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Annual Chamber Music Evening 2018 (H)

Annual Chamber Music Evening 2018

Some of our chamber musicians have been working towards the yearly Pro Corda Chamber Music Festival for Schools. Do consider coming and hearing them in music for many different combinations of instruments, strings, woodwind, brass and piano. This is one of our best events, as the musicians are directing themselves.


Admission is free.

Wednesday 21 Feb 201818:00 Book Now

NT Live: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (15)

NT Live: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece Cat on a Hot Tin Roof played a strictly limited season in London’s West End in 2017. Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.


On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?


For more information about the performance, please go to the National Theatre Live website.


Please note, this is a recording of the Young Vic’s production captured in front of a live audience.


Please note this production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof has been classified as a 15.

Thursday 22 Feb 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Piano Masterclass with Ben Schoeman (H)

Piano Masterclass with Ben Schoeman

The London-based but South African born pianist, Ben Schoeman, comes regularly to put our most advanced pianists through their paces. This event, kindly sponsored by our Music Society, provides a fascinating insight into the teaching and learning for our pianists, their parents and their teachers. Do, please, join us.

Wednesday 28 Feb 201818:00 Book Now (Charles Maude Room)

ROH Live: The Winter's Tale

ROH Live: The Winter's Tale

Shakespeare's tale of love and loss becomes compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon's ballet adaption, with music by Joby Talbot.


The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation.


With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Wednesday 28 Feb 201819:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Doug Allan - An Eye Below Zero

Doug Allan - An Eye Below  Zero

The Abingdon Science Partnership in collaboration with Science Oxford present:


"For me, wildlife cameramen don’t come much more special than Doug. There’s just no one else who knows these frozen worlds as he does" - David Attenborough


Did you ever wonder how to approach belugas underwater? Get up close and personal with polar bears without being eaten? Stop your fingers falling off from frostbite? And not lose that important dive hole when you’re diving under the ice?


Doug Allan is one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen, and in this presentation he’ll be giving his own personal insights about marine biology, diving, and filming at the poles. Illustrated with his own photographs and clips from his best-known series, and with a wealth of behind the scenes stories – Doug’s aim is to amaze, inspire and challenge. Because in the forty years since Doug first went to Antarctica, he’s witnessed first hand how the warming of the poles and the changing ice is affecting the animals north and south. What should we be doing to turn the tide? He’ll also be signing copies of his book Freeze Frame – A Wildlife Cameraman’s Adventures on Ice.


“What’s great about talking face to face is that it’s my chance to bring people right in behind the scenes. It’s like live TV only better, and it’s for all the family!” – Doug Allan


Doug Allan spent seven years in Antarctica as a research diver, scientist and photographer for the British Antarctic Survey, before changing direction to full time freelance filming in 1983.


Since then he has become one of the world’s best known and respected cameramen. He specialises in natural history, expeditions and science documentaries in some of the wildest and most remote places on our planet, particularly the polar zones. In his 35 year filming career, he's worked for the BBC, Discovery, National Geographic and many others, filming for series like The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Ocean Giants, Operation Iceberg, Wild Cameramen at Work, and Brian Cox’s Forces of Nature.


His photographic awards include eight Emmy’s and five BAFTA’s. He has three Honorary Doctorates in recognition of his camerawork, as well as two Polar Medals. He’s an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and of the Royal Photographic Society.

Friday 2 Mar 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

UK National Junior Original Concert of Young Composers (H)

UK National Junior Original Concert of Young Composers

Yamaha students in Concert performing their own compositions. Suitable for ages 7+.


For tickets, please email: mail@matrixmusicschool.co.uk

Sunday 4 Mar 201817:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Carmen

ROH Live: Carmen

Bizet's classic French opera stars Anna Goryachova in Barrie Kosky's intense production.


Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has.


This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.


Sung in French with English surtitles.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Tuesday 6 Mar 201818:45 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Singers' Platform 2018 (H)

Singers' Platform 2018

We are so lucky to have an exciting array of talent among our solo singers, who are guided and nurtured by our wonderful singing teacher, Andrew Yeats in our annual event. Andrew will be accompanying them in a wide range of repertoire for solo song, aria and jazz. An event not to be missed.


