The cast are in rehearsals for the next production in our 50th anniversary year, a thrilling new adaptation, Faust x2 by award-winning Star Wars actor Ian McDiarmid. Inspired by Philip Wayne’s translation of Goethe’s dramatic poem, this fast-moving version of the famous legend is told with humour and a sense of danger.
In The Watermill’s intimate space, dramatic projection and video design by Zsolt Balogh will bring to life the powerful story of a brilliant but frustrated academic who sells his soul for the chance to lead a different life. Zsolt’s work has been seen on projects including the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Hull’s UK City of Culture Opening Ceremony and the David Bowie is exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, as well as productions for the National Theatre, English National Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Royal Court.
Watch an interview with IanMcDiarmid
Thursday 2 March Saturday 25 March
Tickets £26.50 to £15
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‘Frenetic and hilarious’ The Stage
Don’t miss the British premiere of this hilarious, musical whodunit before it transfers to The Other Palace, London from Thursday 2 March.
Runs at The Watermill until Saturday 25 February
Tickets £26.50 to £15
Thu 6 April to Sat 6 May
and in repertoire Tue 18 to Sat 22 July
By William Shakespeare
Fuelled by a scintillating selection of energetic jazz music, the creative team who brought last year’s epic Romeo + Juliet to life return to create a dizzying and beautiful version of Shakespeare’s perfect play. The radical spirit of Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt and Ella Fitzgerald is fused with an innovative approach to staging and actor-musicianship to tell this timeless story.
Tickets £26.50 to £15
£10 tickets for 16 to 25s on Tue to Fri eves
Sunday 19 February at 3pm
Smitty’s Big Four
Kansas Smitty’s has become a name synonymous with good music and real people. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of jazz from around the world with the sounds of New York, New Orleans, Paris, and Havana in their sour mash of jazz genres.
Tickets £16 and £15.50
The restaurant will be open for lunch from 1pm. Please make your reservation when booking your tickets.
Following a busy refurbishment period, we've recently unveiled a new look bar for our 50th anniversary year!
Our restaurant is open for pre-show dinner before all evening performances Monday to Saturday. Dine after the show on Friday and Saturday evenings and at lunchtime before matinée performances on Thursday and Saturday.
Now booking: A Dragon’s Tale
Saturday 1 April at 11am
A magical, storytelling show featuring puppets, live music and a
post-show craft workshop. Suitable for families and children aged 4+
Price: £6 (please bring an extra £1 if you would like to take part in the
Support us in Waitrose Newbury
We’ve been selected as one of three local charities for the Waitrose Community Matters scheme at the Newbury store. The more green tokens we get as a chosen charity, the more donations we receive. Please put your token into one of the boxes by the entrance/exit of Waitrose in Newbury. Thank you for supporting us. To find out more about our fundraising in the community click here.
Name A Seat
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, over 100 seats have already been named. To name your seat in The Watermill auditorium click here.
‘A stunning performance, both sensitive and powerful’ Newbury Weekly News
Following its success last year at The Watermill Theatre, Frankenstein will transfer to the historic Wilton’s Music Hall in London. An electrifying production, Tristan Bernays’ reimagining of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece explores the timeless relationship between parent and child.
Tuesday 7 March to Saturday 18 March
Babe the Sheep Pig at The Corn Exchange
Meet the lovable Babe in a heart-warming tale of friendship, adventure and bravery.
Join us for an enchanting family favourite, as the classic novel which inspired the Oscar-winning film, is brought to life by a cast of West End actor-musicians in a show brimming with laughter, thrills, stunning puppetry and original live music.
‘An endearing story that pulls on your heartstrings, while entertaining all the family’
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