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Nominations are now open for the 2018 Reading Cultural Awards. The Reading Cultural Awards celebrate the best of Reading’s arts, culture and heritage with members of the public and arts groups invited to nominate their favourite Reading arts events, venues, artists and organisations across 12 categories. The Awards were launched in February at the historic Olympia Ballroom, which will be the venue for the Reading Cultural Awards ceremony on Wednesday 27 June. /PNJOBUJPOTUISPVHIUIF"XBSETXFCTJUFBSFPQFOVOUJM"QSJM "OZPOFDBOOPNJOBUFBOBSUJTU PSHBOJTBUJPO BSUTWFOVFPSFWFOU "MMBDUJWJUZNVTUIBWFUBLFOQMBDFCFUXFFO"QSJMBOE.BSDI 8JOOFSTPGUIFJOBVHVSBM3FBEJOH$VMUVSBM"XBSETJOJODMVEFE4PVUI4USFFUT4*5&-*/&4UIFBUSFJO VOVTVBM4QBDFT 3FBEJOH#FUXFFO5IF-JOFTUIFBUSFDPNQBOZGPS)FOSZ* "SUBOHFMBU3FBEJOH1SJTPO  #FS[FSL1SPEVDUJPOT +FMMZ 3FBEJOH'SJOHF'FTUJWBM -JHIU6Q3FBEJOH )BTMBNT&TUBUF"HFOUT #VMNFSTIF &OTFNCMF )JEEFO"CCFZQSPKFDUBOE"MJDF,OJHIUPG"MEXPSUI1IJMIBSNPOJD0SDI Visit readingculturalawards.org for full details and to nominate. Sarah Hacker Lead Councillor for Reading Culture, Sport and Consumer Services

Classical

MUSIC ALIVE IN READING

2017|18

Still to come... European Union Chamber Orchestra The Kings Singers Brodsky Quartet Full Details at readingarts.com


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THE ICONIC AND MUCH LOVED ARTS CENTRE IS NOW FULLY OPEN AFTER AN EXTENSIVE REFURBISHMENT WITH FUNDING FROM THE ARTS COUNCIL AND RBC.

BECOME A MEMBER… and be a part of South Street’s exciting future by supporting the venue. Your support as a member will enable you to access benefits such as priority notification on shows and regular newsletters with the latest news from the venue.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE ON 0118 960 6060

Members will also be invited to our Season Launch events and other special events throughout the year, such as select rehearsals or read-throughs. You will also receive discounts and offers on shows. This support will ensure we are able to invest in the building in the future and continue to provide a programme that is diverse and unique in Reading.

MEMBER £30 PER ANNUM MEMBER PLUS ONE £50 PER ANNUM BUSINESS MEMBER Bespoke packages available – please enquire.

HIRE SOUTH STREET PARTIES, CORPORATE EVENTS, SMALL PERFORMANCES, WORKSHOPS, REHEARSALS AND STAFF TRAINING. South Street has two venues, our Main Theatre with fully raked seating, intelligent lighting and brand new sound equipment and 2 new dressing rooms & the MacDevitts Studio featuring a brand new bar.

To host your event at South Street contact 0118 937 3456


SOUTH STREET YOUTH THEATRE South Street Youth Theatre offers young people the opportunity to develop drama skills in a relaxed and fun environment. Led by experienced, professional tutors, the groups will work towards performances which are then staged at South Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s professionally run main theatre space. SATURDAY MORNINGS (during term time) -XQLRUV¢DP¨DP Years 1, 2 & 3 Â&#x2026;¢Â&#x2026;PHPEHUV¢SHUKDOI\HDU (Sept-Feb & Feb-July) -XQLRUV¢DP¨SP Years 4, 5 & 6 Â&#x2026;¢Â&#x2026;PHPEHUV¢SHUKDOI\HDU (Sept-Feb & Feb-July) MONDAY EVENINGS (during term time) 6HQLRUV¢SP¨SP <HDUV  Â&#x2026;Â&#x2026;PHPEHUVSHUKDOI\HDU (Sept-Feb & Feb-July) 6HQLRUV¢SP¨SP <HDUV¨ Â&#x2026;Â&#x2026;PHPEHUV¢SHUKDOI\HDU (Sept-Feb & Feb-July) For further information or to check availability of SODFHVSOHDVHFRQWDFW6RXWK6WUHHWRQ RUHPDLOa¢MDQHLEERWVRQ#UHDGLQJJRYXN

SOUTH STREET 0(0%(561,*+7¢ THURSDAY 26TH APRIL, FROM 6PM We are delighted to announce another special South Street Members Night on Friday 19 January, where John Luther will make a short presentation outlining the coming season, including contributions from artists coming up in our programme. Join us for a welcome drink & nibbles IURPSPDQGWKHQHQMR\GLVFRXQWV at the bar before and after the presentation at 7pm. Each member is entitled to 2 free tickets, so please bring a friend!


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THE HEXAGON

Sarah Millican

Tiddler

Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 April, 8pm Sarah Millican is not a control freak, she’s a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see? Do you arrange the nights out? Are you in charge of passports on holiday? Then so are you! Whether you’re sorting the tickets for this show or turning up when you’re told to, welcome. SOLD OUT

and Other Terrific Tales Saturday 7 April, 1pm & 4pm Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze. Funky moves, toe tapping tunes and giggles are guaranteed from the team behind Stick Man Live! This delightful production is brought to you by the team behind Stick Man Live, adapted from the bestselling books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.

Suitable for all ages. Tickets £14.50, Under 16s £11.50, Family of four (max 2 adults) £48. School groups £8.50

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CONCERT HALL

THE HEXAGON

Catrin Finch, Harp

Reading Operatic Society present an amateur production of

Tuesday 10 April, 7.30pm

My Fair Lady

John Parry: Sonata No.1 Fauré: Une Chatelaine en sa tour Mathias: Santa Fe Suite Trad Welsh Folk Music Smetana/Treneck: The Moldau Britten: Suite for Harp Albeniz: Recuerdos de Viaje (Malagueña) Torre Bermeja: Salzedo Fantasy on Lara’s Granada Godefroid: Carnival de Venice Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Town Hall FREE Tickets: £20.50, £17.50, £15.50 Groups 10+: ALL tickets are £12 each. No additional subscription rates apply. (subject to availability) All children under 18: £6 for individual tickets Schools: £6 each, including free programmes (subject to availability) (SMS members £5.75) Classical Membership Scheme: £12 for individual tickets. (For patrons aged 18-25 or students of any age - please contact the Box Office to register for the scheme) Try a Classical Concert for £12 You probably listen to more of it than you think; on adverts, in films, in ‘pop’ songs, as ringtones and even when you are put on hold! So why not Test Drive it for only £12. If you have never been to a Classical Music Alive in Reading concert before, you can book now for only £12 a ticket – top price tickets are £25.50 so it’s a massive saving. You might surprise yourself! Only available through the Box Office on 0118 960 6060. Reading Arts & Venues - Supporting Education in the Arts

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 50 for details

Wed 11 to Sat 14 April, 7.30pm My Fair Lady made theatre history when it opened on Broadway and was an amazing sell out for years. This is a well loved tale of Eliza Doolittle’s transformation from grubby cockney ‘sparrar ‘when Henry Higgins bets Colonel Pickering that he could pluck her from the gutter and transform her into a lady of grace. Reading Operatic will wow audiences when they perform this tremendous hit show. ‘A little bit of luck,’ Wouldn’t it be loverly,’ ‘On the street where you live,’ I’m getting married in the morning’ are just a few of the great songs by Lerner and Lowe who created beautiful music for a beautiful show. This is a perfect combination of elegant, witty comedy, romance and drama. A musical for everyone of all ages which makes you want to ‘dance all night’. Tickets: Wednesday and Thursday evenings: £20 Friday and Saturday evenings: £22 Concessions: £2 off (Friday and Saturday only) Group rates available through Reading Operatic Society. Please call 0118 926 7135 if you would like to enquire about this.

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CONCERT HALL

Show And Tell

Pure Records

Tez Ilyas:

Kate Rusby

Teztify Thursday 12 April, 8pm Armed with his trademark cheek and uncompromising approach, Tez presents his slick, smart and typically subversive new stand-up show. As seen on BBC2’s Mock The Week, Live at the BBC, Channel 4’s The Last Leg – and heard on BBC Radio Four with two series of Tez Talks. ‘Tez Ilyas’ political stand-up is candy floss with a razorblade inside: sweet and familiar at first, then shockingly, painfully sharp. It takes serious talent to pull off’ **** The Telegraph

Friday 13 April, 7.30pm Of all the stars in Folk Music’s wondrous firmament few shine as brightly as Yorkshire’s Kate Rusby. A career which spans over 25 years in music showcases her as one of the finest interpreters of traditional folk songs and one of our most emotive original songwriters. As ever, she will be joined on stage by the cream of British folk musicians who form her select band. These virtuoso artists are sure to delight you with their exceptional talents. Tickets £27, £20 under 16s

Tickets £14, £12 members

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All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 50 for details


SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

South Street & The Grumpy Goat

The Champions of Magic

Craft Theory Friday 13 & Saturday 14 April Building on the resounding success of 2017, we are delighted to bring you a bigger and better event for 2018. Expect nothing less than award winning craft breweries, top quality music acts and delicious food. A big thank you to those who supported our fledgling event in 2017, when the festival vibe was fantastic; lots of smiley, happy people! So, in 2018 we’ve decided to treat you with an extra session. Session 1: Friday 5-11pm Session 2: Saturday 12-5pm (kid friendly) Session 3: Saturday 6-12am For more info, see crafttheoryfestival.co.uk Advisory age: Evening sessions, strictly over 18s Saturday afternoon, children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets £14 (includes a branded glass) Saturday afternoon tickets - Children £10 or Family ticket £40 (2 adults, 2 children - children do not get a glass)

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 50 for details

Sunday 15 April, 6pm The 5 world-class illusionists that make up the Champions of Magic return to the UK for their 2018 national tour following sold out shows across the globe, rave reviews and a run in London’s West End. With over 20 million online views between them, this cast of Britain’s top magicians includes international award winners presenting daring grand illusions, stunning close-up magic and incredible mind reading. Their skills have been seen around the world on TV with appearances on ITV’s ‘The Next Great Magician’, ‘Good Morning Britain’ & ‘Penn & Teller: Fool Us’, NBC’S ‘Access Hollywood Live’, and NBC’s ‘Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon’ Tickets £34, £29 concessions

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Menopause the Musical

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Monday 16 April, 7.30pm starrring... Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders) Maureen Nolan (The Nolans) Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) and Hilary O’Neil (ITV’s Copy Cats) Menopause the Musical is heading out on another UK wide tour. This hysterical show packed full of one-liners about night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss is backed by an instantly recognisable soundtrack of innuendo-laden versions of 60s, 70s and 80s pop classics. The hysterical and uplifting Menopause The Musical will have you laughing, and singing, all the way home. The show has played sold out-out tours across the world so call your girlfriends and book now for the ultimate girls night out.

Our second Banff event of the year. (This is a different programme from the Feb date). Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe. Image: Larry Shiu, Cascade Mountain, Banff National Park © John Price Film is Cert 12a Tickets £15.50 Concessions and Groups of 6+: £13.50 + Don’t miss THE OCEAN FILM FESTIVALat The Hexagon on Friday 21 September.

