Classics from several eras at Oxford

William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

In this 400th anniversary year of his death Shakespeare is the unsurprising star of several productions at The Oxford Playhouse.

Olivier nominated actor Michael Pennington is to star in King Lear at the theatre. The deeply moving production is on from Monday April 25 to Saturday April 30.

From Wednesday May 4 magical mischief, sublime music and midsummer madness collide in Henry Purcell’s playful reworking of the Bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Fairy Queen features an all singing, all dancing cast of students from Oxford University - this is definitely Shakespeare’s best loved comedy as you have never seen or heard it before.

Other highlights to look forward to in May include Of Mice and Men from Tuesday 10 - May 14. Set in America during the Great depression, this drama tells the story of two migrant farm workers in search of their shared dream - to buy a small piece of land and build a home.

At 5pm on Friday May 13 Ruskin Theatre Platforms presents a staged reading of the play behind Clybourne Park.

Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun is a modern classic that tells the story of a black family’s experiences moving into a largely white Chicago neighbourhood in the 1950s. This reading will take place in the Top Room of the Playhouse and tickets are free, but must be booked at the box office.

Clybourne Park will then be performed in the theatre from Tuesday May 17 through to Saturday 21, offering a remarkable glimpse into the changing face of race and family across half a century in Chicago.

Full details of all these shows, with performance dates and times, and ticket prices can be found at or call the box office on 01865 305305.