What's on: THEATRE

Performances at local theatres, theatrical events, comedy, theatre workshops.

Progress Theatre: Terry Pratchett's 'Wyrd Sisters'

Thursday 16th January to
Saturday 25th January
7.45pm

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Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch Road, Reading RG1 5HL

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Progress Theatre: Terry Pratchett's 'Wyrd Sisters' adapted by Stephen Briggs

Terry Pratchett takes Shakespeare's Macbeth and then turns it up until the knob comes off. It's all there – a wicked duke and duchess, the ghost of the murdered king, dim soldiers, strolling players and a land in peril.

It is directed by Christine Moran and the many people who loved her production of Pratchett's Maskerade will be delighted to see the return of those memorable characters, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, in this tale of witches and royalty, loosely based on Macbeth. Very loosely and with a nod to Hamlet.

A hugely entertaining play and a fantastic introduction to Terry Pratchett's Discworld as well as a delight for existing fans. Suitable for ages 8-108.

Tickets: £12 (Concessions £10) available online from TicketSource at ticketsource.co.uk/progresstheatre (Booking fee applies) or by calling 0333 666 3366.

Facilities: Onsite parking, Fully licensed bar, Wheelchair access, Hearing loop.

More information: www.progresstheatre.co.uk.

Wokingham Theatre: 'Audience' & 'The Real Inspector Hound'

Wednesday 22nd January

to Saturday 1st February

7.45pm

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Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU

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Wokingham Theatre: 'Audience' & 'The Real Inspector Hound'

'Audience' by Michael Frayn; 'The Real Inspector Hound' by Tom Stoppard.

Two unrelated one-act plays come together to show the role the audience plays in live theatre, which we are delighted to be bringing to the Wokingham stage. Both comedies, both reflective on the notion of observing the observers, you'll leave wondering why these two plays weren't written as one.

Frayn's The Audience turns everything you know about theatre on its head, questioning who is audience and who is to be scrutinised. Comedy ensues as our playwright holds a mirror up to the audience to show their own little quirks and foibles.

Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound changes the audience once more, as two theatre critics watch and commentate on a ludicrous production of a classic murder mystery. The lines between stage and audience become blurred, so we are never sure what is real and what is production.

You'll laugh, you'll squirm and you'll probably never feel the same about sitting in the supposed safety of an audience seat ever again.

Booking opens 1st November.

Tickets can be booked online from the theatre.

More information: www.wokingham-theatre.org.uk.

Russell Players Pantomime: 'Cinderella'

Friday 31st January
Saturday 1st February
Friday 7th February
Saturday 8th February

Evenings 7.30pm
Matineés Sats 2.30pm

PLUS Charity Night Performance
Wednesday 5th February
7.30pm

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Swallowfield Parish Hall, Swallowfield Street, Swallowfield RG7 1QX

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Russell Players Pantomime: 'Cinderella'

The Russell Players present Cinderella by Peter Bond.

With a manipulative stepmother and two scheming step sisters who are both addicted to Facebook, Cinderella is really up against it.

Add to the mix an inexperienced but enthusiastic Fairy Godmother, a chatty parrot, a Prince who runs his life according to his Fitbit and it all makes a happy ever after ending, seem highly unlikely.

Tickets: adult £12, under 18s £5 are available from Swallowfield Stores or our ticket office on 07555 073597
or online from www.ticketsource.co.uk/russellplayers (Booking fee applies).

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PLUS: a special Charity Night performance in aid of
The Dash Charity on Wednesday 5th February at 7.30pm.
For tickets and further information about this performance
please contact Caron Kipping on 01753 549865 or by email.

 

 

This production is brought to you by arrangement with Lazy Bee Scripts.

The Russell Players were founded in November 1977 by a group of Swallowfield Parishioners having performed informally together in 1976. We have had a long held tradition of staging pantomimes at the end of January / beginning of February each year.

More information: russellplayers.co.uk.

