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Arlington Arts

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S upporting the community

Throughout the year we are fortunate enough to welcome performers from local community groups based throughout West Berkshire and North Hampshire. Attracted by our flexibility, competitive rates and large back stage area, companies of up to 200 people can be accommodated. This summer Mixed Motion, Bryett School of Dance and Newbury Youth Rocks Choir have tickets available. While Stockcross, Welford and Wickham Primary, Read College, Read School, Breaking Barriers, Curridge Primary, Quantum Encompass and JLD all have events taking place. We welcome enquiries from all types of organisations throughout the year. Email Tony Trigwell-Jones (t.trigwell-jones@arlingtonarts. for details.

Beat Mountain’s Summer of Love

by Nasser Boudiza EXHIBITION


5 to 15 years All Abilities

Mixed Motion

Saturday 22 July | 3:30pm & 7:30pm Tickets £9, £6.50

DANCE Mixed Motion brings you another exciting combination of Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap and Street Dance. Their talented dancers and singers, perform an afternoon and evening of entertainment titled: 'Light it Up'. LIVE LAUNCH EVENT Friday 1 September 8pm



The Bryett School of Dance Sunday 23 July | 2:30 pm & 5:30pm Tickets £10, £8

DANCE Showcasing talented dancers from Hampshire in a traditional classical ballet followed by a mix of modern, contemporary, jazz and tap dance. Performers of all ages come together to share the joy of dance with friends and family.

Newbury Youth Rocks Choir

Monday 24 July | 7:30pm For tickets please contact

CHOIR Newbury Rocks Youth Choir provides a choral singing experience for the young people of Newbury and Thatcham using contemporary songs. Launched in September 2016, the students rehearse monthly at St George’s Church in Wash Common; singing in harmony, building confidence, and making new friends.

Monday 28 August - Saturday 23 September

Based at Beat Mountain recording studios, multi-instrumentalist Nasser Bouzida is perhaps best known as the creative force and front man of The Bongolian and Big Boss Man. Both acts are heavily inspired by Sixties psychedelic funk and soul music, which is also at the heart of Bouzida’s first exhibition of visual artworks. The collection of paintings draw their influences from American artists Bonnie MacLean and Wes Wilson who created posters for the legendary Fillmore Auditorium in the late Sixties; plus British graphic designer/musicians Michael English and Nigel Waymouth whose Hapshash and the Coloured Coat made original posters for the UFO Club, Pink Floyd, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and many others. Taking many of the trademark stylistic themes of distorted text, glamour, nudes and borrowing much from the Pop Art of Warhol and Lichtenstein, Bouzida reimagines the Summer of Love against the backdrop of 21st century Britain.



Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Thursday 24 August | 8pm Tickets £16

BLUES Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band are back for a record fourth show, bringing with them their trademark blend of rootsy, gutsy, country blues. Through their extensive touring, high energy showmanship and tireless pursuit of musical authenticity, the trio insist on connecting with their fans on the road, making them firm favourites wherever they perform.

With the vocals and incredible finger picking guitar style of “Reverend” Josh Peyton, his wife Breezy Peyton on washboard and vocals and Max Senteney on drums, the Big Damn Band now boast ten albums and hundreds of live shows to their name. From the feel-good energy of “Pot Roast and Kisses” to the darker themes of “Devils Look Like Angels”, the band brings passion and energy to the fore throughout every performance. This energy tends to transform those new to them, into Big Damn devotees within an instant - we were hooked on Mamma’s Fried Potatoes, confirmed by Clap Your Hands and are now prepared to Raise A Little Hell for our favourite country/blues/rock’n’roll party band of all time. Opening proceedings will be Oxford-based one-man band sensation Hipbone Slim. “The latest from Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band…. is, in short, a revelation. An amazingly well crafted, controlled explosion of talent, the range and depth of the music performed by the trio is remarkable.” American Blues Scene


Martin & Eliza Carthy FOLK

Saturday 2 September | 8pm Tickets £16

The good Doctor Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza Carthy, joined forces in 2014 to perform songs from their first duo album, The Elephant. Martin is a legendary ballad singer and guitarist who has influenced generations of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. For more than 40 years he has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. Eliza is also a multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio Two Folk awards and with over 20 years in the business, has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including, Paul Weller, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Patrick Wolf and Bob Neuwirth.

