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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|11 Feb||Review of The Mill at Sonning's The Hound of the Baskervilles ("this production certainly set out to be fresh and different... a thoroughly invigorating, lively, amusing and at times frightening production" - NWN).|
|1 Feb||Review of Silchester Players's Jack and the Beanstalk ("something for everyone... excellent special effects... stunning detailed sets... definitely worth taking the family along if you can" - NWN).|
|30 Jan||St Peter's Players's next production is 3 one-act plays in Wolvercote from 11th to 14th April.|
|30 Jan||AmEgos's next production is A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman, premiered at the Watermill in 2014, from 11th to 14th April.|
|30 Jan||Abingdon Drama Club's next production is A More Perfect World from 11th to 14th April.|
|25 Jan||More reviews of Teddy ("outstanding performances from every actor, producing a vibrant, exciting evening" - NWN; "a fun, spirited performance that is brimful of energy in an effervescent production that will rock your socks off" - British Theatre Guide; "I was carried away by the strut of Eleanor Rhode’s production... the darkly joyful way Teddy evokes its era is still quite a blast" ★★★ - The Times; "a toe-tapping re-invention of the spirit of the era, interwoven with zippy and witty dialogue" ★★★★★ - thespyinthestalls; ★★★★ - Musical Theatre Review).|
|24 Jan||TADS' next production is the farce Hello... Is There Any Body There? from 23rd to 24th March.|
|24 Jan||Aldermaston Players' Annual Dinner Theatre production is the farce Diplomatic Relations between 16th and 24th February.|
|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.|
Aldermaston Players' Annual Dinner Theatre production is Diplomatic Relations between 16th and 24th February. An ambassador is trying to make the most of her new posting, but she finds herself dealing with a Foreign Office investigator, a corrupt politician trying to elope with her husband and the local security chief chasing her around her office.
Box Theatre Company's production at the Watermill from 28th February to 3rd March is Terence Rattigan's Separate Tables. 1956: a seaside Private Hotel is a hotbed of repressed emotions and middle-class Englishness. Each of the staff and residents wants a quiet life, but hiding away from the wave of cultural change is impossible. Things can’t go on as they were.
BAOS's spring production is Fiddler on the Roof from 13th to 17th March. Set in 1905 in the small, tradition-steeped Jewish village of Anatevka where the time-honoured traditions are both embraced and challenged by dairyman Tevye and his colourful community, as they witness his daughters, Tzeitel, Hodel, and Chava, grow up and fall in love in a time of change in Russia.
TADS' next production is Hello... Is There Any Body There? from 23rd to 24th March. All is dull and peaceful at Squire Grange until the hapless Mr Tim arrives and is promptly dispatched by an unknown assailant. Eventually Miss Marbles arrives to reveal the culprit. This hilarious farce by Ian Hornby steadfastly refuses to take itself (or anything else) seriously.
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