Young theatregoers offered free tickets

Youngsters in Oxfordshire will be able to get their hands on thousands of free theatre tickets on Monday in an attempt to get them interested in performing art.

Oxford Playhouse is one of 99 theatres nationwide taking part in an Arts Council England initiative to bring 18- to 26-year-olds into the theatre, with free tickets to shows, tours and talks up for grabs over the next two years.

Theatre director Michelle Dickson said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to fling open the doors of the Playhouse to a new generation of theatre-goers.

“We already have very high levels of attendance from children, who tend to come as part of a school group or with their families, but there is a national dip in attendance among the 18- to 25-year-old age group.

“The idea is to encourage them to come to the theatre independently — either on their own or with friends.

“It's about putting theatre on their radar; showing them it's a great way to spend a night — stimulating, surprising, social and now free.”

The theatre was given £30,000 by the Arts Council for the initiative, called A Night Less Ordinary.

The Playhouse will offer free theatre tours throughout the day on Monday, starting at 10am, 11am, noon and 1pm — and for the rest of the week there will be free tickets to productions including Oxford University student drama Don Carlos, by Friedrich von Schiller and adapted by Mike Poulton.

Full published article at: OxfordTimes

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