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…to the Reading Culture & Sport Spring 2017 Season! No sooner do we say goodbye to Justin Fletcher and a record-breaking Christmas Pantomime, then our Easter Panto ‘The Wizard of Oz’ appears on the horizon! Starring Bobby Davro and Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh & Pudsey, this will be a fun filled show for all the family during the Easter break. And now that ‘Strictly’ has drawn to a close, The Hexagon has no fewer than five stunning ‘Strictly’ shows coming up before the summer! (See details on our advert below). After a major refurbishment last year, South Street Arts Centre is now open for business with much improved facilities for patrons and artists alike. Come along and see for yourself what the future holds for this iconic Reading venue. 2016 ended with many sell-out shows and the quality programming continues into 2017 with Stephen K Amos, Lucy Porter, Alasdair Roberts Trio, Josie Long and Tyondai Braxton, to name just a few of the top acts that are to appear at South Street. I hope to welcome you back to our cultural venues very soon! Paul Gittings Lead Councillor for Reading Culture, Sport and Consumer Services.

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THE ICONIC AND MUCH LOVED ARTS CENTRE HAS BEEN CLOSED SINCE SUMMER 2016 AFTER RECEIVING FUNDING FROM THE ARTS COUNCIL AND RBC TO REFURBISH THE THEATRE AND BUILD A BRAND NEW BAR. WE HAVE ALREADY UNVEILED THE NEW THEATRE WITH A SELL-OUT PROGRAMME IN AUTUMN AND ARE EXCITED ABOUT WELCOMING YOU TO THE NEW BAR IN EARLY 2017.

LOVE SOUTHST To celebrate the opening we are delighted to announce the new membership scheme for South Street. Becoming a friend or a member will give you the opportunity to be part of this exciting future by supporting the venue and finding out first what is happening behind the scenes. Your support as a member will also enable you to access benefits such as priority notification on shows and regular newsletters with the latest news from the venue.

This support will ensure we are able to invest in the building in the future and continue to provide a programme that is diverse and unique in Reading. There are 3 levels of membership… FRIENDS OF SOUTH STREET £20 PER ANNUM MEMBER £30 PER ANNUM BUSINESS MEMBER £5000 PER ANNUM

Members will also be invited to our Season Launch events and other special events throughout the year, such as select rehearsals or read-throughs. You will also receive discounts and offers on selected shows.

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HIRE SOUTH STREET South Street is an Arts venue in Reading with a difference. Much loved for its independent feel, and now with fully refurbished spaces it makes the ideal town centre location for parties, corporate events, small performances, workshops, rehearsals and staff training. South Street has two venues, our Main Theatre with fully raked seating, intelligent lighting and brand new sound equipment plus two new dressing rooms & the MacDevitts Studio featuring a brand new bar. The flexible, intimate spaces at South Street can meet the needs for cabaret style, raked seating and standing performances. Events we regularly host in them include music, theatre, stand-up comedy, live literature and children’s theatre. In addition we have a small meeting room - San Francisco Room - and other office and desk space to let. To host your event at South Street contact 0118 937 3456.

‘SOUTH STREET HAS AN INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION FOR CONTEMPORARY THEATRE, COMEDY AND MUSIC. IT HAS ALSO NURTURED COUNTLESS ARTISTS AND COMPANIES’ DANIELLE CORBISHLY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF BEAUTIFUL CREATURES THEATRE

‘…AN ESSENTIAL VENUE IN THE THEATRE ECOLOGY’ LYN GARDNER THE GUARDIAN

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

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CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVEIN READING

2016

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE… ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CZECH NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA THE SIXTEEN & HARRY CHRISTOPHERS PAUL LEWIS, PIANO STEVEN ISSERLIS, CELLO & SAM HAYWOOD, PIANO CITY OF BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA JULIAN BLISS SEPTET www.readingarts.com Box Office 0118 960 6060

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This will be a rich and magical opportunity for in-depth immersion in the poetry of darkness, exploring the February day as it merges into wintry night. Participants will, in a woodfire-warmed yurt, be led into the ancient Japanese poetic tradition of Renga, to develop their responses to darkness, both individually and collectively. This will be one of four workshops taking place throughout 2017, with a final live performance around Winter Solstice 2017.

Festival Partners: South Street Arts Centre and The Olympia Ballroom With support from: Reading Year of Culture 2016, University of Reading, Reading Year of Culture and Reading Climate Change Partnership

SOUTH STREET

From Ibiza to the Norfolk Broads Saturday 7 January, 8pm Written and directed by Adrian Berry Performed by Alex Walton Featuring the voice of Rob Newman Choreography by Layla Rosa (Shunt) Adrian Berry’s acclaimed sell-out production returns in this tale of a young David Bowie obsessive. Powerful and touching, music and magic realism collide in this darkly funny and moving tour-de-force solo show featuring Alex Walton and the voice of comedian Rob Newman. With a blistering Bowie soundtrack, the life of the pop fan is dissected in this tale of unnatural teenage wildlife. This brand new and updated production, fresh from sold out runs in London, Edinburgh and Germany, plays Reading the day before Bowie’s 70th birthday and a few days after the 1st anniversary of his death. Join us afterwards in the MacDevitts Studio for a Special Bowie club night - free to ticket holders - hosted by Darklands after the show. Listen and dance through till midnight and see in the legend’s 70th birthday! Advisory age: 16+ Tickets £12, £9 members

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THE HEXAGON

Mario Kombou

The Never-Ending Nightmare

The Elvis Years Saturday 14 January, 7.30pm Mario Kombou celebrates 10 years on the road this year; The Elvis Years is an outstanding musical production which brings to the stage the incredible and compelling story of the ‘king of rock and roll’ Elvis Presley. With a top line-up of actormusicians, multiple costume changes and nostalgic film footage, this glittering two-hour production charts the musical and emotional highs and lows of Elvis’ amazing journey from poor truck-driving teenager from Tupelo, Mississippi through the army, Hollywood and finally the legendary Las Vegas concerts.

The Circus of Horrors

Thursday 19 January, 8pm The Circus of Horrors celebrates its 21st anniversary as it takes to the road with its latest incarnation “The Never-Ending Nightmare”. The spectacular features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave & beautiful acts all woven into a Alice in Horrorland type story driven by a mainly original soundscape & performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek! ‘I loved it’ Simon Cowell ‘Fantastic, that’s what I call entertainment’ David Hasselhoff ‘That was incredible’ Ant or Dec (never know which one’s which). Adults Only Tickets £27, £22, £18 Concessions (except U16’s) £3 off top two prices only. Groups £3 off (top 2 prices only)

Tickets £24.50, Concessions and Groups £2 off

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CONCERT HALL

THE HEXAGON

Stephen K Amos:

Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra

American Superslam Wrestling

Saturday 21 January, 7.30pm

Sunday 22 January, 3pm

Andrew Taylor, Conductor Nicola Loten, Flute

Look out for the future stars of WWE and some faces from the past glory days of Saturday afternoon world of sport TV Wrestling days as they join the audience to celebrate this history making achievement. All-Star the best there is, the best there was and the best live shows ever.

World Famous

Fri 20 & Sat 21 January, 8pm Globe-trotting laughter master Stephen K Amos returns with his new tour show. In the last twelve months, Stephen has performed his unique brand of feel-good comedy all over England, Scotland, Wales, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Australia, Tazmania, New Zealand, and the Seychelles. And what did he find when he got there? People. People like you and me and some of them said the most ridiculous things. To his face! All that, and more in a brand new tour show for 20162017 Advisory age: 16+ Tickets £18

After their sell out concert in October the Aldworth Philharmonic are back in the Concert Hall with yet another fantastic and original programme. You can see them perform new works by Max Charles Davies, as well as Nielsen’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra and concluding with Tchaikovsky’s first symphony “Winter daydreams”. Your ticket can be bought from their website www. aldworthphilharmonic.org.uk or by calling 07534 402213The nation’s favourite psychic, Sally Morgan is back and better than ever with her brand new and most jaw-dropping show yet - ‘Call Me Psychic’.

Come see for yourself, we guarantee you will not be disappointed. Fun and action for all ages from 6 to 96! Tickets £15, U16s £11 Family of Four (Max 2 Adults) £44

Funny, entertaining, sometimes heart breaking, often controversial; the show celebrates her 8th year on the road. Sally say’s “Every night when I’m on stage amazing things happen and it’s a privilege to be able to pass on messages of love and comfort to the people I share my gift with”. This is a fantastic and unique evening out not to be missed. Book your tickets now to see this phenomenal psychic in action! The show is investigational

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SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

A SITELINES in association with

That’ll Be The Day

Festival of the Dark presents

Everyday Moments by Hofesh Shechter Thursday 26 January to Saturday 28 January From 5pm Thurs & Fri, From 10am Sat (16min slots) A sound installation for one audience member at a time, in a completely dark room, with headphones and some space to move. In 2011, Fuel commissioned a series of podcasts from different artists inspired by their favourite everyday moment, designed to be listened to at a particular time and in a particular place. Hofesh Shechter’s podcast, designed to be listened to alone, in a dark space, is an invitation to move without inhibition - the way you always wished you could when no one is watching.

