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COMING OCTOBER 2019

e m o c l e w

to the autumn 2019 season of shows and events at Reading Arts.

Exciting news! You may have spotted on the adjacent page that we have, coming in October, a brand-new What’s On Guide for Reading, where we aim to provide the ultimate ‘hub’ for all that is going on in Reading. We’d love to hear from you if you run a venue or organisation in Reading. For details contact our project manager damien.passmore@reading.gov.uk and get involved!

whatsonreading.com POWERED BY READINGARTS The ultimate what’s on guide for Reading. Discover 1000’s of events, shows and things to do, across all of Reading. INRDG

One of the highlights of the season must be Amélie the musical at the Hexagon. Based on the much loved film, Amelie is a sumptuous production starring Audrey Brisson and Danny Mac – one for the dreamers out there! And not forgetting, of course, Panto! Cinderella is the big Christmas show this year and CBeebies Megastar Justin Fletcher is back once again along with the best Dame in the land, Paul Morse, for a festive treat the whole family will enjoy. While at South Street Arts Centre: Rob Newman, Sofie Hagen, Mark Thomas, Bill Ryder-Jones, Frisky & Mannish and Kris Drever are just a few of the top acts that will be appearing. For an alt-Panto experience at Christmas, don’t miss Hansel & Gretel from RBL theatre company (A Christmas Carol 2018), set to be just a little spooky! That’s just the tip of the cultural iceberg, there’s plenty more to see and do right across Reading. We hope see you at one of our venues very soon. Karen Rowland Lead Councillor for Reading Culture, Sport and Consumer Services

See page 45 for our Panto comp!

CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVE IN READING

THE HEXAGON HERITAGE OPEN DAY SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER, 10AM – 4PM (Backstage Tours* 10.30am, 12noon, 2pm & 3pm) Come and join us for a unique look behind the scenes and learn more about the fascinating history of Reading’s largest arts and entertainment venue.

THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER 2019, 7.30PM Conductor: Valentina Peleggi Soloist: Jamal Aliyev, Cello

The Hexagon is throwing its doors open for one day only; giving you a chance to peep backstage and delve into our fascinating archives to learn more about the history of the venue and some of the amazing performers who have graced the stage over the last three decades.

SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2020, 7.30PM Conductor: Domingo Hindoyan Soloists: Duncan Riddell, Violin Richard Harwood, Cello

You’ll also be able to find out more about our newest neighbours, the Lavender Place Community Garden, learning more about their mission and work in the community.

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There will be fun activities to enjoy throughout the day: backstage tours, ticket giveaways and more! Refreshments will be available: including a Bar and BBQ in the garden, ice creams and afternoon tea. *Backstage tours are subject to availability and spaces are allocated on the day. (Age: 12yrs +). Please note some parts of the backstage tour are accessible via stairs only, for patrons requiring flat floor access an adapted tour is available.

SUNDAY 10 MAY 2020, 7.30PM Conductor: Christopher Altsteadt Soloist: Clare Hammond, Piano www.readingarts.com

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Box Office: 0118 960 6060

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COMING OCTOBER 2019

e m o c l e w

to the autumn 2019 season of shows and events at Reading Arts.

Exciting news! You may have spotted on the adjacent page that we have, coming in October, a brand-new What’s On Guide for Reading, where we aim to provide the ultimate ‘hub’ for all that is going on in Reading. We’d love to hear from you if you run a venue or organisation in Reading. For details contact our project manager damien.passmore@reading.gov.uk and get involved!

whatsonreading.com POWERED BY READINGARTS The ultimate what’s on guide for Reading. Discover 1000’s of events, shows and things to do, across all of Reading. INRDG

One of the highlights of the season must be Amélie the musical at the Hexagon. Based on the much loved film, Amelie is a sumptuous production starring Audrey Brisson and Danny Mac – one for the dreamers out there! And not forgetting, of course, Panto! Cinderella is the big Christmas show this year and CBeebies Megastar Justin Fletcher is back once again along with the best Dame in the land, Paul Morse, for a festive treat the whole family will enjoy. While at South Street Arts Centre: Rob Newman, Sofie Hagen, Mark Thomas, Bill Ryder-Jones, Frisky & Mannish and Kris Drever are just a few of the top acts that will be appearing. For an alt-Panto experience at Christmas, don’t miss Hansel & Gretel from RBL theatre company (A Christmas Carol 2018), set to be just a little spooky! That’s just the tip of the cultural iceberg, there’s plenty more to see and do right across Reading. We hope see you at one of our venues very soon. Karen Rowland Lead Councillor for Reading Culture, Sport and Consumer Services

See page 45 for our Panto comp!

CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVE IN READING

THE HEXAGON HERITAGE OPEN DAY SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER, 10AM – 4PM (Backstage Tours* 10.30am, 12noon, 2pm & 3pm) Come and join us for a unique look behind the scenes and learn more about the fascinating history of Reading’s largest arts and entertainment venue.

THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER 2019, 7.30PM Conductor: Valentina Peleggi Soloist: Jamal Aliyev, Cello

The Hexagon is throwing its doors open for one day only; giving you a chance to peep backstage and delve into our fascinating archives to learn more about the history of the venue and some of the amazing performers who have graced the stage over the last three decades.

SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2020, 7.30PM Conductor: Domingo Hindoyan Soloists: Duncan Riddell, Violin Richard Harwood, Cello

You’ll also be able to find out more about our newest neighbours, the Lavender Place Community Garden, learning more about their mission and work in the community.

What's On Autumn 2019_NEW.indd 2-3

There will be fun activities to enjoy throughout the day: backstage tours, ticket giveaways and more! Refreshments will be available: including a Bar and BBQ in the garden, ice creams and afternoon tea. *Backstage tours are subject to availability and spaces are allocated on the day. (Age: 12yrs +). Please note some parts of the backstage tour are accessible via stairs only, for patrons requiring flat floor access an adapted tour is available.

SUNDAY 10 MAY 2020, 7.30PM Conductor: Christopher Altsteadt Soloist: Clare Hammond, Piano www.readingarts.com

2019 /20

Box Office: 0118 960 6060

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MEMBER

SOUTH STREET YOUTH THEATRE South Street Youth Theatre offers young people the opportunity to develop drama skills in a relaxed and fun environment. Led by experienced, professional tutors, the groups will work towards performances which are then staged at South Street’s professionally run main theatre space.

MEMBERSHIP

SATURDAY MORNINGS (during term time)

MONDAY EVENINGS (during term time)

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

Seniors 1: 4.30pm – 6pm Years 7 & 8 £105 / £95 members per half year (Sept-Feb & Feb-July)

Juniors 2: 11.15am – 12.15pm Years 4, 5 & 6 £95 / £85 members per half year (Sept-Feb & Feb-July)

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

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

SOUTH STREET MEMBERS' NIGHT Thursday 12 September, from 6pm

The perfect opportunity to hear all about another exciting season of work at Reading’s award-winning arts centre before you book. Between 6-7pm there will be an informal reception with a welcome drink & nibbles, before Artistic Director John Luther will present the programme for the Autumn with contributions from some of the artists who will be visiting. Members Free. £5 non-members. Includes welcome drink & nibbles What's On Autumn 2019_NEW.indd 4-5

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MEMBER

SOUTH STREET YOUTH THEATRE South Street Youth Theatre offers young people the opportunity to develop drama skills in a relaxed and fun environment. Led by experienced, professional tutors, the groups will work towards performances which are then staged at South Street’s professionally run main theatre space.

MEMBERSHIP

SATURDAY MORNINGS (during term time)

MONDAY EVENINGS (during term time)

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

Seniors 1: 4.30pm – 6pm Years 7 & 8 £105 / £95 members per half year (Sept-Feb & Feb-July)

Juniors 2: 11.15am – 12.15pm Years 4, 5 & 6 £95 / £85 members per half year (Sept-Feb & Feb-July)

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

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

SOUTH STREET MEMBERS' NIGHT Thursday 12 September, from 6pm

The perfect opportunity to hear all about another exciting season of work at Reading’s award-winning arts centre before you book. Between 6-7pm there will be an informal reception with a welcome drink & nibbles, before Artistic Director John Luther will present the programme for the Autumn with contributions from some of the artists who will be visiting. Members Free. £5 non-members. Includes welcome drink & nibbles What's On Autumn 2019_NEW.indd 4-5

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ANIMAL 14 September 2019 – 18 April 2020

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THE HEXAGON

Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up and Rock

BalletBoyz: Them / Us

featuring The BEV BEVAN BAND

Friday 6 September, 7.30pm

Saturday 7 September, 7.30pm

The globally-acclaimed BalletBoyz are coming. The mesmerising Them, was created by the company’s dancers, whilst Tony and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris), brings us the achingly beautiful Us, each set to magnificent, contrasting scores by cult singer-songwriter Keaton Henson and by emerging composer Charlotte Harding.

The legendary Jasper Carrott is back with a new stand up show alongside his musical compatriots, the Bev Bevan Band, that have been ‘rockin’ audiences all over the world. As well as being Jasper’s mate, Bev is founding member of The Move and ELO and has one of the finest bands around, with special guests including 60’s star Geoff Turton from the Rockin’ Berries.

'Dreamy…immensely watchable… a fantastic piece of dance: thoughtful, fresh and finessed'

This unique show gives the opportunity to see and hear great artistes belting out a night of classic songs and Jasper back where he belongs...making us laugh!!

THE GUARDIAN

balletboyz.com Image by Annabel Moeller Photography

6 Box Office 0118 960 6060

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Tickets £26, concessions £2 off. Groups 10+ £3 off. Reading Arts Members £3 Off full price tickets.

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

£32 Suitable for ages 14+

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

www.readingarts.com 7

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ANIMAL 14 September 2019 – 18 April 2020

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19/07/2019 12:30

THE HEXAGON

Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up and Rock

BalletBoyz: Them / Us

featuring The BEV BEVAN BAND

Friday 6 September, 7.30pm

Saturday 7 September, 7.30pm

The globally-acclaimed BalletBoyz are coming. The mesmerising Them, was created by the company’s dancers, whilst Tony and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris), brings us the achingly beautiful Us, each set to magnificent, contrasting scores by cult singer-songwriter Keaton Henson and by emerging composer Charlotte Harding.

The legendary Jasper Carrott is back with a new stand up show alongside his musical compatriots, the Bev Bevan Band, that have been ‘rockin’ audiences all over the world. As well as being Jasper’s mate, Bev is founding member of The Move and ELO and has one of the finest bands around, with special guests including 60’s star Geoff Turton from the Rockin’ Berries.

'Dreamy…immensely watchable… a fantastic piece of dance: thoughtful, fresh and finessed'

This unique show gives the opportunity to see and hear great artistes belting out a night of classic songs and Jasper back where he belongs...making us laugh!!

THE GUARDIAN

balletboyz.com Image by Annabel Moeller Photography

6 Box Office 0118 960 6060

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Tickets £26, concessions £2 off. Groups 10+ £3 off. Reading Arts Members £3 Off full price tickets.

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

£32 Suitable for ages 14+

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

www.readingarts.com 7

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SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

Anything Goes Theatre Company

Ben Portsmouth

An Audience with

Tuesday 10 September, 7.30pm

Wednesday 11 September, 7.30pm UNCED: + JUST ANNO ber 2020 em pt Se Friday 25

Carrie: The Musical

Fri 6 Sept, 7.30pm Sat 7 Sept, 3pm & 7pm In this revamped, contemporary version of the famous (and infamous) 1988 production, Carrie: The Musical follows a young woman with telekinetic powers. An outcast at school, where she is bullied viciously for her differences, Carrie is also lost at home, with a fervently religious mother whose love traps her in its maw. An amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatre Europe

Tickets £15, available through EVENTBRIGHT

The King is Back Internationally renowned as one of, if not The Best Elvis Tribute in the world today, Ben Portsmouth will bring his unique style and charisma to The Hexagon and show audiences why he is regarded as the best in the business. In August 2012, Ben made history when he won the Elvis Presley Enterprises Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest which took place in Memphis, crowning Ben as the “Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist”, the only artist from outside the USA to ever win this prestigious title.

THE HEXAGON

Harry Redknapp

I’m a Celebrity WINNER, HARRY REDKNAPP comes to town! I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here winner and famous football manager will be telling stories from his football days and his time in the jungle. Expect a hilarious evening, Harry is a great raconteur and has a wealth of hilarious stories. There will be an audience Q&A at the end of the evening. Tickets £32, VIP £82

Tickets £33.50, £29.50, £26.50

SOUTH STREET

8 Box Office 0118 960 6060

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

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

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SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

Anything Goes Theatre Company

Ben Portsmouth

An Audience with

Tuesday 10 September, 7.30pm

Wednesday 11 September, 7.30pm UNCED: + JUST ANNO ber 2020 em pt Se Friday 25

Carrie: The Musical

Fri 6 Sept, 7.30pm Sat 7 Sept, 3pm & 7pm In this revamped, contemporary version of the famous (and infamous) 1988 production, Carrie: The Musical follows a young woman with telekinetic powers. An outcast at school, where she is bullied viciously for her differences, Carrie is also lost at home, with a fervently religious mother whose love traps her in its maw. An amateur production by arrangement with R&H Theatre Europe

Tickets £15, available through EVENTBRIGHT

The King is Back Internationally renowned as one of, if not The Best Elvis Tribute in the world today, Ben Portsmouth will bring his unique style and charisma to The Hexagon and show audiences why he is regarded as the best in the business. In August 2012, Ben made history when he won the Elvis Presley Enterprises Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest which took place in Memphis, crowning Ben as the “Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist”, the only artist from outside the USA to ever win this prestigious title.

THE HEXAGON

Harry Redknapp

I’m a Celebrity WINNER, HARRY REDKNAPP comes to town! I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here winner and famous football manager will be telling stories from his football days and his time in the jungle. Expect a hilarious evening, Harry is a great raconteur and has a wealth of hilarious stories. There will be an audience Q&A at the end of the evening. Tickets £32, VIP £82

Tickets £33.50, £29.50, £26.50

SOUTH STREET

8 Box Office 0118 960 6060

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

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

www.readingarts.com 9

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SOUTH STREET & doubledotdash!? present

SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

Phil McIntyre Entertainments

Avalon Promotions

Total Eclipse of Descartes

Love Reading and Hate Bastards

Rob Newman’s

Doors 2.30pm Join us for the 10th anniversary of THE BASH! Yes, it really has been 10 years. South Street’s much loved, festival is a collaboration with artists collective and record label doubledotdash!? and indie club night Darklands.

It returns for its tenth edition for another pulsating, eclectic tour round the fringes of the UK’s live music scene, bringing the best new music to Reading.

Jonny & the Baptists

Friday 20 September, 8pm

Saturday 21 September, 8pm

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

We live in a divided world, and we want to cross that divide. But how can we be popular now ‘populist’ means ‘I’m a shit’? Answer: WE LOVE EVERYONE. Oh, except bastards. Everyone hates bastards, right? We agree.

In a world gone crazy, can philosophy help? This sparklingly brilliant new show tries to give you the answer. Recommended age 14+ Tickets £16

Multi-award nominated* musical-activistcomedians, Jonny & The Baptists, are sick of being political and divisive. This show is about how everything is definitely fine. Let’s just get along! HHHH “Excellent” Guardian HHH “Disgraceful” Telegraph (bastards) *We’ve lost 5 times and won no times. Tickets £16

Tickets £17 advance, £15 South Street Members £20 on the door

SOUTH STREET

South Street & doubledotdash!? present

The Ex

40th Anniversary Tour Tuesday 17 September, doors 7.30pm TERRIE HESSELS - guitar ARNOLD DE BOER - vocals, guitar ANDY MOOR - guitar KATHERINA BORNEFELD - drums, vocals The adventurous, innovative Dutch band The Ex exists 40 years this year and is still going strong. New projects, new songs and new adventures. Standing Event Tickets £14, £12 South Street Members

10 Box Office 0118 960 6060

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

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

www.readingarts.com 11

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SOUTH STREET & doubledotdash!? present

SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

Phil McIntyre Entertainments

Avalon Promotions

Total Eclipse of Descartes

Love Reading and Hate Bastards

Rob Newman’s

Doors 2.30pm Join us for the 10th anniversary of THE BASH! Yes, it really has been 10 years. South Street’s much loved, festival is a collaboration with artists collective and record label doubledotdash!? and indie club night Darklands.

It returns for its tenth edition for another pulsating, eclectic tour round the fringes of the UK’s live music scene, bringing the best new music to Reading.

Jonny & the Baptists

Friday 20 September, 8pm

Saturday 21 September, 8pm

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

We live in a divided world, and we want to cross that divide. But how can we be popular now ‘populist’ means ‘I’m a shit’? Answer: WE LOVE EVERYONE. Oh, except bastards. Everyone hates bastards, right? We agree.

In a world gone crazy, can philosophy help? This sparklingly brilliant new show tries to give you the answer. Recommended age 14+ Tickets £16

Multi-award nominated* musical-activistcomedians, Jonny & The Baptists, are sick of being political and divisive. This show is about how everything is definitely fine. Let’s just get along! HHHH “Excellent” Guardian HHH “Disgraceful” Telegraph (bastards) *We’ve lost 5 times and won no times. Tickets £16

Tickets £17 advance, £15 South Street Members £20 on the door

SOUTH STREET

South Street & doubledotdash!? present

The Ex

40th Anniversary Tour Tuesday 17 September, doors 7.30pm TERRIE HESSELS - guitar ARNOLD DE BOER - vocals, guitar ANDY MOOR - guitar KATHERINA BORNEFELD - drums, vocals The adventurous, innovative Dutch band The Ex exists 40 years this year and is still going strong. New projects, new songs and new adventures. Standing Event Tickets £14, £12 South Street Members

10 Box Office 0118 960 6060

What's On Autumn 2019_NEW.indd 10-11

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

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

www.readingarts.com 11

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THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Little Mighty

Desi Central presents

The Illegal Eagles

by Testament

with Noreen Khan

A musical play adapted and directed by DAVID WOOD, based on the book by JUDITH KERR. Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns, celebrating over 10 years on stage! 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! Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, singa-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem... expect to be surprised! Running time: approx 55 minutes (no interval). Suitable for children aged 3+.

HHHH ‘This Tiger is the cat’s meow’ The Times HHHH ‘A rare and grrreat achievement’ Mail on Sunday

MINEE

HHHH ‘All the fun of the fur’ Daily Express

Tiger Came a

e

ILLUSTRATIONS COPYRIGHT © KERR-KNEALE PRODUCTIONS LTD 1968

directed by the

HHHH ‘Perfectly pitched’ Daily Telegraph HHHH ‘Delightful’ Whatsonstage.com

LOL (Ladies of Laughter)

Wednesday 25 September, 8pm

Friday 27 September, Doors 7pm

The twin juggernauts of Hip-Hop and feminism are on a collision course. And Testament reckons he’s the guy to sort it out.

Join Noreen Khan (BBC Asian Network) as she hosts a night of comedy with some of the UK’s favourite female acts. Acts on the night… Noreen Khan, Shazia Mirza, Esther Manito, Maureen Younger.

A rapper and World Record Holding Beatboxer, he thinks he’s a right-on kind of guy. He’s made theatre shows and had his poetry on Radio 4. Then his daughter is born and suddenly he’s not so sure. That’s why he’s staying up late, lost in the dark worlds of the internet. Because that’s the place people go to talk about these things.

Line-up subject to change.

Tickets £17, Ages 16+

Thursday 26 September, 7.30pm Following continued public demand the World’s Official No.1 tribute to the legendary rock band return in 2019 for more stunning vocals, tight harmonies and awesome guitar riffs! Described as 'flawless' by The Express, The Illegal Eagles are internationally renowned for their outstanding ability to recreate the Eagles’ distinctive sound with both flare and incredible authenticity. Featuring all of the Eagles’ classic hits including Hotel California, Take it to the Limit, Life in the Fast Lane, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado and many more!

