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13th JUL 2018
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07/06/2018 to 28/07/2018 AGATHA CHRISTIE'S THE UNEXPECTED GUEST
 THE MILL AT SONNING

This intriguing 'whodunnit' twists and turns towards an edge-of-your-seat climax, leaving you guessing right until the last chilling moment! When a stranger runs his car into a ditch, on a dark and foggy evening, he makes his way to an isolated house where he discovers a woman standing over the dead body of her wheelchair-bound husband, a smoking gun in her hand. What's more, she admits to murder. Then, surprisingly, the unexpected guest offers to help her concoct an alibi. But is it possible that Laura Warwick did not commit the murder after all? If so, who is she shielding? The house seems full of possible suspects...
The Mill Theatre, Sonning Eye RG4 6TY
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 969 8000
  admin@millatsonning.com
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21/06/2018 to 21/07/2018 JERUSALEM - AT THE WATERMILL THEATRE
 THE WATERMILL - WEST BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE, NEWBURY

St George’s Day. It’s the day of the Flintock Fair and the day Kennet and Avon Council want to see the back of Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron for good. The new estate want the maverick local boy evicted, but Johnny has other plans. At his ramshackle caravan kingdom, the charismatic hellraiser entertains his band of ‘undesirable’ scallywags with outlandish tales, unbelievable antics and an ample supply of booze and drugs. Infamous for holding the most riotous parties this side of the Wiltshire border, Johnny is a hero to many but a villain to others. Pursued by the authorities, threatened by the local thug and reprimanded by his ex, Johnny is not a man to be beaten down.
Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 46044
  boxoffice@watermill.org.uk
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10/07/2018 to 14/07/2018 GORING GAP PLAYERS OPEN AIR PERFORMANCE - THE RIVALS

The Goring Gap Players and the Basildonians are presenting a joint open-air production of ‘The Rivals’ by Sheridan, directed by Barry Steele – in the beautiful grounds of Little Bowden (near Pangbourne). This follows the very successful 2014 production of Midsummer Night’s Dream in the same gardens. Lovers of this most popular of Sheridan’s comedies will delight again in the well-known characters of Mrs Malaprop (with her wrong words) and Sir Lucius O’Trigger (the wild Irish Baronet), also the deceptions and love-tangles of Jack Absolute and Lydia Languish - and their young friends - all as set in Bath, the then racy holiday destination of the late 1700s.
The Gardens of Little Bowden, near Pangbourne RG8 8JR
MORE INFO: Jean Betteridge 01491 873530   goringgapplayers@gmail.com   Event Web Site
11/07/2018 to 15/07/2018 BIRMINGHAM STAGE COMPANY PRESENTS DAVID WALLIAMS' AWFUL AUNTIE
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie!
The Hexagon Theatre, Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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11/07/2018 to 21/07/2018 READING OPEN AIR SHAKESPEARE - MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
 PROGRESS THEATRE, READING

Enjoy an open-air production.of this great Shakespearean comedy - although with a touch of darkness. Much Ado About Nothing follows the return of soldiers from war. Packed with intrigue, double-crossing and plenty of laughter, Much Ado About Nothing is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare. Following the turbulent romances between Hero and Claudio and Beatrice and Benedict, this exploration of what loyalty, chivalry, and true love really mean empowers us to challenge our perceptions of relationships. Our production moves the story from Italy to an English house at the conclusion of World War Two. It will be using the story of the lovers to explore the nature of the relationship between men and women as well as exploring themes of jealousy and class. Leonato welcomes his friends back from war. His daughter, Hero, is in love with Claudio. His niece, Beatrice, verbally spars with Benedict. Can their friends conspire to bring them together? Will ill-intentioned Don John succeed in driving Claudio and Hero apart? Can Leonatos's sister, Antonia, come up with a plan to save the day? Can the watchmen overcome their incompetence to bring out the truth?
Reading Abbey Ruins, Abbey St, Reading RG1 3BA
MORE INFO: Tony Wernham 0118 384 2169
  enquiries@progresstheatre.co.uk
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13/07/2018 to 15/07/2018 SHINFIELD PLAYERS THEATRE - RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET
 SHINFIELD PLAYERS THEATRE

