Playing at Online


The Contagion Cabaret is an irreverent historical look at lockdowns, plagues and pandemics, specially created by The Theatre Chipping Norton. Watch via the youtube link above. 

I have a funny feeling we've been here before!

Killer germs, superbugs and pestilential plagues have long fascinated writers and musicians. Join a cast of actors, scientists and literary researchers to take a long view on the crisis of the moment. From Angels in America to Mary Shelley, from obscure Victorian Medical Parlour Songs to Fascinating Aida’s Herpes Tango, The Contagion Cabaret is riddled with infectious extracts from plays, poems, journalism and music, past and present.

Previously performed as a live show in venues as diverse as London's Science Museum and the Bristish Academy, The Contagion Cabaret is a collaboration with Chipping Norton Theatre, and the Diseases of Modern Life team (University of Oxford), led by Professor Sally Shuttleworth.

Want to find out more?

Oxford Unversity and TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities) will be live streaming a Q+A with speakers and creative team members at 5pm on Friday June 19th. 

CLICK HERE for the live Q+A. 


Cast & Creative

Created and Directed by John Terry

Musical Directors: Harry Sever and Michael Jennings

Editing and visual effects: Richard Gnosill for Third Act Montage

Starring: Paul Ansdell, Ian Gain, Christian James, Evie James, John McCraw, Claire Moore, Anna Tolputt

Speakers: Professor John Frater, Professor Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, Dr Nicola Fawcett, Dr Emilie Taylor-Pirie, Professor Sunetra Gupta, Professor Sally Shuttleworth

Ticketing Info

Now streaming.

Running time 75 mins. 

Suitable for ages 14+ 

See the benefits to become a friend or patron »
Suitable For 14+



Produced by Chipping Norton Theatre