Image: Larry Shiu, Cascade Mountain, Banff National Park © John Price

Tickets £29.50

Tuesday 17 April, 7.30pm

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SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

European Union Chamber Orchestra

Dom Coyote

RBL Theatre Company & Oxford University

with Raphael Wallfisch Wednesday 18 April, 7.30pm Hans-Peter Hofmann, Director Raphael Wallfisch, Cello Respighi Ancient Airs and Dances Haydn Cello Concerto No.1 in C Major Elgar Elegy for Strings Schubert Symphony No.5 in B flat Major D485 Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Hexagon Auditorium Tickets: £25.50, £22.50 Groups 10+: ALL tickets are £12 each. All children under 18: £6 for individual tickets Schools: £6 each, including free programmes (subject to availability) (SMS members £5.75) Classical Membership Scheme: £12 for individual tickets. (For patrons aged 18-25 or students of any age - please contact the Box Office to register for the scheme) Try a Classical Concert for £12 You probably listen to more of it than you think; on adverts, in films, in ‘pop’ songs, as ringtones and even when you are put on hold! So why not Test Drive it for only £12. If you have never been to a Classical Music Alive in Reading concert before, you can book now for only £12 a ticket. Reading Arts & Venues - Supporting Education in the Arts

We Can Time Travel Wednesday 18 April, 8pm

Genomes (Preview)

Following on from the awardwinning Songs for the End of the World, musician/theatremaker Dom Coyote presents his highly anticipated new solo piece, We Can Time Travel. Since he was a boy, Dom has been receiving messages from the Traveller, a mysterious voice, at the edge of time. Join him for an experiment in Harmonic Time Theory to prove, once and for all, that time travel is real.

Friday 20 April, 7pm & 9pm

Commissioned by Shoreditch Town Hall and supported by Quarterhouse Folkestone, Bristol Ferment and South Street Reading. Development funded by Arts Council England.

The award winning RBL Theatre Company, with Oxford University, present a preview of their fascinating new play, including a post-show Q&A with RBL’s production team and genetics experts from Oxford University

Tickets £12, £11 concessions, £10 members

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 50 for details

A new play exploring the moral dilemmas, extraordinary opportunities and profound risks of genetics and medical genomic big data. If you had the chance to know whether your life will be affected by disease, would you take it? What if you could change the colour of your unborn child’s eyes? Or rid the world of a disability?

Funded by the University of Oxford, Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, Centre for Personalised Medicine and the Big Data Institute and supported by the Nuffield Department of Medicine. Tickets £6.50

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Teletubbies Live

Faith:

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 April, 10am &1pm See the iconic, world famous Teletubbies in their first ever theatre show created especially for your little ones. Join Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po in a show full of love and laughter as they explore the magical world of Teletubbyland. Look out for the Tubby Phone, Noo-noo and Sun Baby in a fun, bright and safe world which captures young children’s imaginations and encourages them to explore the world around them. Join in and enjoy beloved features from the TV series along with brand new songs. TELETUBBIES and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of DHX Worldwide Limited. ©2017 DHX Worldwide Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Tickets £18 £34 family of 2, £48 family of 3 £60 family of 4, Groups 1 in 10 free

The George Michael Legacy Tuesday 24 April, 8pm Back with a second date after the sell-out success of his January show. Don’t accept imitations FAITH – THE GEORGE MICHAEL LEGACY features international George Michael tribute artist Wayne Dilks together with his incredible 7 piece band and backing singers. A musical journey of 35 years of hit records from Wham to George’s solo career, the show and production are based upon the George Michael 25 live tour. Join us in celebration to the life of one of the world’s most successful male artists selling over 100 million records worldwide and encompassing 11 British number 1 singles, 8 British number 1 albums and 6 US number 1 singles in a spell binding spectacle of his songs. Tickets £24.50

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Shappi Khorsandi: Mistress & Misfit

Saturday 21 April, 8pm

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Shappi presents England’s unsung heroine, Emma Hamilton. For too many years she has been known as just ‘Nelson’s mistress’, a bit of a harlot. (You get ONE job in a brothel and bang goes your reputation.) Women’s lib wasn’t a ‘thing’ in Georgian times, Emma moved mountains to haul herself from ‘scullery maid’ to ‘Lady Hamilton’. Yes, she occasionally danced on tables naked to get ahead in life, but who hasn’t? As a fellow naked dancer on tables, Shappi is inspired by Emma, although she never wants hair big enough to house mice in. Ages 14+ Tickets £17, £15 concessions

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 50 for details


SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company present

The smash hit Marc Bolan musical

Half Breed Tuesday 24 April, 8pm “I am that mixed raced kid, like 50/50, on the fence, luke warm, in-between maybe. Trust me, around here I’m about as black as it goes…” Jazmin feels different. She doesn’t want to stay in the village. She doesn’t want to have a baby. She doesn’t want to laugh at racist jokes in the local pub. She’s got to get out. Following its world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and a run at London’s Soho Theatre, Soho Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company present Half Breed, Natasha Marshall’s semi-autobiographical dark comedy about finding your voice. 60 minutes straight through followed by Theatre Club.

20th Century Boy Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 April This hit musical, inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, returns to the stage to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic star’s untimely death. Featuring some of the greatest rock songs ever written, 20th Century Boy tells the life story of the legendary Bolan and his band T. Rex. This show exposes some of the myths and takes the audience on a tearful yet feel-good journey through Marc’s fascinating life, cut short by a cruel twist of fate. Featuring classic T.Rex 70s hits... Ride a White Swan, Metal Guru, I Love to Boogie, 20th Century Boy...and many more +++++“A glorious colourful evening which had the audience on its feet and dancing in the aisles” – Evening Star Tickets Friday/ Saturday £30, £27 Thursday all £27 Concessions £2 off, Groups 10+ £3 off

Ages 14+ Tickets £13, £12 concessions, £11 members

SOUTH STREET

Members Night & new Season Launch

Thursday 26 April, 7pm (drinks from 6pm) A new season, a new brochure and more great shows coming to South Street. So if you’re struggling to decide what to see then head down to South Street for our Members Night to hear Artistic Director, John Luther, and some select artists, introduce the highlights of the summer programme. With a welcome drink, nibbles and discounts at the bar it is also a chance to chat with the team, other regulars and plan your diary! Tickets: £5 non-members. Members + guest free

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 50 for details

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SOUTH STREET & OTHER VENUES

Chambers Management

Heavy Pop, Reading Mencap & Friends present

Stuart Goldsmith

Are You Listening? Festival

Friday 27 April, 8pm

Saturday 28 April

Comedian’s Comedian Podcast host and ‘expert stand-up’ (Times) Goldsmith now commits to the bit. This year: second international tour, seven million downloads, critically-acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe run, and look, honestly? My best ever show. I’m so goddamn proud of this, it’s stupider and less clever-clogs and just the funniest stuff I’ve ever created. OK? Back to the PR...

READING’S PREMIER MULTI-VENUE FESTIVAL Are You Listening? Festival is back to get Reading shaking after their immensely successful fifth birthday last year.

Come see how ‘a master of the form’ (Independent) ‘makes it look easy’ (Chortle. co.uk). Via As Yet Untitled and Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central. Winner: Leicester Comedy Festival Best New Show 2017. British Comedy Guide Top 20 Best Reviewed Edinburgh Fringe Shows 2017 Ages 14+ only Tickets £12

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Acts announced include Sunderland’s angular indie-pop kings Field Music, Bristol’s noisiest punks Idles, Breakbeat pioneers Plump DJs, Geordie krautdance duo Warm Digits, Latvia’s debonair pop maestros Carnival Youth, Leed’s art rockers Mush; Reading’s own power-pop-ers Saltwater Sun; Brisbane-via-Brighton party starters Animal House; indie’s fastest rising stars Yonaka and Brighton krautrock mavericks AK/DK and Oxford’s finest country boot-stompers The August List. Joining the ranks of those DJing are BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and BBC Radio 1’s number one party starter Phil Taggart. Tickets £24.50 advance

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 50 for details


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David Baddiel

Beth Hart

My Family: Not The Sitcom

Monday 30 April,7.30pm

Sunday 29 April, 7.30pm

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Following a sold out run at Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Menier Chocolate Factory and two critically-acclaimed West End runs, David Baddiel takes his Olivier-nominated one-man show to theatres nationwide. My Family: Not the Sitcom is a show about memory, ageing, infidelity, dysfunctional relatives, moral policing on social media, golf, and gay cats. A massively disrespectful celebration of the lives of David Baddielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s late sex-mad mother, Sarah, and dementia-ridden father, Colin. Come and be offended on Davidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behalf!

Having sold out her biggest UK concert at Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prestigious Royal Albert Hall on Friday 4th May 2018, Grammy nominated singersongwriter Beth Hart and her band will embark on a 14-date UK & Irish tour in April and May 2018. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Beth Hart has a blues-rock voice so ballsy, it could pin you to the wallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; - The Times Tickets ÂŁ41.50, ÂŁ37 Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

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Walk Right Back

Vamos Theatre

The Everly Brothers Story

A Brave Face

Wednesday 2 May, 8pm

Thursday 3 & Friday 4 May, 8pm

Walk Right Back tells the story of the most successful duo of all time - The Everly Brothers. Featuring hits such as Bye Bye Love, All I Have To Do Is Dream & Cathy’s Clown, this unique concert-based musical entwines the wonderful, sad yet glorious story of The Everly Brothers around those trademark “harmonies from heaven”.

Afghanistan: 2009.

Follow the brothers’ rise from humble country beginnings to the biggest act the world had ever seen, then their inevitable split and decade-long feud, to the magnificent reunion that gave them back to the world, and back to each other. Walk Right Back is a show not to be missed!

A Brave Face explores Post-Traumatic Stress, an unseen and often unrecognised injury of war, and the impact it can have on even the closest of families. With compassion and fearlessness, Vamos brings its trademark, wordless, full mask style to a story that needs to be told.

Tickets £23.50

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Ryan is there to see the world, learn a trade, get a life. Training’s complete, combat is a buzz. But on one particular hot and desperate tour of duty, Ryan sees things he can’t talk about, to anyone. And when he returns home, the trouble really begins.

