Officially excited for next year – Oxford Playhouse announces Spring Season shows!

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Oxford Playhouse is delighted to launch its new Spring Season, playing from January to May 2019.

Spring sees the Playhouse continue its 80th anniversary celebrations, with three exciting new co-productions alongside a mammoth programme of drama, dance, comedy, opera, family-friendly shows and more.

The Spring 2019 Season co-productions are: –

  • The Remains of the Day, based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s literary masterpiece, in a co-production with Royal & Derngate and Out of Joint.
  • Richard III based on the play by William Shakespeare in a co-production with Headlong, Alexandra Palace, Bristol Old Vic and Royal and Derngate Northampton.
  • Family-friendly show Muckers, created by Caroline Horton in a co-production with the egg.

The Playhouse kicks off the New Year in show-stopping style with the all-singing, all-dancing Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. And mischief awaits when the award-winning Mischief Theatre returns to Oxford with smash-and-grab West End hit, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, which is sure to vanquish those January blues.

Showstopper ! Apollo Theatre CREDIT Geraint Lewis

As always, top-quality drama is the backbone to the Playhouse’s programme. Spring 2019’s blockbusters come in the form of award-winning comic masterpiece ART, starring Nigel Havers, Denis Lawson and Stephen Tompkinson, and Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, which broke all box office records at the Playhouse in 2015 and is set to thrill Oxford audiences once again.

Oxford Playhouse always aims to bring some of the most daring and exciting work to the city, and is thrilled to announce the welcome return of acclaimed international physical theatre company Gecko, with their signature show, Missing. Playhouse favourites Frantic Assembly will illuminate the stage once again with stories of war and homecoming in The Unreturning, and May 2019 sees Kneehigh back on the Playhouse stage with their theatrical tour-de-force Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), based on the classic musical satire, Beggar’s Opera. As well as old favourites, the Playhouse is also excited to announce the first visit of critically-acclaimed Eclipse Theatre, a company dedicated to staging new Black British Stories, who bring Princess and The Hustler to Oxford in March.

As with every Spring Season, the theatre is hosting a range of brilliant Oxfordshire-based amateur companies. Oxford Playhouse regulars Oxford Operatic Society andOxford Theatre Guild put their own spin on Sister Act the Musical and Chariots of Fire respectively, alongside two Hilary Term productions by University of Oxford students; Enron and Made in Dagenham. The Playhouse’s own 17 | 25 Young Company also present a vibrant ensemble production of Nell Gwynn, the Olivier Award-winning and vivacious celebration of 17th century theatrical life.

Nell Gwynn

There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained too, with the wonderfully anarchic The Cat in the Hat in February half-term, and the return of Jurassic adventure Dinosaur World Live in the Easter holidays. Young and old can also marvel at Metta Theatre’s hip-hop musical In the Willows; a fun and fresh take on a great tale.

For further information or to book tickets for any of the events at Oxford Playhouse, call the Ticket Office on 01865 305305or book online at www.oxfordplayhouse.com.

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