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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News and special events
is the 62nd year of the
Aldermaston Nativity Play.
Eight of these 14th century Mystery Plays from York are performed each
year to tell the story of the first Christmas. Around 80 members of the
community of Aldermaston and the surrounding area will come together, to
perform for four nights, this well-known story taking us all back to
simpler historic times through language, music, costume and place. It's
set in the beautiful, atmospheric 12th Century church of St Mary the
Virgin in Aldermaston.|
Performances are from 6th to 9th December, 20:00 on Thursday and Friday and 19:00 on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are free: book online.
You can see reviews of previous years' productions here.
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|14 Nov||Review of the Watermill's Jane Eyre ("a marathon performance from all three... with the barest minimum of props, the cast brought Jane's story to life, making this a most enjoyable 70 minutes" - NWN).|
|7 Nov||Review of Creation Theatre Company's The Pit and the Pendulum ("a riposte to repression, this Poe dramatisation is a play for today" - NWN).|
|31 Oct||Boundary Players' next production is John Godber's Men of the World in Tadley from 28th November to 1st December.|
|21 Oct||Review of Mortimer Dramatic Society's Anybody for Murder? ("a really impressive production with some excellent acting and good pace" - Newbury Theatre).|
|18 Oct||Review of Newbury Nomads' Priscilla Queen of the Desert ("had the audience on their feet, clapping, whistling and roaring their appreciation... this was something very special in Newbury musical theatre... Brilliant!" - NWN).|
Compton Players' next production is The Promise and Murdering at the Vicarage, two plays by H Connolly from 14th to 17th November. The Promise: a few hours after Stacey Nash’s funeral, her estranged father sits menacingly and uninvited on the sofa in her front room. Murdering at the Vicarage: an amdram group battle against the odds to put on an Agatha Christie-type drama.
Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group's next production is their first ever panto and it's a very funny version of Sleeping Beauty. The wicked fairy is mightily miffed when she dosen’t get an invite to the royal christening. Can brave Fairy Peaceful save Princess Aurora from the death spell and keep her safe for her dream prince? And how will the Queen Mum cope with a very long sleep-over? 22nd to 24th November.
Boundary Players' next production is John Godber's Men of the World in Tadley from 28th November to 1st December. Experience the world of coach trips as seen through the eyes of three coach drivers; Larry, Stick and Frank as they share one of their most memorable coach journeys together. A touching, often hilarious, bitter-sweet play.
New Era Players' next production is The Heiress between 28th November and 8th December. This was the first full length production by New Era Players in our Wash Common theatre, 40 years ago. It is set in 19th century New York and revolves around the wealthy Sloper family who live in the much sought-after New York address of Washington Square, New York.
TADS' panto is Sleeping Beauty on 8th and 15th December in Tilehurst. At the naming ceremony by the King and Queen of their newborn daughter, Princess Rose, the Good Fairies bestow their gifts but bad Fairy Nightshade arrives and casts her spell of death by pricking her finger on a spinnng wheel. The Chief Fairy changes this to falling asleep for 100 years only to be woken by a kiss from a Prince.
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