Thursday 26 January, 7.30pm After an incredible three decades of touring, the UK’s No.1 Rock & Roll variety production That’ll Be The Day returns with another brand new show! This year’s production features a fresh new line-up of sensational classic gold hits, spanning the 50’s right through to the 70’s, mixed as always, with even more hilarious comedy! Complete with stunning costumes and incredible LIVE music performances, we guarantee you’ll be on your feet and dancing in the aisles before the night is over. Welcome to the golden age of popular music… revived! ‘Sensational Entertainment!’ - The Mirror Tickets £27, £25

Originally produced in collaboration with Roundhouse Radio. Funded by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Arts Council England. To find out more about how to listen to other podcasts in the Everyday Moments series visit fueltheatre.com The piece lasts 16 minutes. Please arrive in plenty of time for your slot. Ages 14+ £7.50, £5 South Street members

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CONCERT HALL Classical Music Alive

The Carducci String Quartet

SITELINES South Street & SITELINES present

Rave Space by Will Dickie

Thursday 26 January, 7.30pm

Friday 27 January, 8pm

Mozart - String Quartet No.17 in B flat Major K.458 Shostakovich - String Quartet No.11 Webern - Langsmersatz Beethoven - String Quartet Op.95

As We Enter The Rave Space. Club space. Movement space. Inside space. The DJ is searching for freedom in the breaks and security is getting touchy. We are on one tonight. Let’s get beyond. Tripping in places of ecstasy, lost in beats.

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Town Hall Tickets: £20.50, £17.50, £15.50 Groups 10+: ALL tickets are £12 each. No additional subscription rates apply. (subject to availability) All children under 18: £6 for individual tickets Schools: £6 each, including free programmes (subject to availability) (SMS members £5.75) Classical Membership Scheme: £12 for individual tickets. (For patrons aged 18-25 or students of any age - please contact the Box Office to register for the scheme) Try a Classical Concert for £10 You probably listen to more of it than you think; on adverts, in films, in ‘pop’ songs, as ringtones and even when you are put on hold! So why not Test Drive it for only £10. If you have never been to a Classical Music Alive in Reading concert before, you can book now for only £10 a ticket – top price tickets are £25.50 so it’s a massive saving. You might surprise yourself! Only available through the Box Office on 0118 960 6060.

The Rave Space is a DJ set and a performance. Beats flow in a mix of theatre, dance and performance art. Drums, b-lines and MCing are cut with interviews and found sounds, in a jungle night that asks deeper questions - What is the DJs relationship to the massive - of one to the many? What lies beyond the self? And how do we get there? Part of the SITELINES ~ Theatre in Unusual Spaces series. Tickets £12, £10 concs, £8 members

Illustration: © Axel Scheffler & Macmillan Children’s Books

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Room on the Broom Monday 30 & Tuesday 31 January Mon 1.30pm & 4.30pm Tues 10.30am & 1.30pm Join the Witch and her cat on their mission to defeat the dragon in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The Witch and her cat are travelling on their broomstick when they pick up some hitch-hikers - a friendly dog, a beautiful green bird and a crazy frog. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and - CRACK - it snaps in two... just as the hungry dragon appears! Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the Olivier-nominated show that’s toured Britain and the world! Running time 55 minutes (no interval)

Illustration: © Axel Scheffler & Macmillan Children’s Books

Adults £14.50, U16 £12.50, Family £48, Schools £8.50

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SOUTH STREET

Ashley Blaker:

Unfolding Theatre in association with LittleMighty

Meshuga Frum

Tuesday 31 January, 7.30pm Ashley Blaker, the UK’s only Orthodox Jewish comedian, returns with a brand new show for 2017. Ashley’s last show Ungefiltered was a sell-out hit seen by 5,500 people and now he is back with something completely different. Tickets £20

Putting the Band Back Together Thursday 2 February, 8pm Across the UK there are thousands of guitars propped up in bedrooms that haven’t been strummed in years. Voices only heard in the shower. Drum kits taking up too much space in garages. Well, it’s time to blow off the dust. We’re putting the band back together! Part riotous gig, part tender storytelling, Ross Millard (The Futureheads), Maria Crocker  and Alex Elliott reveal the epic emotions within people’s relationships with music. Every show features a house band of ex-players. Fancy joining? Email band@unfoldingtheatre.co.uk to find out more. Advisory age: 12+ Tickets £12, £8 members

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SOUTH STREET Readipop

Urban Orchestra Friday 3 February, 7.30pm Urban Orchestra is Readipop’s open-access orchestra for open-minded young musicians. This performance of original new music features talented young musicians, singers, rappers and producers from all musical backgrounds who have come together to create a powerful new performance. This show also features performances from Vocal Networking, a progressive platform designed to bring together up and coming MC’s, producers, singers, DJs and dancers. Tickets £5

SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

Spiritual Jazz with Saxophonist Johnty Wilks

The Book of Genesis

Saturday 4 February, 7.15pm

The Book of Genesis will recreate the look and sound of the iconic Genesis live album (the only live album featuring Peter Gabriel) in the first half of the show. The second half will be filled with more favourites from the progressive rock era of Genesis. New singer, Nigel Betteridge continues the fully costumed shows that the Book of Genesis are known for and an exciting evening of rock theatre is guaranteed.

UK Saxophonist Johnty Wilks, takes you on a journey of ambient, improvised melodic jazz to beautiful backdrop projections. Johnty’s soft mellow sax tone, combined with electronics and the Brazilian K Darling on Bass/ programming, brings influences of relaxing nordic jazz, the warmth of Brazil, jazz noir soundscapes and Ibiza chillout to their concerts. Tickets £17 in advance, £20 on the door

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Tickets £17

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THE HEXAGON

Classical Music Alive

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac:

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Hits to Blues

with Pinchas Zukerman

Tuesday 7 February, 7.30pm

Sunday 5 February, 7.30pm

Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac, the world’s ultimate homage to Fleetwood Mac, return to the stage for their landmark ‘Hits to Blues World Tour’. Encompassing nearly five decade of legendary music and channeling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, ‘Hits to Blues’ offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved bands of all time.

Pinchas Zukerman, Violin/Director Beethoven - Overture: Egmont Op.84 Beethoven - Violin Concerto in D Major Op.61 Elgar - Variations on an Original Theme ‘Enigma’ Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Hexagon Auditorium Tickets: £25.50, £22.50 Groups 10+: ALL tickets are £12 each. No additional subscription rates apply. (subject to availability) All children under 18: £6 for individual tickets Schools: £6 each, including free programmes (subject to availability) (SMS members £5.75) Classical Membership Scheme: £12 for individual tickets. (For patrons aged 18-25 or students of any age - please contact the Box Office to register for the scheme) Try a Classical Concert for £10 You probably listen to more of it than you think; on adverts, in films, in ‘pop’ songs, as ringtones and even when you are put on hold! So why not Test Drive it for only £10. If you have never been to a Classical Music Alive in Reading concert before, you can book now for only £10 a ticket – top price tickets are £25.50 so it’s a massive saving. You might surprise yourself! Only available through the Box Office on 0118 960 6060.

Tickets £26.50, £24.50

‘ HITS TO BLUES ’ TOUR 2016/2017

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The ultimate tribute to one of rock and roll’s most remarkable groups

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SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Seth Kriebel:

Lucy Porter:

Danny Baker:

Friday 10 February, 8pm

Friday 10 February, 7.30pm

A hilarious new show of heart-felt personal revelations and incisive cultural observations from stand-up Lucy Porter.

No two nights of this extravaganza will be the same. This is less of a boast than admission that: a) I am hopeless at learning scripts and b) I still have no idea what I am going to include. Perhaps you can help? If you’ve read my books, watched the series based on them or, indeed, ever caught anything I have presented on television/radio then maybe you might contribute to the feast of reason and flow of the soul that I guarantee these evenings will contain. Questions like, “Did your friend really eat saveloys from a pith helmet” or “What was meeting John Lennon/Michael Jackson/ David Bowie/Kenneth Williams like?” or, I suspect, most popular of all “How comes you’ve made so many rotten TV programs, Dan?” Roll up, pile in and hang onto your hats. I am back where I belong. On the stage! Shove over Tommy Steele – there’s a new sheriff in town!

A House Repeated Thursday 9 February, 8pm Come in. Sit down. Explore. Imagination and memory collide to reveal that the everyday world is not as solid as it might seem… A House Repeated is an interactive performance-game combining the simplicity of bare-bones storytelling with the limitless possibilities of contemporary open-world computer games. Two performers stand on a bare stage and describe another, imaginary place. By giving instructions like “Go North” or “Pick up the lamp”, the audience works together to navigate through the described space, overcoming obstacles and exploring this other world without leaving their seats. Occasionally breaking into lyrical passages describing places from myth and memory, the performers eventually invite the audience to build a new world for all to explore together.

