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Encyclopedia > Oxford University Dramatic Society

The Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS) is the principal funding body and provider of theatrical services to the many independent student productions put on by students in Oxford, England. Not all student productions at Oxford University are awarded funding from the society; however it is rare, for example, for any student production at The Playhouse to not receive substantial funding from the society. The society funds many types of show, mostly at the Old Fire Station Theatre, the Burton Taylor Theatre and the individual college theatres, such as the Moser Theatre at Wadham and the O'Reilly Theatre at Keble. All productions put on by Oxford University students can use the society's services, such as the website, the wardrobe, and advice from the committee. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Research funding. ... This article cites very few or no references or sources. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the King (Queen) England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II  -  Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification  -  by Athelstan 967  Area... The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford in England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... The Oxford Playhouse (often just known as The Playhouse by locals) is an independent theatre in Beaumont Street, Oxford, opposite the Ashmolean Museum, which was founded in the 1920s. ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ... The Burton Taylor Theatre (The BT) is a 50-seater studio theatre situated on Gloucester Street in Oxford, United Kingdom near its parent organisation The Oxford Playhouse. ... The OReilly Theatre is a flexible studio theatre in Keble College, Oxford University, England, completed in 2002. ...

The society was founded in 1885 by Alec MacKinnon. 1885 (MDCCCLXXXV) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


Many famous actors have participated in OUDS productions. For example, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor appeared in a production of Dr. Faustus in 1966 with undergraduates in the supporting cast. Richard Burton CBE (November 10, 1925 – August 5, 1984) was a Welsh actor. ... For other persons named Elizabeth Taylor, see Elizabeth Taylor (disambiguation). ... The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus is a play by Christopher Marlowe, based on the Faust story (Faustus is Latin for Faust), in which a man sells his soul to the devil for power and knowledge. ...

Past members include:

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born 6 January 1955) is an English comedian, actor and writer best known for playing Edmund Blackadder in Blackadder and for playing the title role in the British television comedy Mr. ... Peter Bayley was an English fellow at University College, Oxford. ... Sir John Betjeman CBE (28 August 1906–19 May 1984) was an English poet, writer and broadcaster who described himself in Whos Who as a poet and hack. He was born to a middle-class family in Edwardian London. ... Richard Burton CBE (November 10, 1925 – August 5, 1984) was a Welsh actor. ... Caryl Churchill (born September 3, 1938) is an English writer of stage plays known for her use of non-realistic techniques and feminist themes. ... George Alexander Cassady Devine CBE (November 20, 1910 - January 20, 1966) was an extremely influential theatrical manager, director, teacher and actor in London from the late 1940s until his death. ... Dame Edith Mary Evans (February 8, 1888 - October 14, 1976) was a highly regarded British actress. ... Sir Arthur John Gielgud, OM, CH (14 April 1904 – 21 May 2000), known as Sir John Gielgud, was an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Academy Award-winning English theatre and film actor, and is generally regarded as one of the great British actors in history. ... Peter Glenville (28 October 1913 - 3 June 1996), born Peter Patrick Brabason Browne, was an English film and stage actor and director. ... Hugh John Mungo Grant[1] (born September 9, 1960) is a Golden Globe-winning British actor. ... Nigel Lawson, Baron Lawson of Blaby, PC (born March 11, 1932), was a British politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer between June 1983 and October 1989. ... Vivien Leigh (November 5, 1913 – July 8, 1967) was an English actress. ... Harry Lloyd was born in London, England on 17 November 1983 and is a British television actor. ... John Primatt Redcliffe Maud, Baron Redcliffe-Maud (February 3, 1906 – November 20, 1982) was a British civil servant and diplomat. ... Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (April 19, 1935 – March 27, 2002), was an Academy-Award nominated British comedian, actor and musician. ... Terence John OBrien MC CMG (born Ranchi, India, 13 October 1921, died Wallingford, Oxfordshire 22 December 2006 was a British career diplomat. ... Diana Quick (born on 23 November 1947 in London, England) is an English actress, best known for her role as Julia in Brideshead Revisited. ... Mel Smith Mel Smith is an English actor, film director, writer, producer born in London on December 3, 1952) He attended New College, Oxford. ... Imogen Stubbs, Lady Nunn (born 20 February 1961) is a British actress. ... Kenneth Peacock Tynan (April 2, 1927 - July 26, 1980), was an influential and often controversial British theatre critic and writer. ... Evelyn Waugh, as photographed in 1940 by Carl Van Vechten Arthur Evelyn St. ... For the American hockey player, see Mike York. ...


Humphrey William Bouverie Carpenter (April 29, 1946 – January 4, 2005) was an English biographer, author and radio broadcaster. ... Oxford University Press (OUP) is a highly-respected publishing house and a department of the University of Oxford in England. ...

See also

The Experimental Theatre Club (ETC) is a student dramatic society at Oxford University. ... The Oxford Revue is a sketch comedy group featuring students from Oxford University. ... The University College Players (or Univ Players for short) are the theatrical society of University College, Oxford. ...

External links

  • OUDS website



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