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The Watermill - OLIVER!

Set in London’s murky underworld, Lionel Bart’s much-loved musical tells the story of the runaway orphan Oliver and the colourful characters he encounters following his escape from the workhouse. The bullying Mr Bumble, devious gang leader Fagin, menacing Bill Sikes, his kindly girlfriend Nancy and the Artful Dodger are brought vividly to life in the atmospheric setting of the old mill. A company of the theatre’s trademark actor-musicians, with a supporting cast of Watermill Youth Theatre actors, and Bart’s witty and memorable songs, including You’ve Got to Pick A Pocket Or Two, Consider Yourself and I’d Do Anything, Oliver! will tug at your heart strings, make you smile and most definitely make you want to sing along!

(Running until Sat 19 Sep 2015)



Corn Exchange - Roundabout at the Corn Exchange

For a limited time only, a pop-up festival is coming to the Corn Exchange. Five days, four plays, one state-of-the-art 168 seat amphitheatre.

Showcasing a repertory of work from the country’s hottest writers, The Roundabout Festival is unmissable. With a bear pit atmosphere, Roundabout is the most dynamic, most innovative, most essential new theatre in the country and is brought to us by acclaimed touring theatre company Paines Plough.

Wednesday 9th September 2015 – Sunday 13th September 2015



Corn Exchange - Knightmare Live: Level II

Welcome, watchers of illusion, to Level 2. Knightmare Live returns following two sell-out Edinburgh runs, national tours and a show in the glittering West End. Each performance one member of the public will be guided through Treguard's dungeon but will they succeed in their quest, or fall foul to one of Lord Fear's schemes?



Racecourse Newbury - Dubai Duty Free International Meeting

The two-day Dubai Duty Free International Weekend, which climaxes on Saturday with a live performance from Madness, begins with an afternoon of high-quality Flat racing in a more relaxed atmosphere.

It’s a great opportunity to try one of our restaurants, with exceptional dining packages available in both the Hennessy and the Racegoers.

Gates Open - 12.00
First Race - 2.10
Last Race - 5.30



Racecourse Newbury - Dubai Duty Free International Saturday with Madness Live

British music legends Madness will take to the Party in the Paddock stage after a day of top-class racing on one of the biggest weekends of Newbury’s summer season.

Best known for quirky pop classics such as “House of Fun”, “Baggy Trousers” and “My Girl”, Madness are one of the UK’s favourite bands and will perform live after racing on day two of the Dubai Duty Free International Meeting.

What’s more there will be excitement on the track with the Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes, won last year by Toocoolforschool, plus the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Legacy Cup .

Gates Open - 11.30
First Race - 1.10
Last Race - 4.35
Concert - approx 5.00 - 6.30. Timings may be subject to change.



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.




Criminal mastermind, Professor Marcus, and his gang of oddball villains posing as musicians, meet their match when they take up residence in the top floor room of Mrs Wilberforce’s dilapidated house. A convenient location to plan their heist, they figure their sweet-natured old landlady will be easily hoodwinked. But beneath her demure exterior, Mrs Wilberforce is made of sterner stuff and, with just her parrot, General Gordon, for moral support, she turns the tables on the bogus quartet.

(Running until Sat 31 Oct 2015)



Arlington Arts - Chris White

A night of mind-blowing sax with Chris White of Dire Straits. A backstage pass on 40 years in the music industry; from Knopfler, to McCartney, to Robbie… this is one man’s tale of a life on the road.



Corn Exchange - Without Stars and There We Have Been

Inspired by Haruki Murakami’s dark but beautifully tender novel, Norwegian Wood, Cousins has choreographed Without Stars and There We Have Been. Taking the themes of love, loss and friendship from the Japanese story, and adding his own unique quality to them, he has created a rich and powerful double-bill.



Arlington Arts - The Christians + Roachford

The Christians and Roachford join together for this double headline date. With a 70 minute set each, the evening promises to delight with both bands playing their well-known hits to transport you back to days of old.



New Greenham Arts - Faustus

Previously nominated for the Best Group Award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and in the wake of the latest album ‘Broken Down Gentlemen (Navigator Records, 2013), Faustus brings to the stage three of the leading lights of their generation: Saul Rose (Waterson;Carthy, Whapweazel, War Horse), Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them, brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone representing the best in the current vibrant English folk scene.



Racecourse Newbury - October Afternoon Racing

Our concluding Flat meeting of the 2015 season kicks off with an afternoon of typically competitive Flat racing. Enjoy a seven race card of engrossing equine action in a relaxed atmosphere.

Gates Open - 12.00
First Race - 1.50
Last Race - 5.20



Arlington Arts - Joanne Shaw Taylor

Celebrated British blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, Joanne Shaw Taylor, returns to the UK in autumn 2015 for an exclusive Nationwide UK Tour. Joanne will perform songs from her recently critically acclaimed album The Dirty Truth, as well as songs from her previous three albums White Sugar, Diamonds in the Dirt and Almost Always Never.




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)



New Greenham Arts - Gerard and the Watchman

Music to warm your heart on a winter’s evening from one of the most widely praised acts on the UK’s alternative folk scene. Expect stunningly beautiful and haunting songs from this four piece as they flit from guitar to banjo, double bass to drums and mandolin to percussion. Dave Gerard’s glorious voice is the ideal vehicle for his poetic, beguiling lyrics.





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