Hexagon - 21 South Street - Concert Hall, Reading
0118 960 6060, Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm. Directions to the Hexagon and maps showing the three
The Hexagon, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA.
21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU.
The Concert Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading.
Performances are at the Hexagon unless another venue is given.
The Best Thing, 22nd March at South Street
A swinging sixties story of unconditional love from the UK’s leading full mask theatre company. It’s 1966. The record player’s on, her hair’s bobbed and eye-lashes curled: for seventeen year old Susan, life is an adventure waiting to begin. But what happens next turns everything upside down, and its repercussions will last for decades to come. Step into the wordless world of Vamos Theatre for this bitter-sweet story of mistaken morals and broken hearts, 45s and beehives, where sexual revolution proves a hard and rocky path to tread. Funny, heart-breaking and human, The Best Thing is the latest touring production from one of the country’s must-see theatre companies.
The First Hippo on the Moon, 29th March at The Hexagon
From David Walliams comes an explosively funny space adventure for children of 3 and up. Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first?
The Wizard of Oz, 10th to 11th April at The Hexagon
Follow Kansas farm-girl Dorothy and her pet dog Toto on this magical adventure suitable for all ages. Watch in amazement as they are picked up by a tornado and carried off to the magical Land of Oz. With help from their new friends the Munchkins, they to travel to the Emerald City where the great Wizard of Oz lives. On their way they meet a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. Will the wonderful Wizard of Oz be able to help them before the Wicked Witch of the West captures them in her dungeon??!!
Reviews of Snow White
10th December 2016 to 8th January 2017.
Review from the Newbury Weekly News.
All singing, all dancing panto
Snow White, at The Hexagon, Reading, until Sunday, January 8
According to German historian Eckhard Sander, the story of Snow White dates back to a 16th-century German countess, Margarete, who moved to Brussels, fell in love with a prince and was poisoned by her stepmother, who disapproved of the match, thereby inspiring the fairy tale by the Grimms.
The pantomime at The Hexagon this year has all the usual ingredients – Snow White (Sarah Accomando) looking bright and colourful in her various costumes, Karl Loxley as Prince Michael, smart and courtly and the two funny men, Paul Morse as Dame Dolly Mixture and Justin Fletcher as Jingles the Jester. Katie Cameron had fun as the Wicked Queen hamming it up in front of the mirror and planning Snow White's downfall very noisily indeed.
The usual set-pieces were on display, with a very messy cooking sequence that involved spraying a creamy mixture all over Jingles the Jester's face. Then there was the ghost routine, with the spirit eventually frightening two of the men off only to be scared off itself by one glance at the dame. The panto jokes were much the same as usual with many of them delivered by Dame Dolly Mixture with a Basil Brush type "boom, boom".
He did tell a rarely heard one though, about the man who painted his wife with cheese - he double glossed 'er.
As to the rest, it was a noisy, colourful, star-flashing extravaganza, with singing and dancing that delighted kids in the audience from age four to 94. Towards the end, four little children from the audience were led on stage and usually when this happens they freeze and can't move. Not so this little group, they shouted and yelled and one four-year-old gave a twirl in her sparkly skirt and yelled out her name at the top of her voice. They're getting bigger, bolder and louder, it seems, and the pantos are getting livelier and more colourful every year.
Snow White was well-presented by director Stephen Boden and choreographer Ashley Nottingham, and all the unseen backstage crew who make it all happen every year.
There is a review from Wokingham Today ("entertaining, enchanting and magical... a family-friendly show that is packed with laughs, big songs and something for all the family. From the youngest to the oldest, this is a fantastic night out that everyone will love... a snow wonder – another mega hit for The Hexagon and a real Christmas treat" - 5 stars).
For more details
see the Reading Arts web site at www.readingarts.com.