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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The Search facility on this site (top right of the page) hasn't been working (for some time - oops!) because the search provider went out of business. I'm now using another search provider (FreeFind), which produces equally good results. The downside is that there's advertising on the search results page, but it's not too intrusive.
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
Congratulations to the Watermill's Hedda Beeby for getting the UK Theatre Awards' Theatre Employee/Manager of the year award.
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.
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.
|23 Jan||Loddon Players' next production is John Godber's Lucky Sods from 16th to 18th April.|
|19 Jan||Newbury Dramatic Society's Spring production is A Tale of Two Cities, adapted by Terence Rattigan and John Gielgud, at the Watermill from 27th to 30th May.|
|14 Jan||Kingsclere Players' next production is the farce Old Actors Never Die… They Simply Lose the Plot from 26th to 28th March.|
|5 Jan||Lots of new Spring productions: pro, am and theatre at the cinema.|
|4 Jan||Newbury Musical Theatre Society's Spring production at the Corn Exchange is Oliver!.|
|24 Dec||Review of Creation Theatre Company's Wind in the Willows ("staged by a group of young people who have broken in to the theatre and are being playful with Grahame's text... just enjoy the ride into the Wild Wood and along the river bank" - NWN).|
|24 Dec||Review of Oxford Playhouse's Beauty and the Beast ("an entertaining show that gets the audience dancing" - NWN).|
|24 Dec||Review of New Era's The Memory of Water ("the talented, committed cast of six actors, under the astute direction of Richard Colley, all gave exceedingly fine performances" - NWN).|
|24 Dec||Review of Newbury Dramatic Society's Revolution and Revelations ("a thoroughly engaging evening" - NWN).|
|24 Dec||Review of The Tragedy on Enborne Road ("generally well acted, and very well researched" - NWN).|
Sinodun Players' panto from 16th to 31st January is Beauty and the Beast, at the Corn Exchange, Wallingford. A brilliant adaptation of a story full of action, humour and magic. It's a truly traditional panto with a script by Alan Frayn that offers more comedy and originality than any other version of this famous folktale.
Stagelights' production from 29th to 31st January in Grove is Par for the Course by Peter Gordon. Although set in the Seven Lakes Golf Club on Captain's Day, this very funny play is really taking a gentle but perceptive look at people and their foibles. Love or loathe golf, it will never seem quite the same again!
Faringdon Dramatic Society's The Snow Queen from 30th January to 7th February is a winter’s tale – a story with music suitable for the pantomime season, which has been freely adapted from the story by Hans Christian Andersen. It contains all the main elements of the traditional story as well as some very unexpected twists.
The Russell Players' 2015 pantomime is Robin Hood from 30th January to 7th February. The pantomime tells the legend of Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham, played out against the background of a missing king, an impending marriage (or two), argumentative outlaws, talking trees and a pantomime dog. A treat for all the family with lots of action, songs and laughter.
Boundary Players' next production is Just the Ticket from 3rd to 7th February. Meet Susan - chatty, scatty and accident prone. She is looking to relive a wonderful holiday with friends 40 years ago but this time she is travelling alone. Will the trip live up to her dreams? Will she make it onto the plane? Will she ever stop talking?
T.A.D.S have two productions coming up in Tilehurst. Sudden Death at Thornbury Manor on 28th February is a murder mystery (with fish and chip supper and audience participation), and Holiday at Home from 10th to 11th April is a comedy. Starting with jewellery thefts and leading to a murder, it becomes a growing puzzle for Inspector Warwick to solve.
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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