Suitable for aged 12 years up and accessible to hearing and d/Deaf audiences alike. Ticket £14.50, £13 concessions, £12 members

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 50 for details


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SOUTH STREET

The Abbey 130 Celebration Concert

Bruckner Linz Orchestra

KALAKUNJ present

Thursday 3 May, 7pm

Markus Poschner, Conductor With the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus

The Abbey School is proud to present its 130 Celebration Concert to close its anniversary year. For the very first time, musicians from the Junior and Senior Schools will showcase their talents together in an evening of celebratory music at The Hexagon. Tickets £15, £10 concessions Family of Four £40

Friday 4 May, 7.30pm

Mahler Symphony No.2 in C minor ‘Resurrection’ Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Hexagon Auditorium FREE Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Hexagon Auditorium FREE Tickets: £25.50, £22.50 Groups 10+: ALL tickets are £12 each. All children under 18: £6 for individual tickets Schools: £6 each, including free programmes (subject to availability) (SMS members £5.75) Classical Membership Scheme: £12 for individual tickets. (For patrons aged 18-25 or students of any age - please contact the Box Office to register for the scheme) Try a Classical Concert for £12 You probably listen to more of it than you think; on adverts, in films, in ‘pop’ songs, as ringtones and even when you are put on hold! So why not Test Drive it for only £12. If you have never been to a Classical Music Alive in Reading concert before, you can book now for only £12 a ticket. Reading Arts & Venues - Supporting Education in the Arts

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 50 for details

Krishna: The Mythological Hero Saturday 5 May, 6.30pm KALAKUNJ, a communitybased performing arts group, has been engaged in Heritage Lottery Fund project KRISHNA: The Mythological Hero exploring Krishna as interpreted in Indian classical dance, music, literature and philosophy. KALAKUNJ aims to encourage and support people’s interest for traditional art forms from South Asia and enhance the scope of South Asian dance in the community in Reading and beyond. The evening will feature a film on the project and its activities undertaken over the past one year along with Indian classical dance performances by the students of KALAKUNJ. Tickets £8, under 5s free available from ananya@ kalakunj.co.uk

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Grumpy Old Women To The Rescue

Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production

Sunday 6 May, 7.30pm

Madama Butterfly

Starring Jenny Eclair, Dillie Keane & Lizzie Roper Fed up with flogging their guts out and always having to be in charge, the Grumpy Old Women have put their knobbly old feet up in glorious retirement, free at last to practise their extreme colouring-in, ukulele orchestra and novelty fudge- making. But with the world in a bigger mess than ever before, is there anything that can tempt them off their backsides to unleash their superpowers and once more come to the rescue ?! Join us for 90 mins of brand new ‘full-fat’, ‘batteries included’ comedy from the mistresses of grump. PG advised, adult themes, bad language Tickets £27 Groups 10+ £24.50

Puccini Thursday 10 May, 7.30pm With international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra. Winner of “The Best Opera Award” Liverpool Daily Post Theatre Awards Introducing the celebrated soprano Maria HeeJung Kim* from the Korean National Opera, Seoul and the international soprano Alyona Kistenyova*. Back by overwhelming public demand, this award winning Opera returns with exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan. One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heartbreaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet. +++++“Stunning and emotionally charged” Cardiff Morning Star Sung in Italian with English surtitles *Cast Subject to Change £34.50, £31.50, £29.50, concessions: £2 off, Groups: £3 off

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SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

Heavy Pop

Sh!t Theatre

Steve Lamacq:

DollyWould

Going Deaf For a Living

Thursday 10 May, 7.30pm (doors 7pm) Steve celebrates 30 years in the music industry with this new, intimate one man-show of anecdotes and observations, clocked up over three decades of championing new music. Since swapping his fanzine for a job at the NME, the music obsessive has seen more than 5,000 gigs and banged on endlessly about music he’s found. But Going Deaf For A Living isn’t just his story; it’s a fond exploration of the life of all music fans from the first record you buy to the best gig you’ve ever seen. SOLD OUT

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 50 for details

Thursday 10 May, 8pm Oh look, 2016 Fringe First winners Sh!t Theatre again. What is it this time? Oh, is it unemployment? Is there a crisis? Did the government do something wrong again? No, it’s a show about Dolly Parton. We f*cking love her. Following the award-winning sell-out Letters to Windsor House – which was named one of Time Out’s top ten theatre shows of the year – Sh!t Theatre return with their bold new show, which enjoyed a 100% sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Ages 14+ Tickets £13, £12 concessions, £11 members

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BalletBoyz: Fourteen Days & Fallen Friday 11 May, 7.30pm Celebrated across the world for their stunning live performances, films and TV appearances, BalletBoyz are back with three brand new works and the return of an audience favourite. For the new works in the first half of 14 DAYS choreographers Javier de Frutos, Craig Revel Horwood and Christopher Wheeldon were teamed with composers Scott Walker, Charlotte Harding and Keaton Henson and each given just fourteen days to create their pieces. Playing with the concept of balance and imbalance, the result is an exciting and varied programme of dance and music. Fallen forms the second half of the evening, choreographed by Russell Maliphant and set to a powerful score by French film composer Armand Amar. Fallen won the National Dance Award for Best Modern Choreography in 2013. Co-produced by Sadler’s Wells in association with artsdepot.

Tickets £22, Concessions £2 off, Groups 10+ £3 off.

South Street, doubledotdash!? & Darklands present

DOUBLE DOT BASH! Saturday 12 May, doors 3pm The 12th May sees the ninth edition of DOUBLEDOTBASH return to South Street Arts Centre. A collaboration between doubledotdash!?, Darklands, and South Street – “The Bash” wades through the UK’s musical undergrowth and picks a smattering of underappreciated live acts to delight Reading’s most open-minded music fans. For full line up info please visit: readingarts.com/ south-street As always there will be food from Tutu’s Ethiopian Table and the bar will be fully stocked with local West Berkshire Brewery ale, cider & craft beer. Ages 14+ Ticket £17, £15 members in advance, £20 on the door

“It took the entire train ride home for my adrenaline to stop pumping. Wow” - The Daily Express

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Ian Waite and Oti Mabuse:

Brodsky Quartet

Rhythm of the Night

Bach: Art of Fugue BWV 1080 Mozart: Adagio and Fugue in C minor K.546 Shostakovich: String Quartet No.8 in C minor Op.110 Mendelssohn: Fugue in E flat Major Op.81 No.4 Beethoven: Groß Fuge Op.133

Saturday 12 May, 7.30pm Ian and Oti will deliver a night of Latin and Ballroom numbers with high intensity…The Strictly Come Dancing pros will perform a dance showcase spectacular designed to dazzle and wow you. Oti is fondly remembered with her celebrity pairing with Danny Mac where they received a perfect score of 40 in the Samba. Ian is a regular on our screens with the spin off programme It Takes Two on BBC 2. Ian and Oti always push the boundaries of dance to bring the best out of their celebrity partner, with both of them becoming finalist in the Hit BBC show. On the night they will dance a mix of Latin and Ballroom, transporting you away to a place of wonderful moments with fun filled entertainment and a close up history of all things related to their life.

Tuesday 15 May, 7.30pm

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Town Hall FREE Tickets: £20.50, £17.50, £15.50 Groups 10+: ALL tickets are £12 each. No additional subscription rates apply. (subject to availability) All children under 18: £6 for individual tickets Schools: £6 each, including free programmes (subject to availability) (SMS members £5.75) Classical Membership Scheme: £12 for individual tickets. (For patrons aged 18-25 or students of any age - please contact the Box Office to register for the scheme) Try a Classical Concert for £12 You probably listen to more of it than you think; on adverts, in films, in ‘pop’ songs, as ringtones and even when you are put on hold! So why not Test Drive it for only £12. If you have never been to a Classical Music Alive in Reading concert before, you can book now for only £12 a ticket – top price tickets are £20.50 so it’s a great saving. You might surprise yourself! Only available through the Box Office on 0118 960 6060. Reading Arts & Venues - Supporting Education in the Arts

SOUTH STREET house presents

To Helen Back Wednesday 16 May, 8pm Helen is a burglar. She likes breaking into hospitals. She admits you into a surreal hospital as she sneaks around wards, x-ray rooms and cupboards to discover the bizarre, the bemusing – and a badger… Directed by Hannah Silva, To Helen Back analyses sickness, health and what it really means to recover. It’s a funny, unique and powerful theatrical experience, which blurs the boundaries between spoken word, comedy and performance art. Nominated for New Writing South’s Best New Play, Brighton Fringe 2017 Tickets £12, £10 concessions & members

Tickets £29, £27, Concessions £1.50 off Groups 10+ £2 off

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Sainsbury Singers present a non-professional production of Cole Porter’s

Anything Goes Wednesday 16 to Saturday 19 May, 7.30pm Climb aboard the SS American with The Sainsbury Singers, as they set sail from New York to London in the toe-tapping, feel-good musical Anything Goes. The Cole Porter classic follows stowaway Billy Crocker on his whirlwind endeavour to win the heart of glamorous society heiress, Hope Harcourt, before the ship reaches port. With the help of his friend Reno Sweeney, and several cases of mistaken identity, Billy rigs a plot to trick Hope’s overbearing mother, her wealthy aristocratic fiancé and the ship’s Captain, so he can be alone with Hope and confess his love. But will it all go according to plan?

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Angela Barnes: Fortitude Saturday 19 May, 8pm “She’s just a gloriously down-to-earth, straight talking and extremely funny comic” - The Guardian Following another sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival the Mock The Week regular and host of BBC R4’s Newsjack Angela Barnes, will be bringing her ‘beautifully structured show’ (The Scotsman) Fortitude to South Street as part of a UK tour. Tickets £14, £12 concessions

Awash with some of Cole Porter’s best loved songs including: ‘You’re the Top,’ ‘Friendship,’ ‘It’s De-Lovely,’ and the title song ‘Anything Goes’. It’s delightful, delicious and delovely! Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lyndsay and Russell Crouse. By arrangement with MusicScope and Stage Musicals Limited of New York.

Tickets £20 Wednesday – Friday (7.30pm): £3 off concessions. Wednesday 3 for 2 (no concessions) Saturday matinee (2.30pm): £3 off concessions. Saturday evening (7.30pm): £8 off concessions. Signed Performance – Friday.

Touch Tour for the blind & visually impaired – Thursday

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Big Fish Little Fish

Northern Ballet present

Sunday 20 May, 2pm Due to selling out so quickly, the world famous, award winning, family rave sensation BFLF has added another date at the fabulous Hexagon in Reading. Family fun for the post-rave generation of parents. Helping parents be responsibly irresponsible since 2013. The Heavenly Jukebox Djs will be joined by Huw ‘Bunf’ Bunford from Super Furry Animals SFA spinning club classics and BFLF anthems. Multi-sensory dance floor with glitter cannons, bubbles, giant balloons and parachute dance finale. Child led craft station with giant colouring mural and play doh table. Play area with tents and tunnels, and chill out space with mats and soft play ball pools. Licensed bar, free transfers and glow sticks. Optional but encouraged fancy dress ‘Back to the old skool, Glitter and Neon’. Recommended for families with children aged 8 and under. Tickets £12, £8.50 children Pre-walking infants free but must have a ticket. A max of 3 children per adult, no only adult bookings

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Ugly Duckling Tuesday 22 May, 2pm & 4pm* Ugly Duckling is lonely and fed-up, ignored by those around her who think she is too ugly to fit in. She tries to make friends with fellow ducklings as well as with frogs, cats and even a fox, but realising she is not like any of these animals, she is left sad and alone. Follow the duckling on her journey as she overcomes her troubles and realises that she was beautiful all along. Retelling the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, Ugly Duckling is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time. As seen on CBeebies, Northern Ballet’s sell-out productions for children are not to be missed. *relaxed performance. These child friendly performances last approximately 40 minutes. Suitable for all ages Tickets £8, Groups 1 in 10 free School Groups £5

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Jason Manford:

Amina Khayyam Dance Company

Daoirí Farrell

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Thursday 24 May, 8pm

Muddle Class Wednesday 23 May, 7.30pm He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. ‘Muddle Class’ promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up `working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become `middle class’ - causing much confusion! Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed. Advisory age: 13+. Under 16’s accompanied by an adult - show contains some adult themes. Tickets £29.50

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Wednesday 23 May, 7.30pm Sensitised by the global refugee issue, Amina Khayyam returns to the fundamental principles of Indian philosophy and classical arts. Incorporating Nritta (pure dance) and Nritya (expression of narrative), Amina’s Kathak takes you on a memorable and intimate journey, through the use of costume, movement, space and music. Accompanied by an ensemble of vocals, Tabla & Cello.

