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welcome …to the Reading Arts & venues autumn season!

The newly re-furbished South Street Arts Centre goes from strength to strength with another fine autumn programme for you to enjoy. The likes of SITELINES – Theatre in Unusual Spaces, Mark Thomas, Robin Ince, Kris Drever, Catherine Ireton, Habib Koite, Kerry Godliman and Stephen K Amos are all heading to South Street very soon! If you haven’t already, why not become a South Street Member? With exclusive offers, discounts and season briefings, you’ll also be investing in the future of this much loved cultural hub. Due to the popularity of South Street’s Membership Scheme, The Hexagon will soon be launching its very own scheme ~ look out for news on this where membership will give you access to special offers, pre-sales, drinks offers, members nights and more. Full details and membership packages to be announced soon. I hope to see you at one of our cultural venues soon, whether it’s the Hexagon, South Street, Reading Museum, The Town Hall, Reading Libraries, Reading Sport & Leisure or one of our many Parks & Open Spaces, there’s something for everyone at Reading Culture and Sport. Sarah Hacker Lead Councillor for Reading Culture, Sport and Consumer Services.


LOVE ST SOUTH 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. 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.


HIRE SOUTH STREET South Street is an Arts venue in Reading with a difference. Much loved for its independent feel, and now with fully refurbished spaces it makes the ideal town centre location for 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¢ FRIDAY 15 SEPTEMBER, FROM 5PM We are delighted to announce a special South Street Members Night on Friday 15 September, where John Luther will make a short presentation outlining the season highlights and introducing two short performances. There will also be nibbles and drinks discounts. Drinks from 5pm followed by talks and entertainment from about 6pm. Full details will be announced in due course. Each member will get 2 free tickets, VRSOHDVHEULQJDORQJDIULHQG¢ Please call the Box Office on WRUHVHUYH\RXUWLFNHWV


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Highlights include: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Hexagon 40th Anniversary Concert Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra European Union Chamber Orchestra The Sixteen & Harry Christophers Katona Twins, Guitars The Kings Singers Brodsky Quartet John Lill, Piano and many more Full Details at


9 â&#x20AC;&#x201C;17 September 2017

A new festival for Reading putting the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waterways back at the heart of Reading with a programme of river-inspired arts and cultural events. Heritage | Theatre | Talks | Walks | Family activities River spectaculars | Music | Leisure | Art | LEGO

SOUTH STREET Outrider Anthems & Festival of the Dark present

Song of Crow Friday 1 & Saturday 2 September, 7.30pm

It does not have to be this way; was not always this way. Creator Crow, crotchety, passionate, magical, returns to Planet Earth for two nights only, pep talk fizzing. A mythical journey through spoken word, dance, music, movement, film, music and light.

Director/Choreographer: Nick Brannon Musical Director: Thomas Joy ‘Thank utterly beautiful amazing mesmerising engaging, none of these words is enough.’ "VEJFODF.FNCFS £14, £12 concessions

SITELINES SITELINES and Reading-On-Thames Festival present

Playground Victories Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 September, 12noon, 2pm & 4pm A Light the Fuse & Scribbled Thought production as part of Reading-on-Thames Festival. A huge playground waits to be conquered. Performers climb, crawl, swing and storm over it playing children, adults, teenagers, drunken students, single mums and even playground wildlife. Funny and physical, Playground Victories captures the highs and lows of our playground past, present and future from first snogs to pirate adventures. A joyfully comic theatre and circus show for all ages, from the people that brought Full Stop to Reading in 2015. Sponsored by: Reading Business Improvement District Venue: Broad Street (outside M&S) Tickets FREE. No need to book, just turn up! Running time 30 minutes.

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James Phelan:

Chris Jagger’s Acoustic Roots

Lakin McCarthy & Mark Thomas with West Yorkshire Playhouse

Saturday 16 September, 8pm The trio features the combined spirits of Chris’s songs with Elliet Mackrell’s dancing fiddle and Dave Hatfield’s solid double bass. They add harmonies to bring the tunes alive and breathe life into the performance. Popular for their original tunes, they vary the selection with country, bluegrass and blues to make an entertaining evening. Prepare to dance and whistle as well as listen.

The Red Shed


Saturday 9 September, 7.30pm Nephew of the late Paul Daniels, James Phelan presents a night of light hearted, prank focused magic: utilising audience participation to comic effect. Described by The Radio Times as having ‘a cheeky charm’ the show is presented through this personality and is both jawdropping and laugh-out-loud funny. Tickets £18.50

“He’s a natural musician,” Dave Stewart (Eurythmics). Tickets £12

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Mark Thomas: Thursday 21 September, 7.30pm The very last chance to see Mark Thomas’ award winning Red Shed, the third part in a trilogy that started with the multi award winning shows Bravo Figaro and Cuckooed. A story of strikes, fights, dinner ladies and commies. Crap beer, great beer, burgers and burger slingers. Pickets, placards, friendship, love, history, dreams and above all remembering. PG advised 16+ Tickets £17, £14 members

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Jimmy Carr:

Ben Portsmouth

Vic Llewellyn & Kid Carpet

The King is Back

The Castle Builder

The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour Wednesday 20 September, 8pm A FOURTH chance to see Jimmy Carr with his ‘Best Of’ show. Jimmy has gathered a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. Adults Only Tickets £29.50

Thursday 21 September, 7.30pm On this night, you will see the live performance that left David Letterman at a loss for words exclaiming, “Oh my God, Oh my God!” when Ben headlined his show in February of 2013. Internationally renowned as one, if not The Best Elvis Tribute in the world today, Ben Portsmouth will bring his unique style, charisma and 10-piece band to show audiences why he is regarded as the best in the business. Tickets £29.50, Concessions: £27, Groups 10+ £26.50

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Thursday 21 September, 8pm An emotional and hard rocking journey into the hearts and souls that exist on the outer limits of creativity and building regulations. The show spirals outwards from personal accounts into tales of other outsider artists who’ve been inspired to build gigantic extraordinary structures, alone, in secret, and without artistic validation from the real world. Special guest artist / maker on stage: Nick Garnett PG advised, 12+ Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £9 members 11


The Night Pirates Saturday 23 September, 11am & 2pm PIRATES! Rough, tough little girl pirates. With their own pirate ship. A ship set for sailing. A ship off on adventures. A Rose Theatre Kingston & Nick Brooke Ltd co-production. Adapted from the best-selling children’s book by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright, The Night Pirates tells the tale of a group of little girl pirates who descend on a young boy called Tom at bedtime. Eager to join the pirate adventure, Tom uses his house as a pirate ship and sets sail to retrieve stolen treasure from Captain Patch and the bumbling grown-up pirates. Adapted and directed by Miranda Larson, this show combines original songs and swashbuckling adventures, suitable for any budding young pirate! Suitable for ages 3 and up £14, Groups of 10+ £11, Family (max 2 adults) £44 Schools £9.50

Text copyright © Peter Harris 2007 Cover illustration copyright © Deborah Allwright 2007 Published by Egmont UK Ltd

SOUTH STREET Iszi Lawrence

Z List Dead List Friday 22 September, 8pm Will YOU be remembered after you’re dead? Iszi Lawrence (BBC Radio 4 Making History, The British Museum Membercast) and guests including Andy Riley (writer Black books, Veep) and Paul Duncan Mcgarrity (Ask and Archaeologist) champion obscure people from History to be put on the Z List Dead List. Who wins? YOU decide! Plenty of laughs plus fascinating facts for History nerds... “Like Horrible Histories for Adults” Nottingham Live Tickets £12, £10 cons & members

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Ma Bessie sings Bessie Smith ‘Empress of the Blues’

Reading Vegan Festival

Friday 22 September, 8pm Bessie Smith (15th April 1894 – 26th September 1937) was an American blues singer. Nicknamed the “Empress of the Blues”, she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. Bessie is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and was a major influence on other jazz singers. Ma Bessie (Julia Titus) and her blues troupe perform to a narrated show, featuring music and songs from that era as well as a large proportion of Bessie’s work. The show chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 that ended her life aged 43 years.

Saturday 23 September, from 10am Town Hall and St Laurence Church Come to Reading’s first ever 100% vegan festival! There’ll be a wide range of vegan food and products such as clothing, cosmetics and jewellery as well as some great speakers to inspire and help you find out more information on veganism, what it means and how to get involved in animal rights. Free Entry. To find out more or offer support, go to…

Tickets £17, £15 concessions

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Show And Tell present



Two Man Show

Life + Rhymes

Saturday 23 September, 8pm The Irish hip-hop comedy freestyle duo take their hit show on tour. Come see the fictional autobiography that entertained over 10,000 people in a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The year is 1993. After destroying rural Ireland’s talent show circuit, hip-hop improvisers Abandoman are teetering on the edge of international fame. This is their access-all-areas story: the highs, lows and a cast of characters… that changes every night. This is your chance to be part of Abandoman’s history. Their biggest, most ambitious show ever follows years of touring across the world, and supporting Ed Sheeran on his major UK tour. This is their Life and Rhymes.

