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. Posters of forthcoming productions are here.
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News and special events
Goring Gap Players are holding auditions for thier November production of Twelfth Night on 22nd (afternoon), 25th (evening) and 29th (afternoon) July in the Morrell Room, Streatley. There is no need to prepare anything - just come along with and open mind and a determination to have fun! See their website for more details.
The Message Board has gone! It's been on the site for a long time and over the past few years it hasn't been used much. This year there's only been one posting. The introduction of GDPR seemed a good opportunity to put it out to pasture. If you want to let people know what your group's doing, email and I'll put something on the front page for you.
As usual, there are lots of open-air shows this summer. Shakespeare predominates, but this year there are quite a few other genres, including once again Micron Theatre's two productions moving around the canals. You can see them all here.
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|18 Jul||Review of Newbury Dramatic Society's London Suite ("well acted... a well-matched set of plays" - NWN).|
|17 Jul||Goring Gap Players are holding auditions for thier November production of Twelfth Night on 22nd, 25th and 29th July in Streatley.|
|13 Jul||On 29th July Faringdon Dramatic Society are presenting a radio style performance of David Tristram's one act play Last Tango in Little Grimley. Entry is free.|
|10 Jul||New Era Players’ next production in Wash Common between 6th and 15th September is Second Person Narrative.|
|1 Jul||Shinfield Players near Reading want male actors for their October production of Spamalot which has a massive male cast. Give Graham Vockins a call on 07960 025754 but hurry as he wants to announce the final line up shortly. There's a huge chorus if it's your first time on stage. Some singing/dancing/acting roles left!|
|27 Jun||Reviews of the Watermill's Jerusalem ("a superbly impressive performance" - Newbury Theatre; "The superb ensemble, meanwhile, make the bravura dialogue sound as revitalising as ever and you’re going to have to fight your way in to get a seat" ★★★★★ - The Telegraph; "Britton shows greatness in how he makes [Rooster] his own... this modern great play remains immense" ★★★★★ - The Times; ★★★ - The Guardian).|
|21 Jun||Review of The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company's The Vicar of Dibley ("the play got off to a flying start, the acting was spot-on all round and the laughter rang out in the theatre from start to curtain call... a well-paced, very well acted show, in which every single character had a chance to shine – and did" - NWN).|
|19 Jun||The Goring Gap Players and The Basildonians are presenting a joint open-air production of The Rivals by Sheridan in the beautiful grounds of Little Bowden (near Pangbourne) from 10th to 14th July.|
KATS' next production from 26th to 28th July in Upper Bucklebury is Confusions, a collection of Alan Ayckbourn’s short one act plays. Whether the comedies concern marital conflict, infidelity or motherhood and take place in a restaurant or at a village fete, the characters are familiar and their cries for help instantly recognisable.
Faringdon Dramatic Society present Last Tango in Little Grimley on 29th July. In Little Grimley, membership of the local amdram society is down to four – the audiences aren’t much bigger – and if they don’t come up with some rent money soon, they’re going to be thrown out. Time for dramatic action. The only thing selling tickets nowadays – sex.
New Era Players’ next production in Wash Common between 6th and 15th September is Second Person Narrative by Jemma Kennedy, a montage of short scenes capturing fragments of a woman’s life starting from her birth and ending in her… ‘re-assignment?’
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