The Pocket Oxford Theatre Company

The Pocket Oxford Theatre Company

Carry on Shakespeare – introducing kids to the bard!



Due to the financial crisis, William Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway find themselves working in a down-market Duncan’s Diner to make ends meet.

Inspired by their circumstances and surroundings, Shakespeare writes “Macbeth”. Before they know it they have embarked on a tale of ambition, blood and murder of their own.

As William and Anne transform into Mac and Lady Mac, and audience members take on the other roles, Mac and his wife build their own fast food empire.

With a healthy dose of nutritional advice thrown in for good measure, who knew a story of witches, ghosts and murder could be this much fun? A Big Mac will never taste the same again!

Romeo & Juliet

Queen Elizabeth I has just telephoned Shakespeare demanding that he performs his latest tragedy for her, “Romeo and Juliet”, or she will chop off his head.

Unfortunately, however, the Puritans have just burst into the theatre, closing it down and placing all the actors and audience members under arrest. Shakespeare and his girlfriend, Anne Hathaway, are left with no other choice than to perform the play themselves, but since women are not allowed to perform on stage, who will have to play whom?!

With a little help from their friends in the audience, they discover a masked ball, a barmy balcony scene, some serious sword fighting, and a crazy horse chase; not to mention learning how to make a tragic death scene really tragic!! 

In the ultimate love story of all time, will William and Anne manage to save their heads and will they – unlike Romeo and Juliet – live happily ever after?


Being a teenager is hard enough, but when the ghost of your father sends you to avenge his murder, it would surely drive anyone mad!

In this tale of madness, deception, and revenge, William Shakespeare decides to tackle the ‘greatest character ever written’ and play Hamlet himself. However his servant, Odious, soon realises that he will have to play every other role [including a horse], do all the scenery changes AND play the theme tune! By the time they reach ‘The Murder of Gonzo’, Odious is unable to cope, so William asks the audience to help them out.

Up to their usual shenanigans, The Pocket Oxford Theatre Company take the audience – and our tragic hero, Hamlet – on an hilarious journey of ghosts, duels, poison, murder and THAT skull routine… not forgetting the ventriloquist dummy, a magic curtain and The Lion King!

The Merchant of Venice

William Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway are protesting against social and economic inequality, in a town near you! The protest inspires Shakespeare to write his new play, ‘The Merchant of Venice’, a tale of love, money, greed and revenge.

Bassanio discovers that there is a TV gameshow to win the beautiful Portia’s hand in marriage, and begs the wealthy Antonio to lend him money to enter the competition. Antonio borrows the money from the greedy banker Shylock, but with terrible terms and conditions!

In a special episode of ‘Deal or No Deal’, six audience members are invited to take part – but only one lucky contestant will win Portia’s hand. However, will Antonio manage to repay Shylock his debt? Or will Shylock claim his pound of flesh? Or will Portia come to the rescue in a gripping trial?

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

William Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway are rehearsing some tricks for his new play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, in which they will play the King and Queen of magic, Oberon and Titania.

In this tale of love, dreams and magic, Oberon and Titiana attempt to resolve their four young volunteers’ romantic difficulties – with spells, levitation and hypnosis.

In spite of Puck’s potent potions, one hilariously hairy Bottom, and a surreal outburst from Christina Aguilera, Oberon and Titania prove that “the course of true love never did run smooth”.

Come and explore our fantastical world of musical numbers, magical tricks and incredible illusions … and dream on!

The Taming Of The Shrew

William Shakespeare and his wife Anne Hathaway rock into town like a bat out of hell to perform his latest comedy, “The Taming of the Shrew”.

Discovering a new sense of freedom on the back of a motorbike, and with the wind in her hair, Anne insists on playing the part of the shrew. Whilst performing the character of Kate, a modern business tycoon, Anne discovers her independence, and a power that she has never experienced before. Playing Petruchio, Shakespeare learns that it is now the 21st century and that he is quite out of touch!

Together they embark on a journey exploring love, relationships and gender roles that will change both of their lives, and their love for one another, forever. But for better or worse?!

Whether you want to tango with Kate, stray cat strut with Pete, or just wanna know what love is, this is one wild trip. Join us on the highway to hell!