Not the Rolling Stones

Saturday 9 September | 8pm Tickets £16 ROCK

Top international tribute Not The Rolling Stones will be coming back to Arlington Arts this September. Featuring the world's leading Mick Jagger impersonator, (once asked by Sir Mick to be in a video for him) and a line up of superb musicians, they capture the essence of the originals like no others. Come and join them for an energetic and authentic romp through the biggest hits of the greatest rock and roll band ever. You won't believe it’s not Jagger!





Friday 15 September | 8pm Tickets £12.50

We are excited to welcome British Blues Award winners Catfish, who are carving out a reputation as one of the rising stars of the British Blues scene. They are led by the phenomenal 22 year old Matt Long who plays with raw and genuine passion. They received two nominations in the British Blues Awards 2015, taking third in Emerging Artist, and followed this with three in 2016, taking first in keyboards and third in Young Artist. The band crashed onto the blues scene in January 2015, with their debut album ‘So Many Roads’ going straight in at no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts. Their EP, a tribute to BB King called ‘When BB Sings the Blues’, charted at no 5 in February 2016.

Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash ROCK

Saturday 16 September | 8pm Tickets £16

Wishbone Ash remains one of the most enduring and best loved British rock acts with its name synonymous with high quality guitar-driven melodic rock music, as featured on classic album releases such as Argus and Live Dates. Founding lead vocalist and key creative force Martin Turner returns to Arlington Arts to perform the band’s best loved works with his current band. Martin Turner’s The Beauty of Chaos tour will feature classic album tracks and stage favourites, plus new music that remains true to the original Wishbone Ash blueprint. The show will also feature a full performance of Wishbone Ash’s seminal 1972 Argus album. Argus achieved a #2 UK album chart position and won UK music press “Album of The Year” awards. It remains one of the most enduring works of the classic rock era. 5| Box Office: 01635 244246 or


Stevie Nimmo

Wednesday 20 September | 8pm Tickets £12.50 BLUES ROCK He first performed here in a double headline show with Ben Poole last year, so we had no reservations bringing back Stevie Nimmo for another compelling night of blues rock! Glasgow duo The Nimmo Brothers were already destined for greatness back in 2007/08. When Stevie became ill and lost his voice in 2009, his brother Alan went on the road with his new band King King (going on to define twenty first century British Blues). A fully recuperated Stevie has subsequently forged his own way, releasing two hit albums and touring across the UK, Europe and America. His latest album, Sky Won’t Fall was named Album of the Year at the British Blues Awards 2016, at which he was also nominated Best Male Vocalist, Best Guitarist and Best Songwriter.

The Rails

Thursday 21 September | 8pm Tickets £12 FOLK Critically acclaimed country/folk duo The Rails, Kami Thompson and husband James Walbourne, return with a stunning new album ‘Other People’ which will be released on September 1st. James is one of the country’s finest guitarists and full time member of the Pretenders. Kami is folk rock royalty, daughter of Richard and Linda Thomson, sister to Teddy. The couple began working together in 2011 and married the following year. Their 2014 debut album ‘Fair Warning’, had critics gushing. It was chosen as Mojo’s best folk album that year and the band were presented the Horizon Award for Best New Act at Radio Two’s prestigious Folk Awards in 2015. The new album lives up to expectations as The Rails adopt a slightly harder edged sound that incorporates elements of folk, 60’s pop, psychedelia and soul with a distinctive British flavour. @ArlingtonArts


Thursday 28 September | 8pm Tickets £12

Little Unsaid


Recent winners of the Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award for boundary-pushing new music, The Little Unsaid (a band we have championed for a number of years) have travelled far and wide, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with a live show that’s been described as ‘a thumping depth of passion, recalling the intensity and melancholic overtones of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.’ This year the band released their critically-acclaimed album Imagined Hymns & Chaingang Mantras, recorded with Radiohead engineer and film score producer Graeme Stewart. With a genre-spanning approach to songwriting that embraces elements of electronica, folk, jazz and alt-rock, the band continue their album launch tour this autumn after sell-out shows in the summer and packed-out performances at Glastonbury Festival.

