Creation Theatre Company
01865 766266 or at
3rd Floor, Cherwell House, 1-5 London Place, Oxford, OX4 1BD.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 6th December to 4th January
It’s been winter in Narnia for ever so long. Always winter and never Christmas, can you imagine? What if there was another world inside an old wardrobe? A world under the rule of a cruel queen, where everyone lived in fear and it never stopped snowing. This Christmas you can join the Pevensie children on the greatest adventure of their lives. We’ll return to The North Wall for our third magical and imaginative family Christmas show in the year that will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of one of Oxford’s most famous sons, CS Lewis. With live music, comedy and plenty of 1940s charm, Mr Tumnus and Mr & Mrs Beaver can’t wait to meet you there.
Oxford Castle (44-46 New Road, Oxford OX1 1AY).
For more details
see Creation's web site at www.creationtheatre.co.uk.
Review of Henry V
17th August to 14th September 2013.
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
Three's literally a crowd up at Oxford Castle
Creation Theatre's Henry V is currently playing to standing ovations
Henry V, at Oxford Castle, from Saturday, August 17 to Saturday, September 14
Creation Theatre, defying last year's bad weather, is achieving full houses with standing ovations for William Shakespeare's Henry V. As always, the company lives up to its mandate to create inspiring, creative shows and Henry V is up there with their best. Charlotte Conquest directs a cast of only three actors, all of whom are terrific. Rhys King, Morgan Philpott and Christopher York play dozens of characters and flex their vocal range with a kaleidoscope of accents. The show is played promenade-style around Oxford Castle and Prison in 10 scenes of inventive theatricality.
Sunday matinee was a 'relaxed' performance, attracting a large number of children. One was heard to say, after watching the scene where Queen Katherine is taught some English words by her attendant, that this was the best English lesson she had ever had.
Rhys King, as Katherine, makes a tour of the audience, who are encouraged to display their hand, fingers, nails etc before she recites all the new words like a contestant in the Generation Game. With Christopher York playing the maid, the scene had the audience in stitches, especially when Katherine turns demonic trying out the word 'elbow'.
Some scenes are playfully puerile. Falstaff's lowborn companions Nym, Pistol, Bardolph and Nell are introduced in a transport café, complete with 'greengrocer' spellings on the menu, which intriguingly includes among the eggs and chips a meal called The Full Henry. A harmless tiff erupts into a food fight using squeezy ketchup bottles. This drollery is echoed in the more serious fight at Agincourt, where the blood of 10,000 fallen French is depicted by the same ketchup.
'Once more unto the breach' is delivered powerfully by Morgan Philpott standing high above the audience on the ancient Castle Mound, next to a proudly wind-blown flag of St George.
Standing in the shadow of a medieval castle with the audience playing the role of Henry's ragbag army, the audience can believe the Chorus to have conjured up the 'imaginary forces' for the battles of Harfleur and later, Agincourt.
With a Plan B for rain, Henry V is highly recommended.
Henry V, 17th August to 14th September 2013
Jekyll & Hyde, 8th June to 6th July 2013. See the review in the archive.
Aladdin and the Magical Lamp, 6th December 2012 to 5th January 2013. See the review in the archive.
The Merchant of Venice, 7th July to 1st September 2012
Richard II, 7th May 2012
The Odyssey, 29th March to 28th April 2012
Hamlet, 5th to 24th March 2012
A Christmas Carol, 8th December 2011 to 7th January 2012. There are reviews in the Oxford Times ("backing up all this ensemble acting is some very strong staging... fine show") and Daily Info ("a flawless performance... one of the most enjoyable shows of this year; don’t miss out on a night full of merriment and Christmas cheer! ").
Antony and Cleopatra, 8th July to 3rd September 2011. See the review in the archive.
King James Bible, 14th May to 11th June 2011 at St Barnabas Church
Dr Faustus, 4th February to 2nd April 2011 at Blackwell's Bookshop
Rapunzel, 26th November 2010 to 15th January 2011. See the review in the archive.
Romeo and Juliet, 19th July to 31st August 2010, at Said Business School Amphitheatre, Oxford
Beauty and the Beast, 27th November 2009 to 16th January 2010. See the review in the archive.
Twelfth Night (July 2009)
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 4th July to 13th September 2008
Othello (April 2009)
Hans Christian Andersen's Magical Tales (December 2008)
Animal Farm, 21st July to 30th August 2008
The Taming of the Shrew, 16th July to 25th August 2007
Hamlet, 1st June to 28th July 2007
Macbeth, 2nd June to 9th September 2006 at Headington Hill Park
Saints and Sinners (June 2008)
Much Ado About Nothing (June 2008)
Measure for Measure (March 2008)
Tales from the Brothers Grimm (November 2007)
The Oxford Passion (August 2007)
Arabian Nights (November 2006)
Robin Hood (July 2006)
The Merchant of Venice (June 2006)
King Lear (February 2006)
The Snow Queen (November 2005)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (July 2005)
The Comedy of Errors (January 2005)
A Christmas Carol (November 2004)
Romeo and Juliet (July 2004)
Much Ado About Nothing (June 2004)
The Winter's Tale (February 2004)
The Tempest (July 2003)
Twelfth Night (June 2003)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (June 2002)
Romeo and Juliet, and As You Like It (July 2001)