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to the Reading Arts & Venues summer 2019 season. And Happy South Street! After a sizzlingBirthday summerto we can all cool down and look forward to a (still pretty hot) autumn season of shows and events at Reading Arts.

It’s been an amazing 30 years since Reading’s award-winning Arts Centre first opened its doors. Time fliesbiggest when musicals you’re having fun! starring I hope Mica you’llParis be able to help us celebrate this wonderful FAME!certainly One of the of all time, and Keith Jack, hits The Hexagon in milestone, join us for aallspecial Gala evening on 21 July at Southarts Street, all are (see September, promising the highs andCabaret lows & thrills and spills of a performing school, pluswelcome. as many leg p37 for details). warmers you can handle! Reading Arts is now for you to Reading’s join. With Exclusive Show Meanwhile, webrand-new are thrilled Membership that CBeebiesScheme mega-star Justinavailable Fletcher, along with fave Dame, Paul Discounts, Priority and Barin&the Café Discounts three It’ll main Morse, will be backBooking sloshing around action packedavailable Christmasacross panto,our Aladdin. be venues, super funThe for all Hexagon, the family. South Street & Concert Hall. If you’re a fan of the Arts, join today! See over the page for details.

And commemorating 100 years since the ending of the Great War, don’t miss Michael Morpurgo’s Private Who doesn’t have a Ladybird or twosoldier on their bookshelf? Reading in conjunction with Peaceful, the gut wrenching talebook of a young awaiting the firing squadMuseum, at dawn. #thankyou100

the MERL, have a wonderful exhibition, and associated events, starting in March. Ladybird Books: While South Street Arts Centre look there’s from Scott Roddy Woomble, Diabel Cissokho ‘How at it Works’, is a fascinating at music the history of theMatthews, nation’s favourite children’s books. Definitely and Carpenter’. There’s comedy from Rachel one ‘Richard to see for a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Parris, Gary Delaney, Mark Thomas & Robin Ince.

To name a few. Plus a very special Christmas treat; a unique take on the festive favourite, A Christmas Carole. While at The award-winning, smash-hit dominate theit!landscape. The very Presented by Hexagon, RBL & Southtwo Street, running from 10th to 20thmusicals December, don’t miss

naughty, very funny Avenue Q (don’t bring your parents!) and Green Day’s incendiary American We hope see you our cultural venues very soon. Idiot. Twoto shows notattoone be of missed! Sarah Hacker We to seefor you at oneCulture, of our cultural venues veryServices soon. Leadhope Councillor Reading Sport and Consumer

Sarah Hacker Lead Councillor for Reading Culture, Sport and Consumer Services

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MEMBER

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.

MEMBERSHIP

SATURDAY MORNINGS (during term time)

MONDAY EVENINGS (during term time)

Juniors 1: 10am – 11am Years 1, 2 & 3 £95 / £85 members per half year (Sept-Feb & Feb-July)

Seniors 1: 4.30pm – 6pm Years 7 & 8 £105 / £95 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)

Seniors 2: 6pm – 8pm Years 9 – 13 £115 / £105 members per half year (Sept-Feb & Feb-July)

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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MEMBER

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.

MEMBERSHIP

SATURDAY MORNINGS (during term time)

MONDAY EVENINGS (during term time)

Juniors 1: 10am – 11am Years 1, 2 & 3 £95 / £85 members per half year (Sept-Feb & Feb-July)

Seniors 1: 4.30pm – 6pm Years 7 & 8 £105 / £95 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)

Seniors 2: 6pm – 8pm Years 9 – 13 £115 / £105 members per half year (Sept-Feb & Feb-July)

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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Ladybird Books: ‘How it Works’

HOSTED BY ROB BRYDON

An exhibition celebrating the history of the nation’s favourite children’s books

WITH JO BRAND RORY BREMNER LUKE KEMPNER JOHN ARCHER AND MORE!

30 March – 17 August 2019

7 MAY 2019, 7:30 PM THE HEXAGON, READING

Reading Museum, RG1 1QH

Copyright © Ladybird Books Ltd, 1958

Tickets £29.50 (including booking fees) www.readingarts.com/hexagon Box office 0118 960 60 60

PLUS...

1 APRIL 2019, 7:30 PM THE HEXAGON, READING

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(including booking fees)

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presents

Ladybird Books: ‘How it Works’

HOSTED BY ROB BRYDON

An exhibition celebrating the history of the nation’s favourite children’s books

WITH JO BRAND RORY BREMNER LUKE KEMPNER JOHN ARCHER AND MORE!

30 March – 17 August 2019

7 MAY 2019, 7:30 PM THE HEXAGON, READING

Reading Museum, RG1 1QH

Copyright © Ladybird Books Ltd, 1958

Tickets £29.50 (including booking fees) www.readingarts.com/hexagon Box office 0118 960 60 60

PLUS...

1 APRIL 2019, 7:30 PM THE HEXAGON, READING

HOSTED BY AL MURRAY: THE PUB LANDLORD Tickets £26.50 What's On Summer 2019_NEW.indd 6-7

(including booking fees)

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SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Brookfields Specialist SEN School

Collabro

‘Flesh’ Tues 2 & Weds 3 April, 7pm Presented as part of the National Theatre Connections Programme, ‘Flesh’ will be performed by Brookfields Specialist SEN School drama students. Tickets £8

SOUTH STREET Chambers Touring

Thursday 4 April, doors 7pm

Stuart Goldsmith:

With Special Guest Kerry Ellis – West End & Broadway star.

Friday 5 April, 8pm

Plus The Berkshire Theatre School Choir. Michael Auger, Jamie Lambert, Matthew Pagan and Thomas J. Redgrave, the world’s most successful musical theatre group, are back on the road and heading for Reading!

Tickets £21.50, £34.50, £44.50 VIP packages available

End Of

“Truly a comedy masterclass... endlessly inventive” The List Stu’s back with a comic odyssey on how it works out in the end, and whether anyone cares. Intelligent stand-up comedy for everybody, but of particular interest to people over thirty who’ve lost touch with all their old friends and can’t eat just one pain au chocolat. Featuring ultimates, absolutes and surprisingly few conclusions. Host of The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast (10 million downloads). As seen on As Yet Untitled (Dave) and Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central).

THE HEXAGON

The Banff Mountain Film Festival Friday 5 April, 7.30pm The second of two programmes this year. 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. Tickets £16, £14 cons and groups 6+ + Don’t Miss: The Ocean Film Festival at The Hexagon, Friday 4 October.

Tickets £12. Ages 14+

SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

doubledotdash!? present

Strada Music

+ Old Ghoul + more tbc Friday 5 April, doors 7.30pm

True North Tour with his trio BJ Cole, Sarah Smout & Bridget St. John

An econo band night. #60.

Saturday 6 April, 8pm

Tickets £5 (on the door only).

The way Michael Chapman sees it “the songs are the songs,” and those on his new album True North, fit a kind of mold that’s comfortable -- and even a bit surprising -- for the venerable British singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Bilge Pump

Michael Chapman:

Tickets £16, £15 members

8 Box Office 0118 960 6060

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All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Brookfields Specialist SEN School

Collabro

‘Flesh’ Tues 2 & Weds 3 April, 7pm Presented as part of the National Theatre Connections Programme, ‘Flesh’ will be performed by Brookfields Specialist SEN School drama students. Tickets £8

SOUTH STREET Chambers Touring

Thursday 4 April, doors 7pm

Stuart Goldsmith:

With Special Guest Kerry Ellis – West End & Broadway star.

Friday 5 April, 8pm

Plus The Berkshire Theatre School Choir. Michael Auger, Jamie Lambert, Matthew Pagan and Thomas J. Redgrave, the world’s most successful musical theatre group, are back on the road and heading for Reading!

Tickets £21.50, £34.50, £44.50 VIP packages available

End Of

“Truly a comedy masterclass... endlessly inventive” The List Stu’s back with a comic odyssey on how it works out in the end, and whether anyone cares. Intelligent stand-up comedy for everybody, but of particular interest to people over thirty who’ve lost touch with all their old friends and can’t eat just one pain au chocolat. Featuring ultimates, absolutes and surprisingly few conclusions. Host of The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast (10 million downloads). As seen on As Yet Untitled (Dave) and Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central).

THE HEXAGON

The Banff Mountain Film Festival Friday 5 April, 7.30pm The second of two programmes this year. 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. Tickets £16, £14 cons and groups 6+ + Don’t Miss: The Ocean Film Festival at The Hexagon, Friday 4 October.

Tickets £12. Ages 14+

SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

doubledotdash!? present

Strada Music

+ Old Ghoul + more tbc Friday 5 April, doors 7.30pm

True North Tour with his trio BJ Cole, Sarah Smout & Bridget St. John

An econo band night. #60.

Saturday 6 April, 8pm

Tickets £5 (on the door only).

The way Michael Chapman sees it “the songs are the songs,” and those on his new album True North, fit a kind of mold that’s comfortable -- and even a bit surprising -- for the venerable British singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Bilge Pump

Michael Chapman:

Tickets £16, £15 members

8 Box Office 0118 960 6060

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All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Here Come The Girls

In the Night Garden: Live

Red Comedy

Saturday 6 April, 7.30pm

Wednesday 10, 1pm & 4pm & Thursday 11 April, 10am & 1pm

The Two Ages of Man

An all new show ‘Here Come The Girls’ brings an exciting mix of individual performances and group numbers with their supporting dance partners.

Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends are coming to Reading in their brand new live show Igglepiggle’s Busy Day!

Dianne Buswell ~ Amy Dowden ~ Chloe Hewitt

You’ll see all your favourite characters beautifully brought to life with full-size costumes, magical puppets, and enchanting music. The show lasts just under an hour and it’s a completely new production for the very first In the Night Garden Live UK theatre tour.

The show will have a mix of Ballroom and Latin routines and has been choreographed by Patrick Helm, this show promises to be a fresh and innovative with amazing routines to dazzle and wow you. Patrick will also perform on the show with Dianne!

Now in its 10th year, In the Night Garden Live is one of the UK’s favourite family events. Over 1 million people have seen it so far and it gets 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 12,844 parents’ reviews.

Dianne Buswell and Amy Dowden have established themselves on the hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing and Chloe Hewitt also joins the cast of pro girls to make it the first Girls tour. Limited Meet & Greet tickets available to show ticket holders.

Paul Sinha:

Thursday 11 April, 8pm Paul returns to Reading with his life, seemingly, still bordering on disarray. Having spent two decades juggling disparate careers, loneliness, heartbreak, a multitude of vices and an overwhelming urge to show off his general knowledge, he finds that just as one problem disappears, another emerges. Paul is 48 and is pondering the unthinkable. Is he past it? Was Shakespeare wrong? Are there only Two Ages of Man? Adults only Tickets £16, £14 concessions & Members

‘Enchanting’ - Radio Times

Tickets £28 Concessions £27

‘It’s the toddler version of rock-star hysteria!’- The Times

SOUTH STREET Sing-a-long-a

The Greatest Showman

Tickets: Premium: Adult £20, U16 £18 Band A: Adult £18, U16 £16 Babes in arms: Available for under 12 months only

Semi-Toned: Homecoming

Sunday 7 April, 2pm & 7pm

Friday 12 April, 7.30pm

From the producers of Singalonga Sound of Music and Singalonga Grease, comes special screenings of the smash hit film musical that everyone can’t stop singing – The Greatest Showman! LOOK OUT ‘CAUSE HERE IT COMES…

Semi-Toned is the University of Exeter’s all male a cappella sensation, having won national and international awards for their stunning performances and music videos, as well as appearances on national television and critically acclaimed shows across the USA, not to mention selling out their last two runs at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zac Efron and hiss Rebecca Ferguson (…or maybe not) as you experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible – with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud as you want.…AND IT’S MARCHING ON TO THE BEAT WE DRUM.

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

Our live host introduces unique dance moves, our interactive prop bags, and practices your cheers & boos. Fancy dress is encouraged and participation essential as YOU the audience rewrite the stars! Tickets £17, U16’s: £13.50

10 Box Office 0118 960 6060

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All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Here Come The Girls

In the Night Garden: Live

Red Comedy

Saturday 6 April, 7.30pm

Wednesday 10, 1pm & 4pm & Thursday 11 April, 10am & 1pm

The Two Ages of Man

An all new show ‘Here Come The Girls’ brings an exciting mix of individual performances and group numbers with their supporting dance partners.

Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends are coming to Reading in their brand new live show Igglepiggle’s Busy Day!

Dianne Buswell ~ Amy Dowden ~ Chloe Hewitt

You’ll see all your favourite characters beautifully brought to life with full-size costumes, magical puppets, and enchanting music. The show lasts just under an hour and it’s a completely new production for the very first In the Night Garden Live UK theatre tour.

The show will have a mix of Ballroom and Latin routines and has been choreographed by Patrick Helm, this show promises to be a fresh and innovative with amazing routines to dazzle and wow you. Patrick will also perform on the show with Dianne!

Now in its 10th year, In the Night Garden Live is one of the UK’s favourite family events. Over 1 million people have seen it so far and it gets 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 12,844 parents’ reviews.

Dianne Buswell and Amy Dowden have established themselves on the hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing and Chloe Hewitt also joins the cast of pro girls to make it the first Girls tour. Limited Meet & Greet tickets available to show ticket holders.

Paul Sinha:

Thursday 11 April, 8pm Paul returns to Reading with his life, seemingly, still bordering on disarray. Having spent two decades juggling disparate careers, loneliness, heartbreak, a multitude of vices and an overwhelming urge to show off his general knowledge, he finds that just as one problem disappears, another emerges. Paul is 48 and is pondering the unthinkable. Is he past it? Was Shakespeare wrong? Are there only Two Ages of Man? Adults only Tickets £16, £14 concessions & Members

‘Enchanting’ - Radio Times

Tickets £28 Concessions £27

‘It’s the toddler version of rock-star hysteria!’- The Times

SOUTH STREET Sing-a-long-a

The Greatest Showman

Tickets: Premium: Adult £20, U16 £18 Band A: Adult £18, U16 £16 Babes in arms: Available for under 12 months only

Semi-Toned: Homecoming

Sunday 7 April, 2pm & 7pm

Friday 12 April, 7.30pm

From the producers of Singalonga Sound of Music and Singalonga Grease, comes special screenings of the smash hit film musical that everyone can’t stop singing – The Greatest Showman! LOOK OUT ‘CAUSE HERE IT COMES…

Semi-Toned is the University of Exeter’s all male a cappella sensation, having won national and international awards for their stunning performances and music videos, as well as appearances on national television and critically acclaimed shows across the USA, not to mention selling out their last two runs at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zac Efron and hiss Rebecca Ferguson (…or maybe not) as you experience The Greatest Showman in the greatest way possible – with lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud as you want.…AND IT’S MARCHING ON TO THE BEAT WE DRUM.

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

Our live host introduces unique dance moves, our interactive prop bags, and practices your cheers & boos. Fancy dress is encouraged and participation essential as YOU the audience rewrite the stars! Tickets £17, U16’s: £13.50

10 Box Office 0118 960 6060

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All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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THE HEXAGON Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara

Remembering the Movies Saturday 13 April, 7.30pm Strictly’s very own Aljaz and Janette are back on tour with their brand new show Remembering the Movies. If you loved Remembering Fred then get ready for a remarkable, unique and starstudded rollercoaster ride through some of the most successful, Oscar winning and most memorable films of all time.

SOUTH STREET Impatient Productions

Andrew Maxwell: Showtime

Saturday 13 April, 8pm DOUBLE EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD NOMINEE WINNER: Time Out Live Award: Best Stand-up With “SHOWTIME” Andrew continued his long run of domination of the Edinburgh Fringe. A memorable cocktail of personal stories, astute political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos, it won yet another barrage of five-star reviews for one of the festival’s most universally acclaimed acts.

CONCERT HALL Classical Music Alive

SOUTH STREET South Street & The Grumpy Goat

The Nash Ensemble

Craft Theory ‘19

Thursday 18 April, 7.30pm

Friday 19 & Saturday 20 April

Ian Brown, Piano Richard Hosford, Clarinet Adrian Brendel, Cello

Riding on the back of the resounding success of years 1 and 2, Craft Theory Festival is back for an epic 3rd Year. Craft Theory 2019 will be spread over two days including an extra fourth session - bringing you a fantastic selection of beer from local, national and international breweries. Get a chance to meet the brewers! Also expect great music from quality DJ’s while munching on some delicious gourmet street food. Not to be missed! With beer from Brouwerij de Molen, Left Handed Giant Brewing Co., UnBarred Brewery, Eight Arch Brewing Company, Elusive Brewing, Wild Weather Ales, Double-Barrelled, Little Earth Project, Brew By Numbers & Siren Craft Brew. 

