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Every Brilliant Thing

Every Brilliant Thing

'Heart-wrenching, hilarious...one of the funniest plays you'll ever see about depression - and possibly one of the funniest plays you'll ever see, full stop'...so wrote The Guardian's reviewer when Duncan Macmillan and (OA) Jonny Donahoe's play Every Brilliant Thing premiered in 2015. Come and judge for yourself - and be prepared to join in!

Thursday 28 Nov 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Friday 29 Nov 201919:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Pre-election Hustings for Oxford West and Abingdon (H)

Pre-election Hustings for Oxford West and Abingdon

Come along and meet the candidates standing for election in December 2019 and find out about their policies and local priorities.


If you would like to put a question to the candidates, please email to the CiA Administrator at cia35abingdon@aol.co.uk by 28 November 2019.


Please keep your questions as succinct as possible. A selection of questions will be chosen from all those submitted to cover as many topics as possible.


All are welcome and entrance is free but there will be a collection at the end of the evening to help towards the evening’s costs. No booking is necessary.


Some parking is available in the school car park. Park Road and Park Crescent are private roads and clamping operates 24 hours.


These pre-election hustings are being organised by the Church in Abingdon in collaboration with the Abingdon-on-Thames Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of the local community in Abingdon (as was done in 2005, 2010, 2015 & 2017).


For more information about the Church in Abingdon, go to www.church-in-abingdon.org.uk. For more information about the Chamber of Commerce go to www.abingdonchamber.co.uk.

Monday 2 Dec 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 Concert

Christmas Concert

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)

Joint AFA / AFU Screening of New Films

Joint AFA / AFU Screening of New Films

Abingdon's new Film Academy proudly presents its first collection of new films in partnership with its sister organisation, the Abingdon Film Unit.


Created in 2018, the AFA has been developed to offer filmmaking opportunities to students at Abingdon's partner schools. This year, five new films have been made by 10 Film Academy students from Larkmead and Fitzharrys Schools. These will be presented alongside five AFU films completed in 2019.


Do join us for what promises to be a joyous and memorable occasion.


Tickets and refreshments are free. To give us an indication of numbers attending, please book a ticket through our Box Office.

Monday 9 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 2019 Christmas Concert (H)

Thames Vale Youth Orchestra 2019 Christmas Concert

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)

Jack Lester Christmas Special

Jack Lester Christmas Special

Join us for a Christmas Special with local musician Jack Lester in what promises to be a fun filled festive evening in the Amey Theatre.


Expect original songs, covers, Christmas Singalongs and some very special guests.


Support comes from Danny Mellin, a young singer songwriter from Oxfordshire.


Danny will perform from 19:30 with Jack's Act beginning at 20:30.


All proceeds from this show will be donated to Barnado's Children's Charity.

Thursday 19 Dec 201919:30 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)

Lower School Burns Night Event

Lower School Burns Night Event

You are cordially invited to book your tickets for the Lower School Burns Night event!


Date: Saturday 25th January 2020


Timings:


7.30pm Welcome drink in the Charles Maude Room

8pm Piped through to the Dining Room for dinner

8.30pm Haggis piped in and toasts

10.30pm Bar Closes

11pm Carriages (any help to tidy up/put dining tables back at the end of the evening will be VERY gratefully received!)


Ticket price: £35 per person. This includes a glass of fizz on arrival and a three-course meal followed by coffee/tea and petit fours. A CASH bar will be available on the night for wine, beer and soft drinks


Dress code: Smart with a splash of tartan!


Menu: here.


Ticket sales will close on the morning of Monday 20th January 2020 after which time no refunds can be made.


Please complete the Google form which will appear following ticket payment. If you wish to sit with friends then please state name(s) on the booking form (maximum 8 per table).


Please do not worry if you don’t have a table organised or would prefer to meet new people as we can arrange tables. We will aim to seat you with others from your year group.

Saturday 25 Jan 202019:30 Book Now (Charles Maude Room)

Abingdon & St Helen's Present: King Charles III (12A)

Abingdon & St Helen's Present: King Charles III

Queen Elizabeth II is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, her son ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule?


