New season launched at Oxford Playhouse

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A SELECTION box of tempting treats is just waiting to be unwrapped by visitors to Oxford’s Playhouse Theatre over the coming months.

On January 19 the National Youth Jazz Orchestra returns with some smooth sounds. The 22-piece band and two vocalists will perform for one night only.

For a dose of dance, the Danish Dance Theatre will be appearing in Oxford at the end of the month.

The show, which runs over January 21 and 22, will thrill audiences with a blend of ballet and modern dance.

Anton Chekhov’s first major play The Seagull will bring January to a close from January 26-29, to be performed by the University of Oxford’s Illyria Productions.

Dynasty star Stephanie Beecham will bring glamour to the role of Maria Callas when the Broadway hit Master Class rolls into town from January 31 to February 5.

On February 6, audiences can see The Interminable Suicide of Gregory Church – a story of death postponed by life.

The Life of Riley by Alan Ayckborn will take to the stage from February 7-12. The play looks backwards, forwards and sometimes sideways on the lives we have lived or might have lived.

For a Valentine’s Day treat, try Love Letters Straight From Your Heart on February 15 and 16. The show celebrates long-lost loves, current loves, relationships with mums and dads and absent friends.

Later that week, BlindSpot Productions presents an adaptation of A Dream Play by August Strindberg. The show combines the glamour of Vaudeville with the magic of fairytale and is on from February 16-19.

An Olivier Award-nominated production of Journey’s End will tempt theatre-goers from February 21-26, celebrating humour and courage in the face of tragedy.

March begins with a world premiere of After Troy by the Lifeblood Theatre Company. The play, a modern retelling of Euripides’ Women of Troy and Hecuba, can be seen from March 2-5.

Shakespeare’s The Tempest will take to the stage from March 8-12. For further information or to book tickets, visit www.oxfordplayhouse.com.