The Oxford Playhouse, once the University theatre, is now a theatre for everyone, and the University remains a major financial supporter, including its community education programme.
St John's College owns the Playhouse building, and leases the auditorium and adjoining offices to the Playhouse Trust. The University of Oxford owns the Burton Taylor Studio, which the Playhouse manages for the University.
Oxford Playhouse and The University of Oxford work together in creating opportunities for student drama throughout the year. Students produce work for both the main stage and the Burton Taylor Studio.
The Playhouse produces and tours its own shows, hosts Artists in Residence and presents Playhouse Plays Out, an ongoing series of off-site events which happen at locations across the county.
The theatre's Learning team works with over 15,000 people each year through post show discussions, workshops, work experience, holiday schemes, a youth theatre and a young people’s theatre company.
The Cameron Mackintosh Drama Fund for Contemporary Theatre
This has helped some of the University’s brightest young actors, directors, producers and writers, stage shows during the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The purpose of the Fund is to aid drama in Oxford and the students involved, by providing funding and by employing the University Drama Officer, who is the main contact between students involved in Oxford theatre and the University itself.
Find out more about The Chair of Contemporary Theatre at St Catherine's College