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.
In the spotlight
Open air productions
As usual, we've got lots of open air productions this year. They're all here.
See What's on for a list of everything.
News and special events
Compton Players are looking for a 1930s or 1940s wheelchair for their big October production of Richard III. If you know of one they could borrow / hire / buy, please call Helen on 07976 797301.
WANTED: two 1940s style microphones to borrow, hire or purchase. They don't have to work. TADS' next production on 8th and 9th September will be the classic Brief Encounter set as a radio play. If you can help please contact Roger on 0118 943 3016 or e-mail .
The organisers of Greenham: War and Peace are looking for a large cast of community performers to perform alongside a small professional cast. It's a large scale outdoor community event on the Common on 8th and 9th September. Details here.
Tom Rooney is offering to any drama and/or musical
groups a FREE Comedy Stage Play to perform throughout 2017.
Tom says,"Whilst written as a Comedy Stage Play there are lots of opportunities for other types of creativity, music, song, choreography and even puppetry. In fact it is an ideal vehicle for any group to put their own stamp on the work. There are even songs available if groups wanted to write and produce their own music. As recently featured in both the AM DRAM Newsletter as well as the Portsmouth Amateur Diary, I am hoping to offer all sorts of communities and groups the opportunity to raise much needed funds for their own worthy causes throughout 2017. To this end I would like to offer my newest and original Comedy Stage Play - The House of Von Rimmer - free of royalties and performing rights, or any other monetary payment, and wondered if you, or any group you know, would consider it for production."
You can see all the details here.
Mikron Theatre Co are back again this summer with shows at The Rowbarge, Woolhampton; Forbury Gardens, Reading; and The Riverside Tea Garden at Sonning Lock. The shows are Best Foot Forward, a hike through the history of hostelling, and In at the Deep End, the history of the RNLI. Details here.
You can get the latest updates via RSS or Twitter (@NewburyTheatre). If you don't know what RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is, this may not be for you (find out more here), but if you're using an RSS reader already, this is a good way to keep up to date with the changes to this site.
|11 Jul||New Era's next production between 7th and 16th September is Dear Lupin.|
|29 Jun||Review of the Watermill's Nesting ("a funny and poignant play with great acting... don't miss it" - Newbury Theatre).|
|25 Jun||AmEgos' next production from 11th to 13th August in the open air at Uffington is The Importance of Being Earnest.|
|25 Jun||... and AmEgos are recruiting for their November production of Spamalot at Wantage. There's a talk-in on Sunday 2nd July and auditions on Sunday 9th July, both at 14:00 at Childrey.|
|23 Jun||Compton Players are looking for a 1930s or 1940s wheelchair for their big October production of Richard III. Can you help?|
|22 Jun||Review of New Era's Di and Viv and Rose("an endearing and heart-warming play... a touching and moving production" - NWN).|
|21 Jun||Review of The Community of Hungerford Children's Theatre's Madagascar A Musical Adventure Jr ("the discipline of all the actors was most impressive... a well-produced and lively show" - NWN).|
|20 Jun||TADS need two 1940s style microphones for their September production of Brief Encounter.|
AmEgos' next production from 11th to 13th August in the open air at Uffington is the Oscar Wilde classic The Importance of Being Earnest. When Algernon discovers that his friend, Ernest, has created a fictional brother for whenever he needs a reason to escape dull country life, Algernon poses as the brother, resulting in ever increasing confusion.
New Era's next production between 7th and 16th September is Dear Lupin, based on letters written by the Sunday Times racing correspondent Roger Mortimer to his son, Charlie.
T.A.D.S' next prodcution from 8th to 9th September is Brief Encounter, one of the most haunting love stories. Noel Coward’s classic 1945 screenplay, and the one-act play Still Life on which it was based, have been adapted for the stage including songs written by Noel Coward. TADS will be performing this as a radio play with the songs being performed live.
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