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Find out about theatre events coming up in and around Newbury and West Berkshire, reaching out to Oxford, Basingstoke and Reading. Follow us on Twitter Twitter: @NewburyTheatre. Email us at

Posters of forthcoming productions, audition notices and requests for help are belowBelow

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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.

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Latest news

Date Item
12 MayReview of Boundary Players' We’ll Bring the House Down. Newbury Weekly News ("the acting was good all round... a new original play, well staged and performed").
12 MayReview of Compton Players' The Wind in the Willows. Newbury Weekly News ("Pete Watt gave a strong and energetic performance as Toad... joyous... the magistrate was in marvellous voice... the show was very well received by young and old").
12 MayReview of Creation Theatre Company's Animal Farm. Newbury Weekly News ("a fresh perspective on the truths exposed by Orwell 80 years ago... Another winner for Oxford’s leading theatre company").
5 MayAmEgos Theatre are holding auditions for their autumn production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on 21st June.
2 MayRabble Theatre's next production from 27th June to 6th July in Reading is Glitch, the true story of the Post Office scandal.
28 AprMortimer Dramatic Society's next production between 17th and 25th May is 84 Charing Cross Road.
28 AprOverton Dramatic Society's next production from 15th to 18th May is Alibi for Murder.
19 AprNew Era Players' next production in Wash Common is Waiting for Godot between 20th and 29th June.
19 AprRussell Players' next production in Swallowfield is Death by Detective from 15th to 19th May.
18 AprReviews of the Watermill's Much Ado About Nothing. Newbury Theatre ("the acting was extremely good throughout... a most enjoyable evening"); WhatsOnStage ("every conceit and confection contributes to a glorious theatrical whole" - ★★★★); The Stage ("a cheerful, undemanding take on Shakespeare’s sharp comedy" - ★★★); Broadway World ("dazzling set design and costumes... brilliantly performed with heart (and Chaplin-esque slapstick) by a phenomenal ensemble cast... this laugh-out-loud riot is a must-watch" - ★★★★); Marlborough News ("this was ensemble playing of the highest order... endlessly inventive and the audience were ecstatic"); Wokingham Today ("this production reaches heights of hilarity... a frothy, fun and rollicking production... highly recommended"); Daily Info ("the latest triumph from the Watermill... a joy to watch").
13 AprNew Era Players' next production in Wash Common is Waiting for Godot between 20th and 29th June.

Now and coming soon

Faringdon Dramatic Society - Enchanted AprilFaringdon Dramatic Society's next production at Buscot from 15th to 18th May is Enchanted April. Based on the well known novel by Elizabeth von Arnim, Enchanted April takes you on a magical, theatrical holiday. “To those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine. Small castle on the Mediterranean, Northern Italy, to be let for the month of April. Cook, gardens, ocean view.” When two proper London housewives see this advertisement in The Times, their own bleak marriages and dreary wet England in 1922, recovering from the First World War and an influenza pandemic, seem even more unbearable than usual. They decide to rent the castle and recruit two other very different English women to share the cost and the experience. During their enchanted month in Italy, the ladies fall under the spell of their idyllic, sun-drenched surroundings. Amid the wisteria blossoms they rediscover laughter, learn new truths about themselves and find just the romance they need, although not perhaps the romance we – or they – expect to find.in us for a hilarious and unpredictable twist on the world’s favourite comedy classic.

Overton Dramatic Society - Alibi for MurderOverton Dramatic Society's next production from 15th to 18th May is Alibi for Murder. Not so much a "whodunnit" as a "willhegetawaywithit" -- it's a murder mystery play about Charles, a writer of murder books who wants to murder his wife. As an author he convinced he can work out the perfect alibi. Come along and enjoy the twists and turns as the plot unfolds.

Russell Players - Death by DetectiveRussell Players' next production in Swallowfield is Death by Detective from 15th to 19th May. A witty and fast-paced comedy loosely based on a legendary Conan Doyle detective who solves a terrible murder and discovers his guilty part in the affair; it is left to his closest friends to prevent him from arresting himself.

Overton Dramatic Society - Alibi for MurderMortimer Dramatic Society's next production between 17th and 25th May is 84 Charing Cross Road. This enchanting play unfolds through a series of letters exchanged between Helene Hanff, a vivacious New York writer, and Frank Doel, a reserved and knowledgeable bookseller from London. Over the years, their correspondence blossoms into a deep friendship, despite them never meeting face-to-face. This story is not just about the love for books; it's a testament to the enduring spirit of friendship, the joy of discovery, and the cherished moments of laughter and empathy shared between kindred spirits. Invite yourself into a world where every letter holds a piece of the human heart, promising an evening of laughter, tears, and the warm embrace of shared humanity.

Newbury Dramatic Society - Wessex and Hardy - On the Cusp of ChangeNewbury Dramatic Society are presenting Wessex and Hardy - On the Cusp of Change between 24th and 31st May in and around Newbury. Thomas Hardy, poet and novelist, shows the unfolding of a new way of life in his beloved Wessex. His characters live out these changes, and his poems reflect his reactions to them. Must a rural idyll give way to a bright new future? Were either of them true, anyway? A new play written for our venues by Ann Davidson with traditional music and costume, well-loved works and hidden gems, our players bring to life this onward march.

New Era - Waiting for GodotNew Era Players' next production in Wash Common is Waiting for Godot between 20th and 29th June. The play focuses on two tramps waiting at the roadside, next to a leafless tree, for the arrival of the mysterious Godot, who sends word that he will come but he never appears. Instead, they encounter two strangers, Pozzo and his slave, Lucky, whom they engage in conversation. The characters have no fixed memory of what has gone before, therefore time has no bearing on events.

Rabble Theatre - GlitchRabble Theatre's next production from 27th June to 6th July in Reading is Glitch, the true story of the Post Office scandal. Pam Stubbs has been sub-postmistress of Barkham Post Office for over twenty years, respected and loved locally in equal measure. But when unexplained discrepancies start appearing in her accounts, Pam finds herself caught up in one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in British legal history. This new work, specially commissioned by Reading University, is a first-hand account of Pam’s inspirational story.

Auditions and requests for help

AmEgos - auditionsAmEgos Theatre are holding auditions for their autumn production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on 21st June. The play opens with Christopher, fifteen years old, standing beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptional at maths, while everyday life presents some barriers. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbour’s dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world. They need a cast of TEN for this play (the pivotal role of Christopher hasa already been cast). For more information email the director Lesley at and let her know you are interested ... and come and audition!

New Era - backstage help wantedNew Era Players (Newbury) want backstage helpers.

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