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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The Message Board has gone! It's been on the site for a long time and over the past few years it hasn't been used much. This year there's only been one posting. The introduction of GDPR seemed a good opportunity to put it out to pasture. If you want to let people know what your group's doing, email and I'll put something on the front page for you.
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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|21 Jun||Review of The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company's The Vicar of Dibley ("the play got off to a flying start, the acting was spot-on all round and the laughter rang out in the theatre from start to curtain call... a well-paced, very well acted show, in which every single character had a chance to shine – and did" - NWN).|
|19 Jun||The Goring Gap Players and The Basildonians are presenting a joint open-air production of The Rivals by Sheridan in the beautiful grounds of Little Bowden (near Pangbourne) from 10th to 14th July.|
|18 Jun||Review of The Mill at Sonning's The Unexpected Guest ("some really striking individual performances... a lively and highly-entertaining production directed with flair by that master performance artist Brian Blessed" - NWN).|
|4 Jun||Newbury Dramatic Society are touring their production of Neil Simon's London Suite to Hungerford, Hampstead Norreys, Stockcross and Newbury between 5th and 8th July|
|3 Jun||Review of Mortimer Dramatic Society's Gaslight ("a great set complemented with some splendid costumes, a good play and good acting, ..." - Newbury Theatre).|
|27 May||Next from Progress Theatre is John Godber's Happy Jack from 11th to 16th June.|
|23 May||Review of Boundary Players' Murder by the Book ("more twists and turns than you'd find in Hampton Court Maze... generally good pace and stage positioning" - NWN).|
|23 May||The Message Board has gone! It's been on the site for a long time and over the past few years it hasn't been used much. This year there's only been one posting. The introduction of GDPR seemed a good opportunity to put it out to pasture. If you want to let people know what your group's doing, email the Editor and I'll put something on the front page for you.|
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.
Goring Gap Players and The Basildonians are presenting Sheridan's The Rivals from 10th to 14th July. A story of love, rivalry, moral values and duty, set in Bath, the then racy holiday destination of the late 1700s. This comedy has fabulous dialogue and is set outdoors in the beautiful and extensive garden at Little Bowden, near Pangbourne.
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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