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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News and special events
Newbury Spring Festival are again offering young people free tickets to most festival events in return for a review. The Critics must be between 16 and 30 to take part. There is also a prize for the top 3 reviews, which are judged by a professional panel of national journalists. More information here.
OK, Spring is here (brrr!) and it can't be long til Summer, with all the lovely open air productions. We've got the first crop of them listed here - thirteen so far, and for a change, nearly half of them aren't Shakespeare.
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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|12 Apr||Touring dates in June for the Watermill's Hardboiled - the Fall of Sam Shadow.|
|9 Apr||Review of the New Era's The Passion ("a large ensemble cast worked hard to bring it all to life... this was a brave attempt to produce something worthy and both entertaining and enlightening" - NWN).|
|9 Apr||Review of the Watermill Senior Youth Theatre's Life Lessons ("a sparkling, witty play... a cleverly staged production... tremendous fun and played with total commitment from this young talented cast" - NWN).|
|9 Apr||Reviews of the Watermill's Sense and Sensibility ("delightful adaptation, well performed by a strong cast" - Newbury Theatre; "charming... assured adaptation" - The Good Review (four stars); "charming, funny and beautifully crafted" - Basingstoke Gazette; "for Austin devotees, this will certainly delight and newcomers to her work will be captivated. This is bound to be yet another hit for the Watermill" - British Theatre Guide).|
|8 Apr||Sinodun Players' next production in Wallingford is Stepping Out from 20th to 24th May.|
|8 Apr||Russell Players' next production in Swallowfield is Family Spirit from 15th to 17th May.|
|27 Mar||Mortimer Dramatic Society's production at the end of May is Third Week in August.|
|27 Mar||Loddon Players' production from 1st to 3rd May is Alan Ayckbourn's Confusions.|
|27 Mar||Faringdon Dramatic Society's June production is Steel Magnolias.|
|27 Mar||Boundary Players' next production in Tadley from 6th to 10th May is Terry Pratchett's Mort The Play.|
|27 Mar||The Basildonians and Goring Gap Players have a joint open air production of A Midsummer Night's Dream from 1st to 5th July.|
|27 Mar||Aldermaston Players' open air production is Treasure Island from 11th to 12th July.|
|27 Mar||Blewbury Players' summer open air production is Cider With Rosie from 16th to 19th July.|
|27 Mar||Studio Theatre Club's next production from 21st to 24th May in Abingson is Chekhov's Three Sisters.|
|27 Mar||St Peter's Players' next production is The Oxford Roof Climber's Rebellion in Wolvercote.|
|27 Mar||Lots of summer open air productions.|
|27 Mar||New season at Progress Theatre, including their summer open air production of Love's Labour's Lost... and Won.|
|25 Mar||The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company Players are holding a Read Through for their July producion of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie on Friday 28th March at URC Hall, High Street, Hungerford at 20:00. Auditions are on Friday 4th April at URC Hall at 20:00.|
|25 Mar||Nomads Musical Theatre's production from 27th to 29th March is Showtime Royale at New Greenham Arts, Newbury.|
|19 Mar||Booking opens at Newbury Corn Exchange for the RSC Live productions of Love's Labour's Lost and Love's Labour's Won (Much Ado About Nothing) in February and March (2015!).|
|16 Mar||Review of the Watermill's All My Sons ("although other, better revivals have struck home harder, Douglas Rintoul’s compact account at the Watermill still feels worthwhile" - Telegraph (3 stars)).|
Loddon Players' production is Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn from 1st to 3rd May. It's a set of five loosely related one act plays dealing with human eccentricities and loneliness: five self immolated characters on park benches, a mother unable to escape from baby talk, an unsuccessful seduction attempt, a fraught dinner encounter and a disastrous fete.
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.
In The Invisible Man, Ken Hill has turned H.G. Wells's gripping novel into a music-hall romp, combining tongue-in-cheek humour with tragedy and magic. The sinister Griffin arrives in the village of Iping with a bandaged face and an unsociable manner, but when he starts to remove his clothes the fun begins. Compton Players' production is from 14th to 17th May.
Bawdy, anarchic and lots of fun,The Box Theatre Company's modern version of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales takes the form of a storytelling competition. Set in the present, the approach is deliberately un-academic and the aim, to entertain, with all the spirit of the original’s sense of chivalry and satire. It's at the Watermill from 14th to 17th May.
Russell Players' next production in Swallowfield is Family Spirit from 15th to 17th May. When Arthur dies, he’s a little surprised to find not only that he died but he’s still in his old house. His guide explains that he’s being assessed to determine which way he goes next. A few problems arise, between his funeral and his final destination, that need to be sorted out.
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