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The Hexagon • Friday 6 April, doors 7pm

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CELEBRATING 30 WOMAD YEARS!

CHARLTON PARK 27-29 JULY 2012

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aqua academy Get Swim-Strong for Summer! Swimming is an important, fun and healthy life skill and, it’s never too early or late to get water confident. The RSL Aqua Academy offers a comprehensive programme of progressive levels for both adults and children, following the ASA National Plan for Teaching Swimming. The programme makes full use of the extensive swimming facilities across Reading, enabling pupils to learn and progress in a variety of pool environments. Our fluid learning programme will help you progress through the Foundation Level, moving through the Movement Stages 1-7 and culminates in the Sport Skill Stages 8-10. From 6 months to 60+ years enjoy swimming with Aqua Academy. PLUS...Pupils receive unlimited FREE swimming* during General Swim sessions, at any RSL pool.

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READING TOWN HALL Your Exquisite Wedding Location READING TOWN HALL The splendour of Reading Museum & Town Hall offers a beautiful backdrop to your perfect day. We offer a variety of spaces, catering for weddings both large and small. OUR WEDDING CO-ORDINATOR AND SPECIAL EVENTS TEAM ARE AT YOUR PERSONAL SERVICE For further details, costings and menu options or to come in and visit, Please call Vivienne Tamblyn on 0118 937 2029 or email vivienne.tamblyn@reading.gov.uk

WEDDING FAIR AT THE CONCERT HALL

Sunday 1 April, 11am-3.30pm

FASHION SHOW 1PM

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BERKSHIRE RECORD OFFICE

BERKSHIRE RECORD OFFICE

Heir hunting your Berkshire ancestors

Discover Victorian Broadmoor

A new index to wills and other probate documents for Berkshire is now complete.  Available on CD, the index spans 1480-1857 and includes nearly 40,000 names of Berkshire people who left property on their death.

Wokingham Library, Monday 21 May, 6pm

The index is the result of a partnership between the Berkshire Record Office and the county’s historical societies.  It costs £25 to buy and is available either from the Record Office or from the Berkshire Family History Society.

England’s first Criminal Lunatic Asylum was opened in 1863. Join archivist Mark Stevens, author of ‘Broadmoor Revealed’, for a tour behind the walls of a unique Victorian institution.  Please pre-book by contacting Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368. Tickets £2 Contact BRO on 0118 937 5132 or www.berkshirerecordoffice.org.uk

Contact BRO on 0118 937 5132 or www.berkshirerecordoffice.org.uk

SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

Monday 2 April & Tuesday 3 April, 8pm

Wednesday 4 April, 8pm STILLPOINT THEATRE

CARTOON DE SALVO

The Growing Room

Made Up Straight off the top of our heads: a story from nowhere and a musical score on the hoof. Script-defying theatre makers Cartoon de Salvo and sonic shape shifters The Adventurists join forces to present Made Up, a new play every night. From the makers of ‘The Sunflower Plot’, ‘Meat and Two Veg’ and ‘Pub Rock’. Developed at CPT and South Street these are preview shows prior to a run at London’s Soho Theatre. Special preview price £7

The Growing Room tells the tale of three unlikely people coming together in love. A woman who’s scared to love, her daughter who is in love with danger and a well intentioned man with a dark past who comes crashing into their lives. The Growing Room is a richly drawn, poetic and provocative solo piece about how love never comes in quite the shape you ordered. The piece was developed with the support of Arts Council England , Brighton & Hove City Council and South Street . This is a special preview prior to premiering at Brighton Festival. ‘Warm, witty and sharply observed’  Fringe Review

Special Preview price £5

6 Box Office 0118 960 6060

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THE HEXAGON Friday 6 April, doors 7pm

McFly Keep Calm and Play Louder PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS BRIT Award-winning punk popsters McFly are Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd. Tom lost out to best buddy Charlie in the Busted audition but they are obviously still friends; McFly supported Busted on their 2004 tour and have been unstoppable ever since. Tickets £27.50 SOLD OUT

SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

Friday 13 April, 12 noon

Friday 13 April, 8pm

FILAMENT

Andy Zaltzman – Armchair Revolutionary

Momo

Momo, the ragged girl without a past, discovers the chilling ambitions of the Men in Grey, in whose power the whole town is unwittingly held. With Cassiopeia (a clairvoyant tortoise) her only companion, Momo must defeat the time thieves or the world as she knows it will be lost forever. Based on the cult fantasy novel by Michael Ende, Filament Theatre mix a layered vocal score with a physical approach to performance to tell the story. The company mixes a layered vocal score with a physical approach to performance to tell stories. Filament are developing this show for ages 8+ at South Street all week and exclusively previewing the show for a limited audience. For more information or to attend this special show please email john.luther@reading.gov.uk

The disenfranchised masses of the world have risen against oppression, teamed up with technology, and fought for freedom. In a jokepacked show encompassing revolutions, economic idiocy, political and social upheaval at home and around the globe, a well-crafted Edith Piaf gag and some puns about dogs, Zaltzman taps his British coffee table in approval, and wonders if he’d have the cast-iron cojones to do likewise.  Tickets £10

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SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Saturday 14 April, Doors 8pm

Saturday 14 April, 11.30am – 12.45pm

Who Are You? Who Are You? are a Reading based 5-piece Who tribute band. Catch this exciting act in action and enjoy a fantastic set of music celebrating the music of legendary rock band, The Who. Formed in 2007, the band's driving ambition is to deliver a show that captures the exhilarating experience of seeing The Who live. This is a tribute band who aren't concerned about looking like The Who but are passionate about sounding like them. The play list includes classic hits from the early 60's such as My Generation and Substitute, selections from Tommy, tracks from the definitive Who's Next album and Quadrophenia through to more recent music. Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door

Heroes and Villains

Family Ticket Only £23

Put on your superhero cape and join the valiant Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as they battle dastardly villains in a musical extravaganza for all the family. Popular heroes from Captain Jack Sparrow to Superman invite you to help them save the day in the fight of good against evil. But make sure you keep your Easter eggs safe, there are baddies lurking everywhere! Programme to include music from: Pirates of the Caribbean, Superman, Dr Who The Lord of the Rings, Avatar... ...plus many more thrilling favourites! And you just never know, you might even get the chance to show off some of your own super powers! Tickets £8.50, U16 £6.50, Family of Four (Max 2 adults) £23

THE HEXAGON Saturday 14 April, 7.30pm CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVE

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Talented young English conductor, Alexander Shelley, makes his début performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in this concert at The Hexagon. Emerging from a musical family, Alexander Shelley has already worked with many of the UK’s most distinguished orchestras and established a thriving conducting career in Scandinavia, having recently completed his first season as Principal Director of Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Germany. Strauss Sibelius

Mozart

Don Juan Op.20 Valse Triste Symphony No.5 in E flat Major Op.82 Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat Major K.495

Alexander Shelley Conductor Laurence Davies Horn Pre-concert talk 6.15pm – 7.00pm, The Hexagon Auditorium, FREE Tickets: £32.00 to £16.00. Concessions available

8 Box Office 0118 960 6060

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THE HEXAGON

BIG

Tickets:  £7 adults Concessions: £5.50 Book for 3 or more: £5.50 per film Book for all 8: £4.50 per film

THE SCREEN AT THE HEXAGON

We are proud to present a short season of recent films that you may have missed at the multiplex, with a little tip of the hat to The Oscars. Enjoy your movie in the comfortable, relaxed and friendly surroundings of The Hexagon Theatre. Refreshments will be available from the theatre bar and café. Friday 20 April, 8pm   The Iron Lady 105mins Cert 12A Meryl Streep’s Oscar winning portrayal of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Tuesday 24 April, 8pm Midnight in Paris 94mins Cert 12A Woody Allen is back to his best with this time shifting story of modern day and 1920s Paris.

Saturday 21 April, 3pm   Warhorse 146mins Cert 12A Steven Spielberg’s epic screen version of Michael Morpurgo’s book and stage play.

Wednesday 25 April, 8pm  My Week with Marilyn 99mins Cert 15 Documenting the tense interactions between Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams)

Sunday 22 April, 3pm   The Muppets 103mins Cert U Kermit and Co are back and must save their old theatre from a greedy oil tycoon. Monday 23 April, 8pm   Coriolanus 122mins Cert 15 A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.With Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler.

Thursday 26 April, 8pm   The Descendants 115mins Cert 15 Oscar nominated George Clooney tries to re-connect with his two daughters. Saturday 28 April, 3pm & 8pm  The Artist 100mins Cert PG The film that swept the Oscars and a true homage to the silent age of cinema.

Programme is subject to change

Tickets are subject to booking fee, see page 54 for details

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SOUTH STREET

CONCERT HALL

SOUTH STREET

Tuesday 17 April, doors 8pm

Wednesday 18 April, 8pm

MACDEVITTS STUDIO

Black & White Music present

Doug Stanhope

Wednesday 18 April, 8pm

Juan Zelada

Brutal, shambolic, savage and unpredictable….no-holds-barred comedian who displays scant respect for any personal, moral, or social boundaries.

James Acaster – Amongst Other Things

He is a raging, vitriolic, viciously brilliant critic of the stupidity of our social and political systems and the moronic saps who sustain it…and he's the funniest comic you will ever see.  ‘Ask anyone whose opinion matters, and they'll tell you that Doug Stanhope is one of the top ten stand-ups in the world today’ Chortle Adults Only All tickets £20

Singer/songwriter Juan Zelada hits the road to tour his debut album High Ceilings & Collar Bones released on Decca Records. The album was recorded at Metropolis, Abbey Road and Rockfield Studios in Wales co-produced by Matt Lawrence (Ellie Goulding, James Morrison) and mixed by Danton Supple (Coldplay). Juan’s debut single, Breakfast In Spitalfields was A-Listed on Radio Two and a Record Of The Week where it remained on the playlist for five weeks. His follow up The Blues Remain also achieved significant airplay and with rave reviews and BBC London News tipping him as ‘One To Watch’ for 2012. Juan is an artist in the ascendance and a name to remember. Age 16 + / 14+ with adult Tickets £6 in advance, £8 on the door

Spring 2012 sees James Acaster, one of comedy’s brilliant and exciting young talents, heading out on his very first national tour. Having wowed audiences at last year’s Edinburgh Festival, James will be touring the country with a full length show which includes his hilarious Edinburgh solo debut Amongst Other Things and brand new material In the last 18 months James has been very busy building up an army of nationwide fans supporting Milton Jones, Jack Whitehall, Sarah Millican and Josie Long on their national tours and has also made several TV appearances, including guest spots on; Russell Howard’s Good News, Dave’s One Night Stand & E4’s Show and Tell. Tickets £10, £8 concessions

10 Box Office 0118 960 6060

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SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

CONCERT HALL

Wednesday 18 April, 8pm

Thursday 19 April, doors 8pm

Friday 20 April, 7.30pm

Making Tracks presents

Bhangra 101

Stacey Kent & her musicians

Khyam Allami’s Double Duo

Stacey Kent, a best-selling member of the Blue Note roster of recording artists, now boasts six best-selling albums, a string of awards, including the British Jazz Award and BBC Jazz Award for 'Best Vocalist', as well as a fan-base that enables her to sell-out concert halls around the world.

