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LOVE SOUTHST BECOME A MEMBER… and be a part of South Street’s exciting future by supporting the venue. Your support as a member will enable you to access benefits such as priority notification on shows and regular newsletters with the latest news from the venue. Members will also be invited to our Season Launch events and other special events throughout the year, such as select rehearsals or read-throughs. You will also receive discounts and offers on shows.

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This support will ensure we are able to invest in the building in the future and continue to provide a programme that is diverse and unique in Reading.


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HIRE SOUTH STREET South Street is an Arts venue in Reading with a difference. Much loved for its independent feel, and now with fully refurbished spaces it makes the ideal town centre location for PARTIES,


Main Theatre with fully raked seating, intelligent lighting and brand new sound equipment and 2 new dressing rooms & the MacDevitts Studio featuring a brand new bar.

To host your event at South Street contact 0118 937 3456


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welcome ‌to the Reading Arts & Venues summer 2017 season! We are extremely pleased to announce that the iconic and much loved South Street Arts Centre is now fully open after an extensive refurbishment with funding from the Arts Council and RBC. South Street now offers vastly improved facilities for our audience and performers alike, with a brand-new purpose built bar, auditorium seating, lights and sound. Pop along to one of the many events that are happening over the summer and see for yourself just why South Street is an indispensable part of the Reading, and National, Arts scene. There is also a new South Street Membership scheme, so you can play an active role in the exciting future of the venue with some exclusive benefits. You can also hire South Street. Whether for business or pleasure, the fully refurbished spaces and town centre location make it ideal for parties, corporate events, performances, workshops, rehearsals and staff training. See pages 2 and 3 for further details. We hope to see you at one of our cultural venues very soon! Paul Gittings Lead Councillor for Reading Culture, Sport and Consumer Services.

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Through our varied activity programme there will be many chances to be involved in the project, whether it be attending our events or volunteering!

Chris Forsey


The Abbey Quarter lies at the heart of Reading; both in its resident’s memories and in the history books! The Reading Abbey Revealed project is bringing the Abbey back to the forefront of the town through the joint support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Reading Borough Council. This February a specialist conservation team set up in the Abbey Quarter. This marks the beginning of an exciting phase in the Reading Abbey Revealed project and in the history of Reading. Their work will conserve the Abbey Ruins and Gateway, making them safe for generations to come. An exciting events programme is also being organised; tour the Ruins with our expert conservation team and discover how the Abbey is being protected; learn about onethousand years of history in the Abbey Quarter in a new series of talks; entertain the family with new children’s activities. Our current events are listed in the Reading Museum section of this brochure with more being added to our website.

For regular updates about the conservation works, our events, or volunteer opportunities, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Search Reading Abbey Quarter

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Programme of Events

April 2017 REFLECTIONS ON DARKNESS with Mac Macartney Mac is an international speaker, writer and change-maker who seeks to inspire the emergence of the leader in each of us, the leader who will take courageous action for a better world. In April, Mac will be coming to Reading to give an inspirational and insightful talk about us, our land and the Children’s Fire. 7 May 2017 DARK RENGA POETRY with Jon Randall As the buds of May burst into being, glorious community poetry will again be created in a yurt in Clayfield Copse. Date TBC DRIVE-IN FILM SCREENING with Reading Buses A unique and pioneering cinematic experience - an outdoor screening, enjoyed from the comfort of a Reading bus. Children’s and adults’ screenings, films and location to be announced shortly. July 2017 POETRY IN MOTION with Caribbean Arts Group UK C and Reading’s young poets. Workshop and performance on a Reading bus. Guaranteed to provoke inspiration and discussion! Date TBC DRUMMING AND GONG WORKSHOP Join us for nighttime drumming and gongs in a woodland location, exploring music, nature and rhythm. Date TBC THE SEVEN COATS with Charlotte Du Cann of Dark Mountain Project Appropriately held in a Reading crypt, the dark tale of Inanna’s journey to the Underworld.


Festival Partners: South Street Arts Centre and The Olympia Ballroom With support from: RBC, Reading Buses, RCAN, Tipping Point, University of Reading and Reading Climate Change Partnership


Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe: Somewhere in time

Saturday 1 April, 7.30pm Ian and Natalie will deliver a night you will remember forever… Strictly Come Dancing favourite couple are back with a bang after their first successful UK Tour.  Ian and Natalie have developed a whole new show with newly choreographed routines of their favourite Ballroom and Latin dances.  New music developed to accompany these dances and give you a feel good factor with pure romance. The dance showcase spectacular will give full on entertainment with a romantic feel and will transport you away to a place of wonderful moments, with lots of laughs and stories along the way. The pro-pairing have been on our screens for 8 years on the hit BBC show and are best known for their high intensity performances.  Ian and Natalie have become family favourites, as they have always pushed the boundaries of dance to bring the best out of their celebrity couple. On the night they will dance a mix of Ballroom and Latin with fun filled entertainment and a close up history of all things related to their life. Tickets £28, £26, Concessions £1.50 off Groups £2 off, Post-show Meet and Greet £20

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Sounds of

Yamato: The Drummers of Japan

Remix Voices:

The Challengers

A Musical Year

Wednesday 5 April, 7.30pm

Saturday 1 April, 8pm

Following their hugely successful tour in 2015, the Yamato drummers are back in the UK by popular demand. Their acclaimed performances of Japanese Taiko drumming and music have captivated audiences of over 6 million people in 53 countries across the globe.

Remix Voices contemporary mixed choirs from Reading, Guildford and Woking, are delighted to be singing at Reading Concert Hall again at their fourth concert in this fabulous venue. Their concert will take you through the seasons of the year with popular songs from the 60’s to the present day. Tickets available from beth@, 07557 809330.

In a brand new show, the drummers challenge and push themselves to their absolute limits. Yamato will leave audiences exhilarated by this visually spectacular, high-energy and explosive show. Tickets £23, concessions £2 off, groups 1 in 10 free

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Show And Tell

Bye Bye Baby:

Heads Up by Kieran Hurley Wednesday 5 April, 8pm 2016 The Scotsman Fringe First award winner | Total Edinburgh Festival Fringe sell-out run A city. Just like this. Right now. A teenage girl boils up in rage in a toilet cubicle. A finance worker preaches doom in a busy train station. An absurd coke-addled celebrity races through town on a mission. A paranoid stoner stares blankly at the endless disasters on the TV news. In just one moment, all their worlds will end. Multi award-winner Kieran Hurley weaves a picture of a familiar city at its moment of destruction, asking what we would do if we found ourselves at the end of our world as we know it.

A Celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Thursday 6 April, 7.30pm Bye Bye Baby takes you back in time on a musical journey through the career of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, whose songs graced such films as The Deer Hunter, Dirty Dancing and Grease. From their early beginning in the 1950s, when Frankie first joined the group, this show celebrates the greatest hits such as ‘Beggin’; ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’; ‘Walk Like A Man’; ‘Lets Hang On’; ‘Who Loves You’; ‘December ‘63 (Oh What A Night)’; ‘Bye Bye Baby’; ‘Can’t Take my Eyes off You’; ‘Fallen Angel ‘and ‘Grease’ through to a superb grand finale medley of more of the group’s greatest hits. The combination of world class vocals and harmonies, as Matthew Filmore scales the falsetto heights of Frankie Valli, along with snappy choreography and a vast catalogue of hits makes for a memorable and unforgettable night of nostalgia. Tickets £21.50, Concessions £19.50

Music by Michael John McCarthy. As part of the Made In Scotland showcase 2016. For ages 14+ Ticket £12, £10 concessions, £8 members

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Jonny and the Baptists:

Bilal Zafar:

Thursday 6 April, 8pm

Friday 7 April, 8pm

Three quarters of MPs are millionaires. A third of the country lives below the poverty line. Whatever your politics, Jonny & the Baptists think it’s worth talking about.

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2016 and New Act of the Year award winner BILAL ZAFAR brings us his highly anticipated debut show Cakes. Join Bilal as he takes you on a fascinating and hilarious journey of how his Twitter handle, @ zafarcakes, became a focal point for the misguided rage of the global far right when it was mistaken for the account of a Muslim-only bakery.  Having provoked the outrage of such defenders of Britishness as Katie Hopkins, EDL supporters and the Daily Star, Cakes shows how BILAL used humour to respond to the prejudice and abuse increasingly faced by British Muslims today.

Eat The Poor

A riotously funny epic about friendship, inequality and betrayal from the multi-award-nominated musical comedians, as featured on Radio 4’s The Now Show and the BBC’s Live at Television Centre. For ages 14+ Tickets £14, £12 concessions or members


For ages 16+ Tickets £12


Mr Bloom’s Nursery Live Friday 7 April, 1pm & 4pm Saturday 8 April, 11am & 2pm Bring your ‘tiddlers’ along and join Mr Bloom and the Veggies on their first ever live tour. Mr Bloom and his Veggies are getting the Nursery ready for a very special occasion - a member of the Royal family is paying them a visit! Can you lend a hand and help them get the Allotment ready in time? They certainly hope so! Featuring all of the much loved elements of the TV show, Mr Bloom (Ben Faulks) will be joined by all his gardening friends: Margaret, Joan, Colin, Raymond and Sebastian, the lovable Wee MacGregors, and not forgetting Mr Bloom’s trusty machine ‘The Compostarium’. Come and sing along to all your favourite songs: ‘This Is My Allotment’, ‘Meet The Veggies, ‘The Compo Song’ and’ Night Night Veggies’. Using song, play and interaction Mr Bloom’s Nursery is a fun and inspiring show with strong educational values which will entertain parents and tiddlers alike! Tickets £17.50, Under 16s £15.50, family £60, Groups 1 in 10 free

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The Grumpy Goat & South Street

Craft Theory

Saturday 8 April Session 1 (Family-Friendly): 12noon – 5pm Session 2 (Adults Only): 6pm Midnight -SOLD OUT Craft Theory is a new festival for Reading and is set to capture the imagination of craft beer drinkers who enjoy top quality music along with their tipple. The one day festival held at South Street Arts Centre on Saturday 8th April will showcase some of the country’s best independent breweries as well as one from across the channel. The festival is a collaboration between The Grumpy Goat (cheese and beer shop in Reading) and South Street. Featured Breweries: Brewheadz (London), Hawkshead Brewery (Lake District), Gyle 59 (Dorset), Arbor (Bristol), Wild Weather Ale (Silchester), Time And Tide Brewing (Kent), Butcher’s Tears (Amsterdam) & Siren Craft Brew (Finchampstead) Music comes from: Laura J Martin, Seamus Fogarty, ​Ed Dowie, ​Tom Adams, Dolly Dolly, The Twelve Hour Foundation, Language Timothy! & The Pawnbroker.

