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Black River Bridge

Black River Bridge

December 19th, 1861. Johnny Clem is a musician in the Union army. He dreams of better things, having been down trodden and ignored his whole life. He bets his fellow musicians he will become a successful soldier one day. Orion Howe leaves home as a result of his father’s drunken beatings. He too joins the Union army by lying about his age and proves to be a brave and useful soldier. The battle of Black River Bridge turns out to be the most ‘human’ moment he has ever had.


Set in the American Civil War, this specially commissioned piece will be performed by our Lower School boys.

Thursday 30 Nov 201719:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Friday 1 Dec 201719:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

B12 - A School Story

B12 - A School Story

Inspired by 2013's 'History of Abingdon in 63 Objects', B12 - A School Story weaves together imagined scenes of the school's past and present, viewed through the lens of a single classroom.


Performed by our Third Years, this play has been specially commissioned by OA Ed Rowett, author of Radio 4’s award-winning sitcom “Reluctant Persuaders”.

Thursday 30 Nov 201720:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Friday 1 Dec 201720:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: The Nutcracker

ROH Live: The Nutcracker

A young girl's enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky's magnificent score.


The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?


Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.


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



Tuesday 5 Dec 201719:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Christmas Concerts

Christmas Concerts

Our two Christmas Concerts constitute the musical highlight of the Michaelmas Term and bring together the best of Abingdon's larger ensembles in a programme which is repeated on consecutive nights. All the senior bands, orchestras and choirs will be singing, including the entire First Year, in music of an often Christmas flavour. Come and join us for a celebration of musical talent at the end of term!

Wednesday 6 Dec 201719:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Thursday 7 Dec 201719:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Let's Dance 2017

Let's Dance 2017

The Kinecroft Academy of Dance are very excited to make their debut appearance at the Amey Theatre for their annual show!

Sunday 10 Dec 201711:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Sunday 10 Dec 201715:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Saturday 16 Dec 201715:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Saturday 16 Dec 201719:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Dinosaurs and Ichthyosaurs of Britain - ASP Christmas Lecture

Dinosaurs and Ichthyosaurs of Britain - ASP Christmas Lecture

With Jurassic World 2 currently set to be released next year palaeontologist and fossil detective Dean Lomax takes us on a journey back to the amazing British finds that sparked the original dinomania in the 1800s. From the 'invention' of dinosaurs to the great granddad of T. rex, he reveals British dinosaur and ichthyosaur discoveries, including recent identification of new species and some incredibly rare finds.


Dean Lomax is an internationally recognised multi-award-winning palaeontologist, science communicator and author. He has travelled the globe and worked on many fascinating projects from excavating dinosaurs in the American West, to describing new species of extinct marine reptiles and winning a gold medal for excellence in science. A visiting scientist at The University of Manchester, Dean is passionate about communicating palaeontology with the public and regularly appears on television, including as series advisor and recurring on-screen expert presenter for ITV’s Dinosaur Britain. He has written two books, numerous scientific papers, and many popular articles. Dean is also the patron of the UK Association of Fossil Hunters (UKAFH).



Wednesday 13 Dec 201719:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

NT Live: Young Marx (Encore) (12A)

NT Live: Young Marx (Encore)

Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.


1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two- year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.


Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.


Please note that this is an Encore Screening of the Live Performance on 07 December 2017.


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

Thursday 11 Jan 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Rigoletto

ROH Live: Rigoletto

David McVicar's acclaimed production of Verdi's potent and tragic opera is conducted by Alexander Joel, with an excellent cast led by Dimitri Platanias, Lucy Corwe and Michael Fabiano.


The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera. Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect...


David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.


Sung in Italian with English surtitles.


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

Tuesday 16 Jan 201819:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

A Matter of Life and Death (H)

A Matter of Life and Death

On the night of 2nd May, 1945, an English airman tells a woman he's never met he loves her before jumping from his burning aircraft to almost certain death. However, in the thick fog above the channel, the angel sent to collect pilot Peter Carter misses him, and Carter finds himself washed up on the shore, alive. But having issued an invoice, the other world must balance its books, so Peter has to take the heavenly authorities to the Universal Court of Appeal to argue for his life.


Inspired by Powell and Pressburger’s ground-breaking 1946 film, this wildly romantic tale was first performed at the National Theatre in 2007 in a breathtaking adaptation by the Kneehigh Theatre Company.

Wednesday 24 Jan 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Thursday 25 Jan 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Friday 26 Jan 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ASPA Burns Night & Ceilidh

ASPA Burns Night & Ceilidh

SOLD OUT - If you would like to be put on the waiting list please contact: aspa@abingdon.org.uk.


