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 Privileged, 25th January at South Street
Have you ever seen a polar bear in the flesh? Been close enough to notice just how white these magnificent mammals are? Here is your chance to get up close and personal - remove your shoes, coats and bags, as you are about to encounter the Arctic’s whitest predator, with black skin. Join a well-trained member of staff as we enter the polar bear’s natural habitat and experience this animal like never before. Be one of the privileged few to say they have pet, played with, and fed a polar bear. This is an audience led participatory performance that uses the excitement of a polar bear encounter to explore race, identity and the community.
Spamalot 2018, 30th January to 3rd February at The Hexagon
Lovingly ripped off from the hugely successful 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this spammier than ever production is a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen. Join King Arthur as he travels with his hapless Knights of the Round Table on a divine mission to locate the illusive Holy Grail – with uproarious consequences.
The Wizard of Oz, 15th to 17th February at The Hexagon
After a tornado whisks away a young Kansas farm girl, Dorothy, to the magical land of Oz, she starts her quest to find the mighty Wizard of Oz who has the power to send her home. Along the way she meets a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion who help her on her journey. By RARE Productions.
Manwatching, 20th February at South Street
Written by an anonymous woman. Performed by an unprepared man. “So I think it’s fair to say that most women almost definitely do masturbate. We just wait to discuss it until we’re in an oddly anonymous but public situation like this one.” A funny and frank insight into heterosexual female desire, read out loud by a man. Manwatching begins with a male comedian being given a script he has never seen before. He reads the script out loud, sight unseen, in front of an audience. This is a show about what one woman thinks about when she thinks about sex with men.
Beowulf, 21st February at South Street
Seth Kriebel’s Beowulf is an interactive performance-game inviting the audience to explore the world of a story from our legendary past… without leaving their seats. Featuring an evocative soundscape, the audience works together to navigate strange landscapes 1,000 years after the Viking hero’s adventures were first written down. Each show is unique, depending on the audience’s choices, bringing the world of the ancient epic to life… and asking why, after all these years, we still tell each other stories about the monsters that lurk in dark.
The King Lear, 21st March at South Street
Giving a modern comedic twist to Shakespeare's popular tragedy, acclaimed clown theatre company Shifting Sands set the action in a pub. When the landlord of “THE KING LEAR” announces his retirement and the division of his “kingdom” between his daughters he imitates his famous namesake and demands to know which of them loves him the most. In the process he unleashes a playful, irreverent interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, set not in Stratford-Upon-Avon but in a pub! A compellingly inventive retelling mixing slapstick and pathos with warm humour.
Reviews of Peter Pan
9th December 2017 to 7th January 2018
Review from GetReading.
Peter Pan at The Hexagon is an extravagant and lively pantomime for the entire family
A typical pantomime spin on the JM Barrie classic that is bound to have you in stitches
"dripping with melodrama, full of audience participation and as flamboyant as possible, The Hexagon's Peter Pan is everything a pantomime should be... the show was a roaring success that had children jumping in their seats and yelling to the stage in excitement, with humour that even the adults could appreciate"
There is a review from Wokingham Today ("another smash-hit this Christmas... just the perfect blend of slapstick, slosh, songs and surprises ensuring a memorable night out... the packed theatre was full of people with beaming smiles on their faces... Peter Pan flies high and a must-see festive treat. It’s a feel good show that gets the whole family laughing and laughing and laughing" - 5 stars).
For more details
see the Reading Arts web site at www.readingarts.com.