Author: Ellie Morgan

On the record: Looking back at HMP Oxford

On the record: Looking ba...

Oxford Prison eventually closed its doors as a prison in 1996 and remained closed until 2006 when it opened up as a hotel and attraction.  Here is a picture when it was a prison taken by Thames Valley Police’s helicopter: You can clearly see A Wing, the main body of the prison behind the four […]

Macbeth: Meet the Director!

Macbeth: Meet the Directo...

Macbeth begins at Oxford Castle Unlocked on Monday 31 July, presented by Siege Theatre. We spoke with show Director Michael Speight about his creative process, how he chose Macbeth as this year’s production and why Oxford Castle is such a great venue to enjoy theatre. Tell me a little bit about your background and experience […]

Macbeth: Meet the Cast

Macbeth: Meet the Cast

The final show in the Oxford Shakespeare Festival line-up is almost upon us as Siege Theatre presents Macbeth on the Oxford Castle Unlocked castleyard stage! We spoke with cast member Joseph Hartshorn to find out more about the show, his character and his most memorable stage moments… What character do you play? How do you […]

Twelfth Night and The Tempest: Meet the Producer

Twelfth Night and The Tem...

Oxford Shakespeare Festival is now underway with the first production, Twelfth Night and The Tempest, presented as two one hour plays, the first in the incredible festival line-up. We spoke with Ashley Harvey, one of the Producers and founding members of BMH Productions, to find out about the show planning process and why Oxford Castle […]

Twelfth Night and The Tempest: Meet the Directors!

Twelfth Night and The Tem...

BMH’s incredible production of Twelfth Night and The Tempest is starting tomorrow! We spoke with the play’s two directors, Cate Nunn and Alex Coke, to find out why these two plays go so well together and what they’re most excited about their audience seeing. Be part of the audience by booking your tickets today – […]

Twelfth Night and The Tempest: Meet the Cast

Twelfth Night and The Tem...

To mark BMH’s upcoming production of Twelfth Night and The Tempest at Oxford Castle Unlocked, we met with cast member Justine Malone to find out more. Read on to find out all about her preparations for the play plus her most memorable onstage mishap!   What characters do you play? How do you go about […]

Oxford Castle: The birthplace of the Legends of King Arthur

Oxford Castle: The birthp...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword receives its UK premiere in London’s Leicester Square this evening. But where did the legends of King Arthur really begin? Geoffrey of Monmouth is known to be the first to write down the legends of King Arthur and he did so right here at Oxford Castle! Geoffrey is thought […]

Oxford Shakespeare Festival Promises Triumphant Return to Oxford Castle

Oxford Shakespeare Festiv...

Oxford Shakespeare Festival will once again grace the Oxford Castle summer theatre stage in 2017, with four of the Bard’s most well known and loved productions brought to life in the historic castleyard. Following the success of 2016’s festival, attended by over 4,000 people, 2017 promises eight weeks of entertainment from three of Oxford’s most […]

Earth Hour

Earth Hour

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of WWF’s Earth Hour intiative, we, along with other Continuum Attractions, have encouraged our teams to ‘switch off’ for an hour at 8.30pm on Saturday 25th March, and we’d like you to do the same! Find out more about Earth Hour and how to support it here. Find out more about […]

On the Record: Meet Paul Kyberd

On the Record: Meet Paul ...

Paul Kyberd, one of our fantastic tour guides, has a much longer association with the castle prison than just his work with the visitor attraction. Paul worked for over 30 years for the police and has a variety of interesting and captivating tales about his time in the police force and his many dealings with […]