Film Evening & Competition

Magdalen Auditorium, 27 May, 7.30, £3

Magdalen Film Society and Oxford University Film Foundation bring you an evening of Shakespearean films. The evening will kick off with the shortlisted films from the OUFF 'Shakespeare Shorts' competition. To enter the competition all you need to do is make a film, maximum 6 minutes long, on the theme 'Lost Scenes of Shakespeare'—a chance to add to Shakespeare's works through the use of film. The shorts can be of any genre, but OUFF are particularly looking for a short that engages creatively with Shakespeare's work. Entries should be of a maximum of 6 minutes long and should be sent to 'Pascoe Foxell, St John's College, St Giles, OX1 3JP'.

2 copies must be sent as files on data discs (high quality h.264 .mov files) and that they are sent by the 19th May. A small prize will be awarded to the winning short. By entering this competition you are giving permission to display your short on youtube and our website. The evening will then be topped off by a screening of Coriolanus, which has won awards at BAFTA and the Berlin International Film Festival. In it, Ralph Fiennes directs and acts the protagonist to give a disturbing portrayal of the corrupting influence of power on the individual.

The Oxford Imps

The Wheatsheaf, 21 May, 8.00, £3.50

Oxford's critically acclaimed improvised comedy group, the Oxford Imps, take on a Shakespearean challenge of incredible proportions; during their weekly gig at the Wheatsheaf, they will undertake to improvise a 50-minute version of one of Shakespeare's plays. With a 5-star run at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, the Imps offer you a night of bard-filled hilarity that is not to be missed. Doors open at 7.30, and their performances are always packed, so make sure you head down to the Wheatsheaf in plenty of time, just off the High between Starbucks and Northern Rock. Prepare to see Shakespeare ad libbed, ad hoc-ed, and improvised in a way that only the Oxford Imps can.

Booking: Tickets can be bought on the door


Turl Street Kitchen, 22 May, 3.00 onwards, FREE

Reckon yourself a bit of a Blumenthal? Bake us a Shakespearean-themed cake and bring it to the library in the Turl Street Kitchen on the afternoon of the 22 May. With G&Ds judging and awarding the prizes, bring along your cupcakes, sponges, traybakes and biscuits for a celebration of Shakey baking. Alternatively, just come along to view (and taste!) the creations.

Poetry Recital Competition

Turl Street Kitchen, 28 May, 6.00, FREE

If you love to hear Shakespeare spoken out loud, this is the evening for you. Oxford University Poetry Society challenges Oxford students to recite their favourite piece of Shakespearean poetry, or poetry inspired by the playwright. The finalists will perform their chosen poems in the Events Space at the Turl Street Kitchen, to be judged by the committee of the Poetry Society. To enter please email

Launch Picnic

University Parks, 20 May, 2.00 onwards

Come on down to the University Parks for a 'bring-and-share' picnic to kick off the festival. You'll get the chance to meet the cast and crews of the productions and the festival producers, hear about the upcoming events and enjoy Shakespeare in the sun. G&Ds are providing free ice-cream. A great way to get started with a fortnight of Shakespearean events, come along and bring your picnic to the park.

Wrap Party

Malmaison, 3 June, 8.00 onwards

To celebrate the end of the festival, everybody involved will be heading to a wrap party, to which all festival-goers are welcome. Come along to have a drink with the people who have been performing in the festival, and meet the actors, directors, musicians and speakers who have spent the previous two weeks celebrating Shakespeare. The party will be in Malmaison, the converted Oxford Prison which always provides an exciting location for a party.

To reserve a place on the guestlist please email