Tuesday 26 September, 8pm Winner: 2016 Fringe First Award Winner: The Stage Award for Excellence in Acting Winner Three Weeks Editor’s Award Nomination: Total Theatre Award Fringe First Winners RashDash return with their award winning, genre-defying hit about gender, language and humankind. Commissioned by Soho Theatre and Northern Stage. PG 14+, contains full nakedness (non-threatening and non-sexual) Tickets £14, £12 concessions, £10 members

Tickets £14

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Reading Operatic Society present

Robin Ince:

Singin’ in the Rain

Pragmatic Insanity

Wednesday 27 to Saturday 30 September 7.30pm with a 2.30pm Sat Matinee DIRECTOR – Jennifer Scott CHOREOGRAPHER – Gemma Hough MUSICAL DIRECTOR – Neil Matthews The “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay in Singin’ In The Rain. Each unforgettable scene, song, and dance is accounted for, including the show-stopping title number, complete with an onstage rainstorm! Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, and a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards make Singin’ In The Rain the perfect entertainment for any fan of the golden age of movie musicals.

Friday 29 September, 8pm Robin’s first new stand up show in three years is a clash of the two cultures, a joyous romp through his favourite artists and strangest scientific ideas. From the work of Stanley Spencer to Niels Bohr, it is 90 minutes fizzing with ideas about creativity in science and art, as well as asking why we believe we see what we see and why we believe what we believe. Robin will have just finished a 70 date record breaking tour with Brian Cox that concludes PG advised 14+ Tickets £16

This is a non-professional production Tickets £22, £20 concessions Wednesday Opening Night Offer: All tickets £18

Real rain onstage!

Wed 27th to Sat 30th Sept 2017 The Hexagon, Reading 7.30pm with a 2.30pm Saturday matinee



Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc. Music published by EMI, all rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC (Original Movie Choreography by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen) Produced by Arrangement With Maurice Rosenfield, Lois F. Rosenfield and Cindy Pritzker, Inc.


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Singin’ in the Rain is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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Rip It Up

Rose Biggin & Keir Cooper

Sunday 1 October, 7.30pm

A Pole/Guitar Composition in Exploded View

Dancing Through The 50’s Two Strictly Champions together with one Strictly Professional live on stage with BBC Radio Two’s Leo Green with musicians, dancers and singers Jay McGuiness, Natalie Lowe and Louis Smith will swing, bop, jitterbug, lindy hop, jive and ballroom through the greatest songs from the greatest decade of music! The music in the show spans various styles from romantic ballads and crooner songs through to classic pop hits and the shattering world of rock ‘n’ roll. Tickets: VIP: £57 £37, £31.50, £21.50




Badass Grammar: Thursday 5 October, 8pm

BADASS GRAMMAR is a theatrical collaboration between a pole dancer and a guitarist, a composition in exploded view. With a mischievous agenda, the performance invites in the mucky subjects of shame, power & privilege. And takes them dancing. Peering in at the nuts and bolts, the muscle and bone. We draw on the invisible histories of our disciplines, spinning art & language to build a new one, like the back of a live album from another universe. From award-winning theatre-maker & guitarist Keir Cooper & writer, theatre-maker & Miss Pole Dance UK finalist Rose Biggin. Featuring a bespoke performance from Penny Arcade. PG advised, 16+. Tickets £11, £10 concessions, £9 members


Rob Newman: A History Of Western Philosophy Two Strictly ch ampions toge of the Uk’s favo urite dancers thLiver with one e on stage with Radio 2’s plus Musicians, dancers & singe rs




Friday 6 October, 8pm Join Rob as he premiers brand new (and usually controversial) material inspired by his recent award-winning Radio 4 series Neuropolis. Over the last twenty-five years Rob has continually surprised audiences with innovations, surprise changes of direction and inspired thinking. This show will be no exception to that tradition. Tickets: £14.50

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SOUTH STREET Milk presents

Joan Tuesday 10 October, 8pm An earthy story of courage, conviction and hope, this is Joan of Arc. Performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, history’s greatest gender-warrior takes to the stage, dragging up as the men she defies in this smash-hit show. JOAN fuses lyrical new writing with quick wit and cabaret prowess, performed by drag king champion Lucy Jane Parkinson, aka LoUis CYfer (WINNER Drag Idol 2014), and written by Milk Presents co-director Lucy J Skilbeck (BBC Legacy Fund recipient). What happens when a disguise soon becomes something a lot more real and you have to fight for who you really are? Milk Presents bring you a fearless new show about what it means to stand out, stand up and stand alone. Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £9 members


Gordon Buchanan:

Animal Families and Me

Tuesday 10 October, 7.30pm Have you got any burning wildlife questions? BBC TV wildlife presenter and cameraman Gordon Buchanan has travelled the planet from South America, Asia, Africa, Papua New Guinea, Russia and Alaska - and will definitely have some interesting answers! This is a show for any wildlife enthusiast who wants to enjoy the spell-binding stories of the natural world from a man who has experienced danger face to face. Throughout autumn audiences all over the UK are invited to listen and interact with Gordon Buchanan as the highly acclaimed television wildlife cameraman and presenter of the popular BBC ‘Animal Family and Me’ series shares an insight into his incredible experiences with some of the world’s most fearsome and majestic animals. With a reputation for relishing dangerous and tough assignments, his tales of challenging expeditions make for a thrilling evening not to be missed. Tickets: £21.50, U16’s £19.50, Groups 10+ £2.50 off

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Beverley Knight:

An Evening with

I Love Soulsville Tour

Wednesday 11 October, doors 7pm Following the release of last year’s acclaimed Top 10 album Soulsville, singer songwriter and actress Beverley Knight announces a new UK Tour for 2017. Following a string of sold out gigs in the spring of 2016, and having completed a 6 month run in the smash hit west end musical The Bodyguard in January, Beverley is taking to the road again in her own right in June 2017. She will play a broad set featuring hits from her stellar career, highlights from the Soulsville album as well as a few customary surprises that fans have come expect from her legendary live shows. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult Tickets £37, £29.50, £21.50

Kris Drever (Lau), James Yorkston and Withered Hand Wednesday 11 October, 8pm

Three outstanding singer-songwriters, onstage together throughout, sharing songs and stories. James Yorkston, named as the “Finest songwriter of his generation” by the great John Peel, James has led a varied and critically-acclaimed career: an original member of The Fence Collective, a highly-praised author, a member of genredefying Yorkston Thorne Khan and sometime folk-club organiser. “One of the most influential singer/songwriters on the Scottish folk scene” The Scotsman. Scottish songwriter Kris Drever celebrated a decade of critical and commercial success by winning both BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of The Year 2017 and Best Original Track 2017. Tickets £17, £15 members

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SITELINES South Street & University of Reading present A SITELINES commission

Being Gordon Greenidge

in association with Barbados and Friends Association (Reading) & Reading School Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 October 7.30pm + 2.30pm Sat matinee In 1965, a 14 year old Gordon Greenidge from St Peter, Barbados landed in a stark cold town called Reading. He went on to become one of the most successful cricketers in history, and was an integral part of the all-conquering West Indies side from 1974-91. ‘Being Gordon Greenidge’ charts Gordon’s rise to international fame from humble beginnings in 60’s Reading, celebrating the huge impact his West Indian cricket team had on the Caribbean community. A brand new theatre show from the makers of ‘Jackson’s Corner’, ‘Kaspar’ and ‘The Final Whistle’, featuring archive footage and exclusive interviews with elders from Reading’s Bajan community. Written & Directed by Benedict Sandiford Produced by South Street & the University of Reading Kindly supported with public funding through Arts Council England Recommended ages 10+ Tickets £15, £13 members Venue: Reading School, Erleigh Road, RG1 5LW Reading School Cricket Pavilion is easily found to the left of the main drive to the School, accessed from Erleigh Road.



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Strictly no latecomers. Unfortunately the show is not accessible to wheelchair users. 19




Keith James sings

The Thinking Drinkers

The Songs of Leonard Cohen

History of Alcohol

Shane Filan

Thursday 12 October, 8pm



Enjoy five free drinks as these award-winning professional drink experts definitively prove that alcohol has influenced everything that has ever happened. Ever. Their brand new show is an intoxicating, hilarious time-travelling journey through our drink-drenched past, pouring the entire history of human civilisation into a shot glass. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll laugh a lot, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll learn a lot and, if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not enough, you get five free drinks. The perfect aperitif to any evening.