‘Daoirí is one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade’ Dónal Lunny A former electrician, who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Tickets £15, £13 members

Tickets £14, £12 concessions

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RBL Theatre Company

The Rocket Man:

Kevin & Karen: Dance 2018

Off The Block #7

A Tribute to Sir Elton John

Friday 25 May, 7.30pm

Friday 25 May, 7.30pm

Fresh from Matilda the Empress, one of the UK’s top 20 productions of 2017 (The Guardian), RBL return to their roots with their much-loved celebration of new writing, Off the Block.

Entertainers are proud to present The Rocket Man: a tribute to Multi-Grammy award-winning legend and superstar, Sir Elton John. Join us on a musical journey, charting the rise to fame of one of the biggest selling artiste of all time. Combining breath-taking vocal and piano performances, flamboyant costumes, a dazzling light show - all accompanied by an outstanding band and backing vocals.

At 9am of Friday 25 May, four twenty minute plays are given to four casts. They have until 7.30pm to learn, rehearse, musically score, light and stage their plays to a professional standard. Featuring company members from RBL’s past shows, as well as new faces from Theatre TV and Film, Off the Block #7 is sure to be a fantastic night out. Tickets £18, £14 concession If you’re interested in entering RBL’s Find a Reading Writer competition, email writers@ readingbetweenthelines.co.uk

Travel back in time and be treated to all the hits such as Crocodile Rock, Philadelphia Freedom, Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting, Are You Ready for Love, I’m Still Standing, I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues, Tiny Dancer, Your Song and of course Rocket Man. Book your tickets now for this unmissable concert spectacular.

Saturday 26 May, 7.30pm Following a sensational sell-out debut tour last year, Strictly stars Kevin and Karen Clifton are back in 2018 with a brand new show. Expect a sultry, hip-swinging journey through the Waltz, Cha Cha, Fox Trot, Tango and Salsa. It’s a high-energy performance filled with sassy tunes, heartpounding choreography and sparkling costumes. Kevin and Karen will dazzle audiences as they weave their own spellbinding style of ballroom magic. Backed by a supporting cast of dancers and a live 12-piece show band, Kevin and Karen’s most famous, edge-of-your-seat routines are brought to the stage propelled by passion. Tickets £47, £37

This is a tribute show and is no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/ management companies or similar shows.

Tickets £25, Concessions £1 off, Groups 1 in 10 free

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Black Magic: The Little Mix Show

Wednesday 30 May, 7pm

Sunday 27 May, 10.30am – 7pm

This iconic 5-star rated tribute show has live vocals and is full of commercial pop-video choreography. Suitable for kids, tweens, teens and adults alike, The Little Mix Show brings the full pop concert experience to your local theatre. There are lots of added extras including Dance Competitions, Free Giveaways and even a Meet & Greet with the girls after the show! The Little Mix Show features all of Little Mix’s chart topping hits including the most recent releases from the Glory Days album.

A Bodybuilding & Fitness Show offering opportunities for competitors to win invitations to compete in International Shows all over the world. One of the most prestigious invites is the one to compete in ‘The Arnold Classic’ in Barcelona later this year. The Icon of Bodybuilding, Mr Arnold Schwarzenegger, is the figurehead with shows & expos in every continent where the competitors can win a coveted IFBB Pro Card. The tanned, muscular body beautiful ladies & gentlemen of the bodybuilding world will descend upon Reading on 27 May to battle it out to be the English Grand Prix Overall Champion. Tickets £25

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Bill Bailey: Larks in Transit

Monday 28 & Tues 29 May, 8pm* Larks in Transit is a compendium of travelers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness. Plus, he fashions a symphony from a ringtone, tells the real story of Old McDonald, and a reimagines the Stars and Stripes. Two decades of touring larks from a comic described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘the brainiest comic of his generation’.

Dance & scream to a packed out playlist of hit songs that includes Black Magic, Hair, Love Me Like You, How Ya Doin, Wings, Shoutout To My Ex and even a few covers from their time on the X-Factor. ‘An incredible pop concert experience suitable for all ages’ Tickets £17, Concessions £14 Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £56

*PLEASE NOTE: There is no support for these shows. Please arrive in good time as latecomers will not be admitted. Show will start at 8pm.

Tickets £29.50

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RPO Noisy Kids

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat Thursday 31 May, 11.30am Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for a fun-filled Family concert, featuring bite-sized pieces of classical music inspired by the sea and beyond - the perfect half term treat!

Thursday 31 May, 7.30pm Rory Macdonald, Conductor Michael Petrov, Cello

Includes music from: Zimmer - Pirates of the Caribbean Wood - Fantasia on British Sea Songs Coates - By the Sleepy Lagoon Williams - Jaws

Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme Op.33 Sibelius Symphony No.2 in D Major Op.43

Tickets £11 Adult, £9 Child £32 Family of Four (max 2 aults), £8 Groups 10+

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Hexagon Auditorium FREE Tickets: £25.50, £22.50 Groups 10+: ALL tickets are £12 each. All children under 18: £6 for individual tickets Schools: £6 each, including free programmes (subject to availability) (SMS members £5.75) Classical Membership Scheme: £12 for individual tickets. (For patrons aged 18-25 or students of any age - please contact the Box Office to register for the scheme) Try a Classical Concert for £12 You probably listen to more of it than you think; on adverts, in films, in ‘pop’ songs, as ringtones and even when you are put on hold! So why not Test Drive it for only £12. If you have never been to a Classical Music Alive in Reading concert before, you can book now for only £12 a ticket. Reading Arts & Venues - Supporting Education in the Arts

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SOUTH STREET Beautiful Creatures & South Street

Fizzlebert Stump

The Boy Who Ran Away From the Circus (and joined the library) by AF Harrold Thursday 31 May & Friday 1 June, 11am & 3pm Join Beautiful Creatures Theatre for a high-flying, tightrope-walking, slightly hypnotizing adventure. A brand new, hilarious adaptation of AF Harrold’s much-loved book for children aged 6-10 featuring puppetry, magic and a lion with false teeth! Once and once only, there was a boy whose name was Fizz. Fizzlebert Stump lives in the travelling circus. His best friend is a sea lion, his historyteacher is a magician, and every night he puts his head right inside a lion’s mouth. It sounds like a frightfully exciting place to live, don’t you think? But it’s the library, of all places, where Fizzlebert stumbles into a terrifying situation of great peril, where he finally makes a friend, and where his strange circus skills really come in handy! Presented with the kind permission of AF Harrold & Bloomsbury. Part of South Street & Reading Libraries ‘Theatre & Libraries Project’ produced by Beautiful Creatures & funded by Arts Council England. 50 minutes show Suitable for children aged 6-10 and their families Tickets £4

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Dinosaur World Live

Bilal Zafar: Biscuit

Saturday 2 June, 8pm Join 2016 Best Newcomer nominee and Hackney Empire New Act of the Year winner of the same year as he explores the fascinating world of online dating and finding love on social media in increasingly confusing times. He has appeared on Channel 4, BBC Three, BBC iPlayer, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Asian Network, and has written for the Independent.

Saturday 2 June, 1.30pm & 4pm Sunday 3 June, 11am & 2pm Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this interactive new show for all the family. Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a prehistoric world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesheating giant, the Tyrannosaurus rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan and Segnosaurus, to name a few! Book now for this entertaining and mindexpanding Jurassic adventure, live on stage! Join us after the show and meet the dinosaurs face to face! For ages 3+ Tickets £15, Groups 10+ £12

Ages 16+ Tickets £14

SOUTH STREET Filament Theatre

Rufus Longbotton & The Space Rabbit Wednesday 6 June, 6.30pm When Space Rabbit’s planet is destroyed by a meteorite she escapes in the nick of time. A blast sends her hurtling towards Earth. There she lands outside the Tandaria Carehome, frightened and alone. Inside is Rufus Longbottom, an old gentleman itching for one last adventure. Using song, music and a bit of magic to delight and enchant the whole family. Age 6+ Tickets £10, £9 concessions & members

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My Dad Wrote A Porno:

mala voadora & Chris Thorpe, presented in association with ARC Stockton

Live Wednesday 6 June, 8pm Hear the hilarious My Dad Wrote A Porno live as the team behind the smash hit podcast take their sell-out show ON TOUR. What would you do if your dad wrote a dirty book? Ignore it? Not Jamie Morton. He reads it to the world. Along with his best mates James Cooper and Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine, Jamie reads a ‘Lost Chapter’ from his dad’s notoriously brilliant Belinda Blinked saga. With nearly 100 million downloads, and legions of fans across the globe, this is a ‘cultural phenomenon’ (The Sunday Times). Ages 16+ only Tickets £29.50

Your Best Guess Thursday 7 June, 8pm Written by Chris Thorpe Directed by Jorge Andrade Performed by Chris Thorpe and Jorge Andrade We can’t help living in the future – booking flights for holidays, organizing birthday parties, writing applications, sending out invitations, producing T-shirts for tours. But all of this is merely supposition. When the time comes, these things may happen according to plan, or they may not. Life is entirely unpredictable. But what if we could rewrite history? What if we could imagine that things had turned out differently even if they had not? What if we could anticipate all roads to the future, so that we could be prepared for any possible scenario? A co-production of Porto City Hall Council for Culture, Culturgest and mala voadora, with support from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and funding from DGARTES

Tickets £14, £12 concessions, £10 members

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Show And Tell

Joseph Morpurgo: Hammerhead

Friday 8 June, 8pm Joseph Morpurgo presents his masterpiece: a boundary-smashing, 9-hour adaption of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Or is it? Outlandishly funny multimedia comedy and new voodoo from the distinguished mind of the 2015 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, threetime 2016 Chortle Award winner and BBC Radio Four star Joseph Morpurgo, featuring surreal set-pieces, vivid comic writing, subliminal pulse signals – and monsters. Following sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Soho Theatre, Hammerhead now embarks on a nationwide tour. Ages16+ Tickets £14

Killer Queen Saturday 9 June, 8pm Killer Queen have been performing their tribute to Queen’s concert since 1993. Their expert musicianship, extraordinary energy and accurate portrayal of the world’s greatest live band have rightfully earned Killer Queen the title of Queen tribute royalty. Thrilling sell-out audiences across the globe from the UK to Moscow and annual tour of USA, Killer Queen recreates the high energy, powerful phenomenon that was Queen live. “This guy is not to be missed” – Editor – Official Brian May Website Tickets £22.50 Groups 10+ £2 off

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The King’s Singers:

