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Enjoy! Membership for Oxford Playhouse

Be the first to know what’s happening at Oxford Playhouse and save money on your tickets.

For just £50 a year you can receive generous discounts on tickets for yourself and a friend (two tickets maximum per show). Join Enjoy! and receive the following benefits:

  • Up to 50% off opening night and Saturday matinees for most week-long shows. Bonus Enjoy! discounts of 25% or 50% off most shorter runs
  • Guaranteed early mailing of Oxford Playhouse brochure
  • Priority booking for productions in Oxford Playhouse’s season
  • Online booking for Enjoy! discounts
  • Three free house programmes per year
  • Special offers and invitations from local arts and cultural organisations and local businesses

All for only £50 per year - Enjoy! can pay for itself in just three visits!

Speak to the Ticket Office now to join on 01865 305305 or join online. (Please note, if you purchase a new membership online, you will need to wait approximately 15 minutes before you can log in and receive membership benefits. If you are still having problems after that time, please contact the box office.)

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.

Captioning

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

Talks are usually held roughly 1 hr before the performance (please check for exact times) in the Top room at Oxford Playhouse. They are commonly 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 generally free 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.

Enhance your visit – VIP packages

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A sparkling new reimagining of the classic novel by the acclaimed playwright Bryony Lavery

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Don’t delay – secure a panto-tastic time for your family today.

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The utterly hilarious and multi award-winning Mark Watson returns to Oxford

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Kipling’s classic tale comes crashing into the 21st century, featuring breathtaking street dance and circus.

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An epic story of love, sacrifice and redemption amidst an ever-changing world.

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This innovative show will take you on an intimate journey through a shifting world of sound.

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Featuring Frantic Assembly’s celebrated physicality, Things I Know To Be True is funny, poetic and brutally frank.

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These four clowns will scale the peaks of sublime poetry, and plumb the depths of darkest depravity.

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An acclaimed performance of Shakespeare’s breath-taking narrative poem.

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Beautifully crafted, wonderfully funny and charmingly English.

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An irresistible trilogy of dance.

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Best-selling British author Julia Donaldson brings this enchanting show to Oxford

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Join The Oxford Revue and Friends for an evening of side-splitting sketch comedy.

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It’s not always easy making friends, especially when you live in a lighthouse surrounded by dangerous rocks...

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Charming puppetry, an enchanting soundscape and beautiful storytelling combine in this sensitive show about love and friendship.

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Magdalen College School Theatre Academy bring Kenneth Grahame’s classic to life

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This riotous new production will delight with songs, romance and chaos

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Furious Folly creates an evocative, disorientating war-torn landscape from sound, light and pyrotechnics.

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Using humour and honesty, Labels offers a human story from multicultural Britain.

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A fun and enlightening treat for young theatre enthusiasts

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Fly through a world of circus and fire, shipwrecks and battles. The perfect adventure for all the family.

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7 days jammed with theatre, dance, comedy, music, spoken word.

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Critically acclaimed playwright Abi Morgan’s Splendour is an ardently feminist and insightful play

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Part physics class, part sound technology lecture and part dance performance, this is a show about sound and space.

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Two evenings of contemporary writing performed by Oxford Playhouse 12|16 and 17|25 Young Companies

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A show with something for all ages; it’s inventive, funny, and has a big heart.

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A story about endurance – when our brains tell our bodies to stop – and the psychology of carrying on.

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Returning to the BT Studio, MCS Drama presents a new adaptation of King John.

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In turns hilarious and moving, this poetic, multimedia ramshackle road trip is a modern pilgrimage.

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Menagerie Theatre Company brings the best work from their Hotbed New Writing Theatre Festival

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We’re turning the BT into a compact comedy club, full of large LOLs and huge hilarity.

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A hilarious and heartbreaking call to arms for our modern age.

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A heartfelt and buoyant discovery of self-mortality and celebration of life!

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Hell is other people.

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Weirdos presents two weird and wonderful shows for your delectation.

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Hilarious sketch comedy from the award-winning Hannah Croft and Fiona Pearce.

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Delightful traditional Japanese tales brought to life through inventive storytelling, puppetry and music

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Set against the backdrop of the Sheffield Blitz - story of ordinary men in extraordinary times.

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Student company Poor Player brings Ibsen’s masterpiece to life in Richard Eyre’s Olivier Award-winning translation.

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Woyzeck is performed in its native German in a new adaptation by student Benjamin Schaper.

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Told through spoken word and within timed boxing rounds - a story about amateur boxing and family.

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A celebration of compelling poetry and performance from award-winning spoken word artists and brand new voices

Relaxed performances are aimed at anyone who would benefit from a laid back environment including people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, a learning disability or very young children who might be afraid of the dark. The atmosphere in the auditorium will be relaxed with the house lights partially on. Audience members will be free to come and go as they please throughout the show and make noise if they want to.

A British Sign Language interpreted performance is a service where the interpreter is fully integrated into the show so that the Deaf audience can fully understand the story.

Captioning 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.

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

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.