Pre-concert Talk 6.30pm Tickets £21.50, £18.50, £13.50 £12 available for Classical Concert First Timers

Tickets £16. Ages 14+

Craft Beer & Music Festival

Session 1: Good Friday “Family Friendly” afternoon - 12 noon to 5pm Session 2: Good Friday evening - 6pm to 11pm

From the Golden Age of Hollywood through to the modern mega musical. Enjoy tributes to Audrey Hepburn, Saturday Night Fever, Gene Kelly, The Greatest Showman, Marilyn Monroe, La La Land, James Bond, Cabaret and many more….

Session 3: Easter Saturday afternoon - 12 noon to 5pm Session 4: Eater Saturday evening - 7pm to 12 midnight Adults only, except Friday afternoon Tickets £15 including branded glass Friday afternoon session only:  Under 5s Free; 5-17 years £2 (no glass) (all tickets include a 50p donation to Reading Soup)

Tickets £39.50,£30.50, £27 Limited VIP Tickets Available

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All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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THE HEXAGON Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara

Remembering the Movies Saturday 13 April, 7.30pm Strictly’s very own Aljaz and Janette are back on tour with their brand new show Remembering the Movies. If you loved Remembering Fred then get ready for a remarkable, unique and starstudded rollercoaster ride through some of the most successful, Oscar winning and most memorable films of all time.

SOUTH STREET Impatient Productions

Andrew Maxwell: Showtime

Saturday 13 April, 8pm DOUBLE EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD NOMINEE WINNER: Time Out Live Award: Best Stand-up With “SHOWTIME” Andrew continued his long run of domination of the Edinburgh Fringe. A memorable cocktail of personal stories, astute political observations and the odd surprise foray into character cameos, it won yet another barrage of five-star reviews for one of the festival’s most universally acclaimed acts.

CONCERT HALL Classical Music Alive

SOUTH STREET South Street & The Grumpy Goat

The Nash Ensemble

Craft Theory ‘19

Thursday 18 April, 7.30pm

Friday 19 & Saturday 20 April

Ian Brown, Piano Richard Hosford, Clarinet Adrian Brendel, Cello

Riding on the back of the resounding success of years 1 and 2, Craft Theory Festival is back for an epic 3rd Year. Craft Theory 2019 will be spread over two days including an extra fourth session - bringing you a fantastic selection of beer from local, national and international breweries. Get a chance to meet the brewers! Also expect great music from quality DJ’s while munching on some delicious gourmet street food. Not to be missed! With beer from Brouwerij de Molen, Left Handed Giant Brewing Co., UnBarred Brewery, Eight Arch Brewing Company, Elusive Brewing, Wild Weather Ales, Double-Barrelled, Little Earth Project, Brew By Numbers & Siren Craft Brew. 

Pre-concert Talk 6.30pm Tickets £21.50, £18.50, £13.50 £12 available for Classical Concert First Timers

Tickets £16. Ages 14+

Craft Beer & Music Festival

Session 1: Good Friday “Family Friendly” afternoon - 12 noon to 5pm Session 2: Good Friday evening - 6pm to 11pm

From the Golden Age of Hollywood through to the modern mega musical. Enjoy tributes to Audrey Hepburn, Saturday Night Fever, Gene Kelly, The Greatest Showman, Marilyn Monroe, La La Land, James Bond, Cabaret and many more….

Session 3: Easter Saturday afternoon - 12 noon to 5pm Session 4: Eater Saturday evening - 7pm to 12 midnight Adults only, except Friday afternoon Tickets £15 including branded glass Friday afternoon session only:  Under 5s Free; 5-17 years £2 (no glass) (all tickets include a 50p donation to Reading Soup)

Tickets £39.50,£30.50, £27 Limited VIP Tickets Available

12 Box Office 0118 960 6060

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All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET + OTHER VENUES

South Street & doubledotdash!? present

Strike Up Theatre

Alan Bearman Music

Thursday 25 April, 8pm

Friday 26 April, 8pm

Strike Up Theatre give voice to Reading’s ‘Silent Generation’ in this provocative debut show. The play emerges from interviews with town residents born 1925-45; an era when children should be seen-and-not-heard, and it often felt dangerous to speak out politically. Now in their 70s-90s, are the Silent Generation heard today?

Rachel Newton, Lucy Farrell, Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts

David Thomas Broughton + support

Wednesday 24 April, doors 7.30pm Since emerging from the ever-fertile West Yorkshire DIY scene in the mid-00s, David Thomas Broughton has forged a distinctly unique path of incongruous musical exploration. Employing minimal performance tools, Broughton wilfully embraces elements of chaos, error, and malfunction, building them into his folk-ish narrative tales until one part destroys the other. Ever on twin precipices dividing tragedy from comedy and beauty from ruin, his semi-improvised, self-deprecating, lovelorn songs reward a patient audience with moments of delicate charm, all the time wondering whether he is truly in control of the situation. And yet, he always is.

Silent Generation

Tickets £5

The Furrow Collective

‘Best Group’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017. Nominated ‘Best Traditional Track’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016. Nominated ‘Best Group’ & ‘Best Traditional Track’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015 Described by MOJO as ‘a mouthwatering collaboration’, Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton are four fine soloists sharing a mutual love of traditional songs, from both sides of the English and Scottish borders, with playful, boundary-defying musicianship. Tickets £17, £15 concessions & Members

Tickets £7.50

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All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET + OTHER VENUES

South Street & doubledotdash!? present

Strike Up Theatre

Alan Bearman Music

Thursday 25 April, 8pm

Friday 26 April, 8pm

Strike Up Theatre give voice to Reading’s ‘Silent Generation’ in this provocative debut show. The play emerges from interviews with town residents born 1925-45; an era when children should be seen-and-not-heard, and it often felt dangerous to speak out politically. Now in their 70s-90s, are the Silent Generation heard today?

Rachel Newton, Lucy Farrell, Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts

David Thomas Broughton + support

Wednesday 24 April, doors 7.30pm Since emerging from the ever-fertile West Yorkshire DIY scene in the mid-00s, David Thomas Broughton has forged a distinctly unique path of incongruous musical exploration. Employing minimal performance tools, Broughton wilfully embraces elements of chaos, error, and malfunction, building them into his folk-ish narrative tales until one part destroys the other. Ever on twin precipices dividing tragedy from comedy and beauty from ruin, his semi-improvised, self-deprecating, lovelorn songs reward a patient audience with moments of delicate charm, all the time wondering whether he is truly in control of the situation. And yet, he always is.

Silent Generation

Tickets £5

The Furrow Collective

‘Best Group’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017. Nominated ‘Best Traditional Track’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016. Nominated ‘Best Group’ & ‘Best Traditional Track’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015 Described by MOJO as ‘a mouthwatering collaboration’, Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton are four fine soloists sharing a mutual love of traditional songs, from both sides of the English and Scottish borders, with playful, boundary-defying musicianship. Tickets £17, £15 concessions & Members

Tickets £7.50

14 Box Office 0118 960 6060

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All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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THE HEXAGON

Audio Described Performance and pre-show touch tour*: Wednesday 24th, 6.15pm - 6.45pm BSL Signed performance: Thursday 25th *Call the Box Office on 0118 960 6060 for touch tour details.

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THE HEXAGON

Audio Described Performance and pre-show touch tour*: Wednesday 24th, 6.15pm - 6.45pm BSL Signed performance: Thursday 25th *Call the Box Office on 0118 960 6060 for touch tour details.

16 Box Office 0118 960 6060

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SOUTH STREET Heavy Pop presents

Robyn Hitchcock + guests

Tuesday 30 April, doors 7.30pm “Hitchcock sounds more energized and vibrant than he has in decades” **UNCUT** Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/ songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, a talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration). Tickets £18 Advance Standing Event

SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

Playpen

Mick Perrin Worldwide

Grace Petrie Wednesday 1 May, 8pm Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes. She’s toured with Billy Bragg and Frank Turner, supported comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, and collaborated with Leon Rosselson and Peggy Seeger. She is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s the Now Show and has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts. Tickets £15

The Adam Riches Experience

Thursday 2 May, 8pm Enjoy a unique show of off the wall, absurd and downright hilarious live comedy from Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, Adam Riches. From edge of your seat audience participation to masterful character creations, no two shows are alike. Nominated for The Times South Bank Show Breakthrough award, three Chortle Awards and also named Time Out Comedy’s Person of the Year, Adam has appeared in Detectorists (BBC4), Top Coppers (BBC3), Drunk History (Comedy Central) The Last Leg (Channel 4) and 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown (Channel 4) as Sean Bean. Ages 16+ Tickets £14

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All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

CONCERT HALL

SOUTH STREET

Freedom! ‘19

Le Gateau Chocolat

Wayne Dilks as George Michael

Saturday 4 May, 7.30pm International tribute artiste Wayne Dilks and his band pay tribute to the late George Michael in this stunning show. The former front-man, producer and co-founder of Faith: The George Michael Legacy, returns in 2019 with his new production Freedom!’19. Wayne has been a George Michael tribute artiste for almost 20 years and delivers his heartfelt tribute to the global Superstar in a sensitive and spectacular way. Join Wayne and his incredible band for a celebration of George’s fantastic 35 year career with songs from his Wham days up to his final album, Symphonica. Tickets £24.50

DUCKIE

Saturday 4 May, 2pm Duckie is a reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling, with a message of respect and self-acceptance at its core. Family-friendly glamour and glitz take centre stage as criticallyacclaimed cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat breaks out of his shell as Duckie, in his first work for children. Set in an animal circus, we join him on his search to find a tribe and be accepted. Walking a little differently? Sounding a bit strange? Looking unlike the rest? Watch Duckie triumph by realising these are his strengths. A classic tale of identity and belonging told through music, narration and dress-up, topped with Le Gateau Chocolat’s distinctive baritone vocals.

SOUTH STREET Kadampa Meditation Centre present

Meditations for Relaxation Sunday 5 May, 2pm Public talk and meditation with Gen Nyingpo. During this course you will learn and gain experience of special breathing meditation practices that help disengage the mind from the busyness of everyday life and create a special feeling of peace. When the mind is peaceful, we naturally feel happy, contented and relaxed – and this has a positive influence on everything that we think, say and do. Everyone is welcome. Tickets £10

Ages 3+ Tickets £9, £8 members

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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SOUTH STREET Heavy Pop presents

Robyn Hitchcock + guests

Tuesday 30 April, doors 7.30pm “Hitchcock sounds more energized and vibrant than he has in decades” **UNCUT** Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/ songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, a talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration). Tickets £18 Advance Standing Event

SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

Playpen

Mick Perrin Worldwide

Grace Petrie Wednesday 1 May, 8pm Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes. She’s toured with Billy Bragg and Frank Turner, supported comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, and collaborated with Leon Rosselson and Peggy Seeger. She is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s the Now Show and has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts. Tickets £15

The Adam Riches Experience

Thursday 2 May, 8pm Enjoy a unique show of off the wall, absurd and downright hilarious live comedy from Edinburgh Comedy Award winner, Adam Riches. From edge of your seat audience participation to masterful character creations, no two shows are alike. Nominated for The Times South Bank Show Breakthrough award, three Chortle Awards and also named Time Out Comedy’s Person of the Year, Adam has appeared in Detectorists (BBC4), Top Coppers (BBC3), Drunk History (Comedy Central) The Last Leg (Channel 4) and 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown (Channel 4) as Sean Bean. Ages 16+ Tickets £14

18 Box Office 0118 960 6060

What's On Summer 2019_NEW.indd 18-19

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

CONCERT HALL

SOUTH STREET

Freedom! ‘19

Le Gateau Chocolat

Wayne Dilks as George Michael

Saturday 4 May, 7.30pm International tribute artiste Wayne Dilks and his band pay tribute to the late George Michael in this stunning show. The former front-man, producer and co-founder of Faith: The George Michael Legacy, returns in 2019 with his new production Freedom!’19. Wayne has been a George Michael tribute artiste for almost 20 years and delivers his heartfelt tribute to the global Superstar in a sensitive and spectacular way. Join Wayne and his incredible band for a celebration of George’s fantastic 35 year career with songs from his Wham days up to his final album, Symphonica. Tickets £24.50

DUCKIE

Saturday 4 May, 2pm Duckie is a reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling, with a message of respect and self-acceptance at its core. Family-friendly glamour and glitz take centre stage as criticallyacclaimed cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat breaks out of his shell as Duckie, in his first work for children. Set in an animal circus, we join him on his search to find a tribe and be accepted. Walking a little differently? Sounding a bit strange? Looking unlike the rest? Watch Duckie triumph by realising these are his strengths. A classic tale of identity and belonging told through music, narration and dress-up, topped with Le Gateau Chocolat’s distinctive baritone vocals.

SOUTH STREET Kadampa Meditation Centre present

Meditations for Relaxation Sunday 5 May, 2pm Public talk and meditation with Gen Nyingpo. During this course you will learn and gain experience of special breathing meditation practices that help disengage the mind from the busyness of everyday life and create a special feeling of peace. When the mind is peaceful, we naturally feel happy, contented and relaxed – and this has a positive influence on everything that we think, say and do. Everyone is welcome. Tickets £10

Ages 3+ Tickets £9, £8 members

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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SOUTH STREET Eat Your Own Ears

James Yorkston + Viking Moses

Wednesday 8 May, 8pm South Street favourite James Yorkston returns to Reading to support the release of his new album The Route to the Harmonium on February 22nd 2019; produced by Yorkston and David Wrench, it is James’ first solo record since 2014’s Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society (CRAWS) and follows the two collaborative albums he made as one third of Yorkston/Thorne/Khan as well as the release of his debut novel Three Craws in 2016. Tickets £15, £14 members

THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

The Drifters

Francis Rossi: I talk too much

Thursday 9 May, 7.30pm

Wednesday 8 May, 7.30pm Legendary Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets of his 50plus years in rock’n’roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening. In Francis Rossi: I Talk Too Much, the founder, lead singer and lead guitarist of Status Quo will talk about his mishaps and adventures of life on the road with one of the biggest and most loved bands ever. Expect laughter, revelations and tales involving some of the giants of music, exclusive video clips, snatches of classic tunes and a great night out. Rossi will be joined on stage by award-winning writer and broadcaster Mick Wall, who has sold more than 1 million books.

The Drifters are the longest running singing group in pop history still performing live, having enjoyed over 50 hits world-wide. Performing all the hits ‘Saturday Night At the Movies’, ’You’re More Than a Number’, ’Come on Over to My Place’, ’Up On the Roof’, ‘Under the Board Walk’, ’Kissin in the Back Row’, ’Save the Last Dance for Me’, ’Down on the Beach’, ‘Stand By Me’, ’Like Sister and Brother’ and many more. Tickets £31.50

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Blue Jeans Management Proudly presents

Stewart Francis:

Tom Stade:

Into the Punset

I Swear To...

Friday 10 May, 8pm

Friday 10 May, 8pm

The star of ‘Mock the Week’, ‘Live at the Apollo’ and ‘Crackerjack’ embarks on a brand-new show, in this, his last tour EVER!!! See him before he heads off... INTO THE PUNSET.

Following last year’s smash-hit UK tour, the Canadian comedy legend is back with a new show. Welcome back to ‘I SWEAR TO…’ picking up just where he left off as an hour simply wasn’t long enough. Direct from the Edinburgh Festival, join Tom as he attempts to figure out exactly where he fits into this emerging new world of feelings and FaceTime. Exactly when did he, and all his stuff become vintage - and why didn’t he see it coming? Armed with his usual swagger and playful sense of mischief, join Tom as he explores these generational conundrums, and a whole lot more….

“One of the funniest comedians in the world.” Craig Ferguson, CBS’ Late Late Show. Tickets £25. Ages 16+

One of the most prolific and engaging stand-ups of our time. As seen on Ch4’s Comedy Gala, BBC One’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The John Bishop Show and Live at the Apollo (twice, bitches!)

Tickets £27, VIP £34.50 Meet & Greet available to ticket holders: £40.

