Find out about theatre events coming up in and around
Newbury and West Berkshire, reaching out to Oxford, Basingstoke
and Reading. This site is updated very frequently - see
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It's time to book up your Christmas show
before they sell out. From the end of November to the early new year, we get the
professional pantos and some of the amateur ones, with the rest of the amateur
ones kicking in later in January. This year, we've got Pinocchio
(three times), The Night Before Christmas, Jack and the
Beanstalk (three times), Robin Hood, Sinbad,
The Golden Goose, I've Seen Santa, The
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, I’m an Aristocrat Get Me Out
of Here, Father Christmas and the Icicle Bicycle,
Aladdin (twice), Dick Whittington, The
Star of David, Snow White and the Fairy Tale Creatures,
Babes in the Wood (twice), Cinderella,
Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates and
The Wizard of Oz. Phew! See What's on
for dates and links.
And the mummers
This year we've got mummers'
plays on 13th, 20th, 21st and 26th December.
AmEgos is holding a Christmas Quiz on
Sunday 15th December
for teams of up to 6 people - £5 per team. 19:30 at King Alfred's Head, Wantage.
The Watermill Theatre is one of three winners (out of 179 applications) for
the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme which provides six-month
placements in major theatres throughout the UK for emerging professional theatre
composers, and Paul Herbert will join The Watermill.
The York Nativity Play is back in
Aldermaston for the 57th year. It's at the church of St Mary the Virgin at
Aldermaston from 6th to 8th December. For free tickets, send an S.A.E. to R.
Fowler, 40a The Street, Aldermaston RG7 4LW or email
iPad users: annoyed by the poster popups in 'Coming soon'
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Digital Theatre have now got downloads or online rentals of Globe Theatre
productions of Henry VIII, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2
and The Merry Wives of Windsor for sale.
There's an interesting article by the Watermill's Tei Williams about the process in staging
a Watermill production, from choosing the play through to the
opening night. It's here.
If you're under 25, you can get Watermill tickets for £10 from the box
office. This is for performances from Monday to Thursday. You can also get
Student Standby tickets on the day for £3.
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Reviews of Jack and the Beanstalk at the Corn Exchange, Newbury ("'gigantic' fun... superb surprises... fun family panto" - NWN; "a fantastic romp of a show" - WhatsOnStage; "family-friendly pantomime fun" - Reading Chronicle),
Reviews of the Watermill's Pinocchio("a perfect alternative to the traditional pantomime... this delightful show... is the ideal family Christmas show" - NWN; "a delightful choice... light-hearted and creative production" - The Stage).
Review of the Watermill Young Company's You Can’t Take It With You("Any comedy of this quality demands perfect timing and this energetic cast had it in abundance and they seemed to be enjoying every minute of the production, as did the appreciative audience" - NWN).
Review of Kennet Opera's La Bohème("another triumph from our local opera company" - NWN).
BAOS's spring production is Thoroughly Modern Millie in Basingstoke
Marlborough Players' Spring production in March 2014 will be Two by Jim Cartwright. They are holding a read through on Sunday 24th November and then open auditions on Monday 25th and Wednesday 27th November.
Review of Box Theatre Company's Habeas Corpus ("an entertaining and enjoyable evening's production" - NWN).
Review of Newbury Musical Theatre's Sweeney Todd("Newbury Musical Theatre rose to this challenge and pulled it off amazingly well... a terrific piece of theatre" - NWN).
The Watermill have announced their Spring season, with new commissions including Sense and Sensibility and A Bunch of Amateurs.
Oxford Theatre Guild are holding open auditions for their March production of A Streetcar Named Desire on
13th and 18th November at South Oxford Community Centre, and on
15th November at URC Summertown Oxford.
Progress Theatre are holding auditions for their March production of Trainspotting on
Wednesday 6th November at 19:30 and
Sunday 10th November at 14:30.
Hook Players' panto is Jack and the Beanstalk from
29th November to 7th December. This is a traditional panto with lots of songs and lots of silly jokes for all the family to enjoy. Can Jack save the people of Merrydale from the scary giant and his horrible henchman? Will Jack, Jill and Daisy the cow live happily ever after?
Come and find out.
Christchurch Players' panto is Sinbad in Tadley from
29th to 30th November and 6th to 7th December. Sinbad wants to marry Shaheen, daughter of the Caliph, but there are a few obstacles. For a start, there's the villainous Al Capone and his evil genie, then Sinbad has to bring back a rok, braving shipwrecks, a whale,
sharks and pirates on the way.
A Class Act bring David Slade's new play The Mark to Arlington Arts from
12th to 14th December. It’s been many years since Alfie’s diamond heist but since his wealth has
now gone, he has just one last shot at the big time. He hears of a mysterious system of marks in the
London sewers, which leads those prepared to follow to many unknown treasures…
The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company's Town Show is The Wizard of Oz from 19th to 22nd February. Little Dorothy dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world.
Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin man, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy's imagination.
The Sainsbury Singers' big spring production is Rogers and Hammerstein's Carousel from 14th to 17th May. When Billy uses his charms to attract Julie at a local town fair, their relationship comes with an unexpectedly high price - their jobs. Desperate to bring an end to their financial worries, he agrees to take part in a robbery with tragic consequences.
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