Consequences

Lucy will cover some or all of the following: censorship, generational conflict, theological ethics, homebrewing, quizzing, Britpop of the 1990s, falconry and Gary Wilmot. Lucy is a regular on TV & radio (QI, Mock The Week, The News Quiz) and a regular favourite of South Street. Advisory age: 16+ Tickets £16

Commissioned by and developed at Battersea Arts Centre and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Cradle to the Stage

Advisory age: 14+ Tickets £22, concessions £20

Advisory age: 14+ Tickets £12, £8 members

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CONCERT HALL

Moscow City Ballet

Reading Bach Choir

The Nutcracker & Romeo & Juliet Nutcracker Sunday 12 & Monday 13 February, 7.30pm Romeo & Juliet Tuesday 14 February, 7.30pm THE NUTCRACKER MUSIC: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky LIBRETTO: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov VERSION AND DIRECTION: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov CHOREOGRAPHY: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov after the original of Marius Petipa DESIGNER: Natalia Povago COSTUMES: Elisaveta Dvorkina

J.S. Bach Mass in B Minor Saturday 11 February, 7.30pm 11.30am & 2pm Conductor: Matthew Hamilton Orchestra Con Amici Barocco, Leader Amanda Babington Soprano: Susanna Hurrell Mezzo Soprano: Ciara Hendrick Tenor: Thomas Hobbs Bass: Edward Grint Tickets £27, Over 60 and students £22, under 18s £5.50

ROMEO & JULIET MUSIC: Sergei Prokofiev VERSION AND DIRECTION: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov CHOREOGRAPHY: Natalia Ryshenko, Victor Smirnov-Golovanov DESIGNER: Natalia Povago COSTUMES: Natalia Povago

£36.50, £34.50, £31.50 Concessions: £3 off Groups £4 off Book for both titles at the same time and get £5 off each ticket (top 2 prices only)

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SOUTH STREET

SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Limehouse Lizzy

Casson & Friends

Jimmy Carr:

Saturday 11 February, Doors 8pm Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive and dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute into their show to ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist (and world renowned solo artist) Gary Moore. From their Official PRS award, performing for Virgin Atlantic in Barbados, T.V. appearances (BBC 2’s ‘Arena’ amongst others), and to actually being recruited to record and tour by members of the original Thin Lizzy, Limehouse Lizzy enter their 21st year with their most explosive show and criticallyacclaimed line-up yet. The boys are back!

A Night at the Theatre

The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour Wednesday 15 February, 8pm

Wednesday 15 February, 11:30am

A second date for Jimmy with his amazing ‘Best Of’ show

When three characters become trapped in a theatre, little do they know that they will soon become the stars of their own show.

And a third date has now been added at The Hexagon! Don’t miss Jimmy Carr on Wednesday 21 June 2017.

Combining a mixture of dance theatre and imaginative storytelling with Casson & Friends’ trademark interactivity, A Night at the Theatre will spark the imagination of children and their grown-ups. A house theatre tour.

Tickets £29.50 – Adults Only

Advisory age: 4+ Tickets £9, members £8

Tickets £20 in advance, £22 on the door

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SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Toot

Anton & Erin:

Focus Group*

Swing Time

Thursday 16 February, 8pm

Friday 17 February, 7.30pm

*or How to Stare Down & Transfigure Loneliness. a play after David Foster Wallace.

Anton du Beke & Erin Boag Richard Balcombe Conductor Lance Ellington Star Vocalist Six world class Ensemble Dancers Plus the full 25 piece London Concert Orchestra

Inspired by cult US writer David Foster Wallace’s short story Mister Squishy, Focus Group* is an absurd comedy with a dark heart, exploring the absurdity of modern life and consumer culture with humanity and humour. It is dark, unsettling and playful. The production celebrates the human drive to continue in what can feel like an increasingly remote reality. Through TOOT’s distinctive style of interactive performance, the company provokes audiences to consider whether a real connection is possible at all. Sit back, eat (individually wrapped, luxury) cake, and see a man gradually relinquish the delusion that he matters in the slightest.... And then go back to watching kitten videos on Facebook.

Join the nation’s favourite ‘strictly’ ballroom couple when they return with an exciting new show for 2017! Featuring dazzling new choreography, sparkling costumes and a sensational show band performing timeless music. Tickets £47, £37

Advisory age: 14+ Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £8 members

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SOUTH STREET

THE HEXAGON

Off the Kerb

The Rod Stewart Story

Shappi Khorsandi: ‘Oh My Country!’ From Morris Dancing to Morrissey Saturday 18 February, 8pm Shappi is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of her arrival in Britain. She’s reclaiming patriotism, sending a love letter to her adopted land. Please don’t come if you’re a skinhead (though naturally bald folk are welcome). Star of Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Have I Got News for You and Q.I, she is back with a brand new show for 2016. Advisory age: 16+ Tickets £17, £15 members

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Some Guys Have All The Luck Saturday 18 February, 7.30pm Some Guys Have All The Luck is a fantastic theatrical production celebrating the career of one of rocks greatest icons, Rod Stewart – from street busker through to international superstar! The show includes all the massive hits from Rod’s incredible career, classic rockers like Maggie May, Baby Jane and Da Ya Think I’m Sexy through to big ballads such as Sailing, You’re In My Heart, Tonight’s The Night and many more. Tickets £21.50, Concessions £20

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THE HEXAGON

You Win Again: The Story Of The Bee Gees

Thursday 16 February, 7.30pm YOU REMEMBER THE SONGS. NOW EXPERIENCE THEIR STORY. Following its West End Debut at the Leicester Square Theatre, You Win Again – The Story of The Bee Gees will be embarking on its first ever nationwide tour. Immerse yourself in the brothers’ hits through the 60s, 70s & 80s, topped off with a glittering array of iconic artists they wrote for. This breath-taking concert takes 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 and many more! Tickets £24.50, Concessions £2 off, Groups 1 in 10 free

SOUTH STREET Theatre Alibi

Fish Eye

by Daniel Jamieson Tuesday 21 February, 8pm Confessions of a Super Snooper. Pam’s already got a low opinion of her neighbours. So when someone pinches her Elizabethan sideboard, it’s allout war: she becomes a onewoman MI6, ramping up her operation from curtain twitching to spy cameras hidden in handknitted novelties. But what Pam unearths is what she already suspects – that everyone around her is a thief, a pervert or a terrorist... Join Pam as she lets you in on her covert operations. Let her amuse, intrigue and bewilder you as she shares her tale of nosiness gone wild… This production features original live music and film projection.

SOUTH STREET Sh!t Theatre

Letters to Windsor House Wednesday 22 February, 8pm A loophole in the Postal Services Act says you can open other people’s mail under certain circumstances. This is that certain circumstance… The multi award-winning duo follow up their smash-hit show Women’s Hour with their Fringe First award-winning and Total Theatre award-nominated Letters to Windsor House. With songs, politics, dodgy landlords and detective work, this national housing crisis gets deeply personal in a ‘hilarious and heartbreaking’ (Sunday Times) show for Generation Rent. Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £8 members

Running time: 60 minutes. No interval. Fish Eye is ideal for GCSE, A Level and BTEC Drama students aged 14+. A free study pack will be available to download from Theatre Alibi’s website. A recording of the production will also be available for use in classrooms after attending a live performance at £22 + VAT. Theatre Alibi is a Prescribed Practitioner on the new AQA A Level Drama Specification.

Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £8 members

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THE HEXAGON

Kieran Hodgson:

Rare Productions Present

Thursday 23 February, 8pm

Thursday 23 February to Saturday 25 February Thurs & Fri 7.30 pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Maestro

In 2003 Kieran Hodgson heard the music of Gustav Mahler and decided to write a symphony. 13 years later, Kieran returns with a violin and a story about falling in love and attempting something far beyond your abilities. Following a sell-out tour and BBC Radio 4 adaptation of last year’s Lance, Hodgson returns with his second Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated smash-hit character comedy show. Edinburgh Comedy Award best show nominee 2016 and 2015. Star of Radio 4’s Lance and seen in BBC2’s Upstart Crow and Dad’s Army: We’re Doomed. Advisory age: 16+ Tickets £12

Bugsy Malone We are an amateur youth musical theatre company, for children and young adults from local areas, and produce full shows on real stages. The stage musical follows the 1976 film, which was produced with a cast consisting entirely of young people, including a 13 year old Jodie Foster. It is set in Chicago in the 1920’s and concerns the battle for criminal supremacy of rival gangs led by Fat Sam and Dandy Dan. Into the mix steps aspiring boxing promoter Bugsy Malone, who becomes involved with aspiring night club singer Blousey Brown, and agrees to help Fat Sam turn the tables on his rival. The ‘weapons’ in this story are, of course, splurge guns and in the finale, just about everyone gets ‘splurged’ before getting up and realizing they can all be friends after all. With well-known songs such as ‘Bugsy Malone’, ‘Fat Sam’s Grand Slam’ and ‘Bad Guys’ and exciting dance routines, this is a massively popular show for audiences of all ages to enjoy. Tickets £17, concessions £15.50

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CONCERT HALL

Alasdair Roberts Trio

Southern Tenant Folk Union

Reading Phoenix Choir

Saturday 25 February, 8pm

Saturday 25 February, 7.30pm

Southern Tenant Folk Union are the Edinburgh based string band that produce an arresting take on roots & folk music. Past winners of the ‘Americana Artist Of The Year’ award the band have taken their music onto the BBC’s ‘The Andrew Marr Show’, Irish TV’s world famous chat show ‘The Late Late Show’, and to many prestigious festivals.

Reading’s Town Hall is a fabulous venue. This Victorian Concert Hall is the best location to enjoy the choir’s sound, especially at the highlight of the season, their Annual Concert.

with Alex Neilson & Stevie Jones

Friday 24 February, 8pm With new album Pangs, Alasdair, Stevie and Alex have created a warm embrace of an album with quietly radical songs, rooted in the landscape of Scotland as much as in its musical history. Roberts’ writing addresses a typically broad and esoteric range of themes - prayer and faith, childlessness and fatherhood, childhood and ageing and, with relentless inevitability, love. The thread of spiritual quest which has come to characterise Alasdair’s work is most definitely to the fore in his most recent material.