Allami, Piccioni, Al-Khatib, Hbeisch (Iraq/Palestine) Individual, inventive and energetic Khyam Allami is a London based artist of Iraqi descent. His passion for music has lead him on a remarkable journey from child violinist in Damascus to rock drummer in London to the stage of the BBC Proms. Making Tracks will enable Allami to develop new work especially for this tour based on a ‘double duo’ idea (oud/percussion), featuring highly respected Palestinian oud player Ahmad Al-Khatib, amazing percussionist Yussef Hbeish (as seen with Trio Joubran), as well as Italian frame drum master Andrea Piccioni. Tickets £12

This fun 2-hour workshop will give participants the chance to explore traditional Indian percussive instruments playing a selection of hand drums including Dholak and Tabla.

‘Devastatingly stylish...a beauty in any circumstances’ The Observer Tickets £18.50, Groups 10+ £2 off

The workshop includes a demonstration on playing techniques, a brief history of the instruments and genre, rhythm warm-ups and learning to play a piece together complete with breaks. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners, rusty drummers and those that just want a new challenge. No drumming or musical experience is necessary, instruments are also provided. Come along to have a go. Presented by Reading based music charity Readipop. Tickets £4, £3 concessions

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SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

Friday 20 April, 8.30pm

Saturday 21 April, 8pm

South Street Comedy Club

Richard Herring – What Is Love Anyway?

Three more top comedians are set to tickle your fancy at South Street’s regular comedy night. Featuring:

SOLD OUT

Comedian Richard Herring returns with his 32nd show. Having sorted out religion (Christ on a Bike), politics (Hitler Moustache) and penises (Talking Cock), the star of award winning podcast ‘As It Occurs To Me’ and Radio 4's ‘Richard Herring's Objective’ seeks to define and destroy love. Before love destroys him. Again. Tickets £15

Suzi Ruffell

Romesh Ranganathan

Ali Cook

“... great, lovely stage persona, hugely likeable and definitely one to watch” Time Out

“Every time I have seen him; he has blown the room away” Adam Bloom

“His manic charm means that you will be instantly drawn in.” Three Weeks

Adults Only. Line-up subject to change. Tickets £11.50, £10 concessions

BATTLE LIBRARY, OXFORD ROAD

CENTRAL LIBRARY

Saturday 21 April, 11am-5.30pm

Monday 23 April, 7pm

Reading’s Own Elizabeth Taylor

Bizarre Berkshire with Duncan Mackay

Discover the books, the author and the history A day of talks, walks and discussion to celebrate the centenary (1912-1975) of an acclaimed postwar novelist enjoying renewed popularity. Featuring: Elizabeth Jane Howard with local historian David Cliffe, Diane Freeborn, Philip Hensher, Joanna Kingham (Elizabeth Taylor’s daughter), Roisin McAuley, Lynne Hatwell and Professor Neil Reeve. When booking please state whether you would like to attend the Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont or At Mrs Lippincote’s book session

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Tickets £10. www.readingarts.com or collect from Reading Central Library

Celebrate St George’s Day and World Book Night with local author Duncan Mackay. His book Bizarre Berkshire tells the tales and legends of UFOs, ghosts, nuclear cows, the Hocktide festival, the Ankerwycke yew tree, and Hammer horror films. Discover the stories behind these and other hidden gems of Berkshire.

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£8.99

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SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

Tuesday 24 April, doors 8pm

Thursday 26 April, doors 8pm

Ellen & The Escapades

Beatroots Samba 101

+ Gonzo & the Razz The Leeds-based quintet blend folk, pop and rock. After winning last year's Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition and playing Reading Festival, the band have gone from strength to strength, capturing the attention of BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and Amazing Radio. Fans include Lauren Laverne and Steve Lamacq, and the band have supported the likes of Josh T. Pearson and Paolo Nutini. Tickets £5 in advance, £7 on the door

SOUTH STREET Thursday 26 April, 7pm

Beatroots is Reading's Samba drumming group, this is your chance to join in! This 90-minute workshop is suitable for complete beginners, rusty drummers and those that just want a challenge. The experienced tutors will have you drumming in no time. Followed by a full performance with workshop participants welcome to join in at the end. Entry includes a copy of the Beatroots CD. Tickets £9, £8 concessions

SOUTH STREET Friday 27 April, 8pm

SOLD OUT

Reading Between the Lines present

Andrew Lawrence

Off the Block

THE BEST KEPT SECRET IN COMEDY TOUR

A Writer's Relay. 4 Writers, 4 Directors, 4 Plays, 4 Days. A lot of actors and only one day to rehearse. Company credits include The National Theatre, The RSC and The Donmar Warehouse.

Maybe you've caught one of his rare TV appearances. Maybe you've heard his Radio 4 series 'What To Do If You're Not Like Everybody Else'. Probably you've never heard of Andrew Lawrence at all. How remiss of you. Join him as he embarks on his latest UK stand-up tour. 'Lawrence, should he so wish, could be the defining stand-up comic of his generation' The Guardian Tickets £12

Tickets £10, £9 concessions

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THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Friday 27 April, 7.30pm

Saturday 28 April, 8pm

Essence of Ireland

Americana Special

Capturing the true spirit of the Emerald Isle, Essence of Ireland is a breathtaking show of brilliant choreography, superb musicianship and dazzling costumes. Described by the Irish World as "Entirely unique" and "Highly Recommended", the critically acclaimed Essence of Ireland is taking theatres by storm, with audiences continually left enthralled and spellbound by the high energy and outstanding dance routines that give the show the true Essence of Ireland.

THE NEWTOWNERS + THE RETREAT SINGERS + DOLLY & THE CLOTHES PEGS

‘If you liked Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, and Spirit of the Dance, you will love this show, because it's even better!’ Southampton Echo

Following the success of Appalachian Special, Rareoldtime’s present a tantalising follow up showcasing Americana Music and Song. The Newtowners bring us their raucous mix of hoe-down favourites from their fiddlelead lineup. Dolly And The Clothespegs bring   us their very unique take on songs taken from the Alan Lomax Songbook. And finally The Retreat Singers bring us some of the most authentic a-cappella Southern Gospel you'll hear on these shores. Tickets £8 in advance, £10 on the door

“Every day is St Patrick’s Day when these guys are in town” – BBC Tickets £22, £20, Groups 10+: 1 in 10 free

CONCERT HALL Thursday 26 April, 7.30pm CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVE CELEBRITY ORGAN RECITAL

Jane Parker-Smith Including works by J.S.Bach, Jongen, Zwart, Wammes, Saint-Martin, Becker, Franck, Sumsion and Widor International concert organist Jane Parker-Smith makes a triumphant return to Reading Town Hall to play the famous ‘Father’ Willis organ. Her programme is a celebration of the organist’s consummate skill £12.50, concessions £2 off

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SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Saturday 28 April, doors 8pm

Sunday 29 April, 7.30pm

Black & White Music and Monkeysuit present

Red Kite + SUPPORT Red Kite (milvus milvus) fronted by Reading's Dan Fisher (ex-The Cooper Temple Clause) are a new group from the northern-most tip of London who make music with an intense, widescreen grandeur that's as equally euphoric as it is melancholic. The band released their debut single Montreal at the tail end of last year to wide praise and received airplay on various stations including an XFM session for John Kennedy.

La Boheme Featuring the Internationally Acclaimed Ukrainian National Opera of Kharkiv. With handpicked soloists, a highly-praised chorus, and full orchestra.Starring the International Soprano’s Rosa Lee Thomas & Elena Dee* Back by public demand, this is a sparkling new production directed by Ellen Kent with stunning designs by the renowned Ukrainian designer Nadezhda Shvets. La Boheme is one of the most romantic operas ever written. It is a Puccini masterpiece and tells the tragic tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer.  This classic tale of Parisian love and loss, features many famous arias including Your Tiny hand is Frozen, They Call Me Mimi and Muzetta’s waltz.   The set reflects the Bohemian art of the period and is traditionally staged.  Highlights include a colourful carnival scene, with street entertainers, gypsy dancers, a local band and Muzetta’s dog will also make an entrance.  This magnificent production boasts sumptuous sets and costumes. ‘Authentic, tender and passionate’ Daily Telegraph This production will be sung in Italian with English surtitles. *Cast subject to change Tickets £32.50, £29.50, £27.50 Concessions £2 off, Groups £3 off

Age 16 + / 14+ with adult Tickets £6 in advance, £8 on the door

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THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

Monday 30 April, 7.30pm

Wednesday 2 May, 7.30pm

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac It’s the ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll histories most truly remarkable stories. From the raw innocence of the innovative, soul-searching blues of the 60s Peter Green era, we travel through the bands reincarnation to record one of the decade-defining album of the 70s, Rumours , before the band metamorphose again into one of  80s rocks most staggeringly successful behemoth super groups this is a musical journey of quite epic proportions.

Starring Margi Clarke. Following its sell-out tour of Scotland Hormonal Housewives is heading down south! Join the Hormonal Housewives as they battle against weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, wine, PMS, men, going to the gym, waxing, stretch marks, men, chocolate, upper-lip hair, chocolate, men, chocolate ... and all the other joys of being a 21st Century girl! Did we mention men and chocolate? Grab your friends and head down to the  The Hexagon for a night of fun and frolics with the girls! Tickets £20.50, Groups 10+: £2 off

In this brilliant live anthology of all the crucial moments in the bands eventful evolution which has received Mick Fleetwood’s golden seal of approval no less - RUMOURS OF FLEETWOOD MAC is a must-see for any discerning disciple of this most iconic of rock institutions. Replicating perfectly the power and subtlety of Fleetwood Mac at their brilliant best, let timeless classics such as Black Magic Woman, Albatross, Go Your Own Way, Dreams, Gypsy Say You Love Me, Sara, Oh Diane, Little Lies, Everywhere and many more, take you on a nostalgic evening of breathtakingly outstanding musicianship; and all performed in the context where the songs work best live on stage. For well over a decade, and now nearing half a million concert tickets sold this band are among the very elite of tribute acts worldwide. “An extraordinary emotive performance of Fleetwood Mac” Mick Fleetwood ''A stunning and emotive snapshot of the Worlds first Super Group - stunning” SUNDAY TIMES “They do Fleetwood Mac better than Fleetwood Mac.” MAIL ON SUNDAY Tickets £22.50

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RIVERMEAD

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Wednesday 2 May, doors 7pm

Thursday 3 May, doors 8pm

Thursday 3 May, 7.30pm

Professor Green

James Blackshaw

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Thick As A Brick Tour

+ SPECIAL GUESTS One of the UK's best freestylers/rappers, Professor Green (real name Stephen Manderson) made a name for himself as a battle MC from Hackney, East London, winning the prestigious freestyle night 'Jump-Off' twice in a row, which brought him to the attention of talent scouts and The Streets band member Mike Skinner. Littering his lyrics with wry pop culture references, a sharp sense of humour and honesty, Professor Green has produced and collaborated with a host of musicians, including Lily Allen. Ages 14+ only Tickets £18.50

+ OLAN MILL + JOE MARSHALL

James Blackshaw performs celestial and spirit-lifting guitarled compositions, mainly playing on 12-string acoustic guitar. Meditative in quality, cinematic in scope, his music spirals gracefully across complex patterns, motifs and harmonics.