South Street Arts Centre Reading There will be food from Tutu’s

Ethiopian Table, cheese from The Grumpy Goat and coffee will be on offer from the boys at Tamp Culture. Tickets £12, £9 South Street Members - including a limited edition festival branded glass. Group ticket (afternoon session only): £30, £25 South Street Members (2 adults and 2 children - includes 2 glasses per group).

craft theory

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Sunday 9 April, 7.30pm Opera & Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra. Starring the French soprano Olga Perrier* and the International soprano Alyona Kistenyova* as Aida and Liza Kadelnik*, the celebrated mezzo-soprano from the Romanian National Opera, as Amneris. Aida, the grandest of all Ellen Kent’s operas, returns to the Hexagon with a stunning new traditional production, boasting an impressive new set built by Set-Up Scenery in the UK, who also build sets for the Royal Opera Covent Garden. In Aida, the splendour of Egypt is set against the grandeur of the Coliseum of Rome with Ellen Kent’s direction influenced by the ancient Greek dramas of Euripides and symbolising the powerful religious hold of the priests of Egypt. This tragic story of war, jealousy and revenge at whose heart is the doomed love of the beautiful Ethiopian slave girl, Aida, and the Egyptian hero, Radames, is brought to life in a production set against one of the greatest pieces of music Verdi ever wrote with the well-known arias “Celeste Aida”, “Ritorna Vincitor” and the classic “Triumphal March” featuring a temple dance, cascades of glittering gold and amazing fire performers. “Visually and vocally gripping from start to finish” The Independent “Bursting with colour, grandeur and wealth” Edinburgh Evening News Sung in Italian with English surtitles. *Cast subject to change

Tickets £34.50, £31.50, £29.50 Concessions £2 off Groups £3 off

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Easter Panto

Classical Music Alive In Reading

The Wizard of Oz Monday 10 April, 3pm & 7pm Tuesday 11 April, 1pm & 5pm

European Union Chamber Orchestra

A spectacular professional Easter pantomime version of the classic story. Starring comedy legend Bobby Davro as Scarecrow and Ashleigh & Pudsey as Dorothy and Toto.

Eve Stegeman, Director Jennifer Pike, Violin Timothy Ridout, Viola

Follow Kansas farm-girl Dorothy and her pet dog Toto on this magical adventure suitable for all ages. Watch in amazement as they are picked up by a tornado and carried off to the magical Land of Oz. With help from their new friends the Munchkins, they to travel to the Emerald City where the great Wizard of Oz lives.

Wednesday 12 April, 7.30pm

Mozart: Serenade in D Major K.185 Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat Major for Violin & Viola Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings Op.48 Renowned for her “dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique” (Classic FM), British violinist Jennifer Pike has taken the musical world by storm with her unique artistry and competing insight into music from the Baroque to the present day. She will be joined in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante by award-winning young British violist, Timothy Ridout. Pre-concert talk 6.30pm, The Hexagon Auditorium Tickets £25.50, £22.50

On their way they meet a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. Will the wonderful Wizard of Oz be able to help them before the Wicked Witch of the West captures them in her dungeon??!!…… Come and join in the fun as Enchanted Entertainment present this amazing Easter pantomime version of L. Frank Baum’s muchloved fairy tale. Packed with great songs, brilliant dance routines and plenty of laughter for all the family!!!! Tickets £21, Concessions and groups of 4+: £19, Groups of 10+: £17.50, Groups of 20+: £16.50

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Naomi’s Wild and Scary

Reading Operatic Society present

Friday 14 April, 2.30pm Children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson is embarking on a nationwide tour in spring 2017. The show will be packed full of fun and surprises as Naomi is joined on stage by ‘Animal Mark’, and some of his scariest creatures. Join Naomi as she recalls some of her most exciting wildlife experiences from the far flung corners of the world and even introduces the audience to some of the most fierce and frightening animals she met along the way! The show is suitable for kids of all ages and guarantees a great time for the whole family. For ages 5+ Tickets £19.50, U16’s £15.50 Family of Four (max 2 adults) £65, Groups 1 in 10 Free


Legally Blonde

Wednesday 19 April to Saturday 22 April Signed performance on Friday 7.30pm + 2.30pm Sat Matinee Director/Choreographer: Nick Brannon Musical Director: Thomas Joy Once again we welcome Reading Operatic Society’s extremely talented young cast to deliver an evening’s entertainment of singing and dancing with their latest show, Legally Blonde. Based on the novel and hit movie, this musical chronicles the journey of the famously perky Elle Woods, the girl who has it all. She’s President of her sorority, voted Miss June in her campus and above all she is a natural blonde. However, her life is turned upside down when she is dumped by her boyfriend Warner Huntingdon III, because she is ’too blonde‘. In an effort to prove to Warner that she is more than a dumb blonde she worms her way into Harvard Law school to try and win him back. It’s what a modern show should be; fun, well written and smart, filled with fabulous musical numbers and exciting choreography. We strongly urge you to get your tickets soon. This is an non-professional production. Tickets £22, £20 concessions All tickets £18 on Wednesday evening.

Children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson is embarking on a nationwide tour in spring 2017. The show will be packed full of fun and surprises as Naomi is joined on stage by ‘Animal Mark’, and some of his scariest creatures.

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Classical Music Alive In Reading

Lone Pigeon

Vienna Piano Trio Thursday 20 Apr, 7.30pm Mozart: Piano Trio in G Major K.496 Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht Op.4 (1899 Version for Piano Trio by Eduard Steuermann) Brahms: Piano Trio in B Major Op.8 (1853) Celebrated for its finesse, infectious exuberance, tonal allure and its irresistible panache, the Vienna Piano Trio has long been hailed as one of the “World’s leading ensembles of piano, violin and cello” (The Washington Post). Formed in 1988 and winning numerous prizes at International competitions, the trio performs in major concert halls worldwide. Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Town Hall Tickets £20.50, £17.50, £15.50

SOUTH STREET + Other Venues

& Dominic Waxing Lyrical + Bell Lungs Friday 21 April, 8pm Lone Pigeon is the solo moniker of outsider pop auteur Gordon Anderson whose CV includes being a founder member of The Beta Band, frontman of The Aliens and being responsible for a slew of acclaimed, selfreleased albums (collected together by Domino Records as a Box Set titled Time Capsule). Dominic Waxing Lyrical is Edinburgh-based poet and musician Dominic Harris. And finally, making up an incredible triple bill is Edinburgh collector of instruments and weaver of songs Bell Lungs. Tickets £9 advance, £5 Members, £10 on the door

Heavy Pop, Reading Mencap and Friends present

Are you Listening? Festival

Saturday 22 April, 7pm Are You Listening? Festival returns for its 5TH BIRTHDAY, following its continued overwhelming success. Since the event launched in April 2013, it has sold over 4,000 tickets and to date raised over £34,000 for Reading Mencap, a local charity that supports people with learning disabilities and their families. The one-day music festival is held across Reading town centre venues and included on our first announcement are New Music Champions Huw Stephens (Radio 1), John Kennedy (Radio X), hyped band The Big Moon, Kagoule, Middle Eastern psych Flamingods, Ollie Teeba from The Herbaliser, post-punk band Shame, electronic pop artist Tusks and lots more. Ages 14+ Tickets £17 - Adult super early bird wristband, £12 Under 18’s (14-17yrs) super early bird wristband

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The Tiger Who Came To Tea Monday 24 April to Wednesday 26 April Mon 1.30pm, Tues 1.30pm & 4.30pm, Weds 10.30am & 1.30pm Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem...,expect to be surprised! The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!  “Roar talent…Old fashioned values shine in this children’s classic” Sunday Telegraph Tickets £14.50, Groups 10+ £11.50, Schools: £10 plus 1 in 10 free

SOUTH STREET Inua Ellams & Fuel

An Evening with an Immigrant Tuesday 25 April, 8pm Written and performed by Inua Ellams Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, in 1996 award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England aged 12, moved to Ireland for three years, before returning to London and starting work as a writer and graphic designer. Part of this story was documented in his hilarious autobiographical Edinburgh Fringe First Awardwinning play The 14th Tale, but much of it is untold. Littered with poems, stories and anecdotes, Inua will tell his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant-story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, directing an arts festival at his college in Dublin, performing solo shows at the National Theatre, and drinking wine with the Queen of England, all the while without a country to belong to or place to call home. Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £8 South Street Members

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Heavy Pop presents

Richard Herring:

Shakin’ Stevens:

plus Special Guests

Thursday 27 April, 8pm

Friday 28 April, 8pm

Wednesday 26 April, doors

Richard Herring, King of the Edinburgh Fringe, Metro columnist and the UK’s Podfather (RHLSTP, AIOTM) picks his favourite routines from his 12 one-man shows and crams them into 90 minutes for your delectation. From his deconstruction of the genealogy of Christ to him proving that racists are less racist than liberals, via some of the best knob jokes in the business. Will your favourite routine make the cut? A great introduction to this influential cult comedian for the newcomer and a welcome ‘Greatest Hits’ for long term fans.

With 33 hit singles and four UK No. 1s to his name, the Platinum-Selling entertainer and performer will be exciting his audiences as he performs new tracks from Echoes Of Our Times, along with classic hits, and a few surprises.