Tickets available from www.readingphoenixchoir.com

Tickets £15, £13 members

Tickets £14, £10 members

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Jamie Raven Live

Hijinx in association with Blind Summit

Monday 27 February, 7.30pm Jamie Raven burst onto an unsuspecting world during the 2015 series of Britain’s Got Talent. His magic amazed audiences and even made Simon Cowell exclaim, “I now finally believe in magic!” Jamie has been perfecting his craft over the past 11 years working as a magician around the world and his ambition was always to take it to a wider audience and BGT finally gave him that chance. His online videos from Britain’s Got Talent have now been seen over 100 million times, making him one of the most viewed magicians in the world. Since finishing BGT, Jamie has headlined in the record-breaking production The Illusionists at The Shaftesbury Theatre in London’s West End and is excited to continue his own sell-out tour in February 2017. Tickets £22, U16’s £18, Family of 4 (max 2 adults): £74

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Meet Fred

Tuesday 28 February, 8pm “Prejudice against puppetry is the only acceptable form of prejudice” David Sefton, Artistic Director, Adelaide International Festival Meet Fred, the two foot tall cloth puppet that fights prejudice every day. He just wants to be a regular guy, part of the real world, to get a job and meet a girl, but when threatened with losing his PLA (Puppetry Living Allowance), Fred’s life begins to spiral out of his control. Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 sell out show Meet Fred is Sharp, funny and vastly entertaining (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian). Packed full of first-rate theatrical invention, irreverent revelling, and with an urgent human story at its heart, Meet Fred is a real marvel. Essential viewing for humans and puppets everywhere. Contains strong language and puppet nudity. Advisory age: 14+ Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £8 members

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Let’s Sing! 2017

Josie Long:

Wednesday 1 March, 6.30pm Local choirs and singing groups take part in the grand final of the Mayor of Reading’s Choir Competition. For more information please call 0118 937 2771 www.reading.gov.uk/letssing

Something Better

Friday 3 March, 8pm This is a show about optimism and hopefulness and about looking for people and things to look up to. The new stand-up show by the star of Radio 4’s Romance and Adventure, presenter of Radio 4’s Shortcuts and three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee. Tickets £17

All profits from the show will go directly to The Mayor of Reading’s Charity Fund. Tickets £9.50, Concessions £4.50, Family £20, Groups 1 in 10 free

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Seth Lakeman

Icebreaker

Saturday 4 March, doors 7pm

System Restart: A New Generation of Women Composers Saturday 4 March, 8pm

Younger composers with talent and attitude are redefining music, and foremost amongst them an ever greater number of women - and this is being celebrated in Icebreaker’s new programme featuring music by six fantastic, free, unrepressed, uncategorisable women composers of the new generation.

Tickets £24.50

New music by Jobina Tinnemans, whose work includes music for table tennis players and hedge shearers, You Are Wolf’s Kerry Andrew, whose output includes an opera about swimming, Nottingham University’s own Elizabeth Kelly, and Australian Kate Moore is complemented by Linda Buckley’s exquisite, soaring Azure, plus Anna Meredith’s Orlok and Nautilus from her surging, joyful Moshi Moshi EP’s. Tickets £14, £12 members

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CONCERT HALL

THE HEXAGON

Classical Music Alive

Henley Symphony Orchestra

Chopin and Friends Steven Isserlis, Cello and Sam Haywood, Piano Saturday 4 March, 7.30pm

Sunday March 5, 7.30 pm Ian Brown, Conductor Stephen Hough, Piano

“The most perfect piano playing conceivable” – The Guardian

Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist, Steven Isserlis enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster.

Stephen Hough is in the world’s top 10 of great pianists, and his appearance with the HSO is a rare treat for both the orchestra and Reading. Stephen has played with most of the major European and American orchestras and plays recitals regularly in major halls and concert series around the world. This concert occurs midway between his extensive tours to Asia and the US where he is playing the complete Beethoven cycle, including return appearances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco, Montreal, Houston, Vancouver and New Jersey symphonies. Mr Hough has appeared at the BBC Proms 25 times and was made a CBE by HM the Queen in 2014.

Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Town Hall Tickets: £20.50, £17.50, £15.50

Tickets for this concert are not available from the Reading Arts Box Office until January. If you would like to book tickets before then please use the contact page on www.henleysymphonyorchestra.co.uk

Including works by Chopin, Hummel and Onslow.

Groups 10+: ALL tickets are £12 each. No additional subscription rates apply. (subject to availability) All children under 18: £6 for individual tickets Schools: £6 each, including free programmes (subject to availability) (SMS members £5.75) Classical Membership Scheme: £12 for individual tickets. (For patrons aged 18-25 or students of any age - please contact the Box Office to register for the scheme)

Tickets: £20, £17, £14, 50% off U16s and students.Groups: 1 in 8 free; 1 child free with accompanying adult (£17 and £14)

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SOUTH STREET

Mike and the Mechanics:

Arrival:

Dom Coyote & the Bloodmoneys’

WORD OF MOUTH TOUR

Wednesday 8 March, 7.30pm

Tuesday 7 March, 7.30pm

Over four decades after Swedish pop legends ABBA swept to stardom, their music remains as popular as ever and the magic of the era is being brought to stages across the country courtesy of ARRIVAL the international, multi awardwinning show that has sold out in over 20 different countries worldwide since 1995.

With support from Ben McKelvey.  Mike & The Mechanics, who have sold over 10 million records worldwide – announce their nationwide ‘Word of Mouth Tour 2017’, an epic run of 30 concerts in February/March. Genesis founding member Mike Rutherford (Guitar) – joins forces with a new generation Mike + The Mechanics which includes one of the UK’s most prolific R&B singer, Andrew Roachford - Lead and backing vocals – (whose previous hits include Cuddly Tour and Family Man) and Canadian-born singer, Tim Howar - lead and backing vocals – who formed and toured with his band Vantramp, with the likes of Rod Stewart and Paulo Nutini.  Tim shares vocal duties with Roachford and they both add a new soulful dimension to the band’s already established sound.

THE HITS OF ABBA

This high energy show features the vast catalogue of hits loved by many generations including ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Waterloo’, ‘Super Trouper’, ‘Voulez Vous’, and many more -bringing to life the extraordinary songwriting talents of Benny and Bjorn. The winning formula of fantastic hits, harmonies, authentic costumes and first class vocals and musicians, recreates the true feel and thrill of a live ABBA show. Come and celebrate the music of one of the biggest selling and most iconic bands of all time. Tickets £21.50, Concessions £20

Tickets £39.50, £34.50

Songs for the End of the World Wednesday 8 March, 8pm

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

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Sing a Long a Grease

Racheal Ofori

The Magic of Motown

Thursday 9 March, 7.30pm The Sing Along screening of the classic film starring John Travolta and Olivia NewtonJohn is brought to you by the producers of Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady but never quite felt cool enough to pull it off? Well, now is your chance to don those pink jackets, grease up those quiffs and let your inhibitions go for an evening where you are the stars and remember GREASE is the word... The evening begins with your host leading a vocal warm-up before they show you how to use your free interactive prop bag. You’ll even get a chance to learn how to hand jive. Then just sit back and watch Danny & Sandy and the gang, while singing and dancing along to the lyrics as shown on the screen. It couldn’t be easier... or more fun! Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and full audience participation essential. Tickets £16, U16’s: £14

Portrait

Thursday 9 March, 8pm A frank, fun and provocative look at the trials and tribulations of modern life seen through the eyes of a young black woman. Inspired by Racheal’s own experiences, Portrait uses music, poetry, humour and dance to examine identity and role models and challenge cultural stereotypes. Written and performed by Racheal Ofori. Directed for Edinburgh and UK tour by Kate Hewitt. Supported by Arts Council England.

Friday 10 March, 7.30pm Celebrating the sound of a generation. Now seen by over 1 million people worldwide, music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town.

Advisory age: 12+ Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £8 members

Prepare yourself for 40 backto-back classic Motown hits, glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience. Celebrate the sound of a generation as the timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and many more are sensationally recreated for you by an exceptionally talented cast and band.

'The evening throbbed with music...oh, the songs were back to back!' Blues & Soul Magazine Tickets £27.50, Concessions £25.50 Groups of 10 + £2 off

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Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney & Rob Harbron

Next Level

The Stranglers:

Saturday 11 March, 1pm

THE CLASSIC COLLECTION

Saturday 11 March, 8pm

Next Level is a Christian Youth Conference for young people aged 11-18 and their leaders. The idea of Next Level is to create space for youth ministries to support each other with a particular focus on empowering young people in our communities.

Tuesday 14 March, Doors 7pm

Leveret

Leveret features three of England’s finest folk musicians in an exciting collaboration. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instruments and are involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists. Their music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new, with original settings of ancient tunes sitting alongside new compositions by some of today’s finest tunesmiths in the folk field.  The material may come from archive sources and manuscripts, but there is nothing academic or historical about the sound: it’s warm, listenable, engaging and refreshing.

The content of the day includes: worshipping God, preaching from people in different age groups, creative and interactive elements and a chance for young people to connect. Tickets £5

The Stranglers will be back on the road again in March 2017. Following the sell-out success of their Black and White Tour in 2016, the group will, this time, present the Classic Collection to coincide with the planned re-release of the entire Stranglers studio album catalogue from the period 1977-82. The legendary Ruts DC promise to deliver a memorable addition to the tour as special guests. Tickets £27: Standing Downstairs, Seated Balcony. All under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and seated in the balcony.

Tickets £15, £13 members

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Christ The King Primary School

Third Angel

Children Helping Children Thursday 16 March, 7pm In aid of Creating Better Futures and Heartline families Local schools get together for a spectacular evening of dance and song in aid of charity. This will be the third superb concert showcasing the talents of our young people and every year the event gets bigger and better. About our charities: Set up by Reading mum Dorothy Dix, Creating Better Futures works to help vulnerable children in Zimbabwe get to school and gives them the support they need to make the most of the opportunity. Heartline Families provides help and support to children who are sick, disabled or convalescent from heart disorders.