Tickets £18.50. Ages 16+

(VIP~ Front four rows of centre Arena, exclusive VIP lanyard, 10x8 photograph of Francis Rossi - does not include meet and greet)

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All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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SOUTH STREET Eat Your Own Ears

James Yorkston + Viking Moses

Wednesday 8 May, 8pm South Street favourite James Yorkston returns to Reading to support the release of his new album The Route to the Harmonium on February 22nd 2019; produced by Yorkston and David Wrench, it is James’ first solo record since 2014’s Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society (CRAWS) and follows the two collaborative albums he made as one third of Yorkston/Thorne/Khan as well as the release of his debut novel Three Craws in 2016. Tickets £15, £14 members

THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

The Drifters

Francis Rossi: I talk too much

Thursday 9 May, 7.30pm

Wednesday 8 May, 7.30pm Legendary Status Quo lead singer Francis Rossi will share the extraordinary secrets of his 50plus years in rock’n’roll when he takes to the stage for an intimate evening. In Francis Rossi: I Talk Too Much, the founder, lead singer and lead guitarist of Status Quo will talk about his mishaps and adventures of life on the road with one of the biggest and most loved bands ever. Expect laughter, revelations and tales involving some of the giants of music, exclusive video clips, snatches of classic tunes and a great night out. Rossi will be joined on stage by award-winning writer and broadcaster Mick Wall, who has sold more than 1 million books.

The Drifters are the longest running singing group in pop history still performing live, having enjoyed over 50 hits world-wide. Performing all the hits ‘Saturday Night At the Movies’, ’You’re More Than a Number’, ’Come on Over to My Place’, ’Up On the Roof’, ‘Under the Board Walk’, ’Kissin in the Back Row’, ’Save the Last Dance for Me’, ’Down on the Beach’, ‘Stand By Me’, ’Like Sister and Brother’ and many more. Tickets £31.50

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Blue Jeans Management Proudly presents

Stewart Francis:

Tom Stade:

Into the Punset

I Swear To...

Friday 10 May, 8pm

Friday 10 May, 8pm

The star of ‘Mock the Week’, ‘Live at the Apollo’ and ‘Crackerjack’ embarks on a brand-new show, in this, his last tour EVER!!! See him before he heads off... INTO THE PUNSET.

Following last year’s smash-hit UK tour, the Canadian comedy legend is back with a new show. Welcome back to ‘I SWEAR TO…’ picking up just where he left off as an hour simply wasn’t long enough. Direct from the Edinburgh Festival, join Tom as he attempts to figure out exactly where he fits into this emerging new world of feelings and FaceTime. Exactly when did he, and all his stuff become vintage - and why didn’t he see it coming? Armed with his usual swagger and playful sense of mischief, join Tom as he explores these generational conundrums, and a whole lot more….

“One of the funniest comedians in the world.” Craig Ferguson, CBS’ Late Late Show. Tickets £25. Ages 16+

One of the most prolific and engaging stand-ups of our time. As seen on Ch4’s Comedy Gala, BBC One’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, The John Bishop Show and Live at the Apollo (twice, bitches!)

Tickets £27, VIP £34.50 Meet & Greet available to ticket holders: £40.

Tickets £18.50. Ages 16+

(VIP~ Front four rows of centre Arena, exclusive VIP lanyard, 10x8 photograph of Francis Rossi - does not include meet and greet)

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All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

CONCERT HALL

THE HEXAGON

The Abbey School present

Classical Music Alive

Sainsbury Singers Present

by Roald Dahl & adapted by David Woods

Wednesday 15 May, 7.30pm

Weds 15 to Sat 18 May, 7.30pm Sat Matinee 2.30pm

The Witches

Tuesday 14 & Wednesday 15 May, 7pm

Milkshake Monkey’s Musical!

This thrilling performance of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’, adapted by David Wood, is full of adventure, mystery and magic. When the Boy finds himself staying in the same hotel as the Grand High Witch and her followers, notorious for their hatred of children, he must overcome his fears to defeat them. But when he and his new friend, Bruno, are found out, their challenge becomes a little more difficult... Tickets £10, £7 concessions

Milkshake Live milkshakelive

@milkshakelive

Stephen Hough, Piano One of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer and writer. Hough was the first classical performer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year’s Honours of 2014. Pre-concert talk 6.30pm Tickets £21.50, £18.50, £13.50 £12 available for Classical Concert First Timers

@milkshaketour

A Channel 5 and Nett UK Presentation

Saturday 11 May, 12 & 3.30pm

Classic songs include “Luck be a lady tonight”, “Sit down, you’re rockin’ the boat”, “I’ve never been in love before” and “Guys and Dolls”.

Come and roll the dice with The Sainsbury Singers! Guys & Dolls is an amateur theatre production by The Sainsbury Singers. Tickets £22, concessions £19 Groups 10+ : 10% off (full price tickets), 4 for the price of 3 on Wednesday

Channel 5: * The Milkshake Live show will feature 2 milkshake! Presenters. Jen, Derek, Kemi, Amy, Olivia, Sita, David, Nathan and Kiera may only appear at certain venues. © Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited 2018. All Rights Reserved. © 2018 Prism Art & Design Limited. © Fizzy Productions Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Wissper 2 Limited/M4E. © 2015 - 2018 Universal Kids Media Productions LLC and Rightsco TV Limited ©2018 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, Nella The Princess Knight and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. ©2018 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, Shimmer and Shine and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. NODDY® Toyland® Noddy in Toyland™ © 2018 Chorion Rights Limited. All Rights Reserved.

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Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls tells the story of gambler Sky Masterson who falls in love with Salvation Army girl Sarah Brown, and Nathan Detroit who is desperate to find a location for his notorious crap game, whilst engaged to his fiancée Miss Adelaide, for 14 years.

This timeless musical is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser, featuring top-tapping songs and big ensemble dance numbers, neatly mixed with comedy, drama and romance set in New York and Havana.

Milkshake Monkey Musical

Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen!

Guys & Dolls

06/09/2018 16:51

Be part of this fantastic production as you learn the amazing songs and dances with your favourite Milkshake friends, and watch as the music, the lights, the costumes and stage come together. With great Milkshake friends, anything is possible. Starring Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and Floogals, alongside two Milkshake Presenters, this brand-new show has plenty of laughter, audience interaction and great fun to get everyone up on their feet! It’s a family show not to be missed! Channel 5: * The Milkshake Live show will feature 2 milkshake! Presenters. Jen, Derek, Kemi, Amy, Olivia, Sita, David, Nathan and Kiera may only appear at certain venues. © Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited 2018. All Rights Reserved. © 2018 Prism Art & Design Limited. © Fizzy Productions Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Wissper 2 Limited/M4E. © 2015 - 2018 Universal Kids Media Productions LLC and Rightsco TV Limited ©2018 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, Nella The Princess Knight and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. ©2018 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, Shimmer and Shine and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. NODDY® Toyland® Noddy in Toyland™ © 2018 Chorion Rights Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Tickets: Adults £16.50, U16’s £15.50 Family of four (Max 2 adults) £60 Babes in arms: Under 12 months only

22 Box Office 0118 960 6060

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This amateur production of “The Witches (Wood/Dahl)” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

CONCERT HALL

THE HEXAGON

The Abbey School present

Classical Music Alive

Sainsbury Singers Present

by Roald Dahl & adapted by David Woods

Wednesday 15 May, 7.30pm

Weds 15 to Sat 18 May, 7.30pm Sat Matinee 2.30pm

The Witches

Tuesday 14 & Wednesday 15 May, 7pm

Milkshake Monkey’s Musical!

This thrilling performance of Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’, adapted by David Wood, is full of adventure, mystery and magic. When the Boy finds himself staying in the same hotel as the Grand High Witch and her followers, notorious for their hatred of children, he must overcome his fears to defeat them. But when he and his new friend, Bruno, are found out, their challenge becomes a little more difficult... Tickets £10, £7 concessions

Milkshake Live milkshakelive

@milkshakelive

Stephen Hough, Piano One of the most distinctive artists of his generation, Stephen Hough combines a distinguished career as a pianist with those of composer and writer. Hough was the first classical performer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year’s Honours of 2014. Pre-concert talk 6.30pm Tickets £21.50, £18.50, £13.50 £12 available for Classical Concert First Timers

@milkshaketour

A Channel 5 and Nett UK Presentation

Saturday 11 May, 12 & 3.30pm

Classic songs include “Luck be a lady tonight”, “Sit down, you’re rockin’ the boat”, “I’ve never been in love before” and “Guys and Dolls”.

Come and roll the dice with The Sainsbury Singers! Guys & Dolls is an amateur theatre production by The Sainsbury Singers. Tickets £22, concessions £19 Groups 10+ : 10% off (full price tickets), 4 for the price of 3 on Wednesday

Channel 5: * The Milkshake Live show will feature 2 milkshake! Presenters. Jen, Derek, Kemi, Amy, Olivia, Sita, David, Nathan and Kiera may only appear at certain venues. © Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited 2018. All Rights Reserved. © 2018 Prism Art & Design Limited. © Fizzy Productions Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Wissper 2 Limited/M4E. © 2015 - 2018 Universal Kids Media Productions LLC and Rightsco TV Limited ©2018 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, Nella The Princess Knight and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. ©2018 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, Shimmer and Shine and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. NODDY® Toyland® Noddy in Toyland™ © 2018 Chorion Rights Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Milkshake-2019-A3-Poster.indd 1

Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls tells the story of gambler Sky Masterson who falls in love with Salvation Army girl Sarah Brown, and Nathan Detroit who is desperate to find a location for his notorious crap game, whilst engaged to his fiancée Miss Adelaide, for 14 years.

This timeless musical is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser, featuring top-tapping songs and big ensemble dance numbers, neatly mixed with comedy, drama and romance set in New York and Havana.

Milkshake Monkey Musical

Milkshake Monkey can’t wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen!

Guys & Dolls

06/09/2018 16:51

Be part of this fantastic production as you learn the amazing songs and dances with your favourite Milkshake friends, and watch as the music, the lights, the costumes and stage come together. With great Milkshake friends, anything is possible. Starring Fireman Sam, Noddy, Shimmer & Shine, Digby Dragon, Wissper, Nella the Princess Knight and Floogals, alongside two Milkshake Presenters, this brand-new show has plenty of laughter, audience interaction and great fun to get everyone up on their feet! It’s a family show not to be missed! Channel 5: * The Milkshake Live show will feature 2 milkshake! Presenters. Jen, Derek, Kemi, Amy, Olivia, Sita, David, Nathan and Kiera may only appear at certain venues. © Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited 2018. All Rights Reserved. © 2018 Prism Art & Design Limited. © Fizzy Productions Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Wissper 2 Limited/M4E. © 2015 - 2018 Universal Kids Media Productions LLC and Rightsco TV Limited ©2018 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, Nella The Princess Knight and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. ©2018 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, Shimmer and Shine and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. NODDY® Toyland® Noddy in Toyland™ © 2018 Chorion Rights Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Tickets: Adults £16.50, U16’s £15.50 Family of four (Max 2 adults) £60 Babes in arms: Under 12 months only

22 Box Office 0118 960 6060

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This amateur production of “The Witches (Wood/Dahl)” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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SOUTH STREET Tamasha Theatre

SOUTH STREET Bound & Gagged

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Chris McCausland:

by Nyla Levy

Friday 17 May, 8pm

Thursday 16 May, 7.30pm

A brand new stand-up show following a stonking set on Live at the Apollo and a sell-out Fringe, one of the UK’s top stand-ups Chris McCausland is on tour. Sunday Times Best of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

Just where is Terror Baby? Yasmin Sheikh is a 16-year-old British Asian girl who feels rage towards the city she used to call home, but Aisha sees a different London to her best friend. When Yasmin suddenly disappears into the arms of ISIS, Aisha must decide whether there is any truth or hope in Yasmin’s new-found world. Does My Bomb Look Big in This? exposes the fragmented nature of our society and how far we are from the myth of multicultural harmony. Writer, performer and producer, Nyla Levy, manages to take the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions with this timely drama, which takes inspiration from the Bethnal Green schoolgirls who left for Syria to join ISIS in 2016. With strands of clever wit and disarming honesty, Levy explores the complexity of political issues through a human story, shedding light on an unheard voice.  Tamasha Theatre return to South Street following their sell-out visit with the acclaimed ‘Half Breed’.

Speaky Blinder

He’s blind. He’s a dad. He’s a husband. He’s third in command. He’ll speaky about all of that, and loads more. Ages 16+ Tickets £14, £12 concessions & members

THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Menopause The Musical

Sunday 19 May, 7.30pm Starring Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) and Katherine Lynch. This hysterical show packed full of one-liners about night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss is backed by an instantly recognisable soundtrack of innuendo-laden versions of 60s, 70s and 80s pop classics. An all-singing, all-dancing comedy set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common, meet by chance and make fun of their woeful lives experiencing “The Change”. They soon bond as they realise that the menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage”, but an unavoidable stage in every woman’s life. PG advised +16, adult content Tickets £29.50

SOUTH STREET What’s Coming Out of the Box

Ages 14+ Tickets £14, £12 members

Inside

Sunday 19 May, 10.15am, 11.45am & 1.30pm “What was is it like in mummy’s tummy?” Join us on an immersive journey from conception to birth and share a very special experience with your little one. ‘Inside’ is an intimate, interactive show for 1-4 year olds. It features multi-sensory activities, shadow and object theatre and sound-making. 1-4 years Tickets £15 1 adult & 1 child £20 1 adult & 2 children

24 Box Office 0118 960 6060

What's On Summer 2019_NEW.indd 24-25

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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SOUTH STREET Tamasha Theatre

SOUTH STREET Bound & Gagged

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Chris McCausland:

by Nyla Levy

Friday 17 May, 8pm

Thursday 16 May, 7.30pm

A brand new stand-up show following a stonking set on Live at the Apollo and a sell-out Fringe, one of the UK’s top stand-ups Chris McCausland is on tour. Sunday Times Best of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

Just where is Terror Baby? Yasmin Sheikh is a 16-year-old British Asian girl who feels rage towards the city she used to call home, but Aisha sees a different London to her best friend. When Yasmin suddenly disappears into the arms of ISIS, Aisha must decide whether there is any truth or hope in Yasmin’s new-found world. Does My Bomb Look Big in This? exposes the fragmented nature of our society and how far we are from the myth of multicultural harmony. Writer, performer and producer, Nyla Levy, manages to take the audience on a rollercoaster ride of emotions with this timely drama, which takes inspiration from the Bethnal Green schoolgirls who left for Syria to join ISIS in 2016. With strands of clever wit and disarming honesty, Levy explores the complexity of political issues through a human story, shedding light on an unheard voice.  Tamasha Theatre return to South Street following their sell-out visit with the acclaimed ‘Half Breed’.

Speaky Blinder

He’s blind. He’s a dad. He’s a husband. He’s third in command. He’ll speaky about all of that, and loads more. Ages 16+ Tickets £14, £12 concessions & members

THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Menopause The Musical

Sunday 19 May, 7.30pm Starring Cheryl Fergison (EastEnders), Maureen Nolan (The Nolans), Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty) and Katherine Lynch. This hysterical show packed full of one-liners about night sweats, hot flushes and memory loss is backed by an instantly recognisable soundtrack of innuendo-laden versions of 60s, 70s and 80s pop classics. An all-singing, all-dancing comedy set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common, meet by chance and make fun of their woeful lives experiencing “The Change”. They soon bond as they realise that the menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage”, but an unavoidable stage in every woman’s life. PG advised +16, adult content Tickets £29.50

SOUTH STREET What’s Coming Out of the Box

Ages 14+ Tickets £14, £12 members

Inside

Sunday 19 May, 10.15am, 11.45am & 1.30pm “What was is it like in mummy’s tummy?” Join us on an immersive journey from conception to birth and share a very special experience with your little one. ‘Inside’ is an intimate, interactive show for 1-4 year olds. It features multi-sensory activities, shadow and object theatre and sound-making. 1-4 years Tickets £15 1 adult & 1 child £20 1 adult & 2 children

24 Box Office 0118 960 6060

What's On Summer 2019_NEW.indd 24-25

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

Russell Kane

Kevin Clifton in

Burn The Floor with Graziano Di Prima

Monday 20 May, 7.30pm In the past two decades Burn the Floor has revolutionised Ballroom style. Combining jaw-dropping choreography and ground-breaking moves, Burn the Floor brings their famous, infectious and rebellious energy to the stage every single night in the UK, starring Strictly Come Dancing champion Kevin Clifton, Italian heart-throb, Graziano Di Prima, and South African star Johannes Radebe.

THE HEXAGON The Fast and the Curious

OF

A N N I V E R S A RY TO U R

Wednesday 22 May, 8pm He’s back. The keenly-awaited brand new tour show is here. Packing more energy than a Duracell factory, Russell’ s RS Turbo laugh engine will motor through love, family and life once again proving that the fast and the curious amongst us, see more stuff, and get more done.

