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ARTSCENTRE


READING MUSEUM

Making Faces:

Running until Sunday 16 March 2014 THE SIR JOHN MADEJSKI ART GALLERY What makes a great portrait? Find out in this impressive display of over thirty oil paintings from the Museum’s art collection. Works range from Tudor and Stuart panel paintings, including Reading’s extraordinary portrait of Elizabeth I, to secret self-portraits from the 1990s. FREE ENTRY

Tudor to Modern

READING MUSEUM

Jacksons Closing Down Display RUNNING UNTIL APRIL 2014 READING: PEOPLE AND PLACE GALLERY It will be with sadness that Reading says goodbye to Jacksons when it closes its doors for the final time at the end of 2013. Founded by Edward Jackson in 1875, the shop will be affectionately remembered by generations of Reading people. This small community display takes a nostalgic look at the history of one of Reading’s best loved names. FREE ENTRY


CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVEIN READING The 2013-14 Concert Season Continues…

BERKSHIRE RECORDS OFFICE

The Reformation in Reading Detailed records from St Laurence’s church, 14981570, have now been transcribed and made available for purchase in book form.  They paint a vivid picture of Reading during Tudor England, as the town struggled to deal with religious change. Price £45.

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Inside the Matrix: THE ART OF MEDIEVAL SEALS COMING SOON These fragile impressions may be centuries old, but each one tells us something about the Middle Ages.  Visit the Record Office to see, amongst others, the earliest Borough seal for Reading and the personal emblem of a Pope. 

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic play Enigma Variations Elias String Quartet, The Beethoven Project: 5 Katia & Marielle Labèque play the Carnival of the Animals Imogen Cooper plays works by Schumann, Brahms & Schubert John Lill celebrates his 70th birthday playing Rachmaninov Britten Sinfonia brings their Mr Big family concert to The Hexagon

International Performance Season 2013/14

Fantastic Ticket Prices available* Groups 10+ £11.20 Family of Four £44.80/£39.80 Classical membership £11.20 Under 18s & Schools £5.25

*Terms and conditions apply. Prices include booking fee.

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Berkshire Record Office, 9 Coley Avenue, Reading RG1 6AF. www.berkshirerecordoffice.org.uk Tel: 0118 937 5132

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Jason Manford: AT SOUTH STREET

Scoundrels Comedy Club continues with a new season of the best national and international comedians on the circuit. Laugh your socks off on the third Friday of the month.

FRIDAY 17 Jan, 8pm NICK HELM + guests Nominated for the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2011 and 2013

FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS Tuesday 14 January, 8pm Extra date added due to demand The show promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit. Ages 16+ Tickets £24.50

FRIDAY 21 Feb, 8pm JARRED CHRISTMAS + guests Named best compare at the 2010 Chortle Awards, at the third time of being nominated.

CONCERT HALL

Trevor Noah: THE RACIST Friday 17 January, 8pm

FRIDAY 21 MARCH, 8pm KERRY GODLIMAN – Full Show Co-stars with Ricky Gervais in ‘Derek’.

Adults Only. Line-ups are subject to change. Tickets £14 available from www.readingarts.com includes booking fee and www.scoundrelscomedyclub.co.uk

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Fresh from a record-breaking season of shows at London’s Soho Theatre and a critically acclaimed total sell-out season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, South African comedian, Trevor Noah is proud to present his critically acclaimed show, The Racist, on a groundbreaking tour of the UK.

“Noah is an immensely likeable performer - warm, upbeat, with an inquiring, irreverent approach to other people’s prejudices” The Observer Recommended 16+ Tickets £17

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SOUTH STREET

Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra

I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue

Two Destination Language

Saturday 18 January 2014, 7.30pm

Andrew Taylor Conductor Kathryn Hatton Viola MICHAEL BETTERIDGE Beer, Biscuits & Bulbs (World Premiere) VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Flos Campi DVORAK Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’ Michael Betteridge won our Young Composers Award competition of 2013. His winning portfolio proposed an intriguing idea of composing a piece which celebrates Reading’s historical industries. Michael’s piece will contain spoken memories from real Reading residents involved in our Beer Biscuits and Bulbs heritage and promises to be a real treat for our local community. The orchestra will also display memoirs from the industries and would be pleased to hear from any Reading residents who have things they would like to contribute to our display.

Near Gone

THE OFFICIAL STAGE TOUR

Wednesday 22 January, 8pm

Sunday 19 January, 1.30pm

Two performers have a difficult story to tell. They come on stage and launch themselves into an hour long attempt to put into words the utterly unspeakable.

& 7.30pm Following sell-out tours in 2007 2008, 2009 and 2010, BBC Radio’s multi award-winning antidote to panel games starts an all-new touring stage show for 2014. Join Barry Cryer, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jeremy Hardy and host Jack Dee for an unmissable evening of inspired nonsense. Colin Sell provides piano accompaniment. “Whether the teams are singing the words of one song to the tune of another, making up serial rhymes or entering the mythic maze of Mornington Crescent, they have now become the National Theatre of fun” Gillian Reynolds, Daily Telegraph

Delivered in English and Bulgarian, with pounding gypsy-inspired music, this beautiful performance fills an empty space with two performers, hundreds of fresh flowers and a storm of emotion. A performance piece that packs a punch transforming your very sense of what it is to be a mother, a father, a child. And you’ll leave more fully alive than ever. Recommend age 14+ Tickets £11.20, £10.20 Concessions

Tickets £27, Groups of 10+ £24 each

Tickets £14. £11.20 Concessions & YRP, £5.25 U16s Concert Virgins are FREE please contact the APO box office for details boxoffice@aldworthphilharmonic.org.uk

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THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

General Brock and the Maiwand Lion

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Lisa Knapp

Thursday 23 January 7pm

CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVE

What links Niagara Falls, Oxford Road, the Forbury Gardens and Afghanistan?  Local historian Mike Cooper will tell the story of two battles in the Nineteenth Century which left visual reminders in Reading, one against the United States of America, and the other in the same part of Afghanistan where local soldiers are fighting in 2014.

Friday 24 January, 7.30pm

Tickets: £4, £3 to library members. Email libraryevents@reading.gov.uk or collect from Reading Central or Battle Library.

MOZART Overture: Don Giovanni ELGAR Variations on an Original Theme: Enigma Op.36 BRAHMS Symphony No.3 in F Major Op.90 Pre-concert talk 6.15pm presented by Andrew Lyle The Hexagon Auditorium (FREE)

Friday 24 January, 8pm Lisa Knapp tours her long awaited new album, Hidden Seam, which has enjoyed rave reviews and is crammed with beautiful original compositions, featuring musical collaborator Gerry Diver alongside contributions from Martin Carthy, Alasdair Roberts, James Yorkston and Kathryn Williams. “A masterful creation” ★★★★★ The Observer Tickets £11.20

Tickets: £34 to £18 Groups, Children, Family and Schools Concessions Available.

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 54 for details

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CENTRAL LIBRARY

American Superslam Wrestling

Punt and Dennis

What a Wonderful (and Bonkers) World!

Saturday 25 January, 6pm Superslam wrestling returns after a lengthy absence to The Hexagon for a great night of action, thrills and spills that will have the whole family on the edge of their seats from the sound of the first bell. This 2 hour family friendly wrestling bonanza is a live version of what kids all around the world enjoy on televised events on the TV screen.

Tuesday 28 January, 8pm Life on the road is all rock-n-roll glamour. STEVE PUNT and HUGH DENNIS live the dream as they cruise the contraflow lanes, follow the one-way systems, unwrap the pasties and sip the service-station coffees of Britain in their quest to find somewhere to park vaguely near a theatre in your town.

Tuesday 28 January, 7.30pm

“The kings of satirical comedy” The Guardian Tickets £24.50

Top American wrestlers will be facing up to a team of British wrestling stars in the squared circle for a night the kids will be talking about for weeks after the event. Tickets: Adults £15, U16s £10.70, Family of Four (Max 2 Adults) £43.80

Why is the sky blue on Earth and yellow on Mars? Can you untwinkle a star? Can you get your head round space and time? Master of the Universe (well, cosmology consultant for the New Scientist) Marcus Chown can help you try, using Tweet-sized bites, everyday objects and a lot of fun. Tickets £4/£3 to library members. Email libraryevents@reading.gov.uk or collect from Reading Central Library.

