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.
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New Era Players are holding a Theatre Open Day on Saturday 20th October, 10:00 – 18:00. A day in the life of New Era Theatre! See their show photography and admire their costumes; take a backstage theatre history tour; find out about set design; and watch or join in with the events on the stage. No admission charge.
Joyce Lewis, on behalf of the Mayor of Newbury, is establishing a Newbury and District Arts Council for all organisations involved in the arts in Newbury and the surrounding areas. The aim of the Council would be to support and encourage co-ordination and co-operation between the many different bodies promoting the arts in Newbury/West Berkshire. An inaugural meeting will take place in the Town Hall, Council Chamber on Monday 8th October at 19:00 to start the ball rolling. All types and varieties of arts organisations are encouraged to have a representation at this meeting. Any organisation that hasn’t yet established their interest in participation should contact Joyce Lewis at Newbury Town Council on 01635 780203 or email to book places at this inaugural meeting.
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|20 Sep||Review of New Era's Second Person Narrative ("this challenging and much-enjoyable play was moving and impressive" - NWN).|
|13 Sep||New Era Players are holding a Theatre Open Day on Saturday 20th October. Free admission.|
|8 Sep||Sinodun Players are celebrating their 70th anniversary with a production of Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced in Wallingford from 17th to 20th October.|
|5 Sep||Russell Players have two one-act comedies, Funeral Tea and The Reunion in Swallowfield from 12th to 14th October.|
|3 Sep||Mortimer Dramatic Society's next production is Anybody For Murder? between 19th and 27th October.|
|1 Sep||KATS are holding auditions for their February production of Spamalot on 6th, 10th, 13th and 17th September, 19:30 in Upper Bucklebury Memorial Hall.|
|1 Sep||Kennet Opera bring you a final chance this year to enjoy their Pop-up Puccini concert showcasing the work of Giacomo Puccini. In Wantage Methodist Church at 16:00 on 22nd September.|
|26 Aug||AmEgos Theatre's next production is the Gershwin musical Crazy For You in Wantage from 25th to 27th October.|
|22 Aug||Abingdon Drama Club are holding a reading and casting meetings for their November production of The Crucible on Wednesday 29th August, Thursday 30th August and Thursday 6th September, all at 19:30 in the ADC Clubhouse on Marcham Road.|
|22 Aug||Joyce Lewis, for the Mayor of Newbury, is establishing a Newbury and District Arts Council for all organisations involved in the arts in Newbury and the surrounding areas. An inaugural meeting will take place in the Town Hall, Council Chamber on Monday 8 October 2018. All types and varieties of arts organisations are encouraged to have a representation at this meeting. See above to book places at this inaugural meeting.|
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...
Russell Players have two one-act comedies in Swallowfield from 12th to 14th October. In Funeral Tea, after Uncle Jacob’s cremation, the mourners settle down for tea. When they find the tea tastes funny they face an unthinkable possibility. The Reunion moves on to the problems that arise from Uncle Jacob's will and home-made wine.
Sinodun Players are celebrating their 70th anniversary and 40 years at the Corn Exchange with a production of Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced in Wallingford from 17th to 20th October. It's classic Christie, a puzzle of concealed identities, mixed motives - and lies and more lies. A second murder provides supersleuth Miss Marple and the police with an interesting and dangerous case.
WSMC presents That 70s Concert at three locations near Wantage between 19th and 27th October. The 70s was the decade that taste forgot. The decade of punk, of disco, of big flares and big hair. The decade of Glam and Prog rock. The concert dives into this glorious decade to bring you some of the biggest songs given the WSMC twist.
Mortimer Dramatic Society's next production is Anybody For Murder? between 19th and 27th October. Max is planning to murder his wife Janet, collect her life insurance and enjoy a new life with his girlfriend when Mary and George arrive on their Greek island with news: Mary and Janet are beneficiaries of a huge fortune. Plans and plots hatch, and soon everyone is bent on murder.
AmEgos Theatre's next production is the Gershwin musical Crazy For You in Wantage from 25th to 27th October. It charts the troubled love story of Bobby, son of a wealthy New York banking family and frustrated Broadway hoofer, and Polly, daughter of the proprietor of a failing theatre in Deadrock, Nevada... and a Hungarian impresario!
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