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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As usual, there are lots of open-air shows this summer. Shakespeare predominates, but this year there are quite a few other genres, including once again Micron Theatre's two productions moving around the canals. You can see them all here.
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|16 May||Reviews of the Watermill's A Midsummer Night's Dream ("it’s brilliant... this is a superb production, and the best Dream I’ve seen" - Newbury Theatre; "fizzing with humour, charm, and just a touch of chaos" - The Stage (4 stars); "this joyful new production... such a delightful Dream" - The Spy in the Stalls (4 stars)).|
|12 May||Review of Silchester Players' A Murder is Announced ("the strong and confident cast made it an entertaining evening" - Newbury Theatre and NWN).|
|9 May||Review of Compton Players' Perfect Wedding ("very good acting, stage movement and positioning generally... the main contestants interact together very well, with fine support from the other actors" - NWN).|
|6 May||Reviews of the Watermill's Burke and Hare ("a highly-enjoyable black comedy... highly entertaining... don't miss it" - NWN; "a fast-paced piece of vaudeville complete with audience participation, foot tapping songs, snappy visual gags and an abundance of comedy accents" (3 stars) - The Stage; "another rollickingly good night at the Watermill" - Daily Info; and more).|
|4 May||All the HADCAF theatre productions in July, including London Suite by Newbury Dramatic Society, Private Peaceful by Hungerford Youth Theatre and Puccini Chunks by Kennet Opera.|
|2 May||Review of The Mill at Sonning's Move Over Mrs Markham ("slick, cheeky and very funny production" - NWN).|
|2 May||Review of Newbury YoungStars' Alice in Wonderland ("every part played was spot-on in character, movement and the ability to sing very well... a well-paced, smooth and colourful production" - NWN).|
|1 May||KATS' next production from 26th to 28th July in Upper Bucklebury is Confusions, a collection of short one act plays by Alan Ayckbourn.|
|26 Apr||Mortimer Dramatic Society's Spring production is Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton between 1st and 9th June.|
|26 Apr||Hampstead Norreys Players have got a new production: Jury Service by Mike Nash, on 12th and 19th May at the village hall. Tickets from HN Community Shop.|
|25 Apr||Review of Resurrection Players' Passive Resistance ("an interesting and fascinating subject from history for the Friends of Newtown Cemetery to present... under Ros Clow's smooth direction... a fascinating look back at Newbury history" - NWN).|
|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.|
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.
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.
Sinodun Players' next production in Wallingford from 23rd to 26th May is Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. It focuses on the misadventures and offstage musings of two minor characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet while the production is in full swing. In turns funny and thought-provoking, this play will form a great part of our 70th Anniversary year.
Mortimer Dramatic Society's Spring production is Gaslight by Patrick Hamilton between 1st and 9th June. The play takes us back to the-fog bound London of the 1880s. Set in the upper middle class home of Jack Manningham and his wife Bella the action begins in the late afternoon. Bella is perturbed by the inexplicable goings on in the house...
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.
KATS' next production from 26th to 28th July in Upper Bucklebury is Confusions, a collection of Alan Ayckbourn’s short one act plays. Whether the comedies concern marital conflict, infidelity or motherhood and take place in a restaurant or at a village fete, the characters are familiar and their cries for help instantly recognisable.
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