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SOUTH STREET

The ELO Experience:

Roy Chubby Brown

Tom Adams:

A TRIBUTE TO JEFF LYNNE & THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA

Thursday 30 January, 8pm

Wednesday 29 January, 8pm MR BLUE SKY TOUR featuring the fabulous ELO EXPERIENCE The Official UK No 1 Tribute Show 2013.

Roy Chubby Brown returns with his bluest show yet! He’s still rude, he’s still crude and this time he’s turning headlines into punch lines as his rip-roaring brand of banter continues to burst bellies across the country. Chubby doesn’t hold back from sharing his outlandish views on news, women and gender, sailing so close to the mark, even the most seasoned of fans will be left gob-smacked!

STILL SCORE Thursday 30 January, 8pm “I remember being 5 years old and drinking a carton of Five Alive tropical juice drink and saying to myself "I am 5 and I am alive". Now I am 33 and on the harder stuff...Um Bongo” In February 2013, Tom bought a slide projector and a box of slides of people he did not know. Using comedy, storytelling and musical instruments, Tom creates a live soundtrack inspired by these images and memories of his own life. Directed by comedian and theatre maker, Laura Mugridge (‘She is simply brilliant’ Metro). Supported by Arts Council England, Harrogate Theatre, South Street Arts Centre and Miracle Theatre “It’s impossible not to be charmed by him” Chortle Tickets £10, £8.20 concessions

40 years on, and the music of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra is still regularly played on radio stations throughout the world. This show is currently touring UK theatres bringing these great songs back to the live stage. Currently wowing audiences up and down the country, this show is not to be missed Tickets £22, Groups 10+: £2 off

As politically incorrect as ever ‘The World’s Most Outrageous Comedian’ is far too rude for TV, so this live performance is the only place to catch the flamboyant comedian! If easily offended please stay away! ADULTS ONLY Tickets £22

All tickets are inclusive of booking fee, see page 54 for details

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SOUTH STREET

Alex Horne:

Postman Pat:

Nearly Dan:

LIES

IT’S SHOWTIME

Friday 31 January, 8pm

Saturday 1 February, 1pm

Reelin' in the Years Anniversary tour Saturday 1 February, doors 8pm

The 30 year old multi-Bafta award-winning stand up and platinum-selling R&B artist Alex Horne is back with an hour of observations, impressions and lies. Best known for mindblowing Powerpoint or live music, this show has neither; just Alex, a panda, some jokes and some lies. Although one of those may also be a lie. Or a joke. Either way, it’ll be funny. Honest. “A beguiling blend of the smart and the stupid…a real delight” The Sunday Times Tickets £14

Premier Stage Productions & Classic Media are delighted to present a brand new, fun-filled, all action show featuring everyone’s favourite postman. See Pat and his friends live on stage in an exciting new story – “It’s Showtime!” It’s the day of the Great Greendale Talent Show and there’s much excitement as this year a top talent scout will be on the lookout for a rising star. Postman Pat has a new karaoke machine to deliver for the show – but when the machine breaks down it looks like the talent show might be in jeopardy. Can Pat save the day? 

Less tribute and more homage, Nearly Dan is saviour to the growing legions of Dan fans, desperate to hear the meticulously crafted grooves and allusive lyrical style of Donald Fagen & Walter Becker. Nearly Dan's approach is faithful, though not reverential, and relaxed but as tight as their namesakes. They bring their own unique spirit and spontaneous humour to every concert. Tickets £18 in advance, £20 on the door

With songs, laughs and audience participation, Postman Pat Live is the must see show for 3-6 year olds this year! Tickets: Adults £14.50, Child £12.50, Family of Four (Max 2 adults) £50.

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THE HEXAGON Moscow City Ballet present

Swan Lake and Romeo & Juliet Swan Lake: Sunday 2 Feb, 7.30pm Romeo & Juliet: Monday 3 Feb, 7.30pm ROMEO & JULIET Music: Sergei Prokofiev Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet is the perfect marriage of a powerful dramatic musical score with a passionate love story - every dancer’s dream. The choreography, interpretation and outstandingly athletic virtuoso performances beautifully complement the world’s most famous tragic love story and iconic musical score. SWAN LAKE Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky Swan Lake is a signature piece of Moscow City Ballet’s entire repertoire. The orchestra, choreography, interpretation, beauty and outstanding virtuoso performances win consistently rave reviews and sell out attendance. Moscow City Ballet’s interpretation of the world’s most romantic ballet is magnificently brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s most well-loved haunting score. With Full Orchestra. Tickets £34.50, £32, £29.50. Groups and Concessions £3 off. £5 off per ticket if you book for both ballets at the same time!

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Beatroots Bateria & Readipop present

Toot present

Samba 101

Ten Out Of Ten

Tuesday 4 February, doors 8pm

Wednesday 5 February, 8pm

Beatroots Bateria & Readipop invite beginners and rusty musicians to join them for a night of drumming inspired by samba rhythms. This energetic session is led by Gavin Lombos, who has led the group for over 15 years and has performed at events such as London’s Millennium celebrations & Live Earth at Wembley. All drums are provided by Readipop.

A comic peek into our absurd world of triumphs and disasters. Three experts put our successes and failures under the microscope using electric guitars, the raising of hands and chalking on walls. It’s all here: brownie badges and driving tests; failing Grade One Flute and that first date; climbing Mount Kilimanjaro...

Tickets £8.20 in advance, £9.20 on the door

“It’s all terrific light...hearted fun...thoroughly engaging. Toot are one to watch” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian Tickets £11.20

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John Robins: WHERE IS MY MIND? Wednesday 5 February, 8pm Three Weeks Editor’s Choice award winner. John Robins brings his Edinburgh Festival hit show on tour in 2014. Alter egos, ailments, love, nostalgia, indie-nights and bellylaughs. An hour full of raucous stand-up for anyone who’s tried to live in the moment, only to realise that moment happened over a decade ago. “Sparkling stand-up” The Times Tickets £11.20

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CONCERT HALL

The Elias String Quartet: THE BEETHOVEN PROJECT 5 CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVE Thursday 6 February, 7.30pm String Quartet in C minor Op.18 No.4 String Quartet in E flat Major Op.74 ‘The Harp’ String Quartet in B flat Major Op.130 String Quartet in B flat Major Op.133 ‘Grosse Fuge’ Pre-concert talk 6.15pm presented by Philip Hesketh, The Town Hall (FREE) Tickets £25 to £14 Groups, Children, Schools and Family Concessions Available.

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Saturday 8th February 10am - 4pm

and the good

FOOD MARKET VINTAGE CLOTHES – VINTAGE ART – VINTAGE FOOD – VINTAGE ACCESSORIES – VINTAGE FUN The Real Vintage Market is back at The Hexagon, bigger and better than ever, with all manner of Vintage-ness to indulge the inner retro in you!   FEELING PECKISH? With stalls celebrating the abundance of great quality food and drink available locally – from cheeses, breads and indulgent sweet treats to beers, wines and ciders…and everything in-between.This is a truly scrumptious opportunity to sample and purchase some old favourites and also discover new and delicious foods.

FREE ADMISSION If you would like to enquire about hiring a stall at either Real Vintage or the Good Food Market, please contact Steff Cohen on 0118 937 2065 or email realvintage@readingarts.com

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John Hegley in I am a POETato

Back to Broadway

Saturday 8 February, 2pm

The all-singing, all-dancing, theatrical sensation that invites you to take a breathtaking journey through the magical world of musicals! Now in its 3rd successful year, Back To Broadway returns with a stunning new show for 2014. All the bestloved songs from the world’s greatest musicals are showcased in a spellbinding and captivating stage spectacular! Be enthralled by the unforgettable ‘One Day More’ from Les Misérables, the glitz and glamour of Copacabana, the uplifting ‘Time Of My Life’ from Dirty Dancing and the fantastic ‘Defying Gravity’ from Wicked: just some of the timeless showstoppers performed live on stage by some of the country’s finest performers currently touring the UK. So join us for an evening of non-stop entertainment that will leave you clamouring for more. With unforgettable performances, dazzling costumes and original choreography, all backed by a stunning New York setting, Back To Broadway is the hit show not to be missed!

