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Producing Company: Oxford Playhouse

Further Information

Play our Robin Hood Game

Touch Tours are available before our Audio Described performances:

Saturday 4th January at 12:30pm
Sunday 5th January at 2:00pm

Please contact the Ticket Office for further details, 01865 305 305

Robin Hood

Click here to see this year's panto - Beauty and the Beast

Robin Hood and his Merry Men (and Women!) are storming the Playhouse stage and delighting audiences with a hilarious, action-packed panto. There are non-stop thrills and spills as Robin takes on not one, but two baddies with the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and villainous Guy of Gisbourne, and he still finds time to catch the eye of the fearless Maid Marion, in this classic tale for all the family. With a superb cast, sing-a-long tunes, stunning dancing, slapstick, silliness and lots of chances to join in, Robin Hood is proving the perfect festive entertainment this Christmas. If you haven’t booked your seats yet, then don’t delay! Tickets are flying out the door, but with performances until 12 January there are still lots of chances to catch the pantomime everyone is talking about…

It’d be a crime to miss this year’s Playhouse panto … A riot from start to finish … the most accomplished, most memorable and most perfect of Christmas treats. Oxford Mail (click here to read the full review)
a pantomime with great gusto and verve ... The cast are clearly having a ball, and on early evidence audiences are too. Stage
Brilliant Show! My 6 year old loved his first pantomime!Audience Member


Venue: Main Stage  |  Category: Panto  |  Running Time: : Approx 2 hours inc interval


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Audio Description

Audio description is a service for people with visual impairments. It is a live verbal commentary delivered during a performance, capturing the key visual elements such as actions and movements, gestures and facial expressions, sets, props and costumes. The description is relayed to the audience member through a lightweight headset which is supplied by the venue.

Touch Tours

At some performances a touch tour will be available before a performance. This means that before the performance the describer will visit the set with the service users, describe elements of the design and encourage them to touch surfaces, costumes and props so that they can understand the geography and nuances of the performance. Please phone Box Office to book free tickets for the touch tours.


Is a service for people with hearing impairments of all kinds. The captioner uses a special stage text software. They convert the spoken word into text, which is displayed on a caption unit situated on or next to the stage. As the words are spoken or sung the captioner sends the specially formatted script to the display unit.

As well as dialogue, the captions also include the name of the character who is speaking or singing and descriptions of any sound effects. The difference between this and surtitling (for performances in another language) is that it is essential that all of the audible elements of the performance are communicated and the aim is that it be done with the same pace and style as the performances given as part of the production as a whole.

Captioning is also a useful tools for audience members who speak or are learning English as a second language.

'The captions helped me to understand some of the accents and was good practice for my reading skills'
Italian audience member

Pre-Show Talk

A talk held roughly 1 hr before the performance (please check for exact times) in the Top room at Oxford Playhouse. Usually given by one or more members of the creative team involved in a production (Director, Writer, Designer) or by an expert in a related field or in the work of that company itself. The event is £2 to a ticket holder for the performance but it is best to book in advance as there are only 65 seats available by calling 01865 305305. Please note the Top Room is not accessible to wheelchair users.

Post-Show Talk

This is a chance for you to share your thoughts about a production and ask any questions that you may have. Moreover it is an opportunity for you to get more out of your visit from the playhouse, for free. We hold a post show talk for most of out week long shows, usually on a Wednesday.

The talk will be led by a member of the Oxford Playhouse Learning Team and some or all of the cast. Sometimes the director is also available. A few questions will be asked on stage and then it's your turn - all questions welcome.

BSL Signed Perfomance

This service is for Deaf or deafened people with at least an intermediate level of British Sign Language. During a BSL signed performance a trained performance signer will be placed somewhere on the stage to the left or right of the bulk of the action. The Signer will interpret the spoken work and essentially translate it into BSL.