Love Always Tour

Friday 13 October, doors 7pm Hot  off the back of announcing his new album â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Love Alwaysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, Shane Filan has confirmed a major indoor Irish & UK Tour. Shane says: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Love Always is a collection of some of my favourite classic love songs. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an album Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve wanted to make for a long time. For me thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing quite like singing an amazing ballad and this album is full of themâ&#x20AC;?. Ticket ÂŁ52, ÂŁ35.50, ÂŁ29.50

Adults Only, Tickets ÂŁ16

Tickets ÂŁ17

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The Ultimate Tribute to ABBA and the Bee Gees

Luisa Omielan:

Thank You For The Music

Saturday 14 October, 8pm

The Festival Of The Spoken Nerd

Saturday 14 October, 8pm Join the fantabba-ulous party of the year as the 40th anniversary of ABBA’s greatest hit Dancing Queen is celebrated in sequinspangled style. ABBA and Bee Gees classics abound. Rocking the retro sounds of “the right music” – Mamma Mia, Stayin’ Alive, Super Trouper, Night Fever and Waterloo – to Lycra-tight perfection. Record-breaking movies, smashhit West End musicals, charttopping albums and singles – ABBA’s incredible legacy now lives on in concert with this “all-new for 2016” international smash-hit show. Dancing kings and queens – have the time of your lives with the all-time greatest party-time extravaganza.

Am I Right Ladies?

Comedy phenomenon Luisa Omielan is bringing her smash hit show ‘Am I Right Ladies!?’ to Reading. Her first show ‘What Would Beyonce Do?!’ was hailed as ‘one of the biggest stand up hits of the last decade’ (The Guardian) and was launched on BBC3 as a stand-up special and this is the follow up! Her joke on the Thigh Gap went viral with currently over 40 million views. If you liked that you will LOVE the show. It’s a party with jokes in! PG advised 16+ Tickets: £16

Tickets £24, concessions £2 off, Groups 1 in 10 free

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You Can’t Polish A Nerd

Sunday 15 October, 7.30pm Since their last tour, experiments guy Steve Mould, geek songstress Helen Arney and stand-up mathematician Matt Parker have featured on BBC2’s QI, created a genuinely “experimental” comedy show for BBC Radio 4 and played the Hammersmith Apollo with Professor Brian Cox. Don’t miss the “resplendently geeky trio” (The Times) as they put the “oooh” into zoology, the “fun” into fundamental theorem of calculus and the “recursion” into recursion. Together they’ll be buffing up a veritable Periodic Table of new science, songs, and spreadsheets that will tickle your ribs and light your Bunsen burner. Full Frontal Nerdity guaranteed! For ages 14+ Tickets: £19.50, £16 Concessions 21



Tap Factory Productions and TBO Productions presents

Matthew E White

Tap Factory

Tuesday 17 October, 8pm

Monday 16 October, 7.30pm Tap Factory is an International hit-show for all the family, featuring urban tap dance, percussion, comedy and acrobatics. Tap Factory is so much more than a tap show full of high energy dance, explosive percussion and unbelievable acrobatics, all wrapped up in a fun-filled evening. The stunning live music and choreography is created from the most ordinary of objects by a highly talented, internationally renowned cast of award-winning tap dancers.

+ support

An intimate evening previewing works in progress and older classics. Matthew E. White is in the middle of work on his new album and would like to share and try out some of his works in progress and older classics. With the UK and Ireland so close to his heart, a tour of smaller clubs seemed the only logical place to give such an intimate and open performance that shows some of his song writing process. Tickets £16

On stage the show features; 4 pairs of tap shoes, 12 oil barrels, 1 stepladder, 4 trash bins, 1 bucket, 1 toolbox, 1 broom, 12 cans, 4 wood mallets and eight handsome men. Don’t miss it!

Tickets £23.50, £22, Concessions £2 off, Groups 10+ £2.50 off

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THE HEXAGON London Classic Theatre presents


Tickets £20.50, £18.50 concessions Matinee £17.50 (no concessions apart from groups and schools) Groups 10+ £17, Schools £10 plus 1 in 10 free

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Classical Music Alive in Reading


Catherine Ireton

John Lill, Piano Wednesday 18 October, 7.30pm John Lill is a familiar face to Classical Music Alive audiences, most recently as soloist with various orchestras, but it is some time since we welcomed him to The Concert Hall as a solo recitalist. Beethoven Sonata in C minor Op.13 Sonata in C Op.53 ‘Waldstein’ Sonata in C# minor Op.27 No.2 ‘Moonlight’ Sonata in F minor Op.57 ‘Appassionata’ Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Town Hall FREE Tickets £20.50, £17.50, £15.50

For All The Fires Not Yet Lit

Stewart Lee: Content Provider

Thursday 19 October, 8pm

Thursday 19 October, 8pm

Claire Lyons’ fiancé doesn’t think she should make a speech at the wedding reception, neither does her mother. And yesterday, she stayed swimming in the slow lane, despite her legs wanting to push her faster. And so it is that a morning outing to get a coffee turns into a quest for Claire to locate her brave bone, surprising herself and others. Over the next 24 hours Claire goes on a protest, makes friends with a shoplifter, ends up in a prison cell and wakes with a very different view of what is and isn’t possible.

After four years writing and performing his TV show Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Content Provider is Stewart’s first brand new full-length show since the award-winning Carpet Remnant World. “The most consistently funny show of his brilliant career … I laughed till it hurt.” The Times PG 16+ adult material, Tickets £25

For all the fires not yet lit is a new solo performance written and performed by Catherine Ireton using found sounds, electronic samples, storytelling and song. Tickets £12.50, £11 concessions, £10 members

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The Hunting of the Snark

Ray Mears:

Friday 20 October, 1.30pm & 4.30pm

Born to go Wild

Saturday 21 October, 7.30pm Recognised worldwide as an authority on bush craft and survival, Ray acquired his unique skills through his work in some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most uninhabitable and harshest environments. From a very young age Ray discovered the joys of exploring the Wilderness, the most intact, undisturbed wild natural areas left on our planet. His fascination with this environment that has not been modified by civilized human activity has greatly shaped his life. BTBOJOUSPEVDUJPOUPUIFNBHJDPGUIFBUSF  BH D P FB JUJTIBSEUPCFBU3"%*05*.&4 4 BEBGGZZBSOXJUIEBTI IJMBSJUZBOE B ZB E BTXFFUIFBSU5)&5*.&4 All aboard! The ship is departing! All children, animals and silly people welcome! The impossible voyage of an improbable crew to hunt an imaginary creature is brought magically to life in this sparkling musical comedy adventure for 4 to 94 year olds.

Ray will take you on a journey that he deeply values for cultural, spiritual, moral and aesthetical reasons and explain why he believes these are vital for the human spirit and creativity. Tickets ÂŁ27, U16â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ÂŁ19.50, family of four (max 2 adults) ÂŁ83 Concessions: ÂŁ22, Groups 10+: ÂŁ20

Enter the imaginative world of Alice in Wonderland creator, Lewis Carroll, in this brand new, highly original, ultra-modern adaptation inspired by his much loved classic poem. Fresh from Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s West End, this show features five high-energy actors, life-like puppets, fantastical characters, and lashings of daft humour. Side-splittingly funny, joyful, fast-paced and bursting with a soundtrack of witty songs by an award-winning songwriter, The Hunting of the Snark is a tour de force thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ll delight, excite and entertain.


Tickets ÂŁ16.50, U16s ÂŁ14.50 Family (max 2 adults) ÂŁ50, Schools ÂŁ8.50

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SOUTH STREET African Night Fever

Habib Koite: + special guest Sura Susso Saturday 21 October, 8pm Malian guitarist Habib Koité is one of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians. He has performed with legends Kélétigui Diabaté and Toumani Diabaté. Habib’s music mixes the blues and afrocuban - a style he learnt from Khalilou Traoré a veteran of the legendary AfroCuban band Maravillas du Mali. His singing style is restrained and intimate with varying rhythms and melodies. Support comes from very special guest, Gambian Kora player Sura Susso. Tickets £14, £12 concessions, £10 members

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Vintage Weigh & Pay Sunday 22 October, oQN (Early Bird Entry am, £3 on the door) Forget the High Street for your shopping bargains, The Vintage Weigh & Pay is coming to The Hexagon for a big Vintage Sale! HOW DOES IT WORK? Grab a bag on entry for your finds. Our vintage wholesaler will be bringing 6 tonnes of vintage clothing from the 1960s onwards. Our clothing will be hung out on rails and in rummage bins for you to pick through. You can try anything before you buy. Please visit for full details.


