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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There are free drama workshops for children on Wednesday 25th October at Newbury Library. Amazing Under the Sea Adventure is for 4 to 7 year olds from 14:00 to 14:45 and Cinderella for 7 to 12 year olds from 15:00 to 15:45. Book on 01635 519900 or in the library.
The York Nativity Play is back at Aldermaston Church for the 61st year on the 4th (dress rehearsal / performance) and 7th to 10th December. The Nativity Play is taken from 8 individual plays in the 14th Century medieval York Mystery Cycle, one of the earliest if not the earliest transcribed play scripts in the English language. The 8 plays make up the story of the first Christmas, from the Annunciation to the Purification. E. Martin-Browne carefully edited the version making it suitable for performance in the quiet and meditative space of a church rather than the market place. It was his enthusiasm and knowledge that was instrumental in bringing about a revival of the whole Mystery Play Cycle, in York, for the 1951 Festival of Britain. In this play the dialogue is interspersed with period choral music originally chosen by Reverend Stanley Young. It is sung acapella (unaccompanied) from high up in the bell ringing chamber of the church. It is mostly anonymous but three pieces are by notable composers William Byrd, Johann Eccard and Michael Praetorius. TICKETS ARE FREE. Please request by email to the Box Office: . There is an exit collection for The Children's Society and for the church restoration fund.
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|18 Oct||Review of Nomads' Thoroughly Modern Millie ("orchestra [was] always a delight to listen to... it was jolly... not one of Nomads' finest" - NWN).|
|18 Oct||Review of The Mill at Sonning's Perfect Wedding ("a very funny, fast-moving farce... a thoroughly entertaining two hours of theatre" - NWN).|
|18 Oct||There are free drama workshops for children on Wednesday 25th October at Newbury Library.|
|5 Oct||Reviews of the Watermill's Loot ("it’s all tremendous fun and this is a production not to be missed" - British Theatre Guide; "Bizarre? Certainly. Shocking? Some may find it so. Entertaining and funny? Absolutely" - NWN).|
|5 Oct||Review of the Watermill's The Picture of Dorian Gray ("entertaining, often very funny" - NWN).|
|5 Oct||Review of Silchester Players' Three One-Act Plays ("a highly-entertaining programme, with good standards of acting and high production values" - NWN).|
|3 Oct||Faringdon Dramatic Society's next production from 9th to 11th November is Cider With Rosie.|
|2 Oct||Review of Loot at the Watermill ("clever, funny and witty... I laughed a lot – so will you" - Newbury Theatre).|
|2 Oct||Resurrection Players need 5 males (4 non-speaking) and 2 females (non-speaking) for a new play Passive Resistance in Newbury at the end of November.|
|30 Sep||The York Nativity Play is back at Aldermaston for the 61st year, between 4th and 10th December.|
|27 Sep||Mortimer Dramatic Society's production between 20th and 29th October is the comedy Keeping Down With the Joneses.|
|23 Sep||TADS' next production is Jack and the Beanstalk from 8th to 9th December in Tilehurst.|
|21 Sep||Review of Greenham: One Hundred Years of War and Peace ("exceedingly impressive community production... a wonderful experience" - NWN).|
|19 Sep||Triangle Players of Tilehurst urgently need a male actor for their October production.|
Compton Players are celebrating their 70th anniversary with a spectacular production of Shakespeare’s Richard III. Richard’s is a wartime story of murder, lust for power and an evil determination to become King. Was Richard really a villain, or a victim of his own deformity? It's on between 12th and 21st October.
Mortimer Dramatic Society's production between 20th and 29th October is Keeping Down With the Joneses. It’s 1985 and the Cold War is raging on. Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher are fighting the Evil Empire in Eastern Europe, the Russians are in Afghanistan and Cruise Missiles are at Greenham common... but this comedy is the perfect thing to cheer up a cold October night.
In Kennet Opera's production of Mozart’s upstairs/downstairs classic The Marriage of Figaro, Downton Abbey meets Aldwych farce as Figaro, the butler, attempts to get married to his sweetheart Suzanna. It's at Arlington Arts, from 2nd to 4th November, and sung in English.
Faringdon Dramatic Society's next production from 9th to 11th November is Cider With Rosie, a wonderfully evocative and poignant account of Laurie Lee’s childhood in the village of Slad, Gloucestershire, England, in the period soon after the First World War. This gentle and beautifully touching story recounts the defining moments of his adolescent life.
WSMC are touring their production of 60 Years of Number One Songs to Grove, Drayton and Hagbourne between 17th and 25th November. If you loved the charts as a child and remember listening to the countdown then no matter what age you are now you’ll love WSMC’s next concert, which celebrates number ones through the ages.
We have searched long and hard to find something as fun and entertaining as last year's sell-out production of Cinderella and we believe The Golden Goose is it! We are Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group and the show is on from 23rd to 25th November. It's suitable for adults and children of all ages and is sure to brighten up those dark November evenings.
Loddon Players' next production is A Recipe for Murder from 24th to 25th November. It's a Murder Mystery by David Lovesy and Steve Clark including a three-course Dinner.
AmEgos' next production from 29th November to 2nd December in Wantage is Spamalot, a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen. Join King Arthur as he travels with his hapless Knights of the Round Table on a divine mission to locate the illusive Holy Grail – with uproarious consequences.
TADS' panto from 8th to 9th December in Tilehurst is a traditional Pantomime with Dame Trott and her sons, Jack and Simple Simon with Daisy the Cow. Jack’s in love with the Squire’s daughter, Jill but has no prospects. The Giant's plans to capture the children are thwarted with the aid of Fairy Cake. Snott and Bogie, the Drainbusters, pop in and out to keep things going.
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