• Duration: 1 hour 30 including Interval.
  • Tickets: £15/£12 (£10 for previews)
  • Ages: 12+
  • Extras: No latecomers will be admitted until the interval.

Details

A new play by triple Olivier Award Winner Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster, King Charles III)

Directed by Olivier Award Winner Clare Lizzimore

‘Christmas – isn’t that when they come home?’

Andy’s 43. He loves nostalgic television, pints down the pub, and listening to the whole album from beginning to end. His daughter Maya is 21, wears good shoes, likes good arguments, and has a secret plan to bring down the government.

The trouble is, three years ago Maya left home, and they haven’t spoken since. But this Christmas, she might be coming back. Andy knows she’s going to stay. Maya knows she’s not.

Full of the warmth, wit and heartbreak of Christmas, Snowflake is an epic story about generational conflict, fathers and daughters, and whether we’re living in the best or worst of times.

A major new premiere, created just for Oxford by one of the UK’s leading writers. Starring Elliot Levey, Racheal Ofori and Ellen Robertson.

★★★★★ “A Christmas cracker…warm and funny…Excellent stuff.” – The Times

★★★★ “A masterfully written generational clash lies at the heart of this timely story rich in insight, poignancy and optimism” – Guardian

★★★★ “A heart-warming, topical Christmas show for grown ups, constructed with care and craft” – The Stage

★★★★ “Terrific, often funny,  occasionally heartbreaking” – Libby Purves for TheatreCat

★★★★ “Excellent” – Financial Times

★★★★ “A thoughtful family drama, politically engaged and unsentimental, with plenty of laughs (and a few tears)” – StageTalk

Become a Snow Angel – donate to help Crisis clients see and engage with the show, and get fantastic rewards. Click here.

Accessible shows

Captioned performances: Both performances on Thursday 13 December will be captioned, for audiences who are D/deaf or hard-of-hearing.
Kindly sponsored by Windich Legal.

Relaxed performance: The 2.30pm performance on 20 December will be relaxed. You are always welcome, but we know the theatre can feel intimidating for audience members who can’t always control when they move or make noise. A relaxed performance is an environment where you can feel free to be yourself.

Other events

Snowflake: post-show talk in association with OTM
Thurs 13 December, after the show
Join Olivier Award-winning director Clare Lizzimore and the cast of Snowflake for a post-show Q&A hosted by Oxfordshire Theatre Makers.

How To Approach A Play
Mon 17 December, 5.30pm-7pm (followed by performance of Snowflake at 7.30pm)
A workshop with playwright Mike Bartlett and director Clare Lizzimore. Free to ticket-holders. Find out how to book.

Playwright Q&A with Mike Bartlett
Tues 18 December, after the show
Dr Carina Bartleet, senior lecturer in drama at Oxford Brookes, interviews Mike Bartlett.

Supporters of Snowflake

Andrew Lloyd-Webber Foundation; Andrew Fairweather-Tall; Chiltern Insurance Group; David & Liz Coke; Laura Jones; Michael Mossop; New Diorama Theatre; Novel Entertainment; Paul Clayton; Sir Nicholas Hytner; Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen; The Roundton Trust; Unity Theatre Trust; Will Young; Windich Legal; And all of our supporters who wish to remain anonymous.

Special thanks to Arts Council England, Oxford City Council.

★★★★ “Warm, touching and funny” Top 10 UK Christmas Shows – The Stage on Thirty Christmases, (Old Fire Station 2016)

“(Mike Bartlett) is one of the prime movers in a new golden generation of British playwrights” – The Independent

Parking & Access

Parking

There are a number of Blue Badge parking spaces nearby on Beaumont Street, and more on New Inn Hall Street and St Giles.

The closest car park is Gloucester Green Car Park, accessed via Gloucester Street.

If you have any questions or concerns, the City Council’s Access Officer can be reached at 01865 249811.

Car parks in Oxford Blue Badge information Public transport in Oxford

Access

Patrons with a disability are eligible for one free companion ticket with their booking. To book this, contact the ticket office: tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk or 01865 263990.

There are two entrances to the Old Fire Station: 40 George Street via the foyer, and on Gloucester Green via the shop. Both are step-free. If you are coming to a show, we ask that you use the George Street entrance, as the Gloucester Green entrance is not always open.

There is level entry to the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the main Theatre (where most shows take place) and Studio space via lift. All spaces in the building are wheelchair-accessible via lift apart from the Theatre balcony and the Loft. If an event is in the Loft, this will be clearly stated on the event’s web page.

If you are a wheelchair user attending a sit-down show, space will be reserved for you. If you are attending a standing gig, please contact us (call Alex on 01865 263980 or e-mail tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk) and we will talk with you about your needs.

There are six steps leading up to the Loft space. If you would like to discuss hire of the space, or any of the events taking place in the Loft, please get in touch.

We try to programme as much accessible work as we can.

Captioned shows

The Last Noël, Thursday 19 December, 3pm & 8pm. Click here.
Too Pretty To Punch, Saturday 22 February 2020, 7.30pm. Click here.
The Glass Will Shatter, Wednesday 15 April. Click here.

Relaxed performances

The Last Noël, Thursday 12 December, 3pm & 8pm. Click here.

BSL performances

Medicine’s Monstrous Daughters, Thursday 16 April, 7.30pm. This show also has pre-recorded audio description tracks available. Click here.

Video

A video showing the foyer, the theatre door and the accessible toilet, from the George Street entrance.

Facilities

Accessible toilet
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor, accessible via platform lift. Other toilets are in the basement (accessible via lift).

Hearing assistance system
The Theatre is equipped with a hearing assistance system. If you have any questions about using it, please e-mail us at info@oldfirestation.org.uk or phone 01865 263980.

Assistance dogs
All types of assistance and guide dogs are welcome at the Old Fire Station. It would be great if you could let us know in advance if you will be bringing a working dog to any performances – just e-mail info@oldfirestation.org.uk.

Strobe lighting
We will warn visitors on the website and in the foyer of the venue if a performance is going to contain strobe lighting. If lighting affects you, and you have any concerns, please call Alex on 01865 263980 or e-mail info@oldfirestation.org.uk.