Squeeze: Join the Dots Tour Special Guests Nine Below Zero Monday 23 October, doors 7pm Chris Difford tells us “I’m excited to say Squeeze are planning a new album release and a UK tour for 2017. As I put pencil to paper to write some ideas for the next album I have to say how confident I am about our bands future. I’m excited that Nine Below Zero are opening up for us as they’re a band I have a huge amount of respect for. At last something to look forward to in 2017!” Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult Tickets £49.50, £34.50

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Theatre Of Widdershins

Russell Brand:

Roy Chubby Brown

Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tales Tuesday 24 & Wednesday 25 October 11.30am & 2pm The perplexing question of fairytales - what really happened between the wolf and his three porky friends? Why was Goldilocks wandering in the woods? How did the goats overcome a mighty troll - are explored and explained by the wonderful Theatre of Widdershins with the help of fun, laughter, some gorgeous puppets and a soundtrack that will stick in your head long after you’ve left the theatre. Suitable for everyone aged 3+ and their pet trolls. Please note: South Street’s theatre shows for children are very intimate and often gentle, so we encourage following the age recommendation. For this reason we do not do “babes in arms” tickets for South Street shows.

For ages 3+ Tickets £9.50 or £34 for a group of 4 (at least one adult)

Re:Birth Tuesday 24 October, 8pm Wednesday 29 November, 8pm “How do we make sense of the madness of our lives once we become parents? What am I going to tell my daughter about conformity and responsibility? What happens if she grows up to be like me or, worse, date someone like me?” Following a series of sold-out preview shows in November and December 2016, Russell Brand announces his new stand-up tour. What is real? Who are we? Where did this baby come from?

Wednesday 25 October, 8pm Chubby doesn’t hold back from sharing his outlandish views, sailing so close to the mark, even the most seasoned of fans will be left gob-smacked! As politically incorrect as ever, this live performance is the only place to catch the flamboyant comedian! If easily offended, please stay away! Adults Only Tickets £22

Please note: For those of you who came to the ‘Exposed’ show that Russell Brand performed last year, that was a work in progress towards the Re:Birth tour. There will be some crossover of material. PG 16+ adult material Tickets £29.50

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Show And Tell

Andy Parsons:

Mae Martin:

Peak Bulls**t


Thursday 26 October, 8pm

Thursday 26 October, 8pm

Worried about your job? Worried about your family? Worried about yourself? Worried about the health service? Education? Climate change? World War 3? Worried about worrying? Sod it! Come and have a laugh about it. It’s one of the things we do best. Or is it? Was it something we did best but like everything else has now gone West. Or South. Or East. Ah - go on. Take a risk. Put on your lucky pants and your party shoes – and get yourself on a night out. Or maybe come out dressed in a binbag, top hat and clogs. We could all use a laugh.

The award winning stand-up and star of BBC Radio Four’s Mae Martin’s Guide to 21st Century Sexuality presents her debut UK tour. Mae Martin is comedy’s most naturally charismatic young storyteller, fresh from sell-out seasons in Australia, Edinburgh and London. In her new show Dope, she examines a lifetime of obsessions, fandom and addiction and shines a light on that one weird shrimp we all have in our brains that is happy to pursue short-term pleasure despite long-term consequences. Tickets £14

PG adult content, Tickets £17

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Heidi Talbot:

Sax in the City

Friday 27 October, 8pm

Saturday 28 October, 6.15pm

Heidi Talbot was born in Ireland became a folk star in the USA as a member of the Irish American band Cherish the Ladies, and now lives in Scotland, where she is married to the celebrated fiddler and multi-instrumentalist John McCusker. She has developed a style that switches easily between Celtic and Americana, but subtlety is Talbot’s magic ingredient.

Sax in the City - Chilled and fun early evening concert full of sizzling sax.

Heidi has been nominated for folk singer of the year and best traditional song by BBC Radio 2, best live act by the Scottish traditional music awards and best female vocalist at The Irish Music Awards. Tickets £17, £15 members

Playing chill-out electronica/ jazz and infectious pop-sax classics. The sax and bass duo performs a range of classic relaxing jazz standards and pop songs converted into beautiful blissful sax renditions, including Gerry Rafety’s “Baker Street”, George Michaels “Careless Whisper”, Hazel O’Conner’s “Will You”.

Johnty Wilks: Deep Deep Sax

Saturday 28 October, 8.30pm A night of deeply relaxing music as Johnty takes you on a journey through his own compositions combining melodic soft saxophone, Rhodes piano, sound healing, jazz noir, meditative improvisations and stunning visual projections. With K Darling on bass & electronics plus special guest.

Sax in the City: £14 advance, £17 on the door Johnty Wilks: £19 advance, £22 on the door Combo tickets: Sax in the City + Johnty Wilks: £27/£32 on the door

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Des O’Connor and Jimmy Tarbuck Live

Jon Richardson: The Old Man

Sunday 29 October, 7.30pm

Tuesday 31 October, 8pm

Brought to you direct from the London Palladium, DES O’CONNOR joins JIMMY TARBUCK live on stage for this rare event!

A second date for Jon Richardson at The Hexagon with his new show.

Two legends of television, show-business and of the Royal Variety Performance come together, accompanied by music and video to reminisce and entertain at The Hexagon for one night only!

The British Comedy Award nominee and star of Live At The Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats is embarking on a nationwide tour to complain about the state of the world and offer no solutions. Since his last show he has become a husband and father, seen the UK vote to leave the EU and watched the rise of Donald Trump, all of which leaves him asking one question, why does it seem that no one else alive can correctly load a dishwasher?

Tickets £30

PG adult content, Tickets £22.50


Joel Dommett: Live Wednesday 1 November, 8pm One of the UK’s most energetic and exciting comedians returns to the road with his solo show, Joel Dommett: LIVE. Catch the star of 2016’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Sky1’s Bring The Noise as he delivers his high octane comedy to venues up and down the country. PG adult material Tickets £20.50, Students £17.50

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Vamos Theatre

An Evening with Monty Don:

Finding Joy Wednesday 1 November, 8pm A comic, anarchic, touching and heroic adventure. Joy is 83 today: she’s funny, loves to dance, and is losing her memory. Her grandson Danny is rebellious, fearless, bright, and always getting into trouble. When, out of the blue, Danny decides to look after Joy, they discover a shared playfulness and a mutual affection. But is that enough to take on the challenges ahead? Vamos Theatre’s wordless theatrical world brings this story of lost memories and discovered love vividly to life, in the production that established Vamos Theatre as the UK’s leading full mask theatre company.

Down To Earth Wednesday 1 November, 7.30pm Monty Don is a renowned gardening writer and BBC television presenter and the nation’s favourite and most respected gardener. Hear him speak about his life and travels visiting gardens all over the world, what really happens behind the scenes when filming, about how he made his own organic garden from a bare field and how understanding and working with nature enriches and empowers us all. Tickets £20

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SOUTH STREET Avalon Promotions

Matt Richardson: Hexagon 40th Anniversary Gala Concert

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Barry Wordsworth Friday 3 November, 7.30pm Barry Wordsworth, Conductor Duncan Riddell, Violin With young musicians from Berkshire Maestros, Reading Youth Orchestra and Henley Music School


Friday 3 November, 8pm A lot has happened to Matt Richardson since his last tour in 2013. A lot of it is quite strange. Most comedians hope to win accolades and make people laugh; very few end up with Heat Magazine’s Weird Crush trophy. From interviewing millionaire dogs in LA, ghost hunting with Craig Revel Horwood and having his phone nicked by Kate Moss - it’s been an odd, but fun, few years. Tickets £14.50

The 2017-2018 season marks the 40th Anniversary of The Hexagon. To begin the festivities, our Resident Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, bring a Gala Concert of British favourites. Elgar: Overture: Cockaigne Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending Holst: The Planets Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Hexagon Auditorium FREE Tickets £25.50, £22.50

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Peut-Être Theatre

Yianni Agisilaou in

Tidy Up

The Simpsons Taught Me Everything I Know

Alison Moyet

Saturday 4 November, 11.30am & 2pm When it starts out ship-shape, there’s only one way for it to go... Join us for a dance-theatre performance that gets all messed up. The world can be a muddled place but as we steer our way through it, we often discover things anew. Peut-Être Theatre’s Tidy Up is a witty and uplifting journey exploring why some of us gravitate towards mess and whether the ‘right way’ really exists. Amongst it all, we find that balloons can create pandemonium. Inspired by the child’s desire to create order, patterns and systems, Tidy Up invites you to an unforgettable party where tidiness becomes exciting for children and chaos becomes joyful for parents. The production was developed in partnership with GOSH Arts, patients and families and the Psychological Services Department at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Saturday 4 November, 8pm Following critically acclaimed, total sell-out runs at Edinburgh, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth Comedy Festivals, Yianni Agisilaou brings his love letter to the world’s greatest TV show to Reading. Stories, facts, impersonations and more form a hilarious and cromulent look at a lifetime spent quoting, referencing and learning from The Simpsons, how the show has embiggened his life and how he almost became the replacement voice for Mr Burns and Smithers!