Ian Anderson returns to The Hexagon to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his Jethro Tull album Thick As A Brick. The No 1 Billboard Charttopping Thick As A Brick album from 1972 will be played in its entirety, for the first time since its original tour. We can now reveal that Thick As A Brick part 2 has been written and will be released prior to the tour. Ian and the band will play this in full along with part 1.  This high production show will feature a few surreal and humorous theatrical interjections. and will include a special guest alongside Ian's band. Tickets £28.50, £25.50

With an extensive back catalogue on labels like Young God Records, Tompkins Square and Important, and having collaborated recently with Hauschka, Current 93 and Nancy Elizabeth, he has developed a unique style of Takoma school finger-picking blended with contemporary classical composition and postrock dynamics. James arrives in Reading to play in support of his new album Love is The Plan, The Plan Is Death, which is released on Important Records in April 2012. Tickets £8

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THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

CONCERT HALL

Friday 4 May, 7.30pm

Saturday 5 May, doors 7.30pm

CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVE

SOLD OUT

Know Your History Star Wars Night

Saturday 5 May, 7.30pm

The Osmonds, Up Close and Personal THE FINAL TOUR The Osmonds are unique in their success as a band and as solo performers. They have recorded over 200 albums, selling over 100 million copies with 59 gold and platinum recordings. They have sold out venues worldwide, breaking box office records and received countless awards; most notably in 2003 when they were honoured by the industry, receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Tickets £29.50, £27.50

Jerusalem Quartet & Alexander Melnikov, piano Schumann Piano Quartet in E flat Major Op.47 Piano Quintet in E flat Major Op.44

For it's second helping in this, it's second year, Readings coolest club takes you to a galaxy far far away! Celebrating the 35th Birthday of the original film, KYH will be pulling out all the stops! Playing live will be TROJAN WERKHORSE HITMACHINE, donned in Mexican wrestling masks and headed up by the infamous El Diablo, they play punk/ new wave covers of everything from Roxy Music to Beyonce and they have to be seen to be believed. Also on the bill are the immense KREMLINS, who brought the house down the last time they played KYH and the greatest disc jockey in Reading, MIKEY!

The Jerusalem Quartet have won an enviable reputation as one of the most exciting and stimulating ensembles around and continue to be both regular and popular visitors to major venues throughout the world. For this concert they are joined by the celebrated Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov in performances of Schumann’s two highly romantic and lyrical works for piano and strings. Pre-concert talk 6.15pm - 7pm, Town Hall, FREE Tickets £23.00 to £12.00, concessions available

But that's not all, as this is a charity night in aid of Bliss (a charity for babies born too small, too soon, too sick) there will be a special Showbiz raffle with some VERY SPECIAL prizes donated by celebrities. Come in Star Wars Fancy Dress for a chance to win a BIG prize!!! Tickets £5 on the door only

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THE HEXAGON

CONCERT HALL

THE HEXAGON

Saturday 5 May, 7.30pm

Sunday 6 May, 7.30pm

Tuesday 8 May, 8pm

Stewart Francis – Outstanding In His Field

Andy Hamilton

Brit Floyd

The star of 'Mock The Week', 'Michael McIntyre's Roadshow' and 'Live At The Apollo', embarks on a brand new tour with a fantastic and hilarious new show! ‘A brilliant comic brain... this stand-up cracks some of the best one liners I've ever heard’ The Guardian ‘Perfectly crafted gags’ The Sunday Times

Andy is known to millions for his appearances on TV shows such as ‘Have I Got News For You’ and ‘QI’. He is co-creator and co-writer of the hit sitcom ‘Outnumbered’, which is now in to its fourth series, and was also co-creator and co-writer of the classic Channel 4 TV sitcom ‘Drop the Dead Donkey’.

Ages 16+ Tickets £18.50

Andy is also a very popular voice on national radio, known for his frequent appearances on BBC Radio 4 where he is a regular panellist on the ‘News Quiz’ and ‘I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue’. For over a decade he has starred as Satan in his own award-winning Radio 4 sitcom ‘Old Harry's Game’.

A night brimming with jokes, stories, anecdotes and behindthe-scenes gossip.

Tickets £18, Concessions £16

A brand new show celebrating the amazing musical legacy of Pink Floyd. Having performed to over 50,000 fans in the UK in 2011, BRIT FLOYD - The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show, is proud to announce that it will return to the UK for the second time in May and June 2012 to perform its brand new show, 'A Foot In The Door'. Especially created by BRIT FLOYD musical director Damian Darlington, to celebrate the release of the brand new official Pink Floyd 'Best Of' album 'A Foot In the Door', the performance will include all of Pink Floyd's best work, in its entirety - track by track - and as selected, personally, by the Pink Floyd band members themselves. *As a special bonus, everyone who attends one of the shows on the tour will be given a free live 2hr Brit Floyd promo DVD, featuring 2hrs of classic Pink Floyd. Tickets £27.50

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SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Wednesday 9 May, doors 8pm

Thursday 10 May, 8pm

Thursday 10 May, 8pm

Simon Amstell – Numb

Miles Jupp – Fibber in the Heat

Monkeysuit Music present

Karima Francis

After pulling a few strings and telling some little lies, an unprepared and unqualified Jupp heads to India with the English press to embark on a month long, sun-soaked disaster (and some minor triumphs). A sorry tale of how he attempted to become a cricket journalist by the unlikely, ill –thought out and dishonest method of pretending to be one. Miles Jupp is an award winning stand up and actor who has recently appeared in the feature film Made In Dagenham and the BBC’s The Thick Of It, Mock The Week, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Have I Got News For You, Just A Minute, Argumental as well as appearing as a regular character in the BBC’s critically acclaimed comedy Rev. With special guest Daniel Simonsen Blackpool based Karima’s autobiographical lyrics are brought to life by her inimitable voice. She returns this spring with her eagerly anticipated second album ‘The Remedy’, the follow-up to 2009’s critically acclaimed debut ‘The Author’. Karima has previously performed solo on Jools Holland but is joined on tour this spring by guitarist Simon Robbs and bassist Ben Adey.    Tickets £6 in advance, £8 on the door

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The award-winning comedian, actor/screenwriter (Grandma's House) and presenter (Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Popworld) returns with a brand new stand-up tour for 2012. Intensely vulnerable and painfully honest, Amstell attempts again to heal himself in public, following 2009's critically acclaimed 'Do Nothing'. ‘Painfully funny’ Evening Standard Tickets £21

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SOUTH STREET

READING MUSEUM

Friday 11 May, 8pm

Saturday 12 May – Sunday 28 October

Whole Lotta Led

Bikes, Balls and Biscuitmen: Our Sporting Life

Being the only full time, professional Led Zeppelin tribute band, approved by Jimmy Page and recently recommended by Classic Rock magazine as one of the best tribute bands in the UK, Whole Lotta Led are about as good as it gets. They’re a massively impressive live act in their own right, who have played over 1,000 live shows in their history. Expect all the classics: Whole Lotta Love, Stairway to Heaven, Black Dog, etc, plus affectionate renditions of rarer material. ‘Their gigs are all about the music, just like Led Zeppelin’s were’ Sunday Express Tickets £13 in advance, £15 on the door

Whether cheering on Reading at the Madejski Stadium, running in Palmer Park or watching Anne Packer surge to Olympic gold on television, sport gives us great enjoyment. The Museum has worked with local clubs and stars to produce an exhibition that examines the wide ranging sporting life of Reading. From Olympic gold medals to sports club trophies; a sculling boat to pre-war bikes there will be something to inspire everyone. Free Admission

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SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Saturday 12 May, doors 8pm

Sunday 13 May, 2pm & 6.30pm

Tuesday 15 & Wednesday 16 May, 8pm

Alasdair Roberts Berkshire & Mairi Morrison – Maestros String Festival Urstan Trio Urstan is a unique collaboration between Gaelic singer Mairi Morrison and Scottish folk singer and songwriter Alasdair Roberts, brought to fruition by Ceol’s Craic, a Glaswegian club devoted to promoting Gaelic arts.

Shams Theatre present

Thin Ice May 1940: a man sits frozen solid in a remote hut in Greenland. As a young couple arrive in search of him, they uncover secrets that will shake both their marriage and their scientific beliefs to the core.

A spectacular concert featuring players from Bracknell and Windsor areas at 2pm and from Reading and Newbury at 6.30pm. Featuring very special performances from our youngest players up to the most advanced players in the country. Tickets £8, £6 concessions

The Scottish Gaelic tradition is an incredibly rich and diverse one; each area, each island, has it’s own repertoire of songs and tales. Mairi Morrison represents the traditions of Bragar on the Isle of Lewis, one of the furthermost parts of the Scottish Gàidhealtachd. Alasdair Roberts is a nonGaelic speaking Lowlander, a folk singer and writer of songs who has a growing interest in Gaelic culture.

Touching, darkly comic and resonant for today, Thin Ice is a powerful meditation on what happens when we blind ourselves to the realities of a rapidly changing world.

Their live show will feature traditional Gaelic songs, with a few Scots songs and self-written tracks too. Tickets £8.50 in advance, £10 on the door

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Shams Theatre return after the sell out success of Reykjavik, which was developed at South Street and went on to tour nationally to critical acclaim, including a run at the Edinburgh Festival and ending at London's Roundhouse. Tickets £10, £9 concessions

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THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Tuesday 15 May, 8pm

Friday 18 May, 8.30pm

An Appointment with The Waterboys

South Street Comedy Club Friday 18 May, 7.30pm

Sing-A-Long-AGrease (Cert PG)

Another night of the finest comedians at South Street’s regular comedy club. Featuring:

Back due to popular demand!

THE WATERBOYS were formed in 1983 by Mike Scott and became famous for their powerful live performances and majestic alternative rock albums such as A Pagan Place and This Is The Sea, which included their biggest hit The Whole Of The Moon. After the recruitment of Irish fiddle maestro Steve Wickham, the band created their millionselling album Fisherman's Blues, on which Scott's original and unusual songwriting was merged with older musics country, trad, blues and gospel - to electrifying effect.  Since then The Waterboys have continued to make genrebusting records and have matured into one of the world's finest live acts.   Their most recent album is An Appointment With Mr Yeats, a collection of lyrics by Ireland's greatest poet turned into incendiary rock songs, rapturously received by critics and audiences alike.