Expect beatboxing, spoken word, storytelling and hip-hop classics as you’ve never heard them before.

“The Eagles’ famous harmonies were sublimely replicated” - The Independent

Suitable for ages 12+

Created by Testament in association with LittleMighty A Leeds Playhouse, Royal Exchange Theatre, Roundhouse and Camden People’s Theatre co-production

Tickets £28, £26

Ticket £13, £12 South Street members

SOUTH STREET

ILLUSTRATIONS COPYRIGHT © KERR-KNEALE PRODUCTIONS LTD 1968

Sunday 22 to Tuesday 24 September

WOKE

Heavy Pop presents

Bill Ryder-Jones + Lucy Gaffney

Thursday 26 September, doors 7.30pm Multi-instrumentalist, producer, string-arranger and composer Bill Ryder-Jones (formerly of The Coral) has had a career spanning 15 years, a rarity in a world that so often looks to the new. From his musical interpretation of Italo Calvino’s ‘If On A Winters Night A Traveller’ (If… in 2011), 2013’s A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart, West Kirby County Primary (2015) and last year’s Yawn, Bill has constantly widened his scope, weaving in an overarching sense of authenticity, intimacy and wryness as he goes. Standing event. Age 14+ Ticket £17

Tickets £14, Groups 10+: £9.50, Family of four (max 2 adults) £50

12 Box Office 0118 960 6060

What's On Autumn 2019_NEW.indd 12-13

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

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

www.readingarts.com 13

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THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Little Mighty

Desi Central presents

The Illegal Eagles

by Testament

with Noreen Khan

A musical play adapted and directed by DAVID WOOD, based on the book by JUDITH KERR. Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns, celebrating over 10 years on stage! 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! Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, singa-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem... expect to be surprised! Running time: approx 55 minutes (no interval). Suitable for children aged 3+.

HHHH ‘This Tiger is the cat’s meow’ The Times HHHH ‘A rare and grrreat achievement’ Mail on Sunday

MINEE

HHHH ‘All the fun of the fur’ Daily Express

Tiger Came a

e

ILLUSTRATIONS COPYRIGHT © KERR-KNEALE PRODUCTIONS LTD 1968

directed by the

HHHH ‘Perfectly pitched’ Daily Telegraph HHHH ‘Delightful’ Whatsonstage.com

LOL (Ladies of Laughter)

Wednesday 25 September, 8pm

Friday 27 September, Doors 7pm

The twin juggernauts of Hip-Hop and feminism are on a collision course. And Testament reckons he’s the guy to sort it out.

Join Noreen Khan (BBC Asian Network) as she hosts a night of comedy with some of the UK’s favourite female acts. Acts on the night… Noreen Khan, Shazia Mirza, Esther Manito, Maureen Younger.

A rapper and World Record Holding Beatboxer, he thinks he’s a right-on kind of guy. He’s made theatre shows and had his poetry on Radio 4. Then his daughter is born and suddenly he’s not so sure. That’s why he’s staying up late, lost in the dark worlds of the internet. Because that’s the place people go to talk about these things.

Line-up subject to change.

Tickets £17, Ages 16+

Thursday 26 September, 7.30pm Following continued public demand the World’s Official No.1 tribute to the legendary rock band return in 2019 for more stunning vocals, tight harmonies and awesome guitar riffs! Described as 'flawless' by The Express, The Illegal Eagles are internationally renowned for their outstanding ability to recreate the Eagles’ distinctive sound with both flare and incredible authenticity. Featuring all of the Eagles’ classic hits including Hotel California, Take it to the Limit, Life in the Fast Lane, Take It Easy, Lyin’ Eyes, Desperado and many more!

Expect beatboxing, spoken word, storytelling and hip-hop classics as you’ve never heard them before.

“The Eagles’ famous harmonies were sublimely replicated” - The Independent

Suitable for ages 12+

Created by Testament in association with LittleMighty A Leeds Playhouse, Royal Exchange Theatre, Roundhouse and Camden People’s Theatre co-production

Tickets £28, £26

Ticket £13, £12 South Street members

SOUTH STREET

ILLUSTRATIONS COPYRIGHT © KERR-KNEALE PRODUCTIONS LTD 1968

Sunday 22 to Tuesday 24 September

WOKE

Heavy Pop presents

Bill Ryder-Jones + Lucy Gaffney

Thursday 26 September, doors 7.30pm Multi-instrumentalist, producer, string-arranger and composer Bill Ryder-Jones (formerly of The Coral) has had a career spanning 15 years, a rarity in a world that so often looks to the new. From his musical interpretation of Italo Calvino’s ‘If On A Winters Night A Traveller’ (If… in 2011), 2013’s A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart, West Kirby County Primary (2015) and last year’s Yawn, Bill has constantly widened his scope, weaving in an overarching sense of authenticity, intimacy and wryness as he goes. Standing event. Age 14+ Ticket £17

Tickets £14, Groups 10+: £9.50, Family of four (max 2 adults) £50

12 Box Office 0118 960 6060

What's On Autumn 2019_NEW.indd 12-13

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

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

www.readingarts.com 13

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SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Rachel Mars

Moneypenny

The Magic of Motown

Live Nation

Your Sexts Are Shit: Older Better Letters Wednesday 2 October, 8pm Award winning theatre maker Rachel Mars comes to South Street with a gloriously intimate, funny and shocking new solo show. Before sexts there were handwritten letters. And loads of them were filthy. With the help of the internet, friends and two sexologists, Rachel has unearthed missives dating back centuries. Triangulating these sex and love letters of long dead artists with contemporary sexts and a meditation on the construction of the queer female body, the show is a tender and surprising hour that asks - how do we write ourselves and for whom? Including letters by Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe and James Joyce amongst others, as well as sexts sent in by anonymous donation. ‘Both hilarious, moving and a history lesson.’ HHHHH LGBTQ ARTS

Kathryn Williams + support

Thursday 3 October, 8pm Door time: 7.30pm Kathryn arrives in Reading with an incredible live band to play a retrospective set from across her impressive back catalogue to celebrate the release of her new career spanning Anthology box set (out now on One Little Indian). Tickets £18

Geoff Norcott:

Celebrating the sound of a generation

Taking Liberties

Thursday 3 October, 7.30pm

Geoff Norcott’s unique brand of provocative stand-up is hitting the road again with ‘Taking Liberties’. Whatever the contentious subject – he’ll be honest and blunt without being a dick. Mostly. As seen on The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo and Mock the Week.

Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town! Seen by over a million people, it’s no surprise that the show is one of the biggest success stories in British theatre history, even performing for Her Majesty the Queen, as special guests at the Royal Variety Performance. Prepare yourself for 40 backto-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience. With timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more, are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band.

Friday 4 October, 8pm

Recommended age 16+ Tickets £15.50

THE HEXAGON

CONCERT HALL

Ocean Film Festival

Ellie Taylor: Don’t Got This

Friday 4 October, 7.30pm

Friday 4 October, 8pm

Calling all ocean lovers! The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is back with a brand-new selection of the world’s most captivating ocean films!

Fresh from recording her debut Netflix stand up special, the star of The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo and QI is back with a brand-new show.

Celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray, who chase the crests of waves and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. Be awed by mesmerising marine life and spectacular cinematography from unexplored depths of our planet - via the big screen!

Join Ellie as she bangs on about life, love and what will happen if one more person tells her “you got this”. Tickets £17, adults only

Films 12A Tickets £15.50, £14 Concessions Groups 6+: £14

Tickets £30, £28 Concessions Groups of 10+ £3 off

Age 16+ Tickets £13, £12 concessions, £11 South Street Members

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

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SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Rachel Mars

Moneypenny

The Magic of Motown

Live Nation

Your Sexts Are Shit: Older Better Letters Wednesday 2 October, 8pm Award winning theatre maker Rachel Mars comes to South Street with a gloriously intimate, funny and shocking new solo show. Before sexts there were handwritten letters. And loads of them were filthy. With the help of the internet, friends and two sexologists, Rachel has unearthed missives dating back centuries. Triangulating these sex and love letters of long dead artists with contemporary sexts and a meditation on the construction of the queer female body, the show is a tender and surprising hour that asks - how do we write ourselves and for whom? Including letters by Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe and James Joyce amongst others, as well as sexts sent in by anonymous donation. ‘Both hilarious, moving and a history lesson.’ HHHHH LGBTQ ARTS

Kathryn Williams + support

Thursday 3 October, 8pm Door time: 7.30pm Kathryn arrives in Reading with an incredible live band to play a retrospective set from across her impressive back catalogue to celebrate the release of her new career spanning Anthology box set (out now on One Little Indian). Tickets £18

Geoff Norcott:

Celebrating the sound of a generation

Taking Liberties

Thursday 3 October, 7.30pm

Geoff Norcott’s unique brand of provocative stand-up is hitting the road again with ‘Taking Liberties’. Whatever the contentious subject – he’ll be honest and blunt without being a dick. Mostly. As seen on The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo and Mock the Week.

Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town! Seen by over a million people, it’s no surprise that the show is one of the biggest success stories in British theatre history, even performing for Her Majesty the Queen, as special guests at the Royal Variety Performance. Prepare yourself for 40 backto-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience. With timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more, are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band.

Friday 4 October, 8pm

Recommended age 16+ Tickets £15.50

THE HEXAGON

CONCERT HALL

Ocean Film Festival

Ellie Taylor: Don’t Got This

Friday 4 October, 7.30pm

Friday 4 October, 8pm

Calling all ocean lovers! The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is back with a brand-new selection of the world’s most captivating ocean films!

Fresh from recording her debut Netflix stand up special, the star of The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo and QI is back with a brand-new show.

Celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray, who chase the crests of waves and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. Be awed by mesmerising marine life and spectacular cinematography from unexplored depths of our planet - via the big screen!

Join Ellie as she bangs on about life, love and what will happen if one more person tells her “you got this”. Tickets £17, adults only

Films 12A Tickets £15.50, £14 Concessions Groups 6+: £14

Tickets £30, £28 Concessions Groups of 10+ £3 off

Age 16+ Tickets £13, £12 concessions, £11 South Street Members

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

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

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CONCERT HALL

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Verdi Requiem

Nancy Kerr & Luke Daniels

Freckle Productions present

Saturday 5 October, 7.30pm

Saturday 5 October, 7pm

Erica Eloff, Soprano Yvonne Howard, Mezzo-Soprano Alessandro Fisher, Tenor Ben Davies, Bass-Baritone

Two of the British folk scene’s top performers have teamed up for some duo/double header shows to perform their own and each other’s music.

Corona Orchestra (leader, Catherine Leech) Oxford Chorus Janet Lincé, Conductor In aid of Singing for Syrians. [HANDS UP FOUNDATION registered charity no: 1156491]

This new duo show promises to be a stunning mix of contemporary folk music and inspired instrumental virtuosity. Tickets £14, £12 South Street Members

Tickets: £32, £24, £19, £14 Concessions available.

Tabby McTat

From the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 October “Me, you and the old guitar, How perfectly, perfectly happy we are. MEEE-EW and the old guitar. How PURRRR-fectly happy we are!” Tabby McTat is a cat with the loudest of meee-ews and a best friend with a guitar. Together they sing their favourite songs delighting the crowds, until one day Fred disappears. Separated and alone, Tabby finds shelter and a new life with all the home comforts that any cat could dream of. However, memories of his life with Fred haunt him, and he sets off to search the streets for his longlost friend. From the team behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Zog, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Tabby McTat is a heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty interwoven with original songs and a sprinkling of magic. HHHH ‘The zippiest Donaldson adaptation I’ve seen - a real delight’ Time Out ‘Very funny. A lovely heart-warming story that I would recommend to all’ Mini Travellers Suitable for children and families of all ages. show is 60mins long. No interval. Tickets £14

Tabby McTat © 2009 Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Published by Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic Children’s Books.

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

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CONCERT HALL

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Verdi Requiem

Nancy Kerr & Luke Daniels

Freckle Productions present

Saturday 5 October, 7.30pm

Saturday 5 October, 7pm

Erica Eloff, Soprano Yvonne Howard, Mezzo-Soprano Alessandro Fisher, Tenor Ben Davies, Bass-Baritone

Two of the British folk scene’s top performers have teamed up for some duo/double header shows to perform their own and each other’s music.

Corona Orchestra (leader, Catherine Leech) Oxford Chorus Janet Lincé, Conductor In aid of Singing for Syrians. [HANDS UP FOUNDATION registered charity no: 1156491]

This new duo show promises to be a stunning mix of contemporary folk music and inspired instrumental virtuosity. Tickets £14, £12 South Street Members

Tickets: £32, £24, £19, £14 Concessions available.

Tabby McTat

From the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 October “Me, you and the old guitar, How perfectly, perfectly happy we are. MEEE-EW and the old guitar. How PURRRR-fectly happy we are!” Tabby McTat is a cat with the loudest of meee-ews and a best friend with a guitar. Together they sing their favourite songs delighting the crowds, until one day Fred disappears. Separated and alone, Tabby finds shelter and a new life with all the home comforts that any cat could dream of. However, memories of his life with Fred haunt him, and he sets off to search the streets for his longlost friend. From the team behind Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales and Zog, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Tabby McTat is a heart-warming tale of friendship and loyalty interwoven with original songs and a sprinkling of magic. HHHH ‘The zippiest Donaldson adaptation I’ve seen - a real delight’ Time Out ‘Very funny. A lovely heart-warming story that I would recommend to all’ Mini Travellers Suitable for children and families of all ages. show is 60mins long. No interval. Tickets £14

Tabby McTat © 2009 Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Published by Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic Children’s Books.

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

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

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THE HEXAGON

SITELINES

Hartshorn – Hook Productions, Selladoor Worldwide and Broadway Asia Company in association with The Watermill Theatre present

SITELINES presents

User Not Found

Amélie the musical

Created by Dante or Die. Written by Chris Goode

Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 October Wednesday 9 October at 7.30pm Sign Language (BSL) Interpreted Performance. Thursday 10 October at 7.30pm Audio Description and pre-show 'Touch Tour' available for blind and visually impaired ticket holders.

Tuesday 8 October, 6pm & 8.30pm

HHHHH

Location: To be announced – please see website for details.

‘Pure Heaven’ (Express)

It’s the moment of your death. There’s a magic button. Do you delete your entire online legacy? Or do you keep it – and leave the choice for someone else? USER NOT FOUND is about our digital identities after we die. This new play by celebrated sitespecific company Dante or Die and pioneering writer Chris Goode is performed in the cafe at Broad Street Bar & Kitchen. Through smartphones and headphones you become a fly-on-the-wall of one man faced with keeping or deleting. A story of contemporary grief unfolds through this intimate, funny performance that gently interrogates our need for connection.

Starring Audrey Brisson & Danny Mac A story of an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realises that to find her own contentment she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Amélie, played by the delightful Audrey Brisson (The Elephantom, Pinocchio and Pericles (National Theatre), The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic) and more), is a new musical based on the much loved five-time Oscar®-nominated film ‘something magical has happened in the journey from screen to stage’ (The Telegraph). Nino will be played by Danny Mac (Les Miserables (Southampton), Wicked (West End), Strictly Come Dancing (BBC finalist), On The Town (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Come and be inspired by this imaginative dreamer who finds her voice, discovers the power of connection and sees possibilities around every corner. Although times are hard for dreamers, Amélie is someone to believe in.

Please note this show does not take place at South Street. Location to be confirmed. Duration: 90 minutes (no interval)

No Latecomers. Please arrive in plenty of time. Tickets Tues - Thursday & Sat Mat: £36.50, £34.50, £31.50, £28.50 Friday & Sat evening: £39.50, £37.50, £34.50, £31.50 Weds Matinee: all £27.50

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Concessions: £3 off * Groups 6+: £3 off*, Groups 10+: £5 off * *concessions & groups available Tues - Thursday evenings only

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

Recommended age 14+ Tickets £16, £14 South Street members

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

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THE HEXAGON

SITELINES

Hartshorn – Hook Productions, Selladoor Worldwide and Broadway Asia Company in association with The Watermill Theatre present

SITELINES presents

User Not Found

Amélie the musical

Created by Dante or Die. Written by Chris Goode

Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 October Wednesday 9 October at 7.30pm Sign Language (BSL) Interpreted Performance. Thursday 10 October at 7.30pm Audio Description and pre-show 'Touch Tour' available for blind and visually impaired ticket holders.

Tuesday 8 October, 6pm & 8.30pm

HHHHH

Location: To be announced – please see website for details.

‘Pure Heaven’ (Express)

It’s the moment of your death. There’s a magic button. Do you delete your entire online legacy? Or do you keep it – and leave the choice for someone else? USER NOT FOUND is about our digital identities after we die. This new play by celebrated sitespecific company Dante or Die and pioneering writer Chris Goode is performed in the cafe at Broad Street Bar & Kitchen. Through smartphones and headphones you become a fly-on-the-wall of one man faced with keeping or deleting. A story of contemporary grief unfolds through this intimate, funny performance that gently interrogates our need for connection.

Starring Audrey Brisson & Danny Mac A story of an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She secretly improvises small, but extraordinary acts of kindness that bring happiness to those around her. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realises that to find her own contentment she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Amélie, played by the delightful Audrey Brisson (The Elephantom, Pinocchio and Pericles (National Theatre), The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic) and more), is a new musical based on the much loved five-time Oscar®-nominated film ‘something magical has happened in the journey from screen to stage’ (The Telegraph). Nino will be played by Danny Mac (Les Miserables (Southampton), Wicked (West End), Strictly Come Dancing (BBC finalist), On The Town (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). Come and be inspired by this imaginative dreamer who finds her voice, discovers the power of connection and sees possibilities around every corner. Although times are hard for dreamers, Amélie is someone to believe in.

Please note this show does not take place at South Street. Location to be confirmed. Duration: 90 minutes (no interval)

No Latecomers. Please arrive in plenty of time. Tickets Tues - Thursday & Sat Mat: £36.50, £34.50, £31.50, £28.50 Friday & Sat evening: £39.50, £37.50, £34.50, £31.50 Weds Matinee: all £27.50

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Concessions: £3 off * Groups 6+: £3 off*, Groups 10+: £5 off * *concessions & groups available Tues - Thursday evenings only

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

Recommended age 14+ Tickets £16, £14 South Street members

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

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SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

House Theatre present

RBM Comedy

Written by Kieran Hurley & Gary McNair

Poplab

Square Go

Wednesday 9 October, 8pm Max is a normal-ish kid in a normal-ish town. He spends his days daydreaming and hanging out with his weird wee pal Stevie Nimmo. But when Max is called for his first Square Go, a fight by the school gates, it’s his own demons he must wrestle with first. Featuring an original soundtrack by members of Frightened Rabbit, this unmissable collaboration between Fringe First-winning writers Kieran Hurley (Beats, Heads Up) and Gary McNair (A Gambler’s Guide to Dying) is a raucous and hilarious new play about playground violence, myths of masculinity and the decision to step up or run. “Riotously entertaining” HHHH The Independent Recommended age 14+ Tickets £14, £13 concessions, £12 South Street Members

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

Carole:

Phil McIntyre Entertainment Presents

Bunny Production in association with House Theatre

Friday 11 October, 8pm

Monday 14 October, 7.30pm

BBC Radio 2 - Folk Singer of the Year. Lead Singer & Guitarist of Lau.

Fake News

From the producers of the West End hit shows Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of The Dubliners and Walk Right Back The Everly Brothers Story. Carole - The Music of Carole King is the story of the career of one of the most successful and admired songwriters in the history of popular music.

