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AOS Present: Evita (H)

AOS Present: Evita

The show tells the story of Eva Perón and her love affair with the people of Argentina in the late 1940s. It must have seemed a strange subject to choose to follow up the success of Jesus Christ, Superstar, and when Rice first suggested it to Lloyd Webber, he turned the idea down.


But in 1976, the pair released a concept album called ‘Evita’, with Julie Covington singing the role of Eva and Colm Wilkinson as Che. The first single from the album, ‘Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina’, went to number 1 in the UK charts, and a full staging of the show became inevitable.


Evita opened in the West End in 1978, with Elaine Paige as Evita and David Essex as Che, and ran for over 3,000 performances. The show also ran for 1,500 performances on Broadway. In 1996 it was turned into a movie, with Madonna taking the starring role.


Since then it has toured around the world in professional productions, with very few full amateur societies being given the opportunity to perform it.  Which explains why we had so much interest from our membership when the show was announced.  Now we have a fantastic principal cast in place and we’re all looking forward to working hard at rehearsals and a fabulous show in October 2019.


To book tickets, please visit the AOS website.

Tuesday 22 Oct 201919:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Wednesday 23 Oct 201919:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Thursday 24 Oct 201919:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Friday 25 Oct 201919:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Saturday 26 Oct 201914:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Saturday 26 Oct 201919:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet (Delayed Live)

Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet (Delayed Live)

Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet has been hailed as ‘the single most eagerly awaited dance show for 2019’ by The Daily Telegraph. This passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic story of love and conflict is set in the not too distant future in ‘The Verona Institute’.


Here ‘difficult’ young people are mysteriously confined by a society that seeks to divide and crush their youthful spirit and individuality. Our two young lovers must follow their hear ts as they risk everything to be together. A timeless story of forbidden love, repressed emotions and teenage discovery, filmed live at Sadler’s Wells in London especially for cinemas.


Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, the UK’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company, with direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra conducted by Brett Morris.


Filmed Live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London in 2019.

Tuesday 29 Oct 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Senior Solo Instrumental Competition (H)

Senior Solo Instrumental Competition

Come and hear our most advanced solo instrumentalists perform in front of an invited adjudicator in competition for the coveted senior solo cup. Our adjudicator is Peter Foster, Director of Music at Oxford High School.

Thursday 31 Oct 201918:00 Book Now (Charles Maude Room)

NT Live: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (12A)

NT Live: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

'The course of true love never did run smooth.’


A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences.


Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy will be captured live from the Bridge Theatre in London. Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing, NT Live: Young Marx), David Moorst (NT Live: Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Barber Shop Chronicles) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom.


Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.


Filmed live in front of an audience.


For more information about the performance, please visit the NT Live website.


Thursday 31 Oct 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Welcome to our World (H)

Welcome to our World

A dance showcase to include Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Street, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Breakdance, Commercial & Singing.


Please book your tickets here.

Sunday 3 Nov 201910:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Sunday 3 Nov 201915:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III (12A)

ROH Live: Concerto / Enigma Variations / Raymonda Act III

From The Royal Ballet’s classical origins in the works of Marius Petipa, to the home-grown choreographers who put British ballet on the world stage, this mixed programme highlights the versatility of the Company.


Petipa’s Raymonda Act III is Russian classical ballet summarized in one act, full of sparkle and precise technique, while Ashton’s Enigma Variations is quintessentially British in every way – from its score by Elgar and period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, to Ashton’s signature style, the essence of British ballet. Concerto, MacMillan’s fusion of classical technique with a contemporary mind, completes a programme that shows the breadth of The Royal Ballet’s heritage.


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

Tuesday 5 Nov 201919:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Solo Concert Platform No 2 (H)

Solo Concert Platform No 2

Ths concert provides the second opportunity of the term to hear some of Abingdon's finest solo musicians. Come and join us!

Wednesday 6 Nov 201918:00 Book Now (Charles Maude Room)

Chapel Choir sings Evensong at Merton College, Oxford (H)

Chapel Choir sings Evensong at Merton College, Oxford

Abingdon's Chapel Choir joins with the Chapel Choir of Merton College, Oxford for what promises to be an exciting and moving choral experience.

Thursday 7 Nov 201918:15 Book Now (Merton College, Oxford)

NT Live: Hansard (12A)

NT Live: Hansard

Hansard; noun

The official report of all parliamentary debates.


