What's on: THEATRE

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

Wokingham Theatre: 'Nell Gwynn'

Tuesday 11th July
to Saturday 22nd July

7.45pm

Nell Gwynn

Nell Gwynn

Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU

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Wokingham Theatre: 'Nell Gwynn' by Jessica Swale

London, 1660. King Charles II has exploded onto the scene with a love of all things loud, extravagant and sexy. At Drury Lane, a young Nell Gwynn is causing a stir among theatregoers. Nell Gwynn charts the rise of an unlikely heroine, from her roots in Coal Yard Alley to her success as Britain's most celebrated actress and her hard-won place in the heart of the King.

But at a time when women are second-class citizens, can her charm and spirit protect her from the dangers of the Court?

This joyful play earned local author Jessica Swale an Olivier Award in 2016 for 'Best New Comedy' and we are proud to be the first amateur theatre company to be given the rights to perform it.

Directed by Nicky Allpress.

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

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

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.

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.


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.