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The Circle

06 February to 10 February

Beaumont Street
Oxford, OX1 2LW United Kingdom
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01865 305305
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About The Circle

Will history come full circle? Or can one generation learn from their parents’ mistakes?

Jane Asher (Alfie, Deep End) plays Lady Kitty, a society beauty who notoriously abandoned her stuffy husband Clive (Clive Francis, The Crown), and eloped with the handsome Lord Porteous (Nicholas Le Prevost, Shakespeare in Love, Testament of Youth).

Thirty years later, love’s young dream has descended into non-stop squabbling…

Meanwhile Clive and Lady Kitty’s son Arnold (Pete Ashmore, The Lovely Bones) faces the same marital fate, as his wife Elizabeth (Olivia Vinall) threatens to elope with the dashing Teddie Luton (Chirag Benedict Lobo).

Somerset Maugham’s sparky comedy of manners was first staged in 1921 and has remained a firm favourite with audiences ever since. Maugham was among the most successful novelists and playwrights of the inter-war years. Many of his novels, including The Painted Veil, Theatre, Up At The Villa and Of Human Bondage have been adapted for the screen.

By Somerset Maugham
Starring Jane Asher, Clive Francis and Nicholas Le Prevost
Directed by Tom Littler


★★★★★ “An exceptional cast. Thrilling to watch. A comic treat.”


Tom Littler’s deft production of Maugham’s play is consistently candid and surprising. Strongly acted.




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Booking information

Age guidance: 14+

Dates & times:
Tuesday 06 February at 7.30pm
Wednesday 07 February at 2.30pm and 7.30pm (Captioned)
Thursday 08 February at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Friday 09 February at 8.00pm
Saturday 10 February at 2.30pm (Audio Described, with Touch Tour at 1.00pm) and 7.30pm

About Oxford Playhouse

Oxford Playhouse and its Burton Taylor Studio present and produce several live performances and feature a rich array of British and international dramas, family entertainment, contemporary dance and music, student and amateur shows, comedy, lectures and poetry.

The Playhouse not only produces and tours its own theatrical productions, but it also fosters creativity through its Artists in Residence program and the Playhouse Plays Out series, which brings unique events to various locations across the county.

The theatre’s Participation Team engages over 15,000 individuals annually, offering an extensive range of activities, including post-show discussions, workshops, work experience opportunities, holiday programs, a youth theatre, and a company for young performers.

Oxford Playhouse stands dedicated to its mission of being a Playhouse for all, striving to ignite inspiration and bring about transformative experiences through its commitment to creativity on its stages, within its community and online.

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