Join Captain Tempest and his fearless crew on their journey into hyperspace… and beyond! Inspired by 'The Tempest', this Olivier Award winner bursts with red hot rock and roll hits from the 1960s and 70s. Fasten your seat belts, set your ray guns to stun and get ready for a cosmic adventure of meteoric proportions! On a stormy night way back when; mad scientist Doctor Prospero worked late in his laboratory, aided only by his wife, Gloria, as he developed the elusive formula with which he would change the world. The apparently faithful Gloria, however, duped him and sent him off into hyper-space in an old spacecraft with his infant daughter.
Shinfield Players Theatre, Whitley Wood Lane, Reading RG2 9DF
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 975 8880
 
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13/07/2018 to 14/07/2018 GHOST HUNT
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

A small group of London teens break into a dead tube station – closed up since the late 40’s. The station is a dark time capsule, unchanged and boarded up with commuters passing through on trains unknowingly every day. But things take a strange turn when they film the quiet platform. As they look through the view screens on their phones they can see children in school uniforms, dancing girls, soldiers, nurses and more! Over days of filming they realise the children and adults they are seeing are about to fall victim to a disaster, when dozens of people will be killed in a dreadful accident on the platform. Can they find a way to reach into the past and speak to the people they can hear and see so clearly? Can they change history?
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley-on-Thames RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  boxmanager@kentontheatre.co.uk
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13/07/2018 POETS' CAFÉ - JANE COMMANE
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Poets' Cafe is Reading's longest running poetry platform, run by South Street in association with Reading Stanza. On the second Friday of every month we welcome a guest poet who will perform alongside an open mic section which gives all-comers the opportunity to read a poem of their own.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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13/07/2018 CORN EXCHANGE COMEDY CLUB
 CORN EXCHANGE, NEWBURY

Leave your cares at the door, grab a drink and join us for an evening full of laughter as Avalon Promotions present some of the best new names in comedy. Join us for a guaranteed giggle once a month this spring! Leave your cares at the door, grab a drink and join us for an evening full of laughter as Avalon Promotions present some of the best new names in comedy. With comedians such as Joe Wilkinson, Greg Davies, Lee Nelson, Jenny Eclair, Al Murray and Russell Howard in their books, Avalon are experts in finding the next big names on the circuit - you never know, you might see them in Newbury first! This month's line up: Rob Auton, Jordan Brookes, Will Duggan, Sophie Duker,
Corn Exchange Newbury, Market Place, Newbury RG14 5BD
MORE INFO: Box Office 0845 5218 218
  boxoffice@cornexchangenew.co.uk
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14/07/2018 ENCOMPASS
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

Park House School present an exciting performance of modern dance with something to suit all tastes! Come along and see a vibrant collection of choreography performed by talented dancers from both Park House School and the wider community. This annual and very popular show promises to be a lively and inspiring event where you will be highly entertained and delighted by the exceptional quality, enthusiasm and sheer passion of young people dancing. All of the performances you will see have been rehearsed and created within the thriving hub of the dance studio at Park House School. Come along and experience an uplifting celebration of dance!
Arlington Arts, Mary Hare, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246
  boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk
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14/07/2018 SUMMER CEILIDH AT NORDEN FARM
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

You’ll be in safe hands with the expert calling and playing from our band Nedron’s Jig. They’ll guide you through dances such as Muffin Man’s Jig, Gay Gordons and Cumberland Square 8. Expect familiar tunes including Atholl Highlanders, Rogue’s March and Dashing White Sergeant.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
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14/07/2018 to 15/07/2018 SWEENEY TODD, THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET - SCHOOL EDITION
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tony Awards (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere and has now been adapted for high school performers in Sweeney Todd School Edition. Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s (A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures) tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world. An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which he opens a new barber shop. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up. And the carnage has only just begun!
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  KentonTheatre@gmail.com
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15/07/2018 WILDE SUNDAYS AT SOUTH HILL PARK
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

John Forrester sings songs of travel, adventure, lust, discovery, friendship, love and the weather. A fine performer with an easy relaxed delivery, a warm openhearted voice, an unshowy guitar style and an infectious personality. Emma Jane Kennedy is an excellent singer songwriter who performs across the South East and is accompanied by Steve Sculpher on bass. Inspired by the landscapes that have duly shaped his music, Adam’s lyrics often bring to life the stories of the places and people he’s met along the way. Full of emotion, Adam’s music ebbs and flows, powerful and driven yet at times fragile, invoking thoughts of artists like Robert Plant and Fink.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
  Event Web Site