Palace 7.30pm

They sing of escapism, death and diving headfirst into relationships they know will destroy them. They make sumptuous, soulful rock music in a dour exmunitions factory. They’re the fatalistic sound of the future. You are cordially invited to Palace, this generation’s most moving evolution in alt-rock. The band have been championed by Huw Stephens, Annie Mac and Steve Lamacq and the Festival line-ups of Reading, Are You Listening? Green Man, Bestival and many more. Palace recently released their debut album So Long Forever in November to acclaim and are an act who can captivate an audience.

The Best

Echoes Of Our Times

Speaking about the tour announcement Shaky said: “I can’t wait to get back on the road, and introduce the songs from ‘Echoes Of Our Times’ to people who have seen me perform in the past, and those who have not.” Over 14s Only Tickets £37, £24.50

”a gloriously infantile delight in mischief, provocation and inspired rudeness” The Guardian PG Advised. Tickets £17

Ages 14+ Tickets £12 in advance

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Something Underground Theatre Company

Happy Hour

Saturday 29 April, 8pm A dark comedy… One man’s odyssey, to save his son and his own sanity, from the sinister forces he’s exposed them both to. Bernie wants his pub to be “child friendly”, a party atmosphere, a sort of… Santa’s Grotto, with himself as Father Christmas. But he’s so busy making his dream come true, that his own ten year-old son, Teddy, doesn’t get a look in. Blind to his son’s need for love, his wife’s need for moderation and his best friend’s need for honesty, Bernie sails his prized ship, The Toby, directly and decisively, onto the rocks.  Tickets £11, £9 concessions

Northern Ballet

Goldilocks & the Three Bears Wednesday 3 May, 2pm & 4pm

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With sell-out performances and hugely successful CBEEBIES adaptations, including Ugly Duckling and Tortoise & the Hare, Northern Ballet’s Short Ballets for Small People are not to be missed. National Tour Sponsor

Production supported by

Northern Ballet registered charity no 259140. Northern Ballet company registration no 947096. Illustration Richard Barrelle.

Now the magic continues with a brand-new retelling of Goldilocks & the Three Bears. Goldilocks is a mischievous little girl with hair as bright as gold. Always on the look-out for an adventure, one day her curiosity leads her to a house full of many surprises. With a family of friendly bears, a beautiful blue bird and bowls of delicious porridge, this ballet is just right!  Bringing this classic children’s story to life, Goldilocks & the Three Bears is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time. Tickets £7, Groups 1 in 10 free. Schools £5 This child friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes.

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Star of Strictly Come Dancing

Jamie Wood: O No!

Pasha Kovalev: Let’s Dance The Night Away Thursday 4 May, 7.30pm

Strictly Come Dancing’s Pasha Kovalev invites you to join him as he leads you in dance through his incredible journey from snowy Siberian beginnings to the sparkle of the Strictly Ballroom. Together with 4 exceptional dancers and his dance partner of nearly 20 years, former Strictly professional Anya Garnis who shared this captivating journey with him, experience the pinnacle of professional ballroom and Latin dancing, set to the stunning live vocals of LisaMarie Holmes and all the glamour, sequins and diamantes you’d want from this ballroom spectacular!

£25, Concessions £2 off, Groups 10+: £3 off

Thursday 4 May, 8pm One of the most talked about shows of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, O No! Is a psychedelic ride, and a wonky homage to the woman damned for destroying the Beatles. It borrows Yoko Ono’s art instructions to ask whether falling in love is always catastrophic. It’s about reckless optimism, avant-garde art & what we might yet have to learn from the hippies. Nominated for a Total Theatre Award for Innovation. “Fractious, hilarious and punctuated by undeniable beauty, Jamie Wood’s tribute to Yoko Ono is a thing of mischief and magic” The Stage Jamie Wood is a maker of theatre, clowning and dance that ranges from the comic to the darkly surreal. Ages 12+ Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £8 South Street Members

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Frozen Light

Reading Between The Lines Theatre Company


Wednesday 3 May, 11am & 1.30pm For audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities 13+ A tale of unexpected friendship. Exploring a new and unknown world, Home immerses audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) in a multi-sensory story of discovery. Home is the latest bold and exciting production from Frozen Light. The world is not how they remember it. Where are they now and where is their home? Scarlet and Olive must learn how to survive and create a future together in an environment that is full of surprises. Will the stars shine on this unexpected friendship? And how will they face the challenges that lie ahead?

Off The Block #6 Friday 5 May, 7.30pm the company that bought you King Henry I of England, return with their annual night of four new short plays written in relay over four days. Having got their scripts on the morning of the performance, sixteen professional actors, four directors and four composers have just one day to get the shows ready for the performance that night. “Brilliant and heroic” Remotegoat Tickets £15, £12 concessions

Supported by Arts Council England, The Point Eastleigh and The Garage. Tickets £12

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SOUTH STREET Ayesha Hazarika

State of the Nation: Politics, power and how we lost the plot Saturday 6 May, 8pm Ayesha Hazarika, MBE, started her career as a stand-up comedian playing clubs across the country. She then took what she thought was a natural diversion into the Labour Party as a Special Adviser working for Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband. Ayesha lifts the lid on what life’s really like behind the scenes at Westminster with brutal honesty and humour and asks what’s next for British politics. Advisory age: 16+ Ticket £16, £14 members 21

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The All Star Stand-Up Tour

Imelda May

Stewart Francis, Jarred Christmas, Justin Moorhouse, Jim Tavare Sunday 7 May, 7.30pm The All-Star Stand-Up Tour is back with 3 more top comedians alongside returning compere Jarred Christmas. This year’s line-up includes Canadian one-liner king and star of ‘Mock The Week’ & ‘Live At The Apollo’ Stewart Francis, from ‘Phoenix Nights’ and ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ Justin Moorhouse and the BAFTA award winning Jim Tavare, as seen on ‘The Sketch Show’, three ‘Royal Variety Performances’ and in ‘Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban’.

Thursday 11 May, doors 7pm Imelda May has announced her first UK tour in over three years in support of her highly anticipated new album ‘Life Love Flesh Blood’ due for release in March 2017. If you don’t know Imelda May, prepare to be amazed.  If you are already a fan, get ready to hear her as you never have before. The truly unique artist has found a new groove, exploring blues, soul, gospel, folk, rock, sensitive acoustica, cinematic drama and explosive balladry on a set of the boldest, most personal and intimately autobiographical songs she has ever written. Tickets VIP £101, £37, £27

“A brilliant comic brain… this stand-up cracks some of the best one-liners I’ve ever heard” The Guardian on Stewart Francis “Simultaneously down to earth and out of this world” The List on Justin Moorhouse “A modern-day Tommy Cooper… his act is timeless” Chortle on Jim Tavare “One of the funniest men to pick up a microphone” Time Out on Jarred Christmas Line-up subject to change Ages 15+, Adult Content Tickets £22, Groups 1 in 10 Free

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Monday 8 May to Wednesday 10 May Mon 2.30pm & 6.30pm, Tues 11am & 3pm, Weds 1.30pm & 6.30pm Meet the lovable Babe in a heart-warming tale of friendship, adventure and bravery. When Babe arrives at Hoggets Farm he is taken in by the trusty sheep dog Fly and discovers a talent for herding. With the help of his adopted Mum, our polite piglet soon wins over the most suspicious of sheep. But can a small pig make it in a dogs world, and when his farmyard friends are in trouble can Babe save the day? Join us for an enchanting family favourite, as the classic novel which inspired the Oscar-winning film, is brought to life by a cast of West End performers in a show brimming with laughter, thrills, stunning puppetry and original live music. Amazing puppetry by the teams behind War Horse and Cirque Du Soleil, adapted by Olivier Award winner David Wood (Goodnight Mister Tom, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG). Tickets £20, £18, U16s £3 off, Groups 1 in 10 Free, Schools £10

SOUTH STREET The Abbey presents

Arabian Nights Wednesday 10 to Thursday 11 May, 7pm Adapted by Dominic Cooke It is wedding night in the palace of King Shahrayar. By morning, the new Queen Shahrazad is to be put to death like all the young brides before her, but she has one gift that could save her - the gift of stories. Come and experience the innovative retelling of ‘One Thousand and One Nights’, from Ali Baba to the Envious Sisters.

This amateur production from The Abbey School is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books. Tickets £7.50, £6.50 concessions

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Celebrity Organ Recital

Someone Like You:

Tony Law:

Friday 12 May, 7.30pm

Saturday 13 May, 8pm

An immaculate celebration of one of our generation’s finest singer-songwriters. Hand-picked by Adele herself on Graham Norton’s BBC ADELE Special, the outstanding Katie Markham has the show-stopping voice and captivating charisma to deliver all your favourite Adele hits in an enthralling concert performance.

In this brand new show, multi award-winning Tony Law is closer than ever to nonsense nirvana. Behold the comedy event horizon. Without a hint of a joke, this powerful show has achieved a sort of comedy which aims at making no sense at all and yet, and yet, and yet it means everything. Science called and they want their goal back. Law has burst the net. You will feel sick with awe. You will barf wonder.

Simon Johnson, Organ Thursday 11 May, 7.30pm Leading British recitalist, Simon Johnson, organist of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, comes to Reading to perform on the Town Hall organ. His varied career has included performances for the Grammy award-winning soundtrack for The Grand Budapest Hotel. The programme includes a favourite march, witty gems by Percy Whitlock and the staggering virtuosity of Bonnet’s Concert Variations, with its breath-taking cadenza for feet alone. Pre-concert talk 6.15pm, The Concert Hall Tickets £10

Reading Arts & Venues - Supporting Education in the Arts

The Adele Songbook

The show faithfully recreates the magic of the three recordbreaking albums 19, 21 and 25 - including Chasing Pavements, Make You Feel My Love, Set Fire To The Rain, Someone Like You, Hello, Rolling In The Deep and the multi-million seller Skyfall.

