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The Pretenders

02 March 2024 @ 7.30pm

24-26 George Street
Oxford,OX1 2AG
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About The Pretenders

The 2024 theatre tour arrives in the wake of The Pretenders’ new album, Relentless, their highest-charting record in 23 years and 14th UK Top 40 release.

The new songs have been met with high critical praise, described by MOJO as “persistently brilliant songwriting … surely how Chrissie Hynde always wanted The Pretenders to sound’. 

The Observer heard “inspiring longevity”, the Record Collector applauded “the best Pretenders album in 20 years” in a five-star review, and Uncut Magazine labelled the album “the new prime of Chrissie Hynde”. 

Elsewhere, The Times proclaimed, “This is The Pretenders at their rocking best”, and the i Newspaper praised “a statement of intent”, whilst The Telegraph confirmed, “Relentless might just be one of the most thrilling things you’ll hear all year”.

2023 has seen The Pretenders emphatically fulfil their non-stop touring schedule – the past year alone has seen the band perform over 60 gigs across the UK, US and Europe.

The raw power of The Pretenders’ current live show has gripped audiences since the band began debuting new music at gigs early this year. Performing at London’s 600-capacity Lafayette for ‘Independent Venue Week’ in February, The Guardian found The Pretenders “as sharp as ever, with new songs stealing the limelight from classic hits”.

The band launched the Relentless album headlining Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival, kicking off a UK club tour treating fans to unreleased new songs and scatterings of surprise hits, tipped as “on such brilliant form” by The Independent.

Their surprise performance at Glastonbury, featuring special guests Johnny Marr and Dave Grohl, was received as a highlight of the entire festival weekend. The Telegraph described “a thrilling, rocking, melodious, attitude-packed surprise set, at the Park Stage”, MOJO found “a thing of wonder”, and the Metro reported, “The Pretenders left fans well and truly in awe”.

Joining Guns N’ Roses at London’s BST Hyde Park mid-way through a European arena tour, both bands then set out across the US for huge outdoor shows through August and September, where Chrissie Hynde joined Guns N’ Roses on stage singing and playing harmonica for a surprise performance of ‘Bad Obsession’ at Boston’s Fenway Park.

A spectacular UK homecoming at BBC Radio 2 In The Park in front of 35,000 fans in Victoria Park, Leicester, delighted fans before the band returned to the US for the Ohana Festival and sold-out club shows across the West Coast.

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Dates & times:
Doors open at 7.00pm

Age guidance:
Under 14s to be accompanied by an adult.

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.

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