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Special events

Open air productions 2018

Othello and Much Ado About Nothing, 18th to 30th June, 19:30 at Oxford Castle
Join BMH Theatre for a Shakespeare double-bill this summer! The same cast will perform one-hour versions of Othello and Much Ado About Nothing back-to- back on the same night. The two shows will be directed by Alistair Nunn and Jessica Reilly, and the shows will explore the troubling details of love, and how jealousy and envy can be both overcome – and how they can lead to joy or disaster! BMH are specialists in ‘One Hour Shakespeare’, having been performing at the RSC’s Dell Theatre in Stratford, with condensed versions of the bards plays for the past 10 years and previous productions at the Oxford Shakespeare festival and beyond.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, 21st June, 18:00 at Basing House
Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy. Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and hilarious travelling players. Beautifully designed Elizabethan costumes, a wonderful musical score and enchanting woodland creatures come together to make this an evening of unmissable summer garden theatre.

Get Well Soon, 1st July, 16:00 at Abbey Ruins, Reading
7th July, 19:30 at Britchcombe Farm, Uffington, Faringdon
19th July, 19:30 at the Eyot Centre, Henley-on-Thames
20th July, 19:30 at The Riverside Tea Garden, Sonning Lock
22nd July, 14:00 at The Rowbarge, Woolhampton
31st July, 15:30 at Benson Marina, Benson
8th August, 19:30 at Wolvercote Green, Wolvercote, Oxford
70 years of the NHS! All is not well at St Monica’s Hospital. They’re on life support; facing bugs, bed-blockers and a battle to save A & E. With tunes, transfusions and titters, join Mikron Theatre Co as we make a surgical strike on the state of our NHS.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2nd to 28th July, 19:30 at Oxford Castle
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is Shakespeare’s best loved comedy and one of the greatest plays in the English Language. Young lovers escape Athens to a forest so they can marry in secret. Meanwhile, some workmen also arrive there, looking for a quiet place to rehearse a play they will perform for the great Athenian Duke. In the forest the King and Queen of the fairies, helped by their fairy servants, play tricks on them all with hilarious results. Great comedy and farce with music, song, dance and sumptuous costume. This, elegant and dynamic production will always remain faithful to Shakespeare’s beautiful language. Tomahawk Theatre returns to the magnificent Oxford Castle this summer. The production will take place in the open air, in the exquisite surroundings of the Oxford Castle courtyard. This is a hugely enjoyable and compelling piece of theatre, which sparkles as brightly as Puck’s fairy dust.

Lark Rise, 18th to 21st July
Lark Rise brings back to life an Oxfordshire village in the late nineteenth century. With a large and colourful cast of true village characters of all ages and with music and song. This year’s summer production by Blewbury Players.

Revolting Women, 19th July, 19:30 at the Eyot Centre, Henley-on Thames
20th July, 19:30 at Sonning Lock, Reading
25th July, 19:30 at The Rowbarge, Woolhampton
27th July, 19:30 at Goring Lock
31st July, 20:00 at Benson Marina, Benson
2nd August, 19:30 at The Plough Inn, Long Wittenham
Why did it take so insufferably long for women to get the vote? London. 1918. Revolting Women tells the Suffrage story through the eyes of a less well-known Pankhurst, Sylvia, who fought for the vote alongside working women in the East End. Sylvia meets Lettie and together they push to Parliament, to bend the ear of the Cabinet. A story of absolute commitment or dangerous obsession? Full of political satire, song and more suffrage societies than you can shake a stick at, Revolting Women unravels a contentious and momentous movement in history! Mikron Theatre Co.

Romeo and Juliet, 30th July to 11th August, 19:30 at Oxford Castle
This is Siege’s fourth year in partnership with Oxford Castle Unlocked, and having taken on the challenge of some of Shakespeares most dramatic pieces, this beautiful and enthralling setting will now be the backdrop for our version of Romeo and Juliet. At once a tale of young loves impetuous reaction to parental control, crack the surface and you’ll find a deep, dark and menacing world to challenge any of the bard’s great tragedies. Using power and love as the central pillars of this dynamic production, the team will be creating a show that explores the depths of control, the weight of tradition and the consequences of disobedience. We’ll see how both power and love can corrupt, how both can make you blind and ultimately how both can take that which is most precious to you. So come with an open heart and an open mind to see how our ‘star-crossed lovers’ deal with this most tragic of tales.

The Importance of Being Earnest, 4th August, 17:45 at The Vyne, Basingstoke
By Oscar Wilde. Everybody loves Ernest. In fact, Cecily and Gwendolen are both engaged to Ernest. The only trouble is, Ernest doesn't exist. Or does he...? This energetic production from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons gives this play a hilarious twist!

The Tempest, 11th August, 17:45 at The Vyne, Basingstoke
'We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.' The Lord Chamberlain's Men return to The Vyne's north lawn to perform this Shakespearian classic.

Peter Pan, 13th August at Shaw House Outdoor Theatre, Newbury
Get ready to think happy thoughts and fly high as the mischievous Peter embarks on an awfully big adventure, introducing the Darling children to the lost boys, the cheeky Tinkerbell, the hilarious Smee, and a host of other exciting characters before facing the most feared villain of them all, the infamous Captain Hook! Filled with catchy music, heaps of audience interaction, a laugh-a-minute script, and the opportunity to meet the characters after the show, this hilarious and exciting musical of the boy who never grew up promises to have every member of the family entertained throughout… You’ll be HOOOKED!

Sense and Sensibility, 19th August, 18:00 at Basing House
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exciting world of Regency society. Adapted by award-winning writer Laura Turner, this exquisite and lively tale follows the sisters as they fall in love, make mistakes and experience heartbreak for the first time in their quest to find a balance between sense and sensibility.


Two-week village festival at Stockcross in Berkshire. Tickets and details from These are the theatre-related events.

Puccini Greats, 15th August
Kennet Opera's concert featuring the works of Giacomo Puccini, with excerpts from such all-time favourites as Madame Butterfly, Tosca and La Bohème, culminating, of course, in the stupendous Nessun Dorma.

HADCAF (Hungerford And District Community Arts Festival)

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Puccini Greats, 14th July
Kennet Opera's concert featuring the works of Giacomo Puccini, with excerpts from such all-time favourites as Madame Butterfly, Tosca and La Bohème, culminating, of course, in the stupendous Nessun Dorma.