Wednesday 16 October, 8pm

Unique Gravity

Kris Drever

Frisky & Mannish: Thursday 10 October, 8pm 10 years since they burst onto the scene with their wildly popular brand of musical infotainment, Frisky & Mannish are officially Pop PhDs, fully qualified to conduct scientific analyses of the molecular intersections between every pop song ever. For the first time, you are invited into their PopLab to peek down the microscope at all their latest research projects. Have they found an effective vaccine for the contagious virus sweeping through the pop world? Who is the latest to benefit from their 80s Dance-Pop Conservation Program? Brush up on your Pop Periodic Table with the mad scientists themselves, and you’ll be able to answer academic questions yourself, like just how can Coldplay be so popular even though everyone you ask says they hate them?

Kris Drever is a Scottish folk singer songwriter, who has won multiple awards including an incredible 7 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, two shortlist nominations for Scottish Album of The Year (with his trio Lau) and much acclaim for his solo recordings and concerts. In January Kris played a 1,500 capacity, sold out, St James’ Theatre Glasgow with full orchestra re-imagining key songs from his career to date including his pro-immigration anthem for our times ‘Ghosts’. This show is a chance to hear him up close and personal as he performs solo. Tickets £17

Tickets £18

The Music of Carole King

With a cast of the UK’s finest musicians, singers and dancers, we tell the story of the music of Carole King, from its early beginnings in New York in that hotbed of creativity that was the Brill Building to life in LA, The Troubadour Club and the singer-songwriter movement of early 70’s California. Ticket information £25.50

Jonathan Pie: Wednesday 16 October, 7.30pm If no news is good news then good news is fake news. Jonathan Pie returns to the road once more to berate the people in power - and the journalists apparently holding them to account.  Jonathan Pie is the exasperated news reporter whose videos have been seen across the world. His previous two tours have taken in venues such as the Hammersmith Apollo and the London Palladium and performances across the US and Australia. “A staggering tour-de-force of righteous visceral rage”  (Chortle) “A true tour de force”  (Evening Standard) PLEASE ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME ~ LATE COMERS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED. Advisory ages 16+ Tickets £26.50, £19.50

SOUTH STREET

Still No Idea

Lisa and Rachael want to make a show, but there’s a problem: they don’t have any ideas. So who do they turn to? The Great British Public of course! They make a pact. They’ll go onto the streets, interview people, and whatever story the public come up with – that will be the show. No backing out, no changing what they don’t like. Deal. Still No Idea is Lisa and Rachael’s quest: a mischievous look at two friends searching for drama, action, and a story to tell. Part-verbatim theatre, part-confession, part-comedy sketch show with a bit of singing and dancing thrown in. Turns out getting the public to write your story is quite an adventure. ‘Hilarious, clever and vital viewing’ HHHH The Stage This performance is supported on tour by house, delivered by Farnham Maltings and funded by Arts Council England.

80 minutes, no interval Recommended age 14+ Tickets £14, £13 concessions, £12 South Street Members

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

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

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SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

House Theatre present

RBM Comedy

Written by Kieran Hurley & Gary McNair

Poplab

Square Go

Wednesday 9 October, 8pm Max is a normal-ish kid in a normal-ish town. He spends his days daydreaming and hanging out with his weird wee pal Stevie Nimmo. But when Max is called for his first Square Go, a fight by the school gates, it’s his own demons he must wrestle with first. Featuring an original soundtrack by members of Frightened Rabbit, this unmissable collaboration between Fringe First-winning writers Kieran Hurley (Beats, Heads Up) and Gary McNair (A Gambler’s Guide to Dying) is a raucous and hilarious new play about playground violence, myths of masculinity and the decision to step up or run. “Riotously entertaining” HHHH The Independent Recommended age 14+ Tickets £14, £13 concessions, £12 South Street Members

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

Carole:

Phil McIntyre Entertainment Presents

Bunny Production in association with House Theatre

Friday 11 October, 8pm

Monday 14 October, 7.30pm

BBC Radio 2 - Folk Singer of the Year. Lead Singer & Guitarist of Lau.

Fake News

From the producers of the West End hit shows Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of The Dubliners and Walk Right Back The Everly Brothers Story. Carole - The Music of Carole King is the story of the career of one of the most successful and admired songwriters in the history of popular music.

Wednesday 16 October, 8pm

Unique Gravity

Kris Drever

Frisky & Mannish: Thursday 10 October, 8pm 10 years since they burst onto the scene with their wildly popular brand of musical infotainment, Frisky & Mannish are officially Pop PhDs, fully qualified to conduct scientific analyses of the molecular intersections between every pop song ever. For the first time, you are invited into their PopLab to peek down the microscope at all their latest research projects. Have they found an effective vaccine for the contagious virus sweeping through the pop world? Who is the latest to benefit from their 80s Dance-Pop Conservation Program? Brush up on your Pop Periodic Table with the mad scientists themselves, and you’ll be able to answer academic questions yourself, like just how can Coldplay be so popular even though everyone you ask says they hate them?

Kris Drever is a Scottish folk singer songwriter, who has won multiple awards including an incredible 7 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, two shortlist nominations for Scottish Album of The Year (with his trio Lau) and much acclaim for his solo recordings and concerts. In January Kris played a 1,500 capacity, sold out, St James’ Theatre Glasgow with full orchestra re-imagining key songs from his career to date including his pro-immigration anthem for our times ‘Ghosts’. This show is a chance to hear him up close and personal as he performs solo. Tickets £17

Tickets £18

The Music of Carole King

With a cast of the UK’s finest musicians, singers and dancers, we tell the story of the music of Carole King, from its early beginnings in New York in that hotbed of creativity that was the Brill Building to life in LA, The Troubadour Club and the singer-songwriter movement of early 70’s California. Ticket information £25.50

Jonathan Pie: Wednesday 16 October, 7.30pm If no news is good news then good news is fake news. Jonathan Pie returns to the road once more to berate the people in power - and the journalists apparently holding them to account.  Jonathan Pie is the exasperated news reporter whose videos have been seen across the world. His previous two tours have taken in venues such as the Hammersmith Apollo and the London Palladium and performances across the US and Australia. “A staggering tour-de-force of righteous visceral rage”  (Chortle) “A true tour de force”  (Evening Standard) PLEASE ARRIVE IN GOOD TIME ~ LATE COMERS WILL NOT BE ADMITTED. Advisory ages 16+ Tickets £26.50, £19.50

SOUTH STREET

Still No Idea

Lisa and Rachael want to make a show, but there’s a problem: they don’t have any ideas. So who do they turn to? The Great British Public of course! They make a pact. They’ll go onto the streets, interview people, and whatever story the public come up with – that will be the show. No backing out, no changing what they don’t like. Deal. Still No Idea is Lisa and Rachael’s quest: a mischievous look at two friends searching for drama, action, and a story to tell. Part-verbatim theatre, part-confession, part-comedy sketch show with a bit of singing and dancing thrown in. Turns out getting the public to write your story is quite an adventure. ‘Hilarious, clever and vital viewing’ HHHH The Stage This performance is supported on tour by house, delivered by Farnham Maltings and funded by Arts Council England.

80 minutes, no interval Recommended age 14+ Tickets £14, £13 concessions, £12 South Street Members

20 Box Office 0118 960 6060

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

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

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SOUTH STREET

CONCERT HALL

Impatient Productions

Classical Music Alive

Gagster’s Paradise

Thursday 17 October, 7.30pm

Gary Delaney: Thursday 17 October, 8pm Due to exceptional demand and an array of sold out dates all over the UK, Britain’s leading oneliner comic extends his brand new 2018 tour with even more dates for 2019 and 2020, returning to Reading with another onslaught of lean, expertly crafted gaggery. Recommended age 16+ Tickets £19

THE HEXAGON

Imogen Cooper, Piano Schubert: Piano Sonata in C minor D958 Piano Sonata in A Major D959 Piano Sonata in B flat Major No.21 D960 Pre-concert talk by Chris de Souza 6.30pm, The Town Hall Tickets £21.50, £18.50, £13.50

Concessions, Groups & Schools Rates Available. Test Drive a Classical Concert for £12* *Available to anyone who has not purchased tickets to a Classical Music Alive concert before. Subject to availability. Reading Arts & Venues - Supporting Education in the Arts

Thursday 17 October, doors 7.30pm Havana…..The Rolling Stones……500,000 screaming fans…… and you. Relive the concert of concerts as if you were there in this brand new immersive event like no other. Rebel Vision’s cutting edge cinematic technology will transport you to Havana where rock history was made as The Rolling Stones performed to half a million fans in a spectacular and iconic record breaking event. A state of the art sound system, screens and concert lighting creates a brand new experience as Cuban dancers and actors provide an exotic backdrop allowing you to submerge yourself in Havana Moon and let the Caribbean air wash over you. “This immersive experience will let thousands more fans be part of a historic moment” Sir Mick Jagger

Tickets £37, £42 Standing downstairs - seated Balcony. Under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult and seated in balcony.

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SOUTH STREET

CONCERT HALL

Impatient Productions

Classical Music Alive

Gagster’s Paradise

Thursday 17 October, 7.30pm

Gary Delaney: Thursday 17 October, 8pm Due to exceptional demand and an array of sold out dates all over the UK, Britain’s leading oneliner comic extends his brand new 2018 tour with even more dates for 2019 and 2020, returning to Reading with another onslaught of lean, expertly crafted gaggery. Recommended age 16+ Tickets £19

THE HEXAGON

Imogen Cooper, Piano Schubert: Piano Sonata in C minor D958 Piano Sonata in A Major D959 Piano Sonata in B flat Major No.21 D960 Pre-concert talk by Chris de Souza 6.30pm, The Town Hall Tickets £21.50, £18.50, £13.50

Concessions, Groups & Schools Rates Available. Test Drive a Classical Concert for £12* *Available to anyone who has not purchased tickets to a Classical Music Alive concert before. Subject to availability. Reading Arts & Venues - Supporting Education in the Arts

Thursday 17 October, doors 7.30pm Havana…..The Rolling Stones……500,000 screaming fans…… and you. Relive the concert of concerts as if you were there in this brand new immersive event like no other. Rebel Vision’s cutting edge cinematic technology will transport you to Havana where rock history was made as The Rolling Stones performed to half a million fans in a spectacular and iconic record breaking event. A state of the art sound system, screens and concert lighting creates a brand new experience as Cuban dancers and actors provide an exotic backdrop allowing you to submerge yourself in Havana Moon and let the Caribbean air wash over you. “This immersive experience will let thousands more fans be part of a historic moment” Sir Mick Jagger

Tickets £37, £42 Standing downstairs - seated Balcony. Under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult and seated in balcony.

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Al Murray:

Lou Sanders: Say Hello to Your New Step-Mummy

Friday 18 October, 8pm It’s me, Loulie, AKA the face that launched a thousand dicks! In this show I’ll examine relationships (all kinds, baby), mental health (other people’s, I’m fine) and perverts (that one is mainly me, actually). I’ll be oversharing, wanging on about spirituality and giving everyone some much unwanted advice. As seen/heard on Taskmaster, QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Travel Man, Hypothetical, The Russell Howard Hour, The Unbelievable Truth, Ultimate Worrier and more.

Landlord of Hope and Glory

THE HEXAGON  

Friday 18 October, 7.30pm A Time of crisis, the world in chaos, the country divided as it has never been divided before Questions have been asked and non-answered. What we need is one man, to step forward, one man with all the answers. Well you’re in luck, ladies and gentlemen - he’s here and touring the nation.

SOUTH STREET African Night Fever present

Kanda Bongo Man

Saturday 19 October, 8pm Doors, 7.30pm The King of Soukous Kanda Bongo Man is one of the biggest stars in world music and one of the leading exponents of central African music. After Kanda revolutionised the Congolese music of soukous, whilst parting with Orchestra Belle Mambo, he took up a solo career in Paris in 1979. He is most famous for the changes he made to soukous music with mesmerizing guitar solos that gave birth to the famous “kwasa kwasa” dance.

‘Stand up Gold’ The Guardian Adults Only Tickets £29.50

THE HEXAGON

John Finnemore’s Flying Visit Sunday 20 October, 7.30pm John Finnemore, writer and star of the multi-award winning BBC Radio shows “John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme”, “Cabin Pressure” and “John Finnemore’s Double Acts” brings his new live show to the stage! With the help of special guests from Souvenir Programme, John will be performing brand new sketches, some old favourites and - unless someone can stop him - quite possibly a song. Plus a live stage appearance from Cabin Pressure’s Arthur Shappey: the most cheerful, least helpful steward in the skies. Kids welcome, so long as they laugh in the right places. Actually, that goes for adults too. ‘One of the best written, cast, acted and directed comedies on anywhere.’ The Daily Telegraph Tickets £27

Kanda’s music has always been driven by optimism and happiness. His exhilarating performances are exciting and energetic yet deeply rooted in the Congolese tradition. With his incredible sevenpiece band behind him, don’t miss Kanda Bongo Man bring the joyous music and dance of central Africa for an unforgettable sunshine experience.

Ages16+ Tickets £15

Standing event. Ticket £15, £13 South Street Members

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Al Murray:

Lou Sanders: Say Hello to Your New Step-Mummy

Friday 18 October, 8pm It’s me, Loulie, AKA the face that launched a thousand dicks! In this show I’ll examine relationships (all kinds, baby), mental health (other people’s, I’m fine) and perverts (that one is mainly me, actually). I’ll be oversharing, wanging on about spirituality and giving everyone some much unwanted advice. As seen/heard on Taskmaster, QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Travel Man, Hypothetical, The Russell Howard Hour, The Unbelievable Truth, Ultimate Worrier and more.

Landlord of Hope and Glory

THE HEXAGON  

Friday 18 October, 7.30pm A Time of crisis, the world in chaos, the country divided as it has never been divided before Questions have been asked and non-answered. What we need is one man, to step forward, one man with all the answers. Well you’re in luck, ladies and gentlemen - he’s here and touring the nation.

SOUTH STREET African Night Fever present

Kanda Bongo Man

Saturday 19 October, 8pm Doors, 7.30pm The King of Soukous Kanda Bongo Man is one of the biggest stars in world music and one of the leading exponents of central African music. After Kanda revolutionised the Congolese music of soukous, whilst parting with Orchestra Belle Mambo, he took up a solo career in Paris in 1979. He is most famous for the changes he made to soukous music with mesmerizing guitar solos that gave birth to the famous “kwasa kwasa” dance.

‘Stand up Gold’ The Guardian Adults Only Tickets £29.50

THE HEXAGON

John Finnemore’s Flying Visit Sunday 20 October, 7.30pm John Finnemore, writer and star of the multi-award winning BBC Radio shows “John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme”, “Cabin Pressure” and “John Finnemore’s Double Acts” brings his new live show to the stage! With the help of special guests from Souvenir Programme, John will be performing brand new sketches, some old favourites and - unless someone can stop him - quite possibly a song. Plus a live stage appearance from Cabin Pressure’s Arthur Shappey: the most cheerful, least helpful steward in the skies. Kids welcome, so long as they laugh in the right places. Actually, that goes for adults too. ‘One of the best written, cast, acted and directed comedies on anywhere.’ The Daily Telegraph Tickets £27

Kanda’s music has always been driven by optimism and happiness. His exhilarating performances are exciting and energetic yet deeply rooted in the Congolese tradition. With his incredible sevenpiece band behind him, don’t miss Kanda Bongo Man bring the joyous music and dance of central Africa for an unforgettable sunshine experience.

Ages16+ Tickets £15

Standing event. Ticket £15, £13 South Street Members

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Mark Thomas:

What’s Love Got to do With it?

Tues 22 & Wed 23 Oct, 8pm

Wednesday 23 October, 7.30pm

In his new show Mark combines his trademark mix of storytelling, stand-up, mischief and really, really well researched material to examine how we have come to inhabit this divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom.

A joyous new show celebrating the music of the incredible Tina Turner.

Phil McIntyre Entertainments

50 Things About Us (Work In Progress)

50 Things About Us is also a podcast (coming out in September) and a book published by September Publishing in February 2020 and an art exhibition... in Liverpool January 2020.

Recommended age 12+ Tickets £14, £12 South Street Members

Brought to you by the award-winning producers behind the hugely successful Whitney - Queen of the Night, What’s Love Got To Do With It? is the ultimate tribute concert to one of the most iconic and loved musical artists of our generation.   In this brand new touring theatre show, audiences can expect a night of high energy, feel-good rock-and-roll featuring Tina’s greatest hits performed by the amazing vocal talent of Elesha Paul Moses (The Voice, X Factor) supported by full ten piece live band. In a breath-taking career spanning over 50 years, audiences can look forward to hearing stunning musical arrangements of Tina’s most-loved classic hits including; Private Dancer, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, Proud Mary, River Deep, Nutbush City Limits, Simply The Best and many more. Tickets £28, £26 concessions

THE HEXAGON An Audience With

Simon Reeve Thursday 24 October, 7.30pm The show features the worldfamous BBC presented and adventurer recount tales from over 15 years of travelling to the most remote and extreme corners of the planet. From being chased by pirates, hounded by the KGB and bombed by Colombian barons, Simon Reeve has travelled through over 120 countries and his BBC documentaries have sold to over 60 countries around the world! ‘An Audience with Simon Reeve’ is not only a fascinating and educational show, but at times shocking, inspirational and hilarious!

CONCERT HALL

SOUTH STREET

Phil McIntyre Entertainments

Strangeface Theatre

Hot Shame

Thursday 24 October, 8pm

John Robins:

Thursday 24 October, 7.30pm Edinburgh Comedy AwardWinner, Digital DJ, Vibe-Magnet, yells into a well. Join John Robins for his new stand-up show following the critically lauded, sell-out smash, The Darkness Of Robins. As well as receiving widespread acclaim for his radio show with Elis James, John has gained a reputation as a comic with a gift for finding humour in the bleakest of moments. Expect soul-bearing, self-lacerating, piping-hot shame! Recommended age 16+ Tickets £19.50

This 1.5hrs theatre show includes exclusive multi-media footage and a 20mins Question & Answer session. Tickets £27, U16 £19.50, Family ticket (2 adults 2 children) £83 Concessions: £22, Groups 1 in 10 free

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

The Hit

A very black comedy - Mikey AKA The Ghost is a hitman exposed to parts of the brain he never thought he would see. After an accidental death, some nagging last words, and a chance encounter in a steam bath he is holed up in his New York apartment trying to straighten things out. Bizarre events play out at the Mexico border, on a trampoline via in the aisles of Toys R Us. Pitched on the extremes of mind and body, this “exceptional puppetry” from award-winning Strangeface draws on the latest thinking in cognitive neuroscience to question the way we see the world. “A hilarious and engaging show, and I learnt a bit about my brain too” Audience Member With creative team members from War Horse, The Hit is something different! Breaking Bad meets Samuel Beckett in a show designed to blow your mind.

Recommended age 15+ Tickets £13, £12 concessions, £11 South Street Members

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Mark Thomas:

What’s Love Got to do With it?

Tues 22 & Wed 23 Oct, 8pm

Wednesday 23 October, 7.30pm

In his new show Mark combines his trademark mix of storytelling, stand-up, mischief and really, really well researched material to examine how we have come to inhabit this divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom.

A joyous new show celebrating the music of the incredible Tina Turner.

Phil McIntyre Entertainments

50 Things About Us (Work In Progress)

50 Things About Us is also a podcast (coming out in September) and a book published by September Publishing in February 2020 and an art exhibition... in Liverpool January 2020.

