Arts & Culture

Fiddler on the Roof at Oxford Playhouse

By John Charlton

From Monday 15 to Saturday 20 January the award-winning Oxford Operatic Society returns to the Playhouse to do what they do best: bring a beloved musical to life. Fiddler on the Roof, the enduringly popular show that won nine Tony Awards and had a highly successful film adaptation in 1971, brings gorgeous song and strong performances from some of Oxford’s best non-professional performers to the stage.

The story follows Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman who lives in a small Ukrainian village with his sharp tongued wife and their strong minded daughters who wish to marry for love. But as a rapidly changing world threatens to displace them, is all their squabbling for nothing?

Taking the iconic lead role of Teyve is Steve Mellin, who will be joined on stage by his two sons. ‘Tevye is so multi-faceted it makes the role really interesting to explore. He is funny and cheeky, yet quick tempered and harsh…he is traditional and strong, yet open-minded and vulnerable’.

Featuring hits such as If I Were a Rich Man, Matchmaker and Sunrise Sunset, this timeless classic beautifully captures and comments on vital themes, while also revealing plenty of heart.

Monday 15 to Saturday 20 January 2018

Tickets for Fiddler on the Roof at Oxford Playhouse start at £10 and are available from the Ticket Office on 01865 305305 or book online at