John Hegley presents a family show, based around his latest collection of poems for all ages, an A-Z of poems about people, pets and other creatures. From a mosquito and ants, through (wise) camels, dogs, deckchairs, goldfish and guillemots to Toby the armadillo from Peru, and not forgetting the unusual unicorn from school. “Fabulously funny” Time Out Tickets £11.20 adults, £8.20 U16’s and full time students

Sunday 9 February, 7.30pm

SOUTH STREET

John Hegley Saturday 8 February, 8pm Celebrated comic poet John Hegley returns to South Street as part of a brand new tour in support of his new book ‘JOHN HEGLEY’S NEW & SELECTED POTATOES’ - a greatest hits, best of golden oldies compilation (with some new stuff) from ‘Comedy’s poet laureate’ (Independent). Poet, comic, singer, songwriter and glasseswearer, John Hegley has captivated and devastated audiences all over the country, in theatres and festivals, at gigs at the Edinburgh Festival, and with numerous appearances on radio and television. Tickets £14, £11.20 concessions

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Tickets £20.50, £19 Concessions and Groups of 10+

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READING LIBRARIES

SOUTH STREET

National Libraries Day

Readipop present

Saturday 8 February, All Day To celebrate National Libraries Day, local authors will be giving talks and holding book signings across the borough. Highlights include another chance to listen to local historians Mike Cooper and Stuart Hylton. See posters in your local library to find out what’s happening across the borough.

Ukulele 101 Tuesday 11 February, doors 7pm Sign up for this taster and you’ll learn a couple of chords and some quirky ukulele versions of popular songs. Suitable for complete beginners, rusty musicians and those seeking a new challenge. Don’t worry if you’ve never even picked one up, ukulele band The Small Strings will be on hand to help! Readipop are able to provide a limited number of ukuleles please email office@readipop.co.uk if one is required. Following on from Uke 101 Readipop will be offering a 10-week beginners course which will take place at Readipop Studios in Reading. Tickets £8.20 in advance, £9.20 on the door

Free events, tickets may be required. Please email libraryevents@reading.gov.uk or contact your local library for more details.

SOUTH STREET

CENTRAL LIBRARY

South Street Youth Theatre present

A Colourful Treasure from the Age of the Pyramids:

Monster Tuesday 11 February & Wednesday 12 February, 7pm

THE TOMB OF NEFER AND KAHAY BY PAOLO SCREMIN Thursday 13 February, 7.30pm

South Street Youth Theatre present a brand new devised piece of theatre inspired by Mary Wollstonecraft-Shelley’s Frankenstein and the process by which she wrote this iconic piece at the age of 18.

This talk will take you on a guided tour of the decorated chapel in the rock-cut tomb of Nefer and Kahay. The scenes and interesting details will be explained, and the audience will be introduced to various members of Nefer’s extended family, whose images and names have survived on the walls of the chapel for almost 4,400 years. Paolo Scremin is the deputy director of the Oxford Expedition to Egypt. Tickets £4/£3 to library members. Email libraryevents@reading.gov.uk or collect from Reading Central Library.

Tickets £8.20, £5.25 Concessions

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The Mousetrap THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR Monday 10 to Saturday 15 February Mon, 7.30pm. Tues, 7.30pm. Wed, 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Thurs, 7.30pm. Fri, 7.30pm. Sat, 2.30pm & 7.30pm.

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“The cleverest murder mystery of British Theatre” Daily Telegraph A classic. A landmark. A legend. The Mousetrap is famous around the world for being the longest running show of any kind in the history of British theatre - over 25,000 performances it’s a play to be proud of. And to celebrate 60 incredible years on stage, it’s going on tour for the first time, with a star cast to give you a once in a life-time opportunity to see this masterpiece here at The Hexagon. The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed. In her own inimitable style, Dame Agatha Christie has created an atmosphere of shuddering suspense and a brilliantly intricate plot where murder lurks around every corner. Tickets £31.50, £29.50, £27.50 Wednesday Matinee: all £24 (no concessions) Concessions £2.50 off (excludes matinees). Groups 10+: £3 off,  School groups 10+:  £14 plus 1 in 10 free (Groups/schools prices available on Monday/Tuesday evening and Wed matinee only)

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BATTLE LIBRARY

Sean Hughes:

Limehouse Lizzy:

PENGUINS

Saturday 15 February, doors 8pm

Crossword Course:

Friday 14 February, 8pm Sean’s brilliant and multilayered new show sees him ask the question, is a man the sum of his parts? In a brand new reflective and uplifting piece, he tackles all nature of human failings and foibles and will take the audience on a whirlwind hour of surreal inventive playfulness. Sean delves into his past, from career guidance teachers and an angry monk to older brothers and losing his virginity. “Master Of satire and invention” The Evening Standard Tickets £17

BEGINNERS & INTERMEDIATE Saturday 15 February Beginners Workshop, 9.45am - 12.45pm Intermediate Workshop, 1.45pm - 4.45pm Kaz, a neuroscience graduate from crosswordtutors.co.uk, will be back with his actionpacked sessions. Bring a crossword from your favourite newspaper or magazine and give your brain some exercise!

Limehouse Lizzy return to South Street after sell out shows for the past five years. Renowned for an action-packed Pyrotechnic -fuelled explosion of a show, Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. The band have also added a tribute in their set to the late Gary Moore (ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist and world renowned solo artist) who sadly passed away last year.

Maximum 15 people at each session. Tickets £10/£8 to library members. Email libraryevents@reading.gov.uk or collect from Reading Central Library or Battle Library.

This is a standing only performance. Tickets £17 advance, £19 on the door

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CONCERT HALL

SOUTH STREET

The Cory Band

Tony & Mike

Sunday 16 February, 3pm

(OR THE COUNTRY OWL & THE CITY SQUIRREL)

From the Rhondda Valley in South Wales, The Cory Band were European Brass Band Champions in 2008 and 2009 and also won the 2009 British Open Championship at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. They have a rich history dating back to 1884 and continue to be a highly successful band performing at many of the worlds finest venues. Tickets £14 to £23

Monday 17 February, 11.30am* & 2pm Tony the Owl lives in the countryside. He's really happy in his little garden until Joe and Charlotte turn up and ruin his peace and quiet.  They've moved from the city for a quieter life and, to be honest, they've got no idea what they're doing. To make matters worse, they've bought Mike the Squirrel with them. He's loud, he's cheeky and he likes to party. Featuring puppetry, original music, and real earth, this is a story about making friends, being different and why that's OK. *Special relaxed performance for children with special needs and their families. Tickets £8.70

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Old MacDonald Had A Farm Sunday 16 February, 2.30pm Old MacDonald’s animals have gone missing! Can you help a friendly scientist and his time machine get them back for him? From the team behind There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly and written for parents to enjoy with their children, this fun filled tale brings to life all the best loved characters from the original nursery rhyme along with a magical medley of games, giggles and sing along songs. Told with a captivating combination of live action, puppetry and animation. Suitable for ages 4+ Tickets Adults £10.70, Children U16 £9.70, Family of four £36.80, Schools Groups £7.20 per person with 1 in 10 free

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THE HEXAGON Opera & Ballet International presents an Ellen Kent Production

Verdi’s Aida THE GRANDEST OF ALL OPERAS Tuesday 18 February at 7.30pm Directed by Ellen Kent featuring the Celebrated Chisinau National Opera and National Philharmonic with International Guest soloists Aida, the grandest of all Ellen Kent’s operas returns to the UK with a stunning, traditional brand new production of this magnificent story of war, jealousy and revenge, at whose heart is the doomed love of the beautiful Ethiopian slave girl, Aida, and the Egyptian hero, Radames. Traditionally staged, this lavish production with amazing special effects includes spectacular ballet sequences, stunning sets inspired by the Valley of the Kings and costumes taken from designs found in tomb paintings. Featuring the classic Triumphal March with an incredible pyrotechnic display using the most spectacular effects including a magnificent wall of fire inspired by Vulcan, the Lord of Fire, plus amazing fire spinners NOT TO BE MISSED! Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Tickets £34.50, £31.50, £29.50 Concessions £2 off. Groups 10+ £3 off.

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Old Saw present

Principals of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Tomten Tuesday 18 February, 11.30am & 2pm When everyone is asleep the Tomten wakes up. He looks after everyone on the farm. Sometimes, you can see his footprints in the snow. That’s how you know he is real.

CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVE

Tomten follows an immortal tomte (Swedish elf or gnome) as he watches over a small farmstead on midwinters night. Viktor Rydberg’s wellloved poem is brought to life in a new puppetry show for children 3+.

DEBUSSY Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune (arr. Schoeberg) RAVEL Ma Mère l’Oye (for piano duet) IBERT Divertissement RAVEL Introduction and Allegro SAINT-SAENS Carnival of the Animals

“...hauntingly captivating... intricate and charming...” A Younger Theatre Tickets £8.70

Wednesday 19 February, 7.30pm Katia & Marielle Labèque, Pianos

Pre-concert talk 6.15pm presented by Dr Helen Julia Minors The Hexagon Auditorium (FREE)

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Richard Herring: WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE! Wednesday 19 February, 8pm After sorting out politics (Hitler Moustache), religion (Christ on a Bike), love (What is Love, Anyway?) and penises (Talking Cock) Herring returns to tackle the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns (apart from Jesus and that canoe bloke). Is death a tragedy or an excuse to have an extended lie-in? Are we snuffed out or forced to endure eternity without bodily pleasures? Death is inevitable, so let’s laugh in its face while our hearts still beat and our jaws are still attached. Tickets £17

Tickets: £34 to £18 Groups, Children, Family and Schools Concessions Available.

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The Johnny Cash Roadshow

The Sensational 60’s Experience:

Thursday 20 February, 7.30pm

THE MARMALADE - THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS CHRIS FARLOWE - STEVE ELLIS’ LOVE AFFAIR

Welcome the Johnny Cash Roadshow, a show not to be missed by avid fans or the casual listener. Also the only show to be endorsed by the CASH family! This year prepare for a musical adventure unrivalled by any other that truly celebrates the career of a music legend, Johnny Cash. The UK’s No1 Tribute, fronted by respected singer/songwriter Clive John, with The Spirit Band, re-create with astounding accuracy and truly capture the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! Also featuring the best June Carter in the business, all aspects of Cash’s life are covered with impeccable taste. “Clive’s resemblance is uncanny” Rosanne Cash - eldest daughter of Johnny Cash “Clive captures my Grandfather JUST as he was” “Absolutely authentic to the point where it felt as if it wasn’t a tribute” Caitlin Crowell – Granddaughter of Johnny Cash.

Friday 21 February. 7.30pm Hosted by Alan Mosca from Freddie & The Dreamers A brand new production for 2014 making this without doubt the most dynamic 60’s show touring the UK. This is the must see 60’s extravaganza for 2014. For one night only all the original hits performed by four of the most popular artistes of the 60s. This explosive 60s line up delivers to you nostalgia & hits such as: The Marmalade: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, Falling Apart At The Seams, Reflections Of My Life. The Swinging Blue Jeans: Hippy Hippy Shake, You’re No Good, Good Golly Miss Molly. Chris Farlowe: Out Of Time, Handbags and Gladrags, Reach Out I’ll Be There. Steve Ellis’ Love Affair: Everlasting Love, Bringing On Back The Good Times. Don’t miss the ultimate sensational 60’s show of 2014 with over 25 hits performed by four of the most influential chart toppers of their time. Step back in time and relive the past during an evening true to the 60’s when pop music was at its very best. Tickets £25.50, Concessions £2 off, Groups 10+: £3 off

Tickets £21, £20 Concessions

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Jamie Smith’s Mabon & Maz O’Connor

Shane Filan:

Tap Factory

YOU AND ME TOUR

Tuesday 25 February, 7.30pm

Saturday 22 February, 8pm

Theatre Productions are proud to be bringing this world class show to the UK in 2014. A dazzling, amazing production, showing many genres of dance, in an urban setting. Tap Factory is where ‘Stomp meets Tap Dogs!’ Their feet have a life of their own, and the rhythm never stops. A brand new award- winning concept in the genre of STOMP, TAP DOGS and BLUE MAN GROUP. This tremendously visual, and highly exciting show, features the world’s best tap dancers and international musicians as they blend the art of percussion, with dance and acrobatics. This amazing fully choreographed spectacular features mind blowing live percussion, and gorgeous male dancers to set your pulses racing.

Saturday 22 February, 8pm Jamie Smith’s MABON and Maz O’Connor are two of the most highly accomplished and critically acclaimed folk artists in Britain today. This double headline show captures both the depth and breadth of the two intertwined musical cultures - Celtic and English. Support: Chloe Bix, a Devon based singer/songwriter.

The ex-Westlife lead singer now heads out on tour after the release of his debut solo album. Shane co-wrote a handful of Westlife songs, but his solo album sees him emerge as a pop writer to be reckoned with.

Please note that tickets are limited to 6 per booking. Tickets £33.50

Tickets £14.50

Tickets £22.50, £20.50, U16's, Groups and Concessions £18

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Reading Between the Lines Foundations present FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS

Readipop & Steve Southall present

Jason Manford: Jerusalem Monday 1 - Tuesday 30 April Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 Louis Pearl, The Amazing February, 7.30pm Bubble Man has been thrilling On St Georges Day,the theworld morning audiences around for of the local county nearly 30 years withfair, theJohnny art, 'Rooster' Byron, local waster magic, science and fun of and modern Piedperformed Piper is a to bubbles.day He has wanted man... Butterworth's more than one Jez million people, Jerusalem premiered including royalty and at the Royal Court in 2009. The original celebrities. cast included Mark Rylance as As well as exploring the Johnny and the play gleaned breathtaking dynamics of more 5 star than any bubbles, thereviews show combines West End play in history. comedy, and artistry with plenty of audience Tickets £11.20,and enough participation £10 concessions spellbinding bubble tricks to keep every child and adult mesmerized. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people inside bubbles, The Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. Suitable for age 3+ Tickets £7.50

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African Drumming 101 Wednesday 26 February, doors 7pm

Jamie Allan: I-MAGICIAN Wednesday 26 February, 7.30pm Jamie Allan is one of the greatest innovators of modern magic and has devised illusions that have stunned audiences across the globe. His special illusions include making the new Mercedes M class and A class appear out of thin air at the UK launch, designing the patent pending laser technology for the amazing new show “Lumina – the laser violinist” and his amazing iPad illusion ‘Digital Art’ which he performed lived on the BBC One Show to millions of viewers. Now, after 10 years performing around the world Jamie is returning home to the UK with “iMagican” Directed by Anthony Owen, BAFTA & Rose D’or award winner and producer of Derren Brown, iMagician defies the boundaries of logic and blends incredible illusion with high technology including iPad illusion, Virtual Assistant and spectacular Laser Manipulation. All enhanced through beautiful projection and world class sleight of hand.

Readipop and Steve Southall (Africa Junction) introduce you to African drumming in this fun, Afro-Latin inspired taster workshop. It’s the perfect chance to start hand drumming if you’ve not tried before, or to practise your skills if you have! Djembe’s provided & beginners welcome. Tickets £8.20 in advance, £9.20 on the door

Tickets £22, Concessions and groups: £2.50 off

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CONCERT HALL

Tom Wrigglesworth:

Caddy Cooper & Friends

Lee Hurst:

UTTERLY AT ODDS WITH THE UNIVERSE

Friday 28 February, doors 7.30pm

Thursday 27 February, 8pm

Hailing from Western Australia, Caddy Cooper is an exhilarating acoustic, blues, folk, country singer who entices her audience with tales of life, love, loss and the fragility of the human condition. Caddy will be joined by friends and guests on what promises to be a great night!

Direct from a sell-out run at the Edinburgh festival. Sony Award Winner, Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Chortle & Time Out Award winner and Star of Radio 4 and BBC 2, Tom Wrigglesworth returns with an exquisite new show. In turns, poignant and hilarious, Tom takes an emotional journey exploring his profound relationship with his granddad, and comes to fully understand the influence he has had on his life.

