Burton Taylor Studio

Burton Taylor Studio

The Burton Taylor Studio is the coolest, smallest place to see new work in Oxford. Situated just around the corner from Oxford Playhouse, this 50-seater studio hosts a wide variety of student productions during each eight-week University term.

Out of term time the Studio presents a dedicated programme of professional work and is full to bursting with great new writing, comedy, live music and dance as well as an extensive family friendly programme. Offering theatrical experiences for children as young as 18 months old and a play area before and after the shows, it’s a great space to relax and enjoy an outing with the kids. The Burton Taylor Studio is also committed to supporting local artists’ work . It’s an intimate, adaptable and affordable space and there are regular opportunities to present shows at all stages of development, from excerpts in scratch evenings to full scale productions in any art form.

History

Richard Burton received his first standing ovation here in Oxford while he was studying at Exeter College. The 18 year old had arrived in Oxford from West Glamorgan in 1944 for a six-month course that allowed him to combine RAF training with English Literature and Italian studies. John Gielgud was in the audience for that memorable Oxford Dramatic Society (OUDS) performance of Measure for Measure and English Tutor Neville Coghill made Richard promise he would act in Oxford again one day.

The promise was kept in 1966 when Richard and his wife Elizabeth Taylor, at the time the highest paid star in the world, returned for an OUDS production of Doctor Faustus directed by Neville Coghill on the stage of Oxford Playhouse.

In 1966 Richard also donated money towards the Burton Rooms. Originally used as Reading rooms, for rehearsals and the occasional performance, it was in the late 1980s, while Oxford Playhouse was dark, that members of OUDS and other University students with a keen interest in drama, established the venue as somewhere that they could regularly put on their plays, and gave it the name the Burton Taylor Theatre, known today as the Burton Taylor Studio which is currently managed by Oxford Playhouse on behalf of the University of Oxford.

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TED: Retold
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TED: Retold TED: Retold & Little Shop of Horrors
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TED: Retold TED: Retold & Little Shop of Horrors
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TED: Retold TED: Retold & Little Shop of Horrors
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TED: Retold TED: Retold & Little Shop of Horrors
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Reduced Shakespeare Company
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Joe Stilgoe: Songs on Film Joe Stilgoe: Songs on Film & I Marcus
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I Marcus I Marcus & Henning Wehn: Westphalia is not an...
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I Marcus
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I Marcus I Marcus & Richard Alston Dance Company
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I Marcus I Marcus & Richard Alston Dance Company
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I Know You I Know You & I Capture the Castle
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I Know You I Know You & I Capture the Castle
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I Know You I Know You & I Capture the Castle I Know You & I Capture the Castle & Plus1 more...
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I Know You I Know You & I Capture the Castle
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I Know You I Know You & I Capture the Castle
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From Shore to Shore From Shore to Shore & Cyrano From Shore to Shore & Cyrano & Plus1 more...
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From Shore to Shore From Shore to Shore & Cyrano From Shore to Shore & Cyrano & Plus1 more...
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Cyrano Cyrano & The Oxford German Play: Reigen
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Cyrano Cyrano & The Oxford German Play: Reigen
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Cyrano Cyrano & The Oxford German Play: Reigen
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The Oxford Italian Play: Mistero! The Oxford Italian Play: Mistero! & Carleen Anderson: Cage Street...
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Henning Wehn: Westphalia is not an... Henning Wehn: Westphalia is not an... & The Oxford Italian Play: Mistero!
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