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Following her acclaimed performance in The Watermill’s 2014 production of Calamity Jane, Jodie Prenger now steps into Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic musical, Tell Me On A Sunday.
Tell Me On A Sunday charts the romantic misadventures of a young English girl in New York in the heady days of the 1980s. Brimming with optimism, she seeks success and love. But as she weaves her way through the maze of the city and her own anxieties, frustrations and heartaches, she begins to wonder whether she’s been looking for love in all the wrong places.
(Running until Sat 20 Feb 2016)
One of the most highly accomplished and critically acclaimed Interceltic/World/Roots bands in Britain today, Jamie Smith's Mabon have built their reputation on their energy and dynamism, outstanding original compositions and virtuoso performances. Their distinctive, infectious and multi-award winning music is acclaimed on the alternative folk scene. They are rightly hailed as one of Britain’s ‘must see’ live acts, their music travelling beyond borders to explore the forms and styles of the Celtic traditions and work them anew.
Join a team of professionals for a revealing insight into the world of special effects; feel the heat from an onstage inferno, get up close with gruesome sci-fi monsters, be blown away by apocalyptic weather and hold on tight through huge explosions!
Get closer to the action than ever before as this interactive and explosive family show takes you behind the scenes of your favourite films to discover the science and secrets of creating movie magic.
Free Admission. 11am – 3.30pm. Free Prize Draw. Fashion Show at 1pm by Confetti Bridal Centre. Bridal Gown Sale. Free Goody Bag. VIP tours. Pre registration available online here.
A moving story about a girl whose life has spiralled out of control. Effie’s life spirals through a mess of drink, drugs and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day - until one night gives her the chance to be something more.
The route to the first pivotal battle of the English Civil War - Dave Stubbs - West Berkshire Museum, 6.30-7.45pm
How did the royalist and parliamentary forces find themselves in a major confrontation on the fields of Newbury, how did they acquit themselves and what was the outcome? Find out in this fascinating talk by local historian David Stubbs.
Tickets £5 available from West Berkshire Museum or online
A powerful and explosive new production of Shakespeare’s immortal tale of an all-consuming love. Risking everything, a young couple defy their feuding families and find love on the streets of Verona. This unforgettable production, directed by The Watermill Theatre’s new Artistic Director, Paul Hart, features live music and an outstanding new ensemble of actors bursting onto The Watermill stage.
Paul’s directed for Propeller and The Donmar. He also directed The Essay for BBC Radio 3 and productions including Great Expectations, Heroes, Journey’s End and The Tempest for The Watermill Theatre.
(Running until Sat 02 April 2016)
Newbury's very own open-mic night! From comedy double acts and performance poets to a whole host of tremendously talented musicians, each Live & Lyrical open-mic night is full of surprises.
About his life, times, death and memorial - Dave Stubbs - West Berkshire Museum
A talk by local historian David Stubbs on the story of how a sensitive, educated academic found himself catapulted into politics, and died stripped and bloody in a suicidal cavalry charge in the First Battle of Newbury and is now commemorated on the largest civil war memorial in England.
Tickets £5 available from West Berkshire Museum or online at www.westberkshireheritage.org/whatson (all online bookings incur a booking fee)
Celebrate the start of spring with the first of two great days of Jump racing in support of a good cause. Winners on the day last year included subsequent December Gold Cup winner Village Vic and as always at Newbury there is a good chance there will be some equine stars of the future on show.
The day itself will support West Berkshire Mencap, a charity doing invaluable work to support people living with learning difficulties and their families in the local area.
Gates Open - 12.00
First Race - 2.20
Last Race - 5.35
Formed in Liverpool in 1978, Echo & the Bunnymen grew to become one of the UK’s most popular indie rock bands responsible for hit albums and singles such as The Cutter, Seven Seas, Bring on the Dancing Horses, The Killing Moon, Nothing lasts forever.
The second of our two days of racing centres around the Grade 3 Greatwood Gold Cup, whose past winners include subsequent Hennessy hero Madison du Berlais. Last year’s winner Sound Investment went on to win the Grade 2 Old Roan Chase at Aintree the following October, and it is always a day of high-class competitive equine action.
Gates Open - 11.30
First Race - 1.45
Last Race - 5.35 (charity race)
Witches absolutely detest children. They find them revolting and are planning to wipe them out like weasels! They want to squish them and squiggle them and make them disappear. But one brave young boy and his grandmother have a plan to get rid of the witches for good… if only they can avoid being turned into mice.
Running until Saturday 12th March 2016.
The Earl Rivers Regiment Muster (Members of The Sealed Knot) - Shaw House, 11am – 4pm. Immerse yourself in history with a day out in the 17th Century. Discover what life was like for those who had to take up arms against their fellow countrymen. Witness soldiers training to use swords, muskets and pikes and visit some of the tradesmen and civilians who accomplished the armies. Plus Living History demonstrations inside Shaw House. Free. Shaw House and cafe open from 10am – 4pm with free entry to the House.
Shaw House, Approx 11am – 1.30pm. Come along to see up to 100 cars of classic history arrive at Shaw House, when they make a pit stop throughout the morning. This is a free event where you can view classic cars such as Rolls Royce, Bentley and Austin Healey. www.theregisclassictour.co.uk. Free. Shaw House and cafe open from 10am – 4pm with free entry to the House.
A company of cracking musicians and daredevil acrobats serve a cocktail of funky brass beats and awe-inspiring physical feats. As the performers play a joyous blend of ripping rhythms they show off their outrageous circus skills without dropping a note – or each other!
Through a potent blend of risk-taking acrobatics and foot-stomping live music, Circa Tsuica create a vibrant spectacle.
Save the date...for all the inspiration and expert advice that you need for your big day as well as information about how you can book your ceremony and drinks reception at Shaw House! Free. Shaw House and cafe open from 10am – 4pm with free entry to the House.
Brought into the limelight by Fairground Attraction, Eddi Reader saw their single ‘Perfect’ and parent album First of a Million Kisses both top the British charts. Now, from the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song. Whilst the perfection of her technique is widely acknowledged, what sets Reader apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener but to connect her experience to that of her audience. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. She has effortlessly developed into one of popular music’s most thrilling and affecting performers.
Bobbie, Phyllis and Peter are three ordinary London children whose lives are turned upside down when their father disappears. Transported to a new life in a rural village, the children discover the railway on their doorstep, and life becomes one long adventure, filled with the faces of people who work and travel on the trains. Meanwhile the memory of their father never leaves them, and with it their longing for him to be brought home. But children can’t solve the problems of the grown-ups – or can they?
(Running until Sat 09 April 2016)
Melody-driven folk-rock group Hunter & The Bear have sailed from a sound proofed shipping container in a London car park, to supporting Eric Turner, in just a matter of years. In their early days (when they only had access to a kick drum and acoustic guitars) comparisons to Mumford & Sons were rife, but the sound has changed and grown as the boys adjust to their skyrocketing popularity and infuse the influences of newer band members. Folk with muscle; beefed out by the addition of an electric guitar and drum to the line-up. Think spirited attack, with an audible friendship in the four-piece's harmonies.
9Bach made their name by taking traditional Welsh folk songs and recasting them onto a spectral and haunting sound canvas. Their 2014 album Tincian was the worthy winner of the coveted Best Album in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015.
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. 17th & 18th September 2016.
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