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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Stagelights are looking for extra actors for their next production: they would like to put on Charley's Aunt. Production dates are Thursday 29th to Saturday 31st January 2015. They need 3 males and 1 or 2 females in their twenties. Rehearsals will begin towards the end of August.
This year's Stockfest at Stockcross in August has got three theatre-related productions: A Musical Showcase from Newbury Musical Theatre Society, History of Punch and Judy and Murder Mystery Dinner and Intrigue.
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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|19 Aug||Kingsclere Players' production from 24th to 25th October is Two's Company, a pair of duologues.|
|19 Aug||Review of KATS' Caramba's Revenge ("little gem of a play... a lively evening's entertainment" - NWN).|
|13 Aug||Review of The Boxford Masques ("superbly costumed... an evening that was a mix of humour and terrible sadness" - NWN).|
|13 Aug||Review of The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie ("a free-flowing, fascinating production" - NWN).|
|7 Aug||Review of Newbury Youth Theatre's The Bee Man of Orn ("an ambitious production which the enthusiastic troupe of performers carries off with skill and confidence... they work together so well as a team" - NWN).|
|4 Aug||New Era Players are producing Oh What a Lovely War in Wash Common, Newbury from 10th to 20th September.|
|3 Aug||Stagelights want three male and one or two female actors for their January production of Charley's Aunt.|
|3 Aug||Reviews of Faringdon Dramatic Society's Steel Magnolias ("the play was funny and moving and a job well done") and BreakaLeg's Hobson's Choice ("a play full of strong characters which were well thought through and acted... a fine evening's entertainment").|
|3 Aug||H.A.O.D.S are presenting Oh! What a Lovely War in the open air at Sonning Common from 6th to 9th August, then indoors at Henley from 13th to 16th August. Abingdon Operatic Society's next production is Sweet Charity from 27th October to 1st November. Faringdon Dramatic Society's production from 6th to 8th November is Reflections 1914-18.|
|29 Jul||BreakaLeg's next production is Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband at the Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon from 10th to 13th September.|
|25 Jul||The Young Vic production of A Streetcar Named Desire from National Theatre Live is coming to cinemas on 16th Spetember.|
|25 Jul||The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse is coming to Highclere Village Hall this Sunday, 27th July.|
|24 Jul||More reviews of Calamity Jane ("an absolute cracker of a musical... a pure delight to watch these thirteen multi-talented actors perform with such brio... a jubilant celebration of musical theatre" - British Theatre Guide; "rip-roaring production... there's nothing calamitous about this production" - NWN).|
|23 Jul||Review of Newbury Dramatic Society's Local Heroes of 1914-18 ("it told the story of the war mainly from the viewpoint of the women and children left behind") - NWN).|
|22 Jul||Review of the Watermill's Calamity Jane ("ticks all the boxes... fast paced, full of life and great fun. This is what a musical ought to be!" - Newbury Theatre).|
|21 Jul||This year's Stockfest at Stockcross in August has got three theatre-related productions: A Musical Showcase from Newbury Musical Theatre Society, History of Punch and Judy and Murder Mystery Dinner and Intrigue.|
This year's Stockfest at Stockcross has got three theatre-related productions: A Musical Showcase from Newbury Musical Theatre Society on 16th August, History of Punch and Judy on 20th August and Murder Mystery Dinner and Intrigue on 21st August. There are lots of other non-theatre events too!
New Era's next production from 11th to 20th September is Oh What a Lovely War, created by Joan Littlewood with the Theatre Workshop and first performed in 1963. It is not a celebration of war but comment on the horrors. It is interesting to see how our views of it have changed, or not, in the half century since it was written.
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