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 Watermill still have spaces on their Stage Combat course during half term on 28th October. Places are open to anyone aged 8+. Work with a highly trained stage combat director to discover how fights are convincingly created onstage without causing any actual injury! Family groups (adults and children) are very welcome. If you are interested in taking part and would like to book, please call Heidi on 01635 570934.
Welcome to the site new Tilehurst group T.A.D.S (Tilehurst Amateur Dramatic Society) who are performing Reading Between the Lines, a farce by Geoff Bamber, at Tilehurst Village Hall on 10th and 11th October.
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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|28 Sep||Autumn productions from AmEgos (Improbable Fiction), Boundary Players (Copenhagen), Dorchester (Love Begins at 50), Mortimer Dramatic (Death Trap), NMTS (Pirates of Penzance), New Era (The Memory of Water), Overton Dramatic (The Three Musketeers), Triangle (Bonaventure) and WLOS (Woodley’s Musical Christmas).|
|19 Sep||Russell Players Youth Group present two plays on 10th and 11th October in Swallowfield.|
|18 Sep||Review of New Era Players' Oh What a Lovely War ("an enthralling, energetic and spirited production" - NWN).|
|18 Sep||Another review of the Watermill's Journey's End ("compelling... a moving, thought-provoking production" - NWN).|
|17 Sep||Compton Players are presenting two one-act plays by H Connolly from 19th to 22nd November: Poppy Field and Spare the Rod.|
|17 Sep||New Tilehurst group T.A.D.S (Tilehurst Amateur Dramatic Society) are performing Reading Between the Lines at Tilehurst Village Hall on 10th and 11th October.|
|17 Sep||Review of the Watermill's Journey's End ("moving, thought-provoking" - Newbury Theatre).|
|7 Sep||New season at BT Studio, Oxford.|
|7 Sep||Autumn productions from BAOS (Grease), Goring Gap Players (A Child's Christmas in Wales), Kennet Opera (Nabucco), Loddon Players (Play On), Purley Players (Festive Reapings), Shinfield Players (The Sound of Music) and (Bouncers) and WSMC (Songs from the Silver Screen).|
|29 Aug||Review of The Mill at Sonning's Last Confessions of a Scallywag ("lively and well-paced production... fine ensemble playing throughout" - NWN).|
|29 Aug||Review of Creation Theatre Company's Macbeth ("the performances are so good that it's hard to believe there is a cast of only six... recommended" - NWN).|
Silchester Players perform Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night on 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th October, in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company Open Stages project. This project gives help and advice to amateur groups in producing high quality Shakespeare productions and Silchester Players is the only participating group in our area.
Tilehurst's newest Am Dram Society T.A.D.S is performing Reading Between the Lines, a comedy by Geoff Bamber on 10th and 11th October. Professor Stokes returns from a trip abroad to help his wife's literary festival, which is threatened by the arrival of an old friend: a gambler, lothario and all-round liability especially when two women from his past turn up.
Russell Players Youth Group present two plays on 10th and 11th October in Swallowfield. All By Myself by Robert Scott: seven years alone had driven Larry to the edge of insanity, but that's nothing compared to the shock of discovering he's not alone and never has been! The Quintessential Quintet, an Enid Blyton parody by Frances Bartram.
Boundary Players' next production from 21st to 25th October is Copenhagen. In 1941 Werner Heisenberg - then head of the German nuclear programme - visited his Danish friend and mentor Niels Bohr in Copenhagen. Michael Frayn’s masterpiece – part history, part intellectual thriller and part psychological investigation - explores the mysteries of human motivation.
Kingsclere Players's production from 24th to 25th October is Two's Company, a series of duologues. The first half is from Calling Time by Derek Webb, scenes based on conversations between two people which have an unexpected and sometimes sinister twist. These are followed by Speed Dating written by Brian Langtry, an altogether more risque affair!
WSMC invite you to Songs from the Silver Screen with a wide variety of songs from popular films. Whether you like romantic movies, action films, Disney or comedy this concert offers something for everyone. Performances are in East Hagbourne, Grove and Stanford-in-the Vale between 14th and 22nd November.
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