Newbury theatre guide
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 What's new below.
In the spotlight
Summer's here, and as usual there are loads of open-air theatre productions. We've got 17 productions scheduled, and they're all listed here.
See What's on for a list of everything.
News and special events
AmEgos are holding two read-throughs, with a view to casting their next play - Noises Off - on 6th and 10th August. The show is in Wantage in the first week of December.
Mothlight Theatre are running two 'Play in a Box' weekends at ACE Space in Newbury on 18th to 19th July and 15th to 16th August. A Play-in-a-Box weekend is a 2-day playmaking event for 7-11 year olds. Children devise their own play from scratch which they will then perform for family and friends at the end. It's great fun, confidence-boosting, and a brilliant thing to do over the summer! To book or for more information please contact or Nina on 07766 945998.
The Watermill have announced the appointment of Paul Hart as the company’s new Artistic and Executive Director. Hart takes up the position in the Autumn 2015, succeeding Hedda Beeby who steps down after 8 years in post. Beeby will continue as part-time Associate Producer for a handover period.
Is pretending to like Beckett an example of The Emperor's New Clothes? See why Daniel Finkelstein of The Times described Happy Days as an "incomprehensible load of old gibberish" here.
Feeling guilty because you don't like (or can't understand) Antigone or Medea? Don't be - read Catherine Nixey's article.
The Oxfordshire Drama Wardrobe has a stock of over 5,000 costume and prop items available for hire to drama groups, schools and colleges. They have costumes from almost every period, from Ancient Rome, through Elizabethan to Georgian. They also have a good range for the Victorian/Edwardian eras, and for the 1920s-1950s, with a large choice of WW2 allied uniforms. They're happy to discuss your needs with you and to see how they can help you to stage a visually striking play without having to break your budget. www.oxondramawardrobe.co.uk
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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|23 Jul||Kennet Opera return to Stockfest on 26th August with an evening of song from the great operas.|
|23 Jul||Review of The Federation of West Berkshire Rural Primary Schools' Beneath the Lines at The Watermill ("a truly poignant play, performed with gusto by a young enthusiastic cast... they all should feel exceedingly proud of their splendid achievement... a thoroughly enjoyable evening" - NWN).|
|23 Jul||AmEgos are holding two read-throughs, with a view to casting their next play - Noises Off - on 6th and 10th August. The show is in Wantage in the first week of December.|
|22 Jul||More reviews of the Watermill's A Little History of the World ("a cute, inventive and joyous walk through European cultural history... take your teenagers" - The Times (4 stars); "a perfect summer holiday family treat" - WhatsOnStage (4 stars); "a sheer joy, an absolute gem" - British Theatre Guide).|
|17 Jul||Review of the Watermill's A Little History of the World ("a great show for youngsters and grownups alike" - Newbury Theatre).|
|17 Jul||Mothlight Theatre are running two 'Play in a Box' weekends at ACE Space in Newbury on 18th to 19th July and 15th to 16th August.|
|14 Jul||The next production from TADS is Curtain Up on Murder from 11th to 12th September in Tilehurst.|
|12 Jul||Newbury Youth Theatre's Edinburgh Fringe production this year is Cautionary Tales, previewing at the Corn Exchange, Newbury on 25th July.|
|9 Jul||Review of Oxford Shakespeare Company's Twelfth Night ("I’ve never seen a Feste with this depth of emotion before... there are many things to like" - Newbury Theatre).|
|9 Jul||The Watermill have got a Buy One Get One Free offer on tickets for A Little History of the World between 14th and 18th July. Call the Box Office and quote LHOW1.|
|28 Jun||Autumn schedules up to the end of the year for the major theatres.|
|25 Jun||This year's theatre events at HADCAF (Hungerford and District Community Arts Festival) on 26th June, 4th and 11th July.|
|25 Jun||Review of The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company's Spring and Port Wine ("the acting overall was very good and the pace, lighting, sound and costumes all well put together" - NWN).|
|25 Jun||Review of New Era's Be My Baby ("the cast were superb, performing with energy and youthful innocence... a highly enjoyable evening" - NWN).|
Oxford Shakespeare Company's open-air production is Twelfth Night in Wadham College Gardens from 29th June to 15th August. The OSC has always attracted high calibre acting and musical talents and this year is no exception, with fine vocals, drums, fiddles, cello, double bass, clarinet and guitars in Nick Lloyd Webber's sensational and critically acclaimed score.
The next production from TADS is Curtain Up on Murder from 11th to 12th September in Tilehurst. An amateur dramatic society gets trapped while rehearsing in the theatre at the end of a pier. Events take a sinister turn when a mysterious, ghostly presence passes across the stage, and when one of them dies, the remaining actors are thrown into disarray.
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