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Oxford Shakespeare Festival FAQs
Oxford Shakespeare Festiv...

Frequently asked questions...

What time should I arrive?

The theatre is open from 7.00pm with the performances starting at 7.30pm.

Is there a meeting point?

There isn’t a specific meeting point, just come directly to the castleyard.

How much seating will there be? Can I bring my own seat?

Each performance has 180 seats that we provide. Bringing your own chairs is not permitted.

Seating is also all non-reserved, so you may sit anywhere you choose.

What happens if it rains?

There is a backup location at a local church, so come to the castleyard as normal and from there, you will be redirected.

If there are a small number of guests, the performance will be moved inside and performed in our Key Learning Centre, located next to the Castleyard Cafe.

We would advise checking the weather beforehand and bringing any appropriate clothing with you (coat, umbrella, blanket etc).

If we buy a picnic pack, where do we pick it up from?

Collect your picnic pack from the The Castleyard Cafe, before the performance begins. We would advise 7.00pm at the earliest.

You can see our picnic pack options here.

How long will the whole evening last?

It varies from performance to performance. Usually, the play will finish at 10.00pm, but sometimes they can overrun.

Are there any breaks during the performances?

Yes, there is a 30-minute interval in the middle of each performance.

Can we bring our own food and drink with us?

Yes, but no alcohol or glass. Glass is prohibited and if you are found to have it on you, we will confiscate it and return it to you at the end of the performance.

If you would like alcohol during your performance, we do sell alcohol from our cafe during The Oxford Shakespeare Festival.

Will there be any spare tickets sold on the door?

Yes, there will be a limited number of tickets available on the door. These will be sold on a first come first serve basis.

For any other questions, please don’t hesitate to call the attraction on 01865 260666 or alternatively you can call our Bookings Team on 01904 261262.