Tickets £8.20 advance, £9.20 on the door

“Magical storytelling... A rare talent…hysterical & accomplished” Time Out Tickets £14, £11.20 Concessions

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THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO AAARGGH!!! Friday 28 February, 8pm Lee Hurst is asking audiences what winds them up? What gets on their nerves? What rattles their cage so that they throw their toys out of the pram? Is it things your neighbours do, your spouse, politicians? Or is it simple things like people closing their eyes when they talk to you? Lee is like all Brits, he loves a right good moan, but he also likes to come up with alternatives too, if only to stop himself going bonkers with rage. One of the UK’s funniest standup comedians; see him while you can. “Unfailingly funny” TIME OUT Suitable for ages 16+ Tickets £18, £16 Concessions

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Fascinating Aïda CHARM OFFENSIVE Friday 28 February, 7.30pm Following a sold-out 2012 tour, three Olivier Award nominations and over 10 million YouTube hits for Cheap Flights (their infamous anthem to budget air travel), Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman celebrate 30 years of Fascinating Aïda with a brand new show. Expect topical new songs hot off the press, plus some outrageous old favourites, as Fascinating Aïda continue to grow old disgracefully!

Sing-a-Long-a-Dirty Dancing Sunday 2 March, 7.30pm

“Cabaret Heaven” Metro ★★★★★ “Outrageous... seductive” The Guardian ★★★★ “I can’t recommend this show highly enough” Mail on Sunday Tickets £22 Get ready for the time of your life! The producers of Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music and Sing-a-Long-a GREASE bring you a special screening of this iconic film.

It’s the summer of 1963, it’s college boys versus dancing hunks, it’s one of the best loved movies of all time and yes, there is a guy as great as your dad. Join Baby and Johnny in a fun-filled screening of the1987 dance classic film where YOU are the stars of the show. Our host, will lead a vocal warm up, show you how to use our ‘magic moments fun pack’ and have you dancing really dirty….. And remember, “Nobody puts Baby in the corner”. This is your chance to show Patrick and Jennifer how it’s done. Fancy dress is highly recommended. www.singalonga.net Film is Cert 15, contains adult material. Tickets £17, Groups 1 in 10 Free

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The Gruffalo Monday 3 & Tuesday 4 March Mon, 1.30pm & 4pm. Tues 10.30am & 1.30pm. Don’t miss Tall Stories’ hit musical stage adaptation of the award winning picture book, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Voted the nation’s number one bedtime story by BBC Radio 2 listeners, The Gruffalo has been performed to well over a million people worldwide and has even hit the small =screens in a star-studded TV animation. Meet a wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old Owl and a maraca-shaking, party mad Snake! Mouse can scare these hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined...? The Gruffalo is the ideal introduction to theatre for pre and primary school children and their families; with plenty of songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups.

“A fine piece of children’s theatre” Sunday Times “Monstrous fun for your little horrors” Daily Mail Tickets £14, Schools and Group of 10+ £9.70 with 1 in 10 free

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Brendan Cole LICENCE TO THRILL Wednesday 5 March, 7.30pm Following on from his debut Theatre Tour Live and Unjudged, Brendan is once again set to  dazzle audiences across the UK with current show, Licence To Thrill. Join him and his cast of 20 musicians and dancers as they take you on a journey of music and dance in this spectacular night of theatre entertainment. Brendan, one of Strictly Come Dancing’s most charismatic choreographers and performers, will host you throughout and along with his company will treat you to an evening of Ballroom magic and Latin excitement in this, his live dance extravaganza not to be missed. With music from across the ages, there will be something for everyone in this sophisticated production set to wow audiences in 2014

Tickets £38, £36. Groups 10+: £3 off

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Susan Calman

Circus of Horrors

Tuesday 4 & Wednesday 5 March, 8pm

Thursday 6 March, 8pm

Paul Sinha is a Stand Up Comedian

Comedian Susan Calman will be undertaking the first stage of her 2014 tour of the UK by performing a new 60 minutes untitled show which she describes as a ‘work-in’ progress’. Edinburgh Fringe favourite Susan has her own Radio 4 series ‘Calman is Convicted’ and is a panel regular on the News Quiz and the Now Show. She has also made winning guest appearances on TV shows Have I Got News For You and Q.I. “Confident, compact… cracking” Evening Standard Tickets £11.20

The Circus of Horrors presents what is undoubtedly its greatest show to date, London after Midnight. The show that stormed into the finals of Britain’s Got Talent is back with an awe-inspiring rock n roller coaster of show that flies like a bat out of hell to celebrate an astounding 18 years of shock n’ roll. The new sensation is inspired by the legendary & sinister lost movie ‘London after Midnight’ and is packed with new shocks will take you on a whirlwind journey though a plague ridden London in 1665 & culminating during the great fire of London in 1666.

Friday 7 March, 8pm Paul Sinha is a stand-up comedian, but you might know him as 'The Sinnerman', from ITV's The Chase or you might know him from your local doctor's surgery or from Mastermind or University Challenge. He is many things; quiz geek, doctor, Gemini, sports fanatic, and, according to Jim Davidson, 'an Indian poof', but first and foremost, he is a standup comedian. A bloody great stand-up comedian. "What good stand-up should be. Hilariously funny, passionate and articulate" Chortle Recommended 18+ Tickets £14, £11.20 Concessions

“Freaking Awesome” The Sun Adults Only Tickets £27, £20, £14. Concessions and Groups 10+ £3 off the top two ticket prices

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Anton Du Beke: BALLROOM TO BROADWAY Saturday 8 March, 7.30pm With special guest Summer Strallen The nation’s favourite Ballroom dancer Anton du Beke is back once again with a thrilling new show to wow audiences across the UK. Featuring memorable dances alongside sensational new choreography, timeless tunes and strictly dazzling costumes to conjure up the elegance of Ballroom at its best and the unmissable razzle dazzle of Broadway. With music from COLE PORTER, GEORGE GERSHWIN, JERRY HERMAN & ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER. Featuring classic hits YOU’RE THE TOP ANYTHING GOES IMPOSSIBLE DREAM RHYTHM OF LIFE HUSHABYE MOUNTAIN BEGIN THE BEGUINE

Lance Ellington lead vocalist. Richard Balcombe conductor. With world class ensemble dancers featuring Faye Huddleston and the Raymond Gubbay Big Band Orchestra. Tickets £44.50, £36.50

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Imogen Cooper,

Strengthcollective, Tag Collective & South Street present

PIANO

Reading LIVE

CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVE

in celebration of International Women’s Day 2014 with

Saturday 8 March, 7.30pm

Bryony Kimmings:

Programme includes: SCHUMANN Romanze in F# Op.28 No.2 BRAHMS Variation from String Sextet Op.18 (arr. For Clara) SCHUBERT Sonata in B flat D960

Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model

Pre-concert talk 6.15pm presented by Chris de Souza, The Town Hall (FREE) Tickets £25 to £14 Groups, Children, Schools and Family Concessions Available.

Saturday 8 March, 7.30pm Join us for an evening of vibrant live art from some the UK’s best female performance makers, culminating in the latest acclaimed show from the award winning Bryony Kimmings. In an audacious protest against the world’s attempts to sexualise and commodify childhood, Kimmings and her 9-year-old niece Taylor decided to take on the global tween machine. They invented Catherine Bennett, a dinosaur-loving, bike-riding, tunapasta-eating pop star, and vowed to make her world famous! Bryony became Catherine Bennett and Taylor her manager. So far they’ve been invited to parliament, become friends with Yoko Ono and featured on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model is Taylor's and Bryony’s theatre show. It’s not for kids. Tickets £11.20

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Horrible Histories: BARMY BRITAIN Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 March Tues, 7pm. Wed, 10.30am & 1.30pm. Thurs, 10.30am & 7pm. Fri, 10.30am & 7pm. Sat, 10.30am & 2.30pm. We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage with a brand new show BARMY BRITAIN with all new amazing 3D effects! Can you beat battling Boudicca? Has William Wallace met his match? Would you lose your heart or head to horrible Henry? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Will Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Can King Charles keep his head? Would you stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin? Escape the clutches of Burke and Hare, dare to dance the Tyburn jig, move to the groove with party Queen Victoria and prepare to do battle in the frightful First World War! It’s the horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in! Tickets Adults £18.50, Under 16’s £4 off, Family of 4 (max. 2 adults) £60, Groups 10+ £14, School and Youth Groups £11.20 

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Henley Symphony Orchestra

Blind Summit

The Swing Commanders

Sunday 9 March, 7.30pm Conductor, Ian Brown Beethoven Triple Concerto, Trusler Carroll Wass Trio The Henley Symphony Orchestra's programme opens with the intoxicating Caribbean rhythms of Gershwin's 'Cuban Overture'. Beethoven's infrequently performed 'Triple Concerto' for piano, violin and cello provides a classical interlude before we dance down new York streets to Bernstein's' West Side Story' and end with another story of the merry pranks of  'Til Eulenspiegel' by Richard Strauss.

