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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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Latest news

Date Item
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.
1 AprWe've got the dates for the local drama festivals at Henley, Abingdon and Wallingford in May and June. No details of the productions yet, but watch this space.
30 MarWoodley Theatre has now closed its curtains for the final time and been wound up.
30 MarKATS' next production from 25th to 27th July in Upper Bucklebury is Agatha Crusty and the Village Hall Murders.
30 MarBoundary Players' next production from 24th to 27th April in Tadley is We’ll Bring the House Down.

Now and coming soon

Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group - Behind Closed DoorsKingston Bagpuize Drama Group's next production from 18th to 20th April in Southmoor is Behind Closed Doors. An evening of four one act plays. There is something for everyone in these very different, but all funny in their own way, plays which explore the goings on in four very different homes.

Boundary Players - We’ll Bring the House DownBoundary Players' next production from 24th to 27th April in Tadley is We’ll Bring the House Down. Set in the House of Commons, the play is set in 2015 and details the journey of the fictional MP for Crystal Palace South Royce Owen as he comes to terms with the new Jeremy Corbyn leadership. Written by Mike Brook and Steve Schollar, both of whom have acted with Boundary Players, the play explores one man’s dealings with the worlds of politics, family, and friendships Actor Neil Padgen, who plays the MP Royce Owen explains, “Royce is a man who increasingly finds himself adrift in a sea he doesn’t quite understand and with few, if any, moorings.” Director and writer Steve Schollar elaborates, “This is not a play with a political message; it is a play about a man who is lost in a political environment where political people say and do political things. The question is: will Royce find himself in time?”

Compton Players - The Wind in the WillowsCompton Players' next production from 25th to 27th April is The Wind in the Willows, adapted from the book by Kenneth Grahame. Meet the well-loved characters of Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger in this adaptation by John Morley who has woven their exploits into an exciting adventure story for all the family. Follow Toad’s addiction to caravanning and cars, his imprisonment and escape with the aid of Jenny and her washerwoman aunts, and his fight with the Weasels and Stoats to regain Toad Hall!

Newbury YoungStars - Matilda JrNewbury YoungStars' next production from 26th to 27th April is Matilda Jr at Arlington Arts. Step into the well-loved story of a girl who dreams of a better life, and the children she inspires. Root for the 'revolting children' who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson in this heart-warming tale that celebrates the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination, and the resilience of young heroes. Join us for an electrifying performance filled with dazzling dance numbers and unforgettable songs. Come and be part of the magic, Maggots!

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 us for a hilarious and unpredictable twist on the world’s favourite comedy classic.

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.

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.

Auditions and requests for help

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

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