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‘Musical masterpiece revived with intoxicating
stylishness’ The Stage
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‘Immaculate… An absolute treat’ Musical Theatre Review
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‘Truly unmissable musical theatre…’ Jonathan Baz
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‘A wonderful musical and visual feast’ Pocket Size Theatre
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New York Times
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick | Suggested by a Film by Ingmar Bergman | Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold Prince
Performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited
into the haze of a Scandinavian summer night with our sumptuous musical A Little Night Music. A passionate story of intertwined
love affairs, desire and longing, a cast of thirteen actor-musicians bring
to life Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s musical masterpiece centred on
elegant actress Desirée Armfeldt, her family and flirtations.
Following the outstanding success of past productions,
including the Tony award-winning Sweeney Todd which transferred to
the West End and Broadway, The Watermill returns to Sondheim with director Paul
Foster (Tell Me On A Sunday and Laurel
and Hardy) and award-winning musical supervisor Sarah Travis (Sweeney
Todd, Mack and Mabel and Pinafore
NOW until Saturday 16 September
Tickets £31 to £18
An audio described performance of A Little Night Music will take place on Saturday 9 September at 2.30pm. Audio description paints a picture of what is happening on stage for audience members who are blind or partially sighted. There will be a touch tour of selected costumes and props before the show at 1pm. Please call the box office on 01635 46044 to book tickets and guarantee a headset.
Sounds of Sondheim Crescendo Choir
Did you fall in love with
the songs in A Little Night Music? Join us for our Sounds of Sondheim Crescendo
Choir on Sunday 24 September. Spend the day learning Sondheim classics before performing them in the evening in
our beautiful tithe barn. Price £30. To book, please contact Emma on 01635 570934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thu 28 Sep to
Sat 21 Oct
As featured in The Guardian and The Sunday Times
morals and raucous humour collide in Joe Orton’s scandalous black comedy Loot. Following a run at London's Park Theatre, Orton’s farcical original text will be performed at The
Watermill, five decades after the play shocked and delighted
audiences on its premiere.
Loot tells the outrageous story of two friends who stash the proceeds of a bank robbery in an occupied coffin, attempting to hide their spoils from the attentions of a psychopathic policeman, a gold-digging nurse and a grieving widower. Meet the full cast and
watch a behind the scenes trailer.
This production contains some female nudity. Parental discretion advised.
Tickets £26.50 to £15
Wed 25 October to Sat 4 Nov
The first professional theatre season at The Watermill opened in 1967 with Dylan
Thomas’ Under Milk Wood. The production featured David Jason performing at the start of his career. In our 50th anniversary year, we return to Under Milk Wood and its enchanting world of colourful, comedy characters in a bawdy vignette of small-town life.
Tickets £26.50 to £15.
Did you see the first production of Under Milk Wood at The Watermill? We would
love to hear the memories of those who were in the audience in 1967. If you or
someone you know would like to share a memory with us then please click here to
get in touch with us or call 01635 45834.
Theatre is a wonderful way to build confidence and create long-lasting friendships. We want everybody to have the opportunity to take part in activities at The Watermill and with the new term approaching, we have a host of exciting youth theatre opportunities available!
meets on Mondays at The Watermill Theatre. Each 10 week term focuses
on skills and acting techniques. For information on times, please click here. Price
£48 per term.
Associate Youth Theatre
A year-long opportunity that focuses on developing
skills and working towards a promenade performance in The Watermill gardens.
Junior group meet on Saturdays and Senior group meet on Tuesdays. For
information on times please click here. Due to limited space at The Watermill, the
Associate Youth Theatre takes place at the North Thatcham children’s centre. Price £58
Activities for adults
Did you know we offer a variety
of opportunities for adults?
Our regular, weekly groups Upstage (for adults on a Monday night) and Encore!
(for retired adults) work with professional theatre makers to learn new
techniques, polish acting skills, and explore performance in depth. For adults
needing a monthly break from it all, Scene Change is a relaxed session using
drama games to stretch imaginations and play. Duologue is our weekly
group mixing young people and adults, who are hearing or
Deaf. Adults with a learning
disability are warmly invited to join Fourth Wall, our programme that ‘breaks
the fourth wall’ by unpacking a production in more depth alongside watching a
And look out for our ad hoc events, including ‘The World Of…’ days, which
reveal the secrets behind a production, and Scratch Choir days. Click here to
find out more.
Play in a Week
Monday 21 August to Thursday 24 August, 1pm to 4pm
Have you thought about coming to our autism friendly Play in a Week? Every day, we’ll be creating a play together. As well as letting our imaginations run wild, this is a chance to practice performing whatever your experience or confidence, and make new friends.
To book please contact Emma on 01635 570934 or email@example.com
the success of Twelfth Night and Romeo + Juliet, we are delighted to
announce the creation of The Watermill Ensemble, a resident Shakespeare company
at The Watermill Theatre. Paul
Hart said: 'I've loved making work with the
casts of Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night
and we can't wait to get back into rehearsals to try something new. I think a
good ensemble forces everyone in the room to up their game and be
Read The Stage article announcing the new ensemble.
After a recent UK and international tour, one audience member in Neuss, Germany decided to show their support by naming a seat in the Watermill auditorium from 700 miles away! Thanks to the incredible generosity of our supporters, over 130 seats have been named in The Watermill auditorium. Choose your seat online or for more information click here.
Saturday 19 August
On Saturday 19 August we are bringing drama, music
and storytelling to the town centre with Newbury Yarns, a FREE promenade theatre event suitable for
families. Beginning at the Clock Tower and moving through the town to finish at
the Marketplace, the performance will blend drama, comedy, storytelling,
traditional folk music and brand-new songs, to bring local history vividly to
Performances are at 11.30am and 3pm beginning at the Clock Tower in Newbury town centre.
Work at The Watermill
currently recruiting for the following positions: Car Parking Assistants, Assistant Catering Manager and Kitchen
Porter. If you would be interested in joining our team then click here for more
Du pre sponsor Horizons work experience project
We are pleased that the IT Support company du Pré is renewing its commitment of the theatre’s Horizons Project for a further year. The programme gives young people considered to be ‘at risk’, the opportunity to gain valuable work experience at the theatre and explore a career in the arts. If you know someone who could benefit from this programme, please contact Lixi Chivas, firstname.lastname@example.org or 01635 570918.
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