See two-time Olivier Award winners, Lindsay Duncan (Birdman, About Time) and Alex Jennings (The Lady in the Van, The Queen), in this brand-new play by Simon Wood, broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.


It’s a summer’s morning in 1988 and Tory politician Robin Hesketh has returned home to the idyllic Cotswold house he shares with his wife of 30 years, Diana. But all is not as blissful as it seems. Diana has a stinking hangover, a fox is destroying the garden, and secrets are being dug up all over the place. As the day draws on, what starts as gentle ribbing and the familiar rhythms of marital scrapping quickly turns to blood-sport.


Don’t miss this witty and devastating portrait of the governing class, directed by Simon Godwin (NT Live: Antony & Cleopatra, Twelfth Night) and part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday season.


For more information about the performance, please visit the NT Live website.


Thursday 7 Nov 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Music Society Quiz Night & Family Supper 2019

Music Society Quiz Night & Family Supper 2019

The whole family is invited to a fun and sociable Quiz Night and Spanish inspired 3 course meal. It's a great opportunity for parents and the boys to socialise whilst enjoying a relaxed evening to end a busy week; a cash bar will be available.


Menu

Entrantes: Spanish Cheese and Charcuterie Board

 

Segundos: Slow Cooked Ox-Cheek Mediterranean Stew

Or

Vegan Spanish Bean and Paprika Stew

Chargrilled Polenta Cake and Catalan Green Bean Warm Salad


Postres: Crema Catalan


The School Music Society is organising the evening, but don't worry you need not be a music scholar to join in! Questions will be far ranging from the downright silly to the more erudite, and there may even be the odd musical one! We have a star Quiz Master – Headmaster Michael Windsor, so please book now.


Quiz teams are in tables of 8, but no problem if you are a smaller group; join up with another on the night and make new friends!


Tickets are £15 for adults and £12 for children/school students. Big Reductions for family groups.

Friday 8 Nov 201919:00 Book Now (Charles Maude Room)

FASBC Quiz & Curry Night 2019

FASBC Quiz & Curry Night 2019

The Friends of Abingdon School Boat Club invite you to join them for their annual Quiz and Curry Night in the Abingdon School Dining Hall on Saturday 9 November - Arrive at 7pm, Quiz starts at 7.30pm.  


Tickets cost £17.50 for adults and £15 for students, and include a delicious curry supper. Drinks will be available to purchase.


This is a fun evening to test your general knowledge, seeing if anyone can beat the coaches – the habitual winners! All age groups and guests are welcome. You do not need to make up a team; we will put you together with other parents in your son’s year group. Boys tend to make up one team per year group.  


If you already have a team, just email fasbc@abingdon.org.uk and let us know the team name and members. We very much look forward to welcoming you.


Saturday 9 Nov 201919:00 Book Now (Dining Hall)

Let's Dance 2019 - 3 Is a Magic Number!

Let's Dance 2019 - 3 Is a Magic Number!

The Kinecroft Academy of Dance presents their annual dance show. A medley of ballet, tap, modern, contemporary and musical theatre dances for all the family to enjoy!

Sunday 10 Nov 201913:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Sunday 10 Nov 201917:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Saturday 16 Nov 201915:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Saturday 16 Nov 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Top Dog Film Festival (H)

Top Dog Film Festival

From the producers of the Banff Film Festival tour in the UK comes a collection of heartwarming short films about dogs and their people.


The Top Dog Film Festival presents a cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people. This carefully curated program of canine-themed films is comprised of the most inspirational and entertaining stories about dogs and their human companions, from independent films makers around the globe.


To book tickets and to find out more, please visit the Top Dog Film Festival website.

Tuesday 12 Nov 201919:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Joint Choral Society Concert - Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass

Joint Choral Society Concert - Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass

Our annual choral concert of the Joint Schools Choral Society brings together pupils and parents from Abingdon and SHSK, both singers and instrumentalists, for a performance of Gjeillo's beautiful Sunrise Mass under the direction of Chapel Choir Director, Adam Treadaway. An event no to be missed!

Sunday 17 Nov 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

42nd Street - The Musical

42nd Street - The Musical

42nd Street, the legendary Broadway musical theatre classic, is a ‘glorious’ (Express) and ‘utterly moreish extravaganza of glitz’ (Times).


Telling the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway, this is the largest ever staging of the Tony® Award-winning musical and it was filmed live at the magnificent Theatre Royal in the heart of London’s West End.