Bob Drury

SoundUK

Gold Thursday 14 June, 7.30pm Great Music Must Shine A new musical adventure to celebrate the King’s Singers 50th birthday. Including works by Chilcott, Vásquez, SaintSaëns, Lennon & McCartney and more... Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Town Hall FREE Tickets: £20.50, £17.50, £15.50 Groups 10+: ALL tickets are £12 each. No additional subscription rates apply. (subject to availability) All children under 18: £6 for individual tickets Schools: £6 each, including free programmes (subject to availability) (SMS members £5.75) Classical Membership Scheme: £12 for individual tickets. (For patrons aged 18-25 or students of any age - please contact the Box Office to register for the scheme) Try a Classical Concert for £12 You probably listen to more of it than you think; on adverts, in films, in ‘pop’ songs, as ringtones and even when you are put on hold! So why not Test Drive it for only £12. If you have never been to a Classical Music Alive in Reading concert before, you can book now for only £12 a ticket – top price tickets are £20.50 so it’s a great saving. You might surprise yourself! Only available through the Box Office on 0118 960 6060. Reading Arts & Venues - Supporting Education in the Arts

GUITARRA: Tunes & Tales Friday 15 June, 7.30pm Bob Drury returns with a concert that promises to enchant and delight. Bob’s programme will include classical guitar favourites from Europe and South America as well as some of his own compositions from his latest CD ‘Images’. In his own inimitable style Bob weaves anecdotes and stories through the music making it a thoroughly magical evening where for just a couple of hours you can shut out the rest of the world and escape with the music wherever that may take you. Tickets £16

Lisa Knapp Friday 15 June, 8pm The highly acclaimed, awardwinning Lisa Knapp returns to South Street with her band in support of her latest album, Till April is Dead - A Garland of Ritual & Love songs in the Month of May. The month of May is the focal point for an eruption of traditions, rituals and celebrations across the Northern Hemisphere: summer is coming, the weather is warmer and the promise of long, light evenings (a welcome relief from winters’ grip!) provide a perfect excuse to sing, dance and celebrate. Till April is Dead brings together some of the most beautiful, strange and beguiling ‘May’ songs inspired by these weird and wonderful happenings across Britain, as well as folklore hailing from here and distant shores. Alongside these ritualistic ‘May’ songs, Lisa includes beautiful folk songs of love and loss set in the month of May. Tickets £17, £15 members

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CultureMix

Mick Perrin Worldwide

Steel Band Festival

Sarah Kendall: One-Seventeen

Friday 15 June, 7pm

Saturday 16 June, 7.30pm

This is the Story of the Steel Pan, started its life in a faraway land called Trinidad.

Nominated twice for the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Show and Total Fringe Sell Out 2015, 2016, 2017. Sarah Kendall embarks on a UK tour with her latest show One-Seventeen. A blistering storytelling experience from the creator and star of the hit BBC Radio 4 series Australian Trilogy.

A spectacular musical event featuring BYSPO - a children’s orchestra of one hundred steel pans for a debut performance complete with a choir of one hundred voices for a rare and unforgettable show. The Berkshire Youth Steel Percussion Orchestra, set up by CultureMix to bring talented school steel bands together, presents a fabulous showcase of entertainment to surprise, delight and inspire the whole family. The show brings to life angelic voices combined with the authentic sounds of the Caribbean. Tickets £5

“She will make you burst out laughing, she will make you gasp with horror and at moments you will find it hard not to cry.” ++++Scotsman “Phenomenal storytelling, engagingly performed… this is comedy that restores your sense of wonder.” ++++Chortle Ages 14+ Tickets £16, £14 concession & members

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Strictly Street Sunday 17 June, time tbc Strictly Street Dance Company presents their 15 year anniversary show... Reflection. Featuring performances and music from the past 15 years, showcasing our classes. Strictly Street’s advanced troupe will be performing a piece of hip hop theatre; involving a magic mirror, four fairy tales and an epic dance battle between good and evil!

Bye Bye Baby The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Tickets £17.50, £14.50 concessions

Saturday 16 June, 7.30pm Bye Bye Baby are a jaw-dropping tribute to the musical phenomenon ‘Jersey Boys’ and the timeless, iconic music of ‘Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons’. Incredible four part harmonies, roof raising falsetto complete with energetic and stylish choreography – all backed by their excellent 4-piece band ensures that Bye Bye Baby is a show that will make it a night remember! Includes Valli’s greatest hits including Sherry, December ’63 (Oh What A Night), Grease, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Beggin’, Working My Way Back To You, and many more! Tickets £22.50

SOUTH STREET PBJ Management

Tim Key: Megadate

Thursday 21 June, 8pm A brand new 70 minutes, blending poeticals, talking, standing, spotlights, cables, Kronenburg, foot-stamping and old school wistfulness. Edinburgh Comedy Award winner years ago. Key has appeared in Taskmaster, Inside Number 9 and the Alan Partridge franchise. Ages 16+ Tickets £18 SOLD OUT

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She Goat

Emily Portman & Rob Harbron

DoppelDänger Tuesday 19 June, 8pm After years of being mistaken for one another, real-life doppelgängers, Eugénie and Shamira, have finally made a show about it. With gender-twisting visuals and gothic storytelling, DoppelDänger is an exploration of dangerous doubling that reclaims what it means to be two women on stage. You’ll be seeing double with this gig theatre featuring experimental live music and Baroque-pop mash-ups. With an uncanny blend of 1630s-inspired Euro retrofuturism and 1930s wrestling, DoppelDänger is a bilingual boundary-bending attic takeover about the self, the other and togetherness. Shamira Turner and Eugénie Pastor are associate artists of award-winning Little Bulb Theatre. Together they are She Goat, interested in blurring the territories of theatre and music, and extravagant multi-tasking.

Friday 22 June, 8pm Nominated ‘Folk Singer of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards BBC RADIO 2 Folk Award 2013 Winner – Best Original Song with ‘Hatchling’ Emily Portman & Rob Harbron are two of the finest and most distinctive performers on the British folk scene. With multiple accolades for their years of work in different collaborations, now they have formed an inspired new collaboration. Together they create a boldly stripped-back and intricately woven sound, exploring traditional song alongside new writing. Tickets £15, £14 members

Commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre Supported by & developed at Camden People’s Theatre Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Running time: Approx 60 minutes

Ages 12+ Tickets £12, £11 concessions, £10 members

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In Ruins A promenade theatre performance through the Abbey Quarter Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 June, slots from 10.30am to 4.30pm Produced by South Street in association with RBL Theatre Company, Beautiful Creatures, Cassie Friend & Catherine Dyson (RedCape Theatre), Benedict Sandiford & Sabina Netherclift. Journey through time and space as we bring the Abbey Quarter to life with an immersive, promenade theatre experience celebrating the re-opening of the Abbey ruins. Ten audience members at a time will walk through the Abbey Quarter experiencing scenes from the Abbeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s incredible history. Prepare to be cast in the action! Slots are available at 15 minute intervals from 10.30am. The performance will begin in Town Hall Square and will take approximately 1 hour. Please note: Arrive in plenty of time for your slot. Latecomers may not be able to participate. The show is a promenade performance and you will be on your feet for the duration. In order not to spoil your experience please do not visit the Abbey Quarter on the day, prior to your slot.

Artwork: Tracii Howley / Photos by: Chris Forsey

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SOUTH STREET Get Lost & Found

Mischief & Mystery in Moomin Valley Saturday 30 June, 11am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm Open a book and discover a world where anything is possible. Be sure to pack your imagination and join us on an unforgettable journey to Moomin Valley where everyone is welcome, nature thrives and adventures are plentiful. Expect snow, surprises and plenty of Moomin mischief. Magical puppetry, an ingenious set, original music and interactive play will delight young audiences aged 4 to 7 years and encourage them to immerse themselves in a unique participatory story-telling experience. Tickets £10 adults, £9 children.

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Giovanni Pernice: Born to Win Thursday 5 July, 7.30pm ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ FINALIST, Giovanni Pernice, returns to the stage with a bang in his brand new UK and Ireland tour ‘BORN TO WIN’. After the huge success of ‘Dance is Life’ in 2017, Giovanni is once again set to get your hearts beating a little faster, showcasing a story of love and passion, with even more heat, even more energy, and even more drama than ever before. Returning to join Giovanni are Luba Mushtuk, dancer and assistant choreographer on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, as his gorgeous leading lady, along with ‘Dancing with the Stars Ireland’ professionals Giulia Dotta, Kai Widdrington, Emily Barker, and Curtis Pritchard. The show also welcomes the fantastic Stephen Vincent and Kylee Brown from the international ‘Burn the Floor’ tour. Tickets £30, £28, Concessions £2 off; VIP tickets £50

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Reading Symphony Orchestra Saturday 7 July, 7 30 pm Magnus Lindberg Clarinet Concerto Rachmaninov Symphony No.2 Conductor Stefan Hofkes The virtuosic clarinettist Nicholas Shipman joins the Reading Symphony Orchestra in the flamboyant clarinet concerto by Magnus Lindberg. Then enjoy Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2 with the charming Adagio and passionate Finale. Tickets available from www.rso.org.uk

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Mo’s 35th Anniversary Dance Showcase Sunday 8 July, 5.30pm Pupils from Mo’s Dance and Drama Schools celebrate their 35th Anniversary with a showcase of Ballet, Tap and Street Dance from their popular classes for all ages! Principal, Monica Cleaver, opened ‘Mo’s Place’ in Duke Street, Reading in 1983. For those of us that can remember that far back just think lycra, leg warmers and big hair! ‘Mo’s Place’ quickly became the place to be and continues to the first choice for dance classes in Caversham, Emmer Green and Woodley. mosdanceanddrama.co.uk

Starlet Dance School Present

All of the Stars Saturday 7 July, 7pm Starlet and Starlet Inspirations will be showcasing its summer show with an entertaining evening of dance styles and musical theatre from shows such as Matilda, The Sound of Music, Hairspray, Seussical the Musical, The Waitress, Les Miserables, The Greatest Showman, Alice in Wonderland with a twist, The King & I, Cinderella and much more. With performances from children and adults in dance styles of Ballet, Street, Commercial, Jazz, Lyrical and Tap.

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SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Heavy Pop

This is the Kit + support

Tuesday 17 July, 7.30pm An exclusive intimate performance by folk’s rising star. This Is The Kit - the musical project which holds exceptional Paris-via-Bristol songwriter Kate Stables close to its heart - have earned the adoration of peers including Guy Garvey, The National and Sharon van Etten. Their new highly acclaimed album and Rough Trade debut, ‘Moonshine Freeze’, is undoubtedly their most compelling and accomplished to date. Produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, M Ward, Perfume Genius), it began in the immediate wake of its predecessor, ‘Bashed Out’, when days after coming off tour last November, Stables and her band (Rozi Plain, Jamie WhitbyColes, Neil Smith and Jesse D Vernon) headed into Geoff Barrow’s Invada studios in Bristol. Advisory age: 12+ (all children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult)

£18 advance

Birmingham Stage Company presents David Walliams’

Awful Auntie When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie! From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny, comes the world premiere of David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very large owl, a very small ghost and a very awful Auntie! “The BSC’s Gangsta Granny is truly brilliant, so I’m hugely excited they’ve now brought Awful Auntie to the stage. I loved this magnificent show and can’t wait for you to see it!” DAVID WALLIAMS

Tickets from £18.50 Concessions, Groups and Family rates available

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Illustrations © Tony Ross, 2014. Lettering of author’s name © Quentin Blake, 2010

Wednesday 11 to Sunday 15 July, various times


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Material Girl: The Madonna Story Saturday 21 July, 8pm ‘MATERIAL GIRL’ celebrates the greatest songs from the Queen of Pop, Madonna, in this stunning tribute show. With incredible vocals, amazing dancers, video footage and narration, audiences are taken on a journey through the scandals, the controversy and of course the music of one of the world’s most iconic figures.

