What's on: THEATRE

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

Wokingham Theatre: 'Things We Do For Love'

Wednesday 6th September
to Saturday 16th September

7.45pm

Things We Do For Love

Things We Do For Love

Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU

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Wokingham Theatre: 'Things We Do For Love' by Alan Ayckbourn

Our play takes place in a Victorian townhouse, which has been converted into three flats, with parts of all three visible to the audience. The landlady, the fastidious, elegant Barbara, contentedly occupies the male-free ground floor, visible in its entirety.

A boorish postman and handyman named Gilbert lives in the basement flat, where his ceiling has become the canvas for his painting, and is all that is visible. Barbara's school friend Nikki uses the upstairs flat with her fiancé, to whom Barbara takes an instant dislike. One of life's victims, Nikki is destined to suffer once more when an unexpected and violent passion takes a hold of the house.

Written in 1997, this award-winning play will have you laughing and crying in equal measure.

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

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

Russell Players: 'Music Hall'

Friday 13th October
Saturday 14th October
Sunday 15th October

7.30pm

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Swallowfield Parish Hall, Swallowfield Street, Swallowfield RG7 1QX

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Russell Players: 'Music Hall'

The Russell Players are proud to present a Music Hall for their October production.

A comprehensive programme is planned with a view to bringing you an enjoyable evening of songs, sketches and laughter.

So take a step back in time and enjoy a repertoire of traditional music hall entertainment performed with great enthusiasm by the Russell Players.

Tickets: £12 inclusive of supper, which must be purchased in advance, are available from 20th September from the Box Office on 07555 073597 .

The Artistes would be delighted if you chose to dress in the Victorian manner, but there is no obligation to do so!

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: 'Hedda Gabler'

Thursday 19th October
to Saturday 28th October

7.45pm

Things We Do For Love

Hedda Gabler

Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU

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Wokingham Theatre: 'Hedda Gabler' by Henryk Ibsen

The play is widely regarded as one of the great classics of world drama. First presented in 1891, it's themes continue to challenge and surprise audiences today, which is why it has been produced on the West End four times in the last decade.

The title character, Hedda, is married to George Tesman; Gabler is her maiden name.

On the subject of the title, Ibsen wrote: "My intention in giving it this name was to indicate that Hedda as a personality is to be regarded rather as her father's daughter than her husband's wife.".

Gabler is considered by some to be the first fully developed female protagonist of literature. She is neither logical nor insane, her aims and her motives have a secret personal objectivity of their own; she gets what she wants, but what she wants is not anything that normal people would acknowledge (at least, not publicly) to be desirable.

Do her actions stem from her need for freedom or a craving for power and her desire to shape a man's destiny?

We are delighted to bring this great work to the Wokingham stage this season.

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

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

Whitty Theatre: 'A Monk's Tale'

Thursday 19th October

8pm

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The Whitty Theatre, Luckley House School, Luckley Road, Wokingham RG40 3EU

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Whitty Theatre: 'A Monk's Tale'

This show is about Martin Luther. And it's for people who aren’t quite sure which Luther we're talking about. With a feeling of Horrible Histories and Monty Python, A Monk's Tale helps the audience understand the unfamiliar medieval mindset, and exactly what Luther was trying to do with his 95 Theses, which sparked one of the most significant movements in history: the Reformation.

The show is light, accessible and funny, using sketches, and songs to explain the specifics of the story: the indulgences, purgatory, the sacraments and theological disputes of the period. As the play unfolds, the audience will be informed and challenged as well as entertained and amused.

The show is written and directed by James Cary, an award-winning sitcom writer for BBC TV and Radio.

Tickets: £8 available from Arborfield and Barkham Churches.

More information: www.thewhittytheatre.org.

Whitty Theatre: 'An Evening of Magic'

Tuesday 31st October

7pm

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The Whitty Theatre, Luckley House School, Luckley Road, Wokingham RG40 3EU

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Whitty Theatre: 'An Evening of Magic'

On Hallowe'en the Whitty Theatre have an evening of spellbinding magic with magicians Ian Vallance & Richard Pinner (vice-president of the Magic Circle).

The theatre's first ever magic show. A positive alternative to Hallowe'en in aid of WandAid.

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  • Close-up magic in the foyer from 7pm
  • Ian Vallance 7pm-8.15pm
  • INTERVAL
  • Richard Pinner 8.35pm-9.30pm

Tickets: £8 available from ticketsource.co.uk.

More information: www.thewhittytheatre.org.

Whitty Theatre: 'Teechers'

Monday 29th January

7pm

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The Whitty Theatre, Luckley House School, Luckley Road, Wokingham RG40 3EU

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Whitty Theatre: 'Teechers'

Blackeyed Theatre revives its highly-acclaimed production of John Godber's classic comedy about life at a struggling 'sink school' for Mr Nixon, an unsuspecting new drama teacher.

Featuring breathtaking ensemble performances and a bang-up-to-date soundtrack, Teechers brings to life an array of terrifying teachers and hopeless pupils through the unique eyes of Salty, Gail and Hobby; three Year 11 students about to leave school for good.

Will Mr Nixon abandon his students for a green and pleasant Grammar school? Who puts the bounce in Miss Prime, the PE teacher? Will Mrs Parry ever find her Koko? And why does everyone smell of spring onions?

Crammed full of unforgettable characters, political left-hooks and razor-sharp comedy, Teechers is more relevant today than ever, a modern classic with something vital to say about education for the 'haves' and 'have nots'.

Suitable for age 11+. Running time 110 minutes approx including interval.

Tickets: Adults £15, Concessions £13, School groups £9, Neighbours £9 available from ticketsource.co.uk.

More information: www.thewhittytheatre.org.


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.