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Brendan Cole at The Hexagon in January

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….to another packed season at Reading Arts & Venues. I’m very excited that Monty Python’s Spamalot finally makes its way to The Hexagon; see this awardwinning hit comedy/musical at the end of January. While other big name shows at The Hexagon include, Milton Jones, Bill Bailey, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Russian State Ballet of Siberia and The Stranglers. All this and no less than five ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ shows arrive to add some sparkle to those cold, dark winter evenings.

A wealth of comic talent will be hitting South Street Arts Centre in the New Year, including…. Lucy Porter, Mark Thomas, Sofie Hagen, Graham Fellows, Ellie Taylor and Alan Cochrane. With a full programme of Theatre, Music & Children’s performances, South Street is well worth a visit, or two, in 2018. Take advantage of South Street’s Membership Scheme and you can enjoy exclusive offers, discounts and seasons briefings ~ you’ll also be part of the future of this much loved cultural hub. Join today. See page 4 for details. A highlight of Reading Museum’s spring season is the new exhibition ‘Patrons & Donors…Reading’s Art and How It Got Here’. A fascinating look at the people and organisations that commissioned and bequeathed art, for and to, Reading. See familiar favourites and unexpected treasures, some with curious stories attached. We are certainly spoilt for choice in Reading, with something for all tastes and ages. I hope to see you at one of our cultural venues very soon. Sarah Hacker Lead Councillor for Reading Culture, Sport and Consumer Services.

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

BECOME A MEMBER… and be a part of South Street’s exciting future by supporting the venue. Your support as a member will enable you to access benefits such as priority notification on shows and regular newsletters with the latest news from the venue. Members will also be invited to our Season Launch events and other special events throughout the year, such as select rehearsals or read-throughs. You will also receive discounts and offers on shows. This support will ensure we are able to invest in the building in the future and continue to provide a programme that is diverse and unique in Reading.

MEMBER £30 PER ANNUM MEMBER PLUS ONE £50 PER ANNUM

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

To host your event at South Street contact 0118 937 3456

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

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SOUTH STREET YOUTH THEATRE South Street Youth Theatre offers young people the opportunity to develop drama skills in a relaxed and fun environment. Led by experienced, professional tutors, the groups will work towards performances which are then staged at South Street’s professionally run main theatre space. SATURDAY MORNINGS (during term time) Juniors 1: 10am – 11am Years 1, 2 & 3 £95 / £85 members per half year (Sept-Feb & Feb-July) Juniors 2: 11.15am – 12.15pm Years 4, 5 & 6 £95 / £85 members per half year (Sept-Feb & Feb-July) MONDAY EVENINGS (during term time) Seniors 1: 4.30pm – 6pm Years 7 & 8 £105 / £95 members per half year (Sept-Feb & Feb-July) Seniors 2: 6pm – 8pm Years 9 – 13 £115 / £105 members per half year (Sept-Feb & Feb-July)

SOUTH STREET MEMBERS NIGHT FRIDAY 19 JANUARY, FROM 6PM We are delighted to announce another special South Street Members Night on Friday 19 January, where John Luther will make a short presentation outlining the coming season, including contributions from artists coming up in our programme. There will be a reception from 6pm including nibbles and members discount at the bar, with the presentation from around 7pm. Full details to be announced. Each member is entitled to 2 free tickets, so please bring a friend!

For further information or to check availability of places please contact South Street on 0118 937 3456 or email ~ jane.ibbotson@reading.gov.uk

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MUSIC ALIVE IN READING

2017|18 Highlights include: Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra European Union Chamber Orchestra The Sixteen & Harry Christophers Katona Twins, Guitars The Kings Singers Brodsky Quartet and many more Full Details at readingarts.com

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Faith:

50th Anniversary Tour

The George Michael Legacy Friday 19 January, 8pm

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Don’t accept imitations FAITH – THE GEORGE MICHAEL LEGACY features international George Michael tribute artist Wayne Dilks together with his incredible 7 piece band and backing singers. A musical journey of 35 years of hit records from Wham to George’s solo career, the show and production are based upon the George Michael 25 live tour (also known as the 25th anniversary tour) Our show uses actual video footage from the 25 live tour displayed on our unique video wall, this is a first for any UK theatre show. Join us in celebration to the life of one of the world’s most successful male artists.

Saturday 20 January, 7.30pm

Ticket £24.50

“Fantastic” - Elaine Paige, BBC Radio 2. “Authentic and Exciting” - The Stage

SOLD OUT!

Direct from its success in London’s West End, a SOLD OUT UK tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’ and many more. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed!

Tickets £24, concessions £22

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 58 for details

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Heavy Pop

Jethro:

Spring King + support

Wednesday 24 January, Doors 7.30pm Previous Are You Listening? Festival headliners Spring King return to Reading to play an intimate show at South Street Arts Centre. You can expect to hear some old favourite’s and maybe some new material.  They are one of the UK’s most exciting new bands, no question. But it’s not in their nature to take the easy route. From a bathroom-based de facto studio to their superb debut album ‘Tell Me If You Like To’, their story is a victory for any band plugging away endlessly in the hope of one day achieving their dreams.

The Bull and Bonkers Tour Wednesday 24 January, 7.30pm ANOTHER MEMORABLE EVENING OF HYSTERICAL NONSENSE FROM THE CREAM OF CORNISH COMEDIANS. We take a peek into the circus lurking deep within the mind of probably the greatest comic storyteller ever to grace the stage. Jethro beguiles and befuddles his audience with the endless stream of irreverent twaddle that has created a comedy genius. Adults only Tickets £22

Ages 14+ only Tickets £12

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The Privileged

That’ll Be The Day

by Jamal Harewood

Thursday 25 January, 8pm Have you ever seen a polar bear in the flesh? Been close enough to notice just how white these magnificent mammals are? Here is your chance to get up close and personal - remove your shoes, coats and bags, as you are about to encounter the Arctic’s whitest predator, with black skin. Join a well-trained member of staff as we enter the polar bear’s natural habitat and experience this animal like never before. Be one of the privileged few to say they have pet, played with, and fed a polar bear.

Thursday 25 January, 7.30pm The UK’s premier Rock & Roll production That’ll Be The Day returns with another brand new show! Highly acclaimed for its stunning LIVE entertainment value, That’ll Be The Day is an outstanding celebration for all true fans of the golden era of popular music. This latest production features a fantastic newline-up of smash hits spanning the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s, plus more side-splitting comic sketches, all performed live on-stage! Prepare for an unforgettable night of nostalgia, laughs and ROCK ‘N’ ROLL!

This is an audience led participatory performance that uses the excitement of a polar bear encounter to explore race, identity and the community.

‘The Best Rock & Roll Show on the Road!’ – Time Out

Ages 16+ only.

Tickets £27, £25

The performance runs approximately 60 minutes with no interval. There will be a post-show discussion as part of our Theatre Club for those who wish to stay.

Tickets £10, £9 South Street members

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Brendan Cole:

Red Comedy

Friday 26 January, 8pm

Shout Out to My Ex

All Night Long

Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole takes to the stage with his sensational guest dancers to wow audiences in his latest spectacular production, All Night Long. An extravagant mix of Latin fever and ballroom magic - with a few surprises in store - this is no ordinary dance show. Live music, stunning special effects and Brendan’s own dazzling choreography and charm make this an unforgettable night; join us for the party! Tickets £38, £36 Groups 10+: £3 off

Paul Sinha: Friday 26 January, 8pm In his 2015 Edinburgh Fringe show, comedian and doyen of daytime, Paul Sinha, weaved an intricate tale of happiness based on a combination of doing the two jobs he loved, enjoying parental approval, and, actually being in a proper, grown-up, long-term relationship. The day after he returned home, the illusion of happiness was shattered. Was this the end? The beginning of the end? Or the end of a beginning? Adults only. Tickets £16, £14 South Street members

SOUTH STREET Impatient Productions

Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog

Saturday 27 January, 8pm Sofie Hagen is unquestionably one of the most talked-about comics of the moment. A modern legend in her native Denmark, she burst onto the British scene by winning Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Festival 2015; her 2016 follow-up, ‘Shimmer Shatter’, was a second total sell-out. This, her biggest national tour to date, is a brand new show packed with brilliant, offbeat observation, passionate argument, and jokes. Tickets £13, £9.50 concessions & South Street members

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The Circus of Horrors

Monty Python’s

Saturday 27 January, 8pm After taking to the road over 22 years ago and touring all over the world the phenomenon returns with its latest brand new incarnation Voodoo.