Mandolinquents & Friends

with special guest Jamie Duffield Friday 29 September | 8pm Tickets £14 CLASSICAL FOLK Another riotous season of magical music and humour with our favourite folk foursome begins with special guest Jamie Duffield. If you’ve seen them here before or heard them on BBC’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ or ‘In Tune’ you’ll know just what a treat is in store. Fantastic fun with a mix of classical showstoppers, beautiful folk ballads,1930s hot swing fiddle, tangos, and bluegrass banjo stompers – not to mention sparkling Mayor mandolin originals...and Hilary’s mandobass: A great evening is guaranteed. An exciting young performer with a repertoire of incredibly catchy, original songs, a lovely tenor voice and sparky accordian accompaniments, as well as a couple of solos Jamie will be sitting in with the Mandolinquents on a number of tunes. 7| Box Office: 01635 244246 or

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Big Boy Bloater & The Limits

Saturday 30 September | 8pm BLUES Tickets £14 Big Boy Bloater finally comes our way with his critically acclaimed band ‘The Limits’. When Jools Holland says you’re ‘one of the great Blues men of our time’; Imelda May personally invites you on tour; and Sir Paul McCartney asks you to record with him at Abbey Road you must be doing something right! The mainstream are starting to cotton on to what the BBB faithful have known for a while: that his brand of contemporary R&B is unique and exciting. As well as continually touring, Bloater was recently invited back to the prestigious BluesFest at the Royal Albert Hall. As if he wasn’t busy enough, he also hosts Blues Magazine’s national radio show. With upbeat tempos, dark lyrics and virtuoso musicianship, his live shows are energetic, impressive and will leave you wanting more!

David Gibb Sunday 1 October | 3pm Tickets £6.50 FAMILY

David Gibb is on a one-man mission to make brilliant, engaging and high quality music for families and children. Join David on a musical journey through his hilarious and often surreal imagination, where bears live in the cupboard under the stairs, wolves are roaming the corridors at school, and trips to the moon are a regular occurrence. David’s songwriting draws from a range of influences, deftly blending folk, jazz, reggae and rock and roll, always with an emphasis on quality and musicianship reminiscent of the classics. Guaranteed to have both parents and children singing along in no time, this is music that the whole family can enjoy together.

“Prepare to be carried away with the music...packed full of catchy, toe tapping numbers.” The Guardian @ArlingtonArts


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Elles Bailey BLUES


Friday 6 October | 8pm Tickets £11

Bristol based Elles Bailey weaves rootsy blues, country and soulful rock with a contemporary edge, her trademark ‘smoky vocals’ taking the lead. Her husky toned, lived-in voice sounds like she has a 60-a-day habit, but was caused by a serious illness when she was three. Elles is starting to make a name for herself with Country Music Magazine saying she’s “One to Watch for 2017”. Broadcasting legend Whispering Bob Harris recently hosted Elles for an “Under the Apple Tree” session. Elles’ new album ‘Wildfire’ out 1st September, was recorded in Nashville’s Blackbird studios and features Grammy Award winner and a two-time winner of the CMA ‘Musician of the Year’ Brent Mason on guitar, pianist Bobby Wood ‘Musician Hall Of Famer’.

Electric Strawbs FOLK

Saturday 14 October | 8pm Tickets £18

Following their superb acoustic inauguration in Britain’s fertile 1960s world of traditional folk, the innovative music of the Strawbs, is exemplified by the band’s resourceful and inventive leader and writer Dave Cousins. By expanding their soundscape with the addition of such luminaries as keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman, their catalogue took on a new grandeur, resulting in sales of over three million for albums such as Hero and Heroine, Grave New World and Bursting at the Seams. With their deep roots and immense creativity, the electric Strawbs offer a show that is just too good to miss. @ArlingtonArts


Zervas & Pepper

Thursday 19 October | 8pm Tickets £12 ROCK Zervas and Pepper are 6 piece band centred around songwriters Paul Zervas & Kathryn Pepper. Hailed as “Exquisitely harmonised, blissed out folk rock” (MOJO), the band has been back in the studio creating their follow up to critically acclaimed albums Lifebringer (2013) and Abstract Heart (2015). Zervas & Pepper wrote most their new album Wilderland holed up in a cabin in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Surrounded by the wilderness, a return to nature seeps into the songs. The sanctuary of the cabin only disturbed by thoughts of the outside world and the unfolding events that would find their way into the fabric of the music. “I love listening to Zervas and Pepper” David Crosby