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

RBM Comedy

Shalamar

Impatient Productions

Thursday 23 May, 7.30pm

The Infinite Show

Andrew Lawrence: Clean

Thursday 23 May, 8pm Andrew Lawrence, star of Live at The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and UK comedy’s foremost contrarian takes a break from all the controversy in this new show. No politics. No religion. No smut. No swearing. Just great jokes and good clean fun. ‘Superbly intelligent, highly articulate and deeply sour’ The Spectator

0 YEARS - THE VERY BEST OF FLEETWOOD MAC Rumours of From seriously romantic Waltz, to a futuristic Foxtrot, the passion of the Tango and Paso Doble cut right through, you will revel in the emotional power of the Cha Cha, the Samba and Jive, and be left breathless by the smoking, irresistible Rumba. Tickets £38, £35 VIP £78, £75

50 YEARS - THE VERY BEST OF FLEETWOOD MAC

Fleetwood Mac

50 Years The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac

14+ advised, adult content. £22

Tuesday 21 May, 8pm

The Greatest Hits Tour As Shalamar, Howard Hewitt and Jeffrey Daniel sold over 25 million records worldwide and collected no less than 100 gold, silver and platinum awards. Howard and Jeffrey, together with Carolyn Griffey – the daughter of Solar Records founder Dick Griffey, bring an exciting blend of funk, disco and soul to every live show. One of the most powerful and energetic acts on the circuit today. Tickets £31.50

PG advised Tickets £16, £14 concessions & members

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage in 2019 with its ‘Anniversary Tour’, a brand new show celebrating 50 years of the very best of Fleetwood Mac, including a very special blues set paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s legendary Peter Green era.

CONCERT HALL

Mark Watson: Friday 24 May, 8pm Cluster-bombed with yoghurt on ‘Taskmaster’, half-killed on ‘Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island’, Watson returns to what he’s best at: being indoors. Inspired by the mostly alarming state of the world his children are growing up in, and a genuine, urgent desire to do something about it, this show is about empathy. 99 percent of the world’s population is made up of other people: why can’t we understand them? As scrawny and impassioned as ever, one of the UK’s most beloved and thinnest acts offers some. Tickets £21. Ages 14+

'An extraordinary emotive performance of Fleetwood Mac' (Mick Fleetwood) 'A stunning snapshot of the world's first supergroup Fleetwood Mac' (The Sunday Times)

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Tickets £26.50, £24.50

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THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

Russell Kane

Kevin Clifton in

Burn The Floor with Graziano Di Prima

Monday 20 May, 7.30pm In the past two decades Burn the Floor has revolutionised Ballroom style. Combining jaw-dropping choreography and ground-breaking moves, Burn the Floor brings their famous, infectious and rebellious energy to the stage every single night in the UK, starring Strictly Come Dancing champion Kevin Clifton, Italian heart-throb, Graziano Di Prima, and South African star Johannes Radebe.

THE HEXAGON The Fast and the Curious

OF

A N N I V E R S A RY TO U R

Wednesday 22 May, 8pm He’s back. The keenly-awaited brand new tour show is here. Packing more energy than a Duracell factory, Russell’ s RS Turbo laugh engine will motor through love, family and life once again proving that the fast and the curious amongst us, see more stuff, and get more done.

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

RBM Comedy

Shalamar

Impatient Productions

Thursday 23 May, 7.30pm

The Infinite Show

Andrew Lawrence: Clean

Thursday 23 May, 8pm Andrew Lawrence, star of Live at The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and UK comedy’s foremost contrarian takes a break from all the controversy in this new show. No politics. No religion. No smut. No swearing. Just great jokes and good clean fun. ‘Superbly intelligent, highly articulate and deeply sour’ The Spectator

0 YEARS - THE VERY BEST OF FLEETWOOD MAC Rumours of From seriously romantic Waltz, to a futuristic Foxtrot, the passion of the Tango and Paso Doble cut right through, you will revel in the emotional power of the Cha Cha, the Samba and Jive, and be left breathless by the smoking, irresistible Rumba. Tickets £38, £35 VIP £78, £75

50 YEARS - THE VERY BEST OF FLEETWOOD MAC

Fleetwood Mac

50 Years The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac

14+ advised, adult content. £22

Tuesday 21 May, 8pm

The Greatest Hits Tour As Shalamar, Howard Hewitt and Jeffrey Daniel sold over 25 million records worldwide and collected no less than 100 gold, silver and platinum awards. Howard and Jeffrey, together with Carolyn Griffey – the daughter of Solar Records founder Dick Griffey, bring an exciting blend of funk, disco and soul to every live show. One of the most powerful and energetic acts on the circuit today. Tickets £31.50

PG advised Tickets £16, £14 concessions & members

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s finest tribute to Fleetwood Mac, returns to the stage in 2019 with its ‘Anniversary Tour’, a brand new show celebrating 50 years of the very best of Fleetwood Mac, including a very special blues set paying tribute to Fleetwood Mac’s legendary Peter Green era.

CONCERT HALL

Mark Watson: Friday 24 May, 8pm Cluster-bombed with yoghurt on ‘Taskmaster’, half-killed on ‘Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island’, Watson returns to what he’s best at: being indoors. Inspired by the mostly alarming state of the world his children are growing up in, and a genuine, urgent desire to do something about it, this show is about empathy. 99 percent of the world’s population is made up of other people: why can’t we understand them? As scrawny and impassioned as ever, one of the UK’s most beloved and thinnest acts offers some. Tickets £21. Ages 14+

'An extraordinary emotive performance of Fleetwood Mac' (Mick Fleetwood) 'A stunning snapshot of the world's first supergroup Fleetwood Mac' (The Sunday Times)

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Personally endorsed by Fleetwood Mac founding member, Mick Fleetwood, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac is the ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll’s most remarkable groups.

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Tickets £26.50, £24.50

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SOUTH STREET RBL Theatre Company

Off the Block #8

THE HEXAGON LIVE NATION & MZA present

DANIEL SLOSS: X

THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

Adam Kay:

Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels

This is Going to Hurt

Sunday 2 June, 1pm & 4pm

Friday 24 May, 7.30pm

Friday 24 May, 7.30pm

Wednesday 29 May, 7.30pm

RBL return for their annual celebration of professional new writing.

Don’t miss Daniel Sloss: X’ , the stunning live show from Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and award-winning star of two global smash-hit Netflix specials ‘DARK’ & ‘Jigsaw’ (190 countries and 26 languages).

A second date at The Hexagon for award-winning comedian Adam Kay as he shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this “electrifying” (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music.

Currently making headlines around the world with his groundbreaking 10th solo show, Daniel has performed on ‘Conan’ a record ten times, sold out his shows across eleven consecutive Edinburgh Fringe seasons (the world’s biggest arts festival where he’s been one of the biggest comedy ticket sellers for the past 9 years) and performed four solo off-Broadway seasons (including 30 New York performances in February of this year).

‘Hilarious and heartbreaking’ Charlie Broker

Followed by a screening of the Academy Award® winning ‘Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers’ with the soundtrack performed by the orchestra live on stage, it’s set to be a grand day out for the whole family.

Tickets £25

Gromit Model Making Workshops.

Following their “ingenious, witty, uproarious, warm and kindhearted riot of a production” (ExploreRdg) of A Christmas Carol, Reading’s multi-awardwinning theatre company, RBL, return with the “brilliant and heroic” (RemoteGoat) Off the Block. Over four days, four short plays will be written in relay, with the end of one forming the start of the next. All four are then learnt, rehearsed, musically scored and performed for you on Friday 24th May. Featuring regular RBL company members as well as new faces from Theatre, TV and Film, Off the Block is theatre at its most ambitious.

Join everyone’s favourite dynamic duo as Wallace prepares to perform his musical masterpiece My Concerto in Ee Lad with help from his faithful canine companion Gromit...what could possibly go wrong?! This interactive experience features specially created animations as well as live orchestral accompaniment and escapades from the Picture House Orchestra and presenter Matthew Sharp.

Available to ticket holders of Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels. Teaming up with Aardman, the creators of Wallace & Gromit, we are delighted to offer some model making workshops. These provide a great opportunity to learn from the experts and try your hand at making your very own Gromit. And the fun doesn’t’t stop there....you can take your masterpiece home and have a go at animating it using Aardman’s easy to use Animate It! software. You’ll also get a rare chance to ask questions about Aardman Studios from one of their expert model makers, learning the tricks of the trade about the animation processes involved in their award-winning films. These workshops provide a creative, fun and hands-on activity for all ages. All materials are provided and you’ll be able to take your masterpiece home with you, along with an Aardman Model Maker certificate. This event is suitable for ages 7+. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Both adults and children must have a ticket to attend. Workshops take place at the Penta Hotel, Reading RG1 7RH, a two minute walk from The Hexagon. (c) and TM Aardman/W&G Ltd. All rights reserved.

Show tickets £22, £20, £16. Under 16s: £4 off. Workshop Tickets £10

Tickets £20.50. Ages16+

Tickets £20, £18 concessions

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SOUTH STREET RBL Theatre Company

Off the Block #8

THE HEXAGON LIVE NATION & MZA present

DANIEL SLOSS: X

THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

Adam Kay:

Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels

This is Going to Hurt

Sunday 2 June, 1pm & 4pm

Friday 24 May, 7.30pm

Friday 24 May, 7.30pm

Wednesday 29 May, 7.30pm

RBL return for their annual celebration of professional new writing.

Don’t miss Daniel Sloss: X’ , the stunning live show from Scotland’s internationally acclaimed and award-winning star of two global smash-hit Netflix specials ‘DARK’ & ‘Jigsaw’ (190 countries and 26 languages).

A second date at The Hexagon for award-winning comedian Adam Kay as he shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in this “electrifying” (Guardian) evening of stand-up and music.

Currently making headlines around the world with his groundbreaking 10th solo show, Daniel has performed on ‘Conan’ a record ten times, sold out his shows across eleven consecutive Edinburgh Fringe seasons (the world’s biggest arts festival where he’s been one of the biggest comedy ticket sellers for the past 9 years) and performed four solo off-Broadway seasons (including 30 New York performances in February of this year).

‘Hilarious and heartbreaking’ Charlie Broker

Followed by a screening of the Academy Award® winning ‘Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers’ with the soundtrack performed by the orchestra live on stage, it’s set to be a grand day out for the whole family.

Tickets £25

Gromit Model Making Workshops.

Following their “ingenious, witty, uproarious, warm and kindhearted riot of a production” (ExploreRdg) of A Christmas Carol, Reading’s multi-awardwinning theatre company, RBL, return with the “brilliant and heroic” (RemoteGoat) Off the Block. Over four days, four short plays will be written in relay, with the end of one forming the start of the next. All four are then learnt, rehearsed, musically scored and performed for you on Friday 24th May. Featuring regular RBL company members as well as new faces from Theatre, TV and Film, Off the Block is theatre at its most ambitious.

Join everyone’s favourite dynamic duo as Wallace prepares to perform his musical masterpiece My Concerto in Ee Lad with help from his faithful canine companion Gromit...what could possibly go wrong?! This interactive experience features specially created animations as well as live orchestral accompaniment and escapades from the Picture House Orchestra and presenter Matthew Sharp.

Available to ticket holders of Wallace & Gromit’s Musical Marvels. Teaming up with Aardman, the creators of Wallace & Gromit, we are delighted to offer some model making workshops. These provide a great opportunity to learn from the experts and try your hand at making your very own Gromit. And the fun doesn’t’t stop there....you can take your masterpiece home and have a go at animating it using Aardman’s easy to use Animate It! software. You’ll also get a rare chance to ask questions about Aardman Studios from one of their expert model makers, learning the tricks of the trade about the animation processes involved in their award-winning films. These workshops provide a creative, fun and hands-on activity for all ages. All materials are provided and you’ll be able to take your masterpiece home with you, along with an Aardman Model Maker certificate. This event is suitable for ages 7+. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Both adults and children must have a ticket to attend. Workshops take place at the Penta Hotel, Reading RG1 7RH, a two minute walk from The Hexagon. (c) and TM Aardman/W&G Ltd. All rights reserved.

Show tickets £22, £20, £16. Under 16s: £4 off. Workshop Tickets £10

Tickets £20.50. Ages16+

Tickets £20, £18 concessions

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All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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SOUTH STREET

CONCERT HALL

Heavy Pop present

Pip Blom + support

Thursday 30 May, doors 7.30pm ‘If you’ve come looking for Britpop tinged indie bangers, step right this way.’ Dork ‘Fashioning lo-fi indie gems with melodies that will stick in your head for weeks’ Wonderland Magazine

Cancer Research UK

Evening of Summer Music

Wednesday 5 June, doors 7pm Find out more about the progress Cancer Research UK are making. This is a fantastic chance for you to meet our science teams, see the breakthroughs gifts in Wills are helping to fund, and hear from Reading Phoenix Choir. Free Event - Call Andrea O’Brien on 01869 240183 to book your place today. Ages 16+ Only.

CONCERT HALL

SOUTH STREET

Classical Music Alive

London Astrobeat Orchestra

Viktoria Mullova Thursday 6 June, 7.30pm

Moscow-born Viktoria Mullova’s extraordinary talent captured International attention when she won the 1980 Sibelius Competition in Helsinki and the Gold Medal at 1982 Tchaikovsky Competition which was followed in 1983 by her dramatic and much publicised defection to the West. PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO INTERVAL IN THIS CONCERT Pre-concert talk 6.30pm Tickets £21.50, £18.50, £13.50 £12 available for Classical Concert First Timers

play Talking Heads Friday 1 February, doors 8pm ‘London Astrobeat Orchestra’ perform songs from the iconic Talking Heads’ ‘Stop Making Sense’ movie, live. Focusing on tracks from the cult classic albums ‘Remain In The Light’ and ‘Speaking in Tongues’ the ‘London Astrobeat Orchestra’ are a funky, rhythmic, hypnotic, anthemic, uplifting, groovy, percussive, tight live band. Tickets £14 Standing Event

THE HEXAGON George Hinchliffe’s

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain Friday 7 June, 7.30pm

Who is to blame for the worldwide phenomena of ukulele orchestras and ukulelemania? The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain! Tap your toes with the royalty of the ukulele scene, the independent rock-stars of the “bonsai guitar”, who have plucked and sung, joked and whistled with Clean Bandit, Robbie Williams, Madness, Cat Stevens, The Ministry of Sound and Blue Peter. The world’s very first Ukulele Orchestra is not just about ukuleles; it is about entertainment, joy, fun, strum and artistry. Tickets £27, U18s £3 off. Groups £2 off

Amsterdam’s indie rock band PIP BLOM hit South Street Arts Centre in support of their debut album ‘The Boat’ on HEAVENLY RECORDINGS (Temples / Boy Azooga / The Orielles). Please note: this is a standing event Tickets £10 advance. Ages 14+ Standing Event

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SOUTH STREET Kadampa Meditation Centre present

THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

A Beautiful Noise:

Classical Music Alive

Tuesday 11 June, 7.30pm

Russian Masters

On tour and for the very first time, in the West End, award winning Fisher Stevens celebrates the music of Neil Diamond, one of the world’s greatest ever singer songwriters in A Beautiful Noise.

Thursday 13 June, 7.30pm

Meditations for Reducing Overthinking

Celebrating The Music & Life of Neil Diamond

Public talk and meditation with Gen Nyingpo

Fisher and his full live band and brass ensemble pay homage to five decades of Diamond’s biggest hits including Love On The Rocks, Sweet Caroline, Forever In Blue Jeans, Red Red Wine, I’m A Believer and many more.

Sunday 9 June, 2pm

Do you ever wish that you could switch your mind off? Do you overthink things, going round and round in circles, never really reaching any helpful conclusions? At this event we will:

Please note: This production is in no way endorsed or associated with Neil Diamond. Tickets £27, £25

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Alpesh Chauhan ~ Conductor Diana Adamyan ~ Violin Borodin: Polovtsian Dances Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.2 Mussorgsky: Night on the Bare Mountain Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini Pre-concert talk 6.30pm. Reading Arts & Venues - Supporting Education in the Arts Tickets £28, £24, £17 Concessions available. £12 tickets available to classical concert first timers.

• Explore simple methods to reduce our habit of overthinking and worry • Discover peace of mind in daily life •Learn an effective meditation to enable us to switch off mentally Tickets £10

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SOUTH STREET Kadampa Meditation Centre present

THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

A Beautiful Noise:

Classical Music Alive

Tuesday 11 June, 7.30pm

Russian Masters

On tour and for the very first time, in the West End, award winning Fisher Stevens celebrates the music of Neil Diamond, one of the world’s greatest ever singer songwriters in A Beautiful Noise.

Thursday 13 June, 7.30pm

Meditations for Reducing Overthinking

Celebrating The Music & Life of Neil Diamond

Public talk and meditation with Gen Nyingpo

Fisher and his full live band and brass ensemble pay homage to five decades of Diamond’s biggest hits including Love On The Rocks, Sweet Caroline, Forever In Blue Jeans, Red Red Wine, I’m A Believer and many more.

