GamePlan, 27th to 28th June, 19:30 at Herongate Club
Teenage Sorrel fights to keep herself and her abandoned mother, once a dot.com businesswoman, financially afloat by setting up as a part-time hooker, advertising for clients on the internet and persuading her tearful school chum to act as her maid. Just when you wonder what will happen in this terrible situation the play becomes a farce about body disposal, police questioning and media intrusion.
Dragon Days, 29th to 30th June
In the pretty, alpine village of Stumbledorf (just a short ‘trip’ away), the overdramatic villagers await a hero to rescue them from the mythical creature whose presence overshadows their otherwise idyllic mountain home. Just in the nick of time, seemingly in fulfilment of an ancient prophecy given by three wizened old crones, Tommy Rumble and his fearsome mother stumble into Stumbledorf, which causes great excitement. Could Tommy finally be the answer to the village’s problems? Can he get fit in time to fight the dragon or will jealousy and mischief thwart his heroic exploits? Has the dragon really developed a taste for goats, or is it just a social media feeding frenzy? Will the village ever be free of its Dragon Days? There’s only one way to find out… A Hungerford Children's Theatre production.
Chicago, 29th to 30th June
For razzle dazzle and All That Jazz, don’t miss this High School production of the Broadway classic Chicago. Set during the roaring 1920s jazz era, Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, two murderesses in Cook County Jail. Driven by ambition, both women try to grab the spotlight, whilst trying to clear their names. A Hungerford Youth Theatre production.
Guy Masterson - Dylan Thomas, 4th July, 20:00 at
The Croft Hall
Guy returns to Hungerford with his 2001 Edinburgh Best Actor Award-winning performance of the Other Works of Dylan Thomas - or, as he likes to call it - the “Not 'Under Milk Wood' Dylan Thomas”! A selection of three delightful short stories - including of course the much loved A Child’s Christmas In Wales along with some of Dylan’s most famous poems including Death Shall Have No Dominion and Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.
Snow White, Rose Red, Bear Brown, 7th July, 15:00 at
The Croft Hall
Snow White and Rose Red – sisters, twins, best friends – have lived in the forest since they were Babes in the Wood. Bought up by their hardworking Mother to be kind, caring and forest fluent. When their quiet life is interrupted by a friendly bear a new chapter begins. But why has the bear chosen them as playfellows? Why is there sadness in his eyes? And who on earth is that rude little man with a ridiculously long beard that they keep bumping in to? All questions will be answered in the Woods of Widdershins - by Professor of Gnomology, Andromedus Silverbeard – using puppets, storytelling, and original music. Suitable for ages 4 and up.
14th July, 15:00 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Hungerford
A celebration of the very greatest opera of Guiseppe Verdi, this concert includes full chorus and semi-stage excerpts from many favourites, including La Traviata, Macbeth and Don Carlos. There will also be a sneak preview from their production of Mozart’s Magic Flute, in November this year. A Kennet Opera production.
Herongate Leisure Auditorium, Hungerford.
Tickets from our web site or from
Crown Needlework, 115 High Street, Hungerford.
Tel: 01488 684011 - Credit and debit cards accepted.
Review of The Sound of Music
20th to 23rd February 2019
Review from the Newbury Weekkly News.
Alive with the sound of music
Colourful town production of Rodgers and Hammerstein musical
Community of Hungerford Theatre Group: The Sound of Music, at John O’ Gaunt School Hall, Hungerford, from Wednesday, February 20 to Saturday, February 23
The Sound of Music was the last collaboration between the highly-successful partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. As usual, it featured timeless music that has lived on and on and, in this case was based on a true story: the von Trapps of Austria during the Second World War.
Well, I say true story, but it was considerably tinkered with as von Trapp bad 10 children not seven and Maria arrived as a tutor to one child and not as governess to them all. And the family didn't escape across the mountains carrying suitcases, but took a train to Italy.
As to this production, Zoe Hobbs did well as Maria, the abbey postulant who leaves to become a governess to naval officer Captain von Trapp and his seven children. She was convincing as a girl struggling with both her religion and her feelings.
She had a good singing voice, as did Gareth Burgess as Captain von Trapp, an actor who conveyed the many sides of the character he played.
The part of Liesl was well-played by Martha Gayer on the night we attended; another actor shared the role on alternate performances.
