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
The Corn Exchange, Wallingford is currently raising funds for a new roof - the existing roof has been there for 160 years and is beginning to leak badly when it rains. The overall cost is £500,000 and they have to raise £350,000 (from grants, loans, sponsorship and fundraising events). The work is taking place in the summer and the theatre/cinema will be closed from June till the autumn.
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. Rowbarge 25th and 27th July, Forbury 25th July, Sonning 29th July.
Jigsaw Stage Productions (Wantage) are looking for men who would like to take part either as chorus members or for named parts (singing and/or acting) in their Musical Show Made in Dagenham, to be staged in April. Previous experience is not essential. See the Message Board for more information.
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.
|21 Feb||BATS Next Generation would love you to go and see Avenue Q at the Haymarket Basingstoke this week from 23rd to 25th February.|
|10 Feb||Review of Silchester Players' Cinderella ("Silchester Players do it with more style and attention to detail than most... an enjoyable evening of traditional panto" - NWN).|
|9 Feb||Marlborough Players' next production is Peter Coke's comedy A Breath of Spring from 29th March to 1st April.|
|2 Feb||Review of Dead Simple at the Mill at Sonning ("snappy thriller... they succeed in keeping everyone on the edge of their seats... strong, well-observed performances" - NWN).|
|31 Jan||Reviews of the Watermill's Murder For Two ("a great show, very funny and with bravura performances" - Newbury Theatre; "constantly undercuts its own potential for sly humour by trying far too hard... the saving grace is the natural charm and considerable skill of the performers" - The Guardian (3 stars); "dippy and zippy... the script plies on the wisecracks as the red herrings pile up" - The Telegraph (4 stars); "both men play with aplomb... madcap... amusing and fun" - The Times (2 stars)).|
|30 Jan||Studio Theatre Club's next production is The Duchess of Malfi from 26th to 29th April.|
|30 Jan||Loddon Players' next production is Out of Sight... Out of Murder from 27th to 29th April.|
|30 Jan||Goring Gap Players have an acting workshop on Love and Romance in Shakespeare's Comedies, How to Act Comic Material on 14th February and Peter Gordon's Murdered to Death from 29th March to 1st April.|
BATS Next Generation's production from 23rd to 25th February is Avenue Q at the Haymarket, Basingstoke - a laugh-out-loud musical about a recent college grad who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
TADS' next production is The Uninvited from 24th to 25th March. A brother and sister purchase Cliff End at a suspiciously low price. The reason is soon apparent. Fifteen years earlier a murder may or may not have occurred by the gnarled tree that can be viewed from the parlour window. They begin to sense the evil spirit that still inhabits the house.
Sinodun Players' spring production at Wallingford is the classic cricketing comedy Outside Edge by Richard Harris from 29th March to 1st April. It’s a Saturday afternoon in summer and an important local cricket match is underway. But while the team captain is trying to keep his men focused on the game, there’s slow-burning meltdown among their wives and girlfriends.
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