A Law Undo His-elf What Welcome

‘Brilliant’ Adele Tickets £24.50, £2 off concessions, £3 off groups of 10+

“This show is a code. The words are all jumbled up but when you put them in the right order the wormhole opens up. Nothing is the same anymore. You can’t call this comedy. This isn’t comedy… It’s something else... It’s ...OTHER.” Anthony Johnston Law Three-time Chortle Award winner, Amused Moose Best Show winner and Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee. Ages 12+ Ticket £17, £15 South Street Members

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Paul Rouse

Dom Coyote & the Bloodmoneys’

Elvis: The Tribute Show Saturday 13 May, 8pm Elvis The Tribute Show is back in the building. Back by popular demand, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ passing, Paul Rouse will be paying tribute to the King whose popularity has gone from strength to strength. Paul will be reliving the exciting energy of those shows from the Vegas years & so much more. Supported comes from the glamorous Passionettes and the fantastic Red Alert, Britain’s No1 high energy Elvis Tribute Band. Plus full brass section. Don’t miss this tribute from a life-long fan to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Tickets £26.50, £24.50

Songs for the End of the World Monday 15 May, 8pm

Part gig. Part play. Part apocalypse. Set in a dystopian future, the bizarre English town of Ashley-Coombe and its inhabitants are steadily steamrolling towards catastrophe. And when the apocalypse finally arrives, astronaut Jim Walters is suspended in orbit, broadcasting his songs for the end of the world back to a silent Earth, where the few remaining survivors must fight for their future. Inspired by Philip K Dick’s post-apocalyptic novel Dr. Bloodmoney, Ziggy Stardust and 1950s rock n roll, Songs for the End of the World is a show like no other. Dom Coyote is an associate artist of Kneehigh Theatre and his high octane, multi-instrumentalist band, the Bloodmoneys, have toured and recorded with artists including Beth Orton, Scissor Sisters, Gary Numan, Goldfrapp, Beth Gibbons, and Tinie Tempah. Join them as they explore the line between epic theatre and raucous gig. This tour is presented by house. Ages 12+ Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £8 members

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THE HEXAGON The Sainsbury Singers present a non-professional production of

The Wizard of Oz

Wednesday 17 May to Saturday 20 May Weds – Fri 7.30pm, Sat 2pm & 6.30pm The Sainsbury Singers invite you and your family to join us “Somewhere over the Rainbow” as we present the magical musical The Wizard of Oz with a creative steam-punk twist. This famous story needs little introduction as we “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” to “The Merry Old Land of Oz.” Packed full of classic songs from the original 1939 film, we travel beyond our imagination with Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow in search of the mysterious Wizard of Oz. Tickets £20, £3 concession for seniors, children and students (Wed-Fri) £12 concession for seniors, children and students (Saturday Matinee and Evening) 3 for 2 on Wednesday (not available online) Group discount of 20% on 10 or more tickets

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SOUTH STREET 2Magpies Theatre


Wednesday 17 May, 8pm Ventoux is the most fearsome mountain encountered on the Tour de France. It is also the story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani – whose drug-fuelled race there in 2000 was the greatest cycling had ever seen. Ventoux charts the parallel lives of these champions who overcame great adversity in tandem, and the mountain that cast them in opposing directions. Join 2Magpies as they restage the race using breath-taking video accompaniment and a pair of road bikes, asking the question – how far will we go to succeed? Tickets £12, £10 South Street Members

SOUTH STREET South Street, doubledotdash!? & Darklands present

DOUBLEDOTBASH! Saturday 20 May, doors 2.30pm

South Street is proud once again to partner with the doubledotdash!? collective and Darklands to bring you our annual, eclectic journey through sound & song. Truly established as a cult event in the Reading music calendar, the line once again promises to be an exceiting genre mash up of noise & ambience, full throttle assault and aural balm. Tutu’s Ethiopian Table will be providing food (not part of ticket price) and the brand new refurbished South Street will have two bars operational, including our swanky new permanent bar serving craft beer from Renegade and Real Ale from West Berkshire Brewery.

Ages 14+ Tickets £17 advance, £15 members; £20 on the door

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents Noisy Kids

Classical Music Alive

Katy Brand:

All Creatures Great and Small Sunday 21 May, 11.30am

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Martin Roscoe

From romping, stomping wild horses to whizzy bumblebees, you’ll be able to hear all manner of music creatures in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Noisy Kids family concert! Introduced by the Orchestra’s very own Dr Dolittle, Tim Steiner, this concert is packed full of animal inspired pieces and is the perfect introduction to classical music for you and your family.

Sunday 21 May, 11.30am

Featuring: Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee Williams: Jurassic Park Mussorgsky: music from Pictures at an Exhibtion Rossini: William Tell Overture: Gallop And many more..!

Tickets £25.50, £22.50

Christian Kluxen, Conductor Martin Roscoe, Piano Rossini: Overture: William Tell Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor Op.25 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.6 in B minor Op.74 ‘Pathetique’ Pre-concert talk 6.30pm, The Hexagon Auditorium.

I Was a Teenage Christian Wednesday 24 May, 8pm Katy Brand’s hit Edinburgh Festival show is an honest, fascinating and funny exploration of her self-imposed conversion and total immersion in evangelical Christianity. One Sunday, aged 13, Katy went to a local church service and became a fundamentalist Christian. From then on she attended church four times a week. For seven years she put the ‘fun’ into fundamentalism... and the ‘mental’. She was an obnoxious, self-important dick, but at least she knew she was going to heaven. Now she’s not so sure. Ages 16+. Tickets £15

Suitable for ages 5 to 12 and their families. Tickets £10.50, Child £8.50 Family of Four (Max 2 Adults) £30 Groups 10+ £7.50

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Classical Music Alive

Tom Adams & Lillian Henley

Avalon Promotions

London Conchord Ensemble

Thursday 25 May, 7.30pm Emily Pailthorpe, Oboe Daneil Pailthorpe, Flute Andrea de Flammineis, Bassoon Thomas Carroll, Cello Bach: Cello Suite No.1 in G Major Villa-Lobos: Bachiana Brasileiras No.6 for Flute & Basssoon Beethoven: Variations in C Major on La ci darema la mano from Mozart’s Don Giovanni Ginestera: Duo for Flute & Oboe Mozart: Sonata for Bassoon & Cello in B flat Beethoven: Serenade Op.25 Pre-concert talk 6.30pm Tickets £20.50, £17.50, £15.50

Elephant and Castle Thursday 25 May, 8pm

The first thing I said to my partner Lillian in my sleep was “I want to get in a wardrobe and take you to Elephant and Castle.” Do you tell the truth when you talk in your sleep? Does your sleep talk even make sense? And could it just be that you analyse your relationships in a way that’s more honest than you do when you’re awake? That’s the dangerous premise behind ‘Elephant and Castle,’ a new, experimental show that springs from three years of recorded sleep talk. Using live music and extracts from those recordings, Elephant and Castle is a Gig Theatre show about how honest it’s possible to be and have your relationship survive. Tom Adams previously made two acclaimed shows with support from South Street, which went on to tour nationally - Still Score & Howl at the Moon.

Andy Zaltzman: Plan Z

Friday 26 May, 8pm Look at this planet. Plans A to Y have all failed.  NOW IS THE TIME FOR PLAN Z. Amidst the after-grumblings of Brexit, in the dawning of a new era in which Donald Trump has no longer never been President, at a time when technology is sprinting into the future and democracy handbrake-turning back to the past, Plan Z will fix everything.  Give or take.  And, in the spirit of the times, Zaltzman’s Plan Z solution is guaranteed to be fully uncosted and logistically unworkable. Tickets £14

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Laetitia Sadier

Lost Map Records

Saturday 27 May, 8pm

+ support

Source Ensemble

Laetitia Sadier, best known for fronting John Peel favourites Stereolab, returns to South Street in support of her new album Find Me Finding You. Find Me Finding You locates new systems within the sounduniverse of Laetitia Sadier. Synth lines diving, lifting and drifting, unusual guitar textures, the plucked sound of flat wound bass strings and pulsing of bass pedals stepping out of the mix with an exquisite vibrancy. This is the sound of the Source Ensemble! Tickets £12, £10 members 

The Pictish Trail Friday 2 June, 8pm Throughout his career Pictish Trail has resolutely furrowed his own path, steadily creating a unique catalogue of recordings and performances through his own labels (Lost Map / Fence Records) while eschewing the blueprint of the predictable singer-songwriter in favour of something untidily intriguing. Born out of a compulsion to make infectious, melody driven music from a treasure trove of secret sounds, Pictish Trail’s spectral songs are filtered through a sunwarped pop lens, where heart-pumping guitars collide with sampled gurgles and sine-waves of glacial synth. Tickets £12, £10 members


Guitarra Romantica: Performed by classical guitarist Robert Drury

Saturday 3 June, 7.30pm Imagine an album entitled ‘Worlds Favourite Classical Guitar Music’ and you’ll get a flavour of the guitar pieces Robert Drury has gathered together for his concert ‘Guitarra Romantica’. Over the years a handful of classical guitar compositions have captured the public’s imagination and have gained almost iconic status. Robert will perform many of these classics including ‘Cavatina’ from the film ‘The Deer Hunter’, ‘Recuerdos de la Alhambra’, ‘Romanza’ and an arrangement of Rodrigo’s ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ alongside other uplifting works from Europe and South America. Tickets £16

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Reginald D Hunter Saturday 3 June, 8pm Reginald D Hunter returns to the UK in 2017 with his highly anticipated brand new show. During the 15 years in which he has lived in the UK, Reginald’s searingly honest material has garnered him a popular fan base that spans the generations. In the past twelve months he has appeared in a critically acclaimed tour of Ireland as well as performing across Europe. Adults Only Tickets £25

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The UKBFF English Grand Prix Sunday 4 June, 11am - 7pm A Bodybuilding & Fitness Show offering opportunities for competitors to win invitations to compete in International Shows all over the world. The tanned, muscular body beautiful ladies & gentlemen of the bodybuilding world will descend upon Reading on June 4th to battle it out to be the English Grand Prix Overall Champion. This show is co promoted by Sean & Helen O’Reilly of Panthers Gym near Heathrow and the President of the UKBFF Bill Tierney & Wanda Tierney General Secretary. Tickets £24.50

Pauline Mayers

What If I Told You Wednesday 7 June, 8pm Throughout Pauline’s life, people have made assumptions about her based on her gender, background and race. She’s defied these at every turn, tearing up the narrative that society tried to impose on her. Now, Pauline is finally ready to tell the world her story. Carefully balancing dance and theatre, What If I Told You immerses us in Pauline’s world as she invites us to pause and reconsider the stories we tell about our past. Fresh from performances at West Yorkshire Playhouse, this special performance is an immersive, promenade piece that is viewed whilst standing. Ages 14+ Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £8 South Street Members

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Rachel Newton Trio

Pam Ann:

Thursday 8 June, 8pm


Founder member of The Furrow Collective, The Emily Portman Trio and The Shee, singer and harpist Rachel Newton also writes and performs her own solo material, releasing albums The Shadow Side in 2012 and Changeling in 2014. Both solo and with her trio featuring Lauren MacColl on fiddle and Mattie Foulds on percussion, Rachel performs songs in English and Scottish Gaelic alongside original instrumental compositions. As well as voice and harp, Rachel also plays fiddle and viola and has worked across a range of performance platforms including theatre and storytelling.