The Table Wednesday 12 March, 8pm Moses is a cantankerous 2 foot high puppet, with a cardboard head, who lives on a table. And he’s got a problem. All he ever gets asked to perform is fairy tales or children’s birthday parties, and he’s fed up with it. He’s an artist! He’s a serious puppet! So tonight the table is his and anything can happen... Epic puppetry inspired by Beckett, the Bible and Ikea. “Blind Summit once again prove that when you’re working in miniature you don’t have to think small” The Guardian

Thursday 13 March, 8pm Regular festival appearances in Europe and America have earned The Swing Commanders an enviable reputation as Britain’s top Western Swing band. Let the girls and boys’ mix of Blues, Trad Jazz and exquisite 40’s harmonies take you back to a wilder, more glamorous age Tickets £13 in advance, £15 on the door

Tickets £11.20, £10.20 Concessions

Tickets: £20, £17, £14. U16s/Students, half price. Groups 1 in 8 free 1 child free with paying adult £17and £14

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Derek Gripper & Gerard Cousins:

Jazz Morley

Naturally 7

Friday 14 March, 7.30pm

Saturday 15 March, 7.30pm

ONE NIGHT ON EARTH

Jazz Morley returns to South Street on her spring tour in support of her latest EP Trying to Make Sense which was produced by the same award-winning team as her previous recordings, producer Kipper (Grammy & Emmy Award winner) and mix engineer Cameron Craig (double Grammy & Brit Award winner).

Naturally 7 take classic closeharmony style to stratospheric new heights, mixing beatboxing with rap, soul, pop and jazz.

Thursday 13 March, 7.30pm A rare chance to hear South African guitarist Derek Gripper perform solos and duos with his good friend, Reading based guitarist Gerard Cousins. Derek is in the UK at the invitation of classical guitar great John Williams and will also be performing with John in London’s Globe Theatre. Grab your chance to hear Derek in this intimate setting and experience some staggering performances from two of the most original and imaginative musicians around. Tickets £9.20

Tickets £11.20 in advance, £14 on the door

Building on the heritage of gospel with a style described as 'vocal play', the group performs its own original material as well as its inventive arrangements – which incorporate scratching, drum kit, harmonica, brass, electric guitars and bass all produced, naturally, with the human voice. “Jaw-droppingly impressive” The Independent Tickets £22

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Reading Primary Schools Event

NIE

CLASSICAL MUSIC ALIVE

Now in its 69th year, The Reading Primary Schools’ Music Festival Committee is proud to present its next musical celebration. Let 400 children from local primary schools entertain you with an evening of song and dance, drama and poetry.

Tuesday 18 March, 7.30pm Thomas Dausgaard, Conductor John Lill, Piano BRAHMS Tragic Overture Op.81 RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor DVORAK Symphony No.8 in G

Wednesday 19 March, 7pm

Tickets TBC

Pre-concert talk 6.15pm presented by Peter Avis, The Hexagon Auditorium (FREE) Tickets: £34 to £18 Groups, Children, Family and Schools Concessions Available.

North North North Wednesday 19 March, 8pm In 1897 three Swedish adventurers headed for the North Pole in a hydrogen filled balloon. Their aim was to explore new lands, to map the undiscovered Arctic and to plant the flag of Sweden at the pole. At 2:30pm on the 11th July they cut the anchor lines and floated up into the cold arctic air. They were never seen alive again...Using an international cast, storytelling, physical theatre and live music, award winning New International Encounter invite you to join them for an exhilarating journey into one of the worlds last great wilderness areas. A journey full of hope and daring do, of frostbite and patriotic songs. A dream and a nightmare of the great white north. Tickets £11.20, £10.20 Concessions

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AT THE HEXAGON Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 March 2014 Thurs, Fri & Sat 7.30pm. Fri & Sat 2.30pm Matinees This sensational multi award winning West End show returns to Reading. Forget feel good, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is FEEL GREAT! Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Featuring two terrific hours of the greatest songs ever written, including That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Rave On, La Bamba, Chantilly Lace, Johnny B. Goode, Raining In My Heart, Everyday, Shout and many many more, this show is just Peggy Sue-perb! Thurs, Fri & Sat evening £27.50, £24.50, £19.50. Fri & Sat Matinees £19 Early Bird price if booked by 3 Feb 2014 £21.50, Fri evening only. Concessions £3 off. Groups of 8+, evenings £4 off top price plus 1 in 10 free, Matinees 1 in 10 free. Special Offer: One Child (under 16) FREE and up to two more children half price when accompanied by a full price paying adult.


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Joel Dommett:

Reading University in association with Reading Rep present

PRACTICAL JOKER - STAND UP Thursday 20 March, 8pm Stand up comic Joel Dommett from BBC3’s Impractical jokers and Russell Howard’s Good News is on tour! You may also know Joel from being the face of MTV News throughout 2012, Live in Chelsea (E4) and How to Survive a Disaster Movie, (Channel 5). Joel is one of the fastest rising stars on the UK comedy circuit having gained rave reviews for his debut solo Edinburgh show, Neon Hero, in 2011 and his second show Nunchuck Silver Medalist 2002 in 2012. Joel was also in Skins on E4 but his hair was different and he doesn’t like to talk about it!

Science Slam Saturday 22 March,7.30pm A thrilling competition where scientists present their mind-boggling work in a comprehensible and accessible way. Each performance will last no more than six minutes. At the end of the evening the audience must vote and decide: which scientist will thrive and which will struggle to survive. The performances include props, costume, music, audience participation and much, much more! Part of the 2014 National Science and Engineering week. Tickets £5

“Dommett has got what it takes to make it to the top…catch him on the way up” Daily Telegraph Tickets £11.20

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CENTRAL LIBRARY

Bradfield College Spring Concert

Poets Reading for National Wildlife Week

Friday 21 March, 7.30pm

Saturday 22 March, 3 pm

Bradfield College is a leading, independent coeducational boarding school for 13-18 year olds. Set in its own village, 15 minutes from Reading, the College provides academic excellence for all pupils, alongside outstanding pastoral care and an excellent extra-curricular programme. The Spring Concert will feature performances by the College Orchestra, String Group, Choirs, Concert Band and Swing Band.

Local poets Gill Learner, Jean Watkins and Wendy Klein will be reading poems from anthologies published by Grey Hen Press, who specialize in female poets. The poems are about birds and bees, and the event is part of National Wildlife Week. Free event, no need to book. Email libraryevents@reading.gov.uk or phone 0118 901 5950 for more information.

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Wokingham Area Schools Music Association concerts

Let’s Sing, READING!

Sunday 23 and 30 March, 7pm

Wednesday 26 March, 6.30pm Local choirs and singing groups take part in the grand final of the Mayor of Reading’s Choir Competition.

Windsor and Maidenhead Schools concert Sunday 16 March, 6pm

All proceeds will go directly to the Mayor of Reading’s Charity Fund. www.reading.gov.uk/ourmayor

Tickets available through Clive Waterman on 07769777955

Tickets £9.20, £4.25 U16’s & Concessions, £21 Family of four (Max 2 Adults)          Groups 1 in 10 Free

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From acclaimed Australian company Perth Theatre

The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: DEEP SEA EXPLORER Wednesday 26 March, 7pm Seas have risen, billions have died. Alvin Sputnik is our only hope. He must venture to the bottom of the ocean to find his wife’s lost soul and save humanity. The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik is a tiny tale set in the deepest dark blue sea, of a solitary explorer with a heart as big as a whale.

