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
Open air theatre 2016
As usual, there's lots of open air theatre this year and, as usual, most of it is Shakespeare. There's Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost (2 productions), Much Ado (2 productions), Midsummer Night's Dream (4 productions), Hamlet, Tempest, Twelfth Night, Two Gentlemen and Macbeth. The others are Canterbury Tales (2 productions), Wind in the Willows, Pride and Prejudice and Danny the Champion of the World. All the details are here.
See What's on for a list of everything.
News and special events
Berzerk Productions have started drama classes at Compton Village Hall every Tuesday evening for young people between 6 and 18 years.
Is pretending to like Beckett an example of The Emperor's New Clothes? See why Daniel Finkelstein of The Times described Happy Days as an "incomprehensible load of old gibberish" here.
Feeling guilty because you don't like (or can't understand) Antigone or Medea? Don't be - read Catherine Nixey's article.
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.
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.
|1 Jul||Nomads Musical Theatre's big production this autumn is Oklahoma! at the Corn Exchange, Newbury.|
|1 Jul||New season at the Corn Exchange and New Greenham Arts, Newbury.|
|29 Jun||More reviews of the Watermill's Watership Down ("this gentle digest is well worth the stop-off" - Telegraph (3 stars); "both charming and disturbing... there is much to enjoy as the fur starts to fly" - Guardian (3 stars); "superb... tremendous fun and compelling to watch... a thoroughly enjoyable family show... a must-see production" - British Theatre Guide).|
|29 Jun||Review of New Era's God of Carnage ("splendidly performed... a highly-enjoyable, fast-paced production" - NWN).|
|21 Jun||Reviews of the Watermill's Watership Down ("a production bursting with energy that will appeal to older children and adults" - Newbury Theatre; "a charming – and at times joyful – adaptation" - The Stage (3 stars); "extraordinary: an epic and timeless tale of friendship, courage and adventure" - WhatsOnStage (3 stars); "Adams' well loved characters have been brought to hopping, twitching life" - Daily Info; "a funny, thoughtful and creative masterpiece" - GetReading (5 stars)).|
|10 Jun||KATS' next production is Michael Frayn's Alarms and Excursions in Upper Bucklebury from 4th to 6th August.|
T.A.D.S' next production in Tilehurst from 1st to 2nd July is the comedy Tiger Tiger. Sir Maynard Bullivant plans a quiet and peaceful weekend for himself and Mrs Dorothy Tranter at Beacon Tor Lodge. With the arrival of a Civil Service minder, an armed Protection Officer, an old flame, an ex-con, a reporter and an escaped tiger, it seems unlikely.
Shakespeare famously left his wife Anne only one thing: The Second Best Bed. Anne Hathaway, alone on the night of his funeral, recalls with humour and pathos her life with the most talented playwright the world has ever seen. Or was he? Did he really write the plays? Surely his widow would know… wouldn’t she? It's at the Croft Hall, Hungerford on 2nd July.
Mary Anning, The Fossil Lady of Lyme, discovered the first complete fossil of a prehistoric reptile in Britain at the age of 12, and throughout her life continued to make ground-breaking discoveries, though men took most of the credit for her work. This is the account of her struggle to make her mark, as well as ends meet. It's at the Croft Hall, Hungerford on 8th July.
During his final lecture on the duality of humankind, the respectable Dr Jekyll reveals his strange association with the mysterious Edward Hyde and the shocking truth about his identity. This award-winning show brings Stevenson’s classic chillingly to life. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is at the Croft Hall, Hungerford on 15th July.
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