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Martin Simpson

Friday 20 October | 8pm Tickets £14 FOLK The remarkable, intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength, making every gig a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing. 40 years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, in 1976, Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world. Martin has been nominated for an astounding twenty seven BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (more than any other performer) with nine consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. Saturday 21 October | 8pm Tickets £16

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Maneli Jamal & Jon Hart

Wednesday 25 October | 8pm Tickets £13 BLUES Award winning guitarist Maneli Jamal has wowed audiences internationally with his visual style of playing. Incorporating musical textures while keeping rhythm with both hands, you’ll swear he has a trio with him. Little wonder he has attracted over 5 million views and 90,000+ followers on social media. Jon Hart is a UK fingerstyle singer-songwriter, blending percussive playing with vocal harmony. His debut album ‘Reborn’ and three EPs ‘Defuse’, ‘Sticks & Stones’ and ‘Momento’ have all received critical acclaim on the acoustic guitar scene. He has appeared at the London Acoustic Guitar Show and Isle of Wight & Ullapool Guitar Festivals, where he co-headlined with the legendary Preston Reed.

The Wild Beast Project 2

Monday 23 October - Sunday 17 December EXHIBITION

Photographer Michael Cook has created The Wild Beast Project to focus the sights on the spirit of wild animals. The intention is to create an intimacy with such beasts that few encounter in the wild and many may witness in captivity. The hope is that the experience will highlight the kinship that we share with these beasts; how our needs and desires are similar; and the way in which the human animal’s proliferation has transformed the lives of almost all other species. This is the first exhibition of The Wild Beast Project 2, at Arlington Arts for an exclusive* showing with the framed prints for sale. *This project will not be shown in any other gallery and will not be released online until 2018. 13 Box Office: 01635 244246 or


Hugh Cornwell Thursday 26 October | 8pm Tickets £20 ROCK




Hugh Cornwell is one of the UK’s finest songwriting talents and accomplished live performers. This acoustic performance will feature songs spanning his entire career from early Stranglers to the current day, including new and never before performed songs from the next studio album ‘Villains’. As the original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in the British rock band The Stranglers, he’s enjoyed massive success with 10 hit albums and 21 Top Forty singles, etching himself into Europe and the USA’s musical psyche with classic songs, including Peaches, No More Heroes, Golden Brown, Nice N’ Sleazy, Always the Sun and Duchess. “UK Punk’s Dark Lord” Rolling Stone Magazine @ArlingtonArts


Kennet Opera

Thur & Fri 2-3 November | 7:30pm & Saturday 4 November | 2pm Tickets £15 (concessions £13 on Sat matinee) THEATRE Award-winning local company Kennet Opera return to the Arlington stage in another wonderful comedy, following last year’s hilarious ‘Cinderella’. In this production of Mozart’s upstairs/downstairs classic, Downton Abbey meets Aldwych farce, as Figaro, the butler, attempts to get married to his sweetheart Suzanna before the count can get his lascivious hands on her. His increasingly desperate stratagems to preserve his fiancée’s honour lead to multiple mistaken identities, cross-dressing, long-lost parents, secret assignations, locked doors, and much hiding in cupboards and jumping out of windows, before the situation is, of course, resolved to the satisfaction of all parties. And all sung (in English), with the Kennet Opera orchestra, to Mozart’s scintillating score.

Lyngo Theatre: Pinocchio

Sunday 5 November | 3pm Tickets £8, £27 THEATRE One of the best loved classics for children comes to life, literally. Crickets, cats, foxes and, of course, the world-famous puppet, will spring out of our collection of dusty, old, magic books while Patrick Lynch from CBeebies pulls all the strings and turns all the pages to bring you the true story of Pinocchio, no lie. Who nose? He might even find his father and become a real boy. Come and join him on his incredible journey, you'll have a whale of a time! 15| Box Office: 01635 244246 or

Rum In the Gravy John Boat Otway Tuesday 7 November | 8pm Tickets £10, £8 THEATRE

“Raise a Glass. Raise a Family. Raise a Child.” Fluid Motion Theatre Company presents Rum in the Gravy Boat a play that seeks to highlight a world in which an estimated 700,000 children under 16 in the UK live with a parent who is dependent on alcohol. Developed through autobiographical storytelling, physical theatre and humour, Rum in the Gravy Boat is a playful exploration into how theatre can be used to make sense of the past. Set in a series of childhood bedrooms based on the actor’s own life, Rum in the Gravy Boat delves into the dressing up box and takes us on a journey of missed performances, first dates and boiling kettles.