Recommended age 12+ Tickets £14, £12 South Street Members

Brought to you by the award-winning producers behind the hugely successful Whitney - Queen of the Night, What’s Love Got To Do With It? is the ultimate tribute concert to one of the most iconic and loved musical artists of our generation.   In this brand new touring theatre show, audiences can expect a night of high energy, feel-good rock-and-roll featuring Tina’s greatest hits performed by the amazing vocal talent of Elesha Paul Moses (The Voice, X Factor) supported by full ten piece live band. In a breath-taking career spanning over 50 years, audiences can look forward to hearing stunning musical arrangements of Tina’s most-loved classic hits including; Private Dancer, What’s Love Got To Do With It?, Proud Mary, River Deep, Nutbush City Limits, Simply The Best and many more. Tickets £28, £26 concessions

THE HEXAGON An Audience With

Simon Reeve Thursday 24 October, 7.30pm The show features the worldfamous BBC presented and adventurer recount tales from over 15 years of travelling to the most remote and extreme corners of the planet. From being chased by pirates, hounded by the KGB and bombed by Colombian barons, Simon Reeve has travelled through over 120 countries and his BBC documentaries have sold to over 60 countries around the world! ‘An Audience with Simon Reeve’ is not only a fascinating and educational show, but at times shocking, inspirational and hilarious!

CONCERT HALL

SOUTH STREET

Phil McIntyre Entertainments

Strangeface Theatre

Hot Shame

Thursday 24 October, 8pm

John Robins:

Thursday 24 October, 7.30pm Edinburgh Comedy AwardWinner, Digital DJ, Vibe-Magnet, yells into a well. Join John Robins for his new stand-up show following the critically lauded, sell-out smash, The Darkness Of Robins. As well as receiving widespread acclaim for his radio show with Elis James, John has gained a reputation as a comic with a gift for finding humour in the bleakest of moments. Expect soul-bearing, self-lacerating, piping-hot shame! Recommended age 16+ Tickets £19.50

This 1.5hrs theatre show includes exclusive multi-media footage and a 20mins Question & Answer session. Tickets £27, U16 £19.50, Family ticket (2 adults 2 children) £83 Concessions: £22, Groups 1 in 10 free

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

The Hit

A very black comedy - Mikey AKA The Ghost is a hitman exposed to parts of the brain he never thought he would see. After an accidental death, some nagging last words, and a chance encounter in a steam bath he is holed up in his New York apartment trying to straighten things out. Bizarre events play out at the Mexico border, on a trampoline via in the aisles of Toys R Us. Pitched on the extremes of mind and body, this “exceptional puppetry” from award-winning Strangeface draws on the latest thinking in cognitive neuroscience to question the way we see the world. “A hilarious and engaging show, and I learnt a bit about my brain too” Audience Member With creative team members from War Horse, The Hit is something different! Breaking Bad meets Samuel Beckett in a show designed to blow your mind.

Recommended age 15+ Tickets £13, £12 concessions, £11 South Street Members

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SOUTH STREET Kadampa Meditation Centre present

Solving our problems with meditation Thursday 24 October, 7.30pm A practical talk explaining how to overcome feelings of frustration, dissatisfaction and irritation using meditation and positive thinking. At this special event, Gen Nyingpo will explain the methods that free us from negative emotions, making joy, happiness and meaning our everyday reality. Everyone is welcome to attend. Tickets £10

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

Nosferatu (1922)

Fastlove

You Win Again

Friday 25 October, doors 7.30pm

Friday 25 October, 7.30pm

Saturday 26 October, 7.30pm

Brace yourselves for Transylvanian terror and a haunting original score. Are you brave enough? An atmospheric screening of the 1922 classic silent vampire film with a live soundtrack from acclaimed band Year of the Kite.

Get ready for an unforgettable evening with a global superstar, as he puts the Boom Boom into your heart in the all new production, Fastlove - A tribute to George Michael.

Direct from London’s West End, You Win Again – Celebrating The Music of The Bee Gees. Prepare to experience the distinct sound of one the greatest bands to have ever graced the stage in this unforgettable concert spectacular. Immerse yourself in the brothers’ music through the sixties, seventies and eighties – including hits they wrote for artists such as Celine Dion, Diana Ross and Dolly Parton.

A Tribute to George Michael

with live score by Year of the Kite

Ages 16+ Tickets £12

This is a spellbinding experience you don’t want to miss. You’ll be getting up (to get down) to all your favourite songs: Careless Whisper, Freedom, Faith, Father Figure, One More Try, Outside, Jesus To A Child, Kissing A Fool, and many more. Relive the passion, the flare, and the unique sensitivity of George Michael in this incredible concert sensation. Tickets £29.50. £28.50 Concessions. Groups 1 in 10 free

The Music of the Bee Gees

Join us for this breath-taking concert spectacular, taking you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive, More Than A Woman, You Should Be Dancing, How Deep is Your Love?, Jive Talkin’, Tragedy, Massachusetts, Words, I’ve Got to Get a Message to You, Too Much Heaven, Islands in the Stream, Grease, If I Can’t Have You and many more! This fabulously authentic production ensure that the Gibb brothers incredible legacy of classic hit songs is well and truly stayin’ alive. This is a tribute show and is no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows.

SOUTH STREET Wishlist Music & South Street

Hamish Hawk & the New Outfit + KT King and Rose (Valeras) + Harroland Saturday 26 October, doors 7pm A very special triple-bill of indie, with proceeds to Healing Venezuela. After touring with Idlewild, Hamish Hawk and the New Outfit return for their biggest Reading show to date. 2018’s album ‘From Zero to One’ is playful, smart and raucous, with new EP ‘Laziest River’ slowing the pace with lyrical ingenuity and a darker edge. Their live shows fizz with warmth, wit and unpredictable energy. KT King and Rose, of youthful but well-established Reading rock legends Valeras, play at South Street for the first time as a duo. Fresh from a summer of festivals in Europe, they bring edgy vocals, fierce guitars, and heavy, hypnotic melodies. The instantly recognisable Harroland start off this special event, with their trademark dark and engaging sound and new tunes on show. Tickets £8 adv, £10 on the door

Tickets £28, concessions £27, Groups of 10+, 1 in 10 free

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SOUTH STREET Kadampa Meditation Centre present

Solving our problems with meditation Thursday 24 October, 7.30pm A practical talk explaining how to overcome feelings of frustration, dissatisfaction and irritation using meditation and positive thinking. At this special event, Gen Nyingpo will explain the methods that free us from negative emotions, making joy, happiness and meaning our everyday reality. Everyone is welcome to attend. Tickets £10

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

Nosferatu (1922)

Fastlove

You Win Again

Friday 25 October, doors 7.30pm

Friday 25 October, 7.30pm

Saturday 26 October, 7.30pm

Brace yourselves for Transylvanian terror and a haunting original score. Are you brave enough? An atmospheric screening of the 1922 classic silent vampire film with a live soundtrack from acclaimed band Year of the Kite.

Get ready for an unforgettable evening with a global superstar, as he puts the Boom Boom into your heart in the all new production, Fastlove - A tribute to George Michael.

Direct from London’s West End, You Win Again – Celebrating The Music of The Bee Gees. Prepare to experience the distinct sound of one the greatest bands to have ever graced the stage in this unforgettable concert spectacular. Immerse yourself in the brothers’ music through the sixties, seventies and eighties – including hits they wrote for artists such as Celine Dion, Diana Ross and Dolly Parton.

A Tribute to George Michael

with live score by Year of the Kite

Ages 16+ Tickets £12

This is a spellbinding experience you don’t want to miss. You’ll be getting up (to get down) to all your favourite songs: Careless Whisper, Freedom, Faith, Father Figure, One More Try, Outside, Jesus To A Child, Kissing A Fool, and many more. Relive the passion, the flare, and the unique sensitivity of George Michael in this incredible concert sensation. Tickets £29.50. £28.50 Concessions. Groups 1 in 10 free

The Music of the Bee Gees

Join us for this breath-taking concert spectacular, taking you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Night Fever, Stayin’ Alive, More Than A Woman, You Should Be Dancing, How Deep is Your Love?, Jive Talkin’, Tragedy, Massachusetts, Words, I’ve Got to Get a Message to You, Too Much Heaven, Islands in the Stream, Grease, If I Can’t Have You and many more! This fabulously authentic production ensure that the Gibb brothers incredible legacy of classic hit songs is well and truly stayin’ alive. This is a tribute show and is no way affiliated with any original artists/estates/management companies or similar shows.

SOUTH STREET Wishlist Music & South Street

Hamish Hawk & the New Outfit + KT King and Rose (Valeras) + Harroland Saturday 26 October, doors 7pm A very special triple-bill of indie, with proceeds to Healing Venezuela. After touring with Idlewild, Hamish Hawk and the New Outfit return for their biggest Reading show to date. 2018’s album ‘From Zero to One’ is playful, smart and raucous, with new EP ‘Laziest River’ slowing the pace with lyrical ingenuity and a darker edge. Their live shows fizz with warmth, wit and unpredictable energy. KT King and Rose, of youthful but well-established Reading rock legends Valeras, play at South Street for the first time as a duo. Fresh from a summer of festivals in Europe, they bring edgy vocals, fierce guitars, and heavy, hypnotic melodies. The instantly recognisable Harroland start off this special event, with their trademark dark and engaging sound and new tunes on show. Tickets £8 adv, £10 on the door

Tickets £28, concessions £27, Groups of 10+, 1 in 10 free

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

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Dave Gorman:

With great PowerPoint comes great ResponsibilityPoint Wednesday 30 October, 8pm With support from Nick Doody. Dave Gorman, the man behind Dave TV’s hit show Modern Life Is Goodish as well as Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure, is back on the road with a brand new live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint. PG Advised. Tickets £29.50.

THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Classical Music Alive

Theatre of Widdershins

Thursday 31 October, 7.30pm

Thurs 31 Oct & Fri 1 November 11.30am & 2pm

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Valentina Peleggi, Conductor Jamal Aliyev, Cello Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Theme by Thomas Tallis Elgar: Cello Concerto Rossini: Overture - The Italian Girl in Algiers Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’ Pre-concert talk by Peter Avis 6.30pm, The Hexagon Auditorium Tickets £28, £24, £17

Concessions available Under 18s: £6 Students (18-25 year olds or NUS card holders of any age): £10 Schools & Groups rates available. Test Drive a Classical Concert for £12* To book, call the Box Office on 0118 960 6060. *Price available to anyone who has not purchased tickets to a Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert at The Hexagon before. Subject to availability. Reading Arts & Venues - Supporting Education in the Arts

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

Rumpelstiltskin & The Snail of Destiny Poor Polly Buckwheat, the Miller’s daughter, is in a bit of a pickle! If she doesn’t turn a roomful of straw into gold by morning, the greedy King will turn a bit nasty.  But should she accept the kind help of an eccentric dwarf who mysteriously appears in her prison cell? Of all the fairytale characters, Rumpelstiltskin has got to be the most mixed up.  He is helpful yet demanding;  secretive yet nosy;  short yet owning a name as long as his beard.  Not surprisingly, this story of transformation will make you laugh and gasp at the same time! Using its trademark puppets, music, storytelling and transforming sets, Widdershins aims to create gold on stage with this new version of the Grimm’s classic tale. Recommended age 4+ Tickets £9.50, £8.50 South Street Members

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Dave Gorman:

With great PowerPoint comes great ResponsibilityPoint Wednesday 30 October, 8pm With support from Nick Doody. Dave Gorman, the man behind Dave TV’s hit show Modern Life Is Goodish as well as Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure, is back on the road with a brand new live show, With Great PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint. PG Advised. Tickets £29.50.

THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Classical Music Alive

Theatre of Widdershins

Thursday 31 October, 7.30pm

Thurs 31 Oct & Fri 1 November 11.30am & 2pm

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Valentina Peleggi, Conductor Jamal Aliyev, Cello Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Theme by Thomas Tallis Elgar: Cello Concerto Rossini: Overture - The Italian Girl in Algiers Mendelssohn: Symphony No.4 ‘Italian’ Pre-concert talk by Peter Avis 6.30pm, The Hexagon Auditorium Tickets £28, £24, £17

Concessions available Under 18s: £6 Students (18-25 year olds or NUS card holders of any age): £10 Schools & Groups rates available. Test Drive a Classical Concert for £12* To book, call the Box Office on 0118 960 6060. *Price available to anyone who has not purchased tickets to a Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert at The Hexagon before. Subject to availability. Reading Arts & Venues - Supporting Education in the Arts

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

Rumpelstiltskin & The Snail of Destiny Poor Polly Buckwheat, the Miller’s daughter, is in a bit of a pickle! If she doesn’t turn a roomful of straw into gold by morning, the greedy King will turn a bit nasty.  But should she accept the kind help of an eccentric dwarf who mysteriously appears in her prison cell? Of all the fairytale characters, Rumpelstiltskin has got to be the most mixed up.  He is helpful yet demanding;  secretive yet nosy;  short yet owning a name as long as his beard.  Not surprisingly, this story of transformation will make you laugh and gasp at the same time! Using its trademark puppets, music, storytelling and transforming sets, Widdershins aims to create gold on stage with this new version of the Grimm’s classic tale. Recommended age 4+ Tickets £9.50, £8.50 South Street Members

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SOUTH STREET Avalon Promotions

Glenn Moore: Love Don’t Live Here Glenny Moore

Friday 1 November, 8pm Glenn Moore (star of Mock The Week, The Stand Up Sketch Show and Absolute Radio), presents his first solo UK tour, full of the distinctive jokes and offbeat gags we’ve learned to accept from him. “The best showcase of pure joke-writing skill on the Fringe” HHHH The Guardian Recommended age 14+ Ticket £14

SOUTH STREET Alan Bearman Music

Martin Carthy

THE HEXAGON

Respect

The Aretha Franklin Songbook

Saturday 2 November, 8pm

Sunday 3 November, 7.30pm

Lifetime Achievement Award – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.

An amazing live concert that pays tribute to the Queen of Soul! Featuring sensational lead vocals from Stacy Francis, Cleopatra Higgins, Tanya Edwards and Cleo Stewart accompanied by a live band and gospel choir.

Tickets £15, £14 South Street Members

The two-hour production directed by Racky Plews (Footloose, American Idiot) with script and choreography by Tiffany King, will take you on an uplifting musical journey as a powerful sermon is delivered throughout celebrating Aretha Franklin’s life and greatest hits including Think, I Say A Little Prayer, Son Of A Preacher Man, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Natural Woman and many more!

Tickets £28, £26

CONCERT HALL

Reading Community Gospel Choir Saturday 2 November, 7.30pm Reading Community Gospel Choir shall be performing their Annual Concert on Saturday 2nd November at Reading Town Hall, the choir now in its 12th year will bring an evening of song, joy and dancing. Winners of the Reading Let’s Sing competition and finalists in the BBC Gospel Choir of the year, this is a show not to be missed. £12, £10 concessions

THE HEXAGON

Ardal O’Hanlon: The Showing Off Must Go On Saturday 2 November, 8pm Ardal O’Hanlon, star of Death in Paradise, Father Ted, and My Hero (BBC), continues to tour his acclaimed stand-up shows worldwide. Because he loves it. And it’s a compulsion. And the world is a funny place. In an age of raging populism, MeToo, identity politics, the end of truth, the collapsing middle ground, peak avocado and £15 Gin and Tonics, and terrified of being on the wrong side of history, and desperate to prove that his gender, race, age and class don’t necessarily define him, Ardal is forced to saddle his high horse again and ride fearlessly into the culture wars (with a white hankie in his pocket just in case), comedy as ever being the best emergency response mechanism to extreme events there is. Age 16+ Tickets £24

SOUTH STREET RoughHouse Theatre & Live Wire Theatre

Getting the Third Degree Wednesday 6 November, 8pm Commissioned by ‘Kick it Out’ this compelling new drama tells the powerful story of Laurie Cunningham - the first of the black footballing trio famously dubbed The Three Degrees. With his swaggering style and dazzling skills he was the first black footballer to sign for the mighty Real Madrid and only the second to win a full cap for England. Getting The Third Degree explores how he and his fellow black players - Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis triumphed over the racial abuse and physical threats orchestrated by The National Front through a potent combination of footballing brilliance, charismatic style and compelling dignity. Incorporating 1970’s funk, soul and blues, contemporary commentary and social and political speeches, Getting The Third Degree is a powerful piece of theatre that vividly recreates a tense and troubled period in the history of football. Tickets £14, £12 South Street Members

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SOUTH STREET Avalon Promotions

Glenn Moore: Love Don’t Live Here Glenny Moore

Friday 1 November, 8pm Glenn Moore (star of Mock The Week, The Stand Up Sketch Show and Absolute Radio), presents his first solo UK tour, full of the distinctive jokes and offbeat gags we’ve learned to accept from him. “The best showcase of pure joke-writing skill on the Fringe” HHHH The Guardian Recommended age 14+ Ticket £14

SOUTH STREET Alan Bearman Music

Martin Carthy

THE HEXAGON

Respect

The Aretha Franklin Songbook

Saturday 2 November, 8pm

Sunday 3 November, 7.30pm

Lifetime Achievement Award – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.

An amazing live concert that pays tribute to the Queen of Soul! Featuring sensational lead vocals from Stacy Francis, Cleopatra Higgins, Tanya Edwards and Cleo Stewart accompanied by a live band and gospel choir.

Tickets £15, £14 South Street Members

The two-hour production directed by Racky Plews (Footloose, American Idiot) with script and choreography by Tiffany King, will take you on an uplifting musical journey as a powerful sermon is delivered throughout celebrating Aretha Franklin’s life and greatest hits including Think, I Say A Little Prayer, Son Of A Preacher Man, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Natural Woman and many more!

Tickets £28, £26

CONCERT HALL

Reading Community Gospel Choir Saturday 2 November, 7.30pm Reading Community Gospel Choir shall be performing their Annual Concert on Saturday 2nd November at Reading Town Hall, the choir now in its 12th year will bring an evening of song, joy and dancing. Winners of the Reading Let’s Sing competition and finalists in the BBC Gospel Choir of the year, this is a show not to be missed. £12, £10 concessions

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Ardal O’Hanlon: The Showing Off Must Go On Saturday 2 November, 8pm Ardal O’Hanlon, star of Death in Paradise, Father Ted, and My Hero (BBC), continues to tour his acclaimed stand-up shows worldwide. Because he loves it. And it’s a compulsion. And the world is a funny place. In an age of raging populism, MeToo, identity politics, the end of truth, the collapsing middle ground, peak avocado and £15 Gin and Tonics, and terrified of being on the wrong side of history, and desperate to prove that his gender, race, age and class don’t necessarily define him, Ardal is forced to saddle his high horse again and ride fearlessly into the culture wars (with a white hankie in his pocket just in case), comedy as ever being the best emergency response mechanism to extreme events there is. Age 16+ Tickets £24

SOUTH STREET RoughHouse Theatre & Live Wire Theatre

Getting the Third Degree Wednesday 6 November, 8pm Commissioned by ‘Kick it Out’ this compelling new drama tells the powerful story of Laurie Cunningham - the first of the black footballing trio famously dubbed The Three Degrees. With his swaggering style and dazzling skills he was the first black footballer to sign for the mighty Real Madrid and only the second to win a full cap for England. Getting The Third Degree explores how he and his fellow black players - Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis triumphed over the racial abuse and physical threats orchestrated by The National Front through a potent combination of footballing brilliance, charismatic style and compelling dignity. Incorporating 1970’s funk, soul and blues, contemporary commentary and social and political speeches, Getting The Third Degree is a powerful piece of theatre that vividly recreates a tense and troubled period in the history of football. Tickets £14, £12 South Street Members

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Jools Holland

South Street & doubledotdash!? present

GNOD

and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

+ Typical Hunks

Thursday 14 November, 7.30pm

Thursday 7 November, Doors 7.30pm

with very special guest Eddi Reader. Musical virtuoso Jools Holland and his distinguished Rhythm & Blues Orchestra are back at The Hexagon.

