Newbury theatre guide
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In the spotlight
It's that time of year again, and as usual there are performances from the Cold Ash and Hermitage Mummers, the Abingdon Mummers, and the Wantage Mummers. Details here.
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News and special events
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Jigsaw Stage Productions need a male singer for the part of the Burmese lover "Lun Tha" in The King and I in Wantage and Didcot in April. Playing age should be around 20-30 years.
|13 Dec||Local groups of Mummers are performing in this area between 14th and 26th December.|
|13 Dec||We're no longer going to update the RSS feed. Why? The use of RSS has declined and browser support is dwindling. If you're passionate about RSS and think we should keep it, let me know - I might change my mind! Editor|
|12 Dec||Review of New Era's The Heiress ("an enjoyable, powerful play, that has deft touches of humour... an excellent cast... this talented, hardworking, enthusiastic company" - NWN).|
|12 Dec||Review of Boundary Players' Men of the World ("all three did very well in a variety of quick-change characters on a bare set... these were well worked out vignettes" - NWN).|
|12 Dec||Jigsaw Stage Productions need a male singer for the part of the Burmese lover "Lun Tha" in The King and I in Wantage and Didcot in April. Playing age should be around 20-30 years.|
|11 Dec||Mortimer Dramatic Society's next production is Stiffed at the Speakeasy between 18th and 26th January - an interactive Murder Mystery.|
|9 Dec||Reviews of the Oxford Playhouse's Dick Whittington and His Cat ("a big show feel, with its exuberant array of showbiz numbers and lively renditions of pop hits" - NWN; "the rat's whiskers... a supremely comic production" - The Guardian; "unfocused but spectacular, musical extravaganza" 3 stars - The Stage; "the best example of modern day pantomime I can possibly envisage" 5/5 - Oxford Times; "panto in all its traditional glory" DailyInfo).|
|9 Dec||Reviews of the Corn Exchange's Jack and the Beanstalk ("family-friendly panto that should definitely be on your Christmas list. Not to be missed" - NWN; "a great family show... a traditional pantomime with good acting, song and dance, some awful jokes and lots of audience interaction" - Newbury Theatre).|
|2 Dec||Review of Kintbury Players' Downturn Abbey ("a thoroughly good romp, played up for all it was worth by the actors, who must surely have enjoyed themselves as much as the audience" - NWN).|
|2 Dec||Reviews of The Mill at Sonning's Guys and Dolls ("a bright and colourful musical"- NWN; "rambunctious boutique production of a Broadway classic bursting with energy and invention" 4 stars - The Stage; "there is no weak link in this cast... no deficit of talent, energy, spirit - or luck" 4 stars - Broadway World).|
|2 Dec||Russell Players' panto in Swallowfield is Snow White and the Magnificent Seven between 1st and 9th February.|
|19 Nov||Reviews of the Watermill's Robin Hood ("a delight for grown-ups and kids... highly recommended" - Newbury Theatre; "clunky script... the humour here misfires with the adults" 1 star - PocketSize Theatre; "the funniest villain you could imagine... perfect for age 8+ as well as being great fun for adults and not too scary for smaller children" - Daily Info).|
|18 Nov||Didcot Phoenix Drama Group's January panto is Rumpelstiltskin from 18th to 19th January at Didcot Civic Hall and 26th January at Harwell Village Hall.|
|14 Nov||Review of the Watermill's Jane Eyre ("a marathon performance from all three... with the barest minimum of props, the cast brought Jane's story to life, making this a most enjoyable 70 minutes" - NWN).|
The Watermill's Christmas show is Robin Hood, on now until 5th January. Join the fearless, witty hero and a host of lively friends as they set off on a mission to steal from the rich and give to the poor. This hilarious new adaptation is written by acclaimed children's author Laura Dockrill. And see the reviews here.
The Corn Exchange's panto is Jack and the Beanstalk on now until 6th January. Join Jack and the whole gang on an adventure of enormous proportions… from high-flying dreams to magical beans; be transported to the enchanted panto-land of Newbury Bottom, where anything is possible. Climb the beanstalk with Jack and enjoy dance routines, tunes to sing along to and plenty of audience participation!
TADS' panto is Sleeping Beauty on 8th and 15th December in Tilehurst. At the naming ceremony by the King and Queen of their newborn daughter, Princess Rose, the Good Fairies bestow their gifts but bad Fairy Nightshade arrives and casts her spell of death by pricking her finger on a spinnng wheel. The Chief Fairy changes this to falling asleep for 100 years only to be woken by a kiss from a Prince.
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.
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.
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