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Oxford Shakespeare Festival promises triumphant return to Oxford Castle

Oxford Shakespeare Festival will once again grace the Oxford Castle summer theatre stage in 2017, with four of the Bard’s most well known and loved productions brought to life in the historic castleyard.

\Following the success of 2016’s festival, attended by over 4,000 people, 2017 promises eight weeks of entertainment from three of Oxford’s most talented theatre companies. 

The line-up for Oxford Shakespeare Festival 2017 includes: 

BMH Productions presents Twelfth Night and The Tempest - Hour long versions of two Shakespeare classics!

Monday 19 June – Saturday 1 July            

Shipwrecks, magic, monsters and mistaken identities. In one night and in two hours, the same company of actors present two one-act versions of Shakespeare’s most famous seafaring plays: The Tempest and Twelfth Night. With live music, puppetry, dancing and more, expect an evening of fresh, fun, vibrant and accessible Shakespeare for all ages.

Tomahawk Theatre presents Romeo & Juliet

Monday 3 July – Saturday 29 July          

Tomahawk Theatre returns to the magnificent Oxford Castle this summer to revive their critically acclaimed production of Romeo and Juliet. This sumptuous, elegant and dynamic production will include song and dance and always remain faithful to the beautiful language and tragic story of love, separation and divided loyalties. 

Siege Theatre presents Macbeth

Monday 31 July – Saturday 12 August          

This summer, Siege Theatre brings you Macbeth and the study of a nation’s obsession with two simple virtues – honour and loyalty. Drawing out the conflict between honour and dishonour, loyalty and treachery, watch as souls are twisted out of all recognition and one by one, the powers of evil breakdown the individual and their armies, ultimately bringing a country to its knees.

Accompany your outdoor theatre experience with a delicious Picnic Pack to savour as you enjoy the Shakespeare drama. Choose from three options, including a Standard Picnic Pack with sandwich, snack and soft drink, a Premium option served with wine and summer favourites including Quiche and Strawberries and Cream or the Fizz Picnic Pack, served with Prosecco. Picnic Packs must be pre-booked and start from £8.95 per pack. 

The venue, Oxford Castle Unlocked, is a 1000-year-old castle, nestled in the heart of Oxford city centre. During the day, the attraction tells compelling stories of its own inviting visitors to join a costumed character tour guide to explore the historic buildings and the fascinating stories behind them, including the Saxon stone-built St. George’s Tower and the story of an Empress’ escape; the atmospheric crypt set on the footprint where the famous tales of King Arthur were penned; the preserved Georgian prison wing which housed a variety of intriguing and questionable characters; and the ancient man-made mound, offering breath-taking views over Oxford’s dreaming spires.

For further information or to book online, visit For booking enquiries, call 01904 261 262.

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