The Dreamboys Featuring Jake Quickenden Thursday 19 July, 7.30pm The Dreamboys are back and hotter than ever with a brand new show and UK tour for 2018, only this time they are bringing a very special guest celebrity performer with them. Winner of Dancing On Ice 2018, the gorgeous Jake Quickenden.

Told through the eyes of our leading lady, Jodie Jackson, audiences will hear stories and little known facts about Madonna as the show follows her career and music through her 35 years at the top. Material Girl features all of the hits such as Like A Virgin, Papa Don’t Preach, Vogue, Crazy for You, Into The Groove, Like A Prayer, Express Yourself and many more. ‘Material Girl’... “The Woman, Her Life, Her Music” Tickets £23.50

The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK’s most famous and successful show of its kind in history. Their breath taking show spectacular has been perfectly created for hen nights, birthday parties and girls nights out with all your friends. With special guest appearances on some of the UK’s biggest TV shows such as The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Loose Women, This Morning, Geordie Shore and The Only Way Is Essex, plus massive sold out Worldwide tours, it’s no wonder The Dreamboys are the only show of its kind in history to have celebrity status. Adults Only. Premium Seats £29.50 Standard seating: £26.50, £24.50, £21.50

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All Things Must Pass Orchestra

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Celebrating the music of George Harrison Thursday 19 July, 8pm We are delighted to welcome the All Things Must Pass Orchestra a fantastic ten piece band dedicated to the Quiet Beatle’s work. George Harrison wrote some of the Beatles most beautiful songs; Something, Here Comes The Sun, While My Guitar Gently Weeps etc., but he continued to write great music during his solo career on twelve studio albums. Band leader Alex Eberhard picked some of the best musicians around Brighton to form this incredible ensemble.

Friday 27 to Sunday 29 July Fri 12 & 2pm, Sat 10.30am & 2pm Sun 10.30am & 2pm Step into the magical and colourful world of LITTLE BABY BUM. Join Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their Nursery Rhyme friends at the world premiere of a brand new LIVE show. An online and digital TV sensation, Little Baby Bum is the world’s largest educational YouTube channel with over 21 million subscribers and 20 billion views. Tickets £14 Groups 10+: £8.50

Tickets £15

Number 1 Educational channel on

Little Baby Bum

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COMING SOON

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Fame THE MUSICAL A STUNNING NEW 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR Monday 3 to Saturday 8 September 7.30pm + 2.30 Mat on Weds & Sat Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop culture film of the same name, Fame The Musical is the international smash hit sensation following the lives of students at New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s High School For The Performing Arts as they navigate their way through the highs and lows, the romances and the heartbreaks and the ultimate elation of life. This bittersweet but uplifting triumph of a show explores the issues that confront many young people today: prejudice, identity, pride, literacy, sexuality, substance abuse and perseverance. Featuring the Oscar-winning title song and a cast of outstanding dancers, singers, musicians and rappers as they transform from star struck pupils to superstars, Fame The Musical will indeed live forever. This definitive 30th anniversary tour comes from Selladoor Productions, the critically acclaimed producers of Flashdance The Musical, Avenue Q, Little Shop of Horrors and American Idiot. Audio Described performance & pre-show touch tour for the blind & visually impaired â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thursday. Signed Performance â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Friday.

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COMING SOON

Taking Care of Elvis Starring Ben Portsmouth

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COMING SOON

The King is Back

Ocean Film Festival World Tour

Wednesday 12 September, 7.30pm

Friday 21 September, 7.30pm

Ben Portsmouth – The World’s Number One Elvis Tribute Artist. Ben, a multi-talented musician, singer and songwriter had Elvis’s DNA in his blood from an early age. His father was an avid Elvis fan and Ben grew up on a diet of Elvis songs. Having honed his musical talent Ben started his journey as an Elvis Tribute Artist in 2005 when he formed the “Taking care of Elvis” band. Audiences quickly realized that this was someone with a special talent.

Calling all ocean lovers! The annual Ocean Film Festival is sweeping towards Reading with a brand new selection of the world’s most amazing ocean films, from both above and

Tickets £29.50, Concessions: £27, Groups 10+ £26.50

below the surface. Brought to you by the team behind the Banff Film Festival UK Tour, this collection of short films celebrates divers, paddlers, surfers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray. Tickets £15.50, Concessions & Groups 6+ £1.50 off. Early bird price: all tickets £14 until 9 April ‘18

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COMING SOON

Peppa Pig’s Adventure

The Illegal Eagles

Sat 15 Sep to Sun 16 Sep

Thursday 11 October, 7.30pm

Peppa Pig and friends are back in the brand new live show Peppa Pig’s Adventure! Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunch-boxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of games, laughter and live music!

The World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute returns in 2018 for another outstanding show promising more of their trademark musical prowess, acute attention to detail, and incredible showmanship.

Tickets £18, U16’s £2 off, Family of Four £64 (max 2 adults)

This phenomenal group of musicians have been touring for over two decades and remain true Eagles fanatics! Featuring the very best from the Eagles’ repertoire including Hotel California, Take it to the Limit, Life in the Fast Lane, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado and plenty more! Tickets £27.50, £25.50

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READING LIBRARIES

SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS Reading Stanza

Poets’ Café

SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS

South Street Beer Fridays In association with The Grumpy Goat. The Last Friday of every month from 5pm Unwind straight after work at South Street with a special menu of craft beer selected by Reading’s brilliant The Grumpy Goat (Ale & Cheese shop in Harris Arcade).

Held on the second Friday of each month. Doors 8pm, poetry from 8.30pm. Reading’s longest running and best-loved poetry platform, Poets’ Café, is now being organised and hosted by The Poetry Society’s Reading Stanza. The Café will be held on the second Friday of every month and the night is made up of an open mic section, where we welcome anyone who wishes to read their work in a friendly atmosphere, plus a full reading by our guest poet. Friday 13 Apri Locals’ Night held at RISC (above Global Café) Friday 11 May Mark Fiddes Friday 8 June Mona Arshi

SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS

Members Night & New Season Launch

Friday 13 July Jane Commane Friday 10 August Covers’ Night

Tickets £5, £4 for Readers

SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS

Darklands Saturday 30 June & Friday 27 July Free Entry. Darklands returns again for another year at South Street. Founder Steve Reynolds continues to deliver forgotten leftfield gems of yester year mixed with a healthy dose of current acts as well. You’ll hear Goth, Indie, Electronica, Post Punk, Grunge and Industrial by the likes of Bauhaus, The Fall, Horrors, Bunnymen, Stooges, LCD, Velvets, Pavement, Ride, MBV, New Order, L7, Fugazi, Interpol, Hookworms, Joy Division, Cure, Wire, Gang of Four, Sisters of Mercy and The Jesus and Mary Chain etc.

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Thursday 26 April, 7pm (drinks from 6pm) A new season, a new brochure and more great new shows coming to South Street. So if you’re struggling to decide what shows to see then head down to South Street to our summer season Members Night to hear Artistic Director, John Luther and some select artists, introduce the highlights of the summer programme. With a welcome drink, some nibbles and discounts at the bar it is also a chance to chat with the team, other regulars and plan your diary! Tickets: £5 non-members. Members + guest free

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READING MUSEUM REGULAR EVENTS

Regular Events EVERY WEDNESDAY Tales for Tots: Story-time for the under 5s Drop in and catch a story using objects from our collection. Under 5s, 10.30am - 11.30am. Free, drop in EVERY THURSDAY Museum Surgery Visitors can discover more about the collections, or ask for help in identifying interesting objects (NB no valuations can be given). 12pm - 4pm. Free, drop in EVERY SATURDAY until 9 June Gallery Tours: Reading Abbey Quarter Join our trained volunteers for an introductory tour to the galleries. Starting in the new Story of Reading Gallery, our guides will give updates on the Abbey Quarter project, followed by a fascinating insight into their favourite objects while walking through the many galleries in the museum. All ages, 12pm – 12.45pm £5, drop in*

EVERY SATURDAY Bayeux Tapestry Tours Enjoy a guided tour of the famous full-size facsimile Tapestry. No need to book unless you are coming in a group (please call the Education team on 0118 937 3400). All ages, 2.15pm - 3pm. £5, drop in* Our drop-ins are very popular. Please be aware that we have limited capacity for events in the Museum, particularly during our busy half terms. Thames River Cruises We’re currently working to develop river cruises from around Reading to the Abbey site and associated tours. More information and timetables of activities will be released later in the year. www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk

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CENTRAL LIBRARY 3rd Monday of the month, Ground Floor, 11am – 12pm Coffee Morning With a different speaker every month. Free event, just drop in. Last Wednesday of the month, 2nd Floor, 3pm–4pm Craft and Chat Bring along your own knitting, sewing and craft. Relax, meet people and share ideas. Free event, just drop in. Every Tuesday morning, 10.30am – 11.30am Board Games Club Bored? Looking for some fun and games? Come and join our new Board Games club. Groups and individuals welcome. Games provided. For more information e-mail – info@readinglibraries.org.uk Or phone Ann Smith on 0118 901 5955

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LIBRARIES BATTLE LIBRARY

BATTLE LIBRARY

Tuesday 17 April, 7pm

Saturday 12 May, 2pm

Frankenstein:

A Long Way from Home by Una Chandler

The First 200 Years Christopher Frayling traces the journey of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein from limited edition literature to the bloodstream of contemporary culture. Livestreamed from the British Library.

Talk by RBC Chaplain Una Chandler who came to Reading in early 1960s aged 17 from Barbados with £2 in her pocket. This talk is FREE

BATTLE LIBRARY Friday 4 May, 7pm

BATTLE LIBRARY

The Communist Manifesto:

Saturday 26 May (date and time TBC)

Martin Rowson, Nina Power and Mark Steel Comedian and broadcaster Mark Steel and political philosopher Nina Power join The Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson, creator of a new graphic novel version of this seminal text. Live-streamed from the British Library. CENTRAL LIBRARY Saturday 5 May, 2pm

Ancestors / A Tree without Roots

Tracing Caribbean Family History Paul Crooks will be coming to Reading Libraries to talk about his knowledge of family history, Paul traced his family back 6 generations to slaves captured in West Africa and then to the sugar plantations in Jamaica. Tickets available at Central and Battle Libraries, £4 (£3 to library members)

by Paul Crooks

Paul talks about his knowledge of family history, tracing his family back 6 generations to slaves captured in West Africa. Tickets available at Central and Battle Libraries, £4 (£3 to library members) BATTLE LIBRARY Tuesday 8 May, 7pm

Reading and the Spanish Civil War

Britain and the Luftwaffe 1939 – 45 Looking at the remarkable men and women from Reading who fought for the Republican government in Spain. Tickets available at Central and Battle Libraries, £4 (£3 to library members)

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BATTLE LIBRARY Saturday 14 July, 1-4pm

Reading Castle

Reading Abbey in the 12th Century and the Mystery of Reading Castle Medieval texts talk about a castle built by in the 12th Century by King Stephen and associated with Reading Abbey. Where might this castle have been?

