Oxford Entertainment

The city of Oxford includes a range of entertainment options for visitors; the city offers theatres, film and cinemas, a range of live comedy venues and dance productions from traditional to opera, ballet and contemporary.

Our quick guide to entertainment in Oxford outlines a range of entertainment venues offering a choice of productions throughout the year:


Theatre lovers can visit the Oxford Playhouse located in Beaumont Street in Oxford. The theatre has earned a fine reputation over the years and is regarded as being one of the leading theatres in the UK. The theatres association with University Oxford brought Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor to their stage in the 1960s. The Oxford Playhouse has emerged as a thriving presenting theatre, a sort after date on the national touring circuit; it enjoys good support from its wide audience base. Theatre lovers will enjoy the rich programme of drama, music, dance, musical theatre and children's theatre. The theatre plays a leading role in the production and commissioning of new work.


Oxford includes a number of cinemas located in the city including cinemas from larger cinemas chains such as Vue and Odeon to smaller and independent cinemas showing a range of British, Hollywood and International films.


For fans of gigs, the O2 Academy Oxford is one of the best places to see live music. The O2 Academy is situated on Cowley Road, not far from the city centre; the venue has a capacity of over 1,300 and attracts a number of local and touring bands of international repute.

Other Events

There are plenty of events going on in Oxford, it is best to check before you visit to see if the timings fit in with your schedules.

In the summer cricket there is the Oxfringe Festival, Oxford’s fringe festival that was established in 2007 to showcase up and coming artists in the arts and entertainment fields. The festival includes performances covering drama, comedy and all types of music. Visitors can support and see a number of up and coming artists and see a number of headline acts and free community events.

The Art Weeks Festival takes place in spring where artists and craftspeople from across the county of Oxfordshire showcase their works to the public. Visitors can see over 500 free exhibitions across the county of Oxfordshire. Visitors will find a wide range of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, furniture, photography, mosaics and digital art.

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