Starring national treasure Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock and featuring iconic songs 42nd Street, We’re In The Money and Lullaby Of Broadway, this is pure musical magic on the big screen.


Filmed live at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.

Tuesday 19 Nov 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Music Society Cello Masterclass with Robert Max (H)

Music Society Cello Masterclass with Robert Max

We are delighted to welcome back international cellist, conductor and teacher, Robert Max, who will work with six to eight of our senior cellists in front of a supportive audience.

Wednesday 20 Nov 201918:00 Book Now (Charles Maude Room)

Fuchs - Treachery & Pursuit of the Most Dangerous Spy in History

Fuchs - Treachery & Pursuit of the Most Dangerous Spy in History

Klaus Fuchs, once described as the most dangerous spy ‘in the history of nations’, lived in Abingdon whilst passing top secret information about Britain’s atomic and nuclear research to his Soviet Russian contacts. A refugee from Hitler’s Germany, Fuchs was a theoretical physicist who played a significant role in the development of the atomic bomb. After the war, as Head of the Theoretical Physics Division at Harwell, Fuchs worked on Britain’s nuclear programme. It was later discovered that both during and after the war he was keeping the Soviets abreast of every development.


Frank Close, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford, who was himself once Head of Theoretical Physics at Harwell's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, will be talking about his biography of Fuchs, 'Trinity – The Treachery and Pursuit of the Most Dangerous Spy in History', which was published by Allan Lane on 1 August this year. Professor Close is an excellent communicator who will not only tell a good story but can make the science comprehensible. This biography of Fuchs is likely to be the most detailed biography of the spy for years to come. Since Professor Close consulted the Fuchs' files in the National Archives a number of them have been withdrawn.


Admission is free. Please book your free ticket to this event.

Wednesday 20 Nov 201919:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

RSC Live: Timon of Athens (Delayed Live)

RSC Live: Timon of Athens (Delayed Live)

In a world driven by greed, what do we truly value? Timon has it all – money, influence, friends. But when the money runs out, Timon soon finds her influence and friends have also gone. Left alone, she flees Athens to take refuge in the woods, cursing the city she once loved.


Featuring a “searing central performance” (Guardian) from award-winning actor, Kathryn Hunter, Timon of Athens is a glittering and biting satire on whether money truly buys happiness.


This production was filmed in front of a live audience.


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

Tuesday 3 Dec 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Christmas Concerts (1 & 2)

Christmas Concerts (1 & 2)

The Christmas Concerts are highlights of the Michaelmas Term Music Calendar and present the school's senior orchestras and bands in concert alongside the complete 1st year choir. The concert is given twice with a day's gap in order to accommodate everyone - you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment!

Wednesday 4 Dec 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Friday 6 Dec 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Coppélia (12A)

ROH Live: Coppélia

A classic returns to The Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny Coppélia – a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls. The intricate choreography is set to Delibes’ delightful score and shows off the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company. Osbert Lancaster’s designs bring a colourful storybook world to life in this Christmas treat for the whole family.


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

Tuesday 10 Dec 201919:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Thames Vale Youth Orchestra Concert - McCunn, Copland & Bizet (H)

Thames Vale Youth Orchestra Concert - McCunn, Copland & Bizet

Made up of talented musicians from the Oxfordshire and Berkshire

region, both maintained and independent schools, the Thames Vale Youth Orchestra presents it's regular winter concert - McCunn's Land of the Mountain and the Flood, Copland's Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo and Bizet's colourful Suite from Carmen. Conducted by Abingdon's Director of Music, this should be a most enjoyable programme of music.

Wednesday 11 Dec 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

NT Live: Present Laughter (12A)

NT Live: Present Laughter

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.

As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.


Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.


Filmed live in front of an audience.


For more information about the performance, please visit the NT Live website.

Thursday 12 Dec 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: The Nutcracker (Recorded 2016) (U)

ROH Live: The Nutcracker (Recorded 2016)

The Royal Ballet's glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite.


It is Christmas Eve and Herr Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure in which time is suspended, the family living-room becomes a great battlefield, and a magical journey takes them through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets.


Tchaikovsky's glittering score, the gorgeous festive stage designs, and The Royal Ballet's captivating dancing including an exquisite pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince, make this Nutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience.