Partus

Thursday 16 & Friday 17 March Thurs 8pm, Fri 10.30am Birth. It’s a massive life or death thing that happens every minute of every day in every country of the world. The expectations, the exhaustion, the euphoria. The shock, the sadness, the stupidly long shifts. The joy, the pain, the mess. Oh, and that first cup of tea that tasted better than anything, ever. Third Angel delves into the myths, the statistics and the politics of birth, engaging with real people and real stories. There will be laughter, hand-gripping tension, dancing, tears, shouting, singing and love. Come and join us: you may never think about birth in the same way again. Third Angel are a Resident Company at Sheffield Theatres and have been making extraordinary, curious, funny and adventurous theatre for 21 years.  Please Note: The show on Friday at 10.30am is a babyfriendly performance. All very welcome. Advisory age: 16+ Tickets Thursday £12, £10 concessions, £8 members Friday morning: All tickets £8. Babes-in-arms free and very welcome.

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Omid Djalili:

Johnny Cash Revisited

SCHMUCK FOR A NIGHT Friday 17 March, 8pm Award winning comedian and actor Omid Djalili known for his legendary stand-up performances is back on a nationwide tour! Intelligent, sometimes provocative and always entertaining, his stand-up is a hugely energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. His credits range from Hollywood to television and live on the West End stage. Omid recently starred in Dickensian (BBC1), Lucky Man (Sky1) and Going Forward (BBC4) with Jo Brand. Age 16+ Only Ticket £26

Saturday 18 March, 8pm Johnny Cash Revisited is a two-hour musical roller coaster of classic Country, Rock N Roll, & Rockabilly Music! Rick McKay and special guest Jodie McKay pay tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter with the fabulous live band, Starkville, to bring you an exciting and fun show spanning five decades of great music from the Man in Black and his Musical friends! The authentic sound and attention to detail make this show as close as you will get to seeing Johnny Cash live in concert, featuring all the classics songs and much more…… Songs include ‘Hey Porter’, ‘I Walk the Line’, and ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ to ‘A Boy named Sue’, ‘Jackson’, ‘San Quentin’, ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’, ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’, ‘One Piece at a time’, and the incredibly Powerful ‘Hurt’. Tickets £19.50 in advance, £21on the door

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Another chance to see...

Vamos Theatre

The Pub Landlord

KEEP IT LIGHT

Wednesday 22 March, 8pm

Sean Lock:

Tuesday 21 March, 8pm SOLD OUT Every three years the comedian Sean Lock writes and tours a new stand-up show. Well he’s only gone and done it again! What’s he like? Come and see what he’s blithering on about this time. PG Advised, 15 years + Tickets £25

The Best Thing A swinging sixties story of unconditional love from the UK’s leading full mask theatre company. It’s 1966. The record player’s on, her hair’s bobbed and eye-lashes curled: for seventeen year old Susan, life is an adventure waiting to begin. But what happens next turns everything upside down, and its repercussions will last for decades to come. Step into the wordless world of Vamos Theatre for this bitter-sweet story of mistaken morals and broken hearts, 45s and beehives, where sexual revolution proves a hard and rocky path to tread. Funny, heart-breaking and human, The Best Thing is the latest touring production from one of the country’s must-see theatre companies.

Al Murray:

LET’S GO BACKWARDS TOGETHER Thursday 23 March, 7.30pm Publican. Politician. Other thing beginning with P. Philosopher, yeah, that. The nation’s critically acclaimed bar-basedbraveheart, Al Murray The Pub Landlord embarks on a common sense campaign to re-Great Britain in his brand new show. Adults Only Ticket £29.50

This production is accessible to deaf and hearing audiences alike, and is suitable for 12 years up. Made in association with London International Mime Festival and supported by Arts Council England, Worcestershire County Council, Sir Barry Jackson Trust, Worcester Arts Partnership.

Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £8 members

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THE HEXAGON

Show & Tell

Classical Music Alive

Richard Gadd: MONKEY SEE MONKEY DO Friday 24 March, 8pm Winner: Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show 2016 Nominee: Total Theatre  Award 2016 Richard Gadd brings one of the most memorable, genrebusting performances in years with the undoubted hit show of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. A stand-up routine that goes to the depths of who he is – and what it means to be a Man. Advisory age: 16+ Tickets £12

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra SPRING CLASSICS

Friday 24 March, 7.30pm Julian Wilkins, Conductor Anne-Marie Minhall, Presenter Programme to include: Delius - On Hearing the First Cuckoo of Spring Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Spring Coates - Springtime Suite Grainger - English Country Gardens Vaughan Williams - The Wasps Strauss - Voices of Spring Elgar - Chanson de Matin Pre-concert talk 6.30pm The Hexagon Auditorium Tickets: £25.50, £22.50 Groups 10+: ALL tickets are £12 each. No additional subscription rates apply. (subject to availability) All children under 18: £6 for individual tickets Schools: £6 each, including free programmes (subject to availability) (SMS members £5.75) Classical Membership Scheme: £12 for individual tickets. (For patrons aged 18-25 or students of any age - please contact the Box Office to register for the scheme) Try a Classical Concert for £10 You probably listen to more of it than you think; on adverts, in films, in ‘pop’ songs, as ringtones and even when you are put on hold! So why not Test Drive it for only £10. If you have never been to a Classical Music Alive in Reading concert before, you can book now for only £10 a ticket – top price tickets are £25.50 so it’s a massive saving. You might surprise yourself! Only available through the Box Office on 0118 960 6060. Reading Arts & Venues - Supporting Education in the Arts

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SoundUK

The Sensational 60’s Experience

Tyondai Braxton + DAWN OF MIDI

Saturday 25 March, 8pm Tyondai Braxton - solo electronics and video. Dawn of Midi - Aakaash Israni (bass), Amino Belyamani (piano), Qasim Naqvi (drums) A don’t miss double bill of America’s most inventive musicians. Composer, electronic musician and former Battles front man, Tyondai Braxton brings together electronic and modern orchestral elements in his thrilling new solo show. Drawing on music from his latest album HIVE (Nonesuch), recent EP Oranged Out along with new material, Tyondai experiments with sound in a uniquely playful way to deliver “a sonically absorbing experience” (Q Magazine). Produced by Sound UK. Funded by Arts Council England. Tickets £17, £15 member

Saturday 25 March, 7.30pm THE TOUR THAT NEVER ENDS... Returning by huge popular demand, for one night only, 3 hours of pure 60’s nostalgia! Seven legendary names take to the stage and deliver to you a night never to be forgotten. With the definite feel good factor this is the must see 60’s show for 2017. Step back to when pop music was at its very best. Hits include I’m Into Something Good, Out Of Time, Hippy Hippy Shake, Storm In A Tea Cup, Tossing And Turning, Bend Me Shape Me plus many more. Hosted by Alan Mosca from Freddie And The Dreamers. Starring: Herman’s Hermits, Chris Farlowe, New Amen Corner, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Fortunes & The Ivy League. All hosted by Alan Mosca from Freddie and The Dreamers. Tickets £28, Groups 10+ £3 off

CHRIS FARLOWE, HERMAN’S HERMITS THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS, THE FORTUNES THE IVY LEAGUE AND THE NEW AMEN CORNER Hosted By ALAN MOSCA from Freddie and The Dreamers

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THE HEXAGON David Walliams’

The First Hippo on the Moon Wednesday 29 March, 1.30pm & 4.30pm From Number One bestselling Children’s author David Walliams comes an explosively funny space adventure for children of 3 and up. Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first? 3 ...2 ...1 ...BLAST OFF! David Walliams has taken the literary world by storm and his brilliantly funny stories are adored by children the world over!  He has achieved unprecedented critical acclaim and quickly developed a reputation as a natural successor to Roald Dahl. His books have been translated into over 45 languages and sold over 9.5 million copies in the UK alone. Adapted for the stage by acclaimed award winning Theatre company Les Petits and hot off the heals of their hugely successful Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs tour and immersive hit Adventures in Wonderland, comes a fantastical adventure featuring puppetry, music, mayhem and a giant space race to the moon! The creative team have worked on such hit shows such as Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, The Nationals’ Elephantom, War Horse and Raymond Briggs’ The Bear. Les Petits was set up as the sister company to ‘razor sharp theatre group’ (The Telegraph) Les Enfants Terribles whose work includes The Trench, The Vaudevillains and Alice’s Adventures Underground. Tickets £14.50, U16’s 12.50, Family of Four (max 2 adults) £46, Schools £8.50

© Quentin Blake, 2010

Illustrations © Tony Ross, 2014

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Banff Mountain

Mitch Benn:

FILM FESTIVAL WORLD TOUR

DON’T FEAR THE REAPER

Thursday 30 March, 7.30pm

Thursday 30 March, 8pm

Experience an evening of extraordinary short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival.

It’s been a morbid time for “the country’s leading musical satirist” (The Times); he’s turned 46 - over the hill by anyone’s standards - his personal life is in turmoil, and his childhood heroes are dropping like flies. At times like these, a man feels the Reaper creeping up on him… But is death anything to fear? And is it really the end? (Yes. Yes, it is, sorry!) Mitch confronts his - and YOUR - mortality with hilarious (and tuneful) consequences.  Join him! It’s time you’re not getting back!

Follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe. Ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel through an exhilarating collection of the latest films from the most talented adventure film makers of today. An exciting event not to be missed with free prize giveaways! PG Advised: 12a. Tickets £15, Concessions and Groups 6+ £13

Mitch has been a regular on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Now Show’ for more than a decade and has presented many radio specials. Following on from the success of ‘Mitch Benn Is The 37th Beatle’, a further three specials on music icons Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Elvis have recently been broadcast.

Tickets £16, £14 South Street members

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Count Arthur Strong:

Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe

THE SOUND OF MUCUS Friday 31 March, 8pm

Using stories and other things that are secret, Count Arthur Strong, showbiz legend, pays tribute to one of the best musicals he can remember. Uniquely recreating the salient and poignant moments for your enjoyment. Plus something else. Don’t miss this amazing event. ‘Just gets funnier and funnier’ - The Guardian ‘left me light headed with delight’ - The Guardian Tickets £24.50

SOMEWHERE IN TIME

Saturday 1 April, 7.30pm Ian and Natalie will deliver a night you will remember forever… Strictly’s favourite couple are back with a bang after their first successful UK Tour. Ian and Natalie have developed a whole new show with newly choreographed routines of their favourite Ballroom and Latin dances.  New music developed to accompany these dances and give you a feel good factor with pure romance. The dance showcase spectacular will give full on entertainment with a romantic feel and will transport you away to a place of wonderful moments, with lots of laughs and stories along the way. Tickets £28 £26  Concessions £1.50 off, Groups £2 off Post-show Meet and Greet £20

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Yamato: The Drummers of Japan THE CHALLENGERS Wednesday 5 April, 19:30

HHHH ‘A GENUINELY THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE, DELIVERED WITH BALLETIC GRACE & INFECTIOUS HUMOUR’ THE TIMES Following their hugely successful tour in 2015, the Yamato drummers are back in the UK by popular demand. Their acclaimed performances of Japanese Taiko drumming and music have captivated audiences of over 6 million people in 53 countries across the globe. Tickets £23, Concessions £2 off, groups in 10 free

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Bye Bye Baby A Celebration of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Thursday 6 April, 7.30pm BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Bye Bye Baby takes you back in time on a musical journey through the career of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, whose songs graced such films as The Deer Hunter, Dirty Dancing and Grease. From their early beginning in the 1950s, when Frankie first joined the group, this show celebrates the greatest hits such as ‘Beggin’; ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’; ‘Walk Like A Man’; ‘Lets Hang On’; ‘Who Loves You’; ‘December ‘63 (Oh What A Night)’; ‘Bye Bye Baby’; ‘Can’t Take my Eyes off You’; ‘Fallen Angel ‘and ‘Grease’ through to a superb grand finale medley of more of the group’s greatest hits. Tickets £21.50, Concessions £19.50

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

Verdi

Aida Sunday 9 April, 7.30pm OPERA & BALLET INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS ELLEN KENT’S OPERA FESTIVAL WITH INTERNATIONAL SOLOISTS, A HIGHLY PRAISED CHORUS AND FULL ORCHESTRA STARRING OLGA PERRIER THE INTERNATIONAL FRENCH SOPRANO AS AIDA AND LIZA KADELNIK THE CELEBRATED MEZZO FROM THE ROMANIAN NATIONAL OPERA AS AMNERIS† This tragic story of war, jealousy and revenge is traditionally-staged, featuring a temple dance and the classic Triumphal March with cascades of glittering gold and amazing fire performers. ‘VISUALLY AND VOCALLY GRIPPING FROM START TO FINISH’ THE INDEPENDENT †Cast subject to change. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Tickets £34.50, £31.50, £29.50 Concessions £2 off, Groups £3 off

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The Wizard of Oz

Monday 10 April & Tuesday 11 Apri - Mon 3pm & 7pm, Tues 1pm & 5pm

Follow Kansas farm-girl Dorothy and her pet dog Toto on this magical adventure suitable for all ages. Watch in amazement as they are picked up by a tornado and carried off to the magical Land of Oz. With help from their new friends the Munchkins, they to travel to the Emerald City where the great Wizard of Oz lives. On their way they meet a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. Will the wonderful Wizard of Oz be able to help them before the Wicked Witch of the West captures them in her dungeon??!!... Come and join in the fun as Enchanted Entertainment present this amazing Easter pantomime version of L. Frank Baum’s much-loved fairy tale. Packed with great songs, brilliant dance routines and plenty of laughter for all the family!!!! Tickets £21, Concessions and groups of 4+: £19 Groups of 10+: £17.50 , Groups of 20+: £16.50

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BERKSHIRE RECORD OFFICE

Naomi’s Wild and Scary

Behind the Scenes at the BRO

Friday 14 April, 2.30pm Children’s TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson is embarking on a nationwide tour in spring 2017. The show will be packed full of fun and surprises as Naomi is joined on stage by ‘Animal Mark’, and some of his scariest creatures. Join Naomi as she recalls some of her most exciting wildlife experiences from the far flung corners of the world and even introduces the audience to some of the most fierce and frightening animals she met along the way! The show is suitable for kids of all ages and guarantees a great time for the whole family.

Saturday 21 January,10.30am to 11.30am Ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes at the BRO? Come along and find out. You will be shown how we store our documents and given an insight to the job of our conservator. It’s FREE, but limited to 12 people. Booking is essential.

Collection Care Monday 27 February, 12noon to 2pm Want to know how you can prolong the life of your paper documents? Learn how to remove sellotape, clean documents and more with our conservator. Cost is £25 per person and limited to 6 people. Booking is essential.

Introduction to Reading Old Handwriting Ages 5 years and up Tickets £19.50, £15.50, Family of Four (max 2 adults) £65, Groups 1 in 10 Free

Monday 13 March, 10.15am to 2.45pm Always wanted to know how to read old handwriting? Come along to our introduction to reading handwriting found in documents at the BRO from c.1500 to 1700. Cost is £20 per person and limited to 10 people. Booking is essential. To book please email arch@reading.gov.uk or call 0118 937 5132. Berkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Ave, Reading RG1 6AF 0118 937 5132

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SOUTH STREET

COMING SOON

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COMING SOON

The Grumpy Goat & South Street present

Northern Ballet Short Ballets For Small People

Saturday 8 April, from 12noon Door time: Session 1 (family-friendly): 12 noon Session 2 (Adults Only): 6pm

Wednesday 3 May, 2pm & 4pm

Craft Theory

Craft Theory is a new festival for Reading and is set to capture the imagination of craft beer drinkers who enjoy top quality music along with their tipple. The one day festival will showcase some of the country’s best independent breweries as well as some from across the channel. The festival is a collaboration between The Grumpy Goat (cheese and beer shop in Reading) and South Street.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

With sell-out performances and hugely successful CBeebies adaptations, including Ugly Duckling and Tortoise and the Hare, Northern Ballet’s Short Ballets for Small People are not to be missed. Now the magic continues with a brand-new retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  For ages 3+ This child friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes. Tickets £7, Groups 1 in 10 free Schools £5

Tickets £12, £9 members - including a limited edition, festival branded glass. Group ticket (afternoon session only): £30, £25 members (2 adults and 2 children - includes 2 glasses per group).

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COMING SOON

Richard Herring: THE BEST

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The All Star Stand-Up Tour Stewart Francis, Jarred Christmas, Justin Tavare

Thursday 27 April, 8pm

Sunday 7 May, 7.30pm

Richard Herring, King of the Edinburgh Fringe, Metro columnist and the UK’s Podfather (RHLSTP, AIOTM) picks his favourite routines from his 12 one-man shows and crams them into 90 minutes for your delectation.

The All-Star Stand-Up Tour is back in 2017 with 3 more top comedians alongside returning compere Jarred Christmas. This year’s line-up includes Canadian one-liner king and star of ‘Mock The Week’ & ‘Live At The Apollo’ Stewart Francis, from ‘Phoenix Nights’ and ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ Justin Moorhouse and the BAFTA award winning Jim Tavare, as seen on ‘The Sketch Show’, three ‘Royal Variety Performances’ and in ‘Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban’.

Adult Content Tickets £17

Adult Content Tickets £22, Groups 1 in 10 Free

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COMING SOON

Paul Rouse

Elvis: The Tribute Show

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COMING SOON

Pam Ann:

THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR

Saturday 13 May, 8pm

Friday 9 June, 8pm

Back by popular demand, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Elvis’ passing, Paul Rouse will be paying tribute to the King whose popularity has gone from strength to strength. Paul will be reliving the exciting energy of those shows from the Vegas years & so much more. Supported by the Glamorous Passionettes, the Fantastic Red Alert, Britains No1, high energy Elvis Tribute Band & full brass section.

The A-List queen of the skies, plans to land the Louboutin’s on international turf and hit the tarmac running, with her celebratory 20th anniversary UK tour. Iconic international celebrity Pam Ann has developed cult-status with her masterful portrayal of a brash hot mess of an Australian airhostess. As the airports got bigger, so did her ego… and her mouth filthier. 

Tickets £24.50, £26.50

SOUTH STREET

COMING SOON

Tony Law:

A LAW UNDO HIS-ELF WHAT WELCOME Saturday 13 May, 8pm Multi award-winning comedian, Tony Law embarks on a UK tour with a brand new show of the inimitable surreal comedy-art that has made him one of the most celebrated live performers in the UK. PG Advised Tickets £17, South Street £15 members

Adult Content Tickets 1st class £29 ~ Business £26 ~  Economy £23 

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COMING SOON

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 July From the makers of Peppa Pig comes this BAFTA award-winning television animation live on stage! Join Ben & Holly, and their friends on this exciting, enchanting and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and laughter. This beautiful story of elves, princesses and childhood innocence will delight all the family! Tickets £18, U16’s £2 off, Family of Four (max 2 adults) £64, Groups: 1 in 10 free

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Exhibitions SIR JOHN MADEJSKI ART GALLERY ENDS Saturday 15 January 2017 On Track: Reading’s Railways, Past, Present and Future The railway has been at the heart of Reading life since 1840 when the first passenger train left for London, pulled by a steam-powered engine called Firefly.