Friday 9 June, 8pm

“Haunting vocals and elegant harp” The Guardian Tickets £14, £12 Members 

The A-List queen of the skies plans to land the Louboutin’s on international turf and hit the tarmac running, with her celebratory 20th anniversary UK tour. Iconic international celebrity Pam Ann has developed cult-status with her masterful portrayal of a brash hot mess of an Australian airhostess. As the airports got bigger, so did her ego… and her mouth filthier.  Pam’s barbed wit has seen her fly many a risky route and negotiate even the most politically incorrect flight path, with her blisteringly funny take on the world of airlines and aircrew. Nothing is out of reach of her pristine white gloves, strutting up the aisle with a trolley full of beautifully unpredictable, sharp airline satire. There’s not much Pam hasn’t seen or done – from crewing Elton John’s private jet at his express request to sharing a stadium stage on a tour of the UK with Cher. “Cruelly funny” Madonna “A delicious comic creation” The Independent  Please note this show contains jokes that some people may find offensive. Adults Only 1st class £29 ~ Business £26 ~ Economy £23 

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Greg Wohead

Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids

Celebration, Florida Friday 9 June, 8pm Veering between reality and simulation, Celebration, Florida orbits around ideas of surrogacy; a stand-in to replace a person you miss, a re-creation of an experience you can’t stop thinking about, nostalgia for a place that never existed. This is a show for anyone who has ever missed anyone or anything. Greg will speak to you through two performers using pre-recorded audio and headphones. The performers will know almost nothing about the show before they walk on stage. Commissioned by The Albany and developed at The Yard Ages 14+ Ticket £12, £10 concessions, £8 South Street Members

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(and Childish Grown-ups!) Saturday 10 June, 2.30pm

Time travelling magic duo Morgan & West present a jaw dropping, heart stopping, brain busting, opinion adjusting, death defying, mind frying, spirit lifting, paradigm shifting, outlook changing, furniture rearranging magic extravaganza! Witness a mountain of mysterious magic, a hatful of hyper-reality, and of course a truck full of tricks and tea. (Sadly there are no actual mountains or trucks on stage during the show, Mr West simply would not have them.) Mixing brain boggling illusion and good old fashioned tom-foolery, Morgan & West present a show for all the family, where magic and silliness abound! For ages 5+ Tickets £12, £9.50 concessions / South Street Members 33

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Classical Music Alive In Reading

Music and Art for Bhopal

Julian Bliss Septet Thursday 15 June, 7.30pm Programme to include: Lady be good (Rifftide) Georgia Brown Sing Sing Sing Don’t be that way Stompin’ at the Savoy Memories of you Recreating the exciting sound of swing from the 30s and 40s, Julian Bliss leads his sextet through some of the great tunes of the swing era, staying true to the authentic feel but with a modern twist. Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Town Hall. Tickets £20.50, £17.50, £15.50

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Saturday 17 June, 7.30pm Blues, alt-country and rock band Social Club will perform, supported by guest musicians. Visual artists have agreed to donate works for auction. All proceeds to the The Bhopal Medical Appeal. On 2 December, 1984, a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, began leaking 27 tons of the deadly gas methyl isocyanate. Safety systems were not operational, allowing the gas to spread throughout the city. Half a million people were exposed and 25,000 have died to date as a result. More than 150,000 people still suffer from ailments caused by the accident and the subsequent pollution at the plant site. Details of The Bhopal Medical Appeal can be found at  Tickets £14

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Killer Queen

Beverley Knight:

Saturday 17 June, 8pm


Killer Queen have been performing their tribute to Queen’s concert since 1993. Their expert musicianship, extraordinary energy and accurate portrayal of the world’s greatest live band have rightfully earned Killer Queen the title of Queen Tribute royalty.

Sunday 18 June, doors 7pm

Thrilling sell-out audiences across the globe from the UK to Moscow and in 2016 their first tour of USA, Killer Queen recreate the high energy, powerful phenomenon that was Queen live. Fronted by Patrick Myers as Freddie Mercury, ‘Time Out’ described Patrick’s resemblance to Freddie Mercury as “Spooky,” his uncanny likeness was further proven when he recorded a number one hit single singing as Freddie Mercury on Fat Boy Slim’s record ‘The Real Life!’

Following the release of last year’s acclaimed Top 10 album Soulsville, singer songwriter and actress Beverley K:night announces a new UK Tour for summer 2017. Following a string of sold out gigs in the spring of 2016, and having completed a 6 month run in the smash hit west end musical The Bodyguard in January, Beverley is taking to the road again in her own right in June 2017. She will play a broad set featuring hits from her stellar career, highlights from the Soulsville album as well as a few customary surprises that fans have come expect from her legendary live shows. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult Tickets £101 VIP, £37, £29.50, £21.50

This quality, combined with a powerful 3 1/2 octave tenor range, expert musicianship and dynamic stage presence, has captivated audiences the world over. Tickets £22.50, Groups 10+ £2 off

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Jimmy Carr:

Soho Theatre


Ursula Martinez: FREE ADMISSION

Wednesday 21 June, 8pm

Wednesday 21 June, 8pm

A third chance to see Jimmy Carr with his ‘Best Of’ show. Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show. 

Following on from the success of My Stories, Your Emails, Olivier Award-winning performance provocateur Ursula Martinez is back on her dirty soapbox.

A man who has devoted his life to crafting perfect jokes and has left a trail of laughter in his wake, Jimmy Carr’s new tour will distil everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by, into one incredible, unparalleled night of entertainment.

In the current social-media obsessed climate of self-promotion, Martinez brings her unique style of positive self-deprecation, baring her soul (and possibly more), in an attempt to understand the absurdity of modern living.

Tickets £29.50 Adults Only

A show that celebrates the inconsistencies and contradictions that make us human, whilst having a dig at some of the mess that is of our own making. Directed by Mark Whitelaw. Co-commissioned by SouthBank and Fierce Ages 16+ (Show contains nudity) Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £8 South Street Members

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Rave On:

Victoria Melody


Ugly Chief

Friday 23 June, 8pm

Thursday 22 June, 8pm

Marc Robinson from ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ and ‘ Buddy’ The Musical will celebrate the music of the man himself, Buddy Holly. Along with the Counterfeit Crickets Band, Marc Robinson will give an accurate performance with authentic attire, horned rimmed glasses, and the famous Stratocaster guitar.

Mike Melody (TV antique dealer celebrity) was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Victoria was put in charge of planning the funeral her Dad would want - complete with eulogies, a congregation dressed in tangerine Blackpool FC colours and a New Orleans jazz procession. A year later the doctors realised they had misdiagnosed Mike. But they are going ahead with the funeral anyway...

Marc Robinson will celebrate the Man and his Music in a high energy Rock ‘n’ Roll Show bringing you all the timeless classics from…’Heartbeat’, ‘True Love Ways’, ‘Blue Days and Black Nights’ to ‘Peggy Sue’ and ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’. Will Rock ‘n’ Roll ever die? That’ll be the day! Tickets £19.50

To make this show Victoria trained to be a funeral director. Using those experiences and a huge amount of research Ugly Chief looks at the British Funeral Industry and how we deal with death in modern society. Ugly Chief is a comedy based on true events performed by a genuine father and daughter. It’s a eulogy for a living soul. It explores the taboos around death and its practicalities, and the fractious relationship with a parent whose opinions you don’t always agree with. Tickets £13, £12 concessions, £10 members


Kevin and Karen: DANCE

Saturday 24 June, 7.30pm Strictly Come Dancing sweethearts Kevin and Karen Clifton tour the UK for the very first time with their sensational new live show – a sultry, hip-swinging journey through the Waltz, Cha Cha, Fox Trot, Tango and Salsa. It’s a highenergy performance filled with sassy tunes, heart-pounding choreography and sparkling costumes. Backed by a supporting cast of dancers and a live 12-piece show band, Kevin and Karen’s most famous, edge-of-your-seat routines are brought to the stage propelled by passion. Tickets £46, £36

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Starlet Dance School Presents

Reading Symphony Orchestra

Ready or Not Saturday 1 July, 7pm

Celebrating 15 Years of Starlet. Starlet and Starlet Inspirations will be showcasing its summer show with an entertaining evening of dance styles and musical theatre from shows such as The Lion King, Shrek, Bring it On, Me and My Gal, Aida, Gigi, My Fair Lady, Catch Me If You Can, All Shook Up, Moana and much more. With performances from children and adults in dance styles of Ballet, Street, Lyrical and Tap. Celebrating 15 years of Starlet in the Reading & Wokingham area. Tickets £15

Saturday 1 July, 7:30pm Joined by members of the Orchester der Landesregierung Dusseldorf, the Dusseldorf Opera House Children’s Choir and choirs from the Forest School, The Holt School and The Abbey. Conductor: Stefan Hofkes Soloists: Kathryn Jenkin, Ella Bodeker, Andrew Friedhoff, James Martin Wagner: Prelude, Tristan and Isolde B Coulais: Three songs from “The Chorus” Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 ‘Choral’ Join Reading Symphony Orchestra and members of the Orchester der Landesregierung Dusseldorf for this celebration concert to mark the 70th anniversary of the Reading Dusseldorf Association – an Association started in 1947 to help citizens of Dusseldorf who were destitute following the Second World War. Tickets: £15 adults; £12.50 concessions; £5 full time students and under-18s, available online from or from the RSO Box Office on 0118 986 0707 / 0118 973 5517; or email; or on the door (subject to availability).

