Jeremy Irons to Attend Oxford Playhouse’s 80th Birthday Show

UPCOMING EVENT – Sunday 21 October 2018

[Text via Oxford Times ]

A galaxy of stars from the entertainment world are set to attend Oxford Playhouse’s 80th anniversary celebration in October.

The celebrity line up is due to include David Tennant, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jeremy Irons, who will perform in a revue covering the last 80 years and the story of the venue itself – from its pre-Second World War origins to the present day.

Many of the stars – who also include Sinéad Cusack, Jane Asher, Christopher Biggins, Katy Brand, Patricia Hodge and Freddie Jones – have previously performed at the Beaumont Street venue, which turns 80 on Sunday, October 21.

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All proceeds from the black tie occasion, featuring singing, dancing, acting and comedy, will go to the Playhouse Trust.

Playhouse chief executive and director Louise Chantal said: “Under the able direction of film producer Victor Glynn, the evening will include iconic comedy scenes, more than enough music and a few too many ‘reinterpretations’ of the most famous productions to have graced the playhouse stage.”

Director Mr Glynn said the show already had a ‘brilliant’ group of performers lined up and said he hoped to announce even more star names nearer the time.

He added: “The Playhouse has hosted some extraordinary events over its 80-year history and I feel sure this is going to rank among the most memorable.”

An after-party, hosted by the Macdonald Randolph hotel, will take place following the two hour gala.

Tickets – which cost £90, or £180 with after-party entry and unlimited champagne – can be booked at oxfordplayhouse.com or by calling 01865 305 305.

The theatre is marking its 80th year with a bumper season of shows and events, headlined by four co-productions of major national tours and free tickets for anyone born in 1938.

Last month Michael Palin discussed his memories of the venue, before Oxford-born Ms Mbatha-Raw declared she was ‘honoured’ and ‘privileged’ to join Mr Palin as a theatre patron.

The theatre are collecting memories about the Playhouse from audience members, who are asked to send their anecdotes to OP80@oxfordplayhouse.com

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