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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. This site is updated very frequently - see What's new below and follow us on Twitter Twitter: @NewburyTheatre.
Posters of forthcoming productions are here.


In the spotlight

With the weather improving, it's time to think about booking for open-air productions. As usual, there are lots in the area - as well as the usual Shakespeare, there's some Jane Austen plus The Crucible by Blewbury Players and Progress Theatre's King Lear in the Reading Abbey Ruins. Details here.

See What's on for a list of everything.

News and special events

Our three local Drama Festivals of one-act plays are coming up, in Henley (7th to 11th May), Abingdon (3rd to 8th June) and Wallingford (10th to 14th June). Details here.

Not theatre, but Newbury Spring Festival runs from 11th to 25th May and once again they are offering free tickets to selected events for under 25s. Details here.

From 13/12/2018, 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!

What's new

Here's the list of what's changed in the last month. You can also get the latest updates via Twitter. Twitter: @NewburyTheatre

Date Item
21 MayHungerford Summer Festival (HADCAF) is here again with lots of theatre productions as usual. Hungerford Theatre Company is well represented with performances from its adult and children's groups, Guy Masterson is back with more Dylan Thomas, plus Kennet Opera's touring production of Viva Verdi! and the Watermill's touring production of Our Church. 27th June to 14th July.
12 MayWith the weather improving, it's time to think about booking for open-air productions. There are nine listed here and there will be more to come.
6 MayD-Day 75, at Greenham Business Park on 4th and 5th June, follows Eisenhower in the days leading up to this event, along with a company from the 101st Airborne Divison stationed at Greenham and with the stories of the local people of Newbury. It consist of interactive immersive performances from over 100 community performers from the Watermill's and Corn Exchange's outreach groups and is supported by Greenham Trust. If you remember the amazing Greenham: 100 years of War and Peace on Greenham Common two years ago, you won't want to miss this.

Coming soon

Russell Players - A Bunch of AmateursRussell Players' next production from 17th to 19th May is A Bunch of Amateurs in Swallowfield. Fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find this is not the RSC, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And the cast are amateurs trying to save their theatre. As his career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – and his inner Lear!

New Era - All My SonsNew Era's next production of All My Sons is a very powerful play primarily about deception, its consequences, and survival; that is survival of family life and the American way of life in the 1950s. Whilst this is a dramatic play it also has great humour, and is delightfully sardonic and American in style. It's on at the New Era Theatre, Wash Common, between 6th and 15th June.

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