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sheldon2copy.jpgThe musical and dramatic life of Oxford is truly dizzying. Whatever your tastes, you can find something to enjoy or to join in pretty much every day of the week.  Perhaps the best way of sampling the diversity is to look through a term-time week of performances listed in Daily Information the indispensible guide to Oxford life.

Venues include two professional theatres, the Playhouse and the New Theatre; a huge selection of nightclubs; several small theatres including the university-based Burton Taylor Studio; the oldest custom-built concert hall in Europe; College Theatres; at least one huge indie band venue; Sir Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theatre; college chapels and any number of churches.

OdeonCinema.jpgThere are choirs, orchestras, bands, chamber music groups, improv and theatre clubs, open-mic nights, gigs, recitals, Serious Drama (some of it in Ancient Greek), comedy, concerts, happenings, all for city, university or College audiences and tastes.

We also have quite a selection of cinemas ranging from the artsy, independent UPP to the Vue corporate multiplex in the outskirts of town. The Odeons in Magdalen Street and George Street show a good range of films on general release and are both easily within five minutes' walk of St Michael's Hall.

So, if music or drama, live or celluloid, moves you, there is really very little excuse for being bored in Oxford.

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