New Theatre Oxford is the main commercial theatre in Oxford, England and has a capacity of 1,785 people. It is located on George Street, in the centre of the city, and puts on a wide variety of shows, from musical theatre to stand-up comedy and concerts.
There has been a theatre on the corner of George Street for almost 170 years.
The first theatre built in 1836 was known commonly as the ‘Vic’, and later as the ‘Theatre Royale’ after the company that played there, but that became quite rundown by 1880.
In February 1886 the Oxford University Dramatic Society opened the second New Theatre with a 1000-seat capacity. The second New Theatre was damaged by fire in 1892 and altered in 1908 when the seating capacity was increased to 1,200.
In 1908 the Dorrill family took over the New Theatre and ran the venue for the next sixty-four years. In 1933 they commisioned a new building and the third New Theatre opened in February 1934 with a wonderful revolving stage (mechanism extant) and increased capacity of 2,000 (1,710 seated).
In more recent years the theatre has been owned by provincial theatre chain Howard and Wyndham (1972); Apollo Leisure (1977); SFX (1999); Clear Channel (2001); and Live Nation(2003).
Since 2009 the theatre has been owned by The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) who are the biggest theatre owners in the country with 40 theatres across the UK.
Getting to New Theatre Oxford
By Car: The postcode for SatNavs is OX1 2AG. Parking in central Oxford is limited so visitors are advised to use the park & ride facilities when possible. For more information on parking please visit the Oxford City Council website or the Park and Ride website.
For visitors arriving by train, the station is only a ten minute walk from the theatre. For train times and more information please visit National Rail Enquiries.
There is level access to the Box Office and main foyer on George Street. Doors can be operated automatically by a push button. There are four wheelchair positions located at the rear of the Stalls, with room for one companion to sit alongside. This area can be accessed by our wheelchair lift. Wheelchairs that are not needed during the show will be stored safely by the front of house staff.
There is an infrared sound amplification system. To access this system, please request receiving equipment from the Box Office on the day of the show.
Induction Loop Necklace
Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid. Whilst wearing the necklace, switch your hearing aid to the T setting.
Amplifies sound through ear-pieces similar to regular headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid. There is also a hearing loop system. There are occasional signed and audio described performances. For a list of dates and shows please call the access line.
Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre. If you wish to bring your guide dog, please advise the Box Office when booking your tickets so that we can organise a member of staff to take care of your dog.
Good to know
Some shows include special effects, e.g. strobe lighting, smoke, pyrotechnics and loud bangs.
Accessible toilets are located in the main foyer and front right-hand stalls.