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
The Corn Exchange have got some courses coming up for young people. There's a Junior Youth Drama course for 7 to 11 year olds for 5 weeks from 23rd February, a Play in a Day for 12 to 16 year olds on 17th February and a Junior Play in a Day for 7 to 11 year olds on 16th February. All these are at New Greenham Arts.
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 £3.
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|5 Feb||More rave reviews of the Watermill's Tell Me on a Sunday ("a stellar performance... a wonderful revival... highly recommended" - British Theatre Guide; "a breathtaking, moving, amusing, entertaining hour of music... Jodie Prenger is a true entertainer in the every sense of the word. An unforgettable evening" - NWN; "surely one of the most memorable evenings that musical theatre can have to offer" - The Reviews Hub (5 stars)).|
|2 Feb||Review of the Watermill's Tell Me on a Sunday ("a really strong and impressive performance... I was blown away by Jodie Prenger’s performance" - Newbury Theatre).|
|24 Jan||Compton Players' next production from 20th to 23rd April is Dennis Potter's Blue Remembered Hills.|
|24 Jan||Loddon Players' next production is Love Begins at Fifty from 21st to 23rd April.|
|24 Jan||New Hilary term season at BT Studio, Oxford.|
|24 Jan||New season at Pegasus Theatre, Oxford.|
|19 Jan||New Spring (and later) production listings from AmEgos, AOS, Blewbury Players, Chiltern Players, DADS, Hungerford Theatre Company, KATS, Mortimer Dramatic Society, Newbury Musical Theatre Society, New Era, Overton Dramatic Society, Reading Operatic Society, Sainsbury Singers, Shinfield Players, Studio Theatre Company and Woodley Players.|
|12 Jan||Razzamataz Theatre School has recently started in Newbury at Park House School. They're for 4-18 year olds and they've got a taster session on Saturday 23rd January.|
|12 Jan||Martin McDonagh's Hangmen from National Theatre Live is coming to cinemas on 3rd March.|
|12 Jan||Boundary Players' next production from 3rd to 6th February in Tadley is a John Godber double bill: Happy Jack and September in the Rain.|
|9 Jan||Russell Players' production between 29th January and 6th February in Swallowfield is Alice... the Panto.|
Silchester Players' next production is Camelot - The Panto from 29th January to 6th February. Uther is planning the wedding of Arthur and Guinevere but evil witch Morgan has other ideas. Can Arthur foil Morgan’s evil plan? With lots of laughs, wonderful songs and plenty of magic this is a must see pantomime for all the family.
Russell Players' production between 29th January and 6th February is Alice... the Panto. Join Alice in her adventure through Wonderland where she enjoys the company of the Mad Hatter and his friends at a tea party, meets dancing cards, a cat in a tree, and a rather unusual caterpillar. She also finds time to chase a certain White Rabbit, try her hand at babysitting, and play a game of croquet.
Faringdon Dramatic Society's panto between 30th January and 6th February is Happily Ever After. Cinderella and Prince Charming were married and lived happily ever after. Or did they...? What would happen to those old tales that we know so well if the endings were changed? Find out in this mixed up tale of magical mayhem!
Boundary Players' next production from 3rd to 6th February is a John Godber double bill: Happy Jack and September in the Rain. Inspired by John Godber's grandparents these funny and touching plays chart the lives of West Yorkshire couple Jack and Liz over 60 years of married life and memories of their annual summer holidays in Blackpool.
Aldermaston Players' next production between 19th and 28th February is an adaptation of Graham Green's Travels With My Aunt. Aunt Augusta pulls her nephew Henry away from his quiet suburban existence as a retired bank worker into a world of adventure, crime and the highly unconventional details of her past. Dinner is included with this production.
TADS' next production from 11th to 12th March in Tilehurst is Worth a Fortune. Setting out to assure his Aunt that he is living a sober and respectable life, so as to convince her to leave him a considerable fortune in her Will, Timothy weaves an ever increasing web of deceit involving family, the maid, and the Vicar! Ex-wife Lavinia’s presence really doesn’t help either!
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