The other six children were also very good, well-rehearsed, with good movement and convincing speech. Julie Gower gave a studied performance as the Mother Abbess, with strong support from Karen Ash by as Sister Berthe and Tessa Brown as Sister Margaretta. Elsa was portrayed well as the self-seeking person she was by Rouska Westall and Max came to life in Tim Beckwith's performance.
All of the many small parts were well acted and stage movement throughout was very good.
The many scenes in the show were sponsored by local shops and businesses and TCHTC had some fine backdrops to add to the scenery. This was a very bright, visual show, in terms of both costume and scenery. It was well done throughout, with many dress and scene changes required, some within a few minutes. Costumes were colourful, many and varied, so a special well done to the wardrobe team.
The direction and choreography was well handled by David Clayton, with assistance from Rouska Westall, although pacing could have been faster and time shaved off many long musical sequences as, at three hours, this production was just a bit too long.
With so much hard work and talent on display though, this was a minor quibble and the production overall was a big success.
The Sound of Music, 20th to 23rd February 2019
Private Peaceful, 13th to 14th July 2018 at Hungerford Royal British Legion
The Gingerbread Man and Other Stories, 11th July 2018 at Herongate Leisure Auditorium
The Vicar of Dibley, 7th to 8th June and 29th September to 6th October 2018. See the review in the archive.
Seussical Jr, 9th to 10th June 2018
Cats, 14th to 17th February 2018. See the review in the archive.
The Odd Couple, 22nd September 2017 at Great Shefford Village Hall
Much Ado About Nothing, 7th to 8th July 2017
Mack and Mabel, 15th to 18th February 2017. See the review in the archive.
Love Triangle 2, 1st October and 8th October 2016. See the review in the archive.
Goodnight Mister Tom, 17th to 20th February 2016. See the review in the archive.
Love Triangle, 24th October to 14th November 2015. See the review in the archive.
Spring and Port Wine, 11th to 12th June 2015. See the review in the archive.
Whistle Down the Wind, 18th to 21st February 2015. See the review in the archive.
Whistle Down the Wind, 5th to 6th December 2014
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, 31st July to 2nd August 2014. See the review in the archive.
The Wizard of Oz, 19th to 22nd February 2014. See the review in the archive.
Davy, 19th to 20th July 2013
Up Pompeii, 20th to 22nd June 2013
The Labyrinth, 16th to 17th May 2013
Fiddler on the Roof, 20th to 23rd February 2013. See the review in the archive.
Bedroom Farce, 12th to 14th July 2012
Brigadoon, 15th to 18th February 2012. See the review in the Archive.
The Likes of Us, 23rd to 26th February 2011. See the review in the Archive.
The Dracula Rock Show, 10th July 2010 - a Hungerford Children’s Theatre production
The Cleaners, 10th to 11th June 2010 - a Hungerford Youth Theatre production
Grimm Tales, 20th March 2010 - a Hungerford Young Performers production
Carousel, 17th to 20th February 2010. See the review in the Archive.
A Cream Cracker Under the Settee, A Dog's Life, Still Waters, 20th to 25th July 2009, in HADCAF
Robin Hood and Friends, 27th June 2009
The Love Nest, 28th to 30th May 2009
The Fate of King Minos, 28th March 2009
The King and I, 18th to 21st February 2009. See the review in the Archive.
Down at the Old Bull & Bush, 7th to 8th July 2008
Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs, 5th July 2008
Love Begins at Fifty, 6th to 7th June 2008. See the review in the Archive.
Blitz!, 20th to 23rd February 2008. See the review in the Archive.
Gone With The Books, 21st to 22nd September 2007. See the review in the Archive.
Romeo and Juliet, 7th July 2007 - a Hungerford Children’s Theatre production
Two Short Socks, 6th July 2007 - a Hungerford Youth Theatre production
Hello Dolly, 14th to 17th February 2007. See the review in the Archive.
Flower Drum Song, 15th to 18th February 2006. See the review in the Archive.
Scheherazade, Tales of Arabian Nights, 8th July 2006
Anon, 30th June 2006, at HADCAF. See the review in the Archive.
The Gut Girls, 6th to 7th June 2005
Annie Get Your Gun, 16th to 19th February 2005. See the review in the Archive.
The Piper, Easter 2005 - a Hungerford Young Performers production. See the review in the archive.