The ‘Other’ Tour Sunday 5 November, doors 7pm Alison Moyet is heading back out on the road in support of her new album ‘Other’ which finds Alison at the top of her game - making exactly the adventurous electronic pop music she wants to at this moment in time, with her voice and song writing both intense, poetic and thought provoking. Tickets £51.50, £37, £27

Whether you’re a Simpsons tragic, or just an everyday fan, it’ll be fun-diddly-un! DOHn’t miss it! PG advised 14+ Tickets £14

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For ages 3+ Tickets £9.50

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Racheal Ofori & Fuel

Henning Wehn:

Lakin McCarthy presents


Westphalia Is Not An Option

Ruby Wax:

Tuesday 7 November, 8pm

Wednesday 8 November, 8pm

Frank, fun and provocative look at the trials and tribulations of modern life seen through the eyes of a young black woman. Inspired by Racheal’s own experiences, Portrait uses music, poetry, humour and dance to examine identity and role models and challenge cultural stereotypes. Written and performed by Racheal Ofori. Directed for Edinburgh and UK tour by Kate Hewitt.

Henning Wehn announces a second date at The Hexagon for his ‘Westphalia Is Not An Option’ show, after selling-out his June 2017 date with us.

Frazzled! A Guide to Mindfulness

Supported by Arts Council England PG advised 12+ Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £8 members

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“Forget about the Euro, Henning hits the Mark” Nottingham Post PG 16+ adult material Tickets £19.50

Thursday 9 November, 8pm A forum for discussion. Much loved comedian, writer, actor and mental health campaigner, Ruby Wax, takes you on a guide to mindfulness and how to apply it in daily life. Funny, useful and based on her new book of the same name. This event is your passport to saner living. She might not be sane herself but she does a pretty good imitation. PG Advised, Tickets £22, £20 Concessions

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Jools Holland:

The Punishment of Luxury Tour

& His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Thursday 9 November, doors

Friday 10 November, 7.30pm


7pm Having played a triumphant sold out show at the Royal Albert Hall in May last year, Synth Pop pioneers OMD head back out on the road again this autumn for a string of must-see shows.

Joining Jools and his band on stage for the 2017 autumn / Winter UK tour will be Grammy Award winner José Feliciano, one of the most prominent stars in Latin America and revered musicians in the world. Tickets £42

Their dazzling 13th studio album ‘The Punishment of Luxury’ is out 1st September on 100% Records. Ages 14+ Only Tickets £37, Standing Downstairs Seated Balcony

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Saturday 11 November, 7.30pm Boot-Led-Zeppelin offer the definitive tribute to one of the world’s most legendary rock bands, Led Zeppelin. Capturing the magic and excitement of Zeppelin’s concerts from the 70s, the band faithfully perform all their classic songs, from mellow acoustic numbers such as Going To California to epics such as Whole Lotta Love, Kashmir and Stairway To Heaven. Tickets £27, £24 Concessions, £18 U16s 35




Tall Stories

Luke Jermay:

Reading School InterHouse Music Competition

The Snow Dragon Saturday 11 November, 11.30am & 2pm The night of the Snow Dragon approaches… Billy has everything a young goat could need – and more besides. On New Year’s Eve, Billy is looking forward to the annual visit of the legendary Snow Dragon, who will bring him even more goodies... But when Billy bumps into some hungry wolves in the forest, New Year’s Day seems a long way off. How will Billy escape? And has he been naughty or nice? Toe-tapping songs and lots of laughs for everyone aged 3 and up, from the company that brought you ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘The Snail and the Whale’.

Sixth Sense Saturday 11 November, 8pm Luke Jermay is the most incredible man you’ve probably never heard of. He can read your mind. No really; he can read your mind. He doesn’t use mind games or psychological tricks; he is not a trickster, there are no smoke and mirrors. He can simply read your mind. His awe inspiring intuitive abilities have gained him high profile fans such as Derren Brown, Dynamo and Uri Geller who all agree Jermay is astonishing Tickets £15, £13 members

Sunday 12 November, 5.45pm The largest event of the Reading School calendar, The Inter House Music Competition, now in its 82nd year, sees it being held at the Hexagon for the first time. For the last 20 years the competition has been held at the beautiful Concert Hall, and having outgrown the venue, the competition has been moved to the larger Hexagon. Tickets £15, £12, Students £8 (2nd price area only)

Tickets £10, £9 members

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Henley Symphony Orchestra

Classical Music Alive in Reading

Scouting for Girls

Sunday 12 November, 4pm Conductor: Ian Brown Violin: Laura Samuel Viola: Scott Dickinson Schubert: Rosamunde Overture Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola Finzi: Clarinet Concerto Debussy: La Mer Debussy: Nocturnes Nuages and Fêtes Henley Symphony Orchestra is delighted to open its 48th season in the splendid Reading Concert Hall by welcoming Laura Samuel and Scott Dickinson as soloists.

Chloe Hanslip, Violin & Danny Driver, Piano Wednesday 15 November, 7.30pm Schubert Sonatina No.1 in D Major D384 Beethoven Violin Sonata No.10 in G Major Op.96 Beethoven Violin Sonata in A Major Op.47 ‘Kreutzer’

Thursday 16 November, doors 7pm SFG hit the road in 2017 officially marking a decade since the release of their unstoppable, million-selling self-titled debut album and to celebrate the 10th anniversary, SFG return with the release of an extended, deluxe version. U14’s must be seated and accompanied by an adult £24.50, standing downstairs seated balcony.

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Town Hall FREE Tickets £20.50, £17.50, £15.50

Booking opens 11 September Tickets £18, £14, £11.20 U16/Students half price One child free with adult, £14 & £11.20 only Groups 1 in 8 free

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The Illegal Eagles

Simon Amstell:

Friday 17 November, 7.30pm

Saturday 18 November, 8pm

Often acclaimed as the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Official No.1 Eagles tribute, The Illegal Eagles return to the stage in 2017, this time celebrating their incredible 20 years of UK & international touring!

Following a series of critically acclaimed, sold out international tours, Simon Amstell begins his fifth stand up tour in the UK.

Thursday 16 November, 8pm Made and performed by Juan Carlos Otero, Keir Cooper & Lola Rueda. in collaboration with Emma Frankland. A new performance exploring Spainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s communist & anarchist coalition government of the 1930s, and the society that elected it. From the makers of Don Quijote (4 stars in The Guardian & Time Out Criticsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Choice). Inspired by historical events that preceded the Spanish Civil War, REPUBLICA is the untold story of the Spanish Revolution and a bold reclaiming of the ideals of The Second Republic (1931-1939). PG 16+, Tickets ÂŁ11, ÂŁ10 concessions, ÂŁ9 members

For their special 20th Anniversary tour, The Illegal Eagles bring you their strongest and most popular show to date. Performing all of the classic Eagles hits including hits Hotel California, Take It Easy, Lyinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Eyes, Take it to the Limit, Life in the Fast Lane and many more!

What Is This?

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What is this?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; promises to be a deeply personal, funny exploration of beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love. PG 15+ adult material Tickets ÂŁ25


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Avalon Promotions

Afro Celt Sound System

Dr Hook starring Dennis Locorriere

Phil Wang Saturday 18 November, 8pm Phil is a 27-year old stand-up comedian on his first tour of the UK. He has appeared on Have I Got News For You, Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and Would I Lie To You? He is very excited to be performing here, in Reading - a place he often calls his second home. Tickets £14

With Guests The Dhol Foundation

Timeless World Tour

Saturday 18 November, 7.30pm

Sunday 19 November, 7.30pm

Formed by Grammynominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, Afro Celt Sound System are a European and African based collective who’ve been a groundbreaking force in music ever since they started. With sales now topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a stunning new album, ‘The Source’ released in April 2016 on ECC Records described as a “colossus of an album” by fRoots.

Following a series of sell-out performances in 2016, the Timeless tour of the UK has been extended into 2017 due to overwhelming public demand!