SPAMALOT Tuesday 30 Jan to Saturday 3 Feb 7.30pm + 2.30pm Matinees Weds & Sat

This spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre and fantastic circus acts, all woven into a sensational shock horror story and the darkest of magic.Driven by a dazzling soundscape and performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek, you’ll certainly Die Laughing.

Lovingly ripped off from the hugely successful 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this spammier than ever production is a riotous comedy full of misfit knights, killer rabbits, dancing nuns and ferocious Frenchmen. Join King Arthur as he travels with his hapless Knights of the Round Table on a divine mission to locate the illusive Holy Grail – with uproarious consequences.

As the only circus ever to reach the finals of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ and the first circus to perform in London’s West End for over 100 years, The Circus of Horrors has become a cult experience sure to shock, beguile and mesmerise with a carnival of the fantastical and grotesque. If Quentin Tarantino had directed Cirque Du Soleil then you would be only half way there.

Spamalot was the winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best New Musical, while it enjoyed a victorious West End run. This hilarious show is written by Python legend Eric Idle, who has been entertaining the British public for over 50 years. The funnyman also wrote the score alongside John DuPrez, famous for his work on Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life amongst a host of other big-name scores. Tues – Thurs eve: £36.50, £34.50, £31.50 Fri eve and Sat mat and eve: £39.50, £37.50, £34.50 Wednesday mat: all £31.50 Concs: £2 off top two prices Groups of 10+: £3 off

Adults Only Tickets £27, £22, £20; Cons £3 off top two prices only. Groups 10+ £3 off, top two prices only

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Audio described performance and pre-show touch tour for the visually Impaired - Thursday 1 Feb at 7.30pm. Signed performance - Friday 2 February at 7.30pm.

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Lakin McCarthy in association with Theatre Royal Stratford East

Bound & Gagged

Mark Thomas:

Showtime from the Frontline Thursday 1 February, 8pm Name the comedian who might say ‘I wonder if I can set up a comedy club… in a refugee camp... in Palestine?’ Of course, it’s Mark Thomas.  And that is exactly what he tries to do. Dodging cultural and literal bullets, Israeli incursions and religion, Mark and his team set out to run a comedy club and put on two nights in Jenin in the West Bank. Only to find that it is not so simple to celebrate freedom of speech in a place with so little freedom. Jenin refugee camp, a stronghold for the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade during the Second Intifada, is not a place synonymous with laughs. But it is also home to the Jenin Freedom Theatre and to people with a wealth of stories to tell.  Mark tells this story alongside Faisal Abualheja and Alaa Shehada, two performers, actors and now aspiring comics from the Jenin Club. This is a story about being yourself in a place that wants to put you in a box. Funny, moving and necessary. Mark says, it’s the nearest he will ever get to Alan Parker’s ‘Fame’. 

Lucy Porter: Choose Your Battles

Friday 2 February, 8pm Lucy Porter’s brand new stand-up tour. In these combative times, it’s easy to be irritated, offended or downright enraged by other people. How do we know which causes are worth fighting for? Lucy uses her hilarious experiences to help you decide. Recent TV and radio appearances include: QI, Insert Name Here, Alan Davies’ As Yet Untitled, Room 101, News Quiz, The Now Show. Ages 16+ only Tickets £16, £14 concessions

SOUTH STREET South Street Youth Theatre

Baba/Grimm

Tues 6 & Weds 7 February, 7pm South Street’s celebrated youth theatre return for their winter show. Following the huge success of July’s: Snap/ House, the students present Baba/Grimm, an investigation of the Slavic folktale, the role of witches in those sometime ancient stories and an interrogation of the way the witch has been viewed, vilified and venerated throughout history. A brand new piece of experimental theatre from some extraordinarily talented young people. Tickets £7, £5 concs

Tickets £18, £14 concessions & South Street members

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Children Helping Children Tuesday 6 February, 7pm Now in its fifth year, Children Helping Children is a spectacular celebration of talent from schools across Reading and beyond. All proceeds this year will be donated to Creating Better Futures and Barnardo’s. Set up by Reading mum Dorothy Dix, Creating Better Futures works to help vulnerable children in Zimbabwe get to school and gives them the support they need to make the most of the opportunity. For over 150 years, Barnardo’s have worked with the most vulnerable children and young people in our society, giving them hope, and transforming their lives. Last year Barnardo’s supported more than 272,000 children and families, and with your help and support will be able to reach so many more.

SOUTH STREET Odd Doll & Little Mighty

Seaside Terror Thursday 8 February, 8pm It’s holiday season. The season of terror! Odd Doll take a trip to the seaside, where they find more than they bargained for. The only other inhabitant of the dilapidated pier is a rather sinister ice cream man. And he’s got some very strange stories to tell… His mind-boggling collection of hysterical horrors includes Evil Seagulls, Zombie Donkeys, and Bingo Hairballs. But will anyone who experiences it live to describe it? Stuffed with fun frights and ice cream chills, Seaside Terror is a celebration of the British horror and British holidays of the 1970s. Funny, nostalgic and visually stunning, Odd Doll use their trademark brew of puppetry, clown and specially composed music to fill the stage with nerve-shattering shocks. “An important voice in puppetry” TOTAL THEATRE Ages 12+ £14, £12 concessions, £11 South Street members

Tickets £14, £8.50 concessions. Buy four for the price of three, cheapest ticket free.

The children of St Finian’s performing in 2016.

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Anton and Erin Broadway to Hollywood

Friday 9 February, 7.30pm Richard Balcombe conductor Lance Ellington star vocalist Six World Class Ensemble Dancers Plus the full 25 piece London Concert Orchestra Join the nation’s favourite ballroom couple when they return with an exciting new show for 2018 as they celebrate the golden age of Hollywood. Featuring dazzling new choreography, sparkling costumes and a sensational show band performing timeless music. Tickets £48, £38

Arrival:

The Hits of Abba Thursday 8 February, 7.30pm Over four decades after Swedish pop legends ABBA swept to stardom, their music remains as popular as ever and the magic of the era is being brought to stages across the country courtesy of ARRIVAL – the international, multi award-winning show that has sold out in over 20 different countries worldwide since 1995. This high energy show features the vast catalogue of hits loved by many generations including ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Waterloo’, ‘Super Trouper’, ‘Voulez Vous’, and many more -bringing to life the extraordinary song writing talents of Benny and Bjorn.

Tickets £23, concessions £2 off

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THE HEXAGON Heavy Pop present

The Amazons

“Not much can halt their inevitable rise to the top” - NME

Saturday 10 February, doors 7pm Who’s behind the highest charting debut British rock album of the year so far? That’ll be The Amazons, whose self-titled debut smashed into the album charts at #8 earlier this summer. It also reached #6 on the vinyl album chart. The year started in style for the young Reading-based quartet as they became the most hotly-tipped guitar band of 2017 according to Music Week. Tickets £17 U14’s must be seated and accompanied by an adult.

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American Superslam Wrestling Sunday 11 February, 3pm Featuring WWE Legend & Hall Of Famer, Vampire Gangrell. Superslam Wrestling returns with a huge 2018 explosion of top talent from all the Wrestling Federations of the World to compete in a truly International Royal Rumble. This is over the top rope action not to be missed. See home grown favourite’s such as London’s James Mason, Dynamic Deano, Yes Man J.D Bryan, etc. etc. The kids will be talking about it for weeks afterwards, especially if they attend the meet and greet after the show for a cost of £5 per child. (only available on the day) Tickets Adults £15. U16s £11. Family of Four (Max 2 Adults) £44

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 58 for details

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Makin Projects

Makin Projects

More Magic for Kids (Bigger, bolder, and more brilliant than before!)