Sunday 9 June, 2pm

Do you ever wish that you could switch your mind off? Do you overthink things, going round and round in circles, never really reaching any helpful conclusions? At this event we will:

Please note: This production is in no way endorsed or associated with Neil Diamond. Tickets £27, £25

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Alpesh Chauhan ~ Conductor Diana Adamyan ~ Violin Borodin: Polovtsian Dances Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.2 Mussorgsky: Night on the Bare Mountain Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini Pre-concert talk 6.30pm. Reading Arts & Venues - Supporting Education in the Arts Tickets £28, £24, £17 Concessions available. £12 tickets available to classical concert first timers.

• Explore simple methods to reduce our habit of overthinking and worry • Discover peace of mind in daily life •Learn an effective meditation to enable us to switch off mentally Tickets £10

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All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

Bye Bye Baby

Metropolis (1927)

Reginald D Hunter:

Luther

Facing The Beast

Luther Vandross: a celebration

Saturday 15 June, 7.30pm

Sunday 16 June, 8pm

Tuesday 18 June, 7.30pm

Metropolis is a cult classic silent film directed by Fritz Lang. Its portrayal of a dystopian future, with oppressed workers and elite super rich, feels increasingly relevant. The film is a pioneer of science fiction and a masterclass in cinematography.

“COMEDY OF A RARE SCOPE” HHHH Times

The World’s premier show in celebration of ‘The Velvet Voice’. Experience all the hits from his amazing career, culminating with over 40 million album sales and eight Grammy awards, fronted by international Luther Vandross tribute Harry Cambridge and his 10 piece band.

The film is being brought to life by Reading band Year of the Kite, who will perform an epic and original live musical score. This event follows the band’s well received sell out South Street performance of a live soundtrack for the film Nosferatu.

Celebrating his twentieth anniversary as a comedian living and performing in the UK, Reginald D Hunter sets out on a forty date tour of the UK and Ireland in 2019 with his highly anticipated new show.

Celebrating the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Saturday 15 June, 7.30pm Bye Bye Baby are a jaw-dropping tribute to the musical phenomenon ‘Jersey Boys’ and the timeless, iconic music of ‘Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons’. Incredible four part harmonies, roof raising falsetto complete with energetic and stylish choreography – all backed by their excellent 4piece band - ensures that Bye Bye Baby is a show that will make it a night remember! Includes Valli’s greatest hits including Sherry, December ’63 (Oh What A Night), Grease, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Beggin’, Working My Way Back To You, and many more!

With live soundtrack from Year of the Kite

Tickets £12, £11 members

“HE HAS THE AUDIENCE IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND” HHHH Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations. Tickets £25, adults only

Tickets £24.50

Hear classics such as “Never Too Much”, “ Here and Now “, “Give Me the Reason”, “I Really didn’t mean it”, “ Stop to Love”, “So Amazing”, “The Best Things in Life Are Free”, “ Always and Forever”, “ Endless Love”, “Ain’t No stoppin’ Us Now”, “Your Secret Love”, “Shine”, “The Closer I Get To You”, “Love The One You’re With”, “Any Love”, “Superstar”, “Until You Come Back to Me”, “Dance with My Father” and many more. Tickets £24.50

THE HEXAGON CultureMix

Steel Band Festival Friday 14 June, 7pm Our fourth Steel Band Festival featuring the Schools Steel Percussion Orchestra, showcasing hundreds of talented children. Ten schools from across Berkshire join together for a spectacular evening of music, song and dance, with a guest performance from the award winning RASPO Steel Orchestra. This event will surprise and delight the whole family. Tickets £5

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THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

Bye Bye Baby

Metropolis (1927)

Reginald D Hunter:

Luther

Facing The Beast

Luther Vandross: a celebration

Saturday 15 June, 7.30pm

Sunday 16 June, 8pm

Tuesday 18 June, 7.30pm

Metropolis is a cult classic silent film directed by Fritz Lang. Its portrayal of a dystopian future, with oppressed workers and elite super rich, feels increasingly relevant. The film is a pioneer of science fiction and a masterclass in cinematography.

“COMEDY OF A RARE SCOPE” HHHH Times

The World’s premier show in celebration of ‘The Velvet Voice’. Experience all the hits from his amazing career, culminating with over 40 million album sales and eight Grammy awards, fronted by international Luther Vandross tribute Harry Cambridge and his 10 piece band.

The film is being brought to life by Reading band Year of the Kite, who will perform an epic and original live musical score. This event follows the band’s well received sell out South Street performance of a live soundtrack for the film Nosferatu.

Celebrating his twentieth anniversary as a comedian living and performing in the UK, Reginald D Hunter sets out on a forty date tour of the UK and Ireland in 2019 with his highly anticipated new show.

Celebrating the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Saturday 15 June, 7.30pm Bye Bye Baby are a jaw-dropping tribute to the musical phenomenon ‘Jersey Boys’ and the timeless, iconic music of ‘Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons’. Incredible four part harmonies, roof raising falsetto complete with energetic and stylish choreography – all backed by their excellent 4piece band - ensures that Bye Bye Baby is a show that will make it a night remember! Includes Valli’s greatest hits including Sherry, December ’63 (Oh What A Night), Grease, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Beggin’, Working My Way Back To You, and many more!

With live soundtrack from Year of the Kite

Tickets £12, £11 members

“HE HAS THE AUDIENCE IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND” HHHH Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations. Tickets £25, adults only

Tickets £24.50

Hear classics such as “Never Too Much”, “ Here and Now “, “Give Me the Reason”, “I Really didn’t mean it”, “ Stop to Love”, “So Amazing”, “The Best Things in Life Are Free”, “ Always and Forever”, “ Endless Love”, “Ain’t No stoppin’ Us Now”, “Your Secret Love”, “Shine”, “The Closer I Get To You”, “Love The One You’re With”, “Any Love”, “Superstar”, “Until You Come Back to Me”, “Dance with My Father” and many more. Tickets £24.50

THE HEXAGON CultureMix

Steel Band Festival Friday 14 June, 7pm Our fourth Steel Band Festival featuring the Schools Steel Percussion Orchestra, showcasing hundreds of talented children. Ten schools from across Berkshire join together for a spectacular evening of music, song and dance, with a guest performance from the award winning RASPO Steel Orchestra. This event will surprise and delight the whole family. Tickets £5

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THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

The Ladyboys of Bangkok

Ian Waite and Vincent Simone

The Greatest Showgirls Tour

Wednesday 19 June, 7.30pm Now seen by over 3,000,000 people. Cheekier, funnier and as spectacular as ever, this amazing show has been touring in the UK for 21 years since it was created for the world famous Edinburgh Festival. A cabaret like no other cabaret, performed by girls like no other girls. Featuring 16 of the world’s most beautiful and stunning showgirls… Who just happen to be men (oh, and one grumpy guy from Oldham!!!) An all new production for 2019, bigger and as glitzy and glamorous as ever. Prepare for a night you’ll talk about for years, laugh and sing your heart out with hundreds of friends you’ve yet to meet! The Lady Boys of Bangkok is coming to Reading with the biggest party in town. Tickets £26, Cons £2 off. Adults Only.

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The Ballroom Boys

Friday 21 June, 7.30pm Strictly Come Dancing favourites Ian Waite and Vincent Simone are joining forces in 2019 with their brand new production - THE BALLROOM BOYS. Argentine Tango legend Vincent and King of the Ballroom Ian, will be joined by two professional female dancers and a wonderful vocalist. The night will be packed with dances, songs and loads of banter! Expect dances like the Waltz, Quickstep, Paso Doble, Foxtrot and of course, the Argentine Tango! Get ready for a high intensity evening of glitz and glamour with Ian & Vincent… THE BALLROOM BOYS!

SOUTH STREET @ 30

30 YEARS OF SOUTH STREET

A Cabaret Reception from 6.30pm; show at 7.30pm Cabaret line-up includes:

Mark Thomas ichi A.F. Harrold Andrew Dawson performing Space Panorama Tom Adams & Laura Mugridge Theatre of Widdershins + more to be announced

Tickets £30, £28, VIP £55

Join us for a special gala evening in celebration of Reading’s award-winning arts centre Includes a welcome glass of bubbly, canapes & souvenir programme

VIP tickets include a pre-show meet and greet at 6pm with the boys, for autograph and photo opportunities.

After party with Darklands DJs

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All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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CONCERT HALL

An immersive choral sound bath

Reading Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 22 June,

Saturday 22 June, 7.30pm

2pm, 2.45pm, 4.15pm, 5pm, 5.45pm

Stefan Hofkes – Conductor Ewan Millar – Oboe Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune Navarro: Legacy Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade

Verity Standen

HUG

Each audience member is blindfolded and hugged by a singer. Unable to visually gauge their surroundings, participants experience the performance through sound, breath and vibrations of the body as the choir of voices deliver the song. HUG won the Off West End TBC Award 2016 and has been performed by different choirs across the UK, as well with groups of local singers in Belgium, Poland, The Czech Republic and China. Tickets £10 Running time: 20 mins

THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

IFBB English Grand Prix UK

House Theatre

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June, from 11am

Reading Symphony Orchestra is proud of its continued commitment to young musicians’ in the local area and this years’ winner of the RSO Young Musicians’ Competition, Ewan Millar, joins the orchestra to play Legacy by Navarro. The piece demonstrates the oboe looking to the past, present and future and transports us to a Spain profoundly charged with emotion.

One of the most popular shows on the British circuit due to its amazing prizes and opportunities for competitors! This year we are delighted to announce that winners will be awarded with their Pro Cards, as well the extremely coveted Champions Jacket & Champions bag, it offers the opportunity to gain a prestigious qualification as an IFBB Personal Trainer

A circus comedy for the whole family Friday 28 June, 6pm Saturday 29 June, 3pm Chores is the story of two typical young boys playing in their messy bedroom. Suddenly, their mother’s alarming screams rattle the boys back in to acrobatic action.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra Sunday 30 June, 3pm The UK’s most renowned big band swings you back in time playing Glenn Miller’s own arrangements of favourite wartime chart-toppers and hits from the forties, directed by legendary band leader RAY McVAY. The orchestra will perform the second half of the concert in the World War II uniforms of the US army. Tickets £34.50, £29.50 Groups of 10+ receive 20% off.

Raymond Gubbay presents

A generous serving of comedy and chaotic acrobatics accompanies every attempt at cleaning their room and doing their chores. Inspired by slapstick legends Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, the show has very little spoken dialogue, but lots of skilled stunts and uproarious, interactive gags which will have the audience on the edge of their seats and giggling until the chores are done.

The orchestra then tells the exotic tale of love, intrigue and adventure with Scheherazade, which is one of Rimsky Korsakov’s most popular works, evident from its provocative melodies and rhythmic vigour. Tickets: Stalls £15 adults, £12.50 concessions and £5 for full time students and under 18s; Balcony £16 adults, £14 concessions, and £5 for full time students and under 18s

Chores

THE HEXAGON

Tickets £10 adults £8 children

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The UK’s most renowned big band swings you back in time playing Glenn Miller’s own arrangements of favourite wartime chart toppers and hits from the forties directed by legendary band leader Ray McVay.

Strike Up The Band • Moonlight Serenade • American Patrol • Tuxedo Junction Little Brown Jug • Pennsylvania 6-5000 • The Nearness Of You • You’ll Never Know Chattanooga Choo Choo • In The Mood With special guests The Polka Dot Dolls performing a tribute to The Andrews Sisters: Don’t Fence Me In • Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen • Begin The Beguine and guest vocalists Mark Porter & Catherine Sykes The orchestra will perform the second half of the concert in the World War II uniforms of the US army Air Force.

Sunday 30 June at 3.00pm

The Hexagon, Reading

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SOUTH STREET @ 30

CONCERT HALL

An immersive choral sound bath

Reading Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 22 June,

Saturday 22 June, 7.30pm

2pm, 2.45pm, 4.15pm, 5pm, 5.45pm

Stefan Hofkes – Conductor Ewan Millar – Oboe Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune Navarro: Legacy Rimsky Korsakov: Scheherazade

Verity Standen

HUG

Each audience member is blindfolded and hugged by a singer. Unable to visually gauge their surroundings, participants experience the performance through sound, breath and vibrations of the body as the choir of voices deliver the song. HUG won the Off West End TBC Award 2016 and has been performed by different choirs across the UK, as well with groups of local singers in Belgium, Poland, The Czech Republic and China. Tickets £10 Running time: 20 mins

THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

IFBB English Grand Prix UK

House Theatre

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June, from 11am

Reading Symphony Orchestra is proud of its continued commitment to young musicians’ in the local area and this years’ winner of the RSO Young Musicians’ Competition, Ewan Millar, joins the orchestra to play Legacy by Navarro. The piece demonstrates the oboe looking to the past, present and future and transports us to a Spain profoundly charged with emotion.

One of the most popular shows on the British circuit due to its amazing prizes and opportunities for competitors! This year we are delighted to announce that winners will be awarded with their Pro Cards, as well the extremely coveted Champions Jacket & Champions bag, it offers the opportunity to gain a prestigious qualification as an IFBB Personal Trainer

A circus comedy for the whole family Friday 28 June, 6pm Saturday 29 June, 3pm Chores is the story of two typical young boys playing in their messy bedroom. Suddenly, their mother’s alarming screams rattle the boys back in to acrobatic action.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra Sunday 30 June, 3pm The UK’s most renowned big band swings you back in time playing Glenn Miller’s own arrangements of favourite wartime chart-toppers and hits from the forties, directed by legendary band leader RAY McVAY. The orchestra will perform the second half of the concert in the World War II uniforms of the US army. Tickets £34.50, £29.50 Groups of 10+ receive 20% off.

Raymond Gubbay presents

A generous serving of comedy and chaotic acrobatics accompanies every attempt at cleaning their room and doing their chores. Inspired by slapstick legends Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, the show has very little spoken dialogue, but lots of skilled stunts and uproarious, interactive gags which will have the audience on the edge of their seats and giggling until the chores are done.

The orchestra then tells the exotic tale of love, intrigue and adventure with Scheherazade, which is one of Rimsky Korsakov’s most popular works, evident from its provocative melodies and rhythmic vigour. Tickets: Stalls £15 adults, £12.50 concessions and £5 for full time students and under 18s; Balcony £16 adults, £14 concessions, and £5 for full time students and under 18s

Chores

THE HEXAGON

Tickets £10 adults £8 children

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The UK’s most renowned big band swings you back in time playing Glenn Miller’s own arrangements of favourite wartime chart toppers and hits from the forties directed by legendary band leader Ray McVay.

Strike Up The Band • Moonlight Serenade • American Patrol • Tuxedo Junction Little Brown Jug • Pennsylvania 6-5000 • The Nearness Of You • You’ll Never Know Chattanooga Choo Choo • In The Mood With special guests The Polka Dot Dolls performing a tribute to The Andrews Sisters: Don’t Fence Me In • Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen • Begin The Beguine and guest vocalists Mark Porter & Catherine Sykes The orchestra will perform the second half of the concert in the World War II uniforms of the US army Air Force.

Sunday 30 June at 3.00pm

The Hexagon, Reading

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0118 960 6060 raymondgubbay.co.uk

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SOUTH STREET Bound & Gagged

Sam Avery: The Learner Parent Friday 5 July, 8pm

SOUTH STREET Morgan & West

Unbelievable Science (Preview)

Parenthood is a crafty beast. The second you master something it changes the game so you’re rubbish at it again.

Saturday 6 July, 3pm

Stand-up comedian, viral blogger and bestselling author Sam Avery (aka the Learner Parent) started his awardwinning blog when his twin boys were born. A million nappies, Peppa Pig episodes and a head-full of hair loss later, he shares all the lows, highs and hilarious in-betweens of his experiences of first-time parenthood.

Magicians, time travellers and all round spiffing chaps Morgan & West have a secret past – they are genuine, bonafide, legitimately qualified scientists, and now bring their love of enlightenment to the stage! Unbelievable Science is a live, interactive science show for the whole family, where real experiments take place right before your eyes.

Tickets £19

'HUGELY TALENTED' Daily Mirror

Captivating chemistry! Phenomenal physics! Bonkers biology!

THE HEXAGON Starlet Dance School Presents

THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Strictly Street Presents

Phosphorus Theatre

Get On Your Feet

‘The Beat Box’

Saturday 6 July, 7pm

Strictly Street Dance Company presents their summer show, featuring an array of entertaining routines and exciting choreography.