Tickets £27

From the very beginnings of Dr Hook to the height of their success, Dennis Locorriere was the unmistakable voice of the band’s biggest hits and best loved songs. Receiving more than 70 Platinum & Gold Discs, Dr Hook have reached legendary status in many countries. Reviving special memories with classics such as Sylvia’s Mother, Sexy Eyes, A Little Bit More, When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman, Sharing The Night Together, The Cover Of Rolling Stone and Queen Of The Silver Dollar, don’t miss the opportunity of seeing Dr Hook live! Tickets £37, £34, £31

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Seiriol Davies

Rich Hall’s Hoedown

How To Win Against History Thursday 23 November, 8pm WINNER: The Stage Edinburgh Award & Broadway Baby Bobby Henry Cyril Paget, 5th Marquis of Anglesey, was one of the Earth’s wealthiest men, until he lost it all by being too damn fabulous. Seiriol Davies’s fierce, hilarious, tragi-gorgeous, ripped-up new musical about being too weird for the world (but desperately not wanting it to forget you) was the solid gold, sparkly-diamondstudded hit of the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. “Gleeful, ludicrous - a larky collision of Gilbert & Sullivan and Monty Python” Time Out

Friday 24 November, 8pm There has never been a better time to be an American comedian in the UK. Hall’s precision dismantling of the tenuous relationship between two countries is as freewheeling and deadly accurate as ever. His BBC Four documentaries, most recently Rich Hall’s Countrier Than You and Rich Hall’s Presidential Grudge Match and BBC Radio 4 series Rich Hall’s (US Election) Breakdown have built him a new legion of followers, as has appearances on Have I Got News For You and QI. But if you’ve only ever seen Hall on TV, you’ve short-changed yourself. PG adult material and language, Tickets £19

PG 14+, £12, £10 concessions, £9 members

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A Decade of Dolly and the Clothespegs

Status Quo:

Ed Byrne:

Thursday 30 November, GUV7pm

Friday 1 December, 8pm

If the term ‘Status Quo’ can be defined as representing ‘the existing state of affairs’ then maybe the band, despite being known for 50 years for their no-nonsense winning formula, need a name change. For nothing has stayed the same for this iconic band over the last year. Francis Rossi and the band have faced the retirement from live performance of the iconic Rick Parfitt, followed late last year by his tragic death, and have kept the flag flying, to honour his memory and the band’s commitments, and to bring the fans what they want and deserve.

I originally intended to call the show “I’ll Millennial You in a Minute” but my promoter considered the title “offputtingly baffling”. That’s my own chainsaw in the photo, by the way.

Saturday 25 November, doors 8pm Come and join one of Reading’s favourite bands as they celebrate a whopping ten years of ho-downs and kneesups with a thigh slappin’, foot stompin’, moonshine swillin’ party! Featuring band members past and present. £12 advance - £15 on the door

Plugged In ~ Live & Rockin’

Ages 14+ Only Tickets: Seated £57, standing £47

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Is life that bad or have we good reason to complain about it? Are we filled with righteous anger at a world gone wrong or are we all just a bunch of whiny little brats? Previous Tour… “A masterful display of the comic’s art…… Comedy’s holy grail.... Go see….’ Sunday Times PG 16+ adult material Tickets £26 41




Salvation Army Christmas Carols

Sh!t Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original Sing-a-long-a Muppet Christmas Carol

Kerry Godliman

Saturday 2 December, 6.30pm We are pleased to welcome as our Compere Captain Jo Moir from William Booth Training College. Jo mentored Paul Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Grady in the TV programme about the Salvation Army, last year. All the usual performers include the Band. Songsters (choir) Young People, Nativity and Timbrels. Come along and join in this pre- Christmas concert that will contain many of your favourite carols. Tickets ÂŁ12

' SJEBZ8 December SP The cult hit is back by popular demand for another mini tour! A 2016 Christmas sellout! The ORIGINAL and BEST Singa-long-a Muppet Christmas Carol (looking at you, Prince Charles Cinema). Come sing-a-long to the best Christmas film ever! Come support Michael Caine as he does some â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;actingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;! Witness laughter, redemption and singing food! FREE GOODY BAGS FREE WHISKEY MUPPET VIRGINS WELCOME Special guest performance by local artist!

Saturday 9 December, 8pm â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Intelligent, silly and â&#x20AC;&#x201C; at all the right moments â&#x20AC;&#x201C; laced with righteous ire.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The Guardian Kerry Godliman is back on tour. Her straight talking brand of quick wit and bewilderment will be covering more of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anomalies. Why is there a Buddha at the garden center? Why collect her childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teeth? And even though she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stand aubergines, why is it her favorite emoji? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loads to get sorted. Be there. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do all the talking. PG 14+ adult material Tickets ÂŁ17, ÂŁ14 Members and Concessions

Adults Only, Tickets ÂŁ15, ÂŁ12

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Bound & Gagged present

Paul Sartin & Paul Hutchinson

Classical Music Alive in Reading

Stephen K Amos:

Belshazzar’s Feast

Bread & Circuses Thursday 14 & Friday 15 December, 8pm Brexit. Trump. No more Mary Berry on the Great British Bake Off. Things are looking bleak, so wouldn’t it be better to just forget all about it? Comic maestro Stephen K Amos might not be able to provide bread to the hungry masses, but no one else is going to put on a better circus. Leave your problems behind for the evening in the company of the ‘effusively charming’ Amos and who knows? Maybe the world will seem just a little bit brighter. PG 16+ adult material, Tickets £19.50

Saturday 16 December, 8pm On tour with a Christmasthemed show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, added to their usual touch of classical and jazz, with a bit of pop and music hall, all topped off with lashings of wry humour. Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces.

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers: Glory to the Christ Child

Thursday 21 December, 7.30pm The Sixteen returns to Reading with a programme of music by Poulenc, Palestrina, John Rutter, Bob Chilcott and more... Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Town Hall FREE Tickets £20.50, £17.50, £15.50

Tickets £17

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Tuesday 10 October – Saturday 27 January 2018 The Critic as Artist


Following on from the success of Inside at Reading Prison, Reading International present a contemporary art exhibition about and for the Irish writer and dramatist Oscar Wilde, whose ideas and legend remain startlingly contemporary.

Ends Saturday 23 September Reading Abbey Quarter: Then and Now As work gets underway to reopen the Reading Abbey site in 2018 come and see how the Abbey Quarter has changed over the centuries through artworks in the Museum’s collection. Explore how the English Civil War impacted on the Abbey Ruins, the changing portrayal of the Abbey Gateway, the development of the Victorian pleasure gardens and the more recent past of open air plays.

The exhibition is curated by leading art critics Michael Bracewell and Andrew Hunt. They have commissioned works from or selected works by significant artists including Miles Aldridge, Stephen Buckley, Malcolm McLaren and Marc Camille Chaimowicz, whose installation for Oscar Wilde occupies the whole of the Museum’s Victorian Art Gallery. Other works are strategically placed throughout the museum galleries. Combining the historical and the current, notions of the cult of the beautiful with the role of the critic, symbolist fantasy and the many-layered relationships between life, morality and art. During the course of the exhibition there will be daily readings from Oscar Wilde’s writings and related activities around Reading. For details see www.

Reading Abbey Quarter: Then & Now is part of the Reading Abbey Revealed project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. For up to date information about the exciting work being done on Reading Abbey you can follow the project on Twitter @RdgAbbey or Facebook @ReadingAbbeyQuarter.

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Community Displays READING: PEOPLE AND PLACE Tuesday 5 September – Saturday 6 January 2018 Earliest Europeans: How Did Our Ancestors Survive? This display curated by Dr Rob Hosfield of the University of Reading’s Archaeology Department and Dr James Cole of the University of Brighton’s School of Environment & Technology will introduce our earliest ancestors and show how they survived in ‘Ice Age’ Europe. It will include casts of skulls, tools, and video footage reconstructing how those tools might have been used.

Linked to a wider project on the earliest humans and the climatic challenges they faced, run by Dr Hosfield and Dr Cole and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Look out for the related talk and flintknapping activity!

Events and Talks Heritage Open Days A once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture. The local programme is co-ordinated by Reading UK CIC.

Friday 8 & Saturday 9 September Reading Abbey Quarter Tours Enjoy a walking tour of the Abbey Quarter with our project staff and expert volunteer guides. Learn about the 900 years of history in the Quarter and about our exciting ‘Reading Abbey Revealed’ project that will re-open the Abbey Ruins in Summer 2018. Please note that due to the current conservation, these tours will not go into the Abbey Ruins. Adults and older children, times to be confirmed (meet at the Museum and Town Hall Reception five minutes before each tour) Free, booking essential ( Saturday 9 September Father Willis Organ Demonstrations Free talk and demonstration of the historic Father Willis Organ by members of the Berkshire Organists’ Association, followed by an opportunity for members of the public to play the instrument. For further information email All ages, 1-hour sessions starting at 11am & 12pm Free, drop in* Saturday 16 September Abbey on Wheels Reading Abbey will be popping up at Caversham Court Gardens as part of the Reading on Thames Festival. Join Abbey on Wheels to take part in a variety of family activities, learn about the history of the Abbey Quarter, and get the latest news from the conservation work. All ages, 11am - 3pm Free, drop in

Take part in a variety of events and activities that celebrate Reading’s waterways as part of the Reading on Thames Festival between 9 and 17 September: reading-on-thames-festival * 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 23 September Tea and Talks at Two: Life in the ‘Ice Age’ How did our ancestors survive the challenges of Europe half a million years ago? Dr Rob Hosfield will discuss the realities of life in the ‘ice age’, and explore what we can tell (and what we can’t) about our earliest ancestors from the tools and other traces that they left behind. This event is linked to the Community Case display Earliest Europeans: How Did Our Ancestors Survive?, in association with the University of Reading Archaeology Department. Refreshments will be provided. Adults, 2pm - 3.30pm £5, booking essential (please see our website or call 0118 937 3400)

