The Oxford Revue
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The Oxford Revue is a comedy group featuring students from Oxford University, England. Founded in the early 1950s, The Oxford Revue has produced many prominent comedians and satirists. The Revue writes, produces and performs several shows each term. Shows are traditionally held in local pubs, colleges and playhouses.
- The founding of the Revue in around 1952/3 is shrouded in mystery. The most accurate account of it to date is probably that of Michael Palin, former Revue Director, who describes how his brother-in-law and 'another mad gentleman' started the Oxford Theatre Group, as a source of funding for Edinburgh shows, in the early 1950s. From this, he "helped found an offshoot group, the Oxford Revue Group, to take a revue up to the Edinburgh Fringe".
Former members include:
- Michael Palin and Terry Jones (who later became members of Monty Python)
- Dudley Moore (later of Beyond the Fringe, Pete and Dud and Not Only... But Also)
- Alan Bennett (later of Beyond the Fringe)
- Rowan Atkinson
- Ken Loach
- Angus Deayton
- Rebecca Front
- Armando Iannucci
- Richard Curtis
- Philip Pope
- David Jackson Young
- Al Murray
- Laura Solon
- Katy Brand
- Katherine Parkinson
- Peter Harness
- Laura Corcoran
- Matthew Jones
- Sally Philips
- Ben Moor
- Emma Kennedy
- David Schneider
- Geoffrey Perkins
- Maggie Smith
- Imogen Stubbs
- Patrick Marber
- Stewart Lee
- Richard Herring
- Jo Renshaw
During the academic year 2009–10, the Oxford Revue performed regular 'Write Off's at the Wheatsheaf pub, airing new sketches in front of an intimate audience. In February 2010, the Revue ran for a week at the Burton-Taylor Studio, Oxford, in their Brighton-themed show "The Oxford Revue Goes To Blighty". The show was rated 5 stars by The Oxford Theatre Review. The following term, the Oxford Revue invited the Durham Revue and the Cambridge Footlights for the trio's annual show, "The Oxford Revue and Friends" at the Oxford Playhouse. The show sold out all 600 seats and was well received. Aside from the shows at the Wheatsheaf, Burton-Taylor Studio and Oxford Playhouse, the Revue regularly performed at various college charity nights and balls, including the ball at the Oxford Union. They also travelled to Cambridge and Durham University to perform in large-scale shows and debates at the Cambridge Union.
In August 2010, the Revue took the show, "The Oxford Revue is Going Places", to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, under the presidency of Ollie Mann and the direction of Rory O'Keeffe. The poster was designed by photographer Adam Levy. They performed at the Underbelly venue and sold well, receiving 4 stars from Broadway Baby.
The Revue have since updated their website (www.oxfordrevue.org) and continue to perform twice-termly 'Audrey' comedy nights in the Wheatsheaf pub. The annual collaborative show with the Durham Revue and Cambridge Footlights 'Funny Friends' continues to take place in the Oxford Playhouse.
The current (2018/19) members of the Oxford Revue's (first female-only) committee are:
- Verity Babbs (Co-President)
- Katie Sayer (Co-President)
- Chloe Jacobs (Secretary)
- Jasmine White (Treasurer)
- Mati Warner (Equalities Officer)
- Malin Hay (Audrey Producer)
The current logo of the Oxford Revue is a pig in a hat named Admiral Philip, drawn by Revue member Nick Davies in 2013.
- From an old version of the Oxford Revue website — .
- "The Oxford Revue goes to Blighty (6th week)". Oxford Theatre Review. 2010-02-25. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
- "Daily Info, Oxford | Theatre Review: The Oxford Revue 2010". Dailyinfo.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
- "Adam Levy Photography". Adamlevy.zenfolio.com. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
- "Review for Oxford Revue is Going Places, The Oxford Revue is back on track". Broadwaybaby.com. 2010-08-21. Retrieved 2011-03-28.