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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

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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
23 JunNew Era Players' Murder Mystery Evening is on 13th July at St George's Church Hall, Newbury.
11 JunReviews of The Mill at Sonning's Three Men in a Boat. Newbury Weekly News ("it was all great fun with three chaps from a long-gone age... an enjoyable production"); MyWokingham ("the sort of show which keeps a smile on your face throughout").
11 JunReview of Newbury Dramatic Society's Wessex and Hardy – On the Cusp of Change. Newbury Weekly News ("very good costumes...brought this one-act play to life... the character and times of this complex writer were captured in this short play").
9 JunThe multi award-winning production of Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter featuring Andew Scott returns to the big screen. For one night only, 18th July, it's on the Corn Exchange, Newbury and Vue Newbury.
1 JunDrama Festivals this month:
ODN Drama Festival of One Act Plays, 4th to 8th June
Wallingford Corn Exchange Drama Festival, 10th to 15th June
30 MayMessy Kind are bringing the world premiere of Chilli Con Carne to Beenham Victory Hall, RG7 5NN on 27th June.
30 MayReviews of the Watermill's Fanny. Newbury Theatre ("peppered with witty one-liners... outstanding comedy performances... good fun"); Wokingham Today ("energetic, funny and compelling... brilliantly acted, and fantastically staged – Fanny is as near to a perfect play as I have seen"); The Stage ("a pithily written riot of a good time... full of witty wordplay" - ★★★); Marlborough News ("energy, enthusiasm and passion"); West End Best Friend ("a well constructed piece of theatre, with a lot of laughs and some fabulously accomplished performances" - ★★★★); WhatsOnStage ("a warm, funny, life-enhancing and eye-opening musical comedy" - ★★★★); Broadway World ("brisk and light-hearted with plenty of laughs... a riotous, irreverent yet enthralling play" - ★★★★); Theatre Vibe ("wonderful audience participation"); British Theatre Guide ("full of fun, wit, farcical physical theatre and wonderful performances... a hugely enjoyable production").
28 MayKingston Bagpuize Drama Group's next production on 13th July in Southmoor is Dressed to Kill.
26 MayLocal conductor, vocal tutor and aspiring musical theatre composer Hannah Maskell is presenting a musical theatre evening showcasing her work on 20th July and she wants to form a special choir of local singers to join in with four songs on the evening. More details below.

Now and coming soon

Hannah MaskellHannah Maskell is a local conductor, vocal tutor and an aspiring musical theatre composer. Her latest new challenge this summer is a concert of her own original music and she could be looking for you to take part in this exciting premiere. Hannah plans to present a delightful evening of musical theatre showcasing her work at St Nicolas Church, Newbury. As a huge advocate for community music and bringing the arts to all, she is thrilled to offer this opportunity for local singers to be involved. Hannah says "we're looking to form this special choir to join in with 4 songs on the evening. I've been wanting to present my own work to the public since leaving university and I'm relishing teaching it to the choir. Above all, it's going to be such a lot of fun." The concert will be on 20th July 2024 and all are welcome to join or watch. Choir Rehearsals have started on Tuesday evenings in St Nics Church, Newbury with a dress rehearsal on 19th July. Contact if you would like to be involved.

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.

MessyKind - Chilli Con CarneMessy Kind are bringing Chilli Con Carne to Beenham Victory Hall, RG7 5NN on 27th June, the world premiere and start of its UK tour. Death and taxes - the only two certainties in life. That and complex, painful human relationships. At sixteen, Ash and Sonia fall in love. But their young queer relationship hits an awkward brick wall: their respective parents have fallen for each other too. When Sonia's father dies, she runs off to London, only to come back to Newcastle ten years later. No longer sisters or lovers, these strangers rediscover their complex love amidst grief, regret, and Ash's 'wonderfully normal' life with her fiance Tom. Wires cross, and threads get pulled - leaving Ash with a heartbreaking decision to make, over a bowl of her mother's infamous Chilli Con Carne...

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.

Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group - Dressed to KillKingston Bagpuize Drama Group's next production on 13th July in Southmoor is Dressed to Kill. It’s 1983 and the Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group are getting ready to perform their first ever ‘Fashion/Musical Show’ to raise money for new stage lighting in the village hall. The latest in high street fashion will be ‘modelled via performance’ by some of the group’s members to a ticket paying audience. It’s an ill-thought-out hybrid mess of a production and as the clock ticks towards ‘curtain up’ tension is mounting. Before the audience have taken their seats, rivalry, discord and conflict bubbles over and one of the drama group members ends up murdered… Our Murder Mysteries allow the audience to quiz the suspects and try to decide who the killer is! We have a compere, a two-act scripted play and then an audience question and answer session before the ‘big reveal’.

New Era Players - A Murder Mystery EveningNew Era Players' Murder Mystery Evening is on 13th July at St George's Church Hall, Newbury. Come along and help to solve the case. Includes a two-course supper.

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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