Admission is free.

Wednesday 7 Mar 201818:00 Book Now (Chapel)

Horizon Lectures: John Blashford-Snell (H)

Horizon Lectures: John Blashford-Snell

"Colonel John Blashford-Snell is one of the world’s most renowned and influential explorers.  Often cited as an inspiration by the likes of Ranulph Fiennes and Bear Grylls, he has spent decades at the forefront of British expeditions. John’s achievements include the first descent of the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, an arduous crossing of the Darien Gap and the first navigation along the full length of the Congo River.


Heralded by the Telegraph as “the last of the great adventurers” John’s talk is a chance to hear his daring exploits first hand – from deserts and mountains, to wildlife and people."



Tickets are available on the Horizon Lectures website.

Thursday 8 Mar 201819:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Solo Concert Platform No.4 (H)

Solo Concert Platform No.4

A second opportunity to hear an evening of solo performances from our more accomplished musicians. This event is followed, as last year, by the Annual Music Scholars' Dinner, at about 7.45pm - about which eligible boys and families will be contacted well beforehand.

Wednesday 14 Mar 201818:00 Book Now (Charles Maude Room)

Intermediate Instrumental Solo Competition (H)

Intermediate Instrumental Solo Competition

The is the second stage of our termly instrumental competitions, the senior one being won last term by Will Lam with the Chaminade Flute Concertino. The intermediate level is open to competitors who are between the levels of grade 6 and 8. The competition, now in its third year will be adjudicated by concert pianist, Jeremy Carter. You are most welcome to join us and admission is free.

Thursday 15 Mar 201818:00 Book Now (Charles Maude Room)

ATOM Festival: Double Bill - Science and Understanding (H)

ATOM Festival: Double Bill - Science and Understanding

Two talks exploring science, human understanding and its limits.


"How Science can Help Us to Understand Music" - Dr Alex Tester at 18:30


Alex Tester and Lawrence Tao are musicians with an interest in science and psychology, on a quest to discover why we have the deep emotional ties with the music we hear. Join them for a thought-provoking hour where we question the nature of music, wonder whether we can ever expect the same response from our listening, and explore whether it matters that we can’t decide what consists a musical masterpiece.


"What We Cannot Know" - Professor Marcus Du Sautoy at 20:00


Science is giving us unprecedented insight into the big questions that have challenged humanity. Where did we come from? What is the ultimate destiny of the universe? What are the building blocks of the physical world? What is consciousness?


‘What We Cannot Know’ asks us to rein in this unbridled enthusiasm for the power of science. Are there limits to what we can discover about our physical universe? Are some regions of the future beyond the predictive powers of science and mathematics? Are there ideas so complex that they are beyond the conception of our finite human brains? Can brains even investigate themselves or does the analysis enter an infinite loop from which it is impossible to rescue itself?


For more information and to book tickets, please visit the ATOM Festival website.

Thursday 15 Mar 201818:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ATOM Festival: Double Bill - An Evening on the Final Frontier (H)

ATOM Festival: Double Bill - An Evening on the Final Frontier

Two talks from leading scientists exploring the outer reaches of our understanding of space.


"Nothing" - Professor Frank Close at 18:30


If you take away the Earth, Moon, stars - what remains? The concept of the void has alarmed and fascinated humans from the dawn of time. The talk chases "Nothing" from the philosophical speculations of early civilisations to the cutting edge of modern science, quantum mystery, the Higgs field and the origin of the universe. How can you get something out of nothing?


"I want to Believe: an Astronomer's Search for Aliens" -  Professor Chris Lintott at 20:00


Astronomers have discovered that the Universe is full of potential homes for life, with planets around the vast majority of stars, yet the skies remain disappointingly free of swooping starships, visiting aliens or radio signals from space. Chris Lintott looks at the evidence for life in the Universe, explains how you can help and tries to argue that the truth is out there somewhere.