The brand new sing along screening of the classic film. Ever wanted to know what it's like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady? Well, now is your chance to don those pink jackets, grease up those quiffs and let your inhibitions go for an evening where you are the stars and remember GREASE is the word.

Marlon Davis "Bursts on to the stage like a breath of fresh air, with impish grin, boyish enthusiasm and an effortlessly open, confident style" Chortle

The host will lead a vocal warm-up before the show. You'll even get a chance to learn how to hand jive. Then just sit back and watch Danny & Sandy and the gang, while singing and dancing along to the lyrics as shown on the screen. It couldn't be easier... or more fun! Fancy dress is strongly encouraged! Tickets £15, Groups 1 in 10 free

At these shows the band will play a mix of "killer vintage Waterboys" and the brilliant songs from An Appointment With Mr Yeats. Tickets £28.50, £25

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Iain Stirling “Iain Stirling has a breezy, natural style with shovelfuls of amiability – but also the gags to match” Chortle Adults Only. Line-up subject to change. Tickets £11.50, £10 concessions

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READING MUSEUM Saturday 19 May

Night at the Museum A fabulous chance to stay overnight with us at the Museum. Includes making something crafty to take away and an after dark tour of the galleries, finishing with some spooky stories and a midnight feast. Breakfast included. Limited places available. Ages 7+, starting at 7.00pm £20 per person (max. 3 children per adult) Booking essential (0118 937 3400)

CENTRAL LIBRARY

SOUTH STREET

Saturday 19 May, 2pm - 4pm

Saturday 19 May, 8pm

Local Author Showcase

Mitch Benn and the Distractions - Ode Warrior

Reading Libraries are delighted to be showcasing three local authors who will be talking about their work. Tom Fort’s latest book The A303: Highway to the Sun is published this month. Part travel guide, part history book, it offers a fascinating insight into the history of one the essential routes of English motoring. Annie Murray hit The Times bestseller list with Birmingham Rose when it was published in 1995. She has subsequently written many other successful novels. Annie will be talking about her writing including her latest book My Daughter, My Mother. Chris Rhodes is based in Caversham. His debut novel, University Shambles, a bitingly accurate observational satire based at the newly fledged Evergreen Epstein University, has been described as “very David Lodge”.

From BBC Radio 4's Sony nominated ‘Now Show’, BBC1's ‘One Show’ and BBC1's ‘Watchdog’ multi-award winner Mitch Benn and his band take to the road in a two hour show packed with new songs and old favourites including ‘I'm Proud Of The BBC’ which reached No 11 in the Official Independent Singles Charts. Described by The Times as ‘the country's leading musical satirist’, this is a show for music and comedy fans of all ages. ‘Giddying heights of caricature...the real deal’ The Guardian Tickets £13, £11.50 concessions

Tickets: Free, but please book in advance E-mail libraryevents@reading.gov.uk Or collect from Reading Central Library

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THE HEXAGON

THE CONCERT HALL

Tuesday 22 – Saturday 26 May, 7.30pm

Thursday 24 May, 7.30pm

Sainsburys Singers present

Andy Abraham’s History of the Big Bands

Thoroughly Modern Millie It’s 1922 and New York is full of intrigue and jazz. A time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behaviour were changing forever. Millie Dillmount arrives in search of a new life for herself, but Thoroughly Modern Millie soon finds herself embroiled in a more sinister side of the Big Apple. Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan. New music by Jeanine Tesori. New lyrics by Dick Scanlan. Original story and screenplay by Richard Morris for the Universal Pictures film. Originally produced for Broadway by Michael Leavitt, Fox Theatricals, Hal lufttig, Stewart F Lane, James L Nederlander, Independent Presenters Network, L Mages/M Glick, Berinstein/Manocherian/Dramatic Forces, John York Noble & Whoopi Goldberg. This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd, on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

Tickets £18 to £6, concessions available. Tickets available through the Sainsbury Singers ticket office on 0118 988 2510 or visit www.sainsburysingers.org.uk Tickets on sale through Reading Arts on Mon 23 April.

Prepare to be taken on a musical journey back to the era of swing with Andy Abraham and his incredible 13 piece band. Your evening will be filled with toe tapping tunes from the thirties and forties from all of the most memorable band leaders from the Big Band era. Enjoy being transported back to when every dance hall was a ball room filled with the driving pulse of quick rhythm percussion and the cool whirr of the brass section. The unforgettable songs that have stood the test of time and the unparalleled musical standards will feature in this spectacular night for your entertainment. Get excited for an extraordinary night of glamour and romance with your band leader for the night Andy Abraham. Andy shot to fame during his very successful run in the 2005 season of The X Factor and has since been touring non-stop including a staggering 54 date UK tour. Tickets £22, £21 concessions & groups 10+

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SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

Wednesday 23 May, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Friday 25 May, 3pm & 8pm

Reading College present

Reading College present

The Final Seven

DNA

An exciting and original dance performance by final year students on the BTEC Extended Diploma Performing Arts course. Don't miss this opportunity to catch these talented dancers and choreographers of the future before they embark on the next step in their careers. There will be original choreography in dance styles ranging from Contemporary to Street to Musical Theatre, plus dances inspired by Richard Alston and Bob Fosse. If you love dance, you will love this show!

A group of teenagers do something bad, very bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their otherwise fractious lives, where's the incentive to put things right? DNA is a poignant and, sometimes, funny tale with a dark heart. A new play for younger people, DNA opened at the National Theatre in February 2008. Dennis Kelly is an internationallyacclaimed playwright who has written for Traverse, The National Theatre and The RSC. The actors in this production of DNA are on the BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts at Reading College.

Tickets £8, £6 concessions

Tickets £8, £6 concessions

SOUTH STREET Saturday 26 May, 8pm

Alex Horne – Seven Years in the Bathroom This is an ambitious and unprecedented comedy show; I'm going to recreate your entire life in one and a half hours. That's right, I'll do everything you'll ever do but in ninety minutes. So in an average lifetime you'll spend two years shopping, two weeks kissing and eighteen months looking for lost things. You'll also spend quite a while eating, queuing, crying and googling yourself. I'm going to squeeze all those things into one show and it'll be tremendous. And very funny. So come and laugh at your life. ‘Beautifully structured, endearingly honest... joyous’ The Scotsman Tickets £12

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THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Sunday 27 May, 7.30pm

Tuesday 29 May, doors 8pm

Back to Broadway – The Musical

Monkeysuit Music present

Brought to you in association with Essence Productions.... Back to Broadway is the musical of musicals that tells the story of a small town girl’s dream to become a Broadway star, mixed with all your favourite songs from the West End and Broadway. This fresh and unique musical features eight of the country’s finest singers and dancers from Welsh National Opera, The Twelve Tenors and the West End, making this is the best and most exciting show of its kind. Tickets £18.50, £17 concessions

Broken Hands Broken Hands are Dale Norton, Callum Norton, Thomas Ford & Jamie Darby. A band who herald from Kent and play a raw alternative-indie-blues which belies their youthful age. Broken Hands have recorded their debut single “Brother” with the amazing Edwyn Collins on production duties and it will be released via Edwyn’s own brand new label AED Records last year. The band have toured with Band of Skulls. Tickets £5 in advance, £6 on the door

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SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Wednesday 30 May, 8pm

Thursday 31 May, 7.30pm

CHRIS GOODE

The Adventures of Wound Man & Shirley

That’ll Be The Day BRAND NEW SHOW! Prepare yourself for a party as the legendary That’ll Be The Day, the nations favourite rock ‘n’ roll variety show returns by popular demand with a brand new production. This hugely entertaining rock ‘n’ roll spectacular features an all new line up of knock-out hits from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s, mixed with loads of new zany comedy routines to produce a show with a real feel good party atmosphere. Now in its 26th year of touring continuously in the UK and Europe, That’ll Be The Day is living proof that Rock ‘n’ Roll will never die! ‘What a great value for money show That’ll Be The Day Is. NOT TO BE MISSED!!’ The Daily Mail Tickets £22.50, £20.50

Shirley is a teenage boy with a girl's name, growing up in suburbia and feeling like the weirdest kid in the school. Nothing makes much sense to him, and his heart belongs to a classmate who barely knows he exists. Wound Man is an unconventional superhero, sprung from the pages of a medieval medical textbook, with an alarming assortment of weapons sticking out from every part of his body. Wound Man has just moved into a house on Shirley's street - and he happens to have a vacancy for a teenage sidekick... The Adventures of Wound Man and Shirley is a funny and touching story by Chris Goode about two unlikely friends and the adventures they share. Tickets £10, £9 concessions

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A BRAND-NEW FESTIVAL FOR READING CELEBRATING ITS LOCAL ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS, AND ITS POSITION AS A WORLD-LEADING CENTRE FOR WEATHER AND CLIMATE SCIENCE. COME AND BE INSPIRED BY OUR UNIQUE COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN SCIENTISTS, MUSICIANS AND ARTISTS, AND EXPLORE ALL THINGS WEATHER-RELATED IN WAYS YOU NEVER DREAMT OF!

WAM WEATHER

WAM MUSIC

Town Hall Saturday 2 June, 10am to 4pm The Weather Fair Ever wanted to try your hand at being a weather presenter? Here's your chance! Film your own weather forecast complete with forecasting map and blue screen, or build your own barometer in one of our workshops WAM Kids - Come to the Town Hall and get stuck in some seriously smarty-pants science activities! FREE event

Art inspired by weather and climate, displayed throughout the Town Hall, in dialogue with the scientific events happening around them - this is at the heart of what WAM is all about!

Town Hall, Concert Hall, Saturday 2 June, 10am to 4pm The Weather Clinic Sit down with a meteorologist and get them to explain the mystery of forecasting the British weather! FREE event Town Hall, Concert Hall, Sunday 3rd June, 10am - 12am, 2pm - 4pm The Forecast Factory An absolutely unique event aimed at anyone prepared to become part of a giant 'peoplecomputer' engaged in forecasting the weather! FREE event, reservation essential, please contact the Box Office.

Victoria Hall, Town Hall Friday 1 June, 7.30pm Seascape The opening event of WAM, see page 30 for details. Concert Hall, Town Hall Saturday 2nd June 2012 at 7.30pm Cosmos The musical highlight of our weekend, see page 30 for details. Town Hall Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June, 10am to 4pm Mermaid Song A cutting-edge sound installation developed by young Sonic Arts group Sonika - haunting and surprising! FREE event Forbury Gardens Sunday 3 June, 12am to 4pm The Big Jubilee Picnic A chance to have a good old sing-along, singing weathered old classics like "Here Comes the Sun"! Bring a hamper full of your picnic favorites’, and have a wonderful time celebrating the Jubilee. FREE event

WAM KIDS

WAM ART Town Hall and Town Hall Square Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June, 10am to 4pm Art inspired by weather and climate, displayed throughout the Town Hall, in dialogue with the scientific events happening around them - this is at the heart of what WAM is all about! WAM Kids - Unleash your inner artist! Go wild with paint, and make weather pictures and windmills! Paint a cloud or how a thunderstorm makes you feels FREE event

Tickets are subject to booking fee, see page 54 for details

University of Reading Tuesday 22 May Year 10 Day The University is kicking off our first festival with a Year 10 Day at the Department of Meteorology. FREE event - Contact the Department of Meteorology directly to find out more and how to take part – email infosec@met.reading.ac.uk or phone on 0118 378 8950.