Time Travelling Magicians

Morgan and West:

Thursday 15 February, 11.30am & 2pm Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West return to the stage with a marvellous magic show full of crazy capers for the young, old, and everyone in-between! Expect the unexpected, believe the unbelievable, but do not dare miss the unmissable Morgan & West! Might Mr Morgan manage a whole trick without his partner complaining? Will Mr West ever accept children as real people too? Can everyone’s favourite duo of deception finally find fame, fortune, and a box of fondant fancies? 60 minutes, no interval. Ages 5+ Tickets £12, £9.50 concessions

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Morgan and West: Thursday 15 February, 7.30pm Great Scott! Time-travelling magicians Morgan & West bring a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you! Not content with their lot as the nineteenth century’s greatest magic duo, this prestidigitatory pair present a conjuring spectacular to the audiences of the modern day. No future is left unseen and no timeline left unaltered as these temporal tricksters burst into the twenty-first century with a show brimming over with baffling magic, unparalleled precognitive powers, and a totally genuine ability to travel through time! An unforgettable evening of magic, Ages 10+ Tickets £13, £10.50 concessions

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Rare Productions present

Phil McIntyre presents

Thurs 15 to Sat 17 February,

Can’t Think Straight

The Wizard of Oz

Stephen Bailey:

7.30pm + 2.30pm Sat Mat

Friday 16 February, 8pm

After a tornado whisks away a young Kansas farm girl, Dorothy, to the magical land of OZ, she starts her quest to find the mighty Wizard of Oz who has the power to send her home. Along the way she meets a Scarecrow, a Tin Woodsman and a Cowardly Lion who help her on her journey. This version includes many of the songs from the famous MGM musical.

Meet your new potty-mouthed best friend, who supported Katherine Ryan and Jenny Éclair on their recent sell-out UK tours.

RARE PRODUCIONS IS THE UK’S LARGEST YOUTH MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY. We are an amateur youth musical theatre company, for children and young adults from local areas, and produce full shows on real stages.

Stephen Bailey’s friendly, open brand of gossipy humour has made him one of the most enjoyable acts on the UK comedy circuit today. He is ‘annoyingly sharp’ (The New Current) and in 2015, his show was nominated for the Amused Moose Comedy Award (Best Show). He is a regular on ITV’s Weekend with Aled Jones & Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side and has appeared on ITV2’s Safeword & CelebAbility, ITVBe’s Kate’s Wardrobe Secrets, W’s Celebrity Advice Bureau & Channel 5’s It’s Not Me, It’s You. Ages 16+ Tickets £14.50

Tickets £18.50, Concessions £16.50

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Limehouse Promotions

Limehouse Lizzy Saturday 17 February, doors 8pm Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute into their show to ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist (and world renowned solo artist) Gary Moore. From their Official PRS award, performing for Virgin Atlantic in Barbados, T.V. appearances (BBC 2’s ‘Arena’ amongst others), and to actually being recruited to record and tour by members of the original Thin Lizzy, Limehouse Lizzy enter their 25th year with their most explosive show and critically-acclaimed line-up yet. Sing-a-long-a

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Beauty and the Beast Sunday 18 February, 2pm

Ages 14+ only £20 advance, £22 on the door

Singalonga Productions invite you to “Be our Guest” at Sing-a-Long-a Beauty and the Beast. Join us as we celebrate the brand new adaptation of Disney’s iconic fairy tale, with onscreen lyrics so everyone can join in!. This is your chance to sing your heart out to the Disney songs of your childhood such as “Be our Guest”, “Belle”, “Gaston” and not forgetting the “Beauty and The Beast”. Sing along with Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor and Emma Thompson in this romantic fairy tale and see if you can stop those tears at the end. Our Singalonga host will start with a pre-show, where they will warm up your voices, teach you some hand actions, show you how to use the famous Singalonga prop bags during the film and when to Boo the arrogant Gaston and of course judge the fancy dress competition! So some along and celebrate this “tale as old as time”, dress as your favourite character and get ready to feel part of a real fairytale. Cert PG Tickets £16, U16’s £11 Family Tickets (2 Adults 2 Children) £48, (1 adult & 2 children) £35.     Groups 1 in 10 free.

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A Royal Court commission in association with house

Seth Kriebel

Manwatching

Tuesday 20 February, 8pm Written by an anonymous woman. Performed by an unprepared man. “So I think it’s fair to say that most women almost definitely do masturbate. We just wait to discuss it until we’re in an oddly anonymous but public situation like this one.” A funny and frank insight into heterosexual female desire, read out loud by a man. MANWATCHING begins with a male comedian being given a script they have never seen before. They read the script out loud, sight unseen, in front of an audience. This is a show about what one woman thinks about when she thinks about sex with men. “This is a rare voice – despite the male body delivering it – that deserves to be heard.” HHHH The Stage Ages 16+ only Tickets £12, £11 concessions, £10 South Street members

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Beowulf Wednesday 21 February, 8pm Before we begin, I should warn you: This story ends with a dragon… Seth Kriebel’s Beowulf is an interactive performance-game inviting the audience to explore the world of a story from our legendary past… without leaving their seats. Featuring an evocative soundscape, the audience works together to navigate strange landscapes 1,000 years after the Viking hero’s adventures were first written down. Each show is unique, depending on the audience’s choices, bringing the world of the ancient epic to life… and asking why, after all these years, we still tell each other stories about the monsters that lurk in dark.

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CONCERT HALL

CONCERT HALL

Classical Music Alive in Reading

Live Nation in association with MZA present

Steven Osborne, Piano Thursday 22 February, 7.30pm Prokofiev: Sarcasms Op.17 Ravel: Miroirs Berg: Piano Sonata Op.1 Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No.8 in B flat Major Op.84 Pre-concert talk 6.30pm, The Town Hall FREE Tickets: £20.50, £17.50, £15.50 Groups, Child, Schools discounts available Classical Membership Scheme: £12 for individual tickets. Try a Classical Concert for £12 If you have never been to a Classical Music Alive in Reading concert before, you can book now for only £12 a ticket. You might surprise yourself! Only available through the Box Office on 0118 960 6060.

Jimeoin: Ridiculous

Friday 23 February, 7.30pm Notorious for being Ridiculous, Jimeoin is internationally acclaimed as one of live comedy’s masters. His brilliantly observed, ever-evolving and hilarious stand-up has also made him the undisputed award-winning star of TV shows including ‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Sunday Night at the Palladium’, ‘John Bishop Show’, CH4’s O2 Comedy Gala’ and the ‘Royal Variety Performance’ Don’t miss Jimeoin’s knock-out performance at The Concert Hall - grab yourself a ring-side seat for an unforgettably hilarious evening of worldclass stand-up with Ireland’s champion UFC (“Unbelievably Funny Comedian”) - live! Ages 14+ only, adult themes Tickets £19.50

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So Comedy

Avalon Promotions

This Guy

Saturday 24 February, 8pm

Ellie Taylor: Friday 23 February, 8pm Following a sell-out Edinburgh Festival season and autumn tour, the star of BBC’s Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and The John Bishop Show, Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats, and BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show adds additional spring dates for this unmissable new stand-up show discussing whether or not she should breed.