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Scamp Theatre

Mo’s Dance and Drama presents:

The Scarecrows’ Wedding Wednesday 5 July, 1.30pm & 4.30pm Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay invite you to . . . The best wedding ever, the best wedding yet, The wedding that no one will ever forget. Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay are excellent scarecrows (they scare a lot of crows).   Harry loves Betty, and Betty loves Harry - so they decide to get married.  Harry sets off to search for their wedding day essentials including a dress of feathers, a bunch of flowers and a necklace made from shells. However, when the farmer notices he is missing a scarecrow, he replaces Harry with the devilishly smooth but dangerous Reginald Rake.  Dashing, daring and ever so cool, can Reginald persuade Betty that he is the scarecrow for her? Will Harry make it back in the nick of time before Reginald ruins their special day?

The Nutcracker: Ballet

Saturday 8 July, 7:30 pm Sunday 9 July, 2.30 pm Mo’s ballet pupils from classes in Caversham, Woodley and Emmer Green perform their colourful and exciting production of The Nutcracker Ballet. Bursting at the seams with Scamp Theatre’s inimitable style (Stick Man, Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales, and Pirate Gran) this epic love story promises wit, drama, and wedding bells! Tickets £17, £12 Concessions 60+/U16

Bursting at the seams with Scamp Theatre’s inimitable style (Stick Man, Tiddler & Other Terrific Tales, and Pirate Gran) this epic love story promises wit, drama, and wedding bells! Tickets £14.50, £12.50 For ages 3+ Family of Four (max 2 adults) £46, Schools £8.50

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Berkshire Maestros & Sing Healthy Choirs Sunday 16 July, 6pm Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra are joined by the Berkshire Youth Percussion Ensemble, the Academy Saxophone Ensemble, Academy@Maestros Orchestra and the massed choirs of Sing Healthy in a programme inspired by, and in commemoration of, the first world war. The concert celebrates the end of a busy and exciting year for Sing Healthy and the talented young musicians from Berkshire Maestros and promises to excite and inspire concert goers of all ages with featured repertoire including Karl Jenkins’ ‘The Armed Man Suite’ and the film scores of 633 Squadron by Ron Goodwin and John Williams Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan. Tickets £12, £7.50 Concessions


Whole Lotta Led Saturday 15 July, 8pm Last year saw Whole Lotta Led celebrate their 20th anniversary as a band. This year the band will continue touring the UK performing the amazing songs of the greatest rock band of the seventies – LED ZEPPELIN. With all five members being life-long fans, their shows are full of respect for the incredible music that Page, Plant, Jones and Bonham created. Way back in 2001 Jimmy Page commented on their excellent reviews and wished the band all the best. You won’t be disappointed. Ages 14+ Tickets £17 advance, £20 on the door

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Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Saturday 22 July, 1pm & 4pm Sunday 23 July, 10am & 1pm From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage! Holly is a young Fairy Princess, who is still learning how to fly and her magic doesn’t always go quite according to plan. Her best friend, Ben the Elf, doesn’t have wings and he doesn’t do magic, but he runs very fast and flies on the back of Gaston the Ladybird. They live in the Little Kingdom, a tiny land where flowers and grass rise high above them and every day is an adventure. Join Ben & Holly, and their friends on this exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family! Tickets £18, U16’s £2 off, Family of Four (max 2 adults) £64,  Groups: 1 in 10 free

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THE HEXAGON Middle Ground Theatre Company LTD

Agatha Christie’s: A Murder Is Announced A Miss Marple Mystery Thursday 27 July to Saturday 29 July 7.30pm with a 2.30pm Sat Matinee Adapted for the stage by Leslie Darbon. Directed & designed by Michael Lunney

“The packed audience loved every minute” LIVERPOOL ECHO

Cast includes Tom Butcher (The Bill/Doctors) and Sarah Thomas (Last Of The Summer Wine) with further star cast to be announced. The residents of Chipping Cleghorn are astonished to read an advert in the local newspaper that a murder will take place this coming Friday at Little Paddocks, the home of Letitia Blacklock. Unable to resist, the group gather at the house at the appointed time, when the lights go out and a gun is fired.Enter Miss Marple, who must unravel a complex series of relationships and events to solve the mystery of the killer... Now in its third year of touring, this lavish production has delighted packed audiences across the UK.

Tickets £28.50, £26.50, £24.50. Concessions £2 off, Groups10+: £3 off Schools £12 plus 1 in 10 free

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The Dreamboys Wednesday 26 July, 7.30pm The Dreamboys are without a shadow of a doubt the UK’s top Male Strip Show, perfect for a girls’ night out with all your friends. Their showcase is unquestionably the most famous Male Stripper act the UK has ever produced. 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 have earned themselves the title of the only Male Strip Group 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 stripping hunks. An action packed 2 hour show from start to finish, these boys will literally have you begging for more!!! This is one action packed show full of Music, Muscle, Magic and Mayhem that will leave you breathless which you simply cannot afford to miss!!! Adults Only. Tickets Premium £29.50 Standard £26.50, £24.50, £21.50

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Capability Brown in Berkshire

People, Places and Religion in 1642

26 April to 30 June, during normal opening hours

Saturday 1 July, 10.30am to 11.30am

Last year was the tercentenary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and the Berkshire Gardens Trust displayed a panel exhibition at Caversham Park. From April 26th, the BRO is providing another chance to see the exhibition as well as displaying archival material that relates to Brown in Berkshire.

The protestation returns are the closest record to a census from 1642. In partnership with the Parliamentary Archives, the BRO is providing a workshop looking at the new Parliamentary Archives’ online protestation returns map. There will be a demonstration of the resource together with a look at related material held at the BRO.

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?

This unique workshop is FREE and there are 10 places available. Booking is essential. Please email arch@ or call 0118 937 5132.

Behind the Scenes at the BRO Saturday 1 July, 10.30am to 11.30am Ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes at the BRO? Come along and find out. You will be shown how we store our documents and given an insight to the job of our conservator. It’s FREE and there are 12 spaces available. Booking is essential. Please email or call 0118 937 5132.

Lancelot Brown in Berkshire Monday 24 April, 2pm to 4pm The ‘Capability Brown in Berkshire’ exhibition will be officially launched on 24th April with a talk by Ben Viljoen, co-founder of the Berkshire Gardens Trust. The illustrated talk will look at the people that Brown worked for in Berkshire, the properties that were transformed by him and what remains of his work. This is a FREE event, but places are limited to 25. Therefore an entry ticket will be required and booking is essential. To obtain a ticket, please email:

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Introduction to Reading Old Handwriting Monday 25 September, 10.15am to 2.45pm Always wanted to know how to read old handwriting? Come along to our introduction to reading handwriting found in documents at the BRO from c.1500 to 1700. Cost is £20 per person and there are 10 spaces available. Booking is essential. Please email arch@ or call 0118 937 5132. Berkshire Record Office 9 Coley Avenue, Reading, RG1 6AF 0118 937 5132

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20 May 2017 – 23 September Reading Abbey Quarter: Then and Now

SIR JOHN MADEJSKI ART GALLERY Saturday 28 January – Saturday 6 May 2017 Ray Atkins: The Reading Years The painter Ray Atkins works on a monumental scale. He will be 80 this year and still works outside, in places that he loves, come rain or shine, in the same driven way that he has since the 1960s.

Between 1968 and 1974 he lived in Reading, teaching at the University. He produced an impressive body of work in response to the dramatic changes going on in the town centre. The Inner Distribution Road, The Butts Shopping Centre and The Civic Centre were all constructed during this time and Atkins observed their progress and made huge, expressive paintings on site. At the end of this period of creative activity Ray was honoured with a solo exhibition at the prestigious Whitechapel Gallery and included in ‘British Art 74’. He was subsequently overlooked by the people who wrote the history books but is now gaining a cult following among a new generation of young painters. Come and see what all the fuss is about.


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

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

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Community Displays READING: PEOPLE AND PLACE Tuesday 14 February – Saturday 27 May Freemasonry in Berkshire: A Not So Secret Look at 300 Years of Heritage Part of the 300th anniversary of Freemasonry being celebrated nationally, Berkshire Freemasons are staging this community display to reveal how Freemasonry developed from the 1700s into a significant social institution. It will also explore how modern Freemasonry fits into today’s world.

Tuesday 6 June – Monday 28 August From Quern to Computer Find out about the fascinating story behind our daily bread, travelling through time from our prehistoric ancestors and up to the present day, in this community display focussing on local mills and some of the stories behind the people who were connected to them. From Quern to Computer is a Heritage Lottery Fund-supported project run by the Mills Archive Trust, a Reading-based archive and charity that preserves records relating to mills and milling. This display uses images, documents and artefacts to reveal the stories that make up our heritage.

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Riverside Museum Summer programme: TURBOCHARGED This summer Reading Museum is collaborating with RG Spaces and Bel & the Dragon to provide community exhibitions and events throughout the summer at the Turbine House, Riverside Museum at Blakes Lock. Up to date details can be found at http// Exhibitions include:

Thursday 4 May – Saturday 13 May Here! Here New work by artists from West Berkshire and North Hampshire Open Studios. Monday 29 May – Sunday 11 June Park by the River Handmade artists’ prints by Print at the Park from drawings and photography made near the Turbine House in the spring of 2017. All work is for sale. Friday 16 – Friday 30 June Our Vitamin C Presents: The Eye Smiles From the obscure to the classical an exhibition by two professional artists, Carl Beazley and Eoin McEvoy, both known for their original and imaginative representational painting.


