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On 27th March at 19:30 there will be a rehearsed reading of Peter Durrant's The Brylcreem Boys by students from Park House School at Greenham Common Control Tower.
Blewbury Players are holding auditions for their July production of The Crucible on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th January - males over 16 years and females over 14 years. Book your audition at 01235 850537.
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|17 Jan||New Era's next production in Newbury between 14th and 23rd March is The Tempest.|
|17 Jan||On 27th March at 19:30 there will be a rehearsed reading of Peter Durrant's The Brylcreem Boys by students from Park House School at Greenham Common Control Tower.|
|14 Jan||Triangle Players' panto is Sinbad and the Golden Goddess between 25th January and 2nd February in Tilehurst.|
|14 Jan||KATS' next production is Spamalot from 21st to 23rd February in Thatcham.|
|11 Jan||Review of The Mill at Sonning's Guys and Dolls ("effervescent revival... an intimate production that’s razzle-dazzling and pungently seedy... electrifying choreography... a small-scale staging of a classic that wins big" 4 stars - The Times).|
|7 Jan||Silchester Players' next production is Treasure Island between 25th January and 2nd February.|
|6 Jan||Wallingford Corn Exchange's panto by Sinodun Players is Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves from 18th January to 2nd February.|
|2 Jan||Compton Players' next production from 10th to 13th April is The Ladykillers, a black comedy by Graham Linehan.|
|1 Jan||Wantage-based AmEgos are holding a read-through and auditions for their comedy thriller The 39 Steps on Thursday 10th January.|
|1 Jan||Newbury's Kennet Opera are having an Open Evening on Thursday 17th January from 19:30, in the centre of Newbury.|
|23 Dec||Faringdon Dramatic Society's next production is the panto Wishing on a Star between 26th January and 2nd February.|
|21 Dec||Reviews of The Anvil's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ("this family-friendly show is tremendous fun and filled with magical moments... don't miss it" - NWN; "cracking second half breathes life into this panto after its lacklustre start" 3 stars - The Stage; "for a fun filled night, make sure you don’t miss Snow White" - Basingstoke Gazette).|
|20 Dec||Review of the Aldermaston Nativity Play ("once again Chris Boott has presented the play in a manner that Pat Eastop would, I believe, have approved, and with subtle changes the performances continue" - NWN).|
Didcot Phoenix Drama Group's panto is Rumplestiltskin in Didcot and Harwell between 18th and 26th January. Marie will surely win the heart of the King as she has a talent of spinning straw into gold... or does she have help from the evil little goblin, Rumpelstiltskin? Join Phoenix for a veritable feast of songs, slapstick and terrible jokes to cheer up a dreary January day!
Mortimer Dramatic Society's next production is Stiffed at the Speakeasy between 18th and 26th January - an interactive Murder Mystery. During our three course Italian dinner a cast of characters will reveal enough evidence to enable you to, hopefully, deduce ‘Whodunit’. The action is set in a 1920’s New York speakeasy and is a ‘Gangsters and Molls’ night. You are encouraged to come dressed appropriately.
Wallingford Corn Exchange's panto by Sinodun Players is Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves from 18th January to 2nd February. Featuring funny Fatima Fandango, the handsome Prince and beautiful Princess, brave Ali Baba, clever Marjana, the regal Grand Vizier, awful Asbad and his 40 Thieves (BOO!), sinister Alsatia (hiss!), crafty Caterina (hurrah!) and cute Colin the Camel (ah!), it's not to be missed.
Silchester Players' next production is Treasure Island between 25th January and 2nd February. Splice the main brace, weigh anchor and set sail to find the treasure of Captain Flint. Join Jim Hawkins and the crew as they seek to outwit Long John Silver and the pirates who are out to get their hands on the loot. This family show is packed with audience interaction, a parrot and lots of laughs and thrills.
Triangle Players' panto Sinbad and the Golden Goddess is on in Tilehurst between 24th January and 2nd February. Sinbad the Sailor is a fictional mariner. In the course of seven voyages, he has fantastic adventures in magical realms, encountering monsters and witnessing supernatural phenomena. This pantomime is a local, Tilehurst take on one of his adventures, suitable for all the family.
Faringdon Dramatic Society's next production is Wishing on a Star between 26th January and 2nd February. In an ancient Kingdom, a star falls to earth once in a hundred years to take their rightful place on the throne. This time, the star has fallen in the wrong place and everyone wants to find her, but who will get to her first? A sparkling new panto, full of twists and turns, and with more than a hint of magic!
Russell Players' panto in Swallowfield is Snow White and the Magnificent Seven between 1st and 9th February. Can Snow White and her friends survive the treacherous and evil schemes of her wicked and manipulative stepmother? Join us and we’ll take you on an adventure to the depths of the Wild West. Add some mischievous cacti to the mix and you get a recipe for an enjoyable family show.
KATS' production of Spamalot is from 21st to 23rd February in Thatcham. It's a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen. Join King Arthur as he travels with his hapless Knights of the Round Table on a divine mission to locate the elusive Holy Grail – with uproarious consequences.
New Era's next production in Newbury between 14th and 23rd March is The Tempest. When the Tempest comes it leaves plenty of wreckage behind; a lost prince, a lovesick daughter, a distraught king and his retinue, and two drunken and very confused servants and their monstrous sidekick. Prospero needs all the help he can get from his hard working spirits to clean up the mess!
On 27th March at 19:30 there will be a rehearsed reading of Peter Durrant's The Brylcreem Boys by students from Park House School at Greenham Common Control Tower. An injured aircraftman joins an RAF bomber crew in a local hospital as they re-enact their experience of the ill-fated raid on Nuremberg.
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