On 15 August the Government announced plans to allow theatres to reopen for socially distanced indoor performances with safety measures in place. Following a very successful Outdoor Season during July and August, we are delighted to share news with you that this autumn we will be presenting a limited season of performances inside our beautiful auditorium.
Our autumn 2020 reopening season features shows with smaller cast sizes, reduced capacity inside the auditorium and socially distanced seating to enable you to get back to watching the very best live theatre.
The season will begin on Tuesday 22 September with Bloodshot
; a one-man murder mystery performed by award-winning composer and actor Simon Slater. The show will run until Saturday 17 October. It will be followed by Lone Flyer
written by Ade Morris and directed by Lucy Betts, both Watermill associate artists. Performed by two actors, the play explores the life of Amy Johnson, one of the world’s most influential female aviators and the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia. Lone Flyer will run from Wednesday 21 October to Saturday 21 November. The season will conclude with a festive retelling of Charles Dickens’ haunting classic A Christmas Carol
from Thursday 26 November to Sunday 3 January. Two actor musicians introduce us to Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of extraordinary characters in this new adaptation by Watermill playwright in residence Danielle Pearson, directed by creative associate Georgie Staight.
Food and Drink
Our restaurant and bar will be open. A two course pre-show meal will be served 2 hours before the performance begins, with last orders 1 hour before the performance begins. E.g. for a 7.30pm performance, the restaurant will be serving from 5.30pm – 6.30pm. Price £18 per person.
Cream teas are available after matinée performances. Price £6.95 per person.
The bar will also be open 2 ½ hours before the performance begins.
Please make your restaurant reservation when booking your tickets.
For full FAQ’s on how we have made the theatre safe to reopen and what your visit will look like click here.
The Watermill has taken the decision to postpone Our Man in Havana and The Jungle Book until 2021 due to current restrictions which prevent performances indoors without social distancing at this time.
Ticketholders for Our Man in Havana will be contacted in due course and will be informed once new dates are confirmed. It will take some time to re-schedule postponed performances, so we kindly ask that you bear with us whilst we work hard to secure new dates.
The Jungle Book has been postponed to Thursday 18 November 2021 to Friday 31 December 2021. Ticketholders for The Jungle Book have been contacted by our box office team. We will be able to transfer your original booking to the 2021 dates, offer a credit note or refund.
We kindly ask that ticketholders for the affected shows, please do not call our box office at this time as this will overwhelm our small team. If you need to contact box office, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
If you have tickets for a show or event that has been cancelled, our box office team will be in touch with you. If you are able to help protect the theatre’s future by donating the value of your ticket(s) to The Watermill, we would be so grateful. However, we understand that this may not be possible for everyone so if you prefer, we will of course credit your Watermill account or refund the value of your ticket(s) to your original payment card.
A big thank you
We would like to express our sincere thanks for the incredible support we have received since closing our doors on 17 March. We have been blown away by your generosity towards our ACT NOW, to help us ACT tomorrow
appeal and we remain grateful and humbled by the support you have shown us at this challenging time. Sadly, like many other theatres, The Watermill’s future is uncertain, but we will work as hard as we can to find a way to safely welcome audiences and participants back through our doors once again.
Here are some ideas of ways you can continue to support The Watermill:
online or call the box office 01635 46044 during opening hours
We can’t wait to welcome audiences back into our auditorium to enjoy the magic of live theatre once more.
With very best wishes,
The Watermill Team