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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  
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In the spotlight

Spotlight

Rain & Shine have an outdoor production of She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith at the Old Church House, Wantage on 24th June.
It’s the 18th century. Kate Hardcastle is a young lady fixed up to meet the eligible Marlow with a view to marriage. Marlow is a young gent who is tongue-tied with the upper classes and downright lecherous with commoners. So when Marlow is tricked into believing Kate’s ancestral home is a country inn, and mistakes Kate for a lowly barmaid what could possibly go wrong? Plenty!

Mikron Theatre Company are back touring the waterways of England.
With no performances possible last year, they’re back with 80 this year, a reduction from their usual 130. Performances in our area are:
A Dog’s Tale, 1st July, 19:30 at Minal Cricket Pavilion near Marlborough
A Dog’s Tale, 28th July, 19:30 at The Rowbarge, Woolhampton
Atalanta Forever, 31st July, 19:30 at Goring Lock
Atalanta Forever, 1st August, 17:00 at Caversham Court, Reading
A Dog’s Tale, 3rd August, 19:30 at Long Wittenham
Atalanta Forever, 11th August, 19:30 at the Plough Inn, Oxford
All performances must be booked in advance.

This year’s Boxford Masque takes place from 28th July to 1st August at Boxford Rec, RG20 8DD. The inspiration for it was the uncovering of a very rare Roman mosaic in Boxford. The Masque will feature a huge community cast of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, and will be produced by a professional theatre team. It will whisk you on a crazy image-packed journey into the land of mosaics, myths and monsters where ancient stories will become real and our modern world melts into the marvellous past.

Reading's Rabble Theatre are premiering a new play by Newbury's Beth Flintoff: The Last Abbot of Reading from 11th June to 3rd July in Reading Abbey ruins. It's about Hugh Faringdon, Henry VIII and the ruin of Reading Abbey.
Reviews: "this atmospheric, strongly acted show is a model of theatre rooted in and illuminating its locality" - Guardian; "strong performances and an atmospheric setting elevate this detailed depiction of the Dissolution of the Monasteries" - The Stage.

Progress Theatre's Abbey Ruins Open Air Shakespeare production this year is Romeo and Juliet from 14th to 24th July.

Miracle Theatre from Cornwall are bringing their outdoor touring production of Starcrazy to Ogbourne Maizey near Marlborough on 14th July.
October 1957: the world lives in fear of nuclear war, Russia has launched Sputnik 1, UFOs are cropping up everywhere, MI5 is on high alert and Stanley is building something in his garden shed. He may live in suburbia but, in his mind, Stanley is voyaging through outer space. He hopes to make contact with other life forms. His neighbour, Gwen, thinks he should be exploring the unknown much closer to home… A cosmic comedy about obsession and the rekindling of love, hope and possibility.

See What's on for a list of everything.

Online productions

Strangers is the new online film currently picking up critical acclaim at the online festival theSpaceUK. Written by local writer Nick Card and starring local actors Emily Browne and Steve Schollar it tells a dark tale of when two strangers meet by chance. Desperate circumstances lead to desperate action that result in a shocking revelation with disturbing consequences. Can things ever be the same again?

Life in Stages is the National Theatre’s brand-new interview series that profiles some of the biggest names in British theatre. Featuring interviews from Olivia Colman and Rufus Norris, Jessie Buckley and Josh O’Connor, and Adrian Lester and Meera Syal. Each episode reveals the funny, personal, and poignant stories from their lives on the stage. Watch Life in Stages for free on the NT's YouTube channel.

Newbury Theatre and Penny Post

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.

Online theatre

The National Theatre are making their NT Live recordings available online. You can subscribe for £9.98 a month or rent individual plays for £7.99.

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

Latest news

Date Item
6 JunLocal amateur groups are getting ready for the end of lockdown (will we, won't we?) with a raft of new or previously postponed produtions. It looks as if July is going to be a busy month.
6 JunReview of the Watermill's The Hound of the Baskervilles from the Newbury Weekly News ("the plot is tongue-in-cheek with the intention to amuse a family audience, reviving the spirits after months of lockdown, encouraging long-missed communal laughter" - NWN).
30 MayReviews of the Watermill's The Hound of the Baskervilles ("a refreshing edge to an overly examined piece, often poking fun at plot points and Conan Doyle’s writing styles" ★★★★★ - A Younger Theatre; "while the humorous tone may not have been in the original book, it’s definitely a humour born of fondness for the story" - Wokingham Today).
23 MayThe Watermill Theatre has appointed Claire Murray as Executive Director – a new role that has recently been created. Claire will support and work closely alongside Paul Hart, who remains Artistic Director/CEO, as well as the Board of Trustees
16 MayThis year’s Boxford Masque takes place from 28th July to 1st August at Boxford Rec, RG20 8DD.
10 MaySinodun Players' first production since lockdown is The Wind in the Willows at Wallingford Corn Exchange from 14th to 17th July.
9 MayAnd now the Corn Exchange, Newbury are back with a summer season of outdoor productions, opening the batting with Blithe Spirit at Thatcham Cricket Club on 20th June. This is followed in July and August by Pride and Prejudice and The Importance of Being Earnest at Welford Park, The Great Gatsby at Shaw House and A Midsummer Night's Dream at Bucklebury.

Now and coming soon

theSpaceUK - StrangersStrangers is a new online film from theSpaceUK. Written by local writer Nick Card and starring local actors Emily Browne and Steve Schollar it tells a dark tale of when two strangers meet by chance. Desperate circumstances lead to desperate action that result in a shocking revelation.

New Era - Daisy Pulls It OffDaisy Pulls It Off is a jolly romp from New Era Players in the style of the old Angela Brazil books for girls, set in a boarding school in the 1920/30s. Though scorned by some of the girls because of her humble roots, Daisy Meredith sets out with her best friend to find the school treasure. After many trials and tribulations, all comes good. This is an outdoor performance at Shaw House between 17th and 26th June.

Sinodun Players - The Wind in the WillowsSinodun Players return to the stage with The Wind in the Willows at Wallingford Corn Exchange from 14th to 17th July. It's one of the all-time great animal stories and a true classic of children’s literature. It introduces us to Mole, Rat, Badger and – of course – the irrepressible Toad. Will Toad get out of prison and find his way home? And can his friends help him to save Toad Hall?

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