Wokingham Theatre: 'The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe'

Wednesday 17th February

to Saturday 22nd February

7.45pm

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Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU

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Wokingham Theatre: 'The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe'

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis, dramatised by Adrian Lewis. Music and lyrics by Shaun Daley and Adrian Lewis.

We are delighted to be joined once more by our fantastic Youth Theatre in this exciting production of CS Lewis' much-loved story.

Join the Pevensie children as they step through the wardrobe into the land of Narnia, where the White Witch has made it always winter and never Christmas, think of that.

Helped by the likes of Mr Tumnus the fawn, Mr Beaver, and the awe-inspiring Aslan, Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter must look fear in the face as they strive to see good triumph over evil and save Narnia.

Booking opens 1st December.

Tickets £14, Students £7 can be booked online from the theatre.

More information: www.wokingham-theatre.org.uk.

Progress Theatre: 'The Haunting of Hill House'

Monday 24th February to
Saturday 29th February
7.45pm

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Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch Road, Reading RG1 5HL

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Progress Theatre: 'The Haunting of Hill House'

In this classic American gothic horror story, by F Andrew Leslie, from the novel by Shirley Jackson, Dr. Montague hopes to find scientific evidence of the existence of the supernatural. He rents Hill House for a summer and invites people whom he has chosen because of their experiences with paranormal events. Of these, only Eleanor and Theodora accept.

They will live in isolation with Montague and his assistant (and heir to Hill House) Luke. Meanwhile, a housekeeper tries to warn them of the horrors within, and Dr. Montague’s wife and her assistant turn up with their more traditional approach to spiritualism.

Tickets: £12 (Concessions £10) available online from TicketSource at ticketsource.co.uk/progresstheatre (Booking fee applies) or by calling 0333 666 3366.

Facilities: Onsite parking, Fully licensed bar, Wheelchair access, Hearing loop.

More information: www.progresstheatre.co.uk.

Wokingham Theatre: 'Anne Boleyn' by Howard Brenton

Wednesday 18th March

to Saturday 28th March

7.45pm

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Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU

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Wokingham Theatre: 'Anne Boleyn' by Howard Brenton

Specially commissioned for The Globe Theatre, Howard Brenton dramatises the life and legacy of Henry VIII's second wife who helped change the course of the nation's history.

In the second when courtier's daughter Anne catches the attention of the married king during a court masque by throwing an orange at him, a chaos of religious controversy begins.

Brenton's play starts after her death when the newly-crowned King James I is rummaging in the possessions of the late Queen Elizabeth. Among them he comes across startling evidence that Anne was a religious conspirator, as in love with some of the most dangerous ideas of her day as she was with her husband. She comes alive for the new king and for our audiences as we meet a brilliant but reckless young woman whose life and death transformed England forever.

Booking opens 1st January.

Tickets can be booked online from the theatre.

More information: www.wokingham-theatre.org.uk.

Progress Theatre: 'Brewster's Millions'

Thursday 26th March to
Saturday 4th April
7.45pm

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Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch Road, Reading RG1 5HL

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Progress Theatre: 'Brewster's Millions' by Winchell Smith and Byron Ongley

Monty Brewster has a problem: she's just inherited £700 million. There is, of course, a catch - she needs to spend all the £100 million she had already inherited before she can get the £700 million! And she only has a year to do it.

Easy? Not for Monty. She can't have a penny left at the end of the year and she can't own a thing from it.

The challenge: Spend £100 million with nothing to show from it but the shirt on your back, and tell no one what you are doing. Oh, and you can’t just give it away!

This fast-paced, frantic comedy classic is brought into the 21st century, retaining all the charm of the original, as Monty tries to spend it all in secret, whilst her friends all try to save her from herself.

Adapted and directed by Dan Clarke.

Tickets: £12 (Concessions £10) available online from TicketSource at ticketsource.co.uk/progresstheatre (Booking fee applies) or by calling 0333 666 3366.

Facilities: Onsite parking, Fully licensed bar, Wheelchair access, Hearing loop.

More information: www.progresstheatre.co.uk.

