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.
In the spotlight
The spotlight has entries for the next fortnight for professional theatres in the Newbury area as well as all amateur groups. Well, looks like there's not much on this week. But don't worry - once the summer holidays are over, things will start hotting up again.
See What's on for a list of everything.
News and special events
I've heard a rumour that Newbury Musical Theatre Society have folded. Sad news, but please correct me if I'm wrong. If you belong to NMTS (or if you don't and you can sing), Kennet Opera would like to talk to you about taking part in their November production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Sullivan's The Zoo at Arlington Arts. Contact Jim Mitchell on 01235 767975 or
The Message Board has gone! It's been on the site for a long time and over the past few years it hasn't been used much. This year there's only been one posting. The introduction of GDPR seemed a good opportunity to put it out to pasture. If you want to let people know what your group's doing, email and I'll put something on the front page for you.
As usual, there are lots of open-air shows this summer. Shakespeare predominates, but this year there are quite a few other genres, including once again Micron Theatre's two productions moving around the canals. You can see them all here.
You can get the latest updates via RSS or Twitter (@NewburyTheatre). If you don't know what RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is, this may not be for you (find out more here), but if you're using an RSS reader already, this is a good way to keep up to date with the changes to this site.
|13 Aug||Review of The Mill at Sonning's Ten Times Table ("direction was clear and precise... it all moved along at a good, natural pace, with the dialogue providing comedy throughout" - NWN; "expert comic timing by the strong cast" - Maidenhead Advertiser).|
|9 Aug||Review of Newbury Youth Theatre's Of Rags and Bones ("an impressively mature, collaborative reflection on the world we live in by this talented young company" - NWN).|
|9 Aug||Review of KATS' Confusions ("the acting was strong and direction smooth on all these very funny pieces" - NWN).|
|3 Aug||Reviews of the Watermill's Sweet Charity ("plenty enough to enjoy here" - ★★★★ Telegraph; "impossible to resist" - ★★★ Times; "full of energy... a fun show" - Newbury Theatre; ★★★★ WhatsOnStage; ★★★★ The Stage; ★★★★★ Pocketsize Theatre).|
|1 Aug||Silchester Players' autumn production between 14th and 22nd September is Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit.|
|23 Jul||TADS' next production is Murder in Rehearsal from 14th to 15th September in Tilehurst. It's another Murder Mystery Supper evening with Fish and Chips, Dessert and Coffee.|
|23 Jul||Review of Creation Theatre's Swallows and Amazons ("the emphasis is firmly on the empowerment of children to dare to be bold... superb entertainment" - NWN).|
|22 Jul||DADS are holding auditions for Alan Ayckbourn's Joking Apart on Monday 30th July at 19:30 in the back room of Dorchester Village Hall (7 Queen Street, OX10 7HR). They're looking for a young lady of around 18 for this play. It's a good part so if you or anyone you know might be interested, please do come to the audition.|
|18 Jul||Review of Newbury Dramatic Society's London Suite ("well acted... a well-matched set of plays" - NWN).|
|17 Jul||Goring Gap Players are holding auditions for thier November production of Twelfth Night on 22nd, 25th and 29th July in Streatley.|
New Era Players’ next production in Wash Common between 6th and 15th September is Second Person Narrative by Jemma Kennedy, a montage of short scenes capturing fragments of a woman’s life starting from her birth and ending in her… ‘re-assignment?’
TADS' next production is Murder in Rehearsal from 14th to 15th September in Tilehurst. The Haddington Players are rehearsing for a production of Romeo and Juliet, but little work is done as minor disaster follows minor disaster, until a member of the cast gets murdered off-stage. The whole play is laced with humour. Another of our Murder Mystery Supper evenings.
Silchester Players' autumn production between 14th and 22nd September is Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth along with their guests Doctor and Mrs Bradman take part in a séance led by the flamboyant and eccentric medium Madame Arcati. However, things do not go according to plan...
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