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What’s On at New Theatre Oxford
Big West End musicals are the stars of the New Theatre Oxford events calendar in 2023-2024, as a number of recent hits visit the venue on tour. Exciting film-to-stage musicals to book tickets for include Pretty Woman: The Musical in December; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s take on The Wizard of Oz, direct from the London Palladium and washing away the cold weather in January; and Olivier Award-winner Come From Away in April.
If laughter is the best entertainment for you, there are lots of comedy events at New Theatre Oxford this year as well. You can book tickets to see top comedians on tour such as Adam Kay - with even more NHS tales - in March, or book further ahead for Sarah Millican next May.
About the New Theatre Oxford
The New Theatre Oxford is the city’s main commercial venue, first opening in 1836 to host music hall entertainment. The site was later taken over by the Oxford University Dramatic Society whose refreshed, 1,000-seat capacity venue debuted with a production of Twelfth Night. After a fire damaged the theatre in 1892, Stanley Dorrill commissioned architects William and T.R. Milburn to redesign the interior in a distinctive art deco style which audiences can still admire to this day.
The Dorrills ran the New Theatre as a family business between 1908 and 1972, during which time a revolving stage was installed in 1934 and touring productions, pantomimes and concerts became a staple of its annual schedule. As theatregoing dwindled following the rise of television, Howard and Wyndham bought out the Dorrill family in 1972, with Apollo Leisure taking over in 1977 and renaming the building The Apollo. Following a few more changes of management and a refurbishment in 2003, the venue was once again named the New Theatre and has been operated by Ambassador Theatre Group since 2009.
The New Theatre Oxford is now best-known for large-scale events such touring West End productions, including Chicago and Dirty Dancing.