Newbury theatre guide
Posters of forthcoming productions are here.
In the spotlight
Mortimer Dramatic Society are opening their doors again with an October Play in a Weekend. They say: "Are you, or a friend/family member, tempted to try theatre as a new hobby? Here’s an opportunity you may be interested in: our first activity is something along the lines of a Play in a Weekend! We will work in small teams to get to know, rehearse and perform a short play of approximately 10 minutes length." It's on Saturday and Sunday 30th and 31st October. book by 29th September.
The annual Aldermaston York Nativity Play is back after missing a year in 2020 because of Covid. It's an adaptation of 8 or 9 plays from the 400-year-old York Mystery Cycle plays that tell the story of the first Christmas. We've published the Newbury Weekly News reviews of the play every year since 2000 - you can see them here. The cast comes from Aldermaston and surrounding villages, and many of them have played the same part for years. It's a magical setting in the church of St Mary the Virgin and tickets - available from October - are free from https://aldermastonnativity.co.uk/tickets. Performance dates are 2nd to 5th December.
See What's on for a list of everything.
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?
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.
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!
|19 Sep||National Theatre Live's showing of Romeo and Juliet at local cinemas with an all-star cast including Jessie Buckley, Josh O'Connor, Tamsin Greig and Adrian Lester is on 28th September.|
|13 Sep||Sinodun Players present Agatha Christie's A Daughter’s a Daughter in Wallingford from 22nd to 25th September.|
|13 Sep||Abingdon Drama Club's next production is the world premiere production of Good and Faithful Servants from 15th to 18th September.|
|5 Sep||AmEgos' first production this year is Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park from 1st to 4th December in Faringdon.|
|29 Aug||The annual Aldermaston York Nativity Play is back for the 63rd year after missing a year in 2020 because of Covid. Performance dates in the church of St Mary the Virgin are 2nd to 5th December.|
|22 Aug||Woodley Light Operatic Society are offering Celebrate the Musicals, a relaxed evening of musical entertainment in a cabaret setting with a ploughman's supper in Winnersh on 8th, 10th and 11th September.|
|22 Aug||Silchester Players is producing another radio play. Alchemy in Three Easy Lessons by John Quinn has been adapted for radio by the author. It will be broadcast on 19th September.|
|22 Aug||Shinfield Players' next production is the Monty Python related No Naughty Bits from 22nd to 25th September.|
|22 Aug||Aldermaston Players' next production is the fast-paced comedy Don’t Dress for Dinner from 23rd to 25th September.|
Now and coming soon
Strangers 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.
AmEgos' next production is Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park from 1st to 4th December. Springtime in New York City. After their honeymoon, newlyweds Paul and Corrie move into their Manhattan apartment. She’s determined to create a romantic home, despite bare walls, bad plumbing, eccentric neighbours and a hole in their skylight but when Corrie’s mother arrives things begin to unravel.
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