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SOUTH STREET

TOWN HALL – VICTORIA HALL

CONCERT HALL

Friday 1 June, doors 8pm

Friday 1 June, 7.30pm

Saturday 2 June, 7.30pm

Papa M

Seascape

Cosmos

The opening event of WAM - a recital with a scientific twist by mezzo and WAM Director Pierrette Thomet and pianist Steven Faber. Seascape is a celebration of the sea - a driving force for weather, and an inspiration for some of the most romantic and beautiful music in the classical repertoire. The programme includes the rarely heard and lusciously romantic 'Poème de l'Amour et de la Mer' as well as a selection of songs from Elgar's classic Sea Pictures - plus Cole Porter's uplifting Tale of the Oyster and Rossini's brilliant songs of the Venetian Regata, to end the recital on the proverbial high note!

The musical highlight of our weekend - a Gala Recital by renowned International Soprano Alison Pearce. 'Cosmos' will feature newlycommissioned music by noted British composer Rhian Samuel inspired by the weather, as well as an inspiring and entertaining mix of pieces from Berlioz to Cole Porter. A rare opportunity to hear one of the UK's greatest performers give one of her legendary recitals full of exquisitely unexpected musical surprises, all rendered with a flawless technique and unrivalled musical flair.

Papa M is David Pajo. Born in Texas, raised in Kentucky, Pajo has been involved in much of the greatest music of the last two decades. He found instant infamy with the highly influential group Slint, then went on to play live and on record with The Palace Brothers, Stereolab, Royal Trux, The For Carnation, Tortoise and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. Since then Pajo has toured with the likes of Billy Corgan’s Zwan, Dead Child and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. In 1995, Pajo started the M franchise. As Aerial M, he released several singles, a selftitled album and a remix album. As Papa M, he has produced three full-length albums. His playing is widely acclaimed, for it's exploration of minimal composition, jazz, rock and folk idioms, developing beautiful textures, hooks, melodies and rhythms. Make sure you don’t miss this very special and rare performance from Papa M, complete with a full band.

Tickets £20, £17cons Please call the Box Office for details or visit www.wamfest.co.uk

Tickets £12 Tickets £50 (no conc) Other tickets £25 £22 cons, £15, £12 cons. Please call the Box Office for details or visit www.wamfest.co.uk Top price tickets to include an exclusive after-concert champagne reception, with a opportunity to meet the Artists and a chance to bid for a piece of WAM by taking part in our charity auction of WAM Art.

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Diamond Celebration Gala with

Nigel Kennedy Royal Philharmonic Orchestra FRIDAY 1 JUNE 7.30PM THE HEXAGON Tickets: £45, £40 TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.6 in B minor Op.74 'Pathetique'

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BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D Major Op.77

SUBJECT TO BOOKING FEE In association with Reading Sport Aid Trust

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THE HEXAGON

Sunday 3 June, 12noon – 5pm

Sunday 3 June to Sunday 10 June

ROLLERDISCO The Real Vintage event is back once again with a heady cocktail of fashion, art and culture that celebrates everything from the 1920s to the 1980s. The Hexagon will be turned in to a vintage market selling all manner of vintage goods, from fancy clothes to fancy food. Plus music and Roller Disco sessions throughout the day and a Themed Vintage Fancy Dress Roller Disco starting at 7.30pm Vintage Fair tickets £3.50, £2.50 concessions, U16s free. Roller Rink (daytime) £4 per session (Real Vintage customers only) Fancy Dress Vintage Roller Disco, 7.30pm, £15 includes skate hire. Book a ticket for Real Vintage plus the Roller Disco for just £16.50

For the first time ever The Hexagon will transform its auditorium into a Roller Skating rink for a whole week of ‘Roller-king’ good fun. A daytime programme will include sessions for children, families, adults, lessons and professional displays, and at night The Hexagon will transform into a retro 70’s roller disco complete with full sound and lights, DJ’s, food and more...  Roller skates and pads will be available to hire for each session. So get your skates on and head on down to The Hexagon this summer for some truly Vintage fun. Full details at READINGARTS.COM or call the BOX OFFICE on 0118 960 6060. The rink will also be available to hire for private parties and corporate groups. Please contact Storme Gibson on 0118 937 2011 Or email - storme.gibson@reading.gov.uk

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BATTLE LIBRARY, OXFORD RD

SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

Thursday 7 June, 7pm

Friday 8 June, 8pm

Saturday 9 June, doors 8pm

A Guide to the Ancient Olympics

Reality Vaccine -

The Eric Street Band

A Visitor’s Guide to the Ancient Olympics by Neil Faulkner What was it like to attend the Olympics in 388 B.C.? This guide offers readers an unparalleled opportunity to travel in time, back to the excitement of ancient Olympia exactly as athletes and spectators found it. It invites us to enter this distant, alien, but still familiar culture and discover what the Greeks did and didn’t do during five thrilling days in August 2,400 years ago. Dr Faulkner is research fellow at the University of Bristol, fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and co-director of several field projects. Tickets: £3, £2 to library members. For tickets email libraryevents@reading.gov.uk, phone 0118 901 5950 or collect from Reading Central Library or Battle Library.

MAGIC, MENTALISM & ILLUSION After the sell out success in January the show returns with a fantastic evening of amazing close-up magic followed by mind-blowing mentalism from the extraordinary mind of Dr Ian Souch. Be enthralled, and a little worried perhaps, but thoroughly entertained as the incredible Doctor explores your psyche. Astonishing!

Performer, Ian Souch, hails from South Africa originally and is a member of the prestigious Magic Circle of London. He is also the present holder of the Home Counties Paul Pearman Cup for Most Entertaining Magical Act.

The Eric Street Band are really going places this year, voted Best Blues Album for Company Man by Blues In Britain and in addition appearing twice on Mark Field's Coast To Coast radio show in Australia. The Band are currently in the studio working on a new album for release in the Summer. Tickets £6 in advance, ��8 on the door

‘Ian Souch performs feats so impressive they make him appear psychic’ (Three Weeks - Edinburgh Fringe) There will be close up magic at tables before the show from 7pm, (with the bar open of course!), as well as during the interval! Tickets £10 In Aid of Mencap

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CONCERT HALL

SOUTH STREET

READING SUMMER PROMS

Friday 15 June, 8pm

Saturday 9 June, 7.30pm

L’Autruche (The Ostrich)

Grimethorpe Colliery Band The real stars of the hit movie “BRASSED OFF”, the Grimethorpe Colliery Band are celebrating the 15th anniversary of this classic film and the concerts will reflect this with popular tracks from the movie. Having won almost every brass band accolade, these musicians have a highly acclaimed international reputation with numerous recordings to their credit. Enjoy the fabulous sound of this world famous brass band, performing hits from Brassed Off plus favourite classics in spectacular style! ‘A thoroughly entertaining show and a must for all music enthusiasts!’ The Guardian Tickets £19.50

By The Plasticine Men A motley crew of storytellers shuffle amongst the debris of a ransacked palace, playing out scenes of doom and delusion in an attempt to make sense of the carnage. Inspired by the life of Marie Antoinette, L'Autruche is about finding yourself in a world that has its own plans for you. Following the success of their debut show Keepers, The Plasticine Men return to Reading to develop their brand new show as part of a series of theatre residencies curated and funded by South Street, with support from Arts Council England. Special preview price £5 For more info on this special residency and preview show please email john.luther@reading.gov.uk

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THE HEXAGON Friday 15 & Saturday 16 June Friday 1.30pm, Saturday 10.30am & 1.30pm

The Tiger Who Came To Tea - Live On Stage Direct from The West End! The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

David Wood OBE is undisputedly the country’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children. His many successes include Fantastic Mr Fox, The Gingerbread Man, BFG, The Witches, Meg and Mog, Spot and Babe the Sheep Pig. Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of this classic tale of teatime mayhem…expect to be surprised! For ages three and above. Tickets £12, Schools £8.50 plus 1 in 10 free

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CONCERT HALL

CENTRAL LIBRARY

CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVE

Wednesday 20 June, 7pm

Saturday 16 June, 7.30pm

The King’s Singers ROYAL RHYMES AND ROUNDS. To mark the Diamond Jubilee of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, The King’s Singers have created a lively programme of secular music from the reigns of some of the Queen’s more colourful forebears, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Victoria. Pre-concert talk 6.15pm - 7pm, Town Hall, FREE Tickets £23 to £12, concessions available

Midsummer Quiz

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Reading Libraries’ popular quiz returns. Join library staff for a fun evening of questions including rounds on local knowledge, books and summer festivals. Prizes for the winning team!

Tickets £3, £2 to library members

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THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Sunday 17 June, 8pm

Friday 22 June, 7.30pm

The Burlesque Show

Theale Green School present

Welcome to a stunning night of sophisticated tease, wonderful comedy, magic and music featuring the UK’s finest artistes of the genre. Beautiful choreography, hilarious routines, classic comedy and daring magic combine to deliver the most highly regarded production of its kind in the UK. The Award Winning performances will delight and excite and guarantee to refresh parts you never knew you had! For a truly delicious night of tassels, tease and titivating laughter, join us for our fun-filled evening of Burlesque. Tickets £18.50

Night of the Living Dead for Kids!

When Barbara and her brother visit their father’s grave they get more than they bargained for when they approach what they think is a harmless old man… Capturing the spirit of the 1969 classic this show mixes physical theatre, a horrific atmosphere and oodles of strawberry string to bring this tale of terror to the stage… Following the huge success of The Midwich Cuckoos last year, be prepared to be chilled and amazed by this year’s summer production... Suitable for ages 11 and up (not suitable for those of a nervous disposition or those who have recently eaten... or been eaten...). Tickets £7, £5 concessions

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SOUTH STREET

Friday 22 June, 8pm

Tuesday 26 & Wednesday 27 June, 8pm

Tuesday 26 & Wednesday 27 June, 6pm

Rhod Gilbert

READING YOUTH THEATRE

Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation

Following a sell-out autumn 2011 tour; the man behind Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure has announced extra dates for spring 2012 due to popular demand. Always one of comedy’s most innovative thinkers this genre stretching performer is back… and for this show he’s formed a double act… with a projector screen. And they’d like to show you their powerpoint presentation. Cast your Powerpoint prejudice* aside, it's not just for business meetings.

