Priscilla Queen of the Desert photo credit Darren Bell

We are so excited to report that after 525 days of darkness, the New Theatre Oxford will reopen its doors from Monday 23 August! 

The theatre will open with Priscilla Queen of the Desert (August 23 – 28), which is the first show to grace the stage at the George Street venue since is closed in mid-March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

And to celebrate its return it’s new line-up boast some pop the top acts and shows in the world including Bat Out of HellPaul WellerChris RamseyJersey Boys, the stars of Strictly Come Dancing and the queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race UK plus many more. 

Chris Ramsey

New Theatre Director David O’Hara, who took up the new role yesterday, said: “We are thrilled be able to open our doors and safely welcome audiences back for the first time since March of last year.

Alan Carr

After Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the ‘standing ovation musical’ Blood Brothers returns (August 31 – September 4), this is followed by a series of fantastic one nighters, including Alan Carr (September 11), Paloma Faith (September 16), Fisherman’s Friends (September 25), John Bishop (September 27) and David Essex (September 30). 

Bat Out Of Hell

Looking ahead to Christmas, School of Rock comes to Oxford from December 13 – January 1 2022. Based on the global hit musical based on the iconic movie starring Jack Black, the show features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie, and a band of insanely talented kids that play live every show.

School Of Rock ©Tristram Kenton

 Mr O’Hara adds: “After a very tough year for live performance, I cannot wait to welcome audiences back. The New Theatre is an iconic venue at the heart of a wonderful city and our audiences have been hugely supportive throughout our closure. I know people are keen to return, and we are ready to welcome them back safely.

New Theatre Director David O’Hara

“It’s an exciting time for theatre, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it here in Oxford.”

For a full list of upcoming performances go to