Alun Cochrane Grumpy-joyful, silly-serious stand-up. Jokes, ideas and (possibly) movement will all be deployed for your amusement during this show. As seen on blah blah and blah, and heard on various funny radio shows. Ages 16+ only Tickets £14.50

‘Radiates charisma... blessed with great flair’ - The Guardian ‘She doesn’t miss a beat’ - The List Ages 16+ only Tickets £14, £13 South Street members

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Frank Bruno:

Classical Music Alive in Reading

Let Me Be Frank

Sunday 25 February, 7.30pm Enjoy an evening of conversation with Frank Bruno MBE, hosted by Jed Stone, well known comedian and entertainer. Frank talks about his recent book and boxing career, from starting out to becoming one of Britain’s most loved sports personalities. Since hanging up his gloves, he has become a much loved entertainer and performed in numerous panto as well as appearing on our screens in personal interviews and after dinner speaking. He is a huge supporter of many charities including mental health; he runs quite a few half marathons to support various charities. His well-documented illness put Frank in the public eye and he used this media attention to help with the stigma attached to mental health and to help raise the standards of care given to those suffering with mental health issues. The evening will give you a full insight into his life with frank conversation and with his light hearted humour it will make for a very enjoyable evening. There is also an opportunity for 40 show bookers to meet Frank before the show for photos and autographs and receive a copy of his latest book which retails at £20.   Places are limited and this is an additional £35.

Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra with Hyejin Kim Monday 26 February, 7.30pm Valery Polyansky, Conductor Hyejin Kim, Piano

Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from The Nutcracker Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor Op.18 Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from Swan Lake Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien Op.45 Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite This is a change to the previously advertised programme. Pre-concert talk 6.30pm, The Hexagon Auditorium FREE Tickets: £25.50, £22.50. Groups 10+: £12. Under 18s: £6 for individual tickets. Schools: £6 each, including free programmes  (subject to availability) (SMS members £5.75) Classical Membership Scheme: £12 for individual tickets. (For patrons aged 18-25 or students of any age please contact the Box Office to register for the scheme) Try a Classical Concert for £12 If you have never been to a Classical Music Alive in Reading concert before, you can book now for only £12 a ticket. Only available through the Box Office on 0118 960 6060.

Tickets £30, concessions £28 Pre-show meet and greet £35 (6pm)

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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Milton Jones:

Tues 27 February, 7.30pm Tues 17 April, 7.30pm This year there are two evenings that will ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel. For double the adventure come along to both nights for two entirely different film programmes. Experience an extraordinary collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival. Follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.

is Out There

Wednesday 28 February, 8pm Milton Jones is Out There. No, really out there and this time he hasn’t just forgotten his keys. He’s holding up the mirror of truth to society, and he can see right through it, which means its probably just a window. In his brand new show he’ll be putting his foot down and lifting the lid on the pedal bin of lies of the media. He will also be scaling the heights of fashion at the risk of falling into a terrible cravat. Milton will be talking about his life so far - the ups, the downs and why buying his own see-saw was the best decision he ever made. PG Advised £28

Films are certified 12a Ticket £15.50, £13.50 Concessions and Groups of 6+. Book for both screenings at the same time for only £25.

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

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Let’s Sing Reading!

Rose Matafeo: Sassy Best Friend

Thursday 1 March, 8pm Best Newcomer nominee at the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Sassy best friend (sas-ee best frend): 1) A sidekick to the main character in a romantic comedy. 2) Not conventionally attractive, quirky, hard to love.

Thursday 1 March, 6.30pm Enjoy some of Reading’s top choral groups as they battle to become the Mayor of Reading’s 2018 champions. You will also be supporting worthwhile local charities as well as hearing some outstanding singing!

New Zealand comedian Rose Matafeo returns with an hour of sketch and stand-up about her 25 year struggle with being the sassy best friend in her own life. All she wants is to be loved by you, and she’ll do whatever it takes to win you back, baby. Ages 12+ only Tickets £14.50

Tickets £9.50, £4.50 concessions Family of Four £20 (max 2 adults), Groups 1 in 10 free. All proceeds from the show will go directly to the Mayor of Reading charity fund.

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Graham Fellows: Completely Out of Character Friday 2 March, 8pm Graham Fellows has performed as the comic character John Shuttleworth for over 25 years on stage, TV and Radio, delighting audiences throughout the UK with his songs and quirky take on everyday life. Now Graham, minus purple leather jacket and fawn slacks (but fully clothed!) steps out from behind the keyboard to plug in his guitar and sing his own songs: revelatory, humorous and quirky still, sometimes sad. Graham will naturally talk about Shuttleworth as well as his other comic characters, plus his pivotal acting role on Coronation Street, and becoming a teenage pop star as Jilted John. Ages 14+ only Tickets £14

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Reading Phoenix Choir: Gloria!

Saturday 3 March, 7.30pm Musical Director: Christopher Hann Reading Phoenix Choir return to delight audiences with its Annual Concert at Reading Concert Hall. The choir, with the Phoenix Brass Ensemble, will perform John Rutter’s Gloria, followed by a selection from their varied repertoire. Highlights include Howells' Requiem and pieces by Victoria, Rachmaninov, Lauridsen and David Bowie. Tickets £20, £17 Under 16s £7.50

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Simon Mayor & Hilary James Saturday 3 March, 8pm From BBC Radio 4 to USA TV’s The Simpsons, Simon’s inimitable wit and virtuosity and Hilary’s honey dripping voice and unusual mandobass have travelled far. Swing fiddle, heart-rending blues, folksongs, mandolin classics, not to mention Simon’s notorious comic songs, make this hugely entertaining show is a must. Serious stuff – but don’t take it too seriously! ‘Just fantastic to go and see live’ Late Junction, BBC Radio 3 Tickets £14, £12 concessions, £11 members

Purple Rain:

A Celebration of Prince Sunday 4 March, 7.30pm Purple Rain are a world class live celebration of the music, life and legacy of Prince. This full 8 piece live band delivers a non-stop, hit packed show spanning more than two hours! Complete with backing vocals, horn section, keys and of course Jimi Love as the unsurpassed Prince. Expect to see, hear and feel all of the hits from one of the most loved Artists of all time. 1999, Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain, Kiss, Diamonds And Pearls, U Got The Look, When Doves Cry, Cream, I Wanna Be Your Lover and so many more.

Tickets £27.50, £24.50

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Wet Picnic

Show And Tell

Wednesday 7 March, 8pm

Don’t Worry They’re Here

Using headphones, binaural sound and immersive, movement-led theatre, leading physical theatre company, Wet Picnic, create an interactive experience that explores our 21st century addiction to technology, to shine a light on our modern world and question what keeps us human in an age increasingly lived online.

Thursday 8 March, 8pm

I’d Be Lost Without It

“It almost doesn’t matter what they’re doing because they do it so well.” Total Theatre

John Kearns:

The only ever winner of both the Best Show and Best Newcomer prize at the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Awards presents his latest stand-up show: an hour of ‘richly idiosyncratic comedy, frequently compared to Tony Hancock’ (Guardian). As seen starring in BBC3’s Top Coppers, guesting on C4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats and heard on his own BBC Radio Four series. Following highly acclaimed, sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and at London’s Soho Theatre, John dons his false teeth and monk wig for his debut UK tour. Directed by Jon Brittain (Olivier Award winner). Ages 16+ only Tickets £12

Tickets £13, £12 concessions, £10 members

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Seven Drunken Nights: The Story Of The Dubliners

Thursday 8 March, 7.30pm Following its sold out smash hit debut tour, Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of The Dubliners returns to theatres in 2018 with an even bigger production. The show brings to life the music of Ireland’s favorite sons ‘The Dubliners’. Telling the story of a career spanning 50 years and evoking the spirit of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Jim McCann, Ciaran Bourke and John Sheahan. This talented cast of musicians and singers bring the music of this iconic group to life. A performance that will have you singing and clapping along to such classics as The Wild Rover, The Black Velvet Band, The Irish Rover, Molly Malone, Finnegan’s Wake, McAlpines Fusileers, Raglan Road and of course The Seven Drunken Nights. This celebration of the music of The Dubliners is a celebration of Irish music itself and a guaranteed evening of music, humor and ‘craic’. Tickets £23, Concessions £2 off

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SOUTH STREET Off The Kerb

Suzi Ruffell: Keeping it Classy

Saturday 10 March, 8pm Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Suzi Ruffell is taking her critically acclaimed show ‘Keeping It Classy’ on tour. This thought-provoking and hilarious show has nabbed Ruffell the working-class comedy crown of her generation. Nominated Best Breakthrough Act at The Chortle Awards 2017 and seen supporting Alan Carr and Josh Widdicombe. Ages 14+ only. Tickets £14, £12 concessions & members