Wokingham Theatre: 'Enchanted April' by Matthew Barber

Wednesday 22nd April

to Saturday 2nd May

7.45pm

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Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU

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Wokingham Theatre: 'Enchanted April' by Matthew Barber

Escape dreary Edwardian London to the idyllic Italian Riviera in this charming comic romance.

Sweet-natured Lotty Wilton has had enough of the bleak English winter and her oppressive husband. When she sees an advertisement to rent a castle in Italy for the month of April she jumps at the chance to escape her downtrodden existence. Sensing an instant kinship with fellow housewife Rose Arnott who has her own sorrows, Lotty persuades her along on the adventure.

Seeking to reduce the costs the two ladies find Caroline Bramble, a beautiful and exhausted socialite, and Mrs. Graves, an overbearing widow, to join them. As the month passes sun-drenched San Salvatore works its magic on each sad and hardened heart, healing grief and bringing hope. And with the arrival of two chastened husbands and one attractive young artist romance blooms again.

Matthew Barber's play, based on Elizabeth Von Arnim's beloved novel of the 1920s, is a gentle and romantic comedy of manners.

Booking opens 1st February.

Tickets can be booked online from the theatre.

More information: www.wokingham-theatre.org.uk.

Wokingham Theatre: 'Apologia' by Alexi Kaye Campbell

Wednesday 21st May

to Saturday 7th June

7.45pm

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Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU

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Wokingham Theatre: 'Apologia' by Alexi Kaye Campbell

Written and set in 2009 Apologia tells the story of a disastrous family reunion, offering a sharp and perceptive look into what has happened to the idealists of 1960s and the children who grew up with them.

Successful art historian Kristin Miller's has invited her two sons and their partners to celebrate her birthday.

As a young mother in the 60s she was heavily involved in political activism, storming Parisian barricades and living in Florence. Having recently written a book about her past she has completely failed to mention either of her sons in the story of her life.

What should be a time of celebration turns into a confrontation of the cost of Kristin’s commitment to her passions on her family life.

In this modern drama life choices are examined by all characters as they fully come to terms with the impact of their decisions.

Booking opens 1st March.

Tickets can be booked online from the theatre.

More information: www.wokingham-theatre.org.uk.

Wokingham Theatre: 'Stepping Out' by Richard Harris

Wednesday 8th July

to Saturday 18th July

7.45pm

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Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU

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Wokingham Theatre: 'Stepping Out' by Richard Harris

It's the 1980s, Maggie is still PM and Lady Di's coiffure is the height of fashion for ladies of the era. Against this backdrop seven women and one man gather to learn tap dancing on a Thursday night, with former-pro-turned-teacher Mavis leading them, joined by her grumpy pianist Mrs Fraser.

The story follows the group - from a mixture of ages, backgrounds and dancing abilities - as their relationships progress and their circumstances change. Dancing becomes the glue that holds them together in this funny, uplifting play that celebrates women, friendships and bravery, with the odd leg warmer thrown in for good measure.

Booking opens 1st April.

Tickets can be booked online from the theatre.

More information: www.wokingham-theatre.org.uk.


Timeless announcements: THEATRE ARTS

These theatre art activities run permanently.

Showtime Academy: Performing Arts for 8 - 19 year olds!

Showtime Academy

Showtime Academy

Saturdays during term time

10am-1pm

The Loft, Finchampstead Baptist Church (FBC) Centre, Gorse Ride North, Finchampstead RG40 4ES

How to get there. Access to FBC available from Nine Mile Ride or Barkham Ride by an entrance on Gorse Ride South and Gorse Ride North.

Established in 1999, the Showtime Academy leads the field in fun, performance based training in the song, dance & drama. Aimed at students aged 8 - 19 years old, we look to produce at least two quality musical performances each year for those with the desire to get up on stage and entertain.

Whilst members of the Academy do not have to have had any previous performing experience, we are looking for people who want to get involved and have fun!

If you have enthusiasm, want to make some great friends, work with experienced West End performers and technicians the Showtime Academy could definitely be the place for you.

More information: www.showtimeacademy.com.