What's on: THEATRE

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

Mill at Sonning: 'Guys and Dolls'

Tue-Sat weekly
until 23rd February

Evenings: dinner 6.15pm, performance 8.15pm

Thursdays: lunch (opt.) 12.15pm, matineée 2.15pm

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The Mill at Sonning Theatre Ltd, Sonning Eye, Reading RG4 6TY

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Mill at Sonning: 'Guys and Dolls'

This timeless New York Tale of gamblers, petty crooks, nightclub singers, as well as strait-laced missionaries, will delight and beguile you. Sky Masterson is the cool doyen of gamblers. His friend, the not quite down and out Nathan Detroit, makes a bet with him that he can't get the pious and beautiful mission-doll, Sarah Brown, to go on a date with him to disreputable Havana. The Dice are rolled as these colourful characters pursue love and luck from the heart of Time’s Square to the sizzling clubs of Cuba. Will Lady Luck be on their side?

The talented team of Director/Choreographer JOSEPH PITCHER and Musical Arranger/Supervisor/Conductor CHARLIE INGLES will work their magic once again on GUYS & DOLLS - one of the greatest musicals of time.

Tickets: from £40 (incl. dinner) available online from The Box Office.

Wokingham Theatre: 'Just the Ticket'

Wednesday 16th January
to Saturday 19th January

7.45pm

Just the Ticket

Just the Ticket

Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU

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Wokingham Theatre: 'Just the Ticket' by Peter Quilter

Susan, an eccentric sixty-year-old, decides to celebrate her birthday by repeating a journey to Australia she made with a group of friends when she was 20. This time, she's travelling alone - carrying the same hopes and dreams, but with 40 years of extra baggage!

Endlessly chatty, accident-prone and often looking like she's been dragged through a hedge backwards, Susan is undoubtedly colourful. Her wit, charm, chaos and hint of sadness have given her a unique outlook on life - and make her an unforgettable character.

Just the Ticket is a poignant 90-minute journey through Susan's hilarious life.

Directed by Margery Jackson.

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

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

Russell Players Pantomime: 'Snow White and the Magnificent Seven'

Friday 1st February
Saturday 2nd February
Wednesday 6th Feb (for Charity)
Friday 8th February
Saturday 9th February

Evenings 7.30pm

Saturday matinées 2.30pm

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Swallowfield Parish Hall, Swallowfield Street, Swallowfield RG7 1QX

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Russell Players Pantomime: 'Snow White and the Magnificent Seven'

The Russell Players present Snow White and the Magnificent Seven.

The unexpected revelation that Snow White is actually the fairest on the prairie throws Widow Blackheart, her wicked and manipulative stepmother, into a jealous rage. Determined to seek her revenge, the Widow plots to remove Snow White permanently from her friends and the Happy Ever After Ranch.

Can Snow White and her friends survive the treacherous and evil schemes of Widow Blackheart? Join us and we'll take you on an adventure to the depths of the Wild West where you'll see Snow White, Nanny, Tornado the talking horse, and Silly Billy the Kid. Add some rather mischievous cacti to the mix and what have you got? A recipe for an enjoyable family show.

Tickets: adult £10, are available from Swallowfield Stores
or our ticket office on 07555 073597
or online from www.ticketsource.co.uk/russellplayers (Booking fee applies) .

For the Charity performance on Wednesday 6th February, please contact for tickets Tess Eagles by email.

This performance is brought 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.

Progress Theatre: 'Jerusalem' by Jez Butterworth

Thursday 7th February to
Saturday 16th February

7.30pm

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

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Progress Theatre: 'Jerusalem' by Jez Butterworth

On St George's Day, the morning of the Flintock Fair, Johnny "Rooster" Byron, local hell-raiser, teller of tall tales and modern day Pied Piper, is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice on his caravan, his kid wants his dad to take him to the fair, Troy Whitworth wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of mates wants his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.

Jez Butterworth's infamous and award-winning play is a comic, contemporary masterpiece of life in our green and pleasant land.

"Unarguably one of the best dramas of the twenty-first century" (Guardian)

"A wonderful, rollicking, dark comedy about contemporary life in rural England" (Financial Times)

Tickets: £12 (Concessions £10) available online from TicketSource via our web site at progresstheatre.co.uk/2019-jerusalem (Booking fee applies) or by calling 0333 666 3366.

Directed by John Goodman.

This amateur production of "Jerusalem" is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

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

More information: www.progresstheatre.co.uk.

Wokingham Theatre: 'Goodnight Mister Tom'

Wednesday 13th February
to Saturday 23rd February

7.45pm

Goodnight Mister Tom

Goodnight Mister Tom

Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU

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Wokingham Theatre: 'Goodnight Mister Tom' adapted by David Wood

Magorian's stunning Goodnight Mister Tom is brought gloriously to life in this stage adaptation by David Wood - the UK's 'National Children's Dramatist' (The Times).

Set during the dark and dangerous build-up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows sad young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley. All seems perfect until William is devastatingly summoned by his mother back to London.

Booking opens December 1st.

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

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

Progress Theatre: 'A Doll's House' by Henrik Ibsen

Monday 11th March to
Saturday 16th March
7.30pm

Matinée Saturday 16th March
2.30pm

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

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Progress Theatre: 'A Doll's House' by Henrik Ibsen

This production of A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, is a new version by Samuel Adamson.

Nora Helmer has it all: two beautiful children, a lovely home, and a loving husband. However, her idyllic life begins to unravel when an old associate reminds her of the fraudulent contract she made with him years ago.

This classic play finds Nora on a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment that still resonates today.

Tickets: £12 (Concessions £10) available online from TicketSource via our web site at progresstheatre.co.uk/2019-jerusalem (Booking fee applies) or by calling 0333 666 3366.

Directed by Adrian Tang.

This amateur production of "A Doll's House (Adamson)" is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.

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

More information: www.progresstheatre.co.uk.

Wokingham Theatre: 'The Taming Of The Shrew'

Thursday 28th March
to Saturday 6th April

7.45pm

The Taming Of The Shrew

The Taming Of The Shrew

Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, RG40 5TU

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Wokingham Theatre: 'The Taming Of The Shrew' by William Shakespeare

Two wealthy sisters in Padua must be married off. The modest, demure Bianca has no shortage of suitors, but who on earth will take the wild, ungovernable, 'shrewish' Katherina? Perhaps the gold-digging Petruchio, as maddeningly strongwilled and perverse as Katherina herself, will be equal to the task of bullying her to the altar.

Shakespeare's outrageous comedy introduces one of theatre's great screwball double-acts, a couple hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other right up to the play's controversial conclusion.

Booking opens January 1st, 2019.

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

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

Progress Theatre Premieres: 'Equivocators' and 'Peter's Wife'

Wednesday 1st May to
Saturday 4th May
7.45pm

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

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Progress Theatre Premieres: 'Equivocators' and 'Peter's Wife'

Two original plays get their première on the Progress stage:

  • Equivocators by Dan Clarke
    Set during the aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, William Shakespeare arrives at the home of Ben Jonson in search of the missing pages of the Scottish play he is writing.

  • Peter's Wife by Christine Moran
    Michelle is desperate to have a baby. Julie is desperate to keep her marriage together. And Anna? She's just desperate. Three couples. Two siblings. One affair. Six lives changed forever.

Tickets: £12 (Concessions £10) available online from TicketSource via our web site at progresstheatre.co.uk/progress-premieres-2019 (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.


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.