In honour of #LoveTheatreDay, we’re celebrating Oxford’s theatre scene – finish off 2015 with some of the best Christmas shows around.
The North Wall
Treasure Island, Friday 4 December to Saturday 9 January, times vary. Tickets: £15 – £32 from www.thenorthwall.com or 01865 319450.
Creation Theatre return to The North Wall with brand new show Treasure Island. The OFS team are big pirate fans, so we can’t wait to see what the show has in store – and based on previous Creation productions, it’s going to be brilliant. Find out more.
The Old Fire Station
Season’s Greetings, Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 December, times vary. Tickets: £13, £11 from www.ticketsoxford.com or 01865 305305.
Oxford Theatre Guild are back with Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedy about a family’s disastrous Christmas. Read our interview with director Simon Tavener for the latest on how rehearsals are going, and join us for a hilarious farce. Find out more.
The Flint Street Nativity, Friday 17 & Saturday 18 December, times vary. Tickets: £12, £10 from www.ticketsoxford.com or 01865 305305.
We’re delighted to welcome back BMH Productions after 2012’s sold-out show The Hound Of The Baskervilles. They’re here with a tale of pirmary-school mayhem, written by Calendar Girls author Tim Firth – a subversive festive comedy for grown-ups. Find out more.
A Christmas Carol, Friday 4 December to Saturday 2 January, times vary. Tickets: £7.50 – £18.50 from www.pegasustheatre.org.uk or 01865 812150.
Pegasus are producing their own Christmas show in collaboration with incredible Oxford-based theatre company Flintlock, and it’s set to be a cracker. Last year’s Snow Queen was fantastic, so we’re looking forward to seeing another show helmed by Artistic Director Jonathan Lloyd. Find out more.
Aladdin, Friday 27 November – Sunday 10 January, times vary. Tickets: £15 – £26 from www.oxfordplayhouse.com or 01865 305305.
Playhouse pantomimes are always a fun take on the traditional Christmas show, and this year they have a new director involved – Steve Marmion of Soho Theatre. The story is Aladdin, so expect genies, flying carpets and terrific musical numbers. Are we excited about going? Oh yes we are! Find out more.
The 39 Steps at the Maths Institute, Tuesday 15 – Saturday 19 December, times vary. Tickets: £15, £12 from www.ticketsoxford.com or 01865 305305.
If you’re looking for an antidote to all the Christmas-themed shows in the city, give ElevenOne a try. Their last show at the Old Fire Station (Blue Stockings) was a sell-out hit, and The 39 Steps looks like a lot of fun – four actors bring a whole spy thriller to life on an empty stage. Find out more.