Since their inception, Gnod’s musical trajectory has been one of constant fluctuation borne out of an incessant need to discover new sonic worlds. Beginning life as a shamanic drone ensemble, at times fitting up to 15 members on stage, these early rituals informed the core ideals that have come to define the group in their years of activity; community and trance-inducing repetition. Throughout a discography that has amassed dozens of CD-R’s, cassettes and vinyls for labels like Rocket Recordings, Trensmat, Krokodilo (Blackest Ever Black) and their own Tesla Tapes imprint, a restless yet organic need mutate their music into new realms has had critics clawing for comparative touch stones.

Accompanying Jools with the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on their annual excursion to The Hexagon will be the supremely talented Ruby Turner, with her breath-taking gospel, soul and rhythm & blues vocals, Louise Marshall, with her beautiful soul and jazz tones, as well as original Squeeze member and powerhouse Gilson Lavis on drums.

Support comes from local heroes and South Street / doubledotdash!? favourites Typical Hunks. Standing Event Tickets £10

Tickets £44, £37

Phil McIntyre Entertainments presents

Ben Elton Wednesday 13 November, 7.30pm More than 30 years ago, Ben Elton exploded into the national consciousness hosting Channel 4’s ground breaking Saturday Live. Now, after a 15 year absence, the Godfather of modern stand-up returns to the medium he did so much to define.

'Just give him a stage and a microphone and Ben Elton is the best. No contest.' The Sunday Times ‘There is nothing, absolutely nothing to beat Ben Elton live!’ Evening Standard

Tickets £31.50 Adults Only

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SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

Jools Holland

South Street & doubledotdash!? present

GNOD

and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

+ Typical Hunks

Thursday 14 November, 7.30pm

Thursday 7 November, Doors 7.30pm

with very special guest Eddi Reader. Musical virtuoso Jools Holland and his distinguished Rhythm & Blues Orchestra are back at The Hexagon.

Since their inception, Gnod’s musical trajectory has been one of constant fluctuation borne out of an incessant need to discover new sonic worlds. Beginning life as a shamanic drone ensemble, at times fitting up to 15 members on stage, these early rituals informed the core ideals that have come to define the group in their years of activity; community and trance-inducing repetition. Throughout a discography that has amassed dozens of CD-R’s, cassettes and vinyls for labels like Rocket Recordings, Trensmat, Krokodilo (Blackest Ever Black) and their own Tesla Tapes imprint, a restless yet organic need mutate their music into new realms has had critics clawing for comparative touch stones.

Accompanying Jools with the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra on their annual excursion to The Hexagon will be the supremely talented Ruby Turner, with her breath-taking gospel, soul and rhythm & blues vocals, Louise Marshall, with her beautiful soul and jazz tones, as well as original Squeeze member and powerhouse Gilson Lavis on drums.

Support comes from local heroes and South Street / doubledotdash!? favourites Typical Hunks. Standing Event Tickets £10

Tickets £44, £37

Phil McIntyre Entertainments presents

Ben Elton Wednesday 13 November, 7.30pm More than 30 years ago, Ben Elton exploded into the national consciousness hosting Channel 4’s ground breaking Saturday Live. Now, after a 15 year absence, the Godfather of modern stand-up returns to the medium he did so much to define.

'Just give him a stage and a microphone and Ben Elton is the best. No contest.' The Sunday Times ‘There is nothing, absolutely nothing to beat Ben Elton live!’ Evening Standard

Tickets £31.50 Adults Only

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Alan Bearman Music

Desi Central Comedy presents

Ye Vagabonds Thursday 14 November, 8pm Nominated ‘Best Traditional Track’ - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

The Indians Are Coming: Diwali Dhamaka Friday 15 November, 7.30pm

Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, a small town in the southeast of Ireland. After moving to Dublin in 2012, they quickly became a staple of the live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America, singing in Irish and English and accompanying themselves on violin, bouzouki, guitar and mandolin.

The Indians Are Coming returns with an international line up, join Mickey Sharma, SJ Magic, Sukh Ojla & Omid SIngh (guest from USA) for an evening of fun & laughter.

Tickets £16, £14 South Street Members

Recommended age 16+ Tickets £17

Line-Up subject to change. South Street’s bar will open at 6.30pm Auditorium Doors: 7pm Last Entry: 7.15pm

THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Ed Byrne:

Makin Projects

Friday 15 November, 8pm

Humble Pi - A Comedy of Maths Errors

If I’m Honest...

Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children. Ed Byrne presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy hot on the heels of his 17/18 Touring hit, Spoiler Alert! A TV household name, in the past year Ed has appeared on Live At The Apollo (Host, BBC), Mock The Week (BBC), The Pilgrimage (BBC), Top Gear (BBC) and QI (BBC). Ages 16+ Ticket £27 Please arrive in good time - no latecomers will be admitted.

Matt Parker:

SOUTH STREET

American Troubadour

Songs & Stories performed by Alistair Sherwood

Saturday 16 November, 8pm

Saturday 16 November, 8.15pm

Matt Parker is a stand-up comedian and mathematician. He appears regularly on TV and online: as well as being a presenter on the Discovery Channel his YouTube videos have been viewed over 85 million times.

Live Americana Music. Alistair pays Tribute to the inspiring lyrics and melodies of the American Troubadours 1968-1978. Featuring artists as prolific and influential as James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Tom Paxton, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, John Denver, Don Williams and Don McLean.

Humble Pi explores the greatest mathematical near-misses and mishaps involving planes, bridges, the internet, big data and more. Matt Parker shows us the bizarre ways maths trips us all up. Being wrong has never felt so right. Age 12+ Tickets £16, £14 South Street Members

“His Songs are delivered with genuine conviction, humour and heartfelt emotion” Maverick Music Magazine Tickets £15, £13 concessions

CONCERT HALL

Henley Symphony Orchestra Sunday 17 November, 4pm Ian Brown, Conductor Adrian Brendel, Cello Von Suppe’, Light Cavalry Overture Dvorák, Cello Concerto Tchaikovsky, Symphony No 4 Henley Symphony Orchestra opens its 50th anniversary season with iconic masterpieces. Dvorák’s richly expressive Cello Concerto, written whilst he was living in New York, is imbued with a sense of longing for his Czech homeland. Adrian Brendel is one of the most versatile and original cellists of his generation, raised in the great central European tradition of musicmaking. The intensity of Tchaikovsky’s powerful but melodic Fourth Symphony, written at a time of personal turmoil, is heightened by a recurring ‘fate theme’. ^

SOUTH STREET

Tickets: £20, £17, £12 50% off U16s and students Groups: 1 in 8 free

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Alan Bearman Music

Desi Central Comedy presents

Ye Vagabonds Thursday 14 November, 8pm Nominated ‘Best Traditional Track’ - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

The Indians Are Coming: Diwali Dhamaka Friday 15 November, 7.30pm

Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, a small town in the southeast of Ireland. After moving to Dublin in 2012, they quickly became a staple of the live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America, singing in Irish and English and accompanying themselves on violin, bouzouki, guitar and mandolin.

The Indians Are Coming returns with an international line up, join Mickey Sharma, SJ Magic, Sukh Ojla & Omid SIngh (guest from USA) for an evening of fun & laughter.

Tickets £16, £14 South Street Members

Recommended age 16+ Tickets £17

Line-Up subject to change. South Street’s bar will open at 6.30pm Auditorium Doors: 7pm Last Entry: 7.15pm

THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Ed Byrne:

Makin Projects

Friday 15 November, 8pm

Humble Pi - A Comedy of Maths Errors

If I’m Honest...

Join Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children. Ed Byrne presents his brand-new masterclass in observational comedy hot on the heels of his 17/18 Touring hit, Spoiler Alert! A TV household name, in the past year Ed has appeared on Live At The Apollo (Host, BBC), Mock The Week (BBC), The Pilgrimage (BBC), Top Gear (BBC) and QI (BBC). Ages 16+ Ticket £27 Please arrive in good time - no latecomers will be admitted.

Matt Parker:

SOUTH STREET

American Troubadour

Songs & Stories performed by Alistair Sherwood

Saturday 16 November, 8pm

Saturday 16 November, 8.15pm

Matt Parker is a stand-up comedian and mathematician. He appears regularly on TV and online: as well as being a presenter on the Discovery Channel his YouTube videos have been viewed over 85 million times.

Live Americana Music. Alistair pays Tribute to the inspiring lyrics and melodies of the American Troubadours 1968-1978. Featuring artists as prolific and influential as James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Tom Paxton, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, John Denver, Don Williams and Don McLean.

Humble Pi explores the greatest mathematical near-misses and mishaps involving planes, bridges, the internet, big data and more. Matt Parker shows us the bizarre ways maths trips us all up. Being wrong has never felt so right. Age 12+ Tickets £16, £14 South Street Members

“His Songs are delivered with genuine conviction, humour and heartfelt emotion” Maverick Music Magazine Tickets £15, £13 concessions

CONCERT HALL

Henley Symphony Orchestra Sunday 17 November, 4pm Ian Brown, Conductor Adrian Brendel, Cello Von Suppe’, Light Cavalry Overture Dvorák, Cello Concerto Tchaikovsky, Symphony No 4 Henley Symphony Orchestra opens its 50th anniversary season with iconic masterpieces. Dvorák’s richly expressive Cello Concerto, written whilst he was living in New York, is imbued with a sense of longing for his Czech homeland. Adrian Brendel is one of the most versatile and original cellists of his generation, raised in the great central European tradition of musicmaking. The intensity of Tchaikovsky’s powerful but melodic Fourth Symphony, written at a time of personal turmoil, is heightened by a recurring ‘fate theme’. ^

SOUTH STREET

Tickets: £20, £17, £12 50% off U16s and students Groups: 1 in 8 free

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Berkshire Maestros Junior Music Festival

Impatient Productions

All The King’s Men

Mon 18 & Tues 19 November, 7pm Berkshire Maestros, the lead organisation of Berkshire Music Hub, offers the highest quality musical education, delivering instrumental and singing lessons in schools across the county and at music centres in Bracknell, Caversham, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Wokingham. We provide inspirational musical activities and opportunities which enable children and young people to achieve their potential and develop confidence, selfesteem and a life-long love of music. berkshiremaestros.org.uk Tickets £13, £10 concessions Cluster-bombed with yoghurt on ‘Taskmaster’, half-killed on ‘Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island’, Watson returns to what he’s best at: being indoors. Inspired by the mostly alarming state of the world his children are growing up in, and a genuine, urgent desire to do something about it, this show is about empathy. 99 percent of the world’s population is made up of other people: why can’t we understand them? As scrawny and impassioned as ever, one of the UK’s most beloved and thinnest acts offers some.

CONCERT HALL Classical Music Alive

Sofie Hagen: The Bumswing

Wednesday 20 November, 8pm One of British comedy’s most exciting talents (although she’s Danish), winner of the prestigious Edinburgh Best Newcomer Award, a cult podcaster, and now the author of the hugely successful book ‘Happy Fat’, Sofie Hagen returns to Reading with a brand new show direct from the Edinburgh Fringe. A show about the things you forget, the things you remember, and the things you wish you could forget.

Tasmin Little, Violin John Lenehan, Piano Wednesday 20 November, 7.30pm Mozart: Sonata in C minor K.296 Clara Schumann: Romance No.1 in D flat Major Brahms: Sonata No.3 in D minor Strauss: Sonata Lenehan/Little Tchaikovskiana “Concert Fantasy on Themes from Swan Lake”

But also, there’s a bit about bums. An evening of brilliant stand-up from a fast-rising star.

Pre-concert talk by Peter Avis 6.30pm, The Town Hall

Ages 14+ Tickets £17

Concessions, Groups & Schools Rates Available. Test Drive a Classical Concert for £12**Available to anyone who has not purchased tickets to a Classical Music Alive concert before. Subject to availability. Reading Arts & Venues Supporting Education in the Arts

Tickets £21.50, £18.50, £13.50

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The Australian Pink Floyd Wednesday 20 November, doors 6.30pm Selling 5 million tickets worldwide and described by The Times as “The Gold Standard” and The Daily Mirror as “The Kings of the Genre”, The Australian Pink Floyd Show gave its first ever concert in Adelaide, Australia in 1988. Since then, they have performed in over 35 countries worldwide; played at David Gilmour’s 50th birthday celebration and were even joined on stage by Rick Wright. TAPFS is the leading and biggest show of its kind in the world. Performing the music of Pink Floyd with note for note perfection, this critically acclaimed tribute show has been astonishing audiences worldwide.

SOUTH STREET RedCape Theatre

Thunder Road

THE HEXAGON

Rob Beckett: Wallop

Thursday 21 November, 8pm

Thurs 21 & Fri 22 November, 8pm

This bold, original dark comedy by South Street’s acclaimed resident company, RedCape Theatre, is about the power of the Heimlich manoeuvre, the call of the open road, and the kind of friendship you’d take a bullet for. Two women pack a car with training materials and medical supplies and set off on a journey, leaving their ordinary lives behind and waving goodbye to darkness and disappointment in the rear view mirror. It’s just for a couple of days, then life will return to normal. But when things take an unexpected turn in a Travelodge and events spin out of control, satnavs must be re-adjusted, and Maureen and Sylvie find themselves on the road trip of a life time.

Rob Beckett is back on tour with a brand new stand up show. It’s been a busy few years for the Mouth of the South and he’s coming to see you to fill you in and make you laugh. “There are hints that his eyes are set firmly on arenas that are as big as his mouth of his” – Metro Ages 16+ adult content Tickets £25

Part quintessentially British First Aid training course, part ‘Thelma and Louise’, Thunder Road tells a story like you’ve never seen before, that will ring true in your heart and make you laugh till you cry. Age recommendation: 14+ Tickets £13, £12 South Street Members

Tickets £21. Ages 14+. Seated Balcony - Standing Downstairs Under 14s must be seated in the balcony and accompanied by an adult.

Tickets £31.50, £41.50

VIP £81- All That You Love VIP Package Watch the show from one of the best seats in the house. An exclusive VIP tour gift A limited edition A3 tour lithograph Collectible VIP laminate and lanyard

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SOUTH STREET

Berkshire Maestros Junior Music Festival

Impatient Productions

All The King’s Men

Mon 18 & Tues 19 November, 7pm Berkshire Maestros, the lead organisation of Berkshire Music Hub, offers the highest quality musical education, delivering instrumental and singing lessons in schools across the county and at music centres in Bracknell, Caversham, Newbury, Reading, Windsor and Wokingham. We provide inspirational musical activities and opportunities which enable children and young people to achieve their potential and develop confidence, selfesteem and a life-long love of music. berkshiremaestros.org.uk Tickets £13, £10 concessions Cluster-bombed with yoghurt on ‘Taskmaster’, half-killed on ‘Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island’, Watson returns to what he’s best at: being indoors. Inspired by the mostly alarming state of the world his children are growing up in, and a genuine, urgent desire to do something about it, this show is about empathy. 99 percent of the world’s population is made up of other people: why can’t we understand them? As scrawny and impassioned as ever, one of the UK’s most beloved and thinnest acts offers some.

CONCERT HALL Classical Music Alive

Sofie Hagen: The Bumswing

Wednesday 20 November, 8pm One of British comedy’s most exciting talents (although she’s Danish), winner of the prestigious Edinburgh Best Newcomer Award, a cult podcaster, and now the author of the hugely successful book ‘Happy Fat’, Sofie Hagen returns to Reading with a brand new show direct from the Edinburgh Fringe. A show about the things you forget, the things you remember, and the things you wish you could forget.

Tasmin Little, Violin John Lenehan, Piano Wednesday 20 November, 7.30pm Mozart: Sonata in C minor K.296 Clara Schumann: Romance No.1 in D flat Major Brahms: Sonata No.3 in D minor Strauss: Sonata Lenehan/Little Tchaikovskiana “Concert Fantasy on Themes from Swan Lake”

But also, there’s a bit about bums. An evening of brilliant stand-up from a fast-rising star.

Pre-concert talk by Peter Avis 6.30pm, The Town Hall

Ages 14+ Tickets £17

Concessions, Groups & Schools Rates Available. Test Drive a Classical Concert for £12**Available to anyone who has not purchased tickets to a Classical Music Alive concert before. Subject to availability. Reading Arts & Venues Supporting Education in the Arts

Tickets £21.50, £18.50, £13.50

THE HEXAGON

The Australian Pink Floyd Wednesday 20 November, doors 6.30pm Selling 5 million tickets worldwide and described by The Times as “The Gold Standard” and The Daily Mirror as “The Kings of the Genre”, The Australian Pink Floyd Show gave its first ever concert in Adelaide, Australia in 1988. Since then, they have performed in over 35 countries worldwide; played at David Gilmour’s 50th birthday celebration and were even joined on stage by Rick Wright. TAPFS is the leading and biggest show of its kind in the world. Performing the music of Pink Floyd with note for note perfection, this critically acclaimed tribute show has been astonishing audiences worldwide.

SOUTH STREET RedCape Theatre

Thunder Road

THE HEXAGON

Rob Beckett: Wallop

Thursday 21 November, 8pm

Thurs 21 & Fri 22 November, 8pm

This bold, original dark comedy by South Street’s acclaimed resident company, RedCape Theatre, is about the power of the Heimlich manoeuvre, the call of the open road, and the kind of friendship you’d take a bullet for. Two women pack a car with training materials and medical supplies and set off on a journey, leaving their ordinary lives behind and waving goodbye to darkness and disappointment in the rear view mirror. It’s just for a couple of days, then life will return to normal. But when things take an unexpected turn in a Travelodge and events spin out of control, satnavs must be re-adjusted, and Maureen and Sylvie find themselves on the road trip of a life time.

Rob Beckett is back on tour with a brand new stand up show. It’s been a busy few years for the Mouth of the South and he’s coming to see you to fill you in and make you laugh. “There are hints that his eyes are set firmly on arenas that are as big as his mouth of his” – Metro Ages 16+ adult content Tickets £25

Part quintessentially British First Aid training course, part ‘Thelma and Louise’, Thunder Road tells a story like you’ve never seen before, that will ring true in your heart and make you laugh till you cry. Age recommendation: 14+ Tickets £13, £12 South Street Members

Tickets £21. Ages 14+. Seated Balcony - Standing Downstairs Under 14s must be seated in the balcony and accompanied by an adult.

Tickets £31.50, £41.50

VIP £81- All That You Love VIP Package Watch the show from one of the best seats in the house. An exclusive VIP tour gift A limited edition A3 tour lithograph Collectible VIP laminate and lanyard

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THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

Live Nation

Scouting for Girls

Josh Widdicombe:

Tuesday 26 November, doors 7pm

Thursday 28 November, 8pm

‘The Trouble With Boys’ tour will see the band play legendary venues such as London Shepherds Bush Empire and Manchester Albert Hall.

“one of the most bankable talents in UK comedy” Guardian Guide

Darren Harriott:

The Trouble With Boys Tour

Good Heart Yute

Friday 22 November, 8pm Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee Darren considers himself a good person. Now he’s 30 and he’s never been in love. It can’t always be someone else’s fault? Learning more about himself and realising maybe he’s never actually been happy with who is, join Darren for his trademark passion and insightful wit as he tries to work himself out. From Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Don’t Hate The Playaz, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Comedy Central’s The Comedy Bus and Roast Battle.

