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Oxford Shakespeare Festival

17 June – 10 August 2019

What to expect

For eight weeks this summer, theatregoers can flock to the 2019 Oxford Shakespeare Festival. From Monday to Saturday, the outdoor courtyard of Oxford Castle will become a stage for some of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.

If you’re new to Shakespeare, attend the double-bill offered between 17 and 29 June, when one-hour versions of Romeo and Juliet and Richard III will be performed. You’ll get a sense of Shakespeare’s diversity as you watch a tragedy followed by a historical play.

The season ends with a comedy, Twelfth Night. This painfully funny and helpless romantic play will be showing from 29 July to 10 August.

The festival also offers picnic packs, which are the perfect accompaniment to the plays.

Buy your tickets and picnic packs here

How to get there

Oxford station is just a 10 minute walk from Oxford Castle, where the plays are held. If you don’t fancy the walk, a taxi ride takes under five minutes.

Things to see and do in Oxford

From its many museums to its world-renowned landmarks such as the Bodleian Library, Oxford is a fascinating place to visit. To find out more about the city’s cultural attractions, visit our Oxford destination page.