15/07/2018 RAZZAMATAZZ
 ARLINGTON ARTS, NEWBURY

Come along and join our Razz students as we take you on a journey through the worlds of commercial pop and music theatre. Featuring songs from hit shows such as Alice in Wonderland, Frozen, The Lion King, Joseph and The School of Rock, as well as favourites from the pop and commercial world, the Razzamataz Showcase 2018 is guaranteed to make you smile!
Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, Newbury RG14 3BQ
MORE INFO: Box Office 01635 244246
  boxoffice@arlingtonarts.co.uk
  Event Web Site

15/07/2018 HEIDI RHODES SCHOOL OF DANCE SHOWCASE
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of The Heidi Rhodes School of Dancing, they will be presenting a spectacular dance showcase ‘A Night at the Oscars’. All dancers from the school from the age of two years will be taking part!
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
  Event Web Site

15/07/2018 GREAT BRITISH MYSTERIES - 1599?
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

Do you like mysteries? Do you like historical inaccuracies? Do you prefer Thomas More to Roger Moore? Mystery hunters Olive and Teddy become embroiled with witches, haunted houses, and the scent of Cardinal Wolsey’s conscience.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
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17/07/2018 to 21/07/2018 EAS BERKSHIRE OPERATIC SOCIETY - GUYS AND DOLLS
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

John Forrester sings songs of travel, adventure, lust, discovery, friendship, love and the weather. A fine performer with an easy relaxed delivery, a warm openhearted voice, an unshowy guitar style and an infectious personality. Emma Jane Kennedy is an excellent singer songwriter who performs across the South East and is accompanied by Steve Sculpher on bass. Inspired by the landscapes that have duly shaped his music, Adam’s lyrics often bring to life the stories of the places and people he’s met along the way. Full of emotion, Adam’s music ebbs and flows, powerful and driven yet at times fragile, invoking thoughts of artists like Robert Plant and Fink.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
  Event Web Site

17/07/2018 LIVE MUSIC - THIS IS THE KIT, PLUS SUPPORT
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

This Is The Kit - the musical project which holds exceptional Paris-via-Bristol songwriter Kate Stables close to its heart - have earned the adoration of peers including Guy Garvey, The National and Sharon van Etten. Their new highly acclaimed album and Rough Trade debut, 'Moonshine Freeze', is undoubtedly their most compelling and accomplished to date. Produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, M Ward, Perfume Genius), it began in the immediate wake of its predecessor, 'Bashed Out', when days after coming off tour last November, Stables and her band (Rozi Plain, Jamie Whitby-Coles, Neil Smith and Jesse D Vernon) headed into Geoff Barrow’s Invada studios in Bristol.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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17/07/2018 to 21/07/2018 LLOYD GEORGE KNEW MY FATHER
 THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR

When an eccentric, British, upper-class couple learn that a bypass is to be built through their property, they are not best pleased! The elderly pair struggle to adapt to modern times and the changing ways of the world, so much so that the wife even announces her plan to commit suicide as a result of this catastrophic news (over breakfast!) Her plan makes a great news story for the couples’ future son-in-law who conveniently happens to be a reporter! The play tackles issues of conservatism and conservation using black comedy and promises lots of laughter.
Theatre Royal, Thames Street, Windsor SL4 1PS
MORE INFO: Box Office 01753 853 888
  info@theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
  Event Web Site

18/07/2018 MARK THOMAS - HEALTH CHECK, OUR NHS AT 70
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Mark Thomas is 54, the NHS is 70, UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84 the NHS will be 100, what will they both look like? Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS and residencies in hospitals and surgeries and with director Nicolas Kent, Thomas uses his own demise to explore the state we’re in. What's going wrong in our NHS, how it can go right and what the future might hold for all of us.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
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19/07/2018 ALL THINGS MUST PASS ORCHESTRA CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF GEORGE HARRISON
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

We are delighted to welcome the All Things Must Pass Orchestra a fantastic ten piece band dedicated to the Quiet Beatle’s work. George Harrison wrote some of the Beatles most beautiful songs; Something, Here Comes The Sun, While My Guitar Gently Weeps etc., but he continued to write great music during his solo career on twelve studio albums. Band leader Alex Eberhard picked some of the best musicians around Brighton to form this incredible ensemble.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

19/07/2018 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, MOZART-PLUS (GEORGE HARLIONO, PIANO)
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