Norman Lovett:

Tickets £11.20,

Thursday 27 March, 8pm

£9.70 Concessions

OLD & NEW The stand-up legend and Red Dwarf star returns with a show which contains the continuation of The Sugababes debate amongst many more subjects. The show will feature his iPad attached to the microphone stand from which he will depict images onto a screen to delight and astound you. The title of the show is exactly that, a title. “A true master of his craft” Chortle Tickets £11.20

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The Magic of Motown:

Runrig:

Voodoo Room

PARTY ON THE TOUR ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Friday 28 March, doors 8pm

BABY LOVE – 50 YEARS OF NO1 UK HITS TOUR Thursday 27 March, 7.30pm Celebrating 50 years of UK No1s, the all-new, all-star 2014 spectacular boasts more No1s than ever. The Supremes’ Baby Love was Motown’s first No1. The legend of the label lives on as five-star performances revive over 36 classics from the Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie and more, featuring the dance moves, costumes and musicianship made famous by Motown. Tickets £26.50, Concessions £1.50 off, Groups 10+ £2 off

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Friday 28 March, 7.30pm A special 40th Anniversary Concert by the legendary Scottish band, after anniversary events held in Denmark, Germany and Scotland during 2013, culminating last August at ‘Party On The Moor’; a hugely successful weekend celebration of Runrig. Playing an extensive set in two halves, inspired by ‘Party On The Moor’. There will also be some musical surprises, making for a not-to-be-missed, one-off experience for fans of Runrig. Tickets £29.50

Paying tribute to both Jimi Hendrix & Cream - Voodoo Room are a stunning new “Power Trio” featuring some of the UK’s finest musicians. They perform an incredible, high energy show, delivered in the true spirit of these legendary superstars. Their individual credits include: Steve Winwood, Duran Duran, Ben E. King, Fish, Thunder, Jo Harman, Thea Gilmore, Lulu etc etc. “An outstanding performance Of The Songs Of Legend” Blues In The South Magazine Tickets £11.20 in advance, £14 on the door

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Killer Queen

911: Illuminate

Saturday 29 March, 8pm

THE HITS AND MORE TOUR

Featuring Patrick Myers as Freddie Mercury.

Monday 31 March, 7:30pm

Killer Queen have been performing their tribute to Queen's concert since 1993. Their expert musicianship, extraordinary energy and accurate portrayal of the world's greatest live band have rightfully earned Killer Queen the title of Queen tribute royalty. Thrilling sell-out audiences across the globe from the UK to Moscow, Killer Queen recreates the high energy, powerful phenomenon that was Queen live.

911 are back! The UK went Bodyshakin’ crazy in 2013 following the massive success of ITV2’s The Big Reunion which re-united Lee, Spike & Jimmy along with 90’pop acts B*Witched, Five, Honeyz, Atomic Kitten, Liberty X and Blue. They played to 100,000 people as The Big Reunion went on a sold out, 16 date UK arena tour in May 2013! Tickets £24, £22

"This guy is not to be missed" Editor BrianMay.com, official Brian May Website Tickets £21.50, Groups 10+ £2 off

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Exhibitions

Community Displays

THE JOHN MADEJSKI ART GALLERY Saturday 21 September – Sunday 16 March 2014 Making Faces: Tudor to Modern What makes a great portrait? Find out in this impressive display of over thirty oil paintings from the Museum’s art collection. Works range from Tudor and Stuart panel paintings, including Reading’s extraordinary portrait of Elizabeth I, to secret self-portraits from the 1990s. In between there are Georgian dandies and Victorian characters by Thomas Gainsborough and Benjamin Haydon and more informal twentieth century images of the friends and acquaintances of John Minton, John Bratby and Stanley Spencer. Many of the portraits have local connections and all are stunning paintings, together giving an impression of how portrait painting has developed over four centuries.

READING: PEOPLE AND PLACE Tuesday 26 November – Sunday 13 April 2014 Jacksons Closing Down Display It will be with sadness that Reading says goodbye to Jacksons when it closes its doors for the final time at the end of 2013. Founded by Edward Jackson in 1875, the shop will be affectionately remembered by generations of Reading people. This small community display takes a nostalgic look at the history of one of Reading’s best loved names.

Events and Talks Saturday 25 January Lecture: Reading’s Portrait of Elizabeth I One of Reading’s greatest treasures has returned to the town and the Friends of Reading Museum are fundraising for Tudor education workshops to help local schools access this precious painting. Join the Friends to hear guest speaker Dr Elizabeth Goldring discuss the significance of this painting both to modern eyes and those of the Elizabethan court.

Coming Soon: Saturday 5 April – Sunday 14 September 2014 Reading at War Marking the centenary of the First World War’s outbreak, Reading at War will be a focal point for our town to explore how war throughout history has shaped Reading’s character. The exhibition will be complemented by a full programme of events. Look out for full details in the next edition of What’s On and on our website www.readingmuseum.org.uk

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The event will include refreshments. Dr Elizabeth Goldring is Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick. Adults and older children, 2pm – 3pm £12, for further information and to book email linda.fothergill@reading.gov.uk or phone 07751 965334

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READING MUSEUM Saturday 8 February Art: Small Works Sale Reading Guild of Artists members will be in the Sir John Madejski Art Gallery with small art works at affordable prices. Everyone is welcome to browse a range of paintings, prints and sculpture which will be for sale … you might find the perfect piece to brighten the February blues! All ages, 10.30am – 3.30pm. Free, drop in* Saturday 1 February Workshop: A Community Self Portrait Experience a working photographic studio within the Making Faces: Tudor to Modern exhibition and be part of a growing archive of local portraits of local people. Join professional photographer Anna Mitchell and sculptor Jon Lockhart to have your photograph taken and be transported digitally to a variety of exotic and familiar locations using editing software. All ages, 1pm – 3.30pm. Free, drop in*

Saturday 1 March Study Day: Making Faces, Great Portraits Join curator Elaine Blake and researchers Sandy Gardner and Audrey Gregory for a day considering historic portraiture. The day includes an introduction to British portraiture, an in-depth look at the portraits in our Making Faces: Tudor to Modern exhibition and the chance to view some surprising portraits from the Museum’s works on paper collection. Adults and older children, 11am – 3pm £20, booking essential (0118 937 3400) Saturday 8 March Talk: Life in Tudor and Stuart Berkshire Early portraits like those in Making Faces: Tudor to Modern suggest what people looked like but how did they live, what did they think and who did they know? Joan Dils, well known local historian and research fellow in the University of Reading’s Department of History, will illuminate their times. Adults and older children, 2pm – 3pm £8, pay on the day, drop in*

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Monday 13 January Masterclass: Figure Drawing - Portraits Artist Jenny Halstead will lead a structured day of drawing from life, working with a life model. She will be concentrating on the head and hands, taking inspiration from the Making Faces: Tudor to Modern exhibition in the Gallery. Please bring your own easels, drawing boards and dry materials. Watercolour is allowed but no inks. Adults 16+, 10.15am – 3.30pm £20 (limited spaces available), for further information and to book email jennyhalstead@waitrose.com or phone 0118 987 1613 Monday 20 January and Monday 27 January Artist Days If you fancy copying paintings or finding inspiration in their historic techniques and colour combinations, come and work alongside other artists, illustrators and makers in the Making Faces: Tudor to Modern exhibition. What you do is up to you. Bring your own materials and equipment and ignite your practice! Adults 16+, 10.30am – 3.30pm £8 per day (limited spaces available), to discuss permitted media and to book email elaine.blake@reading.gov.uk or phone 0118 937 3032 Monday 10 February Masterclass: Figure Drawing A second chance to draw from life under the guidance of artist Jenny Halstead, working with a model. The day will be inspired by the surrounding portraiture but with a twist. Please bring your own easels, drawing boards and dry materials. Watercolour is allowed but no inks. Adults 16+, 10.15am – 3.30pm £20 (limited spaces available), for further information and to book email jennyhalstead@waitrose.com or phone 0118 987 1613

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February Half Term DON’T MISS OUR SPECIAL MONDAY OPENING! Our craft activities this week are inspired by the Tudor portraits in our exhibition Making Faces: Tudor to Modern, including the majestic image of Elizabeth I.