Bernie Marsden

Friday 10 November | 8pm Tickets £22 ROCK BLUES Bernie Marsden is an English rock and blues icon. He is primarily known for his work with Whitesnake having written or co-written with David Coverdale many of the group’s hit songs. In more recent years, Marsden has toured with his band Company of Snakes and performed with Elkie Brooks, Joe Bonamassa, Ringo Starr and The Allman Brothers. Bernie’s 2017 autobiography, Where’s My Guitar – on the Tour Bus with the Snakeman, was released to great acclaim from fans. Bernie returns to Arlington Arts, having first played here shortly after we opened in 2006. @ArlingtonArts


Newbury Floral Society

Festive Delights – A floral demonstration

Tuesday 14 November | 2pm For tickets please call 01635 200843 LECTURE Tony Brown is an accomplished national demonstrator for the National Association of Flower Arrangement Society with thirty years experience behind him. His work takes him to all parts of the country and he is recognised for his flamboyant flower arranging designs. He has been privileged in demonstrating his skills at national events held in Edinburgh, Isle of Wight and the University of Nottingham. At an event held in Telford, Shropshire Tony was awarded first prize ‘silver spoon’ for his pedestal design. This event will be colourful, informative and entertaining.

Case Hardin

Friday 17 November | 8pm Tickets £12.50 ROCK UK Americana favourites, Case Hardin are Clubhouse Records recording artists making a long overdue return to Arlington Arts. Their latest album - 'Colours Simple' has been described as a 'rock masterclass' and was awarded 4/5 stars by Q magazine. Its predecessor - 2011's 'PM' was the same publication's roots Album of the Month. Case Hardin recorded a session for Bob Harris’s 'Under The Apple Tree' series and Harris has also played their material on his BBC Radio 2 show. Case Hardin are a powerfully engaging live act and have toured extensively throughout 2016/17 promoting 'Colours Simple'. They have performed at the world-famous London Palladium and the O2 Arena as part of the C2C Country 2 Country festival, where the band have appeared in three consecutive years (2015, 2016 and 2017). 17 Box Office: 01635 244246 or

The Thinking Drinkers: History of Alcohol

Saturday 18 November | 8pm Tickets £14 COMEDY

Age guide 18+ Enjoy five free drinks as these award-winning professional drink experts definitively prove that alcohol has influenced everything that has ever happened ever. Their brand new show is an intoxicating, hilarious time-travelling journey through our drink-drenched past, pouring the entire history of human civilisation into a shot glass. You’ll laugh a lot, you’ll learn a lot and, if that’s not enough, you get five free drinks. The perfect aperitif to any evening. As seen on Channel 4 Sunday Brunch, Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube and in regular columns in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Metro, The Spectator and… er… Off Licence News. Did we mention the FREE DRINKS? “Pioneers of alcohol based comedy” Sunday Times “There’s no more discerning way to fall off the wagon” TIME OUT

Simon Yates: My Mountain Life Friday 24 November | 8pm Tickets £9 LECTURE

One of the most accomplished exploratory mountaineers of all time, Simon Yates is best known for his role in the harrowing expedition to the Andes documented in Joe Simpson’s Touching The Void. Following that experience, Simon Yates has been increasingly drawn to places where few others have trod and this illustrated lecture features spectacular images of the most remote and rarely explored mountain ranges of the world. @ArlingtonArts


Soirée: An Evening of Chanson Saturday 25 November | 8pm Tickets £14 JAZZ

The wheels of the universe sometimes just come together to create something extraordinary! Devotees of chanson and all lovers of sophisticated music will find much to enjoy in this special evening’s entertainment. Long before her impact on a wider world, Gail Hendrickx was a television and radio star in her native Wales via talents on a par with those of Maddy Prior, Mari Wilson, Ute Lemper and diverse other singers who are likewise unclassifiable. While equally at ease in folk clubs, Gail has undertaken tours across Europe, fronting The Prague Jazz Collective. Alan Clayson leader of the legendary Clayson and the Argonauts, has been presenting chanson since 2011in the wake of La Vie Bohème, his acclaimed biography of Jacques Brel. Recent media coverage has been included phrases like ‘mesmerising’, ‘a man possessed’, ‘a master raconteur at the top of his game’ and ‘definitely more an experience than a performance!’.


