Oxford Castle and Prison, Mon 17th June - Sat 10th August 2019
What better way to enjoy Shakespeare than ensconced in the historical surroundings of Oxford Castle's courtyard? The annual Oxford Shakespeare festival sees three beloved local theatre companies bring the Bard to life over eight weeks of fabulous theatre.
Opening the season, BMH Productions reimagine Richard III and Romeo and Juliet in a dystopian world, in an ambitious double-bill which stages both plays in just two hours. Then, Tomahawk Theatre will take up the reigns, promising that the castleyard will be spattered with blood, courtesy of the Scottish Play (We're not sure if it counts as bad luck to say 'Macbeth' in a theatre if it's usually a castle!). This will be Tomahawk's tenth performance with the festival, so you can expect their usual combination of action-packed battle and dance scenes with faithful renderings of Shakespeare's beautiful words. The grand finale will be provided by Siege Theatre, providing some comic relief with the much-loved Twelfth Night.
With a wet-weather sheltered option at the nearby New Road Baptist Church, you'll be able to enjoy the festival come rain or shine. bring a picnic, or, if you fancy some extra indulgence, have the Castle prepare one for you specially!