Relaxed Performance of Much Ado About Nothing, Oxford, Saturday 15 July

Thistledown Theatre is delighted to be producing a Relaxed Performance of their summer show, Much Ado About Nothing, on Saturday 15 July 2017 at 2.30pm.
Set in the late Victorian period of exploration and discovery, and held in the beautiful gardens of the History Faculty of the University of Oxford, this promises to be a visually compelling, exciting performance. All tickets are £7.

What’s the show about?
When arrogant, confirmed bachelor Benedick returns home after his latest adventure, he must face his old sparring partner and rival explorer, the formidable Beatrice. The sparks that fly from their verbal insults catch the eye of the newly betrothed Claudio and Hero, who conspire to bring these reluctant lovers together. Meanwhile, more sinister plots are afoot, with the scheming Don John intent upon ruining the merrymaking for all…

Who is this performance intended for?
Anyone who would like to experience a play in a relaxed environment! Families with small children, people with an autistic spectrum condition, with sensory and communication disorders, a learning or physical disability or dementia/Alzheimer’s and their families or carers may find a Relaxed Performance more enjoyable. The performance has been adapted to provide a more inviting atmosphere, with adjustments to script and sound, with a supervised area for those who might want to leave and re-join the performance. Everyone is welcome at our relaxed performance (the more the merrier!), but it is intended specifically to cater to the needs of the patrons listed above.

Where is it?
Faculty of History gardens
New Inn Hall Street entrance

Is your venue accessible?
Yes it is, though you should be aware that the seating area is mainly grass. If you need additional info about the venue, or for any accommodations to be made for you or a member of your party, just send an email to and we’ll be happy to help however we can!

How long will the show last?
The show will run for just under two hours, with a 20 minute interval.

What happens if the weather is bad?
There is an alternative, accessible, indoor venue – the Wesley Memorial Church, right next door to the History Faculty in New Inn Hall Street – saving you hassle and disappointment.

What should I wear?
The performance is entirely outdoors so please remember to come prepared for all types of British summer weather (pack sunscreen and a jumper!)

Do you serve refreshments?
Refreshments will be for sale at the interval.

What time do the theatre gates open?
In order to prepare the venue and for the cast to complete their warm-up, theatre gates open 30 minutes prior to performances.

Are there age restrictions for your productions?
This production is suitable for all ages.

How do I get tickets?
Tickets are available from, or on the door.

Any other questions?
Feel free to send us an email, or check our website for details.