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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. Follow us on Twitter Twitter: @NewburyTheatre. Email us at  
Posters of forthcoming productions are here.


In the spotlight

See What's on for a list of everything.

A toe in the water

Slowly and tentatively, the theatres are coming back to life. The Watermill was first with its outdoor productions, and the Newbury Corn Exchange and Vue cinema are starting to host Encore cinema showings of live shows. The Corn Exchange has started live theatre in the auditorium.

Newbury Theatre has joined up with Penny Post to give updated theatre information, and it will also appear here. Penny Post is a great source of local information - if you don't know it already, I can thoroughly recommend it, particularly now when a lot of us will be stuck at home.

Live theatre

At the Watermill

The Watermill's first indoor productions since lockdown are Bloodshot, Lone Flyer and A Christmas Carol. Details here.

The Watermill Theatre Outreach department are delighted to announce three exciting online creative programmes, Onstage, Offstage and Backstage, giving participants of all ages the opportunity to develop skills with a range of industry professionals during a term of sessions. They are suitable for those who want to learn for fun and those who are interested in a career in the arts. Workshops will take place via Zoom and run weekly from the end of September to early December. Each of them has two evening sessions, one for primary school aged children and their families and the other for young people aged 11 + and adults. More information at

At the Corn Exchange, Newbury

Unlocked and Unbolted, 5th to 12th September
You can see a recording of this inspiring and moving youth production. More information and review here.

Online theatre

The Show Must Go Online has weekly readings of the Complete Plays of Shakespeare (Wednesdays, 19:00) in the order they were believed to have been written. It uses global casts, including professionals and amateurs, and you can either watch the plays or apply to read a part. You can stream previous readings of the plays, starting with Titus Andronicus.

All's Well That Ends Well, 16th September

Timon of Athens, 30th September

You can search for reviews of previous productions - there are more than 900 pages of them in the Archive!

Date Item
10 SepAnother review of Unlocked and Unbolted ("a stunning production... a powerful insight into how [young people] view the world today... thought provoking" - NWN).
7 SepReview of the Corn Exchange's Unlocked and Unbolted ("a seriously impressive piece of theatre... the acting by the entire cast was extremely good... very moving... an enthralling performance" - Newbury Theatre).
7 SepThe Watermill's first indoor productions since lockdown are coming soon: Bloodshot, Lone Flyer and A Christmas Carol.
30 AugLots more content as more theatres come back online. More will be appearing over the next weeks.
24 AugReviews of the Watermill's Camelot ("it’s a miracle that in a matter of weeks director Paul Hart has marshalled and rehearsed a company of 10... I salute the collective effort and applaud individual contributions ★★" - Daily Telegraph; "it was lovely to be there. Theatre is tiptoeing back and life is starting to feel better ★★★" - The Sunday Times; "we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Watermill team... a touch of escapism in the midst of a crazy world ★★★★" - Musical Theatre Review).

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