The Man with the Flaming Battenberg Tattoo Following several sell-out UK tours and best-selling stand-up DVDs, multi-award winning welsh wonder Rhod Gilbert is back on the road with a brand new live show.  A regular on Live At The Apollo and with his own BBC One show Ask Rhod Gilbert, he’s one of the world’s hottest comedians. His stand-up rants on life's minor irritations are legendary, but this year, he's a more mellow fellow altogether. He's now so laid-back he even let someone tattoo a Battenberg on him.  Will the new, chilledout Rhod get his girl and live happily ever after, or will it be microwaved baked potato for one again?  Could it be the Mr Angry of comedy as you’ve never seen him before? ‘WITHOUT DOUBT ONE OF THE BEST COMEDIANS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD’ Time Out

So fresh and original and we don’t know what it is yet! Devised by both senior companies throughout the summer term, this latest production is sure to have all the spark, wit and physicality that have become a trademark of RYT. Directed by Dawn Harrison and Ben Sandiford Tickets £7, £5 concessions

Ages 16+ Ticket £25

‘Gorman has seen his stock rise to such an extent that he's poised, as never before, to make the leap from cult figure to mainstream phenomenon.’ The Telegraph Tickets £20

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READING SUMMER PROMS Saturday 23 June, 7.30pm

Sunday 1 July, 4pm and 7pm Monday 2 July, 7pm Tuesday 3 July, 7pm

Reading Symphony Orchestra with Eloisa-Fleur Thom

Berkshire Maestros Extravaganza and Schools Proms

Reading’s local orchestra return to the Concert Hall this June for a triumphant finish to their 2012 season.

A fantastic series of 4 concerts featuring young musicians aged 4 to 18 from Berkshire Maestros Reading Music Centre and many schools across the Reading area. The concerts also involve performances by massed young voices choirs, the Berkshire Youth Brass Band and the Berkshire Youth Percussion Ensemble.

Soloist Eloisa-Fleur Thom rejoins the RSO to perform Bruch’s violin concerto. A favourite with the orchestra since winning the Berkshire Young Musician competition in 2004, Eloisa’s career is going from strength to strength since her last visit to the Concert Hall in 2010.

Tickets £8, £6 concessions

Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, the composer’s last work, and “Vltava” from Smetana’s Ma Vlast complete the programme. Tickets £14, £12, U16s £5

SOUTH STREET Wednesday 4 July, 7pm BUNK PUPPETS (CANADA)

Swamp Juice WINNER Total Theatre Award, Edinburgh 2011 Welcome to a swamp like no other. Bickering toads, overbearing fairies and a rather gentle swamp monster. Using mind-blowing shadow puppetry, acclaimed Canadian performer Jeff Achtem brings his astonishing, awardwinning show about life in a swamp to Reading, with a stunning, jaw dropping 3D finale. Made for audiences of all ages (some scenes may frighten the under 7s). After the stonking success of Jeff Achtem's first show, Sticks, Stones, Broken Bones which stormed the UK in 2010, comes this dazzling new show, SWAMP JUICE. Tickets £8, concessions £7

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SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 July Sat 7.30pm, Sun 3pm

Saturday 7 July, doors 3pm

Tuesday 12 July, 8pm

DOUBLEDOTBASH!

Dancing Queen

Mo’s Dance & Drama present

South Street’s annual festival returns celebrating the very best music from across the UK and further afield.

Calling all Super Troupers and Dancing Queens! Celebrating timeless hits from the pop phenomenon Abba and hot on the heels of the huge success of the Broadway Musical "Mamma Mia" this outrageous glittering production is a non-stop, fun filled party for everyone.

Coppelia The Ballet This ballet is a charming fairy tale performed by talented young and adult dancers from Reading’s own Mo’s Dance and Drama School.

Expect DIY noise rubbing shoulders with minimal folk sounds, electronic music alongside crafted song writing and amazing Reading bands holding court next to the best new and cult acts from around the country. Tickets £10 advance £12 on the door

Tickets £16, £14 Concessions To book tickets please call 0844 4433743 www.mosdanceanddrama.co.uk Proceeds to Stepping Stones Down Syndrome Group

Featuring a dynamic cast of singers and dancers, beautiful costumes and dazzling choreography, this high octane, musical extravaganza features fabulous "Broadway Style" production pieces, performed to wall-to-wall mega Abba hits, including Money Money Money, Dancing Queen, Voulez Vous, Waterloo, and many more. It also includes fabulous party classics from the 70’s, and a dazzling compilation of highlights from the iconic film Saturday Night Fever. Guaranteed to have everyone dancing, singing and swinging in the aisles. So dig out those flares, put on your dancing shoes and get ready for the biggest 70's party ever! Tickets £23, £21, Concessions £2 off, Groups 10+ £3 off

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SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Thursday 12 July, doors 8pm

Saturday 14 July, 8pm

This is the Kit

Elvis - The Tribute Show

+ Rozi Plain

This Is The Kit is Kate Stables playing banjo, guitar and voice accompanied by her Wild Band creating primal and electric textures onto songs of unpretentious beauty. They can genuinely be described as ‘on the up’, with several prestigious festival slots lined up over the summer and receiving regular national radio play. Their next album will be produced and released worldwide by The National's Brassland Records. Support comes from Fence Records favourite Rozi Plain. 'Absolutely gorgeous…’ Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 music 'amazing, amazing album..’ Guy Garvey (Elbow frontman)

Back by popular demand for the 8th year! Paul Rouse pays tribute to the King of rock ‘n’ roll accompanied by the fantastic Red Alert, Britain’s premier Elvis band & the dazzling Passionettes. The high energy of Red Alert & glamour & glitz of the Passionettes, teamed with a full brass section, Paul’s powerful voice & many costume changes, makes this a spectacular creation of the Las Vegas years & much more. This sensational show is definitely NOT to be missed! Come & join in the fun, for an evening of pure entertainment & a true tribute to Mr Elvis Aaron Presley! Tickets £22, £20 www.apassionforelvis.com

Tickets £8 advance, £10 on the door

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CONCERT HALL

Saturday 28 July, 6.30pm

Monday 20 to Friday 24 August Performance 6pm on Friday

Salvation Army Territorial Music School Final Festival

Starmaker Summer School

The Salvation Army's annual Territorial Music School Final Festival provides a showcase for the students of the week-long residential course to perform music that has been prepared during the week. The programme reflects a wide range of musical styles presented by the instrumental and vocal groups, which are made up of some of the best young Salvationist musicians in the UK, as well featuring other visual and creative arts. Tickets are available from The Salvation Army on 020 7367 4860 (credit card bookings carry a £2.50 charge per transaction) or by sending a cheque and SAE to Special Events, The Salvation Army, 101 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BN

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READING MUSEUM

Exhibitions

Community Displays

THE JOHN MADEJSKI ART GALLERY

READING: PEOPLE AND PLACE

Sunday 23 October – Sunday 29 April Robert Gillmor: Retrospective Internationally acclaimed wildlife artist and bird expert Robert Gillmor returns to his native Reading for the first large scale retrospective of his work in 30 years.

From Tuesday 27 March Reading and Royalty A display to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, featuring links between Reading and the Royal Family. A search of the Museum collections has brought together a varied group of royal items. Adding to this display is a fantasy Jubilee celebration specially made for us by contemporary Reading knitters, The Outcasts.

Saturday 12 May – Sunday 28 October Bikes, Balls and Biscuitmen: Our Sporting Life Whether cheering on Reading at the Madejski Stadium, running in Palmer Park or watching Anne Packer surge to Olympic gold on television, sport gives us great enjoyment.

Installations Tuesday 3 April – Sunday 29 April The Museum Tree Artist Jon Lockhart has worked with staff and pupils at St. Martin’s Primary School and Wilson Primary School to create a magical art installation inspired by objects in the Museum’s collection and participants’ own possessions. A Jelly pop-up shop-front in the town centre. For further information check our website www.readingmuseum.org.uk

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The Museum has worked with local clubs and stars to produce an exhibition that examines the wideranging sporting life of Reading. From Olympic gold medals to sports club trophies, a sculling boat or pre-war bikes there will be something to inspire everyone.

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Tuesday 12 June – Sunday 5 August Betwixt and Between: John Mitchell Artist John Mitchell has made a series of thoughtprovoking sculptural/sound interventions in response to the Museum’s displays. Each work has at its core the use of ordinary ‘found’ objects. Each has been strategically positioned near selected exhibits and the resulting ‘dialogue’ challenges visitors’ expectations of the Museum’s collection. Second floor galleries

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Events and Talks Saturday 21 April Linocutting Master Class By popular demand printmaker and artist Sally Castle is offering one last master class inspired by the linocuts in our Robert Gillmor exhibition. Create your own prints, get technical help and discuss ways to develop your work further. Adults/16+, 1.00pm – 3.30pm £15 (includes materials), for further information and to book email sally@sallycastle.co.uk or phone 07884 067 200 Tuesday 24 April Talk: The Museum Tree & Other Projects Find out what it is like to be an artist in Reading today. Jon Lockhart will talk about his work and the many community collaborations that he has led. Adults and older children, 1.00pm - 1.45pm Drop in* (suggested donation £2)

Friday 27 April Workshop: Felting for Beginners Come and join us for a relaxed felting workshop, suitable for complete beginners. You will have the chance to try out two simple felting techniques. Materials provided. Adults, 1.00pm - 3.30pm £15, booking essential (0118 937 3400) Wednesday 2 May Down Memory Lane: Remembering Royalty Do you remember the Coronation or the last Jubilee celebrations? Have you got a story to share? Why not drop in and have a look at some of the Museum’s collection and chat with others about your Royal memories? Adults, 2.30pm - 3.30pm Free, drop in*

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Saturday 12 May Town Centre Walk: What Reading’s Made Of An easy walk to look at the origins and features of building materials used in Reading town centre, from locally made Victorian brick to modern exotic facing stone. Led by Lesley Dunlop of Berkshire Geoconservation Group. All ages, 10.30am - 12.00pm (meeting in the Museum entrance) Drop in* (suggested donation £2) Friday 25 May Raise a Glass for Friday: Robin Friday and Football in the 1970s An evening of nostalgia for a much vaunted player and a much loved age with Roger Titford, author of The Legend of Robin Friday, and guests.  There will be photos, film clips and reminiscences. Adults, 6.30pm onwards (Waterhouse Chamber,Town Hall) Free, booking essential (0118 937 3400)

Wednesday 30 May Town Centre Walk: A Royal Progress An informal stroll around the Museum and local streets with Museum curators looking at links between Reading and royalty, past and present. Adults and older children, 1.00pm - 1.45pm Drop in* (suggested donation £2)

Wednesday 13 June Talk: Stop the Presses Local sports journalist Nigel Sutcliffe recalls some key moments in Reading’s sporting history. Adults and older children, 1.00pm - 1.45pm Drop in* (suggested donation £2)

