Oxford Shakespeare Company

The Oxford Shakespeare Company was founded in 2001 by Artistic Director, Charlotte Windmill and Directors, Nicholas Green and Kevin Hosier.  It established a summer residency at Wadham College, taking over from the well respected bold & saucy theatre company who began performing at Wadham in 1992; thereby making the college Oxford's longest standing professional open air theatre venue.

The OSC specialises in site-specific event theatre. The inaugural Oxford productions in 2002 established an immediate critical reputation and the Company were quickly invited to perform at other historic venues in Oxfordshire and London. The second season in 2003 saw an audience increase of 38% with over 7,500 attending the shows with the first London production at Lincoln’s Inn in the same year being twice awarded Time Out Critic's Choice.

In the years since the OSC has continued to build its audience and repertoire of highly popular and critically acclaimed interpretations of Shakespeare and other classic texts. The productions attract a broad audience, in terms of age and nationality, from local and tourist communities.

Our exceptional historic venues include The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew; The Historic Royal Palaces of Hampton Court, Kensington and The Tower of London;The Inns of Court at The Walks Gray’s Inn; the North Garden Lincoln's Inn; the private estate of Cornbury Park, Charlbury; Waterperry Gardens; the King's Head in Aylesbury (the National Trusts 600 year old coaching Inn), the gardens of Barnsley House Hotel Cirencester, Shakespeare’s House, Wolfson College Oxford and onboard the Orient Express.

Since we are unfunded to date the company produces all its work from box office sales, the support of its audience and business Friends and much volunteer assistance.

2010 will see the launch of the much anticipated Friends of the Oxford Shakespeare Company, a charity dedicated to funding the development of the OSC’s productions and educational programmes.

For more information, visit The Oxford Shakespeare Company website


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