Saturday 23 September Go Veg! We will be taking inspiration from the allotment and the colours, shapes and beautiful patterns of fruit and vegetables in this drawing and printmaking workshop. Relax and sketch, experiment with using vegetables to stamp with, or try your hand at mono printing. Local artists will be on hand to offer guidance. Part of the Reading Vegan Festival. Look out for our vegan dish of the day in Palmers Café! All ages, 11am - 3pm £2, pay on the day, drop in*

Saturday 7 October Friends of Reading Museum Talk: Blood and Bones - The Veneration of Relics at Reading Abbey Pilgrims flocked to Reading Abbey to see its prized collection of relics, famously including the hand of St James. Hear Dr Ron Baxter, author of The Royal Abbey of Reading, examine how relics were used to transform a middle-sized borough into a magnet for pilgrims. This talk is part of the Reading Abbey Lecture Series and is organised in association with the Friends of Reading Museum. Refreshments will be provided. Adults, 2pm - 3.30pm £12, for further information and to book email or call 07751965334

To be confirmed: Two afternoons between Monday 9 & Friday 20 October Finding Flowers for Oscar Wilde l The University of Reading ArtLab will be in Town Hall Square to help you design a flower with a private message for someone special. The Art Lab students will produce your designs in coloured Perspex and incorporate them into a grand flower screen dedicated to Oscar Wilde. The screen will be revealed and flowers collected by their recipients at The Critic as Artist Late on Thursday 26 October. Check dates at All ages, starts 12.30pm Free, drop in*

Don’t miss the rest of the Reading Vegan Festival events and celebrations, which will be taking place at St. Laurence’s Church, The Town Hall and Market Place on Saturday 23 September:

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READING MUSEUM Thursday 26 October The Critic as Artist Late In Conversation: The Critic as Artist ‘In conversation’ between University of Reading Vice Chancellor Sir David Bell and renowned contemporary art curator Michael Bracewell. Listen in as they discuss The Critic as Artist works throughout the Museum, the exhibition concept, and Oscar Wilde’s theories of aesthetics and art criticism. The Importance of Discussing Everything: Painting, Poetry and Criticism in the Victorian Age An expert panel discussion on the art and criticism of Oscar Wilde and his contemporaries, the rivalry of the verbal and the visual, the changing colours of nineteenth-century art and literature and the social and cultural dimensions of Victorian aestheticism. In between join the University of Reading ArtLab to see their Finding Flowers for Oscar Wilde I revealed and to have a go at designing flowers for a second tribute to the great writer. Adults and older children, from 6.30pm to approximately 8.45pm Booking essential (register on events, for further information email kirsten@

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Saturday 4 November Tea and Talks at Two: Science and Magic within the Monastery Learn about the role that medicine, science and magic played within monastic communities, with a special focus on their role at Reading Abbey. As part of our Reading Abbey Lecture Series, hear Professor Anne Lawrence from the University of Reading talk about a side of Reading Abbey that you have never heard before! Refreshments will be provided. Adults, 2pm - 3.30pm £5, booking essential (please see our website or call 0118 937 3400)


Saturday 25 November Tea and Talks at Two: Garden Party and Prison Cell – Oscar Wilde in Reading Before his notorious imprisonment in Reading Gaol, Oscar Wilde was no stranger to the town. He attended garden parties at the homes of Reading’s wealthy gentry. Hear Professor Peter Stoneley discuss Wilde’s relationship with Reading – the happy and the tragic - in a talk that draws on rare images and documents. Part of the Reading Abbey Lecture Series. Refreshments will be provided. Adults, 2pm - 3.30pm £5, booking essential (please see our website or call 0118 937 3400) Saturday 25 November Workshop: Finding Flowers for Oscar Wilde II A workshop aimed at 16-25 year-old LGBTQ+ individuals and allies, held in collaboration with Support U and Reading International. The University of Reading’s ArtLab will help people create a 3D printed flower to be included in a second installation dedicated to Oscar Wilde. Part of the Being Human Festival. Adults 16-25 (see above), 10am – 1pm Booking essential (register on events, for further information email Dr Rhi Smith r.smith@reading.

Saturday 25 November Support U Present: The Wolfenden Project John Wolfenden was the Vice-Chancellor of Reading University when he led the parliamentary commission that recommended the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Marking the 60th anniversary of the Wolfenden Report’s publication, Support U launches a community project exploring its legacy. Join them at the Museum for an evening of video, art and drama. Adults and older children (13+) 4.30pm - 6pm Free, for further information and to book email or call 0118 321 9111 (ext. 331)

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Family Events Saturday 14 October Creepy Creations: Halloween LEGO® Brick Workshop Another chance to become a LEGO® VIP and join our talented locally-based international LEGO® Brick Expert Kevin Hall in these brilliant building sessions. An exciting chance to make a Halloween model. Book now to avoid disappointment! (Please note you will be creating a different model to the one shown in the picture.) Ages 5+, Families, half-hour sessions starting at 10am, 10.45am, 11.30pm, 1pm & 1.45pm £13 per person, booking essential (please see our website or call 0118 937 3400) LEGO and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this event. ©2016 the LEGO Group.

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Borrow a pen and pencil, pick up a board from our gallery drawing boxes and start to create your own masterpieces! No experience necessary, all welcome. All ages, 10am – 4pm Free, donations welcome, drop in* Our gallery drawing boxes will be available throughout the week. Monday 23 October BIG Draw Sewing Demonstration: Flowers for Oscar Wilde Join our sewing volunteers to find out more about embroidery, and learn how to embroider a simple flower. Watch our volunteers or buy a kit to have a go yourself! Ages 5+, Families, drop in between 10.30am and 12.00pm. Free to observe, buy a small kit to try out (£2 per kit) Tuesday 24 October Edible Jurassic Insects in Amber Decorate a jam jar complete with fantastic ‘fossilised insects in amber’, which you can take away and eat! Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £3.50, pay on the day, drop in*

Don’t miss our special Monday opening! Activity Cart Drop in to create paper flowers, origami flowers or flower drawings to celebrate Oscar Wilde. Available throughout the week. Please note that on Wednesday we will have prehistoric paper craft as well! Free, drop in* Monday 23 October Oscar Wilde BIG Draw Join the Reading Guild of Artists to celebrate Oscar Wilde and The Critic as Artist exhibition. The fabulous artists at the RGA will be on hand to help you adorn the Museum with Oscar’s favourite flowers and respond to the works of art on display. Be inspired by Oscar’s wonderful short stories, including The Happy Prince, The Remarkable Rocket and The Selfish Giant.

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Tuesday 24 October Victorian Schoolroom Experience Meet a Victorian schoolteacher and re-learn the ‘3Rs’. A 45-minute experience for adults and children over 5 in our unique Victorian classroom. Ages 5+, 11.30am, 1.15pm & 2.30pm £1 per person, drop in (35 places max per session)* Wednesday 25 October Stone Age Bracelets Use air drying clay to create beads modelled on ones found at Stone Age sites made from bones, teeth and tusks. Thread them together to make some fabulous jewellery. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £3.50, pay on the day, drop in*


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READING MUSEUM Wednesday 25 October Workshop: Hands-on Practical Stone Age Tool-Making Come and try your hand at one of the main (and best-preserved) technologies of our ‘Ice Age’ ancestors: making and using stone tools. We will demonstrate how to produce tools such as knives and scrapers – and then it is over to you to make your own tools and then use them to shape and sharpen a digging stick or a spear. This event is linked to the Community Case display Earliest Europeans: Presenting the Palaeolithic, in association with the University of Reading Archaeology Department. £5 per person, booking essential (please see our website or call 0118 937 3400 Thursday 26 October

Christmas Activity Cart Visit us in the run-up to the Christmas holidays and enjoy a range of festive art and craft activities. Free, drop in* Saturday 9 & Saturday 16 December Build in a Bauble: Christmas LEGO® Brick Workshop Another chance to become a LEGO® VIP if you missed our Halloween sessions. Work alongside our talented locally-based international LEGO® Brick Expert Kevin Hall in these brilliant Christmas building sessions. Create your own mini Christmas models to fit inside a bauble - something truly unusual for the tree. Book now to avoid disappointment! Ages 5+, 45-minute sessions starting at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm £16 per person (includes bauble), booking essential (please see our website or call 0118 937 3400) ADVANCED SESSIONS: Watch out for a special seasonal LEGO® Brick Advanced Workshop for ages 13+. Please call 0118 937 3400 for more details.

