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Oxford’s great creative, cultural, and educational bodies are working together to create a vibrant and inspiring festival. Our professional theatre companies will reinterpret Shakespeare’s plays, presenting some work in unusual spaces.

The festival consortium includes the Bodleian Libraries, the University of Oxford English Faculty, Blackwell’s Booksellers, Oxford University Press and Experience Oxfordshire, working in collaboration with Oxfordshire County Libraries, Oxford Playhouse, Creation Theatre Company, The Story Museum, Pegasus Theatre, Oxford Preservation Trust, Museum of Oxford, The North Wall, MCS Arts Festival Oxford, Dancin’ Oxford, Flintlock Theatre Company, Music at Oxford, SJE Arts, TMD Productions and many more.  Find out more about consortium organisations below.


Blackwell’s on Broad Street has been serving the needs of academics, students and book lovers since 1879. Over four floors, including the cavernous Norrington Room basement, you will find new and secondhand books on every subject under the sun. In addition to this they have separate shops for Art & Poster and Printed Music, books, recordings and musical instruments and their very own Rare & Antiquarian department.

The Blackwell’s year-round events programme is a source of great pride. You can keep up to date with all of their news via our shop blog as well as joining us on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. We are a very social shop.

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Bodleian Libraries provide an excellent service to support the learning, teaching and research objectives of the University of Oxford and to develop and maintain access to Oxford’s unique collections for the benefit of scholarship and society. The combined collections of the Libraries number more than 11 million printed items, in addition to 80,000 e-journals and vast quantities of materials in many other formats. Whether you visit an exhibition or a display, attend an event or a lecture, go on a guided tour, or visit our two Shops, you will find an opportunity to discover distinguished collections, magnificent buildings and informative programmes. In addition, the Bodleian Library publishes a range of gift, general interest and scholarly books on a wide range of subjects drawn from or related to the Library’s rich collections. The major Shakespeare exhibition for 2016 will be housed in The Weston Library, and we have five new Shakespeare titles to celebrate the anniversary. You can see our books at www.bodleianshop.co.uk, follow Bodleian Publishing on Twitter or contact us for a free catalogue. You can keep in touch with Bodleian Libraries on our social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


University of Oxford’s English Faculty is the largest in Britain, and one of the most illustrious Schools of English in the world, including among its members some of the most important critics and scholars in the field such as J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Now home to nearly eighty Professors, Readers, and Lecturers, with about the same number again of Tutors and Research Fellows based in Colleges, 40 per cent of their research activity is ranked the highest quality in the world in terms of originality, significance and rigour. Dozens of critical monographs, collections, and studies appear from the faculty every year including the widely-noticed work, Shakespeare in Parts (winner of the David Bevington Award for Best New Book in Early Drama Studies), jointly written by Faculty members Simon Palfrey and Tiffany Stern.


Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is the world’s largest university press with the widest global presence. It currently publishes thousands of new publications a year, has offices in around fifty countries, and employs more than 6,000 people worldwide. It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing programme that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, children’s books, materials for teaching English as a foreign language, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and academic journals.

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Founded in 1927, Oxford Preservation Trust works to preserve and enhance Oxford’s character and green setting owning and caring for land and buildings in and around the City. The Trust undertakes conservation and education projects and is committed to giving and improving public access wherever possible to connect local people to their place and its history. The Painted Room at 3 Cornmarket was the Trust’s office for many years. The Room formerly part of the Crown Tavern contains well-preserved 16th century wall paintings and is a rare survival of an Elizabethan domestic interior. The Vintner, John Davenant, was a friend of Shakespeare who is known to have stayed here on his journey from London to Stratford upon-Avon. The Trust has recreated the annual Birthday Celebration first begun in 1938 which brings ‘town and gown’ together to parade from the Town Hall to the Painted Room to toast the Immortal Bard with ‘Sack and Malmsey’ the favourite tipple of Falstaff. www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk

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Experience Oxfordshire is the recognised Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Oxfordshire. We are a not-for-profit partnership organisation committed to the promotion, management and development of Oxfordshire a great destination to live, work, visit and do business.

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