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16

APRIL

The Watermill - Thomas Hardy's - FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

When Bathsheba Everdene inherits a farm from her father, no-one expects her to take on its management herself. But our spirited young heroine will not be deterred and takes up the mantle with vigour. Yet, whilst she rises impressively to the challenges of sheep farming, it is the trials of the heart that threaten to undo her. Caught between a pair of suitors, the kind and dependable shepherd Gabriel Oak and the prosperous eligible bachelor William Boldwood, her choice seems hard enough, then the dashing Sergeant Troy appears over the horizon, with a swagger in his step and a dangerous secret in his past. Who will she choose? And will she realise the disastrous consequences of a wrong choice before tis too late?

(Running until Sat 23 May 2015)

9

MAY

Newbury Spring Festival: 9 - 23 May 2015

Newbury Spring Festival, now in its 37th year, presents some of the world's finest musicians in a fortnight of 45 concerts in 20 venues in and around Newbury, taking in some beautiful rural villages, and local stately homes including Englefield House and Highclere Castle. International symphony orchestras, ensembles and soloists rub shoulders with jazz legends, world music artists and the stars of tomorrow.

28

MAY

New Greenham Arts - Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson

Individually they’re two of the best players around but collectively they create a chemistry which is almost magic. This duo have fast become one of the most talked about combinations on the circuit. They are not only vastly talented but have created a sound that is bursting with emotion and energy - a fusion of pipes and flutes which pushes the boundaries of what the instruments can achieve in a performance which is a vibrant mix of new and original compositions along with traditional tunes.

28

MAY

Arlington Arts - Dick Gaughan 2015

The only performer to hold the dual honours of a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2 Folk Music, and an induction into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame, Dick Gaughan is a standout folk & social protest singer/songwriter.

29

MAY

Corn Exchange - Demon Barbers XL

Renowned for their no holds barred approach to their live shows The Demon Barbers return to the stage with a new repertoire, extra band members and a modern twist to their multi-award winning Roadshow.

Following a number of successful UK tours, including high profile shows at Glastonbury Festival and 5 star reviews for their 2 week run at Edinburgh Fringe, The Demon Barbers now bring some of the UK’s most exciting young Clog, Sword, Hip Hop & Break dancers onto the concert stage to create the live folk music & dance spectacular of the year!

4

JUNE

The Watermill - THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Hester abandons the security and respectability of life with her distinguished older husband, throwing herself into a passionate affair with former RAF pilot Freddie. His raffish charm wears thin, but Hester remains infatuated. With overpowering feelings for Freddie and with her husband ready to forgive, Hester finds herself caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.

(Running until Sat 04 Jul 2015)

5

JUNE

Corn Exchange - Mitch Benn - Don’t Believe A Word

It's a show that will make you laugh a lot and think a bit as well as Mitch debunks myths, exposes nonsense and grapples with the very nature of knowledge itself extolling the virtues of an evidence-based approach to life .... with amusing consequences and of course a few songs along the way.

6

JUNE

Corn Exchange - Sing-a-long-a-Frozen

Introduced by a live host who will guide you through this interactive screening by showing you how to use your free prop bag, warm up your singing voices and teach you some dance moves with the help of a couple of special princesses. Watch as we bring the film to life and help you experience this movie in a whole new light as we bring Elsa and Anna onstage as if they have walked out of the film.

11

JUNE

Racecourse Newbury - June Afternoon Racing

Begin the summer at Newbury with a bang as we bring you some top-quality midweek Flat racing in a more relaxed, informal atmosphere. With subsequent dual Group-2 winner Estidhkaar a winner on the card last year, you might see a few stars of the future too!

Gates Open - 12.00
First Race - 2.20
Last Race - 5.35

11

JUNE

New Greenham Arts - Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar

This up-and-coming young folk duo both come from musical households and began to develop their musical skills long before joining forces. Following their first Award win in 2013, Russell and Algar toured the country in April and after completing school and University exams, began touring again at the beginning of June - a schedule which saw them play venues and festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention as well as appearing live on Mark Radcliffe’s Folk Show.

12

JUNE

Arlington Arts - Oli Brown

He has won (take a deep breath now if reading aloud) British Blues Awards for Male Vocalist, Best Album, Best Band and Best Young Artist and been runner-up Best Guitarist. The list of who Oli Brown has performed with is like a who’s who of the Blues world: Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter, Anders Osborne and Taj Mahal to name but a few.

13

JUNE

Arlington Arts - Voodoo Room

"No wigs, no pantomime - just great musicians playing great music" is the tagline for VOODOO ROOM a Classic Power Trio playing the music of both Jimi Hendrix & Cream. Featuring some of the UK's finest musicians they perform a kicking, world class show in total appreciation of these two massive pioneers from the world of classic Blues and Rock.

25

JUNE

Racecourse Newbury - Pump Technology Irish Night

New for 2015, our Thursday Nights at Newbury series begins with Irish Night. Alongside seven highly-competitive races we will be celebrating all that is good about the emerald isle featuring top rugby union side London Irish, live music from The Biblecode Sundays and some great value deals on Irish food and drink.

Gates Open - 5.00
First Race - 6.00
Last Race - 9.00

2

JULY

Racecourse Newbury - Key4Life Charity Race Evening & 80s Night

Our new Thursday Nights at Newbury series continues with 80s night! Come and enjoy seven great races before partying the night away at our 80s disco in partnership with JACK fm.

It’s perfect for an after work social or night out with friends, so come and roll back the years, enjoy your favourite 80s hits and enjoy some top class racing all at the same time!

Gates Open - 4.30
First Race - 5.55
Last Race - 9.10

19

SEPTEMBER

Newbury Showground - The Royal County of Berkshire Show: 19 and 20 September

The Newbury and District Agricultural Society was formed in 1909 with the aim of providing a show to replace the local Horse Show. Today the Society is a registered charity established with the aims and the showcase for these aims is one of the most successful agricultural shows in the country – The Royal County of Berkshire Show.

19

NOVEMBER

The Watermill - ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Chasing a mysterious white rabbit with a pocket watch, Alice tumbles down a rabbit hole and into a world of fun and adventure. There she meets the colourful characters of Wonderland and hears their fantastical tales. After a lively tea party, an unusual game of croquet and a nail-biting trial to find out who stole a very special plate of jam tarts, will Alice find her way home?

(Running until Sun 03 Jan 2016)

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MAY

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