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
BATS Next Gen are looking for a director for a youth show in the Basingstoke area in February or April 2019. If you're interested, contact Sandie Thomson on .
Triangle Players of Tilehurst's next production is on 10th, 11th and 12th May; the play title is subject to confirmation. There will be a play script read through on Wednesday 21st February, with auditions and casting on Friday 23rd February. See the Message Board.
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|16 Jan||Reviews of the Watermill's Teddy ("highly recommended, do come and see it" - Newbury Theatre; "a raucous, exhilarating night out with bite" - WhatsOnStage (4 stars)).|
|14 Jan||BATS Next Gen are starting to think about their next production and wonder there's anyone who is keen to direct a youth show in the Basingstoke area for BATS Next Gen. If you're interested, contact Sandie Thomson on . They are thinking about February or April next year as a possible time frame.|
|2 Jan||Mortimer Dramatic Society's production between 19th and 27th January is The Flint Street Nativity.|
|2 Jan||Compton Players' next production is Perfect Wedding by Robin Hawdon from 25th to 28th April.|
|29 Dec||The Corn Exchange are running theatre classes for adults. The Theatre Makers are a group of adults who are looking for performance opportunities in a range of styles and genres. Theatre Skills For Adults is a ten week course to develop your drama skills.|
|22 Dec||Reviews of the Anvil's Peter Pan ("a lavish, spectacular pantomime that has the audience ‘hooked’ from the very start. It is a vibrant, swashbuckling evening’s entertainment for all the family... this spirited Peter Pan is not to be missed. Highly recommended" - British Theatre Guide; "one of the most pyrotechnically spectacular and high energy pantos I’ve seen" - The Stage (4 stars); "it is an adventure like no other... a great modern adaptation... a fun filled night" - Basingstoke Gazette).|
|22 Dec||Reviews of Creation Theatre's A Christmas Carol ("taut, shiver-inducing production... The Shining meeting Jack the Ripper" - NWN; "dark, bleak and haunting, this is a Christmas show like no other... Dickens would surely love it... this is as good as theatre gets" - Oxford Times (5/5)).|
|20 Dec||Review of the Aldermaston Nativity Play ("the annual event has continued and grown, changing in small, subtle, significant ways that can only enhance and ensure the continuation of these plays in future... they can be proud of their achievement" - NWN).|
|19 Dec||Triangle Players of Tilehurst will hold a read-through and auditions on 21st and 23rd February for their May production.|
Didcot Phoenix's panto from 19th to 20th January is Red Riding Hood Goes Out West. Red Riding Hood arrives in the Wild West town of Not Very Big Boulder to save Grandma from the outlaw, Bad Bart, and his incompetent sidekick, Brains. Add in the Indian brave Big Bad Wolf and squaws Maxihaha and Minihaha - can the Lone Ranger save the day?
Mortimer Dramatic Society's production between 19th and 27th January is The Flint Street Nativity which carries on their traditional dinner theatre format. This time the action takes place in a fictitious typical village primary school. This warm, witty, funny play is an ideal alternative to the usual Christmas fare with original lyrics set to the tunes of the usual Christmas carols.
Faringdon Dramatic Society's panto is Dick Whittington between 27th January and 3rd February. Dick and his cat have arrived in London Town seeking to make their fortunes, only to find that they are not at all welcome. However, Dick manages to get a job and the cat is also taken on to help the cook keep marauding rats out of her pantry…
Russell Players' panto between 2nd and 10th February is The Wizard of Oz in Swallowfield. Join Dorothy as she embarks on a treacherous journey along the Yellow Brick Road in search of the Emerald City. Meet the friends and foes she encounters along the way as she seeks out the Great Wizard, who apparently knows absolutely everything about absolutely everything.
KATS' panto is Alice in Wonderland at Kennet School from 15th to 17th February. Join Alice as she takes a tumble down the rabbit hole to a strange and wonderful land where she meets a talking cat, takes tea with a Mad Hatter the March Hare, gets lost, and found again and narrowly avoids having her head cut off by the evil Queen of Hearts!
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