Some Guys Have All The Luck: The Rod Stewart Story

Friday 9 March, 7.30pm Some Guys Have All The Luck is a fantastic theatrical production celebrating the career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart – from street busker through to international superstar! Paul Metcalfe delivers an authentic and charismatic performance assuming the persona of this legendary singer-songwriter and performer right down to the last detail - from the distinctive vocals to the swaggering showmanship and sheer fun that have made Rod Stewart one of the most loved performers of all time. The show includes all the massive hits from Rod’s incredible career, classic rockers like Maggie May, Baby Jane and Da Ya Think I’m Sexy through to big ballads such as Sailing, You’re In My Heart, and Tonight’s The Night as well as favourites from his days with the Faces such as Stay With Me and Twistin The Night Away and timeless Motown tunes from the album Soulbook. Tickers £23 Early bird £20 if booked before 1 Jan 2018

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday 10 March, 7.30pm Christoph König, Conductor Dmitry Masleev, Piano Weber: Overture Euryanthe Martucci: Notturno Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.2 in F Major Op.102 Dvořák: Symphony No.7 in D minor Op.70 This concert opens with the charming Overture to Weber’s opera Euryanthe followed by Martucci’s lush and pensive Notturno. Guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings, Martucci’s stand-alone piece is the epitome of Romanticism, with its yearning melodic lines and luxurious orchestration.

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm, The Hexagon Auditorium, FREE. Tickets: £25.50, £22.50. Groups 10+: £12. Under 18s: £6 for individual tickets. Schools: £6 each, including free programmes  (subject to availability) (SMS members £5.75). Classical Membership Scheme: £12 for individual tickets. (For patrons aged 18-25 or students of any age please contact the Box Office to register for the scheme) Try a Classical Concert for £12 If you have never been to a Classical Music Alive in Reading concert before, you can book now for only £12 a ticket. Only available through the Box Office on 0118 960 6060.

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Bill Bailey Larks In Transit

Mon 12, Tues 13 & Weds 14 March, 8pm Mon 28 May & Tue 29 May, 8pm “Virtuoso…Comedy’s Mozart” The Sunday Times “Joyous, playful, effortlessly funny” Time Out Larks in Transit is a compendium of travellers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness. PLEASE NOTE: There is no support for these shows. Please arrive in good time as latecomers will not be admitted. Show will start at 8pm PG Advised Tickets £29.50

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THE HEXAGON Russian State Ballet of Siberia Accompanied by the Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet New for 2018, sprinkled with magical special effects

The Snow Maiden

Thursday 15 March, 7.30pm

This seasonal sparkler follows the Snow Maiden as she dances into the human world. Captivated by the colourful village and the people who live there, she ventures too far and is swept up by feelings of love, temptation and betrayal. When finally she surrenders herself completely and warms to love, her heart melts in a tragic embrace.

Swan Lake

Friday 16 March, 7.30pm Saturday 17 March, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all.

Tickets £36.50, £34.50, £31.50. Concessions: £3 off, Groups £4 off. Book for both The Snow Maiden & Swan Lake at the same time and get £5 off each ticket (top 2 prices only)

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Live Nation

Tom Adams

African Night Fever

Saturday 17 March,11am

The King of Soukous & Kwasa- Kwasa

Dane Baptiste: G.O.D. (Gold. Oil. Drugs) Friday 16 March, 8pm Fresh from hosting Live at the Apollo and another total sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, Dane Baptiste brings his third smash hit show on national tour. Original, provocative and exceptionally crafted, G.O.D. (Gold. Oil. Drugs) explores our worldwide pursuit of wealth, power and pleasure. As seen on 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), Mock the Week (BBC Two), Chris Ramsey’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), Tonight at the London Palladium (ITV1) and Live from the BBC (BBC Two). Ages 16+ only Tickets £14

My Dad, the Magician “Grab the rabbit, Tom, we’ve got to pack up.” The year is 1991. Tom is 11 years old. His Dad is a magician and Tom is his assistant. Using handmade magic tricks, live music and a rabbit called Horace, this nostalgically inventive show tells the story of a real magician who’s greatest trick will be making sure there’s food on the family table. “One of the best pieces of children’s theatre I’ve seen in a long time”- whatsonstage Tony and Mike – Composer Tickets £9.50, £8.50 members

Kanda Bongo Man

Saturday 17 March, 8pm Kanda revolutionised the Congolese favourite music of soukous after parting with Orchestra Belle Mambo to take up a solo career in Paris in 1979. He is most famous for his structural changes he implemented to soukous music with mesmerizing guitar solos that gave birth to the famous” KWASA KWASA” DANCE He went to produce many albums most notably the” Kwasa Kwasa” and” Amour Fou” plus the most recent release of Soukous Time album. Kanda Bongo Man on stage with the power house of the backing guitars gives no room for standing still; the whole body has to move to the upbeat Soukous and Kwasa Kwasa Dance. With African Night Fever DJ’s in the mist producing a guaranteed African party atmosphere. Tickets £17, £15 members

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Henley Symphony Orchestra

Shifting Sands

Sunday 18 March, 7.30 pm Sheku Kanneh-Mason Ian Brown Mozart Elgar Mahler

Cello Conductor

Marriage of Figaro: Overture Cello Concerto Symphony No 1 ‘Titan’

Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the 2016 BBC Young Musician who gained further prominence after his stunning appearance at the 2017 BBC Proms with the Chineke! Orchestra. The Kanneh-Mason seven-piece ensemble, formed with his siblings, appeared as special guests in the final show of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. Elgar’s passionate Cello Concerto, made famous by Jacqueline du Pré, is programmed with Mahler’s revolutionary and deeply moving Symphony No 1 ‘Titan’, composed for 100 players.

The King Lear Wednesday 21 March, 8pm Giving a modern comedic twist to Shakespeare’s popular tragedy, acclaimed clown theatre company Shifting Sands set the action in a pub. When the landlord of “THE KING LEAR” announces his retirement and the division of his “kingdom” between his daughters he imitates his famous namesake and demands to know which of them loves him the most. In the process he unleashes a playful, irreverent interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, set not in Stratford-Upon-Avon but in a pub! A compellingly inventive retelling mixing slapstick and pathos with warm humour. PG advised, 11+ £12, £11 concessions, £10 South Street members

Tickets: £20, £17, £14; U16s/students half price; Groups: 1 in 8 free.

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Katona Twins, Guitars Wednesday 21 March, 7.30pm The classical world’s ‘best known guitar duo’, Peter and Zoltán Katona make their Concert Hall debut with an exciting programme of works from across the guitar repertoire. The twins have won numerous major competitions in New York,London, Germany, France and Hungary. Pre-concert talk 6.30pm, The Town Hall FREE Tickets: £20.50, £17.50, £15.50 Groups, Child, Schools discounts available Classical Membership Scheme: £12 for individual tickets. Try a Classical Concert for £12 If you have never been to a Classical Music Alive in Reading concert before, you can book now for only £12 a ticket. You might surprise yourself! Only available through the Box Office on 0118 960 6060.

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Jason Manford: Muddle Class

Wednesday 21 March, 7.30pm Wednesday 23 May, 7.30pm He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. ‘Muddle Class’ promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up `working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become `middle class’ - causing much confusion! Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed.

Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. PG advised, adult themes. Tickets 29.50

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Buddy Holly and The Cricketers:

O’Hooley & Tidow

Friday 23 March, 7.30pm

With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, five star reviews and a feature in The Guardian, the songwriting, voice and piano partnership of Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow is regarded as ‘One of British folk music’s mightiest combinations’ (MOJO).

with The English Rock and Roll Orchestra The 60th Anniversary Show

In March 1958, he and The Crickets headlined a variety bill compered by Des O’Connor. On a 25 back-to-back date tour, they performed two, and sometimes three, shows a night in venues all across the country. To celebrate this diamond anniversary, the UK’s first and best-loved Buddy Holly act, Buddy Holly and The Cricketers, revisits some of the same venues on the same dates with a very special show backed by The English Rock and Roll Orchestra.

