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. Posters of forthcoming productions are here.
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News and special events
is the 62nd year of the
Aldermaston Nativity Play.
Eight of these 14th century Mystery Plays from York are performed each
year to tell the story of the first Christmas. Around 80 members of the
community of Aldermaston and the surrounding area will come together, to
perform for four nights, this well-known story taking us all back to
simpler historic times through language, music, costume and place. It's
set in the beautiful, atmospheric 12th Century church of St Mary the
Virgin in Aldermaston.|
Performances are from 6th to 9th December, 20:00 on Thursday and Friday and 19:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are free: book online.
You can see reviews of previous years' productions here.
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|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).|
|7 Nov||Review of Creation Theatre Company's The Pit and the Pendulum ("a riposte to repression, this Poe dramatisation is a play for today" - NWN).|
|31 Oct||Boundary Players' next production is John Godber's Men of the World in Tadley from 28th November to 1st December.|
|21 Oct||Review of Mortimer Dramatic Society's Anybody for Murder? ("a really impressive production with some excellent acting and good pace" - Newbury Theatre).|
Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group's next production is their first ever panto and it's a very funny version of Sleeping Beauty. The wicked fairy is mightily miffed when she dosen’t get an invite to the royal christening. Can brave Fairy Peaceful save Princess Aurora from the death spell and keep her safe for her dream prince? And how will the Queen Mum cope with a very long sleep-over? 22nd to 24th November.
This Friday and Saturday, 23rd and 24th November, at Sherfield Village Hall Loddon Players are presenting a reading and presentation of the letters of two artists who served in the the First World War, together with a small exhibition of their art, and that of some of their contemporaries. The letters are a fascinating and previously unpublished record of their lives. No need to book.
Boundary Players' next production is John Godber's Men of the World in Tadley from 28th November to 1st December. Experience the world of coach trips as seen through the eyes of three coach drivers; Larry, Stick and Frank as they share one of their most memorable coach journeys together. A touching, often hilarious, bitter-sweet play.
New Era Players' next production is The Heiress between 28th November and 8th December. This was the first full length production by New Era Players in our Wash Common theatre, 40 years ago. It is set in 19th century New York and revolves around the wealthy Sloper family who live in the much sought-after New York address of Washington Square, New York.
Newbury Dramatic Society presents A Christmas Carole at Morpheus Theatre, Newbury on 1st December - Dickens with a Twist! Elizabeth Scrooge reveals her dislike of Christmas to her niece Freda and her clerk Barbara Cratchit, prompting a visit from the Ghost of her late partner Jessica Marley. Three more Spirits follow, to teach Elizabeth a better appreciation of the festive season and life in general.
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!
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