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BERKSHIRE RECORD OFFICE 14th March to 8th June 2018, during normal opening hours

Colours More than Sentences Colours More than Sentences - an exhibition of artists’ interpretations of Oscar Wilde’s classic poem, the Ballad of Reading Gaol, drawn from around the world. Available during our opening hours (Tuesday and Wednesday 9am to 5pm, Thursday 9am to 9pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm). FREE admission. Why not come along and take a look? 18th June 2018, time 10.15-14.45

How to Read Old Handwriting Always wanted to know how to read old handwriting? Come along to our introduction to reading handwriting found in documents at the BRO from c.1500 to 1700. Cost is £20 per person. There are 10 places available and booking is essential. Please email arch@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 5132. Monday 25th June 2018, time 10.30 to 11.30

Behind the Scenes at the BRO Ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes at the BRO? Come along and find out. You will be shown how we store our documents and given an insight into the job of our conservator. It’s FREE and there are 12 spaces available. Booking is essential. Please email arch@ reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 5132. Friday 29th June, time 12.00-16.00

Cutting and Decorating Picture Mounts Ever wanted to know how to cut and decorate picture mounts for your pictures and photographs? Learn this, as well as how to clean and attach pictures to your mounts. Cost is £25 per person. There are 8 places available and booking is essential. Please email arch@reading. gov.uk or call 0118 937 5132.

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EDUCATION

PARKS & OPEN SPACES

Reading Museum Hands on Learning for Schools

SUMMER 2018 EVENTS

Reading Museum offers a wide range of learning opportunities for school children. Our Schools Loans Service provides hundreds of boxes containing real objects for classroom use. These dynamic and engaging resources help enhance and develop childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s learning and understanding. We have a wide range of creative and interactive educational sessions on offer in the museum, ranging from prehistory to the Victorian era. For more information about our education services please see our website www.readingmuseum.org.uk or email education@readingmuseum.org.uk

Parks & Open Spaces are responsible for managing and maintaining Readingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100+ parks, lakes and playgrounds.

Palmer Park 17 June East Reading Festival

Prospect Park 30 March-8 April Carter Steam Fair

Caversham Court 23 June The Midnight Gang

Palmer Park 14-15 April Carters Steam Fair Forbury Gardens 19-22 April Blue Collar Cheese Feast

Forbury Gardens 30 June Armed Forces Day Event

Hills Meadows 27-29 April Showmans Guild Fun Fair Hills Meadows 4-7 May Showmans Guild Fun Fair

Prospect Park 1 July Berkshire Car Show

Christchurch Meadows 3-6 May CAMRA Beer Festival

Coley Park 13-15 July Guyatts Fun Fair Christchurch Meadows 13-15 July Readipop Festival

Prospect Park 11-13 May Guyatts Fair Forbury Gardens 12 May Forbury Fiesta

Prospect Park 14-15 July Race for Life

Prospect Park 18-20 May Guyatts Fair

Theatre For many children a visit to the theatre with their school is the first chance they have to experience a live theatre performance. The Hexagon has a strong reputation for delivering high quality shows, including many fantastic pantomimes over the years. If you are interested in bring your class to a show or pantomime there are special offers on group bookings. Please contact Storme Gibson for more details 0118 937 2011

Forbury Gardens 15 July Bastille Event

Forbury Gardens 25 May-17 June Blue Collar Street food event

Thames Prom 20-22 July National Marathon Championships (Canoe Club)

Palmer Park 26 May-3June Beaches Fun Fair

Prospect Park 2-7 August Circus Zyair

Forbury Gardens 16 June Water Fest

Thames Prom 10-19 August Traylens Fun Fair

Thames Prom 16 & 17 June Reading Regatta Caversham Court 16 June Pride and Prejudice Palmer Park 17 June East Reading Festival

Hills Meadow 23-24 June Masons Fun Fair

Prospect Park 18-19 August Thai Festival Palmer Park 25-27 August Masons Fun Fair

For further information, contact the Leisure & Recreation programming team on 0118 937 5197. www.reading.gov.uk/parks

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o t w s t ho e k c i t k o bo All tickets for The Hexagon, Concert Hall & South Street are available in advance from the Reading Arts Box Office.

Box Office: 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com Group Bookings: Contact our dedicated group sales co-ordinator for details of group discounts, priority bookings, advance notifications, extended reservation periods, education packs and much more. Steff Cohen 0118 937 2011 or email steff.cohen@reading.gov.uk Payment All major credit and debit cards are accepted, except Diners and American Express. Unless otherwise stated venue booking fees are included in the advertised price. An additional fee may be payable for postage. The booking fee applies to ticket purchases made with credit cards, debit cards and cash. Bookings made in person with a pre-paid debit card are not subject to a booking fee. Standing events. All standing tickets are unreserved general admission; the seating plan and ticket number are for administration purposes only. Please note that Under 14’s will not be permitted into the standing arena. All under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult (18yrs or over) and seated in the balcony. The advertised time for standing events is the doors time and bears no relation to the performance time. Exact timings will be confirmed nearer the time and will be available from the box office or via readingarts.com. To ensure your safety, security will be present to search bags on arrival. No food or drink may be brought into the venue. Professional cameras are not permitted at events and will not be allowed into the auditorium. Please be aware that concerts of this nature use various theatrical lighting and smoke effects, and may have high sound levels.

e u n e v n o i t a inform The Hexagon Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA Box Office: 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com The Hexagon bar/s are open 1 hour before a show, with extended opening after selected events. Concert Hall/Town Hall Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH Admin: 0118 937 3400 www.readingarts.com South Street 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU Admin: 0118 937 3456 www.readingarts.com The Box Office and bar at South Street are not open full time and will usually open 1 hour before any evening performance, except when the show is advertised with a doors time. Reading Museum Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH Admin: 0118 937 3400 www.readingmuseum.org.uk Palmer’s Café is open Tues to Sat, 10am to 4pm Reading Abbey Ruins Abbey Street, Reading, RG1 3BA Admin: 0118 937 3400 www.readingabbeyquarter.org.uk Reading Sport & Leisure Palmer Park Sports Stadium Wokingham Road, Reading RG6 1LF Admin: 0118 937 5080 www.readingleisure.co.uk Reading Central Library Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ Admin: 0118 901 5955 www.readinglibraries.org.uk Berkshire Record Office 9 Coley Avenue, Reading Admin: 0118 937 5132 www.berkshirerecordoffice.org.uk

The management reserve the right to refuse entry and to make any changes to the information contained in this brochure without prior notice in the event of illness or any other unavoidable cause. Full terms and conditions can be found on our website www.readingarts.com/terms-and-conditions Please check these terms and conditions before purchasing a ticket.

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THE HEXAGON

café

Serving evening meals from 1 hour before performances and from 5.30pm for our Classical Music Alive concerts. Arrive early at The Hexagon and you can expect to enjoy made to order stir-fry dishes and mezze platters to share plus a selection of Teas, Coffees and delicious desserts & sweets. Our wine collection is available from the Café as well as bottled beers and a new range of soft drinks.

You can also place interval orders at all tills and we are happy to keep your unfinished wine fresh for you to enjoy at the interval.


ARTER U Q Y E ABB G N I D A RE

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I am delighted that on the 16 June the iconic Abbey Ruins will once again be open for all to enjoy after an extensive conservation programme supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Reading Borough Council. Start your exploration of the Abbey Quarter at the new Reading Abbey display in Reading Museum, before discovering a network of new outdoor interpretation panels across Reading’s most historic area. Admission is free to both the Museum and the Ruins. Restoration of historic Abbey Gateway will also be completed in the spring, so look out for our special tours and May half-term activities at the Gateway. Join us at our launch festival on 16 June across the Abbey Quarter, packed with fantastic activities including re-enactors, performers and historical crafts. Enjoy a live show and take a break at the hot food and drinks stalls. The launch kick-starts an exciting summer programme of events that will bring Reading’s leading heritage destination to life. A highlight will be the premiere of ‘In Ruins’, a SITELINES performance by South Street in partnership with Reading’s professional theatre companies. Throughout the summer you can follow Abbey Quarter trails with your family, enjoy tours, encounter friendly volunteers in historical costumes around the Ruins, or perhaps take a leisurely river cruise. There will be something for everyone and I hope you will join us to celebrate this historic landmark in Reading’s history. Sarah Hacker Lead Councillor for Reading Culture, Sport and Consumer Services.


READING

ABBEY will be revealed 16 June 2018 Visit our website for details about our launch festival and exciting programme of events. www.readingabbeyquarter.org.uk

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READING MUSEUM

Exhibitions

Community Displays

SIR JOHN MADEJSKI ART GALLERY

STORY OF READING GALLERY

Runs until Saturday 12 January 2019 Patrons and Donors: Reading’s Art…and how it got here

Tuesday 3 April – Tuesday 31 August You decide! The Story of Reading continues Follow this exciting series of temporary social history displays from the Museum’s collection and vote on which stories capture your imagination most. This will help the Museum to develop phase 2 of the new Story of Reading Gallery.

In 1885 crowd-sourcing existed in Reading: 5000 people contributed to the cost of having a portrait of biscuit magnate William Isaac Palmer painted for the town. And remarkably in the 1970s Reading commissioned a modern set of Civic silver with the support of dozens of local businesses. When Palmer went on to bequeath his personal collection of contemporary Victorian art, he started the impressive art collection at Reading Museum and set a precedent for later generations of gifts from Reading people. Today the museum remains unusual as its art collection continues to grow through the support of Reading Foundation for Art, grant-giving bodies and many individuals. See familiar favourites and unexpected treasures, some with curious stories attached.

Riverside Museum Sunday 1 April – Sunday 30 September Riverside Museum - Summer 2018 A short walk along the Kennet beyond the Abbey Ruins brings you to Gas Works Road and the historic industrial buildings of Reading Museum’s satellite Riverside Museum, beside Bel & the Dragon. They contain a wonderful Dunton gypsy caravan and a Turbine House gallery which stretches over the river. This year we are collaborating with Bel & the Dragon and many individuals and organisations to provide a summer of artists’ exhibitions, residencies and events. For details, including a map to help you get there, see www.readingmuseum.org.uk/ your-visit/permanent-galleries/riverside-museumblakes-lock All ages Free, drop in

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Events and Talks All group visits need to be booked in advance by calling 0118 937 3400.