For more information and to book tickets, please visit the ATOM Festival website              

Friday 16 Mar 201818:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ATOM Festival: In Search of Giant Pterosaurs - A World Tour (H)

ATOM Festival: In Search of Giant Pterosaurs - A World Tour

by Dr Dave Martill


Pterosaurs, flying reptiles of the Mesozoic, were originally thought to have been small aquatic animals and only 30 years later was it realised they could fly. Some evolved into giants as large as a Spitfire. This talk takes you around the world in search of these fossils, from the deserts of North Africa to the jungles of Brazil and the holiday beaches of the Isle of Wight.


For more information and to book tickets, please visit the ATOM Festival website.

Saturday 17 Mar 201811:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ATOM Festival: The Bessemer Society (H)

ATOM Festival: The Bessemer Society

Spinning out Science for Business Success: A Round-Table Discussion on the Risks and Rewards of Commercialising Science.


Taking cutting-edge scientific research and commercialising it can lead to massive value creation and the emergence of game-changing companies - and even new industries. But there are significant challenges - financial, scientific, human - in doing this in Oxford and the Science Vale. In this round-table discussion, chaired by The Bessemer Society, three science and technology spin-off companies share the ups and downs of science commercialisation: what are the risks, where are the rewards, and how might science allow British companies to play for the biggest stakes on the world technology stage?


To book tickets, please visit the ATOM Festival website.

Saturday 17 Mar 201811:00 Book Now (Charles Maude Room)

ATOM Festival: Size Matters (H)

ATOM Festival: Size Matters

by Dr Martyn Sene.


Our everyday life is peppered with measurements and we usually trust them without thinking.  The petrol pump; our bathroom, kitchen and supermarket scales; tape measures; barometers; and thermometers that confirm a heatwave or provide an indication of health.


These are, however, just the tip of an enormous and mostly invisible iceberg. Just about every aspect of our economy, our quality of life and our very lives depends on confidence in measurements that we make or, more often, that are made on our behalf.  


This confidence is enabled by one of, if not the largest and coordinated science and technology activities on the planet – the international measurement system.


For more information and to book tickets, please visit the ATOM Festival website.

Saturday 17 Mar 201813:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ATOM Festival: Stopping Bad Guys with Lasers (H)

ATOM Festival: Stopping Bad Guys with Lasers

by Stuart Bonthron of Agilent Technologies


Using lasers to see inside stuff and gather unique fingerprints of what’s inside has some really useful applications. Stuart will discuss and demonstrate a range of techniques and products that use Raman spectroscopy in airport security, bomb disposal, pharmaceutical manufacture and others.


For more information and to book tickets, please visit the ATOM Festival website.

Saturday 17 Mar 201815:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ATOM Festival: Seeing and Believing (H)

ATOM Festival: Seeing and Believing

by Professor Brian Rogers


Is what we see affected by what we believe, what we know and what we think?  Does the world look the same to me as it does to you?  How do other animals see the world?  Why are we fooled into seeing smooth, continuous movement on a TV or cinema screen when there is only a series of stationary images?  How is it that we can be looking directly at something but fail to see it?  These and other similar questions have intrigued philosophers and psychologists for thousands of years but it is only now that we are beginning to find the answers.


For more information and to book tickets, please visit the ATOM Festival website.

Saturday 17 Mar 201817:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ATOM Festival: Out of this World (H)

ATOM Festival: Out of this World

Examples of how Satellite Data is Driving Innovation.


The increasing quantity and quality of environmental indicators and imagery tracked from space is creating huge new capabilities in the field of geospatial analytics. Combining Big Data analysis and machine learning with local expertise and observations on the ground is allowing huge leaps forward in areas such as disease tracking, natural resource monitoring, disaster recovery and environmental risk.


For more information and to book tickets, please visit the ATOM Festival website.

Saturday 17 Mar 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

27th Annual Rowing Dinner

27th Annual Rowing Dinner

Abingdon School Boat Club and the Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club (FASBC) would like to invite all rowers and their parents to attend the 27th Annual Rowing Dinner on Saturday 17th March.


Drinks Reception in The Charles Maude Room from 7pm followed by a three course dinner at 7:45pm. There will be a cash bar and a raffle to name a boat.


