What's on: THEATRE

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

Wokingham Theatre: 'The Pitmen Painters'

Thursday 18th April
to Saturday 25th April


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Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU

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Wokingham Theatre: 'The Pitmen Painters'

A heartwarming play based on the true story of a group of miners from Northumberland who discover a passion for painting.

As they navigate the art world and grapple with their newfound success, the men also confront issues of class, identity, and the purpose of art.

With humour, humanity, and a deep appreciation for the power of creativity, The Pitmen Painters is a moving tribute to the transformative power of the arts.

From MONDAY 19th FEBRUARY Tickets: £16 can be booked online from the theatre.

More information: www.wokinghamtheatre.org.uk.

Progress Theatre: 'Under Milk Wood' by Dylan Thomas

Friday 26th April to
Saturday 4th May

Mon-Fri 7.45pm
Saturdays 4pm

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

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Progress Theatre: 'Under Milk Wood' by Dylan Thomas

In this inclusive production of Under Milk Wood, we meet a host of larger-than-life characters, some mournful, some comic, from a fictitious Welsh town Llareggub (spell it backwards).

We see into their day and night dreams and secret desires.

Two voices narrate a night and a day in the life of these colourful characters, in the unique and memorable poetry of Dylan Thomas.

There will be reduced capacity/relaxed performances on Saturday 27th April and Tuesday 30th April shows.

Directed by Ali Carroll

Tickets: £15 (concessions £12) which you can book online at TicketSource (booking fee applies)

More information: www.progresstheatre.co.uk.

Russell Players: 'Death by Detective'

Wednesday 15th May
& Saturday 18th May
& Sunday 19th May


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Swallowfield Parish Hall, Swallowfield Street, Swallowfield RG7 1QX

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Russell Players: 'Death by Detective'

The Russell Players present a comedy, 'Death by Detective (or Corpsed by a Copper)' by David Pemberton

Death by Detective has been described as "a witty and fast-paced comedy loosely based on a legendary Conan Doyle detective who solves a terrible murder and discovers his guilty part in the affair; it is left to his closest friends to prevent him from arresting himself. A lot of fun for both the cast and the audience."

Tickets: £15 are available from Swallowfield Stores or our ticket office on 07862 390053 or online from www.ticketsource.us/russellplayers/e-boqxby (Booking fee applies).

Tickets include a light supper. To assist our Front of House team with the catering, it would be helpful if tickets could be purchased in advance. We are unable to guarantee a light supper for tickets purchased after the 13th of May for the Wednesday performance and after the 16th of May for either of the performances at the weekend. Last-minute ticket purchases will be charged at a reduced rate if a light supper cannot be served. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know by email or by our box office telephone number.

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

The Russell Players are an amateur dramatics group and have been successfully entertaining audiences since 1977. We usually stage two/three productions a year including a pantomime.

More information: russellplayers.co.uk.

Progress Theatre: 'The Importance Of Being Earnest' by Oscar Wilde

Wednesday 17th July to
Saturday 27th July

plus Saturday matinée

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Reading Abbey Ruins, Reading RG1 3BA

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Progress Theatre: 'The Importance Of Being Earnest' by Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest is the most renowned of Oscar Wilde's comedies. It's the story of two bachelors, John 'Jack' Worthing and Algernon 'Algy' Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives.

They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure. The elaborate plot ridicules Victorian sensibilities with some of the best-loved characters on the modern stage.

See this timeless classic in the shadow of Reading Gaol, where Oscar Wilde was himself imprisoned.

Tickets: £14 (concessions £11) which you can book online at TicketSource (booking fee applies)

More information: www.progresstheatre.co.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


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.