What's on: THEATRE

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

Progress Youth Theatre: 'When They Go Low'

Tuesday 2nd July to
Saturday 6th July
7.30pm

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

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Progress Youth Theatre: 'When They Go Low'

When They Go Low by Natalie Mitchell was first commissioned and produced by National Theatre Connections in 2018.

Social media is in a frenzy over pictures of Sarah at a party on the weekend – no one knows quite what she got up to. When Miss Reef lectures the girls on taking more responsibility for their actions, Louise becomes enraged that the boys who took the pictures aren't made accountable too. She wages war on the misogyny but when she threatens school stalwart Scott and his claim to the School Captain title, things get very nasty. A website appears, rating the girls on their appearance and shaming them for their actions.

When They Go Low is about everyday feminism and the changing face of teenage sexuality in an online world. When they go low, we go high.

Tue 2 July - There will be a Q&A session after the performance, where you can talk to the cast and director about the choice of play and its themes.

Wed 3 July - This will be a relaxed performance this evening so please be aware that there may be some disruption from within the audience.

Tickets: £8 available online from TicketSource at TicketSource (Booking fee applies).

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

Progress Youth Theatre is a large and thriving youth theatre consisting of over 120 young people that range from 10 to 18yrs. The youth theatre provides weekly workshops at Progress Theatre for 5 groups that span these age groups.

More information: www.progresstheatre.co.uk.

Reading Open Air 2019: 'King Lear'

Wednesday 10th July to
Saturday 20th July

7.30pm

No performance Sunday 14 July

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Reading Abbey Ruins, Abbey St, Reading RG1 3BA

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Reading Open Air 2019: 'King Lear' by William Shakespeare

The country is divided.

King Lear, ruler of the British Empire, intends to split his lands, his wealth, and his power between his three daughters. All but the title of King will be bestowed upon them, yet one decision to turn his back on those that love him the most will change everything. His unpredictable behaviour and fall from grace lead to exile, conflict, madness and death for all around him.

In its second year performing back in the Reading Abbey Ruins (after 2018's sell-out production of Much Ado About Nothing), Progress Theatre is delighted to present King Lear in the imposing surroundings it deserves, within the walls of the magnificent Chapter House.

Directed by Dan Clarke.

Seating provided, but bring warm clothes.

Reading-based Blue Collar Street Food will be onsite serving craft beer, Pimms, prosecco and soft drinks.

Tickets: £18 to £25 available online from TicketSource (Booking fee applies) or by calling 0118 384 2169.

More information: www.progresstheatre.co.uk.

Wokingham Theatre: 'Ladykillers'

Wednesday 17th July
to Saturday 27th July

7.45pm

Ladykillers

Ladykillers

Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU

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Wokingham Theatre: 'Ladykillers'

The Ladykillers is a classic black comedy; a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, is pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing.

Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her, unwittingly, in Marcus' brilliantly conceived heist job.

The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs Wilberforce is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?

Tickets: £12 can be booked online from the theatre.

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

Theatre in the Park: 'Shakespeare's Villains'

Sunday 28th July

11am and 2.30pm

Note start times

Shakespeare's Villains

Howard Palmer Gardens, Wokingham RG40 2BX
(behind Cockpit Lane car park)

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Theatre in the Park: 'Shakespeare's Villains'

Join us as we present another fantastic Theatre in the Park performance of Shakespeare's Villains.

Suitable for children aged 10+ years.

Please bring your own chairs, a rug and join us for this picnic in the park theatre event.

This is FREE event.

Wokingham Theatre: 'Boeing Boeing'

Wednesday 4th September
to Saturday 14th September

7.45pm

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Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU

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Wokingham Theatre: 'Boeing Boeing' by Marc Camoletti

Our new season opens with an award-winning adaptation of Marc Camoletti's hilarious farce. Set in the swinging sixties Boeing Boeing tells the exploits of Parisian bachelor Bernard and his three flight attendant fiancées: Italian Gabriella, German Gretchen and American Gloria. With their frequent layovers Bernard has managed to keep one up, one down and one pending.

That is until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and to his apartment, at the same time. With the misdirected help of his bewildered friend, Robert, Bernard struggles to keep them from learning the truth of his lying lothario ways. It's Carry On Cabin Crew in this laugh-out-loud comedy romp and you won’t want to miss it.

Booking opens 1st July. 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.