Dress: Black Tie or Regatta Dress.


Our guest speaker this year is Matthew Rossiter, OA 2007. Matt was Junior World Champion in 2007, and was selected for the Great Britain Senior Team in 2017 making the top boat - the Coxless Four - for the Senior World Championships, and won a bronze medal.


This is always a popular event so we encourage you to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Saturday 17 Mar 2018 19:00Book Now (Charles Maude Room)

ATOM Festival: Family Science Fair in the Yang Science Centre (H)

ATOM Festival: Family Science Fair in the Yang Science Centre

Bring the whole family to a fun-filled few hours of hands-on science activities, demonstrations and exhibits in the Yang Science Centre at Abingdon School. Whether you drop in for half an hour or stay right through, there will be plenty to excite and interest all ages at this event. Organisations such as Science Oxford, The Curiosity Box, Bright Sparks and the Abingdon Science Partnership will be doing their best to get everyone involved in doing science for themselves.


This year there is no need to book for this event - just turn up!


Visitors should enter the Yang Science Centre via the main entrance through the Abingdon School coach park on Faringdon Road. Parking will be very limited at this venue.


For more information, please visit the ATOM Festival website.

Sunday 18 Mar 201811:00 Book Now (Yang Science Centre)

ATOM Festival: Domestic Cats - the Lion in the Living Room (H)

ATOM Festival: Domestic Cats - the Lion in the Living Room

by Dr Andy Sparkes


Cats have been in the process of domestication for around 10,000 years, but are generally still regarded as semi-domesticated at best. Cats remain enigmatic animals, partly as a result of their lack of domestication and yet in many countries are now the most popular domestic pet. This talk will look at the development of the domestic cat, its behaviour, some common misunderstandings and how we can better integrate cats as domestic pets in the future.  


For more information and to book tickets, please visit the ATOM Festival website.

Sunday 18 Mar 201812:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ATOM Festival: The Challenges of Working with Water (H)

ATOM Festival: The Challenges of Working with Water

by Dr Mike Dearnaley of HR Wallingford


Population growth, economic expansion and changes to natural hazards are leading to altered risks to people, infrastructure, the economy and the environment.  Global water demand is expected to increase with water resources becoming scarcer, leaving ever more of the world’s population in severely water stressed river basins.  Global energy demand is expected to be higher in the future with the associated risk of increased greenhouse gas emissions, acceleration of climate change and exacerbation of global biodiversity loss, drought, flood and erosion risk.  At all levels water is central to these issues.  Today the need to understand and apply the relevant science to make informed decisions is critical.  Mike will illustrate some of today’s scientific challenges in the world of water through the work undertaken by HR Wallingford.


For more information and to book tickets, please visit the ATOM Festival website.

Sunday 18 Mar 201813:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

School Choral Concert (H)

School Choral Concert

This event is an opportunity for the school's choirs to show what they have been working on in a programme of about 60 minutes - Chapel Choir, Gospel Choir, Abingdon Academicals and Joint Chamber Choir. Again, please join us in the Chapel for this event, starting at 6pm.

Thursday 22 Mar 201818:00 Book Now (Chapel)

NT Live: Julius Caesar (15)

NT Live: Julius Caesar

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.


Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.


Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.


For more information on this performance, please go to the NT Live website.


Please note that this production will contain strobe lighting.


Please note this production of Julius Caesar has been classified as a 15.


Thursday 22 Mar 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Football Club Awards Dinner 2018

Football Club Awards Dinner 2018

As a finale to this year’s football season, I would like to invite all Middle and Upper School players and parents to attend the Abingdon School Football Club End of Season Awards Dinner. The evening will start with a drinks reception in the CMR, followed by dinner, presentations and speeches in the School Dining Hall.


It is hoped that Derek Fazackerley will be our special guest for the evening. Derek made over 600 appearances for Blackburn Rovers before going into coaching roles at Manchester City, Leicester City, Birmingham and England before more recently taking charge as Caretaker Manager at Oxford United.


