Affectionately referred to by Elton John as 'the greatest songwriter on the planet' and praised by the New York Times for his 'genuine originality,' Grammy nominee Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. He is the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and brother of Martha Wainwright, but Rufus has achieved his success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theatre, dance and film.... Read more >>
Affectionately referred to by Elton John as 'the greatest songwriter on the planet' and praised by the New York Times for his 'genuine originality,' Grammy nominee Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. He is the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and brother of Martha Wainwright, but Rufus has achieved his success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theatre, dance and film.
Wainwright has received Juno Awards for Best Alternative Album in 1999 and 2002 for Rufus Wainwright and Poses, respectively, and nominations for his albums Want Two (2005) and Release the Stars (2008). He was nominated for Songwriter of the Year in 2008 for his Release the Stars album. He also composed the original music for choreographer Stephen Petronio’s work Bloom which has toured across the country.
In addition to Rufus’s musical pursuits, he has also made his mark onscreen. He has acted in Academy Award winner director Deny Arcand’s film, L’Age des Tenebres (2007), the Merchant Ivory film Heights (2005), and the major blockbuster The Aviator (2004) directed by Martin
Scorsese. At age 14 he composed and sang a song in the film, Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveler, which earned him a nomination for a 1989 Genie Award.
Wainwright’s catalogue includes eight albums and two DVDs to date, and he has appeared on numerous soundtracks and compilations, as well as collaborating with artists like Elton John, David Byrne, Rosanne Cash and Keane. His latest recording, All Days Are Nights: Songs For Lulu, was released in April 2010 to critical success with People Magazine dubbing the album Critic’s Choice noting Wainwright 'brings the album to a beautifully intimate level with just voice, piano and some deeply personal lyrics. Bravo.' And Billboard Magazine thought Rufus’s 'solo piano accompaniment highlights his extremely adaptable voice…a single piano is all that’s needed to show off his immense vocal talent.' Rufus’s other recent successes include two live recordings (from his Release the Stars tour titled, Milwaukee At Last!!! and Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall, nominated for a Grammy and released concurrently with a live DVD, Rufus! Rufus! Rufus! Does Judy! Judy! Judy! which captured his celebrated Judy Garland tribute performance at the London Palladium in 2007), and the album Release the Stars which went Gold in Canada and the U.K. A career spanning box set, House of Rufus, was released in July and Rufus is currently putting the finishing touches on a pop record produced by Mark Ronson titled Out of the Game, out internationally 23 April 2012 and stateside 8 May 2012.
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Please note, the Circle and Balcony levels can only be accessed by stairs. There is no lift to the upper levels. For further information, please contact the venue Access department.
There is level access to the box office and main foyer on George Street. Front doors to the foyer and Box Office areas can be operated automatically by a push button.
There are four wheelchair positions located at the rear of stalls with room for one companion to sit alongside. This area is accessed by our wheelchair lift, which Front of House staff will be available to assist where necessary, and would also be happy to purchase drinks and merchandise on your behalf.
Anyone that transfers from a wheelchair to a seat must be able to walk to the nearest fire exit unaided. Wheelchairs that are not needed during the show will be stored safely away by our Front of House staff.
The New Theatre is equipped with an infrared sound amplification system. To access the infrared system please request receiving equipment from the Box Office on the day of the show. The Box Office staff can provide you with a ‘pack’ which includes a sterilised headset, charged battery and a user guide for the system. We do ask that these be returned after the show to a member of Front of House staff.
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Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, the induction loop necklace is worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace, switch your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and the sound is amplified. The necklace has an adjustable volume control.
This device amplifies sound through ear-pieces similar to regular headphones. Suitable for persons without a hearing aid.
We also provide a hearing loop system and run occasional signed and audio described performances. For a list of dates and shows please call our Access line on 0800 912 6971.
Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre. If you wish to bring your guide or hearing dog to the theatre, please advise the Box Office when booking your tickets, we can then organise a member of staff to care for your dog during the performance and provide your dog with some drinking water.
Please note some shows include special effects, e.g. strobe lighting, smoke, pyrotechnics and loud bangs.
Accessible toilets are located in the main foyer and front right-hand stalls. There is an emergency call-point in all accessible toilets, should you need to call for a member of staff.
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George Street: There is no parking or dropping off in George Street at all without a permit. A permit will be needed for coaches/mini buses to enter Oxford City Centre and will be specific to that evening’s performance with set times. There is no parking permitted anywhere on George Street. To apply for a permit, you will need to call 0845 634 4466 (Parking Shop on Speedwell Street). Coaches without a permit cannot go any further than the bus lane junction at the end of Gloucester Street.
Beaumont Street: There are various restrictions on Beaumont Street. Coaches are allowed to drop off and pick up, but for no longer than five minutes in the loading bay or the coach stop just past the Randolph Hotel on the left hand side.
If the mini bus is less than a thirteen seats (including driver) then they are able to park in the pay and display until 6.30pm.
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