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The actor Michael York, a former member of Univ Players.

The University College Players (or Univ Players for short) are the theatrical society of University College, Oxford.

The first production was in May 1941 when Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors was performed in cooperation with Merton College. Peter Bayley was the senior member from the start till the 1960s. After the Second World War, Univ Players was re-founded with a production of Measure for Measure in 1946.

In 1953, a young Maggie Smith appeared in a production of He Who Gets Slapped by the Russian playwright Leonid Andreyev, after attending a theatrical training scheme at the Oxford Playhouse.

Michael York was a Univ Players member in the early 1960s, before graduating with a degree in English in 1964. Peter Sissons, later to become a newscaster, was Treasurer of the Univ Players during his time studying at University College in the 1960s. John Albery took over from Peter Bayley as the senior member of the Players during the 1960s, after his appointment as a chemistry don at University College. He organized the Univ Revue for many years.

In the 1970s, the Univ Players they produced successful outdoor summer productions of The Seagull (1976, in St. Hilda's meadow), A Midsummer Night's Dream and an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (1977 and 1978, in the grounds of Magdalen College School by Magdalen Bridge).

More recently they have had annual outdoor summer productions in the garden of the Master's Lodgings (e.g., The School for Scandal in 2003).

Univ Revue

John Albery organized the Univ Revue in the college Hall for many years. It consisted of an irreverent series of sketches with some musical by both fellows and students of the college. Performers included John Albery, Leslie Mitchell, Jean Maud, Colin Moynihan, John Redcliffe-Maud and others.


Here are a selection of former members:

See also


  • Darwall-Smith, Robin, A History of University College, Oxford. Oxford University Press, 2008, pages 469, 478, 495–6. ISBN 978-0-19-928429-0.

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