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READING MUSEUM Wednesday 20 June Talk: Betwixt and Between Artist John Mitchell will discuss his exhibition, his use of ‘found’ objects in his practice and his longstanding interest in Museums. Adults and older children, 1.00pm - 1.45pm Drop in* (suggested donation £2)

Tuesday 3 April Felting Eggs Have a go at making your own multicolored mini felt eggs in time for Easter. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10.00am, 11.15am, 1.00pm & 2.15pm £3, pay on the day, drop in*

Wednesday 4 July Down Memory Lane: Sporting Memories Did you play sport with a local team? Were you a fan of the Biscuitmen? Why not pop in and have a chat about your memories of sport in Reading? Our volunteers will show you some objects from our collections to help the memories come flooding back. Adults, 2.30pm - 3.30pm Free, drop in*

Tuesday 3 April Victorian Schoolroom Experience Meet a Victorian schoolteacher and re-learn the ‘3Rs’. A 45-minute experience for adults and children in our unique Victorian classroom. Ages 5+, 11.00am, 1.15pm & 2.30pm £1 per person, drop in (35 places max per session)* Wednesday 4 April Make & Take: Become an Easter Bunny Make your own fabulous rabbit ear headdress. Families, half hour sessions between 10.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 3.00pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in*

Wednesday 11 July Talk: Cinders and Spikes – 125 years of Athletics in Reading Brian and Stella Bacon from Reading Athletic Club speak about the history of athletics in Reading. Adults and older children, 1.00pm - 1.45pm Drop in* (suggested donation £2) Wednesday 15 August Talk: Boots, Balls and Biscuitmen Reading Football Club’s historian, David Downs, records the rise of the Royals from humble origins to the dizzy heights of the Premier League. Adults and older children, 1.00pm - 1.45pm Drop in* (suggested donation £2)

Easter Holidays Look out for our new reward scheme! Collect stamps each time your child visits and after five visits you can get £1 off one of our 1-hour activities or £2 off one of our booked activities. ACTIVITY CART Visit us throughout the holidays and enjoy a range of art and craft activities. All ages, FREE, drop in*

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Thursday 5 April Whizz, Bang, Wallop! Due to popular demand our Whizz, Bang, Wallop! activity is back. Create some fun experiments with everyday materials, including cornflour gloop and foaming monsters. Ages 7+, 2-hour sessions from 10.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 3.00pm £7, booking essential (0118 937 3400) Tuesday 10 April Fabulous Fossils Find out more about fossils and create your own from clay and plaster of Paris. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10.00am, 11.15am, 1.00pm & 2.15pm £3, pay on the day, drop in* Wednesday 11 April Make & Take: Beaky Bird Masks Take inspiration from our Gillmor exhibition and make a brilliant bird mask to take away. Families, half hour sessions between 10.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 3.00pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in*

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READING MUSEUM Saturday 12 May Sporting Saturday Funday A fun-packed, active day to celebrate the opening of Bikes, Balls and Biscuitmen: Our Sporting Life. There will be lots of sport-related activities for the kids to join in with and special guest appearances. On show will be some of Reading’s top sporting talent, including demonstrations from badminton’s Madejski Performance Centre, the Kingfisher Table Tennis Club and British Taekwon-Do champion Jay Gilbert. All ages, 12.00pm – 3.00pm Free, drop in*

Saturday 19 May Night at the Museum A fabulous chance to stay overnight with us at the Museum. Includes making something crafty to take away and an after dark tour of the galleries, finishing with some spooky stories and a midnight feast. Breakfast included. Limited places available. Ages 7+, starting at 7.00pm £20 per person (max. 3 children per adult) Booking essential (0118 937 3400)

Summer Half Term PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL BE OPEN ON BOTH BANK HOLIDAYS, MONDAY 4 JUNE AND TUESDAY 5 JUNE. ACTIVITY CART Visit us throughout the holidays and enjoy a range of art and craft activities. All ages, FREE, drop in*

Wednesday 6 June Make & Take: Jubilee Crowns Become King or Queen for the day to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Families, half hour sessions between 10.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 3.00pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in*

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Thursday 7 June Teddy Bears’ Picnic: Sporting Bears Calling all bears! Bring your owners along to the Forbury Gardens where you can make some fun crafts and join in with some bear aerobics! Don’t forget your sandwiches (in the event of bad weather please come to the Museum). Families, 10.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 3.00pm Drop in (suggested donation 50p)* Friday 8 June Hullabaloo: Town Centre Day Don't miss the Museum's stall at this year's celebrations with a vintage sporting theme. Families, 10.00am - 3.30pm Free, drop in* Saturday 16 June Water Fest Join us at this year’s celebration to make some sport-themed craft. Families, 10.00am - 3.30pm Free, drop in

Summer Holidays Look out for our new reward scheme! Collect stamps each time your child visits and after five visits you can get £1 off one of our 1-hour activities or £2 off one of our booked activities. Saturday 21 July & Saturday 4 August Roman Silchester Open Days Join the archaeologists from Reading University to discover what a dig is like. Explore some Roman artefacts and visit our stall for a Roman-themed activity. All ages, 11.00am – 3.00pm Free, at Silchester (nearest train station, Mortimer) Tuesday 24 July Victorian Schoolroom Experience Meet a Victorian schoolteacher and re-learn the ‘3Rs’. A 45-minute experience for adults and children in our unique Victorian classroom. Ages 5+, 10.15am, 11.30am, 1.15pm & 2.30pm £1 per person, drop in (35 places max per session)* Wednesday 25 July Make & Take: Everyone’s a Winner Make your own Laurel Leaf headdress inspired by the headpieces given to Greek Olympians. Families, half hour sessions between 10.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 3.00pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in*

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READING MUSEUM Thursday 26 July Model Roman Amphitheatre Recreate your own amphitheatre from the nearby town of Silchester, complete with wild beasts and gladiatorial figures. This is an ideal activity to go alongside a visit to one of the Silchester Open Days Ages 7+, 2-hour sessions from 10.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 3.00pm £7, booking essential (0118 937 3400) Tuesday 31 July Sporting Teddy Mascots Transform your favourite teddy or toy into an Olympic mascot in time to help cheer on the Olympic Games. Take a photo of your mascot on our mini podium. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10.00am, 11.15am, 1.00pm & 2.15pm £3, pay on the day, drop in* Wednesday 1 August Make & Take: Olympic Flames Take a look at the Olympic torch on display in our Bikes, Balls and Biscuitmen exhibition and then have a go at making your own version. Families, half hour sessions between 10.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 3.00pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in* Wednesday 8 August Make & Take: Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals Make a shiny medal to take away. Families, half hour sessions between 10.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 3.00pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in* Thursday 9 August History Hunters Become a young archaeologist for the day, looking at tools and excavation techniques. Then create your own clay find. Ages 7+, 2-hour sessions from 10.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 3.00pm £7, booking essential (0118 937 3400)

Tuesday 14 August Roman Artefacts Take inspiration from our finds from Silchester and create your own Roman tile or beaded jewellery. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10.00am, 11.15am, 1.00pm & 2.15pm £3, pay on the day, drop in* Wednesday 15 August Make & Take: 3D Creatures Make a 3D ladybird or tortoise. These make great hats! Families, half hour sessions between 10.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 3.00pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in* Wednesday 22 August Make & Take: Mini Sporting Figure What will you turn yours into? A tiny footballer, swimmer or gymnast? Families, half hour sessions between 10.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 3.00pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in*

Thursday 23 August Bayeux Longboats Get modelling to make your own Norman longboat complete with the horses that William the Conqueror brought across to invade England. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10.00am, 11.15am, 1.00pm & 2.15pm £3, pay on the day, drop in* Tuesday 28 August Brilliant Creatures Take a look at our some of the weird and wonderful insects in our collection and make your own brightly coloured minibeasts. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10.00am, 11.15am, 1.00pm & 2.15pm £3, pay on the day, drop in* Wednesday 29 August Make & Take: Butterfly and Fossil Masks Decorate a beautiful butterfly or fabulous fossil mask. Families, half hour sessions between 10.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 3.00pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in*

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Serving a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and lunches. All our food is freshly prepared on site. Open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 3pm

café

The perfect place to unwind in the unique surroundings of Reading Museum

A great place to meet at The Hexagon Theatre with free Wi-Fi and plenty of room to relax.

www.readingmuseum.org.uk

Freshly baked pastries, cookies and cakes with great coffee and a range of fruit and herbal teas. All food and drinks available to take away New season menu available – download now at readingarts.com Café open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday with lunch available between 12pm and 2pm. Also open one hour before each performance.

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SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS Friday 21 April to Friday 17 August Doors 8pm, poetry begins at 8.30pm

Poets Café

SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS Thursday 17 May to Thursday 16 August, doors 8pm

Thirdsday Blues South Street’s regular Blues night continues on the third Thursday of the month with the very best national and local Blues musicians. Thursday 17 May, doors 8pm Wizz Jones and Sonny Black A double header with two of the finest exponents of the guitar around – two gentlemen with the kind of experience and longevity which would have them granted honours and ‘Happy ever after’ status in any sensible kingdom. Thursday 21 June, doors 8pm Grainne Duffy Pronounced Gronnyah – This is Ireland’s newest and best Blues export for a long time. Come and see what has Dublin jumping on a Saturday night.

A.F. Harrold, writer, comedian and champion of all things poetical compares Reading’s longest running and best loved poetry platform. There will be an open mic session, where everyone is welcome to read their work in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. This is followed by a full reading by some of the country’s finest poets… Friday 20 April Kate Evans-Bush

Friday 20 July Annie Freud

Friday 18 May Paul Henry

Friday 17 August Open Mic Special

Friday 15 June Kate Behrens

Ticket £5, £4 Readers

SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS Thursday 19 July, doors 8pm Spider John Koerner with Chip Taylor Smith Tonight you will be treated to an evening with an old American who plays guitar and another one with a fiddle. For the collectors – it is the Spider John – contemporary of Dylan and leading light of American music in the sixties and seventies and it will definitely be great because Dave Peabody is supporting and that’s much more than enough for a Thursday night. Thursday 16 August, doors 8pm The Retreat Blues Session Transplanted for one evening only the Retreat Blues session players will be giving their all at South Street tonight. Time to bring this happy band of impromptu players to the fore and give the dedicated Blues enthusiasts an insight into the fun to be had at a Blues session. Tickets for each show £10 Members £7.50

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Reading Youth Theatre Offering young people the opportunity to develop and expand their drama skills in a relaxed and fun environment, led by experienced tutors Mondays 16 April – 2 July (excluding 7 May & 4 June) Seniors 1 – 6pm – 7.30pm Seniors 2 – 6pm – 8pm £55 per term £60 per term Years 7 & 8 Year 9 – 13 (to age 18) Saturdays 21 April – 14 July (excluding 5 May, 2 & 9 June) Juniors 2 – Juniors 1 – 10am – 11am 11.15am – 12.15pm £47.50 per term £47.50 per term Years 1, 2 & 3 Years 4, 5 & 6 For more information please contact South Street on 0118 937 3456

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SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS

Thames Valley Gay Chorus You don’t have to be an experienced singer or even be able to read music. You just need to have the desire to sing and learn with other gay people. Come along on Sunday afternoons 4pm to 6pm at South Street Arts Centre. www.rgc.gb.com

CONCERT HALL REGULAR EVENTS

Wednesday 30 May, 7pm Professor Brian Hoskins, CBE, FRS Forecasting weather and climate, from one day to one century. Wednesday 3 October, 7pm Dr Dennis Wheeler, University of Sunderland The weather of the battle of Trafalgar: how the Nelsonian tradition helps us understand the weather. For more information please email: RMets.SE@gmail.com. Further information about these meetings can be found on the website www.RMetS.org

Lunchtime Organ Recitals

READING MUSEUM REGULAR EVENTS

The Concert Hall presents a series of lunchtime organ recitals by local and internationally renowned organists.