Starlet and Starlet Inspirations will be showcasing its summer show with an entertaining evening of dance styles and musical theatre from shows such as Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Mary Poppins, Annie, Oliver, The Wedding Singer, We Will Rock You, Starlight Express, Mulan, Bring It On, Oklahoma and much more. With performances from children and adults in dance styles of Ballet, Street, Commercial, Jazz, Lyrical and Tap.

Sunday 7 July, 6.30pm

The advanced adult troupe will be performing ‘The Beat Box’ a story where toys come to life and magic unfolds. Tickets £18 Child/concession £16

Pizza Shop Heroes Weds 10 & Thurs 11 July, 7.30pm Created by one of the UK’s leading refugee theatre companies and starring four young men who made the dangerous journey to the UK on their own as children from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Albania. They have told their ‘stories’ repeatedly to the Home Office as part of seeking asylum and it is the desire to reclaim them that grounds Phosphoros Theatre’s innovative work.

Tickets £16

THE HEXAGON Berkshire Theatre School present

Footloose The Musical

Saturday 13 July, 7.30pm Sunday 14 July, 2pm & 6.30pm A fast-paced musical filled with famous hit songs such as title track “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”. The story of teenager Ren McCormack and his battle to abolish the rules of a small town and its outdated ban on dance and rock music. Music by Tom Snow Lyrics by Dean Pitchford Stage Adaption by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobby Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford. Additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman. An amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe

Tickets available through BTS before 31st April. email: adminberkshiretheatrecompany .co.uk Tickets available through Reading Arts from 1 May £18, Concessions £15

'SUPERBLY CRAFTED' The Stage

Tickets £10. Ages 6+

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From the precinct of a pizza shop we embark on a journey across time and continents to explore how they got here, where they’re going and what they’ve learnt along the way. It’s a story of male and cultural identity, of family and fatherhood; a lyrical collage of memories, hopes, dreams and imagined realities. From prisons in Libya and Greece to conversations with absent Mothers to raising the next generation of sons. Powerful, celebratory, affirming, authentic; this is theatre that puts refugees centre stage. Ages 12+ £14, £12 concessions & members

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SOUTH STREET Bound & Gagged

Sam Avery: The Learner Parent Friday 5 July, 8pm

SOUTH STREET Morgan & West

Unbelievable Science (Preview)

Parenthood is a crafty beast. The second you master something it changes the game so you’re rubbish at it again.

Saturday 6 July, 3pm

Stand-up comedian, viral blogger and bestselling author Sam Avery (aka the Learner Parent) started his awardwinning blog when his twin boys were born. A million nappies, Peppa Pig episodes and a head-full of hair loss later, he shares all the lows, highs and hilarious in-betweens of his experiences of first-time parenthood.

Magicians, time travellers and all round spiffing chaps Morgan & West have a secret past – they are genuine, bonafide, legitimately qualified scientists, and now bring their love of enlightenment to the stage! Unbelievable Science is a live, interactive science show for the whole family, where real experiments take place right before your eyes.

Tickets £19

'HUGELY TALENTED' Daily Mirror

Captivating chemistry! Phenomenal physics! Bonkers biology!

THE HEXAGON Starlet Dance School Presents

THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Strictly Street Presents

Phosphorus Theatre

Get On Your Feet

‘The Beat Box’

Saturday 6 July, 7pm

Strictly Street Dance Company presents their summer show, featuring an array of entertaining routines and exciting choreography.

Starlet and Starlet Inspirations will be showcasing its summer show with an entertaining evening of dance styles and musical theatre from shows such as Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Mary Poppins, Annie, Oliver, The Wedding Singer, We Will Rock You, Starlight Express, Mulan, Bring It On, Oklahoma and much more. With performances from children and adults in dance styles of Ballet, Street, Commercial, Jazz, Lyrical and Tap.

Sunday 7 July, 6.30pm

The advanced adult troupe will be performing ‘The Beat Box’ a story where toys come to life and magic unfolds. Tickets £18 Child/concession £16

Pizza Shop Heroes Weds 10 & Thurs 11 July, 7.30pm Created by one of the UK’s leading refugee theatre companies and starring four young men who made the dangerous journey to the UK on their own as children from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Albania. They have told their ‘stories’ repeatedly to the Home Office as part of seeking asylum and it is the desire to reclaim them that grounds Phosphoros Theatre’s innovative work.

Tickets £16

THE HEXAGON Berkshire Theatre School present

Footloose The Musical

Saturday 13 July, 7.30pm Sunday 14 July, 2pm & 6.30pm A fast-paced musical filled with famous hit songs such as title track “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”. The story of teenager Ren McCormack and his battle to abolish the rules of a small town and its outdated ban on dance and rock music. Music by Tom Snow Lyrics by Dean Pitchford Stage Adaption by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobby Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford. Additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman. An amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatricals Europe

Tickets available through BTS before 31st April. email: adminberkshiretheatrecompany .co.uk Tickets available through Reading Arts from 1 May £18, Concessions £15

'SUPERBLY CRAFTED' The Stage

Tickets £10. Ages 6+

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From the precinct of a pizza shop we embark on a journey across time and continents to explore how they got here, where they’re going and what they’ve learnt along the way. It’s a story of male and cultural identity, of family and fatherhood; a lyrical collage of memories, hopes, dreams and imagined realities. From prisons in Libya and Greece to conversations with absent Mothers to raising the next generation of sons. Powerful, celebratory, affirming, authentic; this is theatre that puts refugees centre stage. Ages 12+ £14, £12 concessions & members

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The Dreamboys Thursday 18 July, 7.30pm The UK’s most famous girl’s night out, back and hotter than ever with a brand new show and UK tour for 2019. With special guest appearances on some of the UK’s biggest TV shows such as The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Loose Women, This Morning, Geordie Shore and The Only Way Is Essex, plus massive sold out Worldwide tours, it’s no wonder The Dreamboys are the only show of its kind in history to have celebrity status. If you’re looking for the very best girls night out in the UK, look no further than these incredible hunks. An action packed 2 hour show from start to finish, these boys will literally have you begging for more.

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Reading Fringe Festival presents Det Andre Teatret’s Edinburgh Preview

Freckle Productions and Rose Theatre Kingston present

a show based on what you don’t need anymore

By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Throw Away! Saturday 27 July, 8pm

That old vase you got from your aunt years ago, your ex’s worn-out t-shirt or last week’s newspaper - they’re all going to be thrown away sooner or later. Why not do it at our show - and we’ll tell a story from it. From Oslo, Norway, Det Andre Teatret performs an improvised show based on stuff the audience members bring that they’d rather just throw away. With these objects as starting points we dive into all sorts of stories; funny, strange, sad or poetic. Tickets £14

Zog: Live on Stage Friday 19 to Sun 21 July, various performances

BASED ON THE BOOK ZOG BY

ADAPTED & DIRECTED BY Mike Shepherd MUSIC & LYRICS BY Johnny Flynn

Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is so eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where dragons learn all the things that dragons need to know. Zog tries so very hard, perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three. Luckily, the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet…a duel with knight, Sir Gadabout the Great! Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Zog comes to life in Mike Shepherd’s (founder and Artistic Director of Kneehigh) magical adaptation with Johnny Flynn’s (award-winning actor and singer-songwriter with The Sussex Wit) sumptuous folk score featuring live musicians. Katie Sykes’ design lifts the book from the page and creates a real and fantastical world. From the team behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Tabby McTat, Zog promises to be roaring fun for all ages. Artwork: Zog © 2010 Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Published by Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic Children’s Books.

'DON'T MISS THIS SHOW' - OK MAGAZINE

LIVE

'AN ABSOLUTE MUST SEE' - HEAT MAGAZINE

ON STAG

'THESE BOYS ARE SERIOUSLY HOT' - DAILY STAR 'WE'VE NEVER SCREAMED SO MUCH' - THE SUN

Tickets: Price Band A £15.50 Adults / £13.50 Child, Price Band B £13.50 Adults / £11.50 Child Groups 10+ £2 off adults prices, School groups 10+ £10 (Fri only)

Adults Only. Tickets: £29.50, £26.50, £24.50, £21.50

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SOUTH STREET

Choose Happiness Meditation Event Saturday 17 August, 10am to 12.30pm Each and every one us has the capacity to tap into an endless supply of inner peace and happiness. Meditation presents the techniques for training the mind that we need in order to achieve this. By taking these methods to heart we can learn to choose happiness throughout our life. At this special event, open to everyone, Gen Dornying will explain the methods that free us from negative emotions, making joy, happiness and meaning our everyday reality. Two sessions of practical talks and guided meditations. Everyone is welcome. £20

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CONCERT HALL

THE HEXAGON

National Youth Training Choir

Nigel McIntyre Presents

Thursday 22 August, 7.30pm

+ Support

The National Youth Training Choir sits at the heart of NYCGB and provides a training ground for singers to develop their vocal and musicianship skills in diverse and demanding repertoire. We welcome talented first-time members as well as graduates of our junior choirs.

Saturday 31 August, 7.30pm

The Proclaimers

Ocean Going

It has been 32 years since Scottish twins Craig & Charlie Reid aka The Proclaimers emerged.

Tickets on sale 1 May through www.nycgb.org.uk £15, £7.50 disabled / companions £5 Under-25s

Since then, their enduring appeal across generations has carved a niche for themselves where pop, folk, new wave and punk collide as the emotional honesty, political fire, wit and singalong raucousness of their songs and their extensive touring has enlightened and entertained fans throughout the World.

Tickets £36.50

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SOUTH STREET

Choose Happiness Meditation Event Saturday 17 August, 10am to 12.30pm Each and every one us has the capacity to tap into an endless supply of inner peace and happiness. Meditation presents the techniques for training the mind that we need in order to achieve this. By taking these methods to heart we can learn to choose happiness throughout our life. At this special event, open to everyone, Gen Dornying will explain the methods that free us from negative emotions, making joy, happiness and meaning our everyday reality. Two sessions of practical talks and guided meditations. Everyone is welcome. £20

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CONCERT HALL

THE HEXAGON

National Youth Training Choir

Nigel McIntyre Presents

Thursday 22 August, 7.30pm

+ Support

The National Youth Training Choir sits at the heart of NYCGB and provides a training ground for singers to develop their vocal and musicianship skills in diverse and demanding repertoire. We welcome talented first-time members as well as graduates of our junior choirs.

Saturday 31 August, 7.30pm

The Proclaimers

Ocean Going

It has been 32 years since Scottish twins Craig & Charlie Reid aka The Proclaimers emerged.

Tickets on sale 1 May through www.nycgb.org.uk £15, £7.50 disabled / companions £5 Under-25s

Since then, their enduring appeal across generations has carved a niche for themselves where pop, folk, new wave and punk collide as the emotional honesty, political fire, wit and singalong raucousness of their songs and their extensive touring has enlightened and entertained fans throughout the World.

Tickets £36.50

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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THE HEXAGON

COMING SOON

Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up and Rock

THE HEXAGON

JUST ANNOUNCED

Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Experience

Exhibitions

Community Displays

SIR JOHN MADEJSKI ART GALLERY

THE WELCOME GALLERY

Friday 26 July, 7.30pm

Saturday 30 March – Saturday 17 August 2019 Ladybird Books: ‘How it Works’

Wednesday 20 March - Saturday 11 May New Relics for Reading Come and see personal, enigmatic, bizarre mementos of Reading, imagined and enshrined by local artists and inspired by the past, present and future. All the relics are associated with Reading – some are real and some are imagined. Guess which is which!

The Big O & the Wilburys show is back - bigger and better than ever! Celebrate with the band as they commemorate 31 years since The Wilburys’ original album release and pay a special tribute to The Big O, who died later the same year.

Featuring the BEV BEVAN BAND

Saturday 7 September, 7.30pm The legendary Jasper Carrott is back with a new stand up show alongside his musical compatriots The Bev Bevan Band, that have been ‘rockin’ audiences all over the world.

READING MUSEUM

Tickets £26.50, £24.50

An exhibition celebrating the history of the nation’s favourite children’s books. Hosted at Reading Museum as part of Museums Partnership Reading, a new cultural initiative funded by Arts Council England, this exhibition presents material from the extensive Ladybird Books Archive housed at the University of Reading.

Truly a night to remember… an absolute blast of a night out…Yorkshire Evening Post

Tickets £32. Ages 14+.

THE HEXAGON

COMING SOON

An Audience with

Harry Redknapp

SOUTH STREET

COMING SOON

Total Eclipse of Descartes

Wednesday 11 September, 7.30pm

Friday 20 September, 8pm

I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here winner and famous football manager will be telling stories from his football days and his time in the jungle. Expect a hilarious evening, Harry is a great raconteur and has a wealth of hilarious stories.

Based on the hit BBC Radio 4 series, Rob’s whirlwind tour of philosophy explores 3000 years of good and bad ideas from Pythagoras to driverless cars, by way of levitating Buddhist monks, Pavlov’s dogs, Jean-Paul Sartre’s mum, Fat Man On A Bridge, T.Rex, Morrissey and wire monkeys.

Tickets £32, VIP £82

Friday 21 June – Saturday 31 August Arts Asia: In India’s Image Rediscovering Anglo-Indian Architecture in SE England A multimedia exhibition uncovering the hidden stories behind some of the region’s Indian-inspired architectural gems.

Rob Newman’s

The exhibition includes a dramatised film bringing to life the story of The Maharajah’s Well, podcasts, a display of Indian-inspired objects from Reading Museum and artwork by local students. See the Events pages for related talks and activities. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Tickets £16

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Exhibitions

Community Displays

SIR JOHN MADEJSKI ART GALLERY

THE WELCOME GALLERY

Saturday 30 March – Saturday 17 August 2019 Ladybird Books: ‘How it Works’

Wednesday 20 March - Saturday 11 May New Relics for Reading Come and see personal, enigmatic, bizarre mementos of Reading, imagined and enshrined by local artists and inspired by the past, present and future. All the relics are associated with Reading – some are real and some are imagined. Guess which is which!

An exhibition celebrating the history of the nation’s favourite children’s books. Hosted at Reading Museum as part of Museums Partnership Reading, a new cultural initiative funded by Arts Council England, this exhibition presents material from the extensive Ladybird Books Archive housed at the University of Reading.

Friday 21 June – Saturday 31 August Arts Asia: In India’s Image Rediscovering Anglo-Indian Architecture in SE England A multimedia exhibition uncovering the hidden stories behind some of the region’s Indian-inspired architectural gems. The exhibition includes a dramatised film bringing to life the story of The Maharajah’s Well, podcasts, a display of Indian-inspired objects from Reading Museum and artwork by local students. See the Events pages for related talks and activities. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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READING MUSEUM

Events and Talks

TURBINE HOUSE, RIVERSIDE MUSEUM AT BLAKE’S LOCK Summer Exhibitions 2019 A short walk along the Kennet beyond the Abbey Ruins brings you to Gas Works Road and the historic industrial buildings of Reading Museum’s satellite Riverside Museum, beside Bel & the Dragon. They contain a wonderful Dunton gypsy caravan and a Turbine House gallery which stretches over the river. This year we are collaborating with many individuals and organisations to provide a summer of artists’ exhibitions, residencies and events. For details, including a map to help you get there, see readingmuseum.org.uk/your-visit/ permanent-galleries/riverside-museumblakes-lock

Saturday 6 April Walk and Talk at Two: Ladybird Books Ladybird Books sprang into the nation’s awareness during the 1940s, but the first Ladybird Book was published almost 30 years earlier, in 1914. Clare Plascow, one of the Curators for Ladybird Books: ‘How it works’, will be talking about how these pocket-sized books taught a generation to read. Adults, 2pm – 3pm £5, booking essential (see our website or call us) Saturday 6 April Conference: Royal Death and Burial Reading Abbey in Context Reading Abbey is famous as the burial place of King Henry I. Other members of the AngloNorman/Angevin family were buried at this favoured royal abbey. Join us for a one-day conference where internationally renowned experts will set Reading Abbey in its context as one of the great royal mausoleums of medieval Europe. Adults, 9am – 5pm NOW FULLY BOOKED

Exhibitions include: Friday 14 – Monday 24 June 2019 The Arborealists and Guests: The Art of the Tree A visual feast, presents a diverse approach to the rich and versatile subject of the tree by members of the internationally acclaimed Arborealists and local guest artists. First Saturday of the month: 6 April, 4 May, 1 June, 6 July, 3 August Reading Abbey Quarter Tour Abbey days are here again! Enjoy a walking tour exploring the heart of medieval Reading led by our trained volunteer guides. This tour takes you to the highlights of the Abbey Quarter, including the Hospitium where medieval pilgrims stayed, the impressive conserved Reading Abbey Ruins and ends in a unique visit inside the Abbey Gateway. Please note that the Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. All ages, 1½-hour tour starting at 11am, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery £10 (under 5s free), booking essential (see our website or call us)

