Unruly: in conversation with David Mitchell


16 October 2023

16 October 2023
New Theatre Oxford
24-26 George Street

16 October @ 7.30pm

24-26 George Street
Oxford, OX1 2AG
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Unruly: in conversation with David Mitchell about his new book
Unruly: in conversation with David Mitchell about his new book

About Unruly: in conversation with David Mitchell about his new book

Join BAFTA Award-winning actor, writer, and comedian David Mitchell as he discusses his new book, Unruly.

A serious book by a very funny man, Unruly is for anyone who has ever wondered how we got here – and who is to blame.

Think you know the Kings and Queens of England? Think again.

In Unruly, David Mitchell explores how early England’s monarchs, while acting as feared rulers firmly guiding their subjects’ destinies, were, in reality, a bunch of lucky sods who were mostly as silly and weird in real life as they appear to us today in their portraits.

Taking us right back to King Arthur (spoiler: he didn’t exist), David tells the founding story of post-Roman England right up to the reign of Elizabeth I (spoiler alert: she dies). 

It’s a tale of narcissists, inadequate self-control, excessive beheadings, middle-management insurrection, uncivil wars, and at least one total Cnut, as the English evolved from having their crops nicked by the thug with the largest armed gang to bowing and paying taxes to a divinely anointed King.

How this happened, who it happened to and why the hell it matters in twenty-first-century Britain are all questions David answers with brilliance, wit and the full erudition of a man who once studied history – and is damned if he’ll let it off the hook for the mess it’s made of everything.

David Mitchell is a BAFTA Award-winning actor, writer and comedian who has starred in many of the UK’s best-loved shows, including Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look. 

He is a frequent participant on British panel shows, including Would I Lie to You?, QI, Mock the Week, and Have I Got News for You, and is one of the Observer’s most popular columnists. Unruly: A History of England’s Kings and Queens is his first history book.


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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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