Friday 23 March, 8pm

Tickets £16, £14 South Street members

Don’t miss out on the concert of a decade. Tickets £25 Diamond Offer ~ First 60 tickets only £19.58 each. Discount applied at checkout.

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Mick Perrin Worldwide

Verdi Requiem

No Such Thing As A Fish Friday 23 March, 8pm Join Dan Schreiber, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski and James Harkin on the first leg of their brand new UK tour as they serve up their pick of the most bizarre, extraordinary and hilarious facts known to man. The award-winning podcast No Such Thing As A Fish gets 1.2 million downloads a week, has been transformed into the spin-off topical BBC2 TV series No Such Thing As The News and was named one of iTunes’s top ten most downloaded podcasts of 2016.

Saturday 24 March, 7.30pm

The South Chiltern Choral Society is delighted to be joining forces with the Parenthesis Choir and the Reading Symphony Orchestra for Verdi’s Requiem. One of the most constantly popular choral works, the powerful emotions of the text are expressed through beautiful melodies and dramatic contrasts, including the terrifying yet instantly recognisable Dies Irae. The concert begins with Wagner’s Tannhauser Overture. Conductor - Stefan Hofkes One of the most constantly popular choral works, the powerful emotions of the text are expressed through beautiful melodies and dramatic contrasts, including the terrifying yet instantly recognisable Dies Irae.

Tickets £16 balcony. £14 stalls. £5 Under 18s and full time students. Available from www.rso.org.uk

‘This intelligent quartet serve as a welcome reminder that comedy does not have to be dumb’ EVENING STANDARD

PG, may contain strong language and adult themes Tickets £20, £18 concessions

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The Sensational 60s Experience Saturday 24 March, 7.30pm For one night only, five legendary names take to the stage and deliver you a night never to be forgotten. With the definite feel good factor, this is a must see 60’s show for 2018. Tickets £29, Groups 10+, £26

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The Stranglers

plus special guests Therapy? Tuesday 27 March, doors 7pm Hitting the road again with The Definitive Tour, The Stranglers are back and better than ever. One of the UK’s most exciting, credible and influential British groups, this group are riding high on a resurgence in popularity. Come and get swept up in their powerful brand of exhilarating music, with pounding rhythms, soaring melodies, quirky humour and thrillingly daring musicianship. Joined by Therapy? One of the most uncompromising, creative and individualistic bands of their generation, this will be a fantastic chance to experience the work of a truly great British band, live.

Under 14s must be seated and accompanied by an adult. Tickets £29.50

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The Young’uns

The Ballad ofJohnny Longstaff Saturday 24 March 8pm Twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners the Young’uns present a timely tale of a boy who walked out of poverty, a teenager who stood up to racism, a soldier who fought fascism and an old man who inspired a new generation. From the shadow of the Teesside shipyards, to the banks of the Thames. From Cable Street to the Spanish Civil War. Johnny Longstaff bore witness to some of the most defining moments of the early 20th century. Before he died, he recorded his story in words which were harrowing, hilarious, poignant, proud and ultimately uplifting. Tickets £18

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Richard Herring:

Jonathan Pie:

Wednesday 28 March, 8pm

Thursday 29 March, 7.30pm

“I only regret the people I didn’t have sex with….. And 60% of the people I did have sex with.” “Podfather” (the Guardian) and star of Radio 4’s Relativity, Richard Herring gets to the half century (against all odds) and looks at how his life has changed in the last decade.

Jonathan Pie returns to the stage in early 2018 with a brand new live show following a sell out tour ending at The London Palladium, A show that was described as “electrifying” CHORTLE, “Blistering” Evening standard and ‘desperately misjudged’ The Times.

From irresponsible, single kidult, literally fighting his way through a mid-life crisis, to married father who is mid-way to the telegram from the Queen (though given she will be 140 in 2067, she might forget to send it).

The frustrated News reporter is back and he’s angrier than ever. Pie attempts to host a night of serious discussions on current affairs whilst simultaneously attempting to smash the system from within. Join him for a night of political comedy that soon descends into chaos.

Oh Frig I’m 50

Following on from “Oh F***, I’m 40!”, this is the second (and let’s face it, almost certainly penultimate) instalment in Herring’s once-adecade examination of ageing. “A gloriously infantile delight in mischief, provocation and inspired rudeness” The Guardian.

Back To The Studio

This is political satire at its finest and Pie is “the Most exciting satirical creation since partridge” Rory Bremner. PG Advised, 16+ Please arrive in good time, latecomers will not be admitted. Tickets £24.50, £19.50

PG Advised, adult content. Ticket £19.50

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COMING SOON

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COMING SOON

Tiddler

South Street & The Grumpy Goat

Saturday 7 April, 1pm & 4pm

Friday 13 & Saturday 14 Apr

Craft Theory

and other terrific tales Four terrific tales – one superb show. This delightful production is brought to you by the team behind Stick Man Live.

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Building on the resounding success of 2017, expect nothing less than award winning craft breweries, top quality music acts and delicious food.

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The Champions of Magic

Menopause The Musical

Sunday 15 April, 6pm

Monday 16 April, 7.30pm

The 5 world-class illusionists that make up the Champions of Magic return to the UK for their 2018 national tour following sold out shows across the globe, rave reviews and a run in London’s West End.

Starring...Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) & Hilary O’Neil (ITV’s Copy Cats)

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Teletubbies Live

20th Century Boy

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 April

Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 April

See the iconic, world famous Teletubbies in their first ever theatre show created especially for your little ones.

This hit musical, inspired by the life of rock legend Marc Bolan, returns to the stage to mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic star’s untimely death.

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Madama Butterfly Thursday 10 May, 7.30pm Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra.

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COMING SOON

Sh!t Theatre

DollyWould Thursday 10 May, 8pm Oh look, 2016 Fringe First winners Sh!t Theatre again. What is it this time? Oh, is it unemployment? Is there a crisis? No, it’s a show about Dolly Parton.

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Exhibitions

Opens Saturday 24 February 2018 Patrons and Donors: Reading’s Art… and how it got here

SIR JOHN MADEJSKI ART GALLERY Ends Saturday 27 January 2018 The Critic as Artist Following on from the success of Inside at Reading Prison, Reading International present a contemporary art exhibition about and for the Irish writer and dramatist Oscar Wilde, whose ideas and legend remain startlingly contemporary. The exhibition is curated by leading art critics Michael Bracewell and Andrew Hunt. They have commissioned works from or selected works by significant artists including Miles Aldridge, Stephen Buckley, Malcolm McLaren and Marc Camille Chaimowicz, whose installation for Oscar Wilde occupies the whole of the Museum’s Victorian Art Gallery. Other works are strategically placed throughout the museum galleries. Combining the historical and the current, notions of the cult of the beautiful with the role of the critic, symbolist fantasy and the many-layered relationships between life, morality and art. During the course of the exhibition there will be daily readings from Oscar Wilde’s writings and related activities around Reading. For details see www.readinginternational. org.uk.

In 1885 crowd-sourcing existed in Reading: 3000 people contributed to the cost of having a portrait of biscuit magnate William Isaac Palmer painted for the town. And remarkably in the 1970s Reading commissioned a modern set of Civic silver with the support of dozens of local businesses. When Palmer went on to bequeath his personal collection of contemporary Victorian art, he started the impressive art collection at Reading Museum and set a precedent for later generations of gifts from Reading people. Today the museum remains unusual as its art collection continues to grow through the support of Reading Foundation for Art, grant-giving bodies and many individuals. See familiar favourites and unexpected treasures, some with curious stories attached.