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READING MUSEUM Art in the Dark Ages Saturday 27 April Demonstration: Spinning Wool in the Medieval Period The Berkshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers will be demonstrating the spinning skills of the medieval ages, a period where people were very reliant on wool for clothing. Learn about the kinds of wool used and the techniques used to produce cloth. Visit the Guild’s website bswd.org.uk or email berks.guild@gmail.com All ages, 10am - 12.30pm Free, drop in Saturday 27 April Workshop: Illuminated Manuscripts Join us for a talk and demonstration with Anne Lawrence and Barbara Jupe. Learn how manuscripts were made, from the animal skins treated to become parchment to different pigments of ink and paints that decorated pages. All ages, 1.30pm - 3.30pm £5 per person, booking essential (max 35 places, see our website or call us) Friday 31 May & Saturday 1 June Workshop: Family Make and Take with Air Dried Clay Learn about the different patterns and meanings in medieval tiles. Make your own tile in air drying clay using traditional tools. With a chance to handle original medieval tile fragments and with an explanation of some of the meanings of the patterns, this is suitable for children of all ages and abilities, with easy to use tools and all the means you need to carry your tiles safely home. All ages, 10am – 11am and 11.15am – 12.15am £4 per person, booking essential (max 12 places per hour slot, see our website or call us)

Saturday 29 June Workshop: Stone Carving Be a medieval artisan stone carver for a day with former University of Reading sculptor in residence McAlistair Hood, and produce your own stone gargoyle or decorated capital. Learn about life as a 12th century stone mason, gain the skill to create miraculous form out of stone and go on to produce a limestone carving that could perhaps have stared down upon Reading Abbey worshippers from the vaulted ceilings above. All materials and equipment are provided, no previous experience or artistic skill necessary! Adults 16+, 10am – 4pm £30 per person, booking essential (max 14 places, see our website or call us)

Friday 31 May & Saturday 1 June Workshop: Make a Medieval Tile Looking at tiles from Reading Abbey and the surrounding area, you will learn about the history and meaning of medieval tile making and patterns. Choose to make a traditional, thick floor tile or a thinner, modern tile more suitable for hanging up or using as a coaster. After decorating the design with slip, your finished tile will be taken away and carefully processed over a few weeks, glazed, fired and returned to the museum for you to collect. Adults 16+, 1.30pm - 4pm £30 per person, booking essential (max 12 places, see our website or call us)

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READING MUSEUM Monday 29 April Lime Mortars Training Day Reading Borough Council’s Abbey Quarter Project team and Cliveden Conservation will be hosting a Lime Mortars Training Day. The day will include a morning of talks about the chemistry and use of lime mortars at the newly restored Abbey Gateway, followed by demonstrations and a chance for some hands-on practical experience of mixing and pointing at our Abbey Ruins site after lunch. This is a truly unique opportunity – see our website for full details. Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing. Safety equipment will be provided. Adults, 9.30am – 15.30pm (meeting at Abbey Gateway). £80, booking essential (see our Photograph: Chris Forsey website or call us) Saturday 11 May Pop-up William Marshal Exhibition at the Abbey Gateway Join the Friends of Caversham Court Gardens and take a peek inside the newly restored medieval Abbey Gateway. Find out about ‘The Greatest Knight’ who, as regent for the boy king Henry III, defeated a French invasion force and ensured the survival of Magna Carta. Please note that the Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. All ages, 10am - 3pm Free, drop in (30 places max per session, there may be a short wait)

Saturday 11 May Afternoon Talk: William Marshal This May is the 800th anniversary of death of William Marshall at Caversham. His body lay in state at the Abbey until it was transported for burial at Temple Church in London. Discover more about his life in this fascinating talk with Dr Elizabeth Matthew of the University of Reading. Adults, 3pm – 4pm £5, booking essential (see our website or call us) Saturday 11 May Reading Museum at Forbury Fiesta Come and find Reading Museum on Wheels in Forbury Gardens! Handle real museum objects and wear our virtual-reality headset to be transported to the top of the Abbey Ruins, into the museum galleries or inside the Abbey Gateway for a unique perspective of Reading’s history. Become an Abbey Quarter Explorer and make your own explorer hat! All ages, 11am – 4pm Free, drop in

Thursday 16 May Ladybird Books: ‘How it works’ A MERL Late at Reading Museum for Museums at Night Join us for a lively evening of drinks, music, talks and activities, inspired by the Ladybird Books: ‘How it works’exhibition. Suitable for adults (18+), 7-10pm Advance tickets £4 / £3 students and concessions or £5/£3.75 on the door. (See Reading Museum or The MERL websites for details and to book)

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READING MUSEUM Saturday 18 May Getting Reading Reading! Printing Paper Join members from the Getting Reading Reading Children’s Book Group and the Museum team to create some beautiful printed paper to decorate your books with, or make a fun ladybird bookmark. Find out more about the group and how you can encourage your family to get reading! All ages, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm £2, pay on the day, drop in*) see our website for details Saturday 25 May & 15 June Stories of Reading Tour Ever wanted to learn the hidden stories of a town? Want to take in fascinating facts from our Museum? Join one of our amazing volunteer guides for a unique tour of our varied galleries. Our guides will shine a spotlight onto their favourite iconic Reading objects throughout the Museum. Find out hidden stories about Reading, it’s people and the objects that survive. All ages, 1-hour tour starting at 11am, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery £10 (under 5s free), booking essential (see our website or call us) Saturday 15 June Reading Museum at Waterfest Join the Reading Museum and Reading Abbey Quarter team in the Forbury Gardens and create your own wonderful Medieval Instruments, including lollipop lutes and rainbow timbrels! Meet our costumed interpreters and handle real objects from our Loan Boxes. Head to the Abbey Gateway to meet our Victorian schoolmaster and schoolmistress, then drop into the Riverside Museum for an exhibition by local arborialst artists. 11am – 4pm Free, drop in

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Saturday 15 June Reading Museum Waterfest Early Bird Exclusive: Abbey Gateway Rooftop Tour Join us for a tour inside the newly restored Abbey Gateway and learn about this listed building’s fascinating history. Hear about the Abbey monks, visiting royalty, links to novelist Jane Austen and the vital conservation work done to bring it back to life. In groups of ten you can then access the Gateway rooftop for a chance to see an aerial view of the Waterfest setting up, Forbury Gardens and Abbey Ruins. Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. All ages, 45-minute tour starting at 9.30am, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery £15, booking essential (see our website or call us) Saturday 29 June Arts Asia Talk: Rediscovering Anglo-Indian Architecture in South-East England Discover the hidden stories behind some of the region’s Indian-inspired 19th century architecture, including The Maharajah’s Well, Jaipur Gate, Shah Jahan Mosque, Chattri Memorial and Brighton Pavilion with Dr Graeme Whitehall FRPS FRGS, Trustee of The Maharajah’s Well Trust, including a tour of Arts Asia’s In India’s Image displays. Adults, 11am – 12pm Free, booking essential (see our website or call us)

Saturday 29 June Arts Asia: Musical Event, Baithak An intimate evening of ghazals with Mehboob Nadeem (vocals), Jasdeep Singh (dilruba) and Dheeraj Sahai-Mishra (tabla). The Museum space will be transformed into the 19th century court of the Maharajah of Benares. Join us for a baithak, where Mehboob Nadeem and musicians will revisit the works of Ghalib, Zafar and others. Floor and chair seating for courtiers - bring along your own cushion! And don’t forget to visit Arts Asia: In India’s Image in the Welcome Gallery. All ages, from 7.30pm £10, booking essential (includes complimentary light refreshments)

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READING MUSEUM Saturday 27 July A Wild Talk! Part of the Wild about Reading celebrations. Join us at the Museum for one of the opening events to this 9-day celebration of the nature, wild spaces and wildlife in our beautiful town. Further details to follow www.readingmuseum.org.uk. Adults and children ages 7+, 1pm – 2.30pm Free, donations welcome. Booking essential (see our website or call us)

Saturday 27 July Characters from the Quarter: A Day with Jane Austen

Saturday 3 August Arts Asia Talk: Strange Tales from the Chiltern Hills The Maharajah’s Well in historical context with Dr Graeme Whitehall FRPS FRGS, Trustee of The Maharajah’s Well Trust, including a tour of Arts Asia’s In India’s Image displays and viewing of the film dramatising this unique story. Adults, 11am – 12pm Free, booking essential (see our website or call us)

Make your Mark with Embroidery Learn to embroider a handkerchief with our amazing Volunteer Sewing Group. They will teach you different embroidery techniques to put your name (or initials) into a handkerchief; but don’t stop there, you can use the techniques you’ve learned to make over old clothing and bags! All ages, 10am -12pm Free to observe, buy a small embroidery kit to try out (£2 per kit)

Thames River Cruises to the Abbey Ruins Enjoy a historic cruise from Caversham Bridge to Reading Abbey or hop on and off within the town centre. Why not combine your cruise with one of our tours? For full details, the latest timetable or to book your tickets please visit: www.thamesrivercruise.co.uk

Activity Cart Why not make some free Jane Austen themed paper craft, from bonnets to finger puppets? Free, drop in* Jane Austen Day: Abbey Gateway Tour Join us for a tour inside the newly restored medieval Abbey Gateway and learn about this listed building’s fascinating history and its role in the Abbey Quarter. Hear about the Abbey monks, visiting royalty, links to novelist Jane Austen and the vital conservation work done to bring it back to life. Meet our very own costumed Jane Austen along the way! Please note that the Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. All ages, 45-minute tour starting at 11am, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery £5, booking essential (see our website or call us)

Musical Performance: Austentation Let Austentation entertain you with musical Regency melodies and their eclectic blend of vocal and instrumental period music! Free, drop in

Afternoon Talk: Introducing Jane Austen Join Joy Pibworth from the Jane Austen Society in this introduction to the life of Jane Austen with special reference to her connections with Reading, the Abbey Quarter and the local area. Adults, 3pm – 4pm £5, booking essential (see our website or call us)

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READING MUSEUM Coming Soon… Heritage Open Days

Wednesday 10 April Ladybird Hotel Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £4, see our website to book in advance or pay on the day*

Saturday 14 September Afternoon Talk: Reading in the Time of Jane Austen Discover Reading in the time of Jane Austen. Join Joy Pibworth from the Jane Austen Society for a talk on the Reading Jane Austen would have known when she was at school here at the end of the 18th century. Part of the Heritage Open Days programme of events. Adults, 3pm – 4pm Free, booking essential (see our website or call us)

Thursday 11 & Friday 12 April Out in the Abbey: Medieval Animal Trail Families, available throughout the day, start at the Museum £1, pay on the day, drop in* Friday 12 April Early Birds and Late Owls Early Birds 9am – 10am, all ages, drop in Late Owls 4pm – 5pm, all ages, drop in

Exhibitions at Riverside Museum Including artists’ responses to The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde. Look out in the next diary for further details. Further events and activities relating to the Ladybird Books: ‘How it Works’ exhibition will take place at The Museum of English Rural Life. For details visit merl.reading.ac.uk/whats-on

Easter Holidays The Museum will be closed over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, including Good Friday, and will reopen on Tuesday 23 April. Please see our website for full Easter listings www. readingmuseum.org.uk Activity Cart Visit us throughout the holidays at the Museum and enjoy a range of Easter themed craft ideas. Free, drop in* Eggy Bingo Trail £1 per person Tuesday 9 April Ladybird Books Family Fun Day! The MERL and Reading Museum are teaming up to offer a range of fun crafts and activities across both venues to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition Ladybird Books: ‘How it works’. Families, 10am – 3.30pm £5 per child for all activities (stamp on entry at either Museum), pay on the day * OUR DROP-INS ARE VERY POPULAR. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE HAVE LIMITED CAPACITY FOR ACTIVITIES IN THE MUSEUM.

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Tuesday 16 April Egg-stravaganza: Edible Easter Treats Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £4, see our website to book in advance or pay on the day* Wednesday 17 April Make & Take: Balloon Bunnies & Chicks Families, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm £1, pay on the day, drop in* Thursday 18 April Escape Room Trail at Reading Museum Families, available throughout the day £1, pay on the day, drop in*

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

Tuesday 28 May The Greatest Knight! Be inspired by the ‘Greatest Knight’ in England, William Marshal – who is connected to Reading Abbey and Caversham. Decorate your own signature helmet and shield, then have fun trying to launch your ‘noodle’ javelin at the target! Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £3, booking essential (see our website or call us) Wednesday 29 May Make & Take: Ladybird Bunting and Streamers Make some fun bunting out of hand drawn ladybird pictures! Families, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in*

Thursday 30 May Ladybird Friendship Rocks Paint your own friendly ladybug creature in these drop-in sessions and hide them in a mini home! Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £2, booking essential (see our website or call us) Friday 31 May and Saturday 1 June Workshop: Family Make and Take with Air Dried Clay Create your own air dry clay tiles to take home and paint after a few days, using mini-tile carved clay stamps. All ages, 10am - 12pm Free, drop-in*

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

Thursday 25 July Roman Fun Day Join us for a fun packed day of activities and craft. Meet one of the Romano-British citizens living at Calleva Atrebatum (Silchester), find out about their life 2,000 years ago and have a go at dressing up. Wednesday 29 May Talk to volunteers and staff and find out about the Victorian Schoolroom Experience in the Gateway plans to update our Silchester Gallery, than have A 45-minute experience for adults and children over 5 in our unique Victorian classroom, now in the your say! Families, 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm brand new setting of the historic Abbey Gateway. Free, donations welcome Please note that the Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. Ages 5+, 11.30am, 1.15pm & 2.30pm (meeting at the Abbey Gateway) £1 per person, see our website to book in advance or pay on the day (35 places max per session)*

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READING MUSEUM Tuesday 30 July Arts Asia: Monoprinting on Paper Learn how to use a roller press with visual artist, Bhajan Hunjan. An opportunity to create your own prints, taking inspiration from patterns found in architecture, tiles, textiles and embroideries across the Indian Sub-Continent. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm and 2.15pm Free, booking essential (see our website or call us) Wednesday 31 July Teddy Bears Picnic Calling all Museum bears! Celebrate the start of the summer holidays by bringing your owners along to the Forbury Gardens. Enjoy making some ladybirdthemed craft with your favourite teddy in the sun, to celebrate our latest exhibition. Dress your little ones in ladybird fancy dress and take some photos in our selfie corner. Then follow our trail down to the Abbey Ruins. In the event of bad weather, please come to the Museum. Part of the Wild about Reading celebrations. Families, 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm £1, pay on the day, drop in* Thursday 1 August Out in the Forbury: Ladybird Bug Club Insect explorers can search for creepy-crawlies in the Forbury Gardens and Abbey Ruins with our special kits. Identify, draw and record your finds, and take a look at some fabulous insect specimens from our loans collection boxes. In the event of bad weather, please come to the Museum. Part of the Wild about Reading celebrations. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £4, booking essential (see our website or call us)

Tuesday 6 August Ladybird Books Make & Do: Creepy Crawly Pots Be inspired by the Ladybird Books ‘Things to Make’ book and make a flower pot, complete with a fun ladybird decoration! Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £4, booking essential (see our website or call us) Wednesday 7 August Arts Asia: Printing on Calico Tote Bags With visual artist, Bhajan Hunjan. Take inspiration from words and pattern to design and print your own Tote bag, to keep or as a gift for someone special. You can use Indian and Roman scripts to make your own special message. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm and 2.15pm Free, booking essential (see our website or call us) Wednesday 14 August Make & Take: Ladybird Glitter Badges Create your own badge using images of ladybirds, complete with glitter! Families, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm £1, pay on the day, drop in Thursday 15 August Arts Asia: Canvas Painting With visual artist, Bhajan Hunjan. Create your own canvas painting using acrylic paints, taking inspiration from Reading’s Anglo-Indian Bell Tower at EP Collier School. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm and 2.15pm Free, booking essential (see our website or call us) Tuesday 20 August Dotty Cakes Try your hand at making simple no-cook cakes for friends and family, then decorate with ladybird spots and dots! Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £4, see our website to book in advance or pay on the day* Wednesday 28 August Make & Take: Ladybird & Friends Spoon Creatures Fun insects made from recycled materials and spoons. Families, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in*

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SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS Reading Stanza & South Street

Poets’ Café

Held on the second Friday of each month. Doors 8pm, poetry from 8.30pm. Reading’s longest running and best-loved poetry platform, Poets’ Café, is now being organised and hosted by The Poetry Society’s Reading Stanza. The Café will be held on the second Friday of every month and the night is made up of an open mic section, where we welcome anyone who wishes to read their work in a friendly atmosphere, plus a full reading by our guest poet. Friday 12 April: Locals’ Night, with Lesley Saunders, Kate Behrens, Robin Thomas & Peter Robinson and host Claire Dyer. Friday 10 May: Carrie Etter with host Susan Utting Friday 14 June: Peter Daniels with host Gill Learner

SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS

READING MUSEUM REGULAR EVENTS

South Street Beer Fridays

Regular Events

Lunchtime Organ Recitals

In association with The Grumpy Goat. The Last Friday of every month from 5pm

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

The Concert Hall presents a series of lunchtime organ recitals by locally and nationally renowned organists. All recitals last approximately 45 minutes. Supported by Berkshire Organists’ Association. Tickets £5

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).

