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.
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New Era Players, St John’s and St George’s Churches come together in a production of the medieval mystery play, The Passion. Adapted, though still with much of the earthy and at times humorous original Middle English verse, by poet Tony Harrison, this dramatic re-telling of the Passion of Christ incorporates scenes from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry to the final moments on the cross. Performances are on 24th, 25th, 27th and 28th March, at 20:00. For bookings phone St George’s Office on 01635 41249 or the New Era Box Office 07919 916009. £10, £8 concessions.
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.
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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|11 Mar||Sinodun Players' next production at the beginning of April in Wallingford is Quartermaine's Terms.|
|9 Mar||New productions from Abingdon Drama Club (Dangerous Corner), Chiltern Players (Marking Time) and Didcot Phoenix Drama Group (Love's Labour's Lost).|
|8 Mar||New season at the Corn Exchange and New Greenham Arts, Newbury.|
|5 Mar||Review of KATS' Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates ("a real treat for all the family... a hugely entertaining production" - NWN).|
|5 Mar||Review of The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company's The Wizard of Oz ("a good, spectacular show" - NWN).|
|5 Mar||New Era Players, St John’s and St George’s Churches come together in a production of the medieval mystery play, The Passion on 24th, 25th, 27th and 28th March, at st John's Church, Newbury.|
|1 Mar||Compton Players' spring production is The Invisible Man by Ken Hill, from 14th to 17th May.|
|1 Mar||New season at the Kenton Theatre, Henley|
|1 Mar||More musicals at the New Theatre, Oxford.|
|1 Mar||New season at Central Studio, Basingstoke.|
|27 Feb||Review of the Watermill's All My Sons ("highly recommended" - Newbury Theatre).|
|25 Feb||Marlborough Players' next production from 27th to 29th March is Jim Cartwright's Two.|
|16 Feb||Review of the Watermill's The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea ("an enchanting evening's entertainment... an absolute treat" - NWN).|
|12 Feb||Review of Silchester Players' Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves ("enough enthusiasm and warmth to banish the winter chill" - NWN).|
Trainspotting follows the adventures of Mark “Rent Boy” Renton, Alison, Sick Boy, Begbie and friends, as they navigate the bedsits, bars and drug-dens that populate Edinburgh’s underbelly, in search of drugs, alcohol, or even a toilet, whilst struggling to cope with unemployment, alcoholism and drug addiction. Progress Theatre's production is from 17th to 22nd March.
From 24th to 28th March in Newbury there is a production of the medieval mystery play The Passion. Adapted, though still with much of the earthy and at times humorous original Middle English verse, by poet Tony Harrison, this dramatic re-telling of the Passion of Christ incorporates scenes from the beginning of Jesus’ ministry to the final moments on the cross.
It’s New York City in the 1940’s and all the hot gamblers are in town. Nathan Detroit needs money to set up the crap game and Sky Masterson bets him the money that missionary Sarah will go to Havana with Sky. Will she go? Newbury Musical Theatre Society's production of Guys and Dolls is at the Corn Exchange from 9th to 12th April.
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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