During their last tour in 2017, Scouting For Girls played to more people than they’ve ever played to before, celebrating their 2007 debut album that went on to become triple platinum Number 1 and birthed the generation-bridging anthems of ‘She’s So Lovely’, ‘Elvis Aint Dead’ and ‘Heartbeat’. Tickets £27. Ages 14+ Standing Downstairs. Seated Balcony

Recommended age 14+ Tickets £14.50

Bit Much

The guy everyone can do an impression of is back with a brand new stand up tour. A show that will change your life and how you perceive your place in the world. Bit much? Fine, it’ll be a very funny night of grumbles and jokes in which Josh will finally tackle the hot comedy topics of advent calendars, pesto and the closing time of his local park. Widdicombe is best known for the twice BAFTA nominated and multiple Broadcast and RTS award winning show The Last Leg, as well as his critically acclaimed sitcom JOSH, Insert Name Here, QI, Have I Got New For You, A League of Their Own and his hit podcast Quickly Kevin Will He Score. Ages 16+ adult content Tickets £22

SOUTH STREET

Doors 3pm Heavy Pop present the second instalment of their all day party of music, dancing and togetherness: BEAT CONNECTION. Last year’s line-up included BC Camplight, Matt Maltese, Mush, Peaness, Saltwater Sun, Candy Says, and many more. This year’s line-up is still to be announced, so keep ‘em peeled. HEAVYPOP.CO.UK Ages 14+

Image by Annabel Moeller Tickets £15 adv + booking

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THE HEXAGON

THE HEXAGON

Live Nation

Scouting for Girls

Josh Widdicombe:

Tuesday 26 November, doors 7pm

Thursday 28 November, 8pm

‘The Trouble With Boys’ tour will see the band play legendary venues such as London Shepherds Bush Empire and Manchester Albert Hall.

“one of the most bankable talents in UK comedy” Guardian Guide

Darren Harriott:

The Trouble With Boys Tour

Good Heart Yute

Friday 22 November, 8pm Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee Darren considers himself a good person. Now he’s 30 and he’s never been in love. It can’t always be someone else’s fault? Learning more about himself and realising maybe he’s never actually been happy with who is, join Darren for his trademark passion and insightful wit as he tries to work himself out. From Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Don’t Hate The Playaz, The Stand Up Sketch Show, Comedy Central’s The Comedy Bus and Roast Battle.

During their last tour in 2017, Scouting For Girls played to more people than they’ve ever played to before, celebrating their 2007 debut album that went on to become triple platinum Number 1 and birthed the generation-bridging anthems of ‘She’s So Lovely’, ‘Elvis Aint Dead’ and ‘Heartbeat’. Tickets £27. Ages 14+ Standing Downstairs. Seated Balcony

Recommended age 14+ Tickets £14.50

Bit Much

The guy everyone can do an impression of is back with a brand new stand up tour. A show that will change your life and how you perceive your place in the world. Bit much? Fine, it’ll be a very funny night of grumbles and jokes in which Josh will finally tackle the hot comedy topics of advent calendars, pesto and the closing time of his local park. Widdicombe is best known for the twice BAFTA nominated and multiple Broadcast and RTS award winning show The Last Leg, as well as his critically acclaimed sitcom JOSH, Insert Name Here, QI, Have I Got New For You, A League of Their Own and his hit podcast Quickly Kevin Will He Score. Ages 16+ adult content Tickets £22

SOUTH STREET

Doors 3pm Heavy Pop present the second instalment of their all day party of music, dancing and togetherness: BEAT CONNECTION. Last year’s line-up included BC Camplight, Matt Maltese, Mush, Peaness, Saltwater Sun, Candy Says, and many more. This year’s line-up is still to be announced, so keep ‘em peeled. HEAVYPOP.CO.UK Ages 14+

Image by Annabel Moeller Tickets £15 adv + booking

fee (tier one tickets)

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CONCERT HALL

SOUTH STREET

Classical Music Alive

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers Sunday 22 December, 7.30pm The Sixteen’s programme for Christmas 2019 features Britten’s hugely popular A Ceremony of Carols. This masterful and idiomatic work continues to be a staple for the choral canon and is an example of Britten’s genius. The rest of the programme combines the traditional medieval carol tunes upon which so much Christmas music has been based, contrasted with more modern delights including Warlock’s Corpus Christi and Walton’s festive Make we joy now in this fest. Pre-concert talk by Chris de Souza 6.30pm, The Town Hall £23.50, £20.50, £15.50

Concessions, Groups & Schools Rates Available. Test Drive a Classical Concert for £12* *Available to anyone who has not purchased tickets to a Classical Music Alive concert before. Subject to availability. Reading Arts & Venues - Supporting Education in the Arts

Bjorn Again Friday 29 November, doors 7pm Following their sold out 30th anniversary tour last year and ahead of their Glastonbury set, BJÖRN AGAIN are heading back to Reading performing the greatest hits of ABBA. The internationally acclaimed show was created and founded in 1988 in Melbourne by Rod Stephen. Designed as a rocked-up light-hearted satirical ABBA spoof, the show rapidly achieved worldwide Cult status and acknowledged for single handedly initiating the ABBA revival which brought about ABBA Gold, Muriel’s Wedding and MAMMA MIA!

Ages 8+ Tickets £25 - £16 Schools £13

An RBL Production in association with South Street Monday 9 to Tuesday 31 December

Hansel and Gretel were born holding hands, nothing can keep them apart. Until one day they are cast out into the forbidden woods with no way home. Will they ever find one another again? Can they survive the dark, twisting festival of the forest? And what is that powerful smell of candy floss that keeps catching on the wind? Multi-award winning, Guardian Top 20, local theatre company RBL return to South Street with the same team who created the hugely successful 2018 adaptation of A Christmas Carol. AUDIENCE REACTION FROM THE 2018 PRODUCTION, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. ‘The acting, script and puppetry were excellent. Roll on your next production’

Tickets £37, £27. £67 ~ Voulez Vous VIP Party Package Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

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

‘Genius. Scary and funny in all the right places’

‘Best Christmas show ever! Truly magical, funny and touching’

‘An absolutely brilliant show, loved everything about it’

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THE HEXAGON

CONCERT HALL

SOUTH STREET

Classical Music Alive

The Sixteen & Harry Christophers Sunday 22 December, 7.30pm The Sixteen’s programme for Christmas 2019 features Britten’s hugely popular A Ceremony of Carols. This masterful and idiomatic work continues to be a staple for the choral canon and is an example of Britten’s genius. The rest of the programme combines the traditional medieval carol tunes upon which so much Christmas music has been based, contrasted with more modern delights including Warlock’s Corpus Christi and Walton’s festive Make we joy now in this fest. Pre-concert talk by Chris de Souza 6.30pm, The Town Hall £23.50, £20.50, £15.50

Concessions, Groups & Schools Rates Available. Test Drive a Classical Concert for £12* *Available to anyone who has not purchased tickets to a Classical Music Alive concert before. Subject to availability. Reading Arts & Venues - Supporting Education in the Arts

Bjorn Again Friday 29 November, doors 7pm Following their sold out 30th anniversary tour last year and ahead of their Glastonbury set, BJÖRN AGAIN are heading back to Reading performing the greatest hits of ABBA. The internationally acclaimed show was created and founded in 1988 in Melbourne by Rod Stephen. Designed as a rocked-up light-hearted satirical ABBA spoof, the show rapidly achieved worldwide Cult status and acknowledged for single handedly initiating the ABBA revival which brought about ABBA Gold, Muriel’s Wedding and MAMMA MIA!

Ages 8+ Tickets £25 - £16 Schools £13

An RBL Production in association with South Street Monday 9 to Tuesday 31 December

Hansel and Gretel were born holding hands, nothing can keep them apart. Until one day they are cast out into the forbidden woods with no way home. Will they ever find one another again? Can they survive the dark, twisting festival of the forest? And what is that powerful smell of candy floss that keeps catching on the wind? Multi-award winning, Guardian Top 20, local theatre company RBL return to South Street with the same team who created the hugely successful 2018 adaptation of A Christmas Carol. AUDIENCE REACTION FROM THE 2018 PRODUCTION, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. ‘The acting, script and puppetry were excellent. Roll on your next production’

Tickets £37, £27. £67 ~ Voulez Vous VIP Party Package Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

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

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

‘Genius. Scary and funny in all the right places’

‘Best Christmas show ever! Truly magical, funny and touching’

‘An absolutely brilliant show, loved everything about it’

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Come and join us for another fabulous festive treat with the magical family pantomime, Cinderella. Children’s television megastar Justin Fletcher returns to play Buttons and he is once again teaming up with award-winning pantomime dame Paul Morse as Nanny Cuddles. Joining them are Gracie Johnson in the title role of Cinderella, Carl Tracey as Prince Charming, Rachel Delooze as the Wicked Stepmother/Fairy Godmother, Kate Eaves and Emma Jane Wylde as the Wicked Stepsisters and Adam Pettigrew as Dandini. Will the Wicked Stepsisters succeed in ruining Cinderella’s dreams of happiness or will her Fairy Godmother and loyal friend Buttons be able to thwart their wicked plans? Come and join us at the ball and find out!

“…triumph from start to finish with something for the whole family to enjoy: jokes, songs, dancing and slapstick – it’s all there.” The Wokingham Paper on our 2018 pantomime, Aladdin. R Relaxed Performances on Friday 13 Dec, 10.30am & Friday 3 Jan, 2pm (Relaxed performances not available online - please call the Box Office on 0118 960 6060). ◊ Signed Performances on Friday 27 December, 1pm, Saturday 28 December, 5pm ♠ Audio Described for Blind and Visually Impaired Friday 3 Jan at 7pm

Morning

Afternoon Evening 2pm 7pm 1pm 5pm No Performances No Performances 10:30am 2pm 10:30am 2pm 10:30am R 7pm 1pm 5pm 1pm 5pm No Performances 10:30am 2pm 10:30am 2pm No Performances 2pm 7pm 1pm 5pm 1pm 5pm 1pm 5pm 11am 3pm No Performances 1pm 5pm 1pm◊ 5pm 1pm 5pm◊ 1pm 5pm 1pm 5pm 11am 3pm No Performances 1pm 5pm 2pm R 7pm ♠ 1pm 5pm 1pm 5pm

Sat 07 Dec Sun 08 Dec Mon 09 Dec Tues 10 Dec Wed 11 Dec Thu 12 Dec Fri 13 Dec Sat 14 Dec Sun 15 Dec Mon 16 Dec Tue 17 Dec Wed 18 Dec Thu 19 Dec Fri 20 Dec Sat 21 Dec Sun 22 Dec Mon 23 Dec Tue 24 Dec Wed 25 Dec Thu 26 Dec Fri 27 Dec Sat 28 Dec Sun 29 Dec Mon 30 Dec Tue 31 Dec Wed 01 Jan Thu 02 Jan Fri 03 Jan Sat 04 Jan Sun 05 Jan

Ticket Prices Price Band

Gold

Red

Blue

Green

Purple

1 2 3 4 5

£32.50 £29.50 £27.50 £25.00 £22.00

£29.50 £27.50 £25.00 £22.50 £20.00

£27.50 £25.00 £23.00 £20.00 £17.00

£25.00 £23.50 £20.50 £17.00 £15.00

£14.00

Red

Blue

Green

Purple

Groups 10+

1 in 20 free

£22

£19

1 in 20 free

Youth Groups

1 in 20 free

£20

£17

1 in 20 free

£1 off

£2.50 off

Gold

1 in 20 free 1 in 20 free 1 in 20 free 1 in 20 free

Under 16’s Schools

*10:30am and 2pm performances only*

£12

1 in 11 free

Box Office 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com

YOU SHALL GO TO THE BALL! WIN TICKETS TO SEE CINDERELLA A set of family tickets could be yours to see our wonderful Christmas panto this year. Simply count how many glass slippers you can find hidden throughout this brochure (including this page). Send your answer by email to BOXOFFICE@READING.GOV.UK with a subject line of ‘CINDERELLA SLIPPERS’. Four winners will picked at random shortly after the closing date of 31 October 2019. Don’t forget to include your name and a contact phone number in your email. GOOD LUCK! T&Cs: Closing date end of 31 Oct 2019. A family ticket is for four people, extra tickets may be purchased. Tickets are subject to availability, we will where possible, seat winners in a performance of their choosing, but cannot guarantee seats for any particular show. Winners will be notified within two days of the closing date. Tickets are non-transferable.

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Come and join us for another fabulous festive treat with the magical family pantomime, Cinderella. Children’s television megastar Justin Fletcher returns to play Buttons and he is once again teaming up with award-winning pantomime dame Paul Morse as Nanny Cuddles. Joining them are Gracie Johnson in the title role of Cinderella, Carl Tracey as Prince Charming, Rachel Delooze as the Wicked Stepmother/Fairy Godmother, Kate Eaves and Emma Jane Wylde as the Wicked Stepsisters and Adam Pettigrew as Dandini. Will the Wicked Stepsisters succeed in ruining Cinderella’s dreams of happiness or will her Fairy Godmother and loyal friend Buttons be able to thwart their wicked plans? Come and join us at the ball and find out!

“…triumph from start to finish with something for the whole family to enjoy: jokes, songs, dancing and slapstick – it’s all there.” The Wokingham Paper on our 2018 pantomime, Aladdin. R Relaxed Performances on Friday 13 Dec, 10.30am & Friday 3 Jan, 2pm (Relaxed performances not available online - please call the Box Office on 0118 960 6060). ◊ Signed Performances on Friday 27 December, 1pm, Saturday 28 December, 5pm ♠ Audio Described for Blind and Visually Impaired Friday 3 Jan at 7pm

Morning

Afternoon Evening 2pm 7pm 1pm 5pm No Performances No Performances 10:30am 2pm 10:30am 2pm 10:30am R 7pm 1pm 5pm 1pm 5pm No Performances 10:30am 2pm 10:30am 2pm No Performances 2pm 7pm 1pm 5pm 1pm 5pm 1pm 5pm 11am 3pm No Performances 1pm 5pm 1pm◊ 5pm 1pm 5pm◊ 1pm 5pm 1pm 5pm 11am 3pm No Performances 1pm 5pm 2pm R 7pm ♠ 1pm 5pm 1pm 5pm

Sat 07 Dec Sun 08 Dec Mon 09 Dec Tues 10 Dec Wed 11 Dec Thu 12 Dec Fri 13 Dec Sat 14 Dec Sun 15 Dec Mon 16 Dec Tue 17 Dec Wed 18 Dec Thu 19 Dec Fri 20 Dec Sat 21 Dec Sun 22 Dec Mon 23 Dec Tue 24 Dec Wed 25 Dec Thu 26 Dec Fri 27 Dec Sat 28 Dec Sun 29 Dec Mon 30 Dec Tue 31 Dec Wed 01 Jan Thu 02 Jan Fri 03 Jan Sat 04 Jan Sun 05 Jan

Ticket Prices Price Band

Gold

Red

Blue

Green

Purple

1 2 3 4 5

£32.50 £29.50 £27.50 £25.00 £22.00

£29.50 £27.50 £25.00 £22.50 £20.00

£27.50 £25.00 £23.00 £20.00 £17.00

£25.00 £23.50 £20.50 £17.00 £15.00

£14.00

Red

Blue

Green

Purple

Groups 10+

1 in 20 free

£22

£19

1 in 20 free

Youth Groups

1 in 20 free

£20

£17

1 in 20 free

£1 off

£2.50 off

Gold

1 in 20 free 1 in 20 free 1 in 20 free 1 in 20 free

Under 16’s Schools

*10:30am and 2pm performances only*

£12

1 in 11 free

Box Office 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com

YOU SHALL GO TO THE BALL! WIN TICKETS TO SEE CINDERELLA A set of family tickets could be yours to see our wonderful Christmas panto this year. Simply count how many glass slippers you can find hidden throughout this brochure (including this page). Send your answer by email to BOXOFFICE@READING.GOV.UK with a subject line of ‘CINDERELLA SLIPPERS’. Four winners will picked at random shortly after the closing date of 31 October 2019. Don’t forget to include your name and a contact phone number in your email. GOOD LUCK! T&Cs: Closing date end of 31 Oct 2019. A family ticket is for four people, extra tickets may be purchased. Tickets are subject to availability, we will where possible, seat winners in a performance of their choosing, but cannot guarantee seats for any particular show. Winners will be notified within two days of the closing date. Tickets are non-transferable.

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READING MUSEUM

Exhibitions

Tuesday 10 September– Saturday 1 February 2020 Building Futures - Celebrating 100 Years SIR JOHN MADEJSKI ART GALLERY of UCEM 1919-2019 With unique objects and unseen archives, Building Saturday 14 September – Saturday 18 April 2020 Futures showcases the work of University College of ANIMAL - World Art Journeys Estate Management (UCEM) in its centenary year. Journey through time and around the world in a visual Based in Reading since 1973 and now with over treat of an exhibition where great art meets great 4000 students in more than 100 countries, UCEM craft. See how artists have transformed the animal is the world’s leading distance learning provider for world into stunning stylised forms such as Peruvian built environment students. Visitors will discover the weavings and Javanese batiks. Enjoy the work of stories of those that UCEM has educated, including artists from as far afield as ancient Egypt or nineteenth prisoners of war and land army women during the century Asia to contemporary Britain. Find images Second World War. of animals including lobsters and lions, donkeys with See the website for associated Building dragons, birds beside beasties. Futures events. Drawn from across the collections of Reading Museum, the Museum of English Rural Life and Reading people, this is a show for families and creative thinkers to explore.

Events and Talks

TURBINE HOUSE, RIVERSIDE MUSEUM AT BLAKE’S LOCK Summer Exhibitions - ends Monday 30 September A short walk along the Kennet beyond the Abbey Ruins brings you to Gas Works Road and the historic industrial buildings of Reading Museum’s satellite Riverside Museum, beside Bel & the Dragon. They contain a wonderful Dunton gypsy caravan and a Turbine House gallery which stretches over the river. This year we are collaborating with many individuals and organisations to provide a summer of artists’ exhibitions, residencies and events. For details, including a map to help you get there, see readingmuseum.org.uk/your-visit/ permanent-galleries/riverside-museumblakes-lock

Saturday 9 November Reading at War Tour Discover how warfare has affected Reading and its people from the Viking incursions of the ninth century to the present day. Take a fascinating walking tour through the Abbey Quarter, discovering the Forbury memorials and the stories behind them. All ages, 1½-hour tour starting at 11am, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery £10 (under 5s free), booking essential (see our website or call us)

It will be complemented by an animal mad half term for children at Reading Museum as well as talks and events at the Museum of English Rural Life. There may even be animals who escape into the town…

Saturday 31 August – Sunday 15 September In Reading Gaol by Reading Town An exhibition of visual artwork inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Ballad of Reading Gaol by artists from the Reading area.

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Tuesday 5 October – Saturday 14 December Helen Cammock: Turner Prize Finalist Reading Museum’s latest art acquisitions are poetic and thought-provoking screen prints by Helen Cammock. Some will be on loan to Turner Contemporary, Margate, for the Turner Prize exhibition the others will be here. A finalist for this year’s Turner Prize, will she win? Find out on 3 December when the 2019 Turner Prize winner is announced.

Tuesday 10 September – Saturday 2 October Tribute to Wendy Ramshaw A small display of jewellery and costume from the museum’s collection by internationally renowned artist Wendy Ramshaw.

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Saturday 14 September & Saturday 21 September (Heritage Open Days) Saturday 28 September (Reading Town Meal) Characters of the Quarter Meet our characters from the Abbey Quarter, dressed in full replica costume, exploring the Forbury Gardens and the Abbey Ruins throughout the day. Enjoy finding out how people lived in past times with these fun costumed talks. Discover how monks lived, meet a laundress or learn how the Abbey became ruined in Tudor times. In the event of bad weather, please come to the Museum. All ages, 11am – 4pm Free, drop in

Thursday 19 – Monday 30 September It’s the Journey that Matters What a journey Thérèse and Karen have had this last year. Come to their exhibition and share their new work, with lots to see and buy - original art, prints, cards and gifts.

* OUR DROP-INS ARE VERY POPULAR. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE HAVE LIMITED CAPACITY FOR ACTIVITIES IN THE MUSEUM.