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Community Displays BOX ROOM Ends Tuesday 6 February 2018 Installation: Lilies for Oscar Wilde 70 artists and makers from all over Reading have made lily-like ‘flowers’ as personal tributes to Oscar Wilde, celebrating his wit and wonderful writing. Award-winning florists Cherubs Floral Design have brought them together in a towering arrangement that deserves very close scrutiny. Be amazed! Many of these stunning works will be for sale - find a unique gift for Valentine’s Day or keep a touch of Oscar magic by bidding for one of the Lilies before the end of the exhibition. (Proceeds will go to the artists’ chosen local charity, Launchpad.)

Events and Talks Saturday 20 January Poetry Workshop: Encountering Oscar Wilde Join acclaimed poets and teachers Adrian Blamires and Lesley Saunders to explore the lasting influence of Oscar Wilde, playwright, story-teller and victim of prejudice. Be inspired by contemporary artists’ responses to aspects of his life and work, take part in some semi-structured exercises to develop your own thoughts and ideas, and read some of Wilde’s poetry, stories and essays before composing one of your own. Bring something to write on and with. Adults 16+, 10.30am – 3.30pm £25, for further information and to book email elaine.blake@reading.gov.uk

Saturday 10 February Talks at Two: Early Closing Day The Day Reading Was Bombed At teatime on Wednesday, 10 February 1943, a single German bomber dropped four bombs across the centre of Reading, killing 41 people. To mark the 75th anniversary of this attack, local historian Mike Cooper will look at the events of the raid – which severely damaged the Town Hall amongst other buildings – and describe how Reading was prepared to meet the threat of bombing in the Second World War. Part of the Reading Abbey Lecture Series. Don’t forget that refreshments are available in our Palmers café. Adults, 2pm - 3pm £5, booking essential (please see our website or call 0118 937 3400)

LGBT History Month Talks at Two - Wolfenden 60 Baron John Wolfenden became ViceChancellor of the University of Reading in 1950. While in this post, he chaired the Wolfenden Committee which produced a report to the government recommending the decriminalisation of homosexuality. As part of its Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Wolfenden 60 project, Reading’s Support U charity presents a series of Saturday talks throughout LGBT History Month, exploring the legacy and impact of the Wolfenden Report 60 years after its publication. Saturday 3 February The Wolfenden Committee An exploration of the committee and the some of the evidence that was offered. Saturday 10 February LGBT Life over the last 60 years The experiences of LGBT people since the publication of Wolfenden’s report. Saturday 17 February Intersectionality The complexities of having more than one identity that is marginalised and discriminated against. Saturday 24 February Moving Forward A look at where LGBT rights are today both in the UK and abroad. Adults, 2pm - 3.30pm Free, booking essential (please see our website or call 0118 937 3400)

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READING MUSEUM Saturday 10 March Talks at Two: Matilda the Empress Empress Matilda was the daughter and heir of King Henry I who was buried here at Reading Abbey. Join us to hear Lindsay Mullaney examine one of the most fascinating and enigmatic characters of medieval history, who nearly became England’s first female monarch. Part of the Reading Abbey Lecture Series. Don’t forget that refreshments are available in our Palmers café. Adults, 2pm - 3pm £5, booking essential (please see our website or call 0118 937 3400)

Friday 13 April Friends of Reading Abbey Talk: A Place Strongly Fortified – The Civil War Siege of Reading The Abbey Quarter was at the heart of Civil War Reading. Hear about the siege of 1643 and the experiences of Reading during this troubled time. This talk will be delivered by Simon Marsh, Research Officer at the Battlefields Trust, as part of the Reading Abbey Lecture Series. Please note that this talk will take place in St Laurence’s Church. Adults, 7.30pm (doors open at 7) Free, drop in Save the Date! Saturday 14 April: Join us for a special Reading Abbey event, including tours and a medieval themed Activity Cart for families. Full details to be confirmed in February 2018.

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Family Activities FEBRUARY HALF TERM DON’T MISS OUR SPECIAL MONDAY OPENING! NEW! Reading Abbey Gallery opens Monday 12 February This half term be among the first to see our new Reading Abbey displays, part of the HLF-funded Reading Abbey Revealed project.

Activity Cart Visit us throughout the holidays and enjoy a range of medieval-inspired paper craft. Free, drop in* Monday 12 February NEW! Reading Abbey Trail Our new Reading Abbey gallery opens today! Take part in our new trail and win a prize. Continues throughout half term. Families, 10am – 4pm £1, drop in*

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Reading Abbey Fun Day Celebrate the opening of our new Reading Abbey gallery on the ground floor of the Museum, part of the preparations leading up to the opening of the Abbey Ruins in summer 2018. Take part in activities throughout the galleries, including:

Wednesday 14 February    Make & Take: Medieval Tile Decorating Brilliant hands-on fun! Use our special ceramic pens to design a tile fit for Reading Abbey. Take inspiration from tiles in the new display or create your own design. Set the design by baking your tile in the oven at home. Families, half-hour sessions 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm £1, pay on the day, drop in*

• trying out our virtual reality headsets • dressing up • handling real Abbey artefacts • stained glass craft • badge making • meet a medieval monk • Abbey trail • and more! Families, 10am – 3.30pm £5 for all activities (sticker on entry), drop in*

Thursday 15 February   Bejewelled Medieval Goblet Cover your goblet in sparkling jewels to celebrate the opening of our new Reading Abbey gallery. Take home our non-alcoholic mead recipe to toast from your bejewelled creation! Ages 5+, Families, 45-minute sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £4, pay on the day, drop in*

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READING MUSEUM Wednesday 28 March Special Bunny and Chick Bags Hopping off to an Easter Egg hunt? Decorate a bunny or chick bag to hold your choccy Easter goodies. Families, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in*

Easter Holidays The Museum will be closed over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, including Good Friday, and will reopen on Tuesday 3 April. Activity Cart Visit us throughout the holidays and enjoy a range of spring craft ideas. Free, drop in* Eggy Bingo Trail Hunt for the egg-shaped objects on display in the Museum. When you have finished collect your chocolate treasure from Reception! £1 per person Tuesday 27 March Medieval Dragon Eggs Swap your chocolate egg for a magical dragon egg this Easter! Decorate your mystical treasure with scales and metallic colours ready to take home. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £4, pay on the day, drop in*

Tuesday 3 April Medieval Herb Garden Did you know the monks who lived at Reading Abbey had a herb garden right here in the Abbey Quarter? Plant your own tiny garden complete with seeds and herbs. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £4, pay on the day, drop in*

Wednesday 4 April Edible Mini Bugs Add wings and eyes to our shiny foil eggs to create your multi-coloured mini bugs in these fun drop-in sessions. Families, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm £1, pay on the day, drop in*

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SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS Held on the second Friday of each month. Doors 8pm, poetry from 8.30pm.

SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS

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

Poets’ Café Reading’s longest running and best-loved poetry platform, Poets’ Café, is now being organised and hosted by The Poetry Society’s Reading Stanza. The Café will be held on the second Friday of every month and the night is made up of an open mic section, where we welcome anyone who wishes to read their work in a friendly atmosphere, plus a full reading by our guest poet.

Friday 12 January Anna-May Laugher Friday 9 February Rachel Piercey CONCERT HALL

Friday 9 March Kate Noakes

Lunchtime Organ Recitals

Tickets £5, £4 for Readers

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

SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS

Darklands

Monday 19 February 2018 David Pether Tickets for each recital £5

Held on the last Saturday of the month. 8pm till midnight. Free Entry. Darklands returns again for another year at South Street. Founder Steve Reynolds continues to deliver forgotten leftfield gems of yester year mixed with a healthy dose of current acts as well. You’ll hear Goth, Indie, Electronica, Post Punk, Grunge and Industrial by the likes of Bauhaus, The Fall, Horrors, Bunnymen, Stooges, LCD, Velvets, Pavement, Ride, MBV, New Order, L7, Fugazi, Interpol, Hookworms, Joy Division, Cure, Wire, Gang of Four, Sisters of Mercy and The Jesus and Mary Chain etc.

