The New Theatre
  • George St
    OX1 2AG
The New Theatre is the main commercial theatre in Oxford. The theatre stages performances by leading opera and ballet companies, from Welsh National Opera to the English National Ballet, contemporary dance, hit musicals like Chicago and Guys and Dolls, and sell-out pop concerts.

The New Theatre, on George Street, Oxford, is over 180 years old and was first built in 1836. Originally known as the ‘Vic’, and later as the ‘Theatre Royale’ after the company that played there. In 1886 a company was formed to raise money for a theatre to be used by both University and town players as well as by professionals. The second New Theatre was consequently opened by the Oxford University Dramatic Society in February 1886.

Since then the theatre has been a central venue of great importance to the cultural life of the city of Oxford. The theatre has changed owenership many times over the years and is now owned by the Ambassidor Theatre Group (ATG),  the biggest theatre owners in the country.


The New Theatre has a vibrant program of productions across many genres:

Opera and Ballet
The theatre regularly stages performaces by world class orchestras, opera and ballet companies 

The theatre is the perfect venue for West End musical productions

Many leading stand-up comedians appear at the New Theatre as part of their national tours. 

Music, Pop and Rock
The New Theatre stages many music, pop and rock acts

To see a complete list of forthcoming productions visit our website

Box Office

Tickets can be purchased via the website or by phone on 0844 871 3020. 

The box office is open for ticket sales Monday to Saturday from 10am - 5pm on non-show days, 10am until 30 minutes after advertised performance time on show days.

On Sundays & Public Holidays the box office will open 2 ½ hours before the advertised performance time (1 hour beforehand for performances beginning at 11am or earlier) and close will close 30 minutes after the advertised performance time on show days. On non-show Sundays and Public holidays the Box Office is closed.

Latest News & Updates

Sing-a-Long-a Frozen

The New Theatre in Oxford are staging a production of Sing-a-Long-a Frozen - a full screening of Disney’s Frozen with lyrics on screen to help you sing along during the film. Read article