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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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.
Resurrection Players of Newbury are back with Ros Clow's new play Passive Resistance. As with her previous plays, Ros has drawn on local events and links to the 'residents' of the Old Newtown Road Cemetery. The play deals with the protests against the 1902 Education Act which took place in Newbury, Hungerford and across the country. The Act imposed a local rate for education, to be distributed to all local schools. The non-conformists objected to paying the rate which would support Anglican and Roman Catholic church schools. Passive Resistance is at the Phoenix Centre Theatre in Newtown Road, Newbury on 14th and 15th April, tickets from the Corn Exchange box office.
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|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).|
|16 Mar||Mikron Theatre are coming back to this area in the summer on their narrowboat to river and canal locations. This year's two shows are Get Well Soon and Revolting Women.|
|13 Mar||WSMC present another concert, this time of Music from the Movies, between 11th and 19th May in Grove, Hagbourne and Steventon, celebrating songs from great movie soundtracks of the past 40 years.|
|12 Mar||Marlborough Players' next production is Simon Williams's Laying the Ghost from 21st to 24th March.|
|12 Mar||Next from AmEgos is A Bunch of Amateurs from 12th to 14th April in Wantage.|
|11 Mar||Resurrection Players' next production is Passive Resistance from 14th to 15th April at the Phoenix Centre Theatre in Newtown Road, Newbury.|
|1 Mar||Reviews of KATS' Alice in Wonderland ("a lively and most entertaining production... with the company displaying the usual high quality stagecraft, an energetic cast, loads of audience participation and lively music, we had a great time" - NWN) and The Community of Hungerford Theatre Company's Cats ("a mammoth production for an amateur community theatre to take on... everybody went through their paces crisply, whether singing, dancing or walking on all fours" - NWN).|
Marlborough Players are putting on Simon Williams's Laying the Ghost from 21st to 24th March at the Town Hall. A fast moving and witty play set in Yew Tree House, a retirement home for a group of eccentric, charming and 'growing old outrageously' theatricals. A delightfully humorous, warm and gentle comedy.
TADS' next production is Hello... Is There Any Body There? from 23rd to 24th March. All is dull and peaceful at Squire Grange until the hapless Mr Tim arrives and is promptly dispatched by an unknown assailant. Eventually Miss Marbles arrives to reveal the culprit. This hilarious farce by Ian Hornby steadfastly refuses to take itself (or anything else) seriously.
AmEgos' next production in Wantage is A Bunch of Amateurs from 12th to 14th April. Fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard but a sleepy Suffolk village and the cast are a bunch of amateurs. Cue comedy, frustration, culture-shock and a surprising finale.
Resurrection Players' next production is Passive Resistance from 14th to 15th April at the Phoenix Centre Theatre in Newtown Road, Newbury. Hungerford 1903. Outside the town hall, William Rosier is about to have his goods and chattels sold. He has refused to pay his rates He is the first of many good citizens in Berkshire, and across England and Wales to end up in court.
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.
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.
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