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It’s 1832 and wolves roam freely around a dark and wintry England. Left alone after her parents go abroad, Bonnie and her orphaned cousin Sylvia are looking forward to spending time together in their huge, rambling home, Willoughby Chase. But the arrival of the sinister governess Miss Slighcarp and a mysterious stranger on a train leads them into a frightening series of mysteries. Who is Miss Slighcarp, and what does she want? As enemies take over Willoughby Chase, Bonnie and Sylvia must escape their clutches and solve the puzzle for themselves.
(Running until Sat 28 Mar 2015)
All aboard for a toe-tapping ride across America in the company of an eclectic band of musicians. It’s the 1940s, Hollywood’s booming, gasoline and nylon stockings are rationed, women are wearing their hair in Victory rolls, putting on red lipstick and jitterbugging with GIs. The music scene is booming with swing, jazz, crooners and everything in between and we’re on a train heading for… who knows? But wherever we’re going, it’s going to be one helluva ride!
Following last year’s sell-out show, The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea, a company of Watermill trade-mark actor-musicians, including Simon Slater and Julian Littman, take us on another musical journey featuring songs of the period including Chatanooga Choo Choo, Take The A Train, You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To and Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby.
(Running until Sat 11 April 2015)
Welcome to Ithaca, island paradise and home to Penelope, who’s married to a war hero and had enough of waiting quietly. Made with input from soldiers and military spouses, it is an irreverent collision of classic myth and contemporary rage, a theatrical storm that sweeps through poetry, songs and comedy towards a poignant and furious conclusion.
A key figure in the British cabaret world, and winner of the inaugural London Cabaret Award for Best Speciality Act, Mat regularly headlines the finest venues and shows in London, around the UK, and further afield.
On their return to Arlington Arts, Davina and the Vagabonds will be performing some of their best tracks. It looks set to be just as or even more spectacular than last time. The group uses a unique blend of jazz and blues, an infusion which creates a real music sensation. The band were influenced by the likes of artists ranging from Fats Domino and the preservation hall jazz band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits.
The Roving Crows weave together a rich tapestry of sounds taking the audience across musical boundaries into the world of Folk, Celtic and Country-Rock. They are indefinable, unique and completely absorbing. The Roving Crows released their new album ‘Deliberate Distractions’ on 4th Nov, to 4* reviews in the Financial Times and R2 Magazine amongst many others. The Roving Crows’ line-up boasts fiery fiddle playing, trumpet, guitar, drums, bass and vocals.
Real life stories of courage and conscience of people who stood up for something, or someone, they believed in.
Was it a split second decision or a cause that’s haunted you? An act of bravery or something ‘anybody would do’? Was it forgotten as quickly as it happened or do you think about it years later? Who did you stand up for and what made you do it?
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)
How the cat purred and how the witch grinned as they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.
Join in the songs, laughs and scary fun with Tall Stories’ magical musical stage adaptation of Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, when it flies into Newbury! The witch and her cat are flying happily along on their broomstick when a stormy wind blows the witch’s hat, bow and wand away into the night. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things and all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK! - it snaps in two!
Running until Sun 19 April
Two days of exciting Flat racing kick off what will be a momentous 2015 turf season at Newbury. Winners on the card last year included high-class three-year-olds Western Hymn and Inchila, and the meeting often proves a pivotal one in terms of early season form for racing fans.
Real ale enthusiasts have cause for excitement too, as Newbury will be hosting its annual beer festival over both days of the meeting, with a discount for CAMRA members and over 40 real ales & ciders on offer.
Gates Open - 12.00
First Race - 1.50
Last Race - 5.15
Our opening Flat meeting of 2015 climaxes with the Aon Greenham Stakes. A key trial for the 2,000 Guineas, it was won last year by superstar miler Kingman with his subsequent Newmarket conqueror Night of Thunder back in second. It is a chance to see some of last season’s most exciting juveniles begin their three-year-old campaign and witness some stars of the future too, with subsequent Royal Ascot scorer Eagle Top also victorious on the day last year.
Why not take a break from the action and enjoy our annual beer festival? With over 40 real ales & ciders on offer, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a thrilling day of racing.
Gates Open - 11.30
First Race - 1.20
Last Race - 4.40
Bella Hardy, tours a heartfelt collection of self-composed songs which tell a story of travel, of choices, of lessons unlearned, and also of hope. One of the most creative, prolific and original singers in the UK, her captivating voice inhabits her music and spins her narratives with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity..
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.
Head to Newbury for a day of competitive Flat racing in support of a worthy cause. A high quality seven-race card forms part of a day held in support of Starlight, who do remarkable work granting the wishes of terminally ill children.
Gates Open - 12.00
First Race - 1.30
Last Race - 5.20
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.
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