Friday 1 December | 8pm Tickets £14

ALTERNATIVE Since their formation in 2002 Moulettes have grown and developed into a band consisting of multi-instrumentalists Hannah Miller, Ollie Austin, Jim Mortimore and Raevennan Husbandes, who together, experiment with electric and acoustic instruments. The resulting eclectic sound draws on Rock, Prog, Folk and Pop featuring distortion, orchestral and progressive elements, as well as that drawn from chamber orchestras and ensembles. Their latest album Preternatural (2016) deals with strange creatures and the natural world. “Swirling songs and cheerful folk fusion.” The Guardian “Unique. Delicious music” MOJO 19

ACE Dance Studios invites...

Wednesday 13 December | 8pm Tickets ÂŁ10 DANCE

This new evening of dance, hosted by ACE Dance Studios, is a celebration of the diversity and skill that is abundant across Berkshire. Here, the Newbury-based ACE invites the best young performers to present their latest and finest repertoire.

Mandolinquents Christmas Special

Thursday 14 December | 8pm Tickets ÂŁ14 FOLK Our favourite fine purveyors of Mandolin magic and merriment return for their annual festive feast! The Mandolinquents seasonal extravaganza has become a highlight of the Yuletide calendar. Join our virtuosic foursome for a perfectly pitched pre-Christmas mix of classics, carols and comedy. Mandolins, guitars, banjo, fiddle, voices (theirs and yours) as well as.... surprising surprises!

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Ballet Theatre UK: The Nutcracker Fri 15th December 2017 at 7.30pm Sat 16th December 2017 at 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sun 17th December 2017 at 2.30pm Tickets £18, £16, £60 family DANCE One of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions and a popular Christmas ballet presentation, The Nutcracker, will be brought to life by Ballet Theatre UK, Christmas 2017.

The Nutcracker ballet recounts the adventures of young Clara the night before Christmas. When Clara falls asleep with her Nutcracker, an army of mice attack her toys and the Nutcracker. On her journey she sees magical Snowflakes, dancing dolls and a Christmas tree that reaches the sky. Tchaikovsky’s most loved and unforgettable musical score combines with magical choreography, exquisite costumes and breathtaking scenery that together create an atmosphere of fantasy and illusion. In this traditional tale, Clara and The Nutcracker travel together to the Land of the Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy is reunited with her prince and where the magic of Christmas is born. Ballet Theatre UK’s Nutcracker, promises to be a highlight on the Christmas calendar for the whole family that is sure to leave you with a sense of warmth and treasured memories that will last a lifetime. 21

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Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory

Thursday 25 January | 8pm Tickets £16 BLUES

“One of the most original and exciting artists of this generation.” RETRO “Impressive isn’t the word... his eclecticism puts him in a class of his own” INDEPENDENT “Hart is something else. Dizzyingly versatile.” MOJO The cosmic love child of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray! Known as a “musician’s musician,” Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to Eric Clapton and Mick Taylor. Since the release of his 1996 debut recording, the all-acoustic BIG MAMA’S DOOR, Hart has relayed his eclectic musical message around the world. 2004 saw his first GRAMMY nomination and 2005 his first win. An evening with his all-electric Muscle Theory is exactly as it sounds: powerful, visceral, intelligent and audacious.

Kast Off Kinks ROCK

Friday 26 January | 8pm Tickets £20

ROCK The Kast off Kinks are actual former members of the legendary band ‘The Kinks’, back together playing great music and re-living the good times whilst keeping the songs alive that made The Kinks a household name. This great line-up features the original drummer Mick Avory, John Dalton Kinks 60’s and 70’s, Ian Gibbons Kinks 80’s and 90’s and with Dave Clarke, formerly of the Beach Boys. Expect all the hits, ‘Lola’, ‘Sunny Afternoon’, ‘Days’ plus more. A great night out, not to be missed! “A full house, & a standing ovation... anyone wondering about going, do not hesitate” The Stables, Milton Keynes @ArlingtonArts


Paul Jones & Dave Kelly BLUES

Saturday 27 January | 8pm Tickets £21

Ruggedly durable and timeless, the Blues is perhaps more popular today than it has ever been. Young musicians still cut their teeth on its enticing, 12-bar appeal, but its real rewards, true virtuosity, poise and knowledge, only come with age. Founder members of The Blues Band, Paul Jones and Dave Kelly’s tangled and colourful roots go way back into the true undergrowth of the tradition. As well as their own original material, they not only know and perform the work of the greats, ranging from Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker through to Sonny Boy Williamson - they actually played alongside them, and enjoyed their friendship. A live acoustic set by this dynamic duo is an occasion you’ll remember. If you’re a true Blues fan, everything you need is here.