Dinner Cost: £22.50 – Students & OA’s        £27.50 - Parents


Dress Code: Smart Casual (no jeans)

Friday 23 Mar 201819:00 Book Now (Charles Maude Room)

Abingdon Club Hockey Dinner 2018

Abingdon Club Hockey Dinner 2018

We would like to invite all hockey players and parents (from years 3-7) to the annual Hockey Griffens Dinner & Awards on Saturday 24th March.


After playing our final ISHL 2018 matches against MCS in the afternoon, the evening will start with a drinks reception in the Charles Maude Room at 7.30pm. A three-course meal, speeches and end of season awards will follow from 8pm. There will be a cash bar and raffle on the night. Dress code: black tie*.


Tickets for the dinner are £35 per parent and £25 per player, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. This event always sells out quickly, so we encourage you to apply early through the school box office.

Saturday 24 Mar 201819:30 Book Now (Dining Hall)

ROH Live: Bernstein Centenary

ROH Live: Bernstein Centenary

The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth with an all-Bernstein programme from choreographers Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarkett and Christopher Wheeldon.


Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance.

He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free and West Side Story.


To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Auden’s masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II.


For more information about the performance, please go to the Royal Opera House Live website.

Tuesday 27 Mar 201819:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Macbeth

ROH Live: Macbeth

Verdi's opera on Shakespeare's tragedy is conducted by Antonio Pappano, with magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko, Željko Lucic and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo.


Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.


The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts. Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored.


Sung in Italian with English surtitles.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Wednesday 4 Apr 201819:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

RSC: Macbeth

RSC: Macbeth

Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.


Our contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company.


For more information about the performance, please go to the RSC website.

Wednesday 11 Apr 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ASPA Annual Quiz Night & Supper 2018

ASPA Annual Quiz Night & Supper 2018

Preparations are now underway for our annual ASPA Quiz Night & Supper taking place on April 28th in the Dining Hall. You can join with a team of 8 or simply buy your tickets and ask to be added to a team (if you do this, please specify your year group on the attached Google Sign Up form). The current champions, The Questionnables, have won for the last two years so it’s time to end their reign!  


We’ll have a quiz and fish & chips 'Abingdon Style’ with the plan to start quizzing by 7:45 with an end time of 11/11:30 pm. Doors will open at 7:15 pm.


Cash Bar available with beer/wines and soft drinks

Dress Code: Casual

Ticket Price: £20

Saturday 28 Apr 201819:15 Book Now (Dining Hall)

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2018 (H)

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2018

Experience an evening of extraordinary short films from the world's most prestigious mountain film festival.  


Follow the expeditions of some of today's most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.


Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel through an exhilarating collection of the latest films from the most talented adventure film makers of today. An exciting event not to be missed with free prize giveaways!


Visit www.banff-uk.com for more details.

Monday 30 Apr 201819:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

NT Live: Macbeth (15)

NT Live: Macbeth

The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.


Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris (The Threepenny Opera, London Road), will see Rory Kinnear (Young Marx, Othello) and Anne-Marie Duff (Oil, Suffragette) return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.


For more information about the performance, please go to the National Theatre Live website.


Photograph (Anne-Marie Duff and Rory Kinnear) by Jack Davison


Thursday 10 May 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Horizon Lectures: Mark Beaumont (H)

Horizon Lectures: Mark Beaumont

"Last July, long-distance cyclist Mark Beaumont pedalled out of Paris, just 78 days and 14 hours later he was back at the Arc de Triomphe having cycled 18,000 miles around the world. Mark’s record-breaking ride made headlines the world over, yet it’s just one part of his story.


Whilst Mark is perhaps best known for his cycling adventures - including solo trips covering the length of both Africa and the Americas – he's also rowed from Resolute Bay to the magnetic north pole, capsized during a crossing of the Atlantic and followed the Queen’s Baton Relay around the Commonwealth to hear the varied stories of athletes from a diverse range of backgrounds."


Tickets are available on the Horizon Lectures website.

