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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The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company have urgent need of 3 door flats about 8 feet high for their touring production of The Odd Couple which opens on Friday 22nd September. Their flatage is too tall for some of the venues that they will be playing. They thought they had the problem solved but unfortunately their solution has fallen apart. They will hire or make a donation to any company that can help them. Contact the chairman David Clayton on 07776 306024 or email .
After the success of recent productions, The Watermill’s Artistic Director, Paul Hart, will form a resident Shakespeare company, The Watermill Ensemble, at the theatre. The Watermill has a reputation for producing exciting Shakespeare and Hart’s productions of Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night have recently returned to the theatre. Romeo and Juliet was Hart’s first production as Artistic Director in 2016 and featured a young company of multi-talented performers, including accomplished actor-musicians, with a 50:50 gender split. The aim of the Watermill Ensemble is to combine Shakespeare’s texts and live music to create new versions of the plays which will tour. They will also form part of The Watermill’s education programme. Announcing the new ensemble Hart says: ‘The Watermill has always been the most wonderfully nurturing place to create work and the space itself forces you to think outside the box. We’ve found it’s the perfect environment to create productions that are bold, fresh and irreverent. I’ve loved making work with the casts of Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night and we can’t wait to get back into rehearsals to try something new. I think a good ensemble forces everyone in the room to up their game and be experimental.’ Next year The Watermill Ensemble will create a new production to be announced.
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|23 Sep||TADS' next production is Jack and the Beanstalk from 8th to 9th December in Tilehurst.|
|21 Sep||Review of Greenham: One Hundred Years of War and Peace ("exceedingly impressive community production... a wonderful experience" - NWN).|
|19 Sep||Triangle Players of Tilehurst urgently need a male actor for their October production.|
|18 Sep||Hungerford Theatre are touring their production of The Odd Couple between 22nd September and 14th October.|
|18 Sep||Hungerford Theatre urgently need 3 door flats for their touring production of The Odd Couple which opens on Friday.|
|14 Sep||Review of New Era's Dear Lupin ("absolutely superb... the cast are exceedingly impressive... this was a most enjoyable production and is highly recommended" - NWN).|
|14 Sep||Russell Players present a Music Hall in Swallowfield from 13th to 15th October.|
|1 Sep||Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group's family show from 23rd to 25th November is The Golden Goose.|
|1 Sep||Faringdon Dramatic Society present So Long Leonard for one night on 9th September in Lechlade.|
|30 Aug||Review of Creation Theatre Company's Alice ("effervescent and accessible... keeps the children in constant giggles" - NWN).|
|29 Aug||Triangle Players of Tilehurst need male actors urgently for their next production from 26th to 28th October.|
|25 Aug||There's a look back at Newbury Youth Theatre's performance and stay in Edinburgh by Robin Strapp.|
|25 Aug||Review of Newbury Dramatic Society's The Interview at Edinburgh ("fine performances from the cast, who create this surreal situation with total commitment and conviction" - NWN).|
|25 Aug||Review of KATS' Chase Me Up Farndale Avenue, S’il Vous Plait! ("the pace and slickness was excellent throughout... KATS were more than equal to these demands and pulled it off splendidly" - NWN).|
Compton Players are celebrating their 70th anniversary with a spectacular production of Shakespeare’s Richard III. Richard’s is a wartime story of murder, lust for power and an evil determination to become King. Was Richard really a villain, or a victim of his own deformity? It's on between 12th and 21st October.
Russell Players present a Music Hall in Swallowfield from 13th to 15th October. A comprehensive programme is planned with a view to bringing you an enjoyable evening of songs, sketches and laughter. So take a step back in time and enjoy a repertoire of traditional music hall entertainment performed with great enthusiasm.
We have searched long and hard to find something as fun and entertaining as last year's sell-out production of Cinderella and we believe The Golden Goose is it! We are Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group and the show is on from 23rd to 25th November. It's suitable for adults and children of all ages and is sure to brighten up those dark November evenings.
AmEgos' next production from 29th November to 2nd December in Wantage is Spamalot, a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen. Join King Arthur as he travels with his hapless Knights of the Round Table on a divine mission to locate the illusive Holy Grail – with uproarious consequences.
TADS' panto from 8th to 9th December in Tilehurst is a traditional Pantomime with Dame Trott and her sons, Jack and Simple Simon with Daisy the Cow. Jack’s in love with the Squire’s daughter, Jill but has no prospects. The Giant's plans to capture the children are thwarted with the aid of Fairy Cake. Snott and Bogie, the Drainbusters, pop in and out to keep things going.
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