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

Monday 15 July, 1pm Andrzej Malitowski (Royal Academy of Music) Programme to include music by Alexandre Guilmant, Théodore Dubois and Felix Mendelssohn.

Mother Who Make Third Monday of every month 10am – 12 noon Mothers Who Make is a monthly peer support group and creative exchange session for mothers who are artists or makers of any kind, professional and/or passionate. Every kind of maker and every kind of mother are welcome. Children of all ages are welcome too! Free to book.

CENTRAL LIBRARY 3rd Monday of the month, Ground Floor, 11am – 12pm Coffee Morning With a different speaker every month. Free event, just drop in.

EVERY SATURDAY Bayeux Tapestry Tours Enjoy a guided tour of the famous full-size facsimile Tapestry. Please let us know if you would like to come along as group so we can arrange a private tour. All ages, 2.15pm – 3pm £5, booking essential (see our website or pay on the day)

*Our drop-ins are very popular. Please be aware that we have limited capacity for events in the Museum, particularly during our busy half terms.

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Monday 20 May, 1pm Eric Tyson (Bristol) Programme to include music by John Stanley, Alfred Hollins, William Wolstenholme and Louis Vierne.

SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS

Donations welcome on the day.

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

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. Free event, just drop in.

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SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS Reading Stanza & South Street

Poets’ Café

Held on the second Friday of each month. Doors 8pm, poetry from 8.30pm. Reading’s longest running and best-loved poetry platform, Poets’ Café, is now being organised and hosted by The Poetry Society’s Reading Stanza. The Café will be held on the second Friday of every month and the night is made up of an open mic section, where we welcome anyone who wishes to read their work in a friendly atmosphere, plus a full reading by our guest poet. Friday 12 April: Locals’ Night, with Lesley Saunders, Kate Behrens, Robin Thomas & Peter Robinson and host Claire Dyer. Friday 10 May: Carrie Etter with host Susan Utting Friday 14 June: Peter Daniels with host Gill Learner

SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS

READING MUSEUM REGULAR EVENTS

South Street Beer Fridays

Regular Events

Lunchtime Organ Recitals

In association with The Grumpy Goat. The Last Friday of every month from 5pm

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

The Concert Hall presents a series of lunchtime organ recitals by locally and nationally renowned organists. All recitals last approximately 45 minutes. Supported by Berkshire Organists’ Association. Tickets £5

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).

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

Monday 15 July, 1pm Andrzej Malitowski (Royal Academy of Music) Programme to include music by Alexandre Guilmant, Théodore Dubois and Felix Mendelssohn.

Mother Who Make Third Monday of every month 10am – 12 noon Mothers Who Make is a monthly peer support group and creative exchange session for mothers who are artists or makers of any kind, professional and/or passionate. Every kind of maker and every kind of mother are welcome. Children of all ages are welcome too! Free to book.

CENTRAL LIBRARY 3rd Monday of the month, Ground Floor, 11am – 12pm Coffee Morning With a different speaker every month. Free event, just drop in.

EVERY SATURDAY Bayeux Tapestry Tours Enjoy a guided tour of the famous full-size facsimile Tapestry. Please let us know if you would like to come along as group so we can arrange a private tour. All ages, 2.15pm – 3pm £5, booking essential (see our website or pay on the day)

*Our drop-ins are very popular. Please be aware that we have limited capacity for events in the Museum, particularly during our busy half terms.

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Monday 20 May, 1pm Eric Tyson (Bristol) Programme to include music by John Stanley, Alfred Hollins, William Wolstenholme and Louis Vierne.

SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS

Donations welcome on the day.

56 Box Office 0118 960 6060

CONCERT HALL REGULAR EVENTS

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 62 for details

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

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. Free event, just drop in.

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Saturday 15 June, 10am-3pm

Murder in the Library

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Tickets required for some events Join us for a crime themed day of author talks, a crime walk around Reading and children’s activities. The full programme will be release in May. To find out more, sign up to the library newsletter at reading.gov.uk/libraryevents

BERKSHIRE RECORDS OFFICE 22nd May to 16th August 2019, during normal opening hours

‘A Great Deliverance’: Berkshire and the aftermath of World War One

The Treaty of Versailles in June 1919 was the official end of the First World War - this exhibition will look at how the county responded. 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?

ALL LIBRARIES Mid July – end of September

Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge Calling all children! This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase: an out of this world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Complete the challenge by reading 6 books over the summer and take part in lots of fun events happening across all libraries.

1st July 2019, time 10:15 to14:45

15th July 2019, time 10:30 to 11:30

How to Read Old Handwriting Workshop

Behind the Scenes at the BRO

Always wanted to know how to read old handwriting, but don’t know how? Then come along to our workshop! It will be held at the Berkshire Record Office where we will look at samples from 16th to 18th century documents held here. 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.

Ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes at the BRO? Then come along and find out! You will be shown some historical documents, where we store them and given an insight into how our conservator repairs them. It’s FREE and there are 12 spaces available. Booking is essential. Please email arch@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 5132.

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READING CENTRAL LIBRARY

Saturday 15 June, 10am-3pm

Murder in the Library

venue ation inform

Tickets required for some events Join us for a crime themed day of author talks, a crime walk around Reading and children’s activities. The full programme will be release in May. To find out more, sign up to the library newsletter at reading.gov.uk/libraryevents

BERKSHIRE RECORDS OFFICE 22nd May to 16th August 2019, during normal opening hours

‘A Great Deliverance’: Berkshire and the aftermath of World War One

The Treaty of Versailles in June 1919 was the official end of the First World War - this exhibition will look at how the county responded. 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?

ALL LIBRARIES Mid July – end of September

Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge Calling all children! This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase: an out of this world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Complete the challenge by reading 6 books over the summer and take part in lots of fun events happening across all libraries.

1st July 2019, time 10:15 to14:45

15th July 2019, time 10:30 to 11:30

How to Read Old Handwriting Workshop

Behind the Scenes at the BRO

Always wanted to know how to read old handwriting, but don’t know how? Then come along to our workshop! It will be held at the Berkshire Record Office where we will look at samples from 16th to 18th century documents held here. 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.

Ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes at the BRO? Then come along and find out! You will be shown some historical documents, where we store them and given an insight into how our conservator repairs them. It’s FREE and there are 12 spaces available. Booking is essential. Please email arch@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 5132.

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EDUCATION

PARKS & OPEN SPACES

Reading Museum Hands on Learning for Schools

SUMMER 2019 EVENTS

Reading Museum offers a wide range of learning opportunities for school children. Our Schools Loans Service provides hundreds of boxes containing real objects for classroom use. These dynamic and engaging resources help enhance and develop 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.

Parks & Open Spaces are responsible for managing and maintaining Reading’s 100+ parks, lakes and playgrounds.

For more information about our education services please see our website www.readingmuseum.org.uk or email education@readingmuseum.org.uk The Abbey Ruins and Abbey Gateway, two new historical settings for our school sessions. Thanks to the reopening to the public of the newly restored Abbey Ruins last summer, school groups visiting Reading Museum can now enjoy two additional beautiful settings for our formal sessions. Our popular Victorian Schoolroom sessions now take place in the Abbey Gateway, offering an even more immersive experience of Reading’s history for school children. The Abbey Ruins are the inspiring backdrop for the new Royals in Reading sessions, which explore Reading’s historic ties with the Abbey through activities and object handling.

11th -14th April Forbury Gardens Blue Collar Cheese Feast

23rd June Palmer Park East Reading Festival

13th April Caversham Court Gardens Beanpole Day

29th June Forbury Gardens Armed Forces Day Event

13th April – 22nd April Prospect Park Carters Steam Fair

29th – 30th June Hills Meadow Masons Fun Fair

14th April Kings Meadow Decathlon Running Series

30th June Prospect Park Autism Pride

20th April Caversham Court Gardens Friends of Caversham Court Easter Trail

10th – 20th July Abbey Ruins Progress Theatre King Lear

21st April Forbury Gardens Easter Morning Service

6th – 8th July Palmer Park Guyatts Fun Fair

2nd-5th May Christchurch Meadows CAMRA Beer Festival

6th July Clayfield Copse Copse Meadows Day

4th May Prospect Park Tilehurst Festival

7th July Prospect Park Berkshire Motor Show

5th May Palmer Park Reading Summer MELA

6th July Rabsons Rec South Reading Churches Fun Day

From 10th May Prospect park Guyatts Funfair

11th July Thames Prom Reading Raft Race

11th May Caversham Court Gardens Earth Living Festival

12th – 14th July Christchurch Meadows Readipop Festival

11th May Forbury Gardens Forbury Fiesta

13th July Caversham Court Gardens Caversham Church Fete

19th May Christchurch Meadows Rotary Club Charity Cycle Ride

14th July Forbury Gardens Bastille Day Event

26th & 27th May Caversham Court Gardens Sixty Hour Theatre

14th July Caversham Court Gardens Mikron Theatre

26th May Prospect Park Run for Sparkle 26th – 3rd May Palmer Park Beaches Funfair 26th May Thames Prom Reading Circuit Race CANOE CLUB 27th May Prospect Park Reading Community Carnival

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

8th June Victoria Rec Tilehurst League of friends Fete 9th June Caversham Court Gardens SISATA Theatre 9th June Prospect Park The Helen & Douglas House Bubble Rush Run 13th – 16th June Forbury Gardens Blue Collar Feastival 14th June Caversham Court Gardens Heartbreak Theatre Romeo and Juliet 15th &16th June Abbey Ruins Reading Between the Line Theatre 15th June Abbey Quarter Water Fest 15th & 16th June Thames Prom Reading Regatta 20th - 22nd June Abbey Ruins Cult Cinema Screens

14th July Prospect Park Race for Life 18th - 20th July Caversham Court Gardens Cult Cinema Screens 27th July Forbury Gardens Rathayatra Event Activity 28th July Palmer Park Reading MELA 1st- 6th August Prospect Park Circus Zyair 3rd August Caversham Court Gardens Heartbreak Theatre Gangster Granny 10th August Prospect Park Fake Festival 10th -17th August Thames Prom Traylens Funfair 17th & 18th August Prospect Park Thai Festival 20th - 22nd August Abbey Ruins Cult Cinema Screens 24th- 26th August Palmer Park Masons Fun Fair 31st August Kings Meadow PRIDE 31st August Prospect Park Sue Ryder Colour Run

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

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EDUCATION

PARKS & OPEN SPACES

Reading Museum Hands on Learning for Schools

SUMMER 2019 EVENTS

Reading Museum offers a wide range of learning opportunities for school children. Our Schools Loans Service provides hundreds of boxes containing real objects for classroom use. These dynamic and engaging resources help enhance and develop 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.

Parks & Open Spaces are responsible for managing and maintaining Reading’s 100+ parks, lakes and playgrounds.

For more information about our education services please see our website www.readingmuseum.org.uk or email education@readingmuseum.org.uk The Abbey Ruins and Abbey Gateway, two new historical settings for our school sessions. Thanks to the reopening to the public of the newly restored Abbey Ruins last summer, school groups visiting Reading Museum can now enjoy two additional beautiful settings for our formal sessions. Our popular Victorian Schoolroom sessions now take place in the Abbey Gateway, offering an even more immersive experience of Reading’s history for school children. The Abbey Ruins are the inspiring backdrop for the new Royals in Reading sessions, which explore Reading’s historic ties with the Abbey through activities and object handling.

11th -14th April Forbury Gardens Blue Collar Cheese Feast

23rd June Palmer Park East Reading Festival

13th April Caversham Court Gardens Beanpole Day

29th June Forbury Gardens Armed Forces Day Event

13th April – 22nd April Prospect Park Carters Steam Fair

29th – 30th June Hills Meadow Masons Fun Fair

14th April Kings Meadow Decathlon Running Series

30th June Prospect Park Autism Pride

20th April Caversham Court Gardens Friends of Caversham Court Easter Trail

10th – 20th July Abbey Ruins Progress Theatre King Lear

21st April Forbury Gardens Easter Morning Service

6th – 8th July Palmer Park Guyatts Fun Fair

2nd-5th May Christchurch Meadows CAMRA Beer Festival

6th July Clayfield Copse Copse Meadows Day

4th May Prospect Park Tilehurst Festival

7th July Prospect Park Berkshire Motor Show

5th May Palmer Park Reading Summer MELA

6th July Rabsons Rec South Reading Churches Fun Day

From 10th May Prospect park Guyatts Funfair

11th July Thames Prom Reading Raft Race

11th May Caversham Court Gardens Earth Living Festival

12th – 14th July Christchurch Meadows Readipop Festival

11th May Forbury Gardens Forbury Fiesta

13th July Caversham Court Gardens Caversham Church Fete

19th May Christchurch Meadows Rotary Club Charity Cycle Ride

14th July Forbury Gardens Bastille Day Event

26th & 27th May Caversham Court Gardens Sixty Hour Theatre

14th July Caversham Court Gardens Mikron Theatre

26th May Prospect Park Run for Sparkle 26th – 3rd May Palmer Park Beaches Funfair 26th May Thames Prom Reading Circuit Race CANOE CLUB 27th May Prospect Park Reading Community Carnival

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

8th June Victoria Rec Tilehurst League of friends Fete 9th June Caversham Court Gardens SISATA Theatre 9th June Prospect Park The Helen & Douglas House Bubble Rush Run 13th – 16th June Forbury Gardens Blue Collar Feastival 14th June Caversham Court Gardens Heartbreak Theatre Romeo and Juliet 15th &16th June Abbey Ruins Reading Between the Line Theatre 15th June Abbey Quarter Water Fest 15th & 16th June Thames Prom Reading Regatta 20th - 22nd June Abbey Ruins Cult Cinema Screens

14th July Prospect Park Race for Life 18th - 20th July Caversham Court Gardens Cult Cinema Screens 27th July Forbury Gardens Rathayatra Event Activity 28th July Palmer Park Reading MELA 1st- 6th August Prospect Park Circus Zyair 3rd August Caversham Court Gardens Heartbreak Theatre Gangster Granny 10th August Prospect Park Fake Festival 10th -17th August Thames Prom Traylens Funfair 17th & 18th August Prospect Park Thai Festival 20th - 22nd August Abbey Ruins Cult Cinema Screens 24th- 26th August Palmer Park Masons Fun Fair 31st August Kings Meadow PRIDE 31st August Prospect Park Sue Ryder Colour Run

For further information, contact the Leisure & Recreation programming team on 0118 937 5197. 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 Reading Abbey Ruins Abbey Street, Reading, RG1 3BA Admin: 0118 937 3400 www.readingabbeyquarter.org.uk Reading Sport & Leisure Palmer Park Sports Stadium Wokingham Road, Reading RG6 1LF Admin: 0118 937 5080 www.readingleisure.co.uk Reading Central Library Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ Admin: 0118 901 5955 www.readinglibraries.org.uk Berkshire Record Office 9 Coley Avenue, Reading Admin: 0118 937 5132 www.berkshirerecordoffice.org.uk

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

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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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 Reading Abbey Ruins Abbey Street, Reading, RG1 3BA Admin: 0118 937 3400 www.readingabbeyquarter.org.uk Reading Sport & Leisure Palmer Park Sports Stadium Wokingham Road, Reading RG6 1LF Admin: 0118 937 5080 www.readingleisure.co.uk Reading Central Library Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ Admin: 0118 901 5955 www.readinglibraries.org.uk Berkshire Record Office 9 Coley Avenue, Reading Admin: 0118 937 5132 www.berkshirerecordoffice.org.uk

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

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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Ladybird Books: ‘How it Works’

Copyright © Ladybird Books Ltd, 1958

An exhibition celebrating the history of the nation’s favourite children’s books

Hosted at Reading Museum as part of Museums Partnership Reading, a new cultural initiative funded by Arts Council England, this exhibition presents material from the extensive Ladybird Books Archive held at the University of Reading.

30 March – 17 August 2019 Reading Museum, RG1 1QH

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