The railway linked Reading to the rest of the world and the station soon became a place for connections, brief encounters and new arrivals. On Track traces the development and impact of Reading’s railways, discovering how the station has become one of the busiest in Britain, used by nearly 20 million passengers a year.

Ray Atkins. Oxford Road

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Saturday 28 January – Saturday 6 May 2017 Ray Atkins: The Reading Years The painter Ray Atkins works on a monumental scale. He will be 80 this year and still works outside, in places that he loves, come rain or shine, in the same driven way that he has since the 1960s. Between 1968 and 1974 he lived in Reading, teaching at the University. He produced an impressive body of work in response to the dramatic changes going on in the town centre. The Inner Distribution Road, The Butts Shopping Centre and The Civic Centre were all constructed during this time and Atkins observed their progress and made huge, expressive paintings on site.

At the end of this period of creative activity Ray was honoured with a solo exhibition at the prestigious Whitechapel Gallery and included in ‘British Art 74’. He was subsequently overlooked by the people who wrote the history books but is now gaining a cult following among a new generation of young painters. Come and see what all the fuss is about. The Museum is showing 12 of the great Reading paintings with an accompanying programme of activities, including a public masterclass at a town centre site with Ray himself. See Art in the Dark Months events on page 48.

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Community Displays

Events and Talks

READING: PEOPLE AND PLACE

Sunday 29 January 2017 Chinese New Year Celebration Concert Hall and Town Hall Square Chinese New Year is the largest festival among Chinese communities and is widely celebrated across the world. Reading’s own Chinese community brings the celebration to the town centre. Be amazed by a magical lion dance in the Town Hall Square and stunning cultural performances in the Concert Hall. Try your hand at the free workshops including Chinese calligraphy, Chinese Painting and other Chinese crafts workshops throughout the afternoon.

Tuesday 4 October 2016 - Saturday 4 February 2017 Our Journey So Far: Barbados 50th Anniversary of Independence With generous support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Reading’s Barbados and Friends Association have curated this display which represents a community-wide programme of research into the life and times of Reading’s Barbadian Community. It marks the 50th Anniversary of Barbados Independence.

Chinese Craft Workshops – Reading Town Hall: Free, 12pm - 1.30pm Chinese New Year Lion Dance – Town Hall Square: Free, 1.30pm – 2pm Chinese Cultural Performance – Concert Hall: 2pm – 3.30pm £2 in advance, booking advisable (readingchineseschool@hotmail.com), £3 on the day (limited availability)

Tuesday 14 February – Saturday 27 May 2017 Freemasonry in Berkshire: A Not So Secret Look at 300 Years of Heritage Part of the 300th anniversary of Freemasonry being celebrated nationally, Berkshire Freemasons are staging this community display to reveal how Freemasonry developed from the 1700s into a significant social institution. It will also explore how modern Freemasonry fits into today’s world.

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Saturday 25 February Friends of Reading Museum Annual Lecture The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez by Laura Cumming Laura Cumming, art critic and writer (pictured below), fell in love with the paintings of the great Spanish painter Velazquez and discovered that her passion had been matched in the nineteenth century by a print seller in Reading, John Snare. Snare spent his life struggling to prove that he owned a rare Velazquez portrait of Charles I and Laura’s book, The Vanishing Man, reveals both Snare’s tumultuous life with the portrait and her passionate response to its painter. The event will include refreshments.

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Art in the Dark Months 2017 Saturday 28 January     Talk: Ray Atkins, the Reading Years Artist Donald Macauley will share his admiration for Ray Atkins and consider how Ray’s painting sits within the story of mid- to late-twentieth century British art. Ray will be on hand to sign copies of exhibition book Ray Atkins: The Reading Years. Adults and older children, 2.30pm – 3.30pm £5, pay on the day

Monday 30 January Masterclass: Ray Atkins Experience Ray’s approach to urban landscape as he discusses the work in his exhibition then draws alongside you at a site near to the museum. Bring your own easel, drawing materials and warm clothing as you will be working outside. There will be an alternative poor-weather plan. Adults, 10am – 3.30pm £35, places limited, for further information and to book email elaine.blake@reading.gov.uk or phone 0118 9373032

Saturday 11 February Poetry Workshop: The Lie of the Land The first of two poetry workshops with acclaimed poet and teacher Lesley Saunders exploring the ways in which the overlooked, unglamorous parts of our external environment can be rediscovered and stirred into new life. Bring something to write on and with – and, if you wish, a photo of your own locality. Adults 16+, 10.30am – 3.30pm £25, places limited, for further information and to book email elaine.blake@reading.gov.uk or phone 0118 9373032

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Saturday 11 February Slam Sale & Family Event: Reading Guild of Artists Come and browse through art works by Guild members, many made in response to the dramatic changes in today’s Reading townscape. Have a go at family art activities and watch demonstrations by Guild artists. All artworks will be for sale at affordable prices. All ages, 10.30am – 3.30pm Free, drop-in* Friday 24 February Poetry Workshop: The Lie of the Land A second chance to take part in a poetry workshop with acclaimed poet and teacher Lesley Saunders. See Saturday 11 February entry for details. Adults 16+, 10.30am – 3.30pm £25, places limited, for further information and to book email elaine.blake@reading.gov.uk or phone 0118 9373032 Saturday 25 February & Saturday 4 March Two Day Mixed Media Workshop: Under Construction Join local artist and inspirational tutor Cath Baldwin to respond to the Ray Atkins exhibition using a variety of media. You will explore colour, collage, mark making and texture with the changing urban and social landscape as your theme. Adults 16+, 10.30am – 3.30pm each day £75 for both days including all materials. Places limited, to book or for further information contact cathbaldwin@virginmedia.com

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READING MUSEUM Saturday 18 March Workshop: Book Making Joy Frey has just made a boxed pair of minute books for Reading Foundation for Art. Join her to learn how and be guided through making your own A5 sketchbook. Personalise it with a front cover recycling your own print or sketchbook page. Adults 16+, 10.30am – 3.30pm ‘£40 including materials, places limited, for further information and to book email joy.frey@btinternet.com’ Tuesday 21 March Handling: Studio Textiles 1968-1974 No.1 Join curator Elaine Blake and fellow textile enthusiasts for an informal session handling and discussing embroideries and dyed fabrics from the Museum’s Studio Craft collections, all made at the same time as Ray Atkins’ Reading paintings. Look out for Studio Textiles 1968–1974 No.2 on 16 May which will focus on weavings. Adults, 10.30am - 11.30am £5 per person, booking essential (0118 937 3400)

February Half Term

DON’T MISS OUR SPECIAL MONDAY OPENING! ACTIVITY CART Visit us throughout the holidays and enjoy a range of simple paper craft activities. Free, drop in* Monday 13 February Urban Animals: LEGO® Brick Workshop Due to popular demand our LEGO® workshops are back! Join our talented locally-based international LEGO® Brick Expert Kevin Hall in these brilliant building sessions. An exciting chance to make your own urban animal model, inspired by the work of Ray Atkins in our latest exhibition. Book now to avoid disappointment! (Please note you will be creating a different model to the one shown in the picture.) www.brickgalleria.com Ages 5+, Families, half-hour sessions starting at 10am, 10.45am, 11.30pm, 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm, & 3.15pm £10 per person, booking essential (0118 937 3400) LEGO and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this event. ©2016 the LEGO Group.

Saturday 25 March Friends of Reading Museum Talk: Silchester Professor Michael Fulford of the University of Reading will be giving a talk about his excavations at Silchester Roman Town and introducing the new English Heritage Guidebook. This talk is organised and supported by the Friends of Reading Museum. The event will include refreshments. Adults & older children, 2.30pm – 3.30pm £12, for further information and to book email linda. fothergill@reading.gov.uk or phone 07751 965334

Tuesday 14 February    Victorian Day at Reading Museum Dress as your favourite Victorian and come down to the Museum to visit us!

