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|The Duchess of Padua comes to the Croft Hall, Hungerford on 10th March. Oscar Wilde's epic tragedy of revenge, passion and murder has been turned into a compact opera which now receives its first performances.
|New season at the Watermill, starting with Much Ado About Nothing and Fanny.
|Reviews of the Watermill's Sherlock Holmes and the Poison Wood. Newbury Theatre ("with its slightly silly plot, lots of humour and great music and acting, I can thoroughly recommend it"); The Stage ("it’s all a treat – a mini triumph of boutique rock musical theatre" - ★★★★); Wokingham Today ("[the songs are] brilliantly played and sung and are complemented by effective use of projections... there is much to enjoy here"); WhatsOnStage ("a gripping, eye-opening and funny production... this is a real must-see" - ★★★★★); Marlborough News ("inventive, entertaining, energetic... shows like this show how richly they have deserved [Watermill Theatre of the Year]").
|Newbury YoungStars' next production from 26th to 27th April is Matilda Jr at Arlington Arts.
|New Era Players' production at Wash Common between 14th and 23rd March is Emma.
|Jigsaw Stage Productions' Beauty and the Beast is between 16th and 25th May in Wantage and Didcot.
|Oxford Theatre Guild's 16th 20th April production is The Importance of being Earnest.
|AmEgos Theatre's production from 4th to 6th April is The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
|Henley-on-Thames Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society's production from 6th to 9th March is 'Allo 'Allo 2 The Camembert Caper.
|KATS' next production is Fiddler on the Roof at Kennet School, Thatcham from 15th to 17th February.
Now and coming soon
New Era Players' production at Wash Common in March is Emma. One of Jane Austen's most-loved novels has been adapted for stage to create a vibrant play which retains the essence of Austen’s wit. The plot centres around the wealthiest young lady in Highbury, Emma Woodhouse, who fancies herself as a skilled matchmaker, based on her belief that she brought together her former governess and a local squire, Mr Weston. She takes under her wing a young girl, Harriet Smith, who has many personal attractions but is of ‘questionable’ birth. Emma believes that she can find Harriet a more eligible match than the worthy farmer, Mr Martin, who has already offered Harriet his hand in marriage. Much of the ensuing drama revolves around the many misunderstandings and missteps such matchmaking involves. Emma’s machinations are observed by her oldest friend, Mr Knightley, who thoroughly disapproves of her meddling.
AmEgos Theatre's next production in Wantage from 4th to 6th April is AmEgos Theatre. What makes a monster and what makes a man? This is the central theme of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a grand, sweeping musical based on the 1996 Disney film and Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame tells the story of Quasimodo, the bell-ringer of Notre Dame, and his desire to one day be a part of the outside world.
Newbury YoungStars' next production from 26th to 27th April is Matilda Jr at Arlington Arts. Step into the well-loved story of a girl who dreams of a better life, and the children she inspires. Root for the 'revolting children' who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson in this heart-warming tale that celebrates the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the resilience of young heroes. Join us for an electrifying performance filled with dazzling dance numbers and unforgettable songs. Come and be part of the magic, Maggots!
Auditions and requests for help
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