Livewire: The AC/DC Show ROCK

The unique six man tribute to rock music's greatest band AC/DC, complete with cannons, a wall of Marshalls and over two hours of High Voltage Rock 'n' Roll. And in this, AC/DC’s fortieth year, the band cover both eras as always with both Bon Scott and 'Pete' Brian Johnson present to take you on the Rock and Roll train for a night to remember. Those who have seen the show on the ‘For Those About To Rock’ and ‘Ready to Bite’ tours are already witness to the talent and dedication Ash gives on stage with his portrayal of the livewire Angus Young delivering a truly amazing two hours of duck-walking, bedevilled Rock and Roll. 23

Saturday 3 February | 8pm Tickets £16

Conference & Meeting Room hire meetings | conferences | training

Set within the beautiful Snelsmore Common area of Newbury, Arlington Arts is well recognised for providing a first rate service for a diversity of corporate and live entertainment events. With a fully equipped 250 seat auditorium and three smaller seminar rooms, the venue is perfect for all sorts of meetings, training, launches and celebration events. But what really sets us apart is the fact that all the profits go directly to Mary Hare, the national charity for deaf children and young people.

Visit us By Car

Arlington Arts Centre Snelsmore Common Newbury Berkshire RG14 3BQ

From Newbury Take the Hungerford A4 exit at the Robin Hood roundabout. At next roundabout, turn right, signed Wantage B4494. Go straight over the next mini roundabout. At next mini roundabout take left fork, signed Wantage B4494. Continue for approx. 2 miles, turning right into the School campus which is immediately opposite entrance to Snelsmore Common Country Park. Arlington Arts Centre is within the grounds of Mary Hare School. From the M4 Exit at Junction 13, signed Newbury/A34(S). As you leave the roundabout take the slip-road signed Services/Donnington/ Hotels. At the 3rd roundabout turn left, signed Donnington.

By Train

Nearest train station: Newbury Regular train services running to/from Reading, Bedwyn/West Country and London Paddington. We advise visitors to take a taxi from the taxi rank outside the station as we are not easily reached on foot or bus due to the nature of our location. We are 3 miles from Newbury town centre.

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• On performance days the Box Office will stay open after the stated close time. • The box office is available on weekends when we have a performance, opening 2 hours before the show starts. • If the Box Office phoneline is busy or you are calling out of hours, please leave us a message with your name, contact number, tickets you require and one of the team will contact you when we are open.

Tickets • All tickets are non-refundable. • Discounted tickets, where available, can be purchased for children 16 and under, students in full time education, senior citizens (60 and above), people who are registered disabled and those receiving benefits. • Booking fees are applied to tickets for all card payments charged at 75p per ticket (capped at £6 in any single transaction). Cash payments made at the time of booking do not incur a fee.

Data Protection Mary Hare and its subsidiary services (including Arlington Arts Centre) strive to maintain best practice in the handling of personal and professional information, as outlined in the Data Protection Act 1998.

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Arlington Arts Seating Plan


• Visit for full access information. • Please tell us when booking if you require an induction loop or if you are a wheelchair user/carer • Arlington Arts Centre is on the campus of Mary Hare School for the Deaf. Mary Hare is dedicated to maintaining the highest possible standards of safeguarding and, as such, we do request that all visitors to the centre remain within public areas of the site.


The venue would not survive without the team of dedicated volunteers we have. If you are interested in joining us, please get in touch.

Work for Us

Casual workers needed for evening and weekend shifts. If you are aged 18+ and looking for Bar work, we are seeking reliable, flexible, fun individuals to join our team. We are offering competitive rates of pay and a lively atmosphere.

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Arlington Arts Centre

Mary Hare, Snelsmore Common, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 3BQ Box Office: 01635 244246

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