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Reading Museum Regular Events EVERY SATURDAY New Gallery Tours Want to know more about Reading Abbey and its impact on the town? Join our trained volunteer guides for an updated tour that includes more on the Abbey Quarter’s history. Hear about our exciting plans to transform the area into a unique historical and cultural destination. This is followed by an introductory tour around the museum’s galleries taking in a selection of fascinating objects on display. Why not stay for lunch and enjoy the Bayeux Tapestry tour at 2.15pm? All ages, NEW TIME 12 noon – 12.45pm Donations welcome, drop in* EVERY SATURDAY Bayeux Tapestry Tours Enjoy a guided tour of the famous full-size facsimile Tapestry – no need to book. All ages, 2.15pm - 3pm. Suggested donation £2, drop in EVERY WEDNESDAY Tales for Tots: Story-time for the under 5s Drop in and catch a story using objects from our collection. Under 5s, 10.30am - 11.30am. Free, drop in EVERY THURSDAY Museum Surgery Visitors can discover more about the collections, or ask for help in identifying interesting objects (NB no valuations can be given). 12pm - 4pm. Free, drop in EVERY DAY Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock The Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock is picturesquely situated on the banks of the River Kennet. It features a Reading-built gypsy caravan and tells the story of Reading’s two rivers - the Kennet and the Thames. It hosts occasional summertime art exhibitions and events. April to September: Open daily 10am - 6pm. Free, drop in. Closed: October to March

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

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READING LIBRARIES BATTLE LIBRARY

BATTLE LIBRARY

Monday 5 February 7pm

Thursday 15 February 7pm

Peter Rabbit, Pooh, Potter:

A Tale of Children’s Literature with Julia Eccleshare Livestream The Famous Five, The Lord of the Rings, The [other book]; the twentieth century contains some real titans of children’s literature. Go down the rabbit hole with writer and broadcaster Julia Eccleshare in this illustrated talk and re-live the last 100 years of children’s literature through its milestone books. Please book your place for this event via Eventbrite. BATTLE LIBRARY Wednesday 7 February, 7pm

Coley and Coley Park:

Town and country side by side – Mike Cooper and Katie Amos Local historians Mike Cooper and Katie Amos take a fresh look at the history of Coley and Coley Park, giving an introduction to the area from the Middles Ages to 1960s tower blocks. In between you’ll hear about Victorian slums, life at the “the Big House” and the building of a massive new estate in the 1950s.  There’s a library booklet to go with the talk.

Hogwarts Curriculum Lecture Series: Divination with Marc Salem

Livestream Marc Salem is an American mentalist and mind reader from Philadelphia who has been a student of the human mind for over 30 years and has featured in his own Broadway and West End show, Mind Games. As an academic he holds advanced degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and New York University, and has been on faculty of several major universities for close to two decades. Please book your place for this event via Eventbrite. BATTLE LIBRARY Monday 19 March, 7pm

The Blitz:

Britain and the Luftwaffe 1939 – 45

Wednesday 14 March, 7pm

Many are familiar with the operations which led to the Battle of Britain in 1940, but perhaps don’t realise that ‘The Blitz’ lasted throughout the entire war to some greater or lesser extent. Historian Richard Marks will look at the operations mounted by Germany against the British Isles during world war two. Richard will also tell the story of how the ‘Blitz’ affected Reading and the surrounding area and will look at some of the commonly held myths which surround these raids.

900 years of attack and defence 871-1990

Tickets available at Central and Battle Libraries, £4 (£3 to library members)

Tickets available at Central and Battle Libraries, £4 (£3 to library members) BATTLE LIBRARY

Defending Reading:

Mike Cooper, whose work on air raids in WW2 covered new ground for Reading, looks at themes in the military and civil defence of Reading from the Vikings to terrorist threats. What do we know about Reading Castle? What were the Royalist fortifications like during the Siege of 1643?  How did local people respond to the threat of French invasion and rural riots? Tickets available at Central and Battle Libraries, £4 (£3 to library members) Mike Cooper is also giving at talk at Reading Museum on 10 Feb, ‘The Day Reading Was Bombed’ see Museum pages for details Please note that we do not book tickets in advance of payment. Tickets can only be purchased online or in person. All tickets sold on the day of the event will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

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BERKSHIRE RECORD OFFICE On until 16 February, during normal opening hours

Orphans of the Sea

Orphans of the Sea: The History of the Royal Merchant Navy Education Foundation in London and Berkshire is an exhibition celebrating the 190th anniversary of one of Britain’s foremost maritime charities. Explore the story of the Foundation and the children that it has helped. Available during our opening hours (Tuesday and Wednesday 9am to 5pm, Thursday 9am to 9pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm). FREE admission. Why not come along and take a look?

Weds 14 March to Fri 8 June, during normal opening hours

Colours more than Sentences

Colours More than Sentences: Illustrated Editions of The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a national first for Reading – an exhibition of artists’ interpretations of Oscar Wilde’s classic poem, drawn from around the world. Available during our opening hours (Tuesday and Wednesday 9am to 5pm, Thursday 9am to 9pm and Friday 9am to 4.30pm). FREE admission. Why not come along and take a look?

Monday 26 February, 10.15-14.45

How to Read Old Handwriting

Always wanted to know how to read old handwriting? Come along to our introduction to reading handwriting found in documents at the BRO from c.1500 to 1700. The cost is £20 per person. There are 10 places available and booking is essential. Please email arch@reading. gov.uk or call 0118 937 5132. Monday 22 January, 10.30 to 11.30 Monday 19 March, 18.00 to 19.00

Behind the Scenes at the BRO

Ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes at the BRO? Come along and find out. You will be shown how we store our documents and given an insight to the job of our conservator. It’s FREE and there are 12 spaces available on each tour. Booking is essential. Please email arch@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 5132. Saturday 3 March, 12.00-16.00

Preserving your Family Memorabilia Discover how to take care of, protect and preserve cherished keepsakes, family history items and more with our conservator. Cost is £25 per person. There are 6 places available and booking is essential. Please email arch@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 5132.

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

PARKS & OPEN SPACES

SPRING 2017 EVENTS Parks & Open Spaces are responsible for managing and maintaining Reading’s 100+ parks, lakes and playgrounds, as well as hosting a wealth of events in our beautiful grounds.

Winter Tree Walk 21 January 2018 Prospect Park Moscow State Circus 13 – 17 February Hills Meadow Run for Chocolate 25 February 2018 Prospect Park London Irish Patricks Day Tournament 24 March 2018 Palmer Park Beanpole Day 21 April 2018 Caversham Court Gardens CAMRA Beer Festival April 2018 Christchurch Meadows

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

Further events to be announced soon.All activities, dates & venues are subject to change.For further information, contact the Leisure & Recreation programming team on 0118 937 5197. 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 www.readingarts.com Group Bookings Contact our dedicated group sales co-ordinator for details of group discounts, priority bookings, advance notifications, extended reservation periods, education packs and much more. Steff Cohen 0118 937 2011 or email steff.cohen@reading.gov.uk Payment All major credit and debit cards are accepted, except Diners and American Express. Unless otherwise stated venue booking fees are included in the advertised price. An additional fee may be payable for postage. The booking fee applies to ticket purchases made with credit cards, debit cards and cash. Bookings made in person with a pre-paid debit card are not subject to a booking fee. Standing events All standing tickets are unreserved general admission; the seating plan and ticket number are for administration purposes only. Please note that Under 14’s will not be permitted into the standing arena. All under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult (18yrs or over) and seated in the balcony. The advertised time for standing events is the doors time and bears no relation to the performance time. Exact timings will be confirmed nearer the time and will be available from the box office or via readingarts.com. To ensure your safety, security will be present to search bags on arrival. No food or drink may be brought into the venue. Professional cameras are not permitted at events and will not be allowed into the auditorium. Please be aware that concerts of this nature use various theatrical lighting and smoke effects, and may have high sound levels.

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

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

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THE HEXAGON

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

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

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Reading Arts & Venues Spring 2018 What's On  
Reading Arts & Venues Spring 2018 What's On  

The best shows and events coming to Reading ~ January to April 2018. The Hexagon, South Street Arts Centre, The Concert Hall, Reading Museum...

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