About ABC Live at New Theatre Oxford
To celebrate 40 years since the release of their lauded and timeless debut album, The Lexicon of Love, ABC have announced they will perform the iconic album live in its entirety across 10 dates in June 2022, including a pit stop back to where it all began.
Sheffield’s finest ABC will return live to their hometown, the steel city, for a very special anniversary show, which will mark exactly 40 years to the day since the album was released on the 21st June 1982. The tour will also see their return to Royal Albert Hall, where their first orchestrated show won the hearts of critics and fans alike.
Martin Fry’s masterpiece The Lexicon Of Love went straight to number one upon release. Fusing dance floor finesse with a post-punk attitude, the album spawned timeless tracks such as Poison Arrow, The Look Of Love, Tears Are Not Enough and All Of My Heart. The album saw ABC enchant the world with their own unique brand of pop and remains one of the best albums of all time.
ABC, fronted by Martin Fry, were formed in Sheffield in the 1980s when they decided they wanted to fuse the world of disco funk with their own unique post-punk vision. ABC’s debut album, The Lexicon Of Love (‘82), went to No 1 and sold over a million records.
To date, ABC have released 9 studio albums: The Lexicon Of Love (’82), Beauty Stab (’83), How To Be A Zillionaire (’85), Alphabet City (’87), Up (’89), Abracadabra (’91), Skyscraping (’97) and Traffic (’08). A mere 36 years since the release of their landmark debut album, ABC returned with their resounding triumph, The Lexicon Of Love II, which immediately entered into the Top 5.
Doors open: 7.00pm
What the critics say
★★★★★ “Lavish, intricate, spirited and funky” —The Daily Telegraph
★★★★ “His baritone is as suave as his three-piece suit…. He [Martin Fry] still has a mean falsetto, still finishes each line with that debonair flourish” —The Times
★★★★ “The Glossy pop-funk still sounds not just remarkably fresh, but remarkably consistent” —The Guardian
About New Theatre Oxford
There has been a theatre on George Street for almost 170 years. The first theatre was built in 1836, and a second in 1886. In 1934, the third New Theatre opened.
The theatre has been owned by several different companies and undergone several name changes. It is now owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group and hosts everything from ballet and opera to musicals.
On performance days, the Box Office opens at noon and closes 15 minutes after the show starts. If there is a performance on a Sunday or Bank Holiday, Box Office will open 2 hours before the show begins and close 15 minutes after the show starts.
There is a large air-conditioned bar with seating located below the Stalls Foyer, two further bars in the Circle Foyer and an additional one at the back of the balcony. All stocked with an array of drinks and snacks.
There is a cloakroom located in the stalls bar. If this is closed, please speak to a member of staff. £1 per item. It is free to ATG Theatre Card members.