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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Feeling guilty because you don't like (or can't understand) Antigone or Medea? Don't be - read Catherine Nixey's article.
AmEgos are offering 20 tickets at just £10 instead of £12 for the opening night of their next production Into the Woods on Wednesday 22nd April in Wantage.
Progress Theatre are holding auditions for this summer’s Reading Open Air Shakespeare production, The Merry Wives of Windsor, being performed in the gardens of Caversham Court from 15th to 25th July. The auditions are on Sunday 8th March at 14:30 and Wednesday 11th March at 19:30 at Progress Theatre on The Mount, Christchurch Road, Reading RG1 5HL. The production is being set in 1790s Berkshire, and will involve significant audience interaction, possibly incorporating music and simple dance. It will take an irreverent approach, not shying away from the bawdier elements of the play. If you are interested in auditioning or have any questions, please contact the director, Tony Wernham on 0797 3333 778 or by email at .
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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|3 Mar||Kennet Opera are offering A Night at the Opera in Wantage Parish Church on 23rd May.|
|28 Feb||Details of productions from Boundary Players (The Importance of Being Earnest), Blewbury Players (The Taming of the Shrew), Faringdon Dramatic Society (Office Hours), Hook Players (Wife After Death), New Era Players (Travels With My Aunt), Overton Dramatic Society (Avenue Q), Silchester Players (Tons of Money) and WLOS (South Pacific).|
|26 Feb||Review of New Era's Someone Somewhere Smiled ("an endearing, funny and well-observed drama with great characterisations" - NWN).|
|19 Feb||Hanney Drama Group's production from 26th to 28th February at Hanney War Memorial Hall, Brookside, East Hanney, OX12 0JL is Coronation Fever by Vince Jones. Curtain up 19:45. Tickets from St James the Less House or Hanney Community Shop or 01235 868780.|
|19 Feb||More reviews of the Watermill's The Secret Adversary ("they have achieved the impossible task of mixing the storyline with a joyous medley of music, magic and mirth" - NWN; "there’s no doubting the polish of the players or the quality and promise of the leads" - Telegraph (3 stars); "it’s certainly different and good fun, if a bit strange" - Gazette and Herald).|
|17 Feb||Review of the Watermill's The Secret Adversary ("great fun and the acting is good although the pace throughout needed to be speeded up" - Newbury Theatre).|
|12 Feb||Review of Silchester Players' The Sleeping Beauty ("this production indicated how much you can achieve with good costumes, clever lighting and some really good acting... a seamless, fast-moving production" - NWN).|
|12 Feb||New National Theatre cinema screenings: A View From the Bridge on 28th March and Everyman on 16th July.|
|12 Feb||AmEgos are offering 20 tickets at just £10 instead of £12 for the opening night of their next production Into the Woods on Wednesday 22nd April in Wantage.|
|8 Feb||Marlborough Players' next production is Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends from 25th to 28th March.|
|5 Feb||Review of The Mill at Sonning's Educating Rita ("these performances were so good and the production as a whole so engrossing" - NWN).|
|5 Feb||Five Globe Theatre Encore screenings: The Duchess of Malfi, Titus Andronicus, Julius Ceasar, Anthony and Cleopatra, The Comedy of Errors.|
T.A.D.S' next production in Tilehurst is the comedy Holiday at Home from 10th to 11th April. After a spate of jewellery thefts Lady Boucher and her butler Scribbins fabricate an Italian holiday, but stay at home to avoid hosting the next burglary. With a murder, it becomes a growing puzzle for Inspector Warwick to solve.
Sinodun Players' next production from 15th to 18th April is Life of Riley. Riley has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and has only six months to live. On the face of it, this seems to be a deadly serious play but being Ayckbourn, laughter is always present as he dissects the complacency, worries and angst of middle class, middle-aged people.
The comedy-thriller A Tomb With a View is Compton Players' production from 22nd to 25th April. It features a weird and sinister family, most of whom are dead by the third act.
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