Reading Abbey Revealed Saturday 16 June

Saturday 14 April

• Visit our historic encampment and speak to our re-enactors

Abbey Gateway Re-opening

• Have a go at a variety of historical crafts

Please note that our events today will take place in the Abbey Gateway. The Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. Buggies and pushchairs can be stored on the ground floor while you take part in the activities. Abbey Gateway Activity Cart Visit us and enjoy a range of Abbey Quarter themed craft ideas. Free, drop in* Abbey Gateway Tours Join us for a tour inside the newly restored medieval Abbey Gateway and learn about this listed building’s fascinating history and its role in the Abbey Quarter. Hear about the Abbey monks,visiting royalty, links to novelist Jane Austen and the vital conservation work done to bring it back to life. All ages, 45-minute tour starting at 11am, 1pm & 3pm, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery £5, booking essential (see our website or call us)

• Explore the newly restored ruins • Enjoy performances by local artists • Indulge in Reading’s best street food • And more! The festival will take place across Reading Museum, Forbury Gardens, the Abbey Gateway, the Abbey ruins, and along the River Kennet. Pick up a map and schedule on the day to find out what’s going on where! All ages, 11am – 5pm Free, drop in

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Saturday 21 April Abbey Gateway Tours Join us for a tour inside the newly restored medieval Abbey Gateway and learn about this listed building’s fascinating history and its role in the Abbey Quarter. Hear about the Abbey monks, visiting royalty, links to novelist Jane Austen and the vital conservation work done to bring it back to life. Please note that the Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. All ages, 45-minute tour starting at 11am, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery £5, booking essential (see our website or call us)

* OUR DROP-INS ARE VERY POPULAR. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE HAVE LIMITED CAPACITY FOR ACTIVITIES IN THE MUSEUM.

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READING MUSEUM Wednesday 20 June Reading Abbey Quarter Tour Reading Abbey Quarter Tour Abbey days are here again! Enjoy a walking tour exploring the heart of medieval Reading led by our trained volunteer guides. This tour takes you to the highlights of the Abbey Quarter, including the Hospitium where medieval pilgrims stayed and the grand entrance to the Abbot’s Lodgings which became Queen Elizabeth I’s royal residence, ending in the newly conserved Reading Abbey Ruins. All ages, 1½-hour tour starting at 11am, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery £10 (under 5s free), booking essential (see our website or call us) Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 June SITELINES Presents: In Ruins A promenade theatre performance through the Abbey Quarter. See p.36 for more information. Ages 10+, 1-hour performances every 15 minutes, 10.30am – 12.30pm & 2pm - 4.30pm £5, booking essential (see our website or call us) Saturday 30 June Reading’s History Comes to Life! Enjoy some living history in the Reading Abbey Quarter. Will you meet Queen Elizabeth I, Matilda the Empress or even King Henry I himself on your visit to the Abbey Ruins or Forbury Gardens? Our volunteers will be dressed in replica period costumes to impress you as they share royal and everyday stories of the past. (Other dates available) 11am, 1pm & 3pm Free, drop in* Save the Date! Saturday 14 April: Join us for a special Reading Abbey event, including tours and a medieval themed Activity Cart for families. Full details to be confirmed in February 2018.

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Saturday 7 July Open For Art: A Yorkshireman in Reading Music, animations, poems, anecdotes and laughter: meet Simon Mayor (mandolinist and writer) and Hilary James (illustrator and vocalist) talking about the creation of their first book of poems, drawings, anecdotes and Augmented Reality ‘Of Death and a Banana Skin’. Followed by a concert of music and readings, including ‘sumer is icumen’ in and poetry set in the Abbey Quarter. www.mayorandjames.com Adults, 1pm - 3.30pm £12, booking essential (contact Acoustics Publishing on 0118 926 8615 or mail@mandolin.co.uk) Saturday 14 July Poetry Workshop: Mining the Past Join two acclaimed poets and teachers, Adrian Blamires (lecturer in English literature at Reading University) and Lesley Saunders (www. lesleysaunders.org.uk) for a workshop exploring the ways in which the past underlies and shapes our present lives. Be inspired by Reading Abbey Revealed, the town’s major conservation project, and go on a walkabout to find out about the historical significance of the Abbey Quarter. Then sit down and read other people’s poetry and stories before taking part in some semi-structured exercises to develop your thoughts and ideas; there will still be time to draft something of your own! Bring something to write on and with. Adults 16+, 10.30am – 3.30pm £25, booking essential (see our website or call us) for further information please email elaine.blake@reading.gov.uk

* OUR DROP-INS ARE VERY POPULAR. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE HAVE LIMITED CAPACITY FOR ACTIVITIES IN THE MUSEUM.

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READING MUSEUM Saturday 14 July Costumed Tours Enjoy finding out how people lived in past times with these fun costumed tours. Discover how monks lived, meet a laundress or find out how the Abbey became ruined in Tudor times. Covering a shorter distance, these hour-long walking tours are ideal for families (also runs on 11 August). Families, 1-hour tours starting at 11am & 2pm £7 per adult, £3 per child (under 5s free), booking essential (see our website or call us)

Easter Holidays The Museum will be closed over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, including Good Friday, and will reopen on Tuesday 3 April. Please see our website for Easter holiday activities.

May Half Term Activity Cart Visit us throughout the holidays at the Museum and enjoy a range of Abbey Quarter themed craft ideas. Free, drop in* Monk Bear Trail Find the Reading Abbey Monk Bears hidden around the Museum. Families, 10am – 4pm £1, drop in*

Saturday 21 July Abbey Gateway Tour See 21 April for full details. Wednesday 25 July Reading Abbey Quarter Tour See 20 June for full details. Saturday 28 July Reading’s History Comes to Life! See 30 June for full details. Saturday 4 August Reading Abbey Quarter Tour See 20 June for full details. Wednesday 8 August Reading Abbey Quarter Tour See 20 June for full details. Saturday 11 August Costumed Tours See 14 July for full details.

Please note that all our May Half Term activities will take place in the Abbey Gateway. The Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. Buggies and pushchairs can be stored on the ground floor while you take part in the activity. Please visit Reading Museum for alternative activities or call the Visitor Services Officer in advance on 0118 937 3400 if you have access needs. Tuesday 29 May Medieval Monk School Meet our favourite monk Brother Atwater, who has joined us from 12th-century Reading Abbey to recruit some novice monks. Is your handwriting neat enough? Can you keep a vow of silence? Take part in these interactive sessions and learn what life was like almost 1,000 years ago! Ages 6+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £5, booking essential (see our website or call us)

Wednesday 15 August Reading Abbey Quarter Tour See 20 June for full details. Saturday 18 August Abbey Gateway Tour See 21 April for full details. Saturday 25 August Reading’s History Comes to Life! See 30 June for full details. * OUR DROP-INS ARE VERY POPULAR. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE HAVE LIMITED CAPACITY FOR ACTIVITIES IN THE MUSEUM.

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READING MUSEUM Wednesday 30 May Make and Take: Georgian Masks Give yourself a makeover fit for Jane Austen and create a Georgian inspired mask. Will you go for ringlets or a top hat? An exciting chance to discover the Abbey Gateway where Jane Austen went to school. Families, half-hour sessions 10am - 12pm & 1pm – 3pm £1, pay on the day (buy tickets at the Museum), drop in* Thursday 31 May Medieval Gingerbread We will be making easy no-cook gingerbread in these fun hands-on sessions. This recipe is different from our modern gingerbread and contains honey and spices, that only the wealthy could have afforded. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £5, booking essential (see our website or call us)

Summer Holidays Activity Cart Visit us throughout the holidays at the Museum and enjoy a range of Abbey Quarter themed craft ideas. Free, drop in* Monk Bear Trail Find the Reading Abbey Monk Bears hidden around the Museum. Families, 10am – 4pm £1, drop in* Wednesday 25 July Teddy Bears Picnic Calling all Museum bears! Celebrate the start of the summer holidays by bringing your owners along to the Abbey Ruins. Enjoy making some monk bear themed craft with your favourite teddy in the sun. Meet our characters from the Quarter, dressed in full replica costume while you enjoy your picnic. In the event of bad weather, please come to the Museum. Families, 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm £1, pay on the day, drop in*

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Friday 27 July Rhymetime in the Ruins Come to Rhymetime in the Abbey ruins with staff from Reading Borough Libraries. Please bring your own rugs and picnics. A chance to sign up for this year’s Beano-themed Summer Reading Challenge, Mischief Makers. In the event of bad weather, please go to the Central Library. Families, 10am – 12pm (singing from 10.30am) Free, drop in*

Tuesday 31 July Out in the Abbey: Let’s Go Fly a Kite Falconry was a popular medieval pastime. Come to the Museum to make a paper kite and decorate it to look like your favourite bird of prey, then join us out in the Abbey Ruins to fly your kite! Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £5, booking essential (see our website or call us) Wednesday 8 August Out in the Abbey: Bug Club Insect explorers can search for creepy-crawlies with our special kits. Identify, draw and record your finds, and take a look at some fabulous insect specimens from our loans collection boxes. In the event of bad weather, please come to the Museum. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £4, booking essential (see our website or call us) Tuesday 14 August Summer Stained Glass Lanterns Take inspiration from beautiful stained medieval glass windows and decorate your own glass jar lantern. Please bring along clean, extra glass jars if you would like to decorate more than one! This activity will take place at the Museum. Families, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm £4, pay on the day, drop in*

* OUR DROP-INS ARE VERY POPULAR. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE HAVE LIMITED CAPACITY FOR ACTIVITIES IN THE MUSEUM.

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READING MUSEUM Wednesday 22 August Out in the Abbey: Crown Making King Henry I needs a new crown and we need your help to make him one! Create a glittering crown ready for the King himself to approve. Don’t forget to get a photo with him at the end of the session. In the event of bad weather, please come to the Museum. Families, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm £1, pay on the day, drop in*

Tuesday 28 August Out in the Abbey: Medieval Animal Trail Is that an elephant in the Forbury? Or a lion beside the gateway? Medieval animals have escaped across the Abbey Quarter! Use our map to find them all before collecting your prize at the Museum. Don’t miss the animal-themed craft on our Activity Cart that day. Families, available throughout the day, start at the Museum £1, pay on the day, drop in*

Heritage Open Days Please see our website closer to the time for further details.

* OUR DROP-INS ARE VERY POPULAR. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE HAVE LIMITED CAPACITY FOR ACTIVITIES IN THE MUSEUM.

Regular Events EVERY WEDNESDAY Tales for Tots: Story-time for the under 5s Drop in and catch a story using objects from our collection. Under 5s, 10.30am - 11.30am. Free, drop in

EVERY THURSDAY Museum Surgery Visitors can discover more about the collections, or ask for help in identifying interesting objects (NB no valuations can be given). 12pm - 4pm. Free, drop in

EVERY SATURDAY until 9 June Gallery Tours: Reading Abbey Quarter Join our trained volunteers for an introductory tour to the galleries. Starting in the new Story of Reading Gallery, our guides will give updates on the Abbey Quarter project, followed by a fascinating insight into their favourite objects while walking through the many galleries in the museum. All ages, 12pm – 12.45pm £5, drop in*

EVERY SATURDAY Bayeux Tapestry Tours Enjoy a guided tour of the famous full-size facsimile Tapestry. No need to book unless you are coming in a group (please call the Education team on 0118 937 3400). All ages, 2.15pm - 3pm. £5, drop in*

Thames River Cruises We’re currently working to develop river cruises from around Reading to the Abbey site and associated tours. More information and timetables of activities will be released later in the year. www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk

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Reading Arts & Venues Summer 2018 What's On Brochure  

The Hexagon ~ South Street Arts Centre ~ The Concert Hall ~ Reading Museum ~ Reading Abbey ~ Reading Libraries ~ Reading Sport & Leisure ~ B...

Reading Arts & Venues Summer 2018 What's On Brochure  

The Hexagon ~ South Street Arts Centre ~ The Concert Hall ~ Reading Museum ~ Reading Abbey ~ Reading Libraries ~ Reading Sport & Leisure ~ B...

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