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
Proteus Theatre Company in Basingstoke have places available in their popular youth theatre classes, starting in September. With opportunities to participate in two productions each year, students will gain fantastic experience performing on well-known theatre stages in the local area such as The Haymarket and Central Studio. Details here: www.proteustheatre.com/take-part/young-peoples-theatre.
The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company are holding auditions for Cats, the 2018 Town Show, on Monday 4th September at Herongate Open Studio.
Goring Gap Players and The Basildonians are holding auditions for The Rivals, a joint open-air production to be staged in July 2018. The auditions are on Tuesday 22nd and 29th August at 22 Whitchurch Road, Pangbourne and 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th September at the Morrell Room, Streatley. For more information contact the director Barrie Steele on 01491 875939 or 07734 961070.
Drayton Players are looking for cast and crew for their November production of Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular. Auditions are at Drayton Village Hall on Sunday 27th August, 18:00 to 20:00 and Monday 28th August, 15:00 to 18:00.
After the success of recent productions, The Watermill’s Artistic Director, Paul Hart, will form a resident Shakespeare company, The Watermill Ensemble, at the theatre. The Watermill has a reputation for producing exciting Shakespeare and Hart’s productions of Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night have recently returned to the theatre. Romeo and Juliet was Hart’s first production as Artistic Director in 2016 and featured a young company of multi-talented performers, including accomplished actor-musicians, with a 50:50 gender split. The aim of the Watermill Ensemble is to combine Shakespeare’s texts and live music to create new versions of the plays which will tour. They will also form part of The Watermill’s education programme. Announcing the new ensemble Hart says: ‘The Watermill has always been the most wonderfully nurturing place to create work and the space itself forces you to think outside the box. We’ve found it’s the perfect environment to create productions that are bold, fresh and irreverent. I’ve loved making work with the casts of Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night and we can’t wait to get back into rehearsals to try something new. I think a good ensemble forces everyone in the room to up their game and be experimental.’ Next year The Watermill Ensemble will create a new production to be announced.
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|18 Aug||Proteus Theatre Company in Basingstoke have places available in their popular youth theatre classes, starting in September.|
|10 Aug||More reviews of the Watermill's A Little Night Music ("dazzling production... see it and marvel" - NWN; "the moon needs to smile just a little more on this" - The Times (3 stars); "immaculate" - The Stage (5 stars); "quite probably the best musical to have recently opened in the UK" - Jonathan Baz (5 stars) and more).|
|9 Aug||Reviews of Newbury Youth Theatre's The Glorious Invention of Emmanuel Stork ("one of the best productions NYT has staged, with one of its best casts" - NWN) and Boxford Masques ("a remarkably free-flowing, confident performance" - NWN).|
|7 Aug||On Saturday 19 August at 11.30 and 15:00 at the Clock Tower, Newbury The Watermill Theatre will bring drama, music and storytelling to the town centre with Newbury Yarns, a free promenade theatre event suitable for families. Beginning at the Clock Tower and moving through the town to finish at the Marketplace, the performance will blend drama, comedy, storytelling, traditional folk music and brand-new songs, to bring local history vividly to life.|
|3 Aug||Coming up: When We Are Married from BreakaLeg in September, Spamalot from AmEgos in November, Julius Caesar from Studio Theatre Club in November and Yeomen of the Guard from Woodley Light Operatic Society in November.|
|3 Aug||Drayton Players are looking for cast and crew for their November production of Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular, and Goring Gap Players and The Basildonians are holding auditions for The Rivals, a joint open-air production to be staged in July 2018 and The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company are holding auditions for Cats, the 2018 Town Show.|
|1 Aug||Review of the Watermill's A Little Night Music ("great fun and highly entertaining" - Newbury Theatre).|
|27 Jul||Review of The Miller's Child at The Watermill ("they all performed with confidence and commitment and they should be extremely proud of their splendid achievement" - NWN).|
|27 Jul||Review of Kennet Opera's 1791: Mozart's last year ("a veritable tour de force, worthy of any front-rank festival or venue" - NWN).|
Goring Gap Players and The Basildonians are holding auditions for The Rivals, a joint open-air production to be staged in July 2018. The auditions are on Tuesday 22nd and 29th August at 22 Whitchurch Road, Pangbourne and 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th September at the Morrell Room, Streatley. For more information contact director Barrie Steele on 01491 875939 or 07734 961070.
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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