Newbury theatre guide
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.
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News and special events
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|13 Jun||Review of the Newbury Community production of D-Day 75 ("ambitious inclusive community project... the large cast were most impressive, performing with total commitment... this was community theatre at its very best" - NWN).|
|13 Jun||Review of New Era's All My Sons ("the cast had good synergy... a very gripping drama... dynamic and thought-provoking" - NWN).|
|6 Jun||Abingdon Drama Club's next production from 26th to 29th June is 'Allo 'Allo by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft.|
|6 Jun||Marlborough Players' next production, postponed from May, is Entertaining Angels from 20th to 22nd June.|
|2 Jun||Reviews of the Watermill's The Importance of Being Earnest ("an interesting and fresh view of the much-loved play" - Newbury Theatre; "fizzes with comic invention and humour... highly recommended" - British Theatre Guide; "fresh and inventive new production" ★★★★ - The Spy in the Stalls; "laugh-a-minute funny" ★★★★ - Broadway World; "quirky and extremely funny production" - Henley Standard; "very fine ensemble work from the actors" ★★★★ - Plays to See).|
|27 May||TADS' Next production in Tilehurst is A Frightful Evening on 5th and 6th July. It's another of their very popular Murder Mystery Fish & Chips Supper evenings.|
|21 May||Hungerford 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. 28th June to 14th July.|
The Watermill's touring production is Our Church between 19th June and 13th July. In some people’s lives there is a moment when something goes wrong, when they do something very bad. In a small village, the last remaining members of the dwindling church committee gather to discuss its future.
Marlborough Players' postponed production is Entertaining Angels from 20th to 22nd June. Grace, recently widowed, has been on her best behaviour for years, but even as she grieves for her husband she revels in her new found freedom of being able to do and say exactly what she wants. Thought provoking, irreverent, amusing yet at times deeply profound, the story will resonate with many.
Abingdon Drama Club's next production from 26th to 29th June is ’Allo ’Allo by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft. This uproarious comedy relates the adventures of a hapless cafe owner, René, in occupied France. You can see all of your favourite TV characters in the flesh, including Rene's tone-deaf wife Edith, barmaids Yvette andd Mimi, and the Gestapo officer Herr Flick!
Welsh theatre company Dirty Protest perform How to Be Brave in Wasing Woodlands on 4th, 5th and 11th July before transferring to the Edinburgh Fringe. This new touching and hilarious play is about learning to be brave when your world is falling apart. By Siân Owen, it's based on her own experiences as a mother in a fast-changing and confusing world, as well as being a love letter to Newport.
Courtney Fish is a rich and famous crime writer who calls together the beneficiaries to her Will to tell them of an important development but someone is in for a fatal shock! TADS' next production on 5th and 6th July is A Frightful Evening by Ian McCutcheon, another of their very popular Murder Mystery Fish & Chips Supper evenings. It's at Tilehurst Village Hall.
Didcot Phoenix Drama Group's next touring production between 13th and 21st September is a murder mystery comedy The Bold, the Young and the Murdered. A long-running soap opera has some cast problems and they are given an ultimatum: complete one episode overnight or the show dies. But then the director and cast start dropping like flies. Can these misfits discover the murderer?
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