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Much Ado About Nothing

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The Faculty of History

University of Oxford

New Inn Hall Street

Oxford

OX1 2DH

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When arrogant, confirmed bachelor Benedick returns home after his latest adventure, he must face his old sparring partner and rival explorer, the formidable Beatrice. The sparks that fly from their verbal insults catch the eye of the newly betrothed Claudio and Hero who conspire to bring these reluctant lovers together. Meanwhile, more sinister plots are afoot, with the scheming Don John intent upon ruining the merrymaking for all…

Join us on a summer evening in July for Shakespeare’s classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Set in the late Victorian period of exploration and discovery and held in the beautiful surroundings of the History Faculty of the University of Oxford, this promises to be a visually compelling exciting performance. If matinees are more your thing, come along on either of the Saturdays during our run for an afternoon performance. We are very pleased to offer a relaxed performance on 15 July. Not sure what relaxed performance entails? Check out our handy FAQs below.

Featuring a fast paced and accessible script, and following on from our sold-out run of Polly Teale's Brontë, this production is an excellent introduction to theatre in general and, more specifically, to Shakespeare. We promise you a show that is full of wit, cheer and laughs - a perfect way to spend a summer evening in Oxford!


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What if it rains?

We have a wet weather venue near the History Faculty for every performance (with the exception of 13 July) so if a downpour ensues, fear not! We will continue to perform in a light mist/sprinkle but will pause the action and move inside if it becomes a shower. We recommend you bring a rain jacket or waterproof in the event of light rain. If it rains during our perfomance on 13 July and the show has to be stopped/cancelled, we will rebook you onto a future perfomance of your choice.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is heavily restricted in Oxford so we advise you to travel in by bike, bus or on foot if possible. Our venue is a 5 minute walk from the Gloucester Green bus station and adjoining underground parking facility (https://www.oxford.gov.uk/directory_record/339/gloucester_green_car_park/category/53/city_centre_car_parks). There is also on street metered parking at St. Giles, on Beaumont Street and on Broad Street with a flat rate of approximately £3 for parking after 6.30 pm. Make sure to bring change for the meter!

Bike racks are located in front of the History Faculty on George Street and on New Inn Hall Street and St. Michael's Street opposite the entrance to the venue.


What is a Relaxed Performance? Can anyone attend?

Our matinee on Saturday, 15 July will be a relaxed performance. A relaxed performance is just that, relaxed! People with an autistic spectrum condition, with sensory and communication disorders, a learning or physical disability or dementia/Alzheimer's and their families or carers may find a Relaxed Perfomance more enjoyable - traditional theatre etiquette (sit still and stay quiet!) doesn't apply at a Relaxed Performance so audience members can make noise if they need to and are free to leave and re-join the seating area if necessary. Everyone is welcome at our Relaxed Perfomance (the more the merrier!), but it is intended specifically to cater to the needs of the patrons listed above.


Is the venue wheelchair accessible?

Yes it is, though you should be aware that the seating area is mainly grass. If you need additional info about the venue, or for any accommodations to be made for you or a member of you party, just send us an email to hello@thistledowntheatre.com and we'll be happy to help however we can.


Is there a booking fee?

Nope! We absorb the booking fee charged by the ticket provider, Eventbrite, so the ticket price advertised is the price you pay.


What's the refund policy?

We do not offer refunds, however, we may be able to transfer your ticket to a different performance if you find that you are no longer able to attend on the day you have originally booked. Please note, this is subject to availability and rebooking requests must be made at least 36 hours prior to the original performance date booked.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not need to worry about bringing your printed ticket to the event (save the trees!). We are happy to have a look at your ticket/ticket confirmation on your mobile. We can also check you in using just your name and ID.


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes, unless you are using a Pay What You Can Ticket. PWYC tickets must be booked and used by the person attending the performance. If you have booked a PWYC ticket but find you can no longer attend, please contact us by email (hello@thistledowntheatre.com) to let us know and we will either release the ticket to a person of your choosing or put it back in the general pool of tickets for someone else to enjoy. Previously, PWYC tickets have been very popular so if you claim one, please make sure it doesn't go to waste!


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact us via email on hello@thistledowntheatre.com with any questions.

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University of Oxford

New Inn Hall Street

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