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From Thursday 25 May to Saturday 1 July, Alan Ayckbourn’s pair of linked comedies will be performed simultaneously by the same cast between the theatre and covered seating in its beautiful gardens. 

House and Garden ’s storyline can be enjoyed through the eyes of different characters in either the theatre or the garden. Both are complete plays with an interval.


What time do the performances take place?

Evening performances begin at 7pm. Matinée performances on Thursdays and Saturdays begin at 2pm. Please note that on the final day (Saturday 1 July) performances will take place at 1pm and 6pm.

Please allow plenty of time to get to the theatre. House and Garden will be performed simultaneously between the theatre and garden space so timings are very important, therefore we regret that it may not be possible to admit latecomers.

Where can I park?

There will be car parking at the theatre and a park and ride service nearby at Newbury Christmas Tree Farm. Parking is free in both locations. There will be a regular shuttle bus service from the Christmas Tree Farm to the theatre before and after all performances. The Christmas Tree Farm gates will be locked 45 minutes after the end of the performance, so it is very important that you move your car to our main car park if you intend to stay for a meal or a drink after the show. To reduce the impact on the environment and traffic levels for our neighbours in the village, please consider car sharing wherever possible.

How long will the show be?

Each play is approximately 2 hours in length plus a 20 minute interval. House and Garden are both full length plays and can be watched in either order, so if you have not yet booked for both you may wish to return and watch the other play at a later date.

Where do I collect my tickets?

If you selected ‘care of box office’ when booking your tickets, you must collect them before the performance from the box office. Please check your tickets carefully for your seat number. Tickets marked House are valid for the theatre. Tickets marked Garden are valid for the outside seating.

Please Note: If you have one of the original tickets that says House and Garden on it, please report to the Box Office on arrival and they will issue you with your correct ticket/s for either House or Garden, as we will not be able to seat you without it.

What should I wear?

You are welcome to dress as casually or smart as you like to enjoy the show. The outdoor seating for Garden is covered but we advise that you come prepared for all types of weather, including sun cream, waterproofs and jumpers. We will be selling rain ponchos and blankets will be available to hire.

Will the performances go ahead in the event of bad weather?

Performances will not be cancelled on account of the weather unless it is unsafe to continue. While House takes place in the theatre, Garden will be performed outside. Seating is covered in the garden however, the performance area is uncovered. Therefore if the weather is particularly severe, we may have to stop and re-start the show. This will involve stopping House and Garden, as timing is crucial.

Will the restaurant be open?

The restaurant will be serving pre show meals from 5pm Monday to Saturday evenings and from 12noon on matinée days. On Friday and Saturday evenings, you can dine after the show in the restaurant. Cream teas are available after matinée performances on Thursday and Saturday.

For a lighter meal, sharing platters are available to enjoy before or after the show from Monday to Thursday.

The bar will also be open from 5pm for evening performances and from 12 noon for matinées and will serve drinks during the interval and after the shows.

Please make a reservation for all dining options in advance by calling the box office 01635 46044 or online at www.watermill.org.uk.

If you would like more information then feel free to call our box office on 01635 46044.

Enjoy the show!