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
Not theatre, but Newbury Spring Festival is such an important arts event and they are again offering free tickets for young people between the ages of 15 to 25 in return for writing a short review. And there are cash prizes - you could win £100.
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|19 Apr||Silchester Players' next production between 11th and 19th May is Agatha Christie's A Murder is Announced.|
|18 Apr||Russell Players' next production in Swallowfield is Café Fear between 17th and 20th May.|
|10 Apr||Boundary Players' next production in Tadley from 9th to 12th May is Murder by the Book.|
|9 Apr||New Era's next production between 14th and 23rd June is Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge in Wash Common.|
|8 Apr||Compton Players' next production is Perfect Wedding from 25th to 28th April.|
|4 Apr||Review of Newbury Nomads' Showtime Coffee ("a highspot was Tom Hazelden singing the optimistic 'Maybe This Time' – a great song well sung... chorus numbers were punchy with good cohesive singing and enthusiastic movement... it was great throughout to see so many young lively people on stage" - NWN).|
|2 Apr||Jigsaw's next production is Oliver! at Wantage from 4th to 7th April and at Didcot from 26th to 28th April.|
|27 Mar||Review of New Era's The Glass Menagerie ("visually this production was striking... the acting throughout was faultless... one, continuous, seamless performance" - NWN).|
|27 Mar||Review of Creation Theatre Company's Dracula ("intelligent and ravishing production... superbly acted and visually and aurally arresting, Creation's production has real bite. Go" - NWN).|
|22 Mar||Reviews of the Watermill's The Rivals ("Beth Flintoff’s clever adaptation gives the play a new lease of life supported by a strong group of actors" - Newbury Theatre; "an enjoyable and contemporary production of Sheridan’s comedy" ★★★★ - The Stage; "an absolutely stellar cast" - Henley Standard; "exceedingly good... an enjoyable theatrical treat at the Watermill" - Daily Info; "an enjoyable evening for a classic play that defined comical mistaken word use" ★★★ - PocketSize Theatre).|
|22 Mar||Review of the Watermill Young Company's Digging For Victory ("a spiffing mystery play... a moving and highly-enjoyable production to showcase this impressive young company and the audience loved it. They should all be proud of their achievement" - NWN).|
KBDG's next production from 19th to 21st April at Southmoor is Daisy Pulls It Off by Denise Deegan. Energetic Daisy Meredith is forced to face and overcome snobbish prejudice and schoolgirl pranks from the wealthier girls. She and her best friend Trixie search for the missing treasure that could save the fortunes of the exclusive Grangewood School for Young Ladies.
The Watermill's next touring production is Burke and Hare in April and May. 1828. Burke and Hare discover a money making scheme far more lucrative than hosting lodgers. In Edinburgh, there’s a huge demand for bodies for medical research and a low number of deaths. The profitable solution? Murder, of course.
Compton Players' next production is Perfect Wedding from 25th to 28th April. Bill wakes up in the bridal suite on his wedding morning to find an extremely attractive naked girl in bed beside him. In the depths of a stag night hangover he can't even remember meeting her. Before he can get her out, his bride to be arrives to get ready for her big day...
Boundary Players' next production from 9th to 12th May in Tadley is Murder by the Book. Selwyn Piper is a successful thriller writer and book critic. His wife wants to divorce him, but he has no intention of doing so just to annoy her. She must therefore resort to a more permanent solution. A plot that will keep you guessing until the very end.
After the success of their recent concert of #1 hits, WSMC now turn their attention to the hits of the movies with their next concert, featuring songs from smash hit movies down the years. From Good Morning Vietnam to Twilight via Flashdance, Love Actually, Rocky, and Dirty Dancing. Music from the Movies is on in Grove and nearby villages between 11th and 19th May.
Silchester Players' next production between 11th and 19th May is Agatha Christie's A Murder is Announced. An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in a Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house’s several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle with Miss Marple on hand to provide the solution.
Russell Players' next production in Swallowfield is Café Fear between 17th and 20th May. Two reporters are investigating rumours of a cover up following the escape of a patient from a high security psychiatric hospital. At a café they are joined by two others. The four soon realise they have stumbled across a very strange place indeed and all is not what it seems.
New Era's next production between 14th and 23rd June is Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge in Wash Common. It features an Italian immigrant family in New York, who over the course of the play are hurtled towards self-destruction. When their illegal immigrants cousins arrive to stay, their loves and loyalties are tested with tragic results.
TADS' next production is Spirit Level in Tilehurst on 6th to 7th July. When famous crime writer Jack Cameron and his wife Susie drown in a boating accident, they are refused entry into heaven so they return to haunt the country cottage where they lived. Life is dull and their only pleasure is in spooking the Estate Agent who shows prospective tenants around.
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