Oxford Shakespeare Festival is set to kick start summer again at Oxford Castle with four plays running from June to August
‘All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players’ and could there be a better stage for them than the historic Oxford Castle?
Oxford Shakespeare Festival will once again grace the outdoor theatre stage with four of the Bard’s most well known and loved productions brought to life in the historic castleyard.
Following the success of 2016’s festival, attended by over 4,000 people, 2017 promises eight weeks of entertainment from three of Oxford’s most talented theatre companies.
From the romance and tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, the conflict of Macbeth to the seafaring Twelfth Night and The Tempest, the vibrant adaptations will make Shakespeare accessible to all ages.
The live music, puppetry, and dancing will keep audiences transfixed. The season runs from June 19 to August 12.
Before being drawn into the tragedy, trials and tribulations of Shakespeare’s famous words, the audience can choose from one of Oxford Castle Quarter’s restaurants to enjoy a pre-show meal.
Or why not accompany your outdoor theatre experience with a delicious picnic pack as you enjoy the drama in the 1,000 year old castle?
The line-up for Oxford Shakespeare Festival 2017 includes:
Twelfth Night and The Tempest by BMH Productions
Hour long versions of two Shakespeare classics!
Monday 19th June – Saturday 1st July
Shipwrecks, magic, monsters and mistaken identities. In one night and in two hours, the same company of actors present two one-act versions of Shakespeare’s most famous seafaring plays: The Tempest and Twelfth Night. With live music, puppetry, dancing and more, expect an evening of fresh, fun, vibrant and accessible Shakespeare for all ages.
Romeo & Juliet by Tomahawk Theatre
Monday 3rd July – Saturday 29th July
Tomahawk Theatre returns to the magnificent castle this summer to revive their critically acclaimed production of Romeo and Juliet. This sumptuous, elegant and dynamic production will include song and dance and always remain faithful to the beautiful language and tragic story of love, separation and divided loyalties.
Macbeth by Siege Theatre
Monday 31st July – Saturday 12th August
Siege Theatre brings you Macbeth and the study of a nation’s obsession with two simple virtues – honour and loyalty. Drawing out the conflict between honour and dishonour, loyalty and treachery, watch as souls are twisted out of all recognition and one by one, the powers of evil breakdown the individual and their armies, ultimately bringing a country to its knees.
Ticket prices start from £16 per adult. Pre-bookable picnic packs are also available from £8.95 per pack – there are three options to choose from including a Standard Picnic Pack with sandwich, snack and soft drink, a Premium option served with wine and summer favourites including quiche and strawberries and cream or the Fizz Picnic Pack, served with Prosecco
For further information or to book online, visit www.oxfordcastleunlocked.co.uk.