The Parent Associations of our respective schools have collaborated and would like to invite you all to join us to celebrate and dance a jig with us on the 27th of January, 2018. This event will be in support of both Abingdon School and St Helen and St Katharine School.

 

The evening begins at 7pm at Lains Barn in Ardington (around 15 minutes from Abingdon) with a hot mulled cider on arrival, we will then be piped into a delicious 4 course dinner accompanied by all the “addresses and toasts” appropriate to the event after which Bowreed will be calling the reels up until midnight.  


Tickets are £60 a head and include: mulled cider on arrival, a four course dinner* and a third bottle of wine per person. There will also be a bar available at the event.


This event is now temporarily closed to new sales as all the tables for this event have been sold.  If you know which table you are sitting on or to sit on a specific table, we are waiting to hear from you. Can you please ring the Box Office on 01235 849063 so that we can arrange the sale of tickets to you.


As soon as we know the total number of tickets sold at these tables we’ll know if we have tickets left for the event. If you want to go on a reserve list, please write to Kerensa at aspa@abingdon.org.uk.


You are welcome to invite friends and adult family members to join you for this event as long as you provide us with the necessary information about them. The completion of the google form on the booking confirmation is essential.


Dress : Formal with a Touch of Tartan - Black Tie for men and cocktail style dresses for women.


*Please look at this attached menu to select which of the 3 menu options you would like for the evening.  

Saturday 27 Jan 201819:00 Book Now ( Lains Barn, Ardington, Wantage)

Concert of the Fitzroy Quartet

Concert of the Fitzroy Quartet

We are delighted to announce the return of the young, award-winning Fitzroy String Quartet.


Following an afternoon chamber music workshop with Abingdon pupils, the quartet will be playing an attractive evening programme of music by Haydn, Bartok and Beethoven. This includes the Beethoven Opus 74, with which the quartet recently won the Beethoven Prize at the International Chamber Music Competition at the Penderecki Centre in Luslawice, Poland.

Wednesday 31 Jan 201819:00 Book Now (Charles Maude Room)

The Sons of Pitches - A Cappella Singing Workshop

The Sons of Pitches - A Cappella Singing Workshop

The Sons of Pitches, the award-winning and reality TV winning a cappella sextet give a one hour singing workshop ahead of their concert at the Amey Theatre on the evening of 3rd February 2018.

Saturday 3 Feb 201814:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

The Sons of Pitches

The Sons of Pitches

The multi award-winning a cappella sextet The Sons of Pitches follow their critically acclaimed SOP TV tour with a concert at the Amey Theatre, supported by the Abingdon Community Choir and hosted by the Arts and Sports Community Interest Company.

Saturday 3 Feb 201819:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Tosca

ROH Live: Tosca

Drama, passion and fabulous music - Puccini's operatic thriller is one of the great opera experiences. Dan Ettinger conducts a star cast led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Joseph Calleja and Gerald Finley.


Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace. Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’.


Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.


Sung in Italian with English surtitles.


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

Wednesday 7 Feb 201819:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Horizon Lectures: Julie Summers (H)

Horizon Lectures: Julie Summers

"Mallory and Irvine’s attempt on the summit of Everest in 1924 is one of the most compelling stories in mountaineering history.  Last seen on the upper slopes and “going strongly for the top”, the mystery surrounding the pair has never been resolved.  While the story behind Mallory’s journey to Everest has been widely told, the remarkable life of Sandy Irvine has often stayed in the shadows.


Author and historian Julie Summers, the great-niece of Sandy Irvine, is well-known for her ability to bring stories from the past to life.  With unique access to Sandy’s letters and photographs Julie explores his life and tells the extraordinary story of how, at the age of only 22, he came to accompany Mallory as they set out for the top of the world."



Tickets are available on the Horizon Lectures website.

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

Step 2 Dance Showcase 2018 (H)

Step 2 Dance Showcase 2018

A fantastic night of dance! Promises to be a fun filled night for all the family.


Tickets can be purchased through the Step 2 Dance website or by emailing info@step2dance.co.uk.

Saturday 10 Feb 201819:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Sunday 11 Feb 201814:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

RSC Live: Twelfth Night

RSC Live: Twelfth Night

'I am all the daughters of my father's house,

And all the brothers too.'


Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...

Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".


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

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

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.


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

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)

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)

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)

NT Live: Julius Caesar (12A)

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.

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

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)

NT Live: Macbeth (12A)

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)

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)