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Events and Talks Saturday 29 April Tea and Talks at Two: A Not so Secret History of Freemasonry Mark Dennis, curator of London’s Library and Museum of Freemasonry, offers a fascinating insight into the history of Freemasonry in Great Britain and how the organisation’s story weaves into broader historical themes. Not to be missed! Refreshments will be provided. Adults, 2pm - 3.30pm £5, booking essential (0118 937 3400)

Wednesday 10 May & 12 July Afternoon Tour: Reading’s Patrons Join Linda Fothergill for a specialist tour of the galleries focussing on Reading’s early and modern patrons and their contributions to the town and its museum. Hear about the important role William Isaac Palmer and Horatio Bland played in creating the Museum and how Reading Foundation for Art is collecting significant artworks for the public to enjoy today. Adults, 2.30pm - 3.15pm Donations welcome, drop in*

Saturday 24 June Show & Tell: Anthropocene Objects A Future History in 50 Things Tell stories of our new Anthropocene: the Age of Human through cultural artefacts, everyday objects and imagined ‘things’, in this creative workshop led by Mark Goldthorpe. It’s suggested that our species has become a planetary force, changing soils, climate, oceans, habitats and life for ever... When did this begin, what does it mean today, how might it play out? Bring an everyday object or remarkable thing that says something to you about our changing environment, come along with an experience of something from our past, and share an idea for something from our future that shows how our species’ impact might change the world for other lifeforms. Mark has worked with charities, universities and businesses for 25 years, exploring how our imaginations, creativity and shared cultures can change our relationships with our environment. Come with your objects, something to write or draw with/ on and your imaginations! Young adults ages 16-18, 10am - 1pm £22, places limited, for further information and to book email Wednesday 12 July Afternoon Tour: Reading’s Patrons Another chance to join Linda Fothergill’s specialist museum tour – see Wednesday 10 May for details. Adults, 2.30pm - 3.15pm Donations welcome, drop in*


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Reading Abbey Quarter Events EVERY SATURDAY New Gallery Tours Want to know more about Reading Abbey and its impact of the town? Please see p53 for full listing. All ages, NEW TIME 12 noon – 12.45pm Donations welcome, drop in* Thursday 20 April Volunteer Recruitment Morning Reading Museum Interested in volunteering? Come along and meet the Abbey Volunteer Co-ordinator and find out what opportunities, relating to the Reading Abbey Quarter, will be coming up in the next few months. Refreshments will be provided. Adults, 10.15am – 11.30am, Town Hall Foyer Free, drop in* Thursday 20 April* & Thursday 18 May* Reading Abbey Conservation Tours Chestnut Walk Join CRL Restoration to see the Abbey Ruins under conservation. Hear updates about the Reading Abbey Revealed project and learn how we are protecting the ruins for centuries to come. Further tours will be offered throughout the year. Confirmed dates will be advertised on our website and social media. Please wear appropriate shoes and clothing. Safety equipment will be provided. Adults, starting at 10am, meet at Abbey Ruins, Chestnut Walk entrance £5, booking essential (0118 937 3400) * Please note that as this will be a working construction site, these dates are subject to change.

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Saturday 20 May – Saturday 3 June Reading Abbey Then and Now: Short Tours Reading Museum Enjoy a 20 minute tour of the exhibition led by one of our trained volunteers and gallery staff. Learn about Reading’s rich heritage through the photographs and paintings of the Reading Abbey Quarter. The tour will include an opportunity to feed back on the new display panels being planned across the site. There will be ‘pop-up talks’ on the exhibition on Wednesdays after 7 June. Check the Museum’s social media and website for times. All ages, starts 11.15am, Art Gallery Donations welcome, drop in* Saturday 10 June Waterfest Chestnut Walk Look out for the Reading Abbey stall at Waterfest, where you can learn more about our ‘Reading Abbey Revealed’ project or take part in our children’s activities. Families 11am – 4pm, Chestnut Walk Free, drop in* Saturday 17 June Tea and Talks at Two: Reading Abbey Gatehouse in Context Reading Museum The Reading Abbey Gatehouse is an iconic part of the town. As part of our new Reading Abbey Lecture Series, come to the Museum to hear Dr Harriet Mahood from the University of Reading present her exciting new research into monastic gatehouses. Refreshments will be provided. Adults, 2pm – 3.30pm, Victorian Gallery £5, booking essential (0118 937 3400) Saturday 22 July Tea and Talks at Two: Introducing Jane Austen Reading Museum Join Joy Pibworth from the Jane Austen Society to mark the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death in this introduction to Jane Austen and her novels, and learn about her relationship with Reading and the Abbey Quarter. Part of the Reading Abbey Lecture Series. Refreshments will be provided. Adults, 2pm - 3.30pm, Victorian Gallery £5, booking essential (0118 937 3400)


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Easter Holidays The Museum will be closed over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, including Good Friday, and will reopen on Tuesday 18 April. ACTIVITY CART Visit us throughout the holidays and enjoy a range of spring craft ideas! Free, drop in*

Wednesday 12 April   Easter Bunny Headdresses Colour, cut and stick to make a fabulous bunny ear headdress ready for Easter Sunday. Families, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in*

Eggy Bingo Trail Hunt for the egg-shaped objects on display in the Museum. When you have finished collect your chocolate egg from Reception! £2 per person Tuesday 11 April Easter LEGO® Brick Workshop Another chance to become a LEGO® VIP and join our talented locally-based international LEGO® Brick Expert Kevin Hall in these brilliant building sessions. An exciting chance to make an Easter bunny character. Book now to avoid disappointment! (Please note you will be creating a different model to the one shown in the picture.) Ages 5+, Families, half-hour sessions starting at 10am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm, & 3.15pm £10 per person, booking essential (0118 937 3400)

LEGO and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this event. ©2016 the LEGO Group.

Tuesday 18 April   Planting Suttons’ Sunflowers Get ready for spring! Make a little pot and plant your sunflower seeds. A lovely green-fingered activity for families. Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £3, pay on the day, drop in* Wednesday 19 April    Woad Arm Painting The Romans feared the Iron Age Celtic tribes who decorated themselves in woad before battle. Have a go at painting your arms in mystical blue patterns in these brilliant hands-on sessions. Families, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm £1, pay on the day, drop in*

Tuesday 11 April   Victorian Schoolroom Experience Meet a Victorian schoolteacher and re-learn the ‘3Rs’. A 45-minute experience for adults and children over 5 in our unique Victorian classroom. 11.30am, 1.15pm & 2.30pm £1 per person, drop in (35 places max per session)*


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May/June Half Term Activity Cart Visit us throughout the holidays and enjoy a range of spring craft ideas. Free, drop in* Abbey-solutely Fabulous Trail Become a pilgrim super spotter and follow our trail to the new Reading Abbey Quarter exhibition. When you have finished collect your special prize from Reception. £2 per person Tuesday 30 May Norman Knight LEGO® Brick Workshop Another chance to become a LEGO® VIP and join our talented locally-based international LEGO® Brick Expert Kevin Hall in these brilliant building sessions. An exciting chance to make a Norman knight. Book now to avoid disappointment! (Please note you will be creating a different model to the one shown in the picture.) Ages 5+, Families, half-hour sessions starting at 10am, 10.45am, 11.30pm, 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm, & 3.15pm £13 per person, booking essential (0118 937 3400)

Tuesday 30 May   Victorian Schoolroom Experience Meet a Victorian schoolteacher and re-learn the ‘3Rs’. A 45-minute experience for adults and children over 5 in our unique Victorian classroom. 11.30am, 1.15pm & 2.30pm £1 per person, drop in (35 places max per session)* Wednesday 31 May Medieval Illuminated Letters Become a Reading Abbey Monk and decorate your own dazzling initials. Then why not hang them on your bedroom door? Families, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in*

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Thursday 1 June Dinosaur Modelling Iguanodon, Stegosaurus, Triceratops or T.rex? Which kind of dinosaur will you make? Experiment with card and mod roc to create a work of art inspired by the prehistoric models in our Loans collection. (Please note that children are dropped off for our booked activities.) Ages 7+, 2-hour sessions starting at 10am & 1pm £8, booking essential (0118 937 3400)

Summer Holidays Activity Cart Visit us throughout the holidays and enjoy a range of fun paper craft! Free, drop in* Tuesday 25 July Roman Fun Day Join us today on the activity cart to make some fun Roman-themed craft Free, drop in*

Meet a Roman Meet one of the Romano-British people living at Calleva Atrebatum (Silchester). A 45-minute interactive session where you can dress up as one of the townspeople and imagine life around 2,000 years ago! Ages 5+, Families, sessions throughout the day. £1, pay on the day, drop in* Shield Fit for a Gladiator Thousands of spectators would have flocked to the amphitheatre at Silchester to see animal fights or possibly gladiatorial fights. Join us to make your own conical shield. You can still see the outline of the amphitheatre at Silchester – don’t forget to take your shield with you when you visit. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £5, pay on the day, drop in*


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READING MUSEUM Tuesday 22 August Indiana who? Explorer Hats & Trail Make a brilliant explorer hat, perfect for an archaeologist and adventurer! Then you can wear it while you follow our treasure map around the Museum. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £3.50, pay on the day, drop in*

Wednesday 2 August 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 bear-themed craft with your favourite teddy in the sun. Don’t forget your sandwiches! (In the event of bad weather please come to the Museum). Families, 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm £1, pay on the day, drop in* Tuesday 8 August Medieval Gingerbread We will be making easy no-cook gingerbread in these fun hands-on sessions. This recipe is different from our modern gingerbread and contains honey and spices, that only the wealthy could have afforded! Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £5, pay on the day, drop in*

Wednesday 30 August Henry I Crowns Make a marvellous crown fit for the founder of Reading Abbey in these fun drop-in sessions! Families, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in* Wednesday 16 August

Wednesday 16 August Out in the Forbury: Jane Austen’s Bonnet Did you know Jane Austen went to school in the Abbey Gateway from 1785 to 1786? Drop in to the Forbury Gardens to make a sun hat inspired by Jane Austen’s bonnets. Families, 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm £1, pay on the day, drop in* * OUR DROP-INS ARE VERY POPULAR. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE HAVE LIMITED CAPACITY FOR ACTIVITIES IN THE MUSEUM.