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Exhibitions

Tuesday 10 September– Saturday 1 February 2020 Building Futures - Celebrating 100 Years SIR JOHN MADEJSKI ART GALLERY of UCEM 1919-2019 With unique objects and unseen archives, Building Saturday 14 September – Saturday 18 April 2020 Futures showcases the work of University College of ANIMAL - World Art Journeys Estate Management (UCEM) in its centenary year. Journey through time and around the world in a visual Based in Reading since 1973 and now with over treat of an exhibition where great art meets great 4000 students in more than 100 countries, UCEM craft. See how artists have transformed the animal is the world’s leading distance learning provider for world into stunning stylised forms such as Peruvian built environment students. Visitors will discover the weavings and Javanese batiks. Enjoy the work of stories of those that UCEM has educated, including artists from as far afield as ancient Egypt or nineteenth prisoners of war and land army women during the century Asia to contemporary Britain. Find images Second World War. of animals including lobsters and lions, donkeys with See the website for associated Building dragons, birds beside beasties. Futures events. Drawn from across the collections of Reading Museum, the Museum of English Rural Life and Reading people, this is a show for families and creative thinkers to explore.

Events and Talks

TURBINE HOUSE, RIVERSIDE MUSEUM AT BLAKE’S LOCK Summer Exhibitions - ends Monday 30 September A short walk along the Kennet beyond the Abbey Ruins brings you to Gas Works Road and the historic industrial buildings of Reading Museum’s satellite Riverside Museum, beside Bel & the Dragon. They contain a wonderful Dunton gypsy caravan and a Turbine House gallery which stretches over the river. This year we are collaborating with many individuals and organisations to provide a summer of artists’ exhibitions, residencies and events. For details, including a map to help you get there, see readingmuseum.org.uk/your-visit/ permanent-galleries/riverside-museumblakes-lock

Saturday 9 November Reading at War Tour Discover how warfare has affected Reading and its people from the Viking incursions of the ninth century to the present day. Take a fascinating walking tour through the Abbey Quarter, discovering the Forbury memorials and the stories behind them. All ages, 1½-hour tour starting at 11am, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery £10 (under 5s free), booking essential (see our website or call us)

It will be complemented by an animal mad half term for children at Reading Museum as well as talks and events at the Museum of English Rural Life. There may even be animals who escape into the town…

Saturday 31 August – Sunday 15 September In Reading Gaol by Reading Town An exhibition of visual artwork inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Ballad of Reading Gaol by artists from the Reading area.

ANIMAL 14 September 2019 – 18 April 2020

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Community Displays THE WELCOME GALLERY

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Tuesday 5 October – Saturday 14 December Helen Cammock: Turner Prize Finalist Reading Museum’s latest art acquisitions are poetic and thought-provoking screen prints by Helen Cammock. Some will be on loan to Turner Contemporary, Margate, for the Turner Prize exhibition the others will be here. A finalist for this year’s Turner Prize, will she win? Find out on 3 December when the 2019 Turner Prize winner is announced.

Tuesday 10 September – Saturday 2 October Tribute to Wendy Ramshaw A small display of jewellery and costume from the museum’s collection by internationally renowned artist Wendy Ramshaw.

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Saturday 14 September & Saturday 21 September (Heritage Open Days) Saturday 28 September (Reading Town Meal) Characters of the Quarter Meet our characters from the Abbey Quarter, dressed in full replica costume, exploring the Forbury Gardens and the Abbey Ruins throughout the day. Enjoy finding out how people lived in past times with these fun costumed talks. Discover how monks lived, meet a laundress or learn how the Abbey became ruined in Tudor times. In the event of bad weather, please come to the Museum. All ages, 11am – 4pm Free, drop in

Thursday 19 – Monday 30 September It’s the Journey that Matters What a journey Thérèse and Karen have had this last year. Come to their exhibition and share their new work, with lots to see and buy - original art, prints, cards and gifts.

* OUR DROP-INS ARE VERY POPULAR. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE HAVE LIMITED CAPACITY FOR ACTIVITIES IN THE MUSEUM.

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READING MUSEUM Saturday 14 September Father Willis Organ Demonstrations Free talk and demonstration of the historic Father Willis Organ by members of the Berkshire Organists’ Association, followed by an opportunity for members of the public to play the instrument. For further information email david@davidpether.uk All ages, 1-hour sessions starting at 11am & 12pm Free, drop in*

Heritage Open Days Friday 13 – Sunday 22 September Exhibitions at Riverside Museum Including artists’ responses to The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde (ends 15 September), see page 47 Friday 13 September History of the Forbury Talk at the Roseate Hotel The Forbury has been at the heart of events in Reading for around 900 years. Learn the influence of family tragedy, warfare and royalty have had on the Forbury area. This will take place in the cinema of the historic Roseate Townhouse Hotel overlooking the Forbury Gardens. Adults, 2pm – 3pm, at the Roseate Hotel, The Forbury Free, booking essential (see our website or call us)

Saturday 14 September Abbey Gateway Drop-in Take a peek inside the recently restored medieval Abbey Gateway and admire the conservation work undertaken as part of the Reading Abbey Revealed Project. Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. All ages, 10am – 12pm Free, drop in (30 places max per session, there may be a short wait)*

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Saturday 14 September Reading in the Time of Jane Austen Talk Discover Reading in the time of Jane Austen. Join Joy Pibworth from the Jane Austen Society for a talk on the Reading Jane Austen would have known when she was at school in the Abbey Gateway at the end of the eighteenth century. Adults, 3pm – 4pm, meet in the Museum Free, booking essential (see our website or call us)

Saturday 14 September Oscar Wilde Walk - from Reading Museum to the Riverside Museum Join volunteer Ian Lowry for a stroll from Reading Museum through the Abbey Quarter to the Riverside Museum, where there will be a pop-up exhibition including artists’ responses to The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde Adults, 1¼-hour tour starting at 11am & 2pm, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery Free, booking essential (see our website or call us) Saturday 21 September Discovering Katesgrove in the Story of Reading Gallery An introduction to the history of Katesgrove as told through objects on display in the Story of Reading Gallery at Reading Museum. Evelyn Williams of the Whitley Pump blog will give a short talk followed by a guided tour of the gallery to see artefacts that illustrate the history of Katesgrove from Roman to modern times. Adults, 11am & 2pm, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery Free, booking essential (see our website)

* OUR DROP-INS ARE VERY POPULAR. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE HAVE LIMITED CAPACITY FOR ACTIVITIES IN THE MUSEUM.

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1st Term: Tuesday 17 September & 1, 8, 15, 22 October 2nd Term: Tuesday 5, 12, 19, 26 November & 10 December Reading Museum Mini Music Makers! Sing, play, dance and have lots of musical fun at these music sessions for young children and their adults. Led by an experienced musician, teacher and Early Years Music specialist, each session will allow children to experience the magic of music through a range of games and songs. A variety of instruments will be available to use during the sessions. Ages 0-3, with adults, half-hour sessions starting at 11am £7 per session per child, or £30 for all 5 sessions when booked together Booking essential (see our website or call us)

The Reading on Thames Festival returns, bringing music, performance, spoken word, and more to celebrate our waterways, our history and our hidden spaces - and take a look at where the future will take us.

Adults, 6pm - 9.30pm Saturday 28 September & Saturday 12 October Reading Abbey Quarter Tour Abbey days are here again! Enjoy a walking tour exploring the heart of medieval Reading led by our trained volunteer guides. This tour takes you to the highlights of the Abbey Quarter, including the Hospitium where medieval pilgrims stayed and the impressive conserved Reading Abbey Ruins, ending inside the Abbey Gateway, the grand entrance to the Abbot’s Lodgings which became Queen Elizabeth I’s royal residence. Please note that the Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. All ages, 1½-hour tour starting at 11am, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery £10 (under 5s free), booking essential (see our website or call us)

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Thursday 26 September Art After Dark: Little Moments, Big Changes with Laura Mugridge Take a seat around the ‘campfire’ with theatremaker and performer Laura Mugridge (maker of last year’s sold out show Up, Down and Beyond). As you watch twinkling fairy lights and share some fireside treats (marshmallow, anyone?), Laura will tell stories from Reading’s past, found amid the artefacts of the museum. Through Laura’s enchanting storytelling you’ll learn how the spark of an idea can illuminate the path to change. All ages, 20-minute performances starting at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm & 9pm Free, but booking essential (see our website or call us) * OUR DROP-INS ARE VERY POPULAR. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE HAVE LIMITED CAPACITY FOR ACTIVITIES IN THE MUSEUM.

Saturday 28 September Cirque Bijou in the Reading Abbey Ruins The family favourite return after last year’s sold out show, bringing their exciting blend of circus, performance and participation to the historic Abbey Ruins.

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Saturday 5 October Reading Abbey Gateway Rooftop Tour Join us for a tour inside the recently restored medieval Abbey Gateway and learn about this listed building’s fascinating history and its role in the Abbey Quarter. Hear about the Abbey monks, visiting royalty, links to novelist Jane Austen and the vital conservation work done to bring it back to life. In groups of ten you can then access the Gateway rooftop - a fantastic chance to see the Forbury Gardens and Abbey Ruins. Please note that the Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. All ages, 45-minute tours starting at 11am & 2pm, meet at the Abbey Gateway £15, booking essential (see our website or call us)

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READING MUSEUM Saturday 14 September Father Willis Organ Demonstrations Free talk and demonstration of the historic Father Willis Organ by members of the Berkshire Organists’ Association, followed by an opportunity for members of the public to play the instrument. For further information email david@davidpether.uk All ages, 1-hour sessions starting at 11am & 12pm Free, drop in*

Heritage Open Days Friday 13 – Sunday 22 September Exhibitions at Riverside Museum Including artists’ responses to The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde (ends 15 September), see page 47 Friday 13 September History of the Forbury Talk at the Roseate Hotel The Forbury has been at the heart of events in Reading for around 900 years. Learn the influence of family tragedy, warfare and royalty have had on the Forbury area. This will take place in the cinema of the historic Roseate Townhouse Hotel overlooking the Forbury Gardens. Adults, 2pm – 3pm, at the Roseate Hotel, The Forbury Free, booking essential (see our website or call us)

Saturday 14 September Abbey Gateway Drop-in Take a peek inside the recently restored medieval Abbey Gateway and admire the conservation work undertaken as part of the Reading Abbey Revealed Project. Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. All ages, 10am – 12pm Free, drop in (30 places max per session, there may be a short wait)*

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Saturday 14 September Reading in the Time of Jane Austen Talk Discover Reading in the time of Jane Austen. Join Joy Pibworth from the Jane Austen Society for a talk on the Reading Jane Austen would have known when she was at school in the Abbey Gateway at the end of the eighteenth century. Adults, 3pm – 4pm, meet in the Museum Free, booking essential (see our website or call us)

Saturday 14 September Oscar Wilde Walk - from Reading Museum to the Riverside Museum Join volunteer Ian Lowry for a stroll from Reading Museum through the Abbey Quarter to the Riverside Museum, where there will be a pop-up exhibition including artists’ responses to The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde Adults, 1¼-hour tour starting at 11am & 2pm, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery Free, booking essential (see our website or call us) Saturday 21 September Discovering Katesgrove in the Story of Reading Gallery An introduction to the history of Katesgrove as told through objects on display in the Story of Reading Gallery at Reading Museum. Evelyn Williams of the Whitley Pump blog will give a short talk followed by a guided tour of the gallery to see artefacts that illustrate the history of Katesgrove from Roman to modern times. Adults, 11am & 2pm, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery Free, booking essential (see our website)

* OUR DROP-INS ARE VERY POPULAR. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE HAVE LIMITED CAPACITY FOR ACTIVITIES IN THE MUSEUM.

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1st Term: Tuesday 17 September & 1, 8, 15, 22 October 2nd Term: Tuesday 5, 12, 19, 26 November & 10 December Reading Museum Mini Music Makers! Sing, play, dance and have lots of musical fun at these music sessions for young children and their adults. Led by an experienced musician, teacher and Early Years Music specialist, each session will allow children to experience the magic of music through a range of games and songs. A variety of instruments will be available to use during the sessions. Ages 0-3, with adults, half-hour sessions starting at 11am £7 per session per child, or £30 for all 5 sessions when booked together Booking essential (see our website or call us)

The Reading on Thames Festival returns, bringing music, performance, spoken word, and more to celebrate our waterways, our history and our hidden spaces - and take a look at where the future will take us.

Adults, 6pm - 9.30pm Saturday 28 September & Saturday 12 October Reading Abbey Quarter Tour Abbey days are here again! Enjoy a walking tour exploring the heart of medieval Reading led by our trained volunteer guides. This tour takes you to the highlights of the Abbey Quarter, including the Hospitium where medieval pilgrims stayed and the impressive conserved Reading Abbey Ruins, ending inside the Abbey Gateway, the grand entrance to the Abbot’s Lodgings which became Queen Elizabeth I’s royal residence. Please note that the Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. All ages, 1½-hour tour starting at 11am, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery £10 (under 5s free), booking essential (see our website or call us)

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Thursday 26 September Art After Dark: Little Moments, Big Changes with Laura Mugridge Take a seat around the ‘campfire’ with theatremaker and performer Laura Mugridge (maker of last year’s sold out show Up, Down and Beyond). As you watch twinkling fairy lights and share some fireside treats (marshmallow, anyone?), Laura will tell stories from Reading’s past, found amid the artefacts of the museum. Through Laura’s enchanting storytelling you’ll learn how the spark of an idea can illuminate the path to change. All ages, 20-minute performances starting at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm & 9pm Free, but booking essential (see our website or call us) * OUR DROP-INS ARE VERY POPULAR. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE HAVE LIMITED CAPACITY FOR ACTIVITIES IN THE MUSEUM.

Saturday 28 September Cirque Bijou in the Reading Abbey Ruins The family favourite return after last year’s sold out show, bringing their exciting blend of circus, performance and participation to the historic Abbey Ruins.

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Saturday 5 October Reading Abbey Gateway Rooftop Tour Join us for a tour inside the recently restored medieval Abbey Gateway and learn about this listed building’s fascinating history and its role in the Abbey Quarter. Hear about the Abbey monks, visiting royalty, links to novelist Jane Austen and the vital conservation work done to bring it back to life. In groups of ten you can then access the Gateway rooftop - a fantastic chance to see the Forbury Gardens and Abbey Ruins. Please note that the Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. All ages, 45-minute tours starting at 11am & 2pm, meet at the Abbey Gateway £15, booking essential (see our website or call us)

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Saturday 19 October Victorian Architecture in the Reading Abbey Quarter Tour New buildings continued to spring up within the Abbey Quarter long after the dissolution of Reading Abbey in 1539. This new specialist tour explores the local works and legacy of three eminent Victorian architects, Alfred Waterhouse, A.W.N. Pugin and George Gilbert-Scott. Adults, 1¼-hour tour starting at 2pm, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery £10, booking essential (see our website or call us)

Monday 28 October The BIG Draw with Reading Guild of Artists: ANIMAL! Join Reading Guild of Artists to celebrate this year’s BIG Draw Festival! The fabulous artists at the RGA will be on hand to help you adorn the Museum with animal artwork. Borrow a pen or pencil, pick up a board from our gallery drawing boxes and start to create your own masterpieces. No experience necessary, all welcome. All ages, 10am – 3.30pm Free, donations welcome, drop in*

Saturday 19 October & Saturday 2 November Stories of Reading Tour Ever wanted to learn the secrets of the town? Or find fascinating facts in our Museum? Join one of our amazing volunteer guides for a unique tour of our varied galleries. Our guides will shine a spotlight onto their favourite iconic Reading objects throughout the Museum. Discover hidden stories about Reading, its people and the objects that survive. All ages, 1-hour tour starting at 11am, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery £5 (under 5s free), booking essential (see our website or call us) Saturday 2 November Medieval Manuscripts Talk In this talk, Professor Anne Lawrence will look in depth at the surviving manuscripts from Reading Abbey, including the one in Reading Museum. She will discuss the creation of the manuscripts and their collection into an impressive library, and show examples of the kinds of manuscripts which would have been used in the abbey church. As well as looking at some of the treasures of the Abbey’s library we will see how King John and Henry VIII treated the collection! Adults, 2pm – 3pm £5, booking essential (see our website or call us)

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Saturday 30 November Medieval Poetry Workshop: Hunts, Feasts, Battles and Storms Join two acclaimed poets and tutors, Adrian Blamires and Lesley Saunders, for a follow-up workshop exploring the poetry of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance in England, and how – in the words of poet Eavan Boland – it ‘now seems urgent, contemporary and necessary’. Be inspired by the ‘matter of Britain’, the hunts, feasts, battles and storms in the romances of some well-known and lesser-known poets, and take part in some semi-structured exercises to develop your thoughts and ideas. There will be plenty of time to compose something of your own, so bring something to write on and with. Adults 16+, 10.30am – 4pm £30, booking essential (see our website or call us)

October Half Term DON’T MISS OUR SPECIAL MONDAY OPENING! Activity Cart Drop in throughout the week to create some magical Halloween paper craft. Please note that on Monday we will have BIG Draw themed craft available. Free, drop in* ANIMAL! Escape Room Trail at Reading Museum Available throughout the week. Take the Reading Museum challenge and solve the animal riddles in each gallery. You will only be released through the invisible force field once you have unscrambled the secret code! Families, available throughout the day £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.