Recorded Live at the Royal Opera House on Thursday 8 December 2016


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

Tuesday 17 Dec 201919:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

André Rieu: 70 Years Young

André Rieu: 70 Years Young

André Rieu is celebrating a landmark birthday and is inviting cinema audiences all over the world to his party!


70 Years Young is André Rieu’s ultimate concert featuring musical highlights chosen by the maestro himself from his illustrious career so far. This unique commemorative celebration will take you on an unbelievable journey around the world to André Rieu’s most amazing concert locations, including Schönbrunn Vienna, Radio City Music Hall New York and the Coronation Concert in Amsterdam.


As part of the celebration, André Rieu reminisces with cinema host Charlotte Hawkins about his life, love and music, while taking his cinema audience on an exclusive tour of his home in Maastricht.


Bring your friends and kick off the New Year together in style, in the comfort of the cinema, with the most wonderful music from the birthday boy – the King of Waltz! Hip hip hooray!

Saturday 4 Jan 202019:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: The Sleeping Beauty

ROH Live: The Sleeping Beauty

This production of The Sleeping Beauty has been delighting audiences in Covent Garden since 1946. A classic of Russian ballet, it established The Royal Ballet both in its new home after World War II and as a world-class company. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original staging was revived, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage.


Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography beautifully combine with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. This ballet is sure to cast its spell overanyone who sees it.


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

Thursday 16 Jan 202019:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: La Bohème (2020) (12A)

ROH Live: La Bohème (2020)

Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, including lyrical arias,celebratory choruses for Act II’s evocation of Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter and a poignant final scene over which the composer himself wept.


Richard Jones’s character-led production perfectly captures La Bohème’s mixture of comedy, romance and tragedy, with striking designs by Stewart Laing. The cast features some of the greatest interpreters of Puccini’s bohemian lovers performing today, as well as former members of

The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.


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

Sunday 2 Feb 202014:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: The Cellist / Dances At A Gathering (12A)

ROH Live: The Cellist / Dances At A Gathering

Cathy Marston has previously been an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and is much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. Jerome Robbins’s elegant and elegiac classic forms the second part of the programme. This exercise in pure dance for five couples, set to music by Chopin, is a masterpiece of subtlety and invention.


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

Tuesday 25 Feb 202019:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Fidelio (12A)

ROH Live: Fidelio

Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime.


The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.


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

Tuesday 17 Mar 202019:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Swan Lake (2020) (12A)

ROH Live: Swan Lake (2020)

Liam Scarlett’s glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival. While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet.


The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of doomed love, a masterpiece filled with iconic moments. Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet soars with its symphonic sweep and combines perfectly with exquisite choreography from the grand pas de deux of Prince Siegfried and Odile to the swans at the lakeside. An intoxicating mix of spectacle and intimate passion, the overall effect is irresistible.


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

Wednesday 1 Apr 202019:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci (12A)

ROH Live: Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci

Two opera classics are drawn together in this wonderfully observed re-creation of life in a south Italian village as a travelling theatre visits and emotions erupt. The award-winning production by Damiano Michieletto presents vividly the fast-moving, shocking events brought about by secret love and uncontrollable jealousy.


The music is full of Italianate melody in the great choruses that bring the villagers together in celebration and revelry, alongside the solo arias and tense confrontations that provoke violence and tragedy. With thrilling singing and intense drama, ‘Cav and Pag’ distils into one wonderful night out, the enduring appeal of Italian opera in its most familiar form.


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

Tuesday 21 Apr 202019:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: The Dante Project (12A)

ROH Live: The Dante Project

Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of light. The poem was inspired by the agony of Dante’s own exile, and traces his path from crisis to revelation guided by his literary hero Virgil and his lost love Beatrice. In this new work, The Royal Ballet’s trailblazing Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor collaborates with an award-winning team – contemporary composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed – to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.


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

Thursday 28 May 202019:15 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

ROH Live: Elektra (12A)

ROH Live: Elektra

Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy receives a new staging by the award-winning director Christof Loy. This uncompromising opera, about a daughter intent on bloody revenge and a mother driven to madness, has provoked critics to lively debate and both shocked and excited audiences since its 1909 premiere.


Antonio Pappano conducts music that combines violence with moments of exquisite tenderness in his first Strauss interpretation for The Royal Opera since 2002. The outstanding cast includes Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde in last Season's Der Ring des Nibelungen) in the title role, and Karita Mattila in her role debut as the haunted queen Klytämnestra.


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

Thursday 18 Jun 202019:45 Book Now (Amey Theatre)