At Theatron Novum we are passionate about early drama because the corpus includes some real triumphs of theatre which are unfortunately underperformed. We know that to master a masterpiece is to master one’s art, and thus we also believe that these pieces of early drama are the perfect training ground for aspiring actors and directors.
For these reasons Theatron Novum aims to encourage the staging of 17th- and early 18th-century theatrical and operatic works by students in and around Oxford, inviting new audiences to be immersed in the wonders written and created in this era.
In the first years of its life, Theatron Novum was a production company, staging four productions within two years: The Doctor in Spite of Himself (Burton Taylor Studio, Hilary Term 2015), The Prophetess (Keble O’Reilly Theatre, Michaelmas Term 2015), The Fairy Queen (Oxford Playhouse, Tritity Term 2016), and A Woman Killed with Kindness (Burton Taylor Studio, Michaelmas Term 2016).
From 2017, Theatron Novum operates as a funding body and production consultancy, run by Amy Thompson and Dionysios Kyropoulos, supporting student companies from the University of Oxford for the staging of early drama.
For more information about funding please get in touch with us. A funding form can be found here. We also have a wardrobe of costumes and props from which production companies can hire; click here to see a catalogue, and a hiring form can be found here.
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