The North Wall Arts Centre is now entering its fifth year, and we are proud to unveil a programme that is richer and more varied than ever before. This autumn will see top class theatre from companies such as Shared Experience, Out of Joint and ATC, as well as performances by emerging ensembles such as the Awake Project and Third Man Theatre. We are also extremely proud of our upcoming music programme, headlined by Ralph McTell and supported by concerts from Oxford Contemporary Music, Duotone and English Sinfonia.
The new season also showcases three very different adaptations of Shakespeare’s classics: Tim Crouch re-imagines Twelfth Night through the eyes of the Bard’s most pent-up steward in I, Malvolio.Â This one-man show is a charged, hilarious, and often unsettling rant, breathing new life into one of Shakespeare’s most well loved comedies. Kupenga Kwa Hamlet relocates the tale of the tormented Danish prince to pre-colonial Zimbabwe and follows the convergence of cultures and the clash of two young men, Laertes and Hamlet, as they struggle to avenge their families. In November, the RSC’s Gerard Logan delivers his astonishing, internationally acclaimed performance of Shakespeare’s brutal narrative poem, The Rape of Lucrece, after sell out performances in London.
Classical music fans will be delighted to hear about the return ofÂ English Sinfonia to The North Wall stage for the first of two spectacular concerts. The transatlantic theme of the concert will contrast the urban with the pastoral and will feature music composed by New York composer Phillip Glass. The Oxford Leider Festival will also be returning for its fifth successive year this October, offering musicians and music fans alike the chance to participate in a series of masterclasses.
And just in case the kids are feeling left out – we’ve also got two fantastic family shows coming to us this autumn. Little Angel Theatre, in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company, will enchant audiences with The Magician’s Daughter, a captivating story of the adventures of a young girl on a magical island. And The North Wall’s favourite puppeteer Rod Burnett is back with The Pea, The Bean and The Enormous Turnip,Â an unforgettably leguminous tale about three famous fairytale vegetables.
Tickets for all of these shows and more are now on sale, and can be booked my calling our box office on 01865 319450 or alternatively on our brand new website. We’re very much looking forward to the autumn season and we hope to see you then!