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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.


In the spotlight

See What's on for a list of everything, and details of the open-air productions are here.

News and special events

Stagelights are looking for extra actors for their next production: they would like to put on Charley's Aunt. Production dates are Thursday 29th to Saturday 31st January 2015. They need 3 males and 1 or 2 females in their twenties. Rehearsals will begin towards the end of August.

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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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.

Date Item
29 AugReview of The Mill at Sonning's Last Confessions of a Scallywag ("lively and well-paced production... fine ensemble playing throughout" - NWN).
29 AugReview 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).
19 AugKingsclere Players' production from 24th to 25th October is Two's Company, a pair of duologues.
19 AugReview of KATS' Caramba's Revenge ("little gem of a play... a lively evening's entertainment" - NWN).
13 AugReview of The Boxford Masques ("superbly costumed... an evening that was a mix of humour and terrible sadness" - NWN).
13 AugReview of The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie ("a free-flowing, fascinating production" - NWN).
7 AugReview of Newbury Youth Theatre's The Bee Man of Orn ("an ambitious production which the enthusiastic troupe of performers carries off with skill and confidence... they work together so well as a team" - NWN).
4 AugNew Era Players are producing Oh What a Lovely War in Wash Common, Newbury from 10th to 20th September.
3 AugStagelights want three male and one or two female actors for their January production of Charley's Aunt.
3 AugReviews of Faringdon Dramatic Society's Steel Magnolias ("the play was funny and moving and a job well done") and BreakaLeg's Hobson's Choice ("a play full of strong characters which were well thought through and acted... a fine evening's entertainment").
3 AugH.A.O.D.S are presenting Oh! What a Lovely War in the open air at Sonning Common from 6th to 9th August, then indoors at Henley from 13th to 16th August. Abingdon Operatic Society's next production is Sweet Charity from 27th October to 1st November. Faringdon Dramatic Society's production from 6th to 8th November is Reflections 1914-18.

Coming soon

New Era's next production from 11th to 20th September is Oh What a Lovely War, created by Joan Littlewood with the Theatre Workshop and first performed in 1963. It is not a celebration of war but comment on the horrors. It is interesting to see how our views of it have changed, or not, in the half century since it was written.

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