Reading Museum Regular Events

Wednesday 16 May Jill York

EVERY SATURDAY Bayeux Tapestry Tours Enjoy a guided tour of the famous full-size facsimile Tapestry – no need to book. All ages, 2.15pm - 3.00pm. FREE, drop in

Wednesday 4 July A student from Eton College Wednesday 19 September Jonathan Hope Wednesday 21 November Graham Ireland

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

Tickets £4.50

Weather Talks The Royal Meteorological Society ‘the Professional Society for anyone whose profession or interests are connected with the weather’ invites the public to come along to The Victorian Gallery at Reading Town Hall for a series of informative talks and lectures. Free and open to everyone – just come along on the evening, tea and coffee provided afterwards: Wednesday 28 March, 7pm Professor Julia Slingo OBE, Chief Scientist, Met Office The Indian summer Monsoon: past, present and future. Wednesday 11 April, 7pm A science collaboration based on Red Sprites Wednesday 25 April, 7pm Solar influence on European winters Professor Mike Lockwood FRS, Space Environment Physics Group, department of Meteorology, University of Reading and Space Science and Technology Dept, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

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). 12.00pm - 4.00pm. FREE, drop in

CENTRAL LIBRARY Last Monday of the month, 10.30am – 11.30am 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. Third Thursday of the month, 7pm – 9pm Play Reading Group A group of people who enjoy reading plays but don’t want to perform them. No dramatic experience is needed. For more information e-mail – info@readinglibraries.org.uk Or phone Ann Smith on 0118 901 5955

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2012 BIGGER & BETTER THAN EVER!! Running for over a month from Monday 1 October to Sunday 4 November, Reading Comedy Festival has attracted some of the biggest names from the comedy world to Berkshire. Now in its eighth great year, the festival continues to get bigger and bigger, and that shows little sign of stopping with this year’s event, which will be coming to The Hexagon, South Street Arts Centre, The Concert Hall and many other venues across Reading throughout autumn. Here are just some of the acts already confirmed this year…

AL MURRAY, ALAN DAVIES, JOAN RIVERS, KEVIN BRIDGES, LEE NELSON, FRANCESCA MARTINEZ & LOADS MORE TO COME Keep up to date with all the latest announcements at www.readingarts.com And www.readingcomedyfestival.com coming soon.


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Developed by swimming experts at the ASA, Swimfit, powered by British Gas, is your FREE online and pool-side club that provides you with a gym style work-out programme in the pool. Take the plunge by selecting one of the pool-side Swimfit Training Cards. Health: Improve your health & lifestyle through swimming Shape & Tone: Improve your body image & get in shape Fitness: Go that little bit further & faster Competitive: Push the pace or train for a race Start your journey to become the swimmer you want to be at your local RSL swimming pools! Take the Plunge & Visit Your Local Reading Sport & Leisure centre: Arthur Hill Pool & Fitness Studio  Kings Road, Reading. RG1 4LS  Tel: 0118 937 5055 Central Swimming Pool  Battle Street, Reading. RG1 7NU  Tel: 0118 937 5070 Highdown Sports Centre  Surley Row, Caversham, Reading. RG4 8NT  Tel: 0118 937 5095 Meadway Sports Centre  Conwy Close, Tilehurst, Reading. RG30 4BZ  Tel: 0118 937 5060 www.readingleisure.co.uk


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CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVEIN READING

International Performance Season 2012/13

2012 October 14 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Leon McCawley November 04 Denis Kozhukhin, Piano 18 London Philharmonic Orchestra & Angela Hewitt 28 The Elias Quartet – Beethoven Cycle December 09 The Sixteen

International Performance Season 2012/13

2013 January 20 2011 Tchaikovksy Competition Medal Winners 29 European Union Chamber Orchestra & Julian Lloyd Webber February 16 Katia and Marielle Labèque, Piano 24 Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Steven Isserlis March 07 Academy of Ancient Music 16 The Elias Quartet – Beethoven Cycle 23 RPO Noisy Kids 23 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Alexei Volodin April 07 Fretwork May 08 The English Concert & Fabio Bondi 22 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Pinchas Zukerman June 08 The Hallé 16 The Elias Quartet – Beethoven Cycle

ORGAN RECITALS AT THE CONCERT HALL CELEBRITY ORGAN RECITALS 2012 08 November Crispian Steele-Perkins, Trumpets & David Goode, Organert 2013 02 May Robert Quinney LUNCHTIME RECITALS 2012 19 September Jonathan Hope 21 November Graham Ireland 2013 19 January Peter Holder 19 March William McVicker 19 May Christopher Nickol 19 July A student from Eton College

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EDUCATION

PARKS & OPEN SPACES

Education in the Arts Reading has a varied programme of activities for children and adults that give them insight into arts and culture. Reading Museum & Town Hall Reading Museum has been offering learning opportunities to schools for over 100 years. We have hundreds of fascinating loan boxes for schools to borrow. We also offer a variety of interactive education sessions for children of all ages. For more information or advice please see our website www.readingmuseum.org.uk or email education@readingmuseum.org.uk

Caversham Court Gardens 7 April, 2pm – 4pm Easter Egg Hunt Kings Meadow 2 to 6 May CAMRA Beer Festival Annual Beer & Cider Festival set in Kings Meadow upon the Banks of the Thames. Prospect Park 2 June 7am – 10pm Tilehurst Village Show / Picnic in the Park Victoria Recreation Ground, Tilehurst 9 June, 12noon – 8pm League of Friends of Royal Berkshire Hospital – Village Fete

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

Palmer Park 10 June , 12noon – 8pm East Reading Festival Prospect Park 23 June, 11.30am – 4.30pm Reading Lions Fun Day Progress Theatre - Caversham Court Gardens 12 – 21 July, Performance: 7.45pm – 11pm Open Air performance of Henry IV part 1 Christchurch Meadows 19 – 21 July Reading Real Ale & Jazz Festival Prospect Park 22 July, races at 11am & 3.30pm Race 4 life (Cancer Research UK) www.raceforlife.org Please contact the Parks & Open Spaces team on 0118 937 3848. For full details or go to www.reading.gov.uk/parks

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how totickets book All tickets for The Hexagon, Concert Hall & South Street are available in advance from the Reading Arts Box Office.

Box Office: 0118 960 6060 Online: 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. Storme Gibson 0118 937 2011 or email storme.gibson@reading.gov.uk Payment All major credit and debit cards are accepted, except Diners and American Express. Cheques should be made payable to Reading Borough Council. There is a £1.15 per ticket fee for tickets up to and including £10 and £1.95 per ticket fee for tickets greater than £10. Tickets with a face value of up to and including £5 are subject to a fee of 25p a ticket. The booking fee applies to ticket purchases made with credit cards, debit cards, cheques and cash. Bookings made in person with a pre-paid debit card are not subject to a booking fee. Tickets for events at the Reading Arts and Venues and any third party agency sales carry a per ticket booking fee in addition to the published prices. Because ticket revenue is divided between many different parties an increase in ticket prices would not necessarily benefit the venues, therefore the income from booking fees is essential income to Reading Arts. 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.

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venue ation inform The Hexagon Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA Box Office: 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com Café 6 is open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm and 1 hour before a show and 1 hour before a show Sat & Sun. The Theatre Bar is open 1 hour before a show, with extended opening after selected events. Concert Hall/Town Hall Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH Admin: 0118 939 9809 www.readingarts.com The Biscuit Tin Café is open Tue–Sat 10am – 4pm 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 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

For Directions, Travel, Access and further information please visit www.readingarts.com or call the Reading Arts Box Office. 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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TheCultural Partnership Be a part of the UK’s largest Cultural Partnership. Make a difference to your community – where everyone is helping to deliver real change. The Cultural Partnership celebrates the diversity of Reading; through involving, inspiring, engaging and achieving. SIGN UP TO THE CULTURAL PARTNERSHIP Pledge some of your time, your expertise, your volunteers, use of your facility; be rewarded for bringing benefits to your community. Be a part of Reading’s Cultural Legacy today! COMMUNITIES OF ACTION The Cultural Partnership has seen the launch of a series of exciting Communities of Action programmes bringing together individuals and organisations to work on shared community projects. The most recent to launch is the ‘Cultural Companions Scheme’ – an innovative programme where a ‘cultural companion’ can accompany any one referred to us as a vulnerable adult for free to a theatre show. You can register to become a cultural companion through our Community Activators programme.

If you would like to register to be accompanied to the theatre please contact your social worker or support worker for a referral or talk to us directly. We will need to take a few details from you to check eligibility and then you’ll be matched up with a cultural companion. For full terms and conditions please visit our website www.theculturalpartnership.co.uk COMMUNITY ACTIVATOR SCHEME We’re now signing up Community Activators who will become actively involved in co-ordinating, supporting or helping with a whole range of cultural projects and programmes. Community Activator’s can volunteer their time to take part in projects and activities that benefit the local community close to where they live or in other areas of Reading. We will be encouraging people to volunteer for at least 4 hours per month, the types of activities and the level of involvement will vary depending on interests. Community Activators benefit from their involvement through improving their existing skills and learning new ones, receiving training, working with others and contributing to the local community. You can also turn points you earn for volunteering into rewards! You can register online or ask us to send you a form in the post. Culture and Sport Development Service Reading Borough Council, Town Hall Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH Telephone: 0118 937 4047

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Corporate Members’ Club Patron - Sir John Madejski OBE DL

Bringing culture, community and business together Viva Reading! is the new programme supporting culture in Reading. By becoming a Viva Reading! member you will be a part of a scheme that fosters creative thinking, that helps to bring learning back into the community and allows your business to be associated with a service that delivers world-class arts, entertainment and heritage to Reading.

Email: viva@reading.gov.uk

Web: www.vivareading.com

With thanks to our members Bel & The Dragon Blandy & Blandy Boyes Turner Clarkslegal LLP Cote Brasserie Ernst & Young Festival Republic

Hicks Baker Jelf King Sturge Loud ‘n’ Clear Peter Brett Associates University of Reading Verizon


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