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.
In the spotlight
Open air productions
As usual, we've got lots of open air productions this year. They're all here.
See What's on for a list of everything.
News and special events
AmEgos are recruiting for their November production of Spamalot at Wantage. There's a talk-in on Sunday 2nd July and auditions on Sunday 9th July, both at 14:00 at Childrey. Details here.
Compton Players are looking for a 1930s or 1940s wheelchair for their big October production of Richard III. If you know of one they could borrow / hire / buy, please call Helen on 07976 797301.
WANTED: two 1940s style microphones to borrow, hire or purchase. They don't have to work. TADS' next production on 8th and 9th September will be the classic Brief Encounter set as a radio play. If you can help please contact Roger on 0118 943 3016 or e-mail .
The organisers of Greenham: War and Peace are looking for a large cast of community performers to perform alongside a small professional cast. It's a large scale outdoor community event on the Common on 8th and 9th September. Details here.
Tom Rooney is offering to any drama and/or musical
groups a FREE Comedy Stage Play to perform throughout 2017.
Tom says,"Whilst written as a Comedy Stage Play there are lots of opportunities for other types of creativity, music, song, choreography and even puppetry. In fact it is an ideal vehicle for any group to put their own stamp on the work. There are even songs available if groups wanted to write and produce their own music. As recently featured in both the AM DRAM Newsletter as well as the Portsmouth Amateur Diary, I am hoping to offer all sorts of communities and groups the opportunity to raise much needed funds for their own worthy causes throughout 2017. To this end I would like to offer my newest and original Comedy Stage Play - The House of Von Rimmer - free of royalties and performing rights, or any other monetary payment, and wondered if you, or any group you know, would consider it for production."
You can see all the details here.
Mikron Theatre Co are back again this summer with shows at The Rowbarge, Woolhampton; Forbury Gardens, Reading; and The Riverside Tea Garden at Sonning Lock. The shows are Best Foot Forward, a hike through the history of hostelling, and In at the Deep End, the history of the RNLI. Details here.
Is pretending to like Beckett an example of The Emperor's New Clothes? See why Daniel Finkelstein of The Times described Happy Days as an "incomprehensible load of old gibberish" here.
Feeling guilty because you don't like (or can't understand) Antigone or Medea? Don't be - read Catherine Nixey's article.
The Oxfordshire Drama Wardrobe has a stock of over 5,000 costume and prop items available for hire to drama groups, schools and colleges. They have costumes from almost every period, from Ancient Rome, through Elizabethan to Georgian. They also have a good range for the Victorian/Edwardian eras, and for the 1920s-1950s, with a large choice of WW2 allied uniforms. They're happy to discuss your needs with you and to see how they can help you to stage a visually striking play without having to break your budget. www.oxondramawardrobe.co.uk
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 £5.
You can get the latest updates via RSS or Twitter (@NewburyTheatre). If you don't know what RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is, this may not be for you (find out more here), but if you're using an RSS reader already, this is a good way to keep up to date with the changes to this site.
|25 Jun||AmEgos' next production from 11th to 13th August in the open air at Uffington is The Importance of Being Earnest.|
|25 Jun||... and AmEgos are recruiting for their November production of Spamalot at Wantage. There's a talk-in on Sunday 2nd July and auditions on Sunday 9th July, both at 14:00 at Childrey.|
|23 Jun||Compton Players are looking for a 1930s or 1940s wheelchair for their big October production of Richard III. Can you help?|
|22 Jun||Review of New Era's Di and Viv and Rose("an endearing and heart-warming play... a touching and moving production" - NWN).|
|21 Jun||Review of The Community of Hungerford Children's Theatre's Madagascar A Musical Adventure Jr ("the discipline of all the actors was most impressive... a well-produced and lively show" - NWN).|
|20 Jun||TADS need two 1940s style microphones for their September production of Brief Encounter.|
|6 Jun||More reviews of House and Garden ("the pace is breathtaking... the perfect summer entertainment filled with humour" - British Theatre Guide; "a larky yet lacerating beauty of a comedy... some beguiling shafts of comedy and pain" - The Times; "the cast are marvellous, with several standout performances" - Daily Info).|
|2 Jun||Reviews of the Watermill's House and Garden ("both productions were a hoot... acting was exceptional and the timing perfect" - Newbury Theatre; "a perfect summer's evening's entertainment" - WhatsOnStage (4 stars); "real depth and feeling... Ayckbourn's brilliant, occasionally brutal, double-bill comes thrillingly alive" - The Stage (4 stars)).|
|1 Jun||Review of Newbury Dramatic Society's Maskerade ("excellent and often very funny performances... much that was enjoyable" - NWN).|
|30 May||Summer programme for Kennet Morris Men.|
|28 May||Abingdon Drama Club's next production from 21st to 24th June is Thou Shalt Not Suffer.|
|28 May||Review of Mortimer Dramatic Society's Night Must Fall ("an interesting play with some good acting" - Newbury Theatre).|
The Watermill's touring production of Nesting is visiting village halls in June and July and will be at the Watermill from 4th to 8th July. A poignant new play by Ellen Robertson, Nesting is a funny and moving look at compulsive behaviour and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
New Era Players are presenting The Importance of Being Earnest from 6th to 8th July on the Great Lawn at Shaw House. First produced in 1895, it is a comedy where serious things are treated with triviality and trivial things are taken seriously culminating in a hilarious series of mistaken identities, when everyone learns the vital importance of being earnest!
AmEgos' next production from 11th to 13th August in the open air at Uffington is the Oscar Wilde classic The Importance of Being Earnest. When Algernon discovers that his friend, Ernest, has created a fictional brother for whenever he needs a reason to escape dull country life, Algernon poses as the brother, resulting in ever increasing confusion.
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