Wednesday 16 May 201819:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Horizon Lectures: Anna McNuff (H)

Horizon Lectures: Anna McNuff

Adventurer, Girlguiding ambassador and self-confessed “mischief-maker” Anna McNuff is joined by Charlie Walker and Jen Roberts for the first Horizon Lectures Adventure Fund Night.


Anna once represented Great Britain at rowing, but now spends her time darting around the world on the hunt for new and exciting endurance challenges.  Anna is a hugely entertaining speaker and will be telling the story of her self-supported run covering the length of New Zealand – from the characters she met along the way to her very special “Pants of Perspective”.  


Charlie and Jen both picked up grants through the Horizon Lectures Adventure Fund last year and will be returning to share their stories.  Between them, they've since completed a 5,000 mile journey from Siberia to Istanbul and a month-long science and mountaineering trip to the Stauning Alps in Greenland.


Tickets are available on the Horizon Lectures website.

Wednesday 6 Jun 201819:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Swan Lake

ROH Live: Swan Lake

The Royal Ballet presents a new production of Tchaikovsky's magnificent classical ballet, with additional choreography by Liam Scarlett and designs by John MacFarlane.


Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.


Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.


For more information about this performance, please visit the Royal Opera House Live website.

Tuesday 12 Jun 201819:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

RSC Live: Romeo & Juliet (Encore)

RSC Live: Romeo & Juliet (Encore)

Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo and Juliet is about a generation of young people born into by the bitter divisions of

their parents.


The most famous story of love at first sight explodes with intense passion and an irresistible desire for change, but leads all too quickly to heartbreaking consequences.


For more information about the performance, please go to the RSC website.


Please note that this is an Encore Screening of the Live Performance on 18 July.

Wednesday 8 Aug 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

RSC Live: The Merry Wives Of Windsor

RSC Live: The Merry Wives Of Windsor

Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos.


For more information about the performance, please go to the RSC website.

Wednesday 12 Sep 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Ocean Film Festival World Tour 2018 (H)

Ocean Film Festival World Tour 2018

Calling all ocean lovers! The annual Ocean Film Festival is sweeping towards Abingdon with a brand new selection of the world’s most amazing ocean films, from both above and below the surface.


Brought to you by the team behind the Banff Film Festival UK Tour, this collection of short films celebrates divers, paddlers, surfers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray. Be wowed at the mind blowing marine life; exhilarated by the power of the waves, and inspired by the characters who dedicate their lives to answering the call of the ocean.


To book tickets, please visit the Ocean Film Festival website.

Tuesday 18 Sep 201819:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

1918: The Bloody Road to Victory (H)

1918: The Bloody Road to Victory

The story of the apocalyptic final year of the Great War, as the British and German armies are tested like never before. A lecture by BBC historical advisor Gareth Howell, accompanied by a comprehensive ordnance display by collector Rick Stevens.


No age restriction, but recommended for ages 10+.


Tickets available soon.

Friday 9 Nov 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

RSC Live: Troilus & Cressida (H)

RSC Live: Troilus & Cressida

"Lechery, lechery, still wars and lechery: nothing else holds fashion"


Troilus and Cressida swear they will always be true to one another. But in the seventh year of the siege of Troy their innocence is tested, and exposed to the savage corrupting influence of war, with tragic consequences.

Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle.

The Greek army is encamped under the walls of Troy and, at the point at which the play begins, the war has reached stalemate. The Greeks are quarrelling amongst themselves. Achilles, their greatest champion, refuses to fight and has withdrawn to his tent with his lover, Patroclus. Equally at odds with themselves, the Trojans are debating the value of continuing the war merely for the sake of keeping Helen.

Troilus is much distracted from these military concerns by his love for Cressida, the daughter of a Trojan who has defected to the Greek camp. The young lovers are eagerly assisted by Cressida's uncle Pandarus, who acts as their go-between. However, after only one night together they are parted when Cressida is sent to join her father in the Greek camp. Almost immediately she betrays Troilus with the Greek Diomedes and, discovering this, Troilus is plunged into despair.

With the fall of Troy certain, Troilus vows revenge on Achilles.


For more information about the performance, please go to the RSC website.



Wednesday 14 Nov 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)