A thrilling programme takes us on a tour through the piano repertoire, beginning with Mozart’s heartfelt Fantasia, and ending with Stravinsky’s dazzling dances from Petrushka.
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
  Event Web Site

19/07/2018 THE DREAMBOYS - FEATURING JAKE QUICKENDEN
 THE HEXAGON THEATRE, READING

The Dreamboys are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show and UK tour for 2018, only this time they are bringing a very special guest celebrity performer with them. Winner of Dancing On Ice 2018, the gorgeous Jake Quickenden. The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK's most famous and successful show of its kind in history. Their breath taking show spectacular has been perfectly created for hen nights, birthday parties and girls nights out with all your friends.
The Hexagon Theatre, Queen's Walk, Reading RG1 7UA
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site

20/07/2018 THE TINA TURNER EXPERIENCE
 KENTON THEATRE, HENLEY-ON-THAMES

This fully live energetic show charts the life and career of one of the world's iconic performers. Full of hits like Private Dancer, Nutbush City Limits, Proud Mary, River Deep Mountain High and Let’s Stay Together to name but a few, this show is the ultimate night out. The concert style show features a 7-piece band making this the only completely live touring tribute to this multi award winning legend. Powerful vocals, backing singers and fabulous professional dancers with electrifying dance routines make…
Kenton Theatre, New Street, Henley RG9 2BP
MORE INFO: Box Office 01491 575698
  boxmanager@kentontheatre.co.uk
  Event Web Site

20/07/2018 PEER PRODUCTIONS PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

After nine months of work and over 100 performances, finally the cohort of 2018 is ready to leave us. So join Peer Productions’ emerging artists for a brand new night of performance. Dynamic work from talented performers.
South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
  Event Web Site

20/07/2018 GARY NUMAN
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

British electro pioneer Gary Numan makes his debut at The Anvil. In 2017 Numan released Savage: Songs From A Broken World, and earned the best reviews of his career, entering the UK charts at no.2. This show will feature songs drawn not only from his highly successful Savage album, but also key songs from his vast back catalogue.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
  Event Web Site

20/07/2018 to 21/07/2018 FUSION DANCE - SHOWTIME 2018
 ANVIL ARTS, BASINGSTOKE

Fusion Dance Academies return once again with Showtime 2018, bringing back the variety and diversity of many different dance styles under one roof. Get your feet-a-tapping whilst singing along to some old school tunes and modern tracks to suit everyone's taste.
The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke RG21 7QR
MORE INFO: Box Office 01256 844244
  box.office@anvilarts.org.uk
  Event Web Site

20/07/2018 THE SUPERTONICS BIG SWING BAND SUMMER CONCERT
 SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE, BRACKNELL

The Supertonics (with guest female vocalist) play a lively mix of popular swing (Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington) and American songbook jazz classics, plus music from musicals and the movies, to rock & roll. The band have been playing at South Hill Park and across the region for many years. They are passionate about performing an enjoyable high-energy show. Book early as the band has a strong following, and shows always sell out quickly.
South Hill Arts, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
MORE INFO: Box Office 01344 484 123
  sales@southhillpark.org.uk
  Event Web Site

20/07/2018 LIVE MUSIC - ONE NIGHT OF SKA
 NORDEN FARM CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, MAIDENHEAD

An homage to the music, bands and artists that influenced two generations of teenagers. Taking the best of the original 1960s Jamaican scene as well as the 2 Tone English Revival of the late 1970s. The seven piece band perform songs made famous by Prince Buster, Desmond Dekker, Madness, The Specials, The Selecter, The Maytals and Tony Tribe.
Norden Farm, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF
MORE INFO: Box Office 01628 788997
  boxoffice@nordenfarm.org
  Event Web Site

20/07/2018 to 28/07/2018 SOAP OPERA PARODY - THE INHERITANCE, BY EVA MARCHETTI
 SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE, READING

Soap-opera parody set in Seville, Spain. An old rich man, on his death bed, confesses the existence of an illegitimate daughter to his son - Rafael - and gives him detailed conditions under which she would be allowed to receive her share of the wealthy inheritance. Rafael, not exactly a brilliant mind (as many main characters), is accompanied in this task by the typical villain (Don Felipe) and the typical hero (Don Julio). When the daughter arrives, her pragmatism immediately clashes with the three stereotyped gentlemen.
South Street Arts Centre, 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU
MORE INFO: Box Office 0118 960 6060
  boxoffice@readingarts.com
  Event Web Site