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

Poets Café Reading’s longest running and best-loved poetry platform, Poets’ Café, is now being organised and hosted by The Poetry Society’s Reading Stanza. The Café will be held on the second Friday of every month and the night is made up of an open mic section, where we welcome anyone who wishes to read their work in a friendly atmosphere, plus a full reading by our guest poet. 14 April Poets: Locals’ Night: Robin Thomas, Susan Utting, Jane Draycott. Host: Jez Dyer 12 May Poet: Mel Pryor. Host: Becci-Louise 9 June Poet: Wayne Holloway-Smith. Host: Kate Noakes


South Street Youth Theatre Offering young people the opportunity to develop their drama skills in a relaxed and fun environment. Led by experienced tutors, the groups will work towards performances which are then staged at South Street’s professionally run Studio Theatre. Mondays Seniors 1: 4.30pm – 6pm Years 7 and 8 £105 / £95 members per term Seniors 2: 6pm – 8pm Years 9 to 13 £115 / £105 members per term Saturdays Juniors 1: 10am – 11am Years 1, 2 & 3 £95 / £85 members per term Juniors 2: 11.15am – 12.15pm Years 4, 5 & 6 £95 / £85 members per term For further information please contact South Street Arts Centre on 0118 937 3456

14 July Poet: Robert Seatter. Host: Louise Ordish 11 August: Covers’ Night. Host: Andrew Curtis Tickets £5, £4 for Readers


Darklands Held on the last Saturday of the month* 8pm till midnight. Free Entry. Following on from a hugely successful 2014 including a set from the legendary John Robb, Darklands returns again for another year at South Street. Founder Steve Reynolds continues to deliver forgotten leftfield gems of yester year mixed with a healthy dose of current acts as well. You’ll hear Goth, Indie, Electronica, Post Punk, Grunge and Industrial by the likes of Bauhaus, The Fall, Horrors, Bunnymen, Stooges, LCD, Velvets, Pavement, Ride, MBV, New Order, L7, Fugazi, Interpol, Hookworms, Joy Division, Cure, Wire, Gang of Four, Sisters of Mercy and The Jesus and Mary Chain etc. *No events in April or August 2017

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

EVERY SATURDAY Bayeux Tapestry Tours Enjoy a guided tour of the famous full-size facsimile Tapestry – no need to book. All ages, 2.15pm - 3pm. Suggested donation £2, drop in EVERY WEDNESDAY Tales for Tots: Story-time for the under 5s Drop in and catch a story using objects from our collection. Under 5s, 10.30am - 11.30am. Free, drop in EVERY THURSDAY Museum Surgery Visitors can discover more about the collections, or ask for help in identifying interesting objects (NB no valuations can be given). 12pm - 4pm. Free, drop in EVERY DAY Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock The Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock is picturesquely situated on the banks of the River Kennet. It features a Reading-built gypsy caravan and tells the story of Reading’s two rivers - the Kennet and the Thames. It hosts occasional summertime art exhibitions and events. 12pm - 4pm. Free, drop in

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CENTRAL LIBRARY 3rd Monday of the month, Ground Floor, 11am – 12pm Coffee Morning With a different speaker every month. Free event, just drop in. Last Wednesday of the month, 2nd Floor, 3pm–4pm Craft and Chat Bring along your own knitting, sewing and craft. Relax, meet people and share ideas. Free event, just drop in. Every Tuesday morning, 10.30am – 11.30am Board Games Club Bored? Looking for some fun and games? Come and join our new Board Games club. Groups and individuals welcome. Games provided. For more information e-mail – Or phone Ann Smith on 0118 901 5955 53

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Friday 21 April, 3pm – 4pm

Tuesday 11 April, 3pm – 4pm

Spring Craft

Easter Baskets

No need to book as open to all children. Any queries call Battle Library on 0118 9015100.

Tuesday 18 April, 3pm – 4pm

CAVERSHAM LIBRARY Thursday 13 April, 2.15pm – 3.15pm

Easter Eggcellent

Thursday 20 April, 2.15pm – 3.15pm 

I Made This

Please contact Caversham Library on 0118 9015103 for further details. SOUTHCOTE LIBRARY Thursday 13 April, 10.30am – 11.30am

Stained Glass Easter Eggs Thurs 20 April, 10.30am – 11.30am

Spring Flowers

Both are for children 6-9 years Starts 8 April finishes 22 April

Easter Treasure Hunt Prizes to be won. Paces limited, booking essential. Book through Southcote Library on 0118 9015109.

Paper Flowers

Both are for children 6-9 years No booking required and suitable for 5 to 10 year olds, though younger children will need help with the baskets. Any queries call Tilehurst Library on 0118 9015112. WHITLEY LIBRARY Tuesday 11 April, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Eggsciting Times

Fun free craft activity for 5 - 11 year olds. Tuesday 18 April, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Funny Bunnies

Fun free craft activity for 5 - 11 year olds Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. Phone 0118 - 9015115 to book your place. Friday 20 April, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Flower Power

Fun, free craft activity for 5 - 11 year olds. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. CENTRAL LIBRARY Friday 28 April, 7pm

Present Cityread S.J Parris - Prophecy Meet S.J. Parris (pen name of journalist Stephanie Merritt) and hear her discuss her writing, her love for Elizabethan London and her not-so-secret crush on Giordano Bruno £4/£3(for members) For tickets email libraryevents@ or collect from Reading Central Library. Phone 0118 901 5950 for information.

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Reading Museum Hands on Learning for Schools


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

We are responsible for managing and maintaining Reading’s 100+ parks, lakes and playgrounds, as well as hosting a wealth of events in our beautiful grounds. Carters Steam Fair & Gerry Cottle Circus Prospect Park 8th – 17th April Boot Sales Prospect Park Saturday Mornings starting 22nd April Beanpole Day Caversham Court Gardens 22nd April CAMRA Real Ale Festival 2017 Christchurch Meadows 27th – 30th April Blue Collar Street Food Events Forbury Gardens 4th – 6th May, 1st – 3rd June 29th June – 1st July, 3rd – 5th August Band Concerts Forbury Gardens Sundays starting 4th June Cult Screens Outdoor Cinema Shows Caversham Court Gardens 8th – 10th June Reading Water Fest Forbury Gardens 10th June

Reading Am Regatta Thameside Promenade 10th & 11th June SISATA Theatre – Othello Caversham Court Gardens 12th June Heartbreak Productions – Billionaire Boy Caversham Court Gardens 22nd June German Village Festival Kings Meadows 22nd – 25th June Armed Forces Day Forbury Gardens 24th June Berkshire Car Show Prospect Park 2nd July Thai Festival Prospect Park 19th & 20th August Reading Festival Thames Parks August Bank Holiday Weekend

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

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

Box Office: 0118 960 6060 Online: Group Bookings: Contact our dedicated group sales co-ordinator for details of group discounts, priority bookings, advance notifications, extended reservation periods, education packs and much more. Steff Cohen 0118 937 2011 or email Payment All major credit and debit cards are accepted, except Diners and American Express. Cheques should be made payable to Reading Borough Council.

venue ation inform The Hexagon Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA Box Office: 0118 960 6060 The Hexagon bar/s are open 1 hour before a show, with extended opening after selected events. Concert Hall/Town Hall Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH Admin: 0118 937 3400 South Street 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU Admin: 0118 937 3456 The Box Office and bar at South Street are not open full time and will usually open 1 hour before any evening performance, except when the show is advertised with a doors time.

All tickets are INCLUSIVE of a booking fee through Reading Arts and Venues and any third party agency sales.

Reading Museum Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH Admin: 0118 937 3400 Palmer’s Café is open Tues to Sat, 10am to 4pm

There is a £2 per ticket fee for tickets £10 and over. There is a £1.50 per ticket fee for tickets under £10. There is a 50p per ticket fee for tickets under £5. For Groups of 10+* the booking fee is £1.50, or 50p for tickets under £5. *On applicable events.

Reading Sport & Leisure Palmer Park Sports Stadium Wokingham Road, Reading RG6 1LF Admin: 0118 937 5080

The booking fee applies to ticket purchases made with credit cards, debit cards, cheques and cash. Bookings made in person with a pre-paid debit card are not subject to a booking fee.

Reading Central Library Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ Admin: 0118 901 5955

Standing events. All standing tickets are unreserved general admission; the seating plan and ticket number are for administration purposes only.Please note that Under 14’s will not be permitted into the standing arena. All under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult (18yrs or over) and seated in the balcony. The advertised time for standing events is the doors time and bears no relation to the performance time. Exact timings will be confirmed nearer the time and will be available from the box office or via To ensure your safety, security will be present to search bags on arrival. No food or drink may be brought into the venue. Professional cameras are not permitted at events and will not be allowed into the auditorium. Please be aware that concerts of this nature use various theatrical lighting and smoke effects, and may have high sound levels.

Berkshire Record Office 9 Coley Avenue, Reading Admin: 0118 937 5132

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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COMING SOON THE HEXAGON Stewart Lee: Content Provider Thursday 19 October

SOUTH STREET Rachael Ofori & Fuel Portrait Tuesday 7 November

THE HEXAGON Squeeze: Join The Dots Tour Monday 23 October

CONCERT HALL Ruby Wax: Frazzled Thursday 9 November

THE HEXAGON Des O’Connor & Jimmy Tarbuck Sunday 29 October

CONCERT HALL Simon Amstell: What Is This? Saturday 18 November

THE HEXAGON Alison Moyet: The Other Tour Sunday 5 November

THE HEXAGON Russell Brand: Re-Birth Wednesday 29 November

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Reading Arts & Venues What's On Summer 2017  

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