Monday 28 October BIG Draw Sewing Demonstration: ANIMAL! Watch our sewing volunteers at work or buy a kit to have a go yourself. Ages 5+, Families, drop in between 10.30am & 12pm Free to observe, buy a small kit to try out (£2 per kit) Tuesday 29 October Mummified Fish Demo! See a genuine fish mummification in our live demonstration of how the Ancient Egyptians would have prepared their beloved pets for burial. Then create your own fish-shaped sarcophagus decorated with sequins and beads, complete with fake fish ‘mummy’ to take away. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £4, booking essential (see our website or call us)* Tuesday 29 October Victorian Schoolroom Experience in the Gateway Meet a Victorian schoolteacher and re-learn the ‘3Rs’. A 45-minute experience for adults and children over 5 in our unique Victorian classroom, now in the brand new setting of the historic Abbey Gateway. Please note that the Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. Ages 5+, 11.30am, 1.15pm & 2.30pm £1 per person, see our website to book in advance or pay on the day (35 places max per session)*

Wednesday 30 October Make & Take: Frankenstein Paper Bag Creatures Enjoy creating a paper bag monster, taking inspiration from Halloween animals from wolves to bats and owls. Families, half-hour sessions 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm £1, pay on the day, drop in* Thursday 31 October Animal Skulls – ROAR! Take a look at some of the fascinating skulls from the Museum’s collection and experiment with a range of materials from clay to mod roc. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £4, booking essential (see our website or call us)*

Christmas Activity Cart Visit us in the run-up to the Christmas holidays and enjoy a range of festive art and craft activities. Free, drop in*

Saturday 14 December Father Christmas’ Victorian Winter Grotto Can you hear his sleigh bells? Step back into Christmases past in this special Saturday event and make a traditional decoration for your home. Compose a letter then present it to Father Christmas and receive a special gift before you leave. A magical experience for those that still believe! Our visitors absolutely loved our authentic version last year. Families, half-hour sessions starting at 10am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 1pm, 1.45pm & 2.30pm £5 per person, booking essential (please see our website or call 0118 937 3400) The Museum will close at 4pm on Saturday 21 December and will then remain closed throughout the Christmas period. We will reopen on Thursday 2 January 2020

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Saturday 19 October Victorian Architecture in the Reading Abbey Quarter Tour New buildings continued to spring up within the Abbey Quarter long after the dissolution of Reading Abbey in 1539. This new specialist tour explores the local works and legacy of three eminent Victorian architects, Alfred Waterhouse, A.W.N. Pugin and George Gilbert-Scott. Adults, 1¼-hour tour starting at 2pm, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery £10, booking essential (see our website or call us)

Monday 28 October The BIG Draw with Reading Guild of Artists: ANIMAL! Join Reading Guild of Artists to celebrate this year’s BIG Draw Festival! The fabulous artists at the RGA will be on hand to help you adorn the Museum with animal artwork. Borrow a pen or pencil, pick up a board from our gallery drawing boxes and start to create your own masterpieces. No experience necessary, all welcome. All ages, 10am – 3.30pm Free, donations welcome, drop in*

Saturday 19 October & Saturday 2 November Stories of Reading Tour Ever wanted to learn the secrets of the town? Or find fascinating facts in our Museum? Join one of our amazing volunteer guides for a unique tour of our varied galleries. Our guides will shine a spotlight onto their favourite iconic Reading objects throughout the Museum. Discover hidden stories about Reading, its people and the objects that survive. All ages, 1-hour tour starting at 11am, meet in the Story of Reading Gallery £5 (under 5s free), booking essential (see our website or call us) Saturday 2 November Medieval Manuscripts Talk In this talk, Professor Anne Lawrence will look in depth at the surviving manuscripts from Reading Abbey, including the one in Reading Museum. She will discuss the creation of the manuscripts and their collection into an impressive library, and show examples of the kinds of manuscripts which would have been used in the abbey church. As well as looking at some of the treasures of the Abbey’s library we will see how King John and Henry VIII treated the collection! Adults, 2pm – 3pm £5, booking essential (see our website or call us)

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Saturday 30 November Medieval Poetry Workshop: Hunts, Feasts, Battles and Storms Join two acclaimed poets and tutors, Adrian Blamires and Lesley Saunders, for a follow-up workshop exploring the poetry of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance in England, and how – in the words of poet Eavan Boland – it ‘now seems urgent, contemporary and necessary’. Be inspired by the ‘matter of Britain’, the hunts, feasts, battles and storms in the romances of some well-known and lesser-known poets, and take part in some semi-structured exercises to develop your thoughts and ideas. There will be plenty of time to compose something of your own, so bring something to write on and with. Adults 16+, 10.30am – 4pm £30, booking essential (see our website or call us)

October Half Term DON’T MISS OUR SPECIAL MONDAY OPENING! Activity Cart Drop in throughout the week to create some magical Halloween paper craft. Please note that on Monday we will have BIG Draw themed craft available. Free, drop in* ANIMAL! Escape Room Trail at Reading Museum Available throughout the week. Take the Reading Museum challenge and solve the animal riddles in each gallery. You will only be released through the invisible force field once you have unscrambled the secret code! Families, available throughout the day £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.

Monday 28 October BIG Draw Sewing Demonstration: ANIMAL! Watch our sewing volunteers at work or buy a kit to have a go yourself. Ages 5+, Families, drop in between 10.30am & 12pm Free to observe, buy a small kit to try out (£2 per kit) Tuesday 29 October Mummified Fish Demo! See a genuine fish mummification in our live demonstration of how the Ancient Egyptians would have prepared their beloved pets for burial. Then create your own fish-shaped sarcophagus decorated with sequins and beads, complete with fake fish ‘mummy’ to take away. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £4, booking essential (see our website or call us)* Tuesday 29 October Victorian Schoolroom Experience in the Gateway Meet a Victorian schoolteacher and re-learn the ‘3Rs’. A 45-minute experience for adults and children over 5 in our unique Victorian classroom, now in the brand new setting of the historic Abbey Gateway. Please note that the Gateway has no step free access and there are uneven steps and floors. Ages 5+, 11.30am, 1.15pm & 2.30pm £1 per person, see our website to book in advance or pay on the day (35 places max per session)*

Wednesday 30 October Make & Take: Frankenstein Paper Bag Creatures Enjoy creating a paper bag monster, taking inspiration from Halloween animals from wolves to bats and owls. Families, half-hour sessions 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm £1, pay on the day, drop in* Thursday 31 October Animal Skulls – ROAR! Take a look at some of the fascinating skulls from the Museum’s collection and experiment with a range of materials from clay to mod roc. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £4, booking essential (see our website or call us)*

Christmas Activity Cart Visit us in the run-up to the Christmas holidays and enjoy a range of festive art and craft activities. Free, drop in*

Saturday 14 December Father Christmas’ Victorian Winter Grotto Can you hear his sleigh bells? Step back into Christmases past in this special Saturday event and make a traditional decoration for your home. Compose a letter then present it to Father Christmas and receive a special gift before you leave. A magical experience for those that still believe! Our visitors absolutely loved our authentic version last year. Families, half-hour sessions starting at 10am, 10.45am, 11.30am, 1pm, 1.45pm & 2.30pm £5 per person, booking essential (please see our website or call 0118 937 3400) The Museum will close at 4pm on Saturday 21 December and will then remain closed throughout the Christmas period. We will reopen on Thursday 2 January 2020

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READING LIBRARIES

SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS Reading Stanza & South Street

Poets’ Café

Held on the second Friday of each month. Doors 8pm, poetry from 8.30pm. Reading’s longest running and best-loved poetry platform, Poets’ Café, is now being organised and hosted by The Poetry Society’s Reading Stanza. The Café will be held on the second Friday of every month and the night is made up of an open mic section, where we welcome anyone who wishes to read their work in a friendly atmosphere, plus a full reading by our guest poet.

SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS

READING MUSEUM REGULAR EVENTS

Mothers Who Make

Regular Events

Lunchtime Organ Recitals

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

EVERY WEDNESDAY Tales for Tots: Story-time for the under 5s Drop in and catch a story using objects from our collection. Under 5s, 10.30am - 11.30am. Free, drop in

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

Donations welcome on the day.

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 SATURDAY Early Birds We are running a quiet hour for families of children with sensory difficulties every Saturday. The Museum will be open to all but we will make all other visitors aware. We are pleased to have been supported by Autism in Museums, who have donated a Tactile Sensory Bag and softplay pillows. All ages, 10am - 11am Free, drop in

Friday 9 August August’s Poets’ Cafe takes the form of a Covers Night, hosted by Damon Young. Friday 13 September With Jeremy Page. Hosted by Louise Ordish. Jeremy Page is the author of several collections of poems, including Closing Time (Pindrop, 2014) and Stepping Back: Resubmission for the Ordinary Level Examination in Psychogeography (Frogmore Press, 2016). Friday 11 October Guest Liz Lefroy. Hosted by Alison Hill Friday 8 November Guest Jess Mookherjee. Hosted by Wendy Klein (Host subject to change)

Friday 13 December Guest Paul Stephenson. Hosted by Ashley Harrold

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

Tickets £5, Readers £4

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

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CONCERT HALL REGULAR EVENTS

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

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

Monday 23 September, 1pm Monday 18 November, 1pm Monday 20 January 2020, 1pm Monday 16 March 2020, 1pm Monday 18 May 2020, 1pm Monday 20 July 2020, 1pm Book all six recitals in the 2019-2020 season (Sep-July) in advance for just £24.

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. Free event, just drop in.

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READING LIBRARIES

SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS Reading Stanza & South Street

Poets’ Café

Held on the second Friday of each month. Doors 8pm, poetry from 8.30pm. Reading’s longest running and best-loved poetry platform, Poets’ Café, is now being organised and hosted by The Poetry Society’s Reading Stanza. The Café will be held on the second Friday of every month and the night is made up of an open mic section, where we welcome anyone who wishes to read their work in a friendly atmosphere, plus a full reading by our guest poet.

SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS

READING MUSEUM REGULAR EVENTS

Mothers Who Make

Regular Events

Lunchtime Organ Recitals

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

EVERY WEDNESDAY Tales for Tots: Story-time for the under 5s Drop in and catch a story using objects from our collection. Under 5s, 10.30am - 11.30am. Free, drop in

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

Donations welcome on the day.

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 SATURDAY Early Birds We are running a quiet hour for families of children with sensory difficulties every Saturday. The Museum will be open to all but we will make all other visitors aware. We are pleased to have been supported by Autism in Museums, who have donated a Tactile Sensory Bag and softplay pillows. All ages, 10am - 11am Free, drop in

Friday 9 August August’s Poets’ Cafe takes the form of a Covers Night, hosted by Damon Young. Friday 13 September With Jeremy Page. Hosted by Louise Ordish. Jeremy Page is the author of several collections of poems, including Closing Time (Pindrop, 2014) and Stepping Back: Resubmission for the Ordinary Level Examination in Psychogeography (Frogmore Press, 2016). Friday 11 October Guest Liz Lefroy. Hosted by Alison Hill Friday 8 November Guest Jess Mookherjee. Hosted by Wendy Klein (Host subject to change)

Friday 13 December Guest Paul Stephenson. Hosted by Ashley Harrold

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

Tickets £5, Readers £4

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

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CONCERT HALL REGULAR EVENTS

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

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

Monday 23 September, 1pm Monday 18 November, 1pm Monday 20 January 2020, 1pm Monday 16 March 2020, 1pm Monday 18 May 2020, 1pm Monday 20 July 2020, 1pm Book all six recitals in the 2019-2020 season (Sep-July) in advance for just £24.

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. Free event, just drop in.

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BERKSHIRE RECORD OFFICE

READING CENTRAL LIBRARY

Weds 25 Sept to Fri 20 Dec, during normal opening hours

Saturday 14 September, 1-2pm

Always Here For You

Stacey Halls – The Familiars

Celebrating 100 years of the Berkshire Federation of Women’s Institutes

Join Stacey Halls as she talks about her debut novel The Familiars set during the Pendle Witch Trials. Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. When she finds a letter from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy. When she crosses paths with young midwife Alice Gray, Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby. As Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the North-West, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. The two women’s lives become inextricably bound together as the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake.

Saturday 14 September, 10.30am

This exhibition looks back at how the BFWI encouraged and inspired women to develop their skills and empowered them to make a difference in their communities. Available during our opening hours. FREE admission. Why not come along and take a look?

Heritage Open Day As part of Heritage Open Days 2019, we will be offering a FREE tour of the Berkshire Record Office. Find out what goes on behind the scenes of the archives of the Royal County. Booking is essential. Please email arch@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 5132.

Stacey Halls grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire and has always been fascinated by the Pendle witches. She studied journalism and was media editor at the Bookseller and has also written for various publications including Fabulous magazine, where she now works as Deputy Chief Sub Editor. Tickets £5 Monday 18 November, 10.15am to 2.45pm

ALL LIBRARIES

How to Read Old Handwriting Workshop

Saturday 5 October, all day

Fun Palaces at Reading Libraries Fun Palace is back! If you have been to any of our Fun Palaces events in previous years, you will know that we have a fantastic range of art and science themed free events for all the family happening at each of our libraries. Please see our website or posters in your local branch to find out what is happening near you. Free events READING CENTRAL LIBRARY

Monday 11 November, 10.30am

Saturday14 September, 10.15am -11am

Behind the Scenes at the BRO

Heritage Open Day: Behind the Bookshelves Tour

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

This is a chance to see some of the interesting items held in the library’s local studies collection. Limited numbers, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Free Event, Booking required.

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Always wanted to know how to read old handwriting, but don’t know how? Then come along to our workshop! It will be held at the Berkshire Record Office where we will look at samples from 16th to 18th century documents held here. Cost is £20 per person. Booking is essential. Please email arch@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 5132.

BERKSHIRERECORDOFFICE.ORG.UK All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 58 for details

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

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BERKSHIRE RECORD OFFICE

READING CENTRAL LIBRARY

Weds 25 Sept to Fri 20 Dec, during normal opening hours

Saturday 14 September, 1-2pm

Always Here For You

Stacey Halls – The Familiars

Celebrating 100 years of the Berkshire Federation of Women’s Institutes

Join Stacey Halls as she talks about her debut novel The Familiars set during the Pendle Witch Trials. Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. When she finds a letter from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy. When she crosses paths with young midwife Alice Gray, Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby. As Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the North-West, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. The two women’s lives become inextricably bound together as the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake.

Saturday 14 September, 10.30am

This exhibition looks back at how the BFWI encouraged and inspired women to develop their skills and empowered them to make a difference in their communities. Available during our opening hours. FREE admission. Why not come along and take a look?

Heritage Open Day As part of Heritage Open Days 2019, we will be offering a FREE tour of the Berkshire Record Office. Find out what goes on behind the scenes of the archives of the Royal County. Booking is essential. Please email arch@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 5132.

Stacey Halls grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire and has always been fascinated by the Pendle witches. She studied journalism and was media editor at the Bookseller and has also written for various publications including Fabulous magazine, where she now works as Deputy Chief Sub Editor. Tickets £5 Monday 18 November, 10.15am to 2.45pm

ALL LIBRARIES

How to Read Old Handwriting Workshop

Saturday 5 October, all day

Fun Palaces at Reading Libraries Fun Palace is back! If you have been to any of our Fun Palaces events in previous years, you will know that we have a fantastic range of art and science themed free events for all the family happening at each of our libraries. Please see our website or posters in your local branch to find out what is happening near you. Free events READING CENTRAL LIBRARY

Monday 11 November, 10.30am

Saturday14 September, 10.15am -11am

Behind the Scenes at the BRO

Heritage Open Day: Behind the Bookshelves Tour

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

This is a chance to see some of the interesting items held in the library’s local studies collection. Limited numbers, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Free Event, Booking required.

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Always wanted to know how to read old handwriting, but don’t know how? Then come along to our workshop! It will be held at the Berkshire Record Office where we will look at samples from 16th to 18th century documents held here. Cost is £20 per person. Booking is essential. Please email arch@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 5132.

BERKSHIRERECORDOFFICE.ORG.UK All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 58 for details

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

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EDUCATION

PARKS & OPEN SPACES

Reading Museum Hands on Learning for Schools

AUTUMN 2019 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Reading Museum offers a wide range of learning opportunities for school children. Our Schools Loans Service provides hundreds of boxes containing real objects for classroom use. These dynamic and engaging resources help enhance and develop children’s learning and understanding. We have a wide range of creative and interactive educational sessions on offer in the museum, ranging from prehistory to the Victorian era. For more information about our education services please see our website www.readingmuseum.org.uk or email education@readingmuseum.org.uk The Abbey Ruins and Abbey Gateway, two new historical settings for our school sessions. Thanks to the reopening to the public of the newly restored Abbey Ruins last summer, school groups visiting Reading Museum can now enjoy two additional beautiful settings for our formal sessions. Our popular Victorian Schoolroom sessions now take place in the Abbey Gateway, offering an even more immersive experience of Reading’s history for school children. The Abbey Ruins are the inspiring backdrop for the new Royals in Reading sessions, which explore Reading’s historic ties with the Abbey through activities and object handling.

Parks & Open Spaces are responsible for managing and maintaining Reading’s 100+ parks, lakes and playgrounds. We have events running throughout the year. Abbey Ruins Saturday 7 September Down at the Abbey Festival Hills Meadow 10 to 12 October Oktoberfest Prospect Park 12 & 13 October Carters Steam Fair Forbury Gardens November & December Reading Winter on Ice Kings Meadow November & December Best Parties Ever Forbury & Hills Meadow Sunday 8 December The Santa Run

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 Steff Cohen for further details 0118 937 2011

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

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EDUCATION

PARKS & OPEN SPACES

Reading Museum Hands on Learning for Schools

AUTUMN 2019 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

Reading Museum offers a wide range of learning opportunities for school children. Our Schools Loans Service provides hundreds of boxes containing real objects for classroom use. These dynamic and engaging resources help enhance and develop children’s learning and understanding. We have a wide range of creative and interactive educational sessions on offer in the museum, ranging from prehistory to the Victorian era. For more information about our education services please see our website www.readingmuseum.org.uk or email education@readingmuseum.org.uk The Abbey Ruins and Abbey Gateway, two new historical settings for our school sessions. Thanks to the reopening to the public of the newly restored Abbey Ruins last summer, school groups visiting Reading Museum can now enjoy two additional beautiful settings for our formal sessions. Our popular Victorian Schoolroom sessions now take place in the Abbey Gateway, offering an even more immersive experience of Reading’s history for school children. The Abbey Ruins are the inspiring backdrop for the new Royals in Reading sessions, which explore Reading’s historic ties with the Abbey through activities and object handling.

Parks & Open Spaces are responsible for managing and maintaining Reading’s 100+ parks, lakes and playgrounds. We have events running throughout the year. Abbey Ruins Saturday 7 September Down at the Abbey Festival Hills Meadow 10 to 12 October Oktoberfest Prospect Park 12 & 13 October Carters Steam Fair Forbury Gardens November & December Reading Winter on Ice Kings Meadow November & December Best Parties Ever Forbury & Hills Meadow Sunday 8 December The Santa Run

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 Steff Cohen for further details 0118 937 2011

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

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

Box Office: 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com Group Bookings: Contact our dedicated group sales co-ordinator for details of group discounts, priority bookings, advance notifications, extended reservation periods, education packs and much more. Steff Cohen 0118 937 2011 or email steff.cohen@reading.gov.uk Payment All major credit and debit cards are accepted, except Diners and American Express. Unless otherwise stated venue booking fees are included in the advertised price. An additional fee may be payable for postage. The booking fee applies to ticket purchases made with credit cards, debit cards and cash. Bookings made in person with a pre-paid debit card are not subject to a booking fee. Standing events. All standing tickets are unreserved general admission; the seating plan and ticket number are for administration purposes only. Please note that Under 14’s will not be permitted into the standing arena. All under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult (18yrs or over) and seated in the balcony. The advertised time for standing events is the doors time and bears no relation to the performance time. Exact timings will be confirmed nearer the time and will be available from the box office or via readingarts.com. To ensure your safety, security will be present to search bags on arrival. No food or drink may be brought into the venue. Professional cameras are not permitted at events and will not be allowed into the auditorium. Please be aware that concerts of this nature use various theatrical lighting and smoke effects, and may have high sound levels.

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

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

The management reserve the right to refuse entry and to make any changes to the information contained in this brochure without prior notice in the event of illness or any other unavoidable cause.

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

Box Office: 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com Group Bookings: Contact our dedicated group sales co-ordinator for details of group discounts, priority bookings, advance notifications, extended reservation periods, education packs and much more. Steff Cohen 0118 937 2011 or email steff.cohen@reading.gov.uk Payment All major credit and debit cards are accepted, except Diners and American Express. Unless otherwise stated venue booking fees are included in the advertised price. An additional fee may be payable for postage. The booking fee applies to ticket purchases made with credit cards, debit cards and cash. Bookings made in person with a pre-paid debit card are not subject to a booking fee. Standing events. All standing tickets are unreserved general admission; the seating plan and ticket number are for administration purposes only. Please note that Under 14’s will not be permitted into the standing arena. All under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult (18yrs or over) and seated in the balcony. The advertised time for standing events is the doors time and bears no relation to the performance time. Exact timings will be confirmed nearer the time and will be available from the box office or via readingarts.com. To ensure your safety, security will be present to search bags on arrival. No food or drink may be brought into the venue. Professional cameras are not permitted at events and will not be allowed into the auditorium. Please be aware that concerts of this nature use various theatrical lighting and smoke effects, and may have high sound levels.

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

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

The management reserve the right to refuse entry and to make any changes to the information contained in this brochure without prior notice in the event of illness or any other unavoidable cause.

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Profile for Reading Culture & Sport

Reading Arts ~ What's On in Reading ~ Sept to Dec 2019  

The Hexagon ~ South Street ~ Concert Hall ~ Reading Museum ~ Libraries ~ Berkshire Record Office ~ Sport & Leisure

Reading Arts ~ What's On in Reading ~ Sept to Dec 2019  

The Hexagon ~ South Street ~ Concert Hall ~ Reading Museum ~ Libraries ~ Berkshire Record Office ~ Sport & Leisure

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