Make & Take: Halloween Creature Decorations Make your own flapping bats and crawling spiders to take away and decorate your home ready for Halloween! Families, half-hour sessions 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in*

Saturday 16 December Father Christmas’ Victorian Winter Grotto Can you hear his sleigh bells? Step back into Christmases past in this special Saturday event and make a traditional decoration for your home. Compose a letter then present it to Father Christmas and receive a special gift before you leave. A magical experience for those that still believe! Our visitors absolutely loved our authentic version last year. Families, half-hour sessions 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm £5 per person, booking essential (please see our website or call 0118 937 3400) The Museum will close at 4pm on 23 December and will then remain closed throughout the Christmas period. We will reopen on 2 January 2018. * OUR DROP-INS ARE VERY POPULAR. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE HAVE LIMITED CAPACITY FOR ACTIVITIES IN THE MUSEUM.

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SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS Held on the second Friday of each month. Poetry begins at 8.30pm


South Street Beer Fridays In association with The Grumpy Goat. 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).

Poets Café 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. 8th September: Poet ~Tania Hershman. Host ~ Becci-Louise 13th October: Poet ~ Jack Underwood. Host ~ Gill Learner 10th November: Poet ~ Rosie Jackson. Host ~ Wendy Klein


8th December: Poet ~ Maura Dooley. Host ~ Susan Utting (tbc)

Lunchtime Organ Recitals

Tickets £5, £4 for Readers

The Concert Hall continues its regular series of lunchtime recitals by local and internationally renowned organists. Recitals run for approx 50mins.


Darklands Held on the last Friday of the month. 8pm till midnight. Free Entry. Following on from a hugely successful 2014 including a set from the legendary John Robb, 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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Monday 11 September David Thomas Monday 20 November William McVicker Monday 19 February 2018 David Pether Tickets for each recital £5

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Reading Museum Regular Events EVERY SATURDAY New Gallery Tours Want to know more about Reading Abbey and its impact on the town? Join our trained volunteer guides for an updated tour that includes more on the Abbey Quarterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. Hear about our exciting plans to transform the area into a unique historical and cultural destination. This is followed by an introductory tour around the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s galleries taking in a selection of fascinating objects on display. Why not stay for lunch and enjoy the Bayeux Tapestry tour at 2.15pm? All ages, NEW TIME 12 noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12.45pm Donations welcome, drop in*

EVERY SATURDAY Bayeux Tapestry Tours Enjoy a guided tour of the famous full-size facsimile Tapestry â&#x20AC;&#x201C; no need to book. All ages, 2.15pm - 3pm. Suggested donation £2, drop in 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


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CENTRAL LIBRARY 3rd Monday of the month, Ground Floor, 11am â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12pm Coffee Morning With a different speaker every month. Free event, just drop in. Last Wednesday of the month, 2nd Floor, 3pmâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;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 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 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 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Or phone Ann Smith on 0118 901 5955 53



Summer Reading Challenge

Saturday 14 October, Central 11am, Battle 2pm

Take the challenge to choose and read six books during the holidays and collect a poster, stickers, a door hanger and bookmark along the way. When you finish the challenge you will get a special â&#x20AC;&#x153;Animal Agentsâ&#x20AC;? medal and certificate. Each library will have lots of activities on offer too pop in or phone for more details.

Matilda the Empress: an overview Speakers: Toby Davies, Producer. Beth Flintoff, Printer. Lindsay Mullaney, Historian. Dani McCallum, Actor. There will be a model of the set and excerpts of music from the show. Entry to these events is free but booking is essential. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

CENTRAL LIBRARY Saturday 2 September, 1-4pm

Abbey Afternoon Two local historians will give us an overview of Reading Abbey and there will be an opportunity to handle historic objects from the Abbey Quarter and find out the latest progress from the Reading Abbey Revealed project from Reading Museum staff and volunteers.

BATTLE LIBRARY Monday 20 November, 7pm

Tanks! The Battle of Cambrai and the first tanks. Historian Richard Marks commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the first great tank battle, Cambrai in November 1917, by looking at the origins and use of tanks in the First World War.

All Day Tickets - ÂŁ6 (ÂŁ5 to library members), tickets to individual talks ÂŁ4/ÂŁ3 to library members

Tickets available at Central and Battle Libraries, ÂŁ4 (ÂŁ3 to library members)



Saturday 7 October, All day


Reading Libraries Fun Palace The Fun Palace manifesto: we believe in the genius in everyone, in everyone an artist and everyone a scientist, and that creativity in community can change the world for the better. Local community groups and individuals will be sharing their interests and skills. Take part in lots of fun FREE activities for ALL ages.

A Winter Haunt Ghost stories at Battle Library have become something of a tradition over the past few years so join us as with the help Theale Green School and Exiled Theatre we take a more thrilling and more chilling look at Battle library as the shadows gather this December. Tickets available at Central and Battle Libraries, ÂŁ6 (ÂŁ4 to library members)

Contact your local library for details.

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BERKSHIRE RECORDS OFFICE 9th September 2017, time 10.00-13.00

9th October 2017, time 12.00-16.00

Heritage Open Day

Preserving your Family Memorabilia

As part of the national Heritage Open Day events, the Berkshire Family History Society will be giving a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Beginnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guide to Family Historyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; talk at  TQBDFT 5he BRO will also be giving tours at 11.00 and 12.00 showing the strongroom area and conservation studio with a look at some historical documents. All completely FREE! To book a place, please email or call 0118 937 5132. 25th September 2017, time 10.15-14.45

How to Read Old Handwriting Want 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. The cost is ÂŁ20 per person. There are 10 places available and booking is essential. Please email or call 0118 937 5132.

Discover how to take care of, protect and preserve cherished keepsakes, family history items and more with our conservator. Cost is ÂŁ25 per person. There are 6 places available and booking is essential. Please email or call 0118 937 5132. 27th November 2017, 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? Well come along to our workshop and learn how to do just that as well as clean and attach pictures to your mount. Cost is ÂŁ25 per person. There are 8 places available and booking is essential. Please email or call 0118 937 5132.

8th November 2017 to 16th February 2018, during normal opening hours

Orphans of the Sea The History of the Royal Merchant Navy Education Foundation in London and Berkshire

An exhibition celebrating the 190th anniversary of one of Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foremost maritime charities. Explore the story of the Foundation and the children that it has helped. Available during our opening hours. (Tuesday and Wednesday 9am to 5pm, Thursday 9am to 9pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm). FREE admission.

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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 children’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 or email

We are responsible for managing and maintaining Reading’s 100+ parks, lakes and playgrounds, as well as hosting a wealth of events in our beautiful grounds. Reading Oktoberfest 7th – 10th September Palmer Park; for further information visit:

Circus Wonderland 25th – 29th October Hills Meadow; for further information visit:

Reading on Thames Festival 9th – 17th September Various activities and venues; for further information visit:

Santa Run 3rd December Start/Finish at the Forbury Gardens; for further information visit:

Reading Town Meal 30th September Forbury Gardens; for further information visit: Carters Steam Fair 7th & 8th October Prospect Park; for further information visit:

Best Parties Ever Various dates through November & December Kings Meadows; for further information visit: christmas-parties-reading Reading Winter on Ice Various dates through November & December Forbury Gardens; for further information visit:

All activities, dates anvenues subject to change. For further information contact the Leisure & Recreation Programming Team on 0118 937 5197

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 57

o t w o s t h 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 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 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 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. Full terms and conditions can be found on our website Please check these terms and conditions before purchasing a ticket. 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.

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e u n e v n o i t a m r o f in The Hexagon Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA Box Office: 0118 960 6060 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 South Street 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU Admin: 0118 937 3456 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 Palmer’s Café is open Tues to Sat, 10am to 4pm Reading Sport & Leisure Palmer Park Sports Stadium Wokingham Road, Reading RG6 1LF Admin: 0118 937 5080 Reading Central Library Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ Admin: 0118 901 5955 Berkshire Record Office 9 Coley Avenue, Reading Admin: 0118 937 5132



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 Ueas, Doffees and delicious sweetUSFBUT. Our wine collection is available from the CafĂŠ 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.

COMING SOON THE HEXAGON Faith: The George Michael Legacy Friday 19 January THE HEXAGON Jethro: The Bull and Bonkers Tour Wednesday 24 January THE HEXAGON That’ll Be The Day Thursday 25 January THE HEXAGON Brendan Cole: All Night Long Friday 26 January THE HEXAGON Arrival: The Hits of Abba Thursday 8 February

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THE HEXAGON Anton and Erin: Broadway to Hollywood Friday 9 February THE HEXAGON The Sensational 60s Experience Saturday 24 March SOUTH STREET The Simon and Garfunkel Story 50th Anniversary Tour Saturday 20 January SOUTH STREET Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog Saturday 27 January SOUTH STREET Morgan and West: More Magic for Kids! Thursday 15 February

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