruy Blas Overture | 4th Symphony | 5th Symphony
Before Romeo and Juliet, there was another secret love affair even more forbidden.
A New Musical written by Imogen Mechie
A concert of modern choral classics both secular and sacred with Oxford Pro Musica Singers
A new hour of gags and musings.
A visceral drama about the life and work of composer Julius Eastman.
A comic alternative-biopic very loosely based on a real life hot dog stand.
Three estranged daughters transform their demented mother’s house into an ocean liner.
Three world-class choreographers present this triple bill.
Action packed physical-theatre from acclaimed director Mark Murphy.
A free, nationwide festival of arts and science, and a fun and enlightening day for young theatre and science enthusiasts.
1. a fascinating glimpse into love and sex, 2. insightful social commentary, and 3. a very entertaining evening.
Get ready for a night of magic, madness and Mistero!
Jocelyn Freeman - piano
Brahms and the British Minature
Come and see the rising comedy stars of the future perform in a range of brilliant and bizarre sketches.
Aged between 11 and 15? Do you like making people laugh? Fancy being in our panto? Yes! Well read on…
Join Tiny Light as they explore a crinkly, scrunchy paper world and take you on a journey over a paper sea.
Hilarious anecdotes from Asian Women of Achievement Award-winner Sajeela Kershi.
The Festival’s participants take to the stage with fresh guidance from the world’s most esteemed pianists echoing in their ears. Be sure not to miss t...
Fun family-friendly concert
Following a critically-acclaimed, sold-out season at the National Theatre and in London’s West End, People, Places & Things comes to Oxford Playhouse....
Works by Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninov
Planet Earth III is a low-budget, one-man nature documentary set in a future where our worst predictions came true.
Join Jack and Jill for a fun filled week exploring the land of giants.
A workshop for anyone considering applying to the Playhouse Playmaker programme.
Three evenings of new drama, performed by Oxford Playhouse 12|16 and 17|25 Young Companies, all inspired by the concept of ‘time’.
The debut stand-up show from comedian Georgie Morrell comes to Offbeat.
Create your own book cover using lino cuts and have a go at printing using a printing press.
John Hastings is done pretending he is not smarter than you! Or is he? He is!
This relaxed pub quiz is open to everyone.
With choruses from Wagner, Purcell, Mozart, Berlioz, Verdi and Parry
A new dark comedy performed by Matthew Floyd Jones, the piano player from Frisky & Mannish.
MOZART - Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310/300d; JANACEK - Selections from ‘On the Overgrown Path’; BRAHMS - 6 Klavierstücke, Op. 118; DEBUSSY - S...
A story of love, family, mystery and memory loss.
A magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Britain’s best-known satirical impressionist is back!
A tale of survival told with live music, humour and heart.
Oxford Piano Festival
The last of four concerts exploring Schubert’s piano sonatas
Using sound and old photographs, Emily Orley weaves a story about x-rays, emigration and what it means to remember.
With whip-crack jokes Shappi is effortlessly funny as she handles every subject with a razor-sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously mischievous d...
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello, with Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano
A solo show exploring non-binary gender using Elise’s everyday life experiences.
Comedian and activist Mark Thomas sets out to discover what the future has in store for us.
Fusing contemporary dance with British Sign Language, this exciting and intricate duet explores the barriers of a deaf person trying to communicate in a hearing world.
Following a series of critically acclaimed, sold out international tours, Simon Amstell begins his fifth stand up tour in the UK.
Debussy Cello Sonata plus works by Honegger, Caplet and Ravel PRE-CONCERT TALK at 6:45pm
Whether you’re attending drama school, starting your career, retired and seeking new challenges or just looking to develop new skills, come along and try something new for a day or...
A tale of clashing beliefs and personalities atop the backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain.
UNmuted Productions present a new spoken word show about a woman learning to speak out against inequality... not always politely.
Men, singing songs. Some of them are funny.
Spotlight is for anyone aged 50 or over with an interest in theatre. Each session is a friendly and relaxed lunchtime meet-up to socialise and talk.
The Grammy-nominated singer Stacey Kent returns to Oxford Playhouse for an evening of songs.
*Extra shows added in September - two more chances to catch this sell-out show*
Legendary comedian and Oxford Playhouse Patron Stewart Lee has sold o...
Three characters create an episodic montage of choreographed comedic scenes exploring life’s endless submissions
Elf Lyons wants to do a full scale production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. In an hour. In this standup
show, anything is possible.
Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin), Oxford Symphony Orchestra
Spanish Glories of the Sixteenth Century
Pre-concert talk by Tenebrae Director, Nigel Short, 6:30pm, concert 7:30pm
Choral Music by Bantock, Bax, Grieg, Martin & Weelkes
Following a hugely successful 2016 tour, Things I Know To Be True returns to Oxford Playhouse this autumn.
A stand-up/storytelling show about loving and cursing an overly-sensitive rescue
Thoughtful, moving and darkly humorous new writing from Lissa Berry.
by Angela Carter
A slacker atheist becomes the Chosen One. Awkward. Fortunately, God has a sense of
Oxford Playhouse and the Bodleian Library are delighted to present one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies in this stunning outdoor setting.
A brand new show created by Stefanie Mueller (Hoipolloi) and Josie Dale-Jones (ThisEgg).
Join Teresa Heapy to celebrate the publication of the latest in the award-winning Very Little picture book series.
Olivier Award-winning Nichola McAuliffe (Lady in the Van) and Jeffrey Holland (Hi-de-Hi!) star in this premiere stage production of the BAFTA-nominated Waiting For God.
1989. Drugs. Beats. Bucket Hats. Acid House.
Between Silence and Light
A show for anyone who has ever felt absolutely dreadful.
How do we remember those who have died? Why are we so attached to their stuff?
Master of the shamelessly silly yet socially conscious clowning' Helen Duff returns with a bold, subversive and very funny new comedy show about life...
Regulars at the BT, Take the Space is a company that “punches way above its weight” (Reviews Hub).
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times tells the extraordinary true story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme.
A site specific piece of theatre set inside a crashed car just moments after a devastating accident.
MAHAN ESFAHANI, Harpsichord - 7.30pm
Time Present - Time Past
Music by Bach, Sweelinck and Philip Glass
(full prog tbc)
Part of the 2017 Keble Early Music Festival.
Alexander Ardakov returns for his sixth visit to Wesley Memorial Church giving a piano recital in aid of Open Doors – the Wesley M...
Thu 25 May
JdP Concert Series – Twentieth century French music performed by Simon Wallfisch and Edward Rushton
Arthur Honegger - Trois poème...
Fri 26 May
Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Oxford's Twinning Link with Bonn. Over 200 singers from Oxford and Bonn with Oxford Studio Orchest...