OA Mike Bartlett's controversial 'future history play', drawing on the style and structure of a Shakespearean history play, explores the people beneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain's most famous family. Never has there been a more pertinent time in society to stage a play like this.

Wednesday 29 Jan 202019:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Thursday 30 Jan 202019:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)
Friday 31 Jan 202019:00 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)

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2020 (H)

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2020

Embark on a thrilling night of adventure with a brand-new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival!


The Banff Mountain Film Festival joins the world’s best adventure film-makers and explorers as they push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe. Witness epic human-powered feats, life-affirming challenges and mind-blowing cinematography – all on the big screen!


An adrenaline-fuelled, not-to-be missed event with free prize giveaways that is guaranteed to ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel.



Tickets can be booked here.


See www.banff-uk.com for more details. This event is a screening of the blue film programme.


Photo Credit: Ben Tibbetts

Wednesday 5 Feb 202019:30 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Kinky Boots (TBC)

Kinky Boots

Kinky Boots The Musical, filmed live at London’s Adelphi Theatre, is strutting onto the big screen!


Charlie is a factory owner struggling to save his family business, and Lola is a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting idea. With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, this unexpected pair learn to embrace their differences and create a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen!


Filmed live at the Adelphi Theatre, London.

Tuesday 11 Feb 202019:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

NT Live: Cyrano de Bergerac (15)

NT Live: Cyrano de Bergerac

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London.


Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all - if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano - or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?


Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal). This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.


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


Thursday 20 Feb 202019:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

Martin Speake International Jazz Quartet Concert

Martin Speake International Jazz Quartet Concert

We are delighted to welcome the renowned Martin Speake Jazz Quartet, featuring some international jazz stars from different continents who are currently on a UK tour. Speake (sax) and Gourlay (bass) from UK are joined by musicians Iverson (piano) and Jorge Rossy (drums) from USA.

Monday 24 Feb 202020:00 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)

NT Live: The Welkin (15)

NT Live: The Welkin

One life in the hands of 12 women.


Rural Suffolk in England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, a young woman is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder.


When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose. With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.


James Macdonald (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) directs Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything, Funny Cow) and Ria Zmitrowicz (Three Girls, Mr. Selfridge) in this bold and gripping thriller from Tony Award-nominated writer Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica, Skins). Broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.


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


Thursday 21 May 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)

RSC Live: The Winter's Tale

RSC Live: The Winter's Tale

Set across a 16-year span from Mad Mento the moon landings, this new production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale imagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with horrors of The Handmaid’s Tale, before washing up on a joyful seashore.


King Leontes rips his family apart with his jealousy but grief opens his heart. Will he find the child he abandoned before it is too late?


A moving new production directed by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman.


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

Wednesday 10 Jun 202019:00 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)

RSC Live: The Comedy of Errors (Delayed Live)

RSC Live: The Comedy of Errors (Delayed Live)

“So I to find a mother and a brother In quest of them, unhappy, lose myself”.


How do any of us really know who we are? A man arrives in a strange town only to find that everyone knows his name, but thinks he’s someone else. A woman wonders why her husband is not the man he was, but starts to rather like it. Confusion mounts as everyone uncouples from themselves. Will they ever find themselves again? And do they really want to?


Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, a fairytale farce of everyday miracles, mistaken identity and double vision, is directed by comedy master Phillip Breen (The Provoked Wife 2019, The Hypocrite 2017, The Merry Wives of Windsor 2012). Miles Jupp will make his RSC debut as Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors.


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

Wednesday 5 Aug 202019:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)

RSC Live: Pericles

RSC Live: Pericles

Forced to flee his native land, Pericles becomes a refugee at the mercy of sea and strangers. Scarred by the heart-breaking loss of family and home, he submits to the rhythms of the ocean in the hope of a miracle.


Located in a familiar world of precarious journeys and treacherous alliances, this is Shakespeare’s touching and hopeful tale of loss and reconciliation. Director Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC after her acclaimed Titus Andronicus (2017) and The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).


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

Wednesday 23 Sep 202019:00 Book Now (Amey Theatre)