A Stitch in Time: Victorian Sewing Demonstration Join our sewing volunteers for an activity cart special, where they will be demonstrating sewing techniques. Have a go yourself and sew a simple Victorian heart decoration for Valentine’s Day. Ages 5+, Families & Adults, drop in demonstration between 10.30am & 12.30pm Free to observe, buy a small kit to try out (£2 per kit) * 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 Tuesday 14 February Victorian Collector: Fossils The finds of fossil collectors such as Mary Anning fascinated the Victorians and changed how they thought about the prehistoric world. Use clay and plaster to create your own ‘ancient’ fossil in this fun hands-on activity. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £3.50, pay on the day, drop in* Tuesday 14 February Victorian Schoolroom Experience   Meet a Victorian schoolteacher and re-learn the ‘3Rs’. A 45-minute experience for adults and children over 5 in our unique Victorian classroom. 11.30am, 1.15pm & 2.30pm £1 per person, drop in (35 places max per session)*

Wednesday 15 February   Make & Take: Messy Masks! Paint with your fingers and hands to create some colourful rainbow masks in these fun sessions. Families, half-hour sessions 10.30am – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in*

Thursday 16 February Carpet of Crumbs: The Huntley & Palmers Biscuit Experience Step into the footsteps of a Huntley & Palmers factory worker and decorate your own bizarre and wonderful biscuits. A great session where you can immerse yourself in the town’s glorious baking past and come out with your own special Huntley & Palmers creation hot off the production line! Ages 5+, Families, 45-minute sessions starting at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm £5 per person, booking essential (0118 937 3400)

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Easter Holidays The Museum will be closed over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, including Good Friday, and will reopen on Tuesday 18 April. ACTIVITY CART Visit us throughout the holidays and enjoy a range of spring craft ideas! Free, drop in* Eggy Bingo Trail Hunt for the egg-shaped objects on display in the Museum. When you have finished collect your chocolate egg from Reception! £2 per person Tuesday 11 April Easter LEGO® Brick Workshop Another chance to become a LEGO® VIP and join our talented locally-based international LEGO® Brick Expert Kevin Hall in these brilliant building sessions. An exciting chance to make an Easter bunny character. Book now to avoid disappointment! (Please note you will be creating a different model to the one shown in the picture.) www.brickgalleria.com Ages 5+, Families, half-hour sessions starting at 10am, 10.45am, 11.30pm, 1pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm, & 3.15pm £10 per person, booking essential (0118 937 3400) LEGO and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks of the LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, authorise or endorse this event. ©2016 the LEGO Group.

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

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

Wednesday 19 April   Woad Arm Painting The Romans feared the Iron Age Celtic tribes who decorated themselves in woad before battle. Have a go at painting your arms in mystical blue patterns in these brilliant hands-on sessions. Families, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm £1, pay on the day, drop in*

Tuesday 18 April   Planting Suttons’ Sunflowers Get ready for spring! Make a little pot and plant your sunflower seeds. A lovely green-fingered activity for families. Families, half-hour sessions 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm £3, pay on the day, drop in*

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READING LIBRARIES

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

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

Friday 13 January, 8pm Holly Hopkins, hosted by Robin Thomas Friday 10 February, 8pm Peter Robinson, hosted by Claire Dyer Friday 10 March, 8pm Katrina Naomi, hosted by Gill Learner

SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS

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

Tickets £5, £4 for readers

SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS

Darklands Held on the last Saturday of the month. 8pm till midnight. Free Entry. Following on from a hugely successful 2014 including a set from the legendary John Robb, Darklands returns again for another year at South Street. Founder Steve Reynolds continues to deliver forgotten leftfield gems of yester year mixed with a healthy dose of current acts as well. You’ll hear Goth, Indie, Electronica, Post Punk, Grunge and Industrial by the likes of Bauhaus, The Fall, Horrors, Bunnymen, Stooges, LCD, Velvets, Pavement, Ride, MBV, New Order, L7, Fugazi, Interpol, Hookworms, Joy Division, Cure, Wire, Gang of Four, Sisters of Mercy and The Jesus and Mary Chain etc.

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SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS

Steel Band Workshops Thursdays Beginners                                 4.45pm – 5.30pm RASPO Steel Band Rehearsal  5.30pm - 6.30pm

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

Join Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra (RASPO) and learn how to play steel pan instruments for an authentic Caribbean music experience led by friendly tutors. All ages and abilities are welcome. Workshops are free. For further info see www.culturemixarts.co.uk As spaces are limited please register your interest by emailing raspo@culturemixarts.co.uk

CONCERT HALL REGULAR EVENTS

Lunchtime Organ Recitals The Concert Hall continues its regular series of lunchtime recitals by local and internationally renowned organists. Recitals run for approx 50mins. Wednesday 18 January, 1pm Christopher Cromar Tickets for each recital £5

EVERY SATURDAY Bayeux Tapestry Tours Enjoy a guided tour of the famous full-size facsimile Tapestry – no need to book. All ages, 2.15pm - 3pm. Suggested donation £2, drop in EVERY SATURDAY Gallery Tours Join one of our trained volunteers for an introductory tour to the galleries. Our volunteers will begin the tour with an update on the Abbey Quarter project; find out about the exciting plans to transform Reading’s Abbey precinct into a unique historical and cultural destination. This will be followed by a fascinating insight into some of the objects the Museum has on display. All ages, 11.30pm – 12.15pm Donations welcome, drop in*

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

READING MUSEUM REGULAR EVENTS

Reading Museum Regular Events 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

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

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BATTLE LIBRARY

BATTLE LIBRARY

CENTRAL LIBRARY

Bombers’ Moon: RAF Bomber Command 1939-45

China Dragons: The Berkshires in China and the Sudan

Grey Hen Press – Poetry Reading

Wednesday 25 January, 7pm

Wednesday 22 February, 7pm

Historian Richard Marks - whose book on the Avro Lancaster was published in 2015 describes the technology, tactics and organisation behind Bomber Command’s missions in WW2.

Popular local historian Mike Cooper follows of the Royal Berkshire Regiment from the controversial “Opium War” in China 1839-42 to near disaster in the Sudan in the 1880s

Saturday 11 March, 2-4pm 10th Anniversary celebration reading. Various contributing poets will showcase a selection from the Grey Hen anthologies ‘Nothing mimsy about these poems by older women. Fierce, funny, disturbing and fairly vicious. Lovely’. Michele Hanson Seriously good poetry…the fruit of long-life experience – brave writing, full of love and subversive wit and lyricism. R V Bailey ‘An A–Z of women poets whose formidable eye and instinct for pithy observation make this required reading for all ages’ Penelope Shuttle

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CENTRAL LIBRARY

Cityread: Coming soon to Reading Libraries... We are excited to announce that Cityread is extending its reach to Reading! Prophecy by S. J. Parris (HarperCollins) has been chosen as the focus of Cityread London’s 2017 campaign. The title will be the centre of a month-long celebration of reading, starting on 30 March and running throughout April. We aim to engage the good folk of Reading with reading for pleasure, focused around the shared reading experience of a single book. Prophecy is a gripping Elizabethan spy thriller, focused on the plot against Elizabeth to put Mary Queen of Scots on the throne. Set in 1583 its protagonist is the real life shadowy Giordano Bruno, an Italian “monk, scientist, philosopher, and magician” and excommunicated heretic Taking Parris’s novel and the rich Elizabeth world she creates as a starting point, a programme of events will take place across all 33 London boroughs as well as in Slough and Reading in libraries, bookshops, museums and other venues, including a tour by S. J. Parris. The program of events at Reading Libraries will be revealed in April but if you like to get a head start on the story the series can be found on ebook here www.ebook.yourcloudlibrary.com/library/ readingborough/Search/parris

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EDUCATION

PARKS & OPEN SPACES

Reading Museum Hands on Learning for Schools

SPRING 2017 EVENTS

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

We are responsible for managing and maintaining Reading’s 100+ parks, lakes and playgrounds, as well as hosting a wealth of events in our beautiful grounds.

RUN FOR CHOCOLATE - 5K FUN RUN Prospect Park 26th February 2017 BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION LONDON TO READING BIKE RIDE Finishing at Christchurch Meadows 18th March 2017 BLUE COLLAR STREET FOOD RESIDENCE Forbury Gardens 31st March – 1st April 2017 CARTERS STEAM FAIR Prospect Park 8th & 9th April 2017

Theatre For many children a visit to the theatre with their school is the first chance they have to experience a live theatre performance. The Hexagon has a strong reputation for delivering high quality shows, including many fantastic pantomimes over the years. If you are interested in bring your class to a show or pantomime there are special offers on group bookings. Please contact Storme Gibson for more details 0118 937 2011

FRIENDS OF CAVERSHAM COURT GARDENS EASTER TRAIL Caversham Court Gardens 15th April 2017 INTERNATIONAL CIRCUS Hills Meadows 20th – 23rd April 2017 CAMRA BEER FESTIVAL Christchuch Meadows 27th – 30th April 2017 All activities, dates and venues subject to change. 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 Online: www.readingarts.com Group Bookings: Contact our dedicated group sales co-ordinator for details of group discounts, priority bookings, advance notifications, extended reservation periods, education packs and much more. 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. Cheques should be made payable to Reading Borough Council. All tickets are INCLUSIVE of a booking fee through Reading Arts and Venues and any third party agency sales. There is a £2 per ticket fee for tickets £10 and over. There is a £1.50 per ticket fee for tickets under £10. There is a 50p per ticket fee for tickets under £5. For Groups of 10+* the booking fee is £1.50, or 50p for tickets under £5. *On applicable events. The booking fee applies to ticket purchases made with credit cards, debit cards, cheques and cash. Bookings made in person with a pre-paid debit card are not subject to a booking fee. 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 Theatre Bar is open 1 hour before a show, with extended opening after selected events.

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

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

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Gin& FizzBar AT THE HEXAGON

New! – our Gin & Fizz bar in the lower foyer offers Prosecco and Champagne by the glass as well as some of the latest and greatest Gins to enjoy with Fever Tree mixers. The bars now offer a fine selection of wines by the glass all recommended by our specialist wine provider. You can also buy the bottle to share with friends or save for the interval.

CAFÉ

Our café in the upper foyer has been recently remodelled to facilitate a range of readyto eat hot dishes based on street food favourites. For details of what will be on offer at your event please see readingarts.com To tailor your trip to your needs or arrange a treat for someone special please contact frontofhouse@reading.gov.uk

DON’T FORGET TO ORDER YOUR INTERVAL DRINKS WITH OUR BAR STAFF TO AVOID THE QUEUES!

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Reading Arts What's On Spring 2017  

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