Tuesday 18 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)*

ACTIVITY CART Visit us throughout the holidays and enjoy a range of art and craft activities. All ages, FREE, drop in* Monday 17 February  Make & Take: Kings and Queens Become royalty for the day in your own glittering crown. Families, half-hour sessions 10.30 – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm £1, pay on the day, drop in* Wednesday 19 February Make & Take: Elizabeth and her Jester Take a look at the fantastic portrait of Elizabeth I in our exhibition and make a striking mask of her or her brightly coloured Jester. Families, half-hour sessions 10.30 – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm £1, pay on the day, drop in*

Tuesday 18 February Time Travellers: The Stinking Tudors The average Tudor only washed twice a year! Rich ladies and gentlemen would use perfumed soaps to disguise their body odour. A chance to make soap balls perfumed with herbs and scented oil in this fun hands-on experience. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £3, pay on the day, drop in*

Thursday 20 February Time Travellers: A Tudor Sword and Shield During battle or jousting it could be difficult to tell who was who. The Tudor knights and their followers wore a coat of arms to show exactly who their family was. Fashion a sword and then design your own special coat of arms and use it to decorate a fabulous 3D design on your shield. Ages 7+, 2-hour sessions from 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm £7, booking essential (0118 937 3400)

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Easter Holidays The Museum will be open on Good Friday and Easter Monday 11am – 4pm. We will be closed on Easter Sunday. ACTIVITY CART Visit us throughout the holidays and enjoy a range of art and craft activities. All ages, FREE, drop in* Tuesday 8 April  Dig for Victory: Grow your Own Seeds During the Second World War the government encouraged the nation to start planting vegetables, transforming gardens and parks. Create your own recycled paper pots and plant some seeds to help beat rationing! Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £3, pay on the day, drop in*

Tuesday 15 April  Make Do and Mend: Easter Egg Cosies Rationing was introduced in both World Wars. Can you imagine being a wartime child when both chocolate and eggs were rationed?! Powdered egg was used and fresh eggs would have been a special treat. Celebrate Easter by making your own bright felt egg cosy. Ages 5+, Families, 1-hour sessions starting at 10am, 11.15am, 1pm & 2.15pm £3, pay on the day, drop in*

Wednesday 16 April Make & Take: Rabbit or Chick Easter Hats Our modern take on the traditional Easter bonnet. Families, half-hour sessions between 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm 50p, pay on the day, drop in*

Tuesday 8 April Second World War Schoolroom Experience What were schooldays like over 70 years ago? To mark our exhibition Reading at War we will be running a special wartime version of our unique schoolroom experience. Ages 5+, 11.30am, 1.15pm & 2.30pm £1 per person, drop in (35 places max per session)*

Thursday 17 April Whizz, Bang, Wallop!  Due to popular demand our Whizz, Bang, Wallop! activity is back. Create some fun experiments with everyday materials, including bubble printing and making cornflour gloop and foaming monsters. Ages 7+, 2-hour sessions from 10.00am – 12.00pm & 1.00pm – 3.00pm £7, booking essential (0118 937 3400)

Wednesday 9 April  Make & Take: Wartime Toys Take on the Make Do and Mend philosophy of wartime and get creative to make your own fantastic toy from recycled materials. Families, half-hour sessions 10.30 – 12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm £1, pay on the day, drop in*

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THE HEXAGON

SOUTH STREET

Sunday 13 April, 6pm & Monday 14 April, 2pm & 6pm

SOUTH STREET

Darklands

A legendary magician and the country's most popular ventriloquist will star in this Easter show full of fun for the whole family. Steve Hewlett, the ventriloquist who shot to fame on ITV1's Britain's Got Talent will, along with one of his friends, play Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee in the show.

SPECIAL WITH JOHN ROBB Saturday 25 January, 8pm till Midnight Darklands is proud to announce that John Robb will be DJ’ing for this special. John was in the legendary punk band Membranes before forming Goldblade in 1994.  He is a well respected music journalist having written the Stone Roses Biography, The North Will Rise Again, and Death To Trad Rock.  He also contributed to Sounds and Melody Maker as a Journalist and has appeared on The Culture Show and BBC 6 music to name but a few. In 2011 Robb launched online rock music and pop culture magazine/blog called Louder Than War focusing on arts news, reviews, and features. In its first year, in November 2011, John was voted to win the UK Association of Independent Music 'Indie Champion' award. £3.50 entry on the door

Alice in Wonderland

Paul Daniels, along with Debbie McGee, is regarded as one of the best magicians in the world, and will bring his unique style of comedy and magic to the show, with the double act playing the King of Hearts and the White Rabbit. With a fabulous live band, hilarious comedy, mind blowing magic, spectacular sets and a West End calibre cast, this is an Easter treat that is truly not to be missed! RBL Theatre Company present

Andy’s New Toy

Tickets £19, U16's £16, Family of four £65, Groups 10+ £15.50

Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 April, 1.30pm to 4.30pm A Musical Theatre workshop based on Toy Story for ages 4 to 8. £47 for 3 days £10 discount per sibling Book at www.readingbetweenthelines.co.uk For sibling discounts call 0118 960 6060 For enquiries call Dani Davies 0791 944 5939 or e-mail dani@readingbetweenthelines.co.uk

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READING LIBRARIES

Near Year Children’s Activities Sunday 13 April, 6pm & Monday 14 April, 2pm & 6pm Caversham Library Thursday 2 January, 2.15pm – 3.15pm Crafty Cards and Calendars! Please call Caversham Library on 0118 9015103. Southcote Library Thursday 2 January, 10.30am – 11.30am Face Masks! Paces limited, booking essential. Suitable for children aged 6 to10. Book through Southcote Library on 0118 9015109. Reading Central Library Friday 3 January 10.30am – 11.30am New Years Elephant Chain and Festive Masks. Craft session for over 6 year olds. No booking required. Please call Reading Central Library on 0118 9015950. Whitley Library Friday 3 January 10.30am – 11.30am Assorted Crafts! Places limited, please book. Suitable for all children 9 and under. Book through Whitley Library on 0118 9015115.

Half Term Activities Palmer Park Library Monday 17th February, 10am – 11am Clay Modelling! Craft activity for 5+ but parental help required. 15 places only on a first come first served basis. Any queries call Palmer Park Library on 0118 9015106. Central Library Friday 21 February, Help the Dinosaurs are coming! Please call Reading Central Library on 0118 9015950 for further details. Whitley Library Friday 21 February, 10.30am - 11.30am Design your own scratch art bookmarks! Places limited, please book. Suitable for all children 9 and under. Parents and carers need to stay with children under 8. Book through Whitley Library on 0118 9015115 For further details on all Reading Libraries, please visit: www.readinglibraries.org.uk

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r a l u reg events SOUTH STREET REGULAR EVENTS

Thirdsday Blues The regular and much loved Blues night at South Street continues on the third Thursday of the month with the very best national and local Blues artists. Thursday 16 January, doors 8pm The Absentees

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Darklands Held on the last Saturday of the month. Saturday 25 Jan, 15 Feb, 29 March. 8pm till midnight. South Street is proud to partner one of Reading's most exciting new club nights on the last Saturday of every month. 'Darklands' walks the thin line between alternative and obscure, focussing on alternative music from the 60s, 70s, 80s and early 90s. Expect to hear slices of post-punk, fuzz, C86, Goth, Electronic, Indie pop and Industrial and the odd obscure single or two. 'Darklands' is on Facebook. Free Entry.

Thursday 20 February, doors 8pm The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band Thursday 20 March, doors 8pm Guy Tortora Tickets for each show £14, £10.20 members

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The 3rd Friday of each month Doors 8pm, poetry begins at 8.30pm

Reading Youth Theatre

Poets Café

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.

A.F Harrold: Writer, comedian and champion of all things poetical, hosts Reading’s longest running and best loved poetry platform. There will be an open mic session, where all are welcome to read their work in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. This is followed by a full reading by some of the country’s finest poets. Friday January 17 Sue Hubbard Friday February 21 Claire Trevien & Oliver Dixon Friday March 21 Julia Bird Friday April 18 Ian House Friday May 16 Hollie McNish Tickets £5, £4 for readers

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Mondays – Seniors 24 February – 21 July (excluding 7, 14 & 21 April, 5 & 26 May) (Performing on 15 & 16 July) Seniors: 6pm – 8pm Years 7 – 13 £95 per term

For further information please contact South Street Arts Centre on 0118 937 3456

Saturdays - Juniors 1 March - 19 July (excluding 12 & 19 April, 3 & 31 May) Juniors 1, 10am – 11am Years 1, 2 & 3 £75 per term Juniors 2: 11.15am – 12.15pm Years 4, 5 & 6 £75 per term

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READING MUSEUM REGULAR EVENTS

Steel Band Workshops

Reading Museum Regular Events

Thursdays Beginners                                  4.45pm – 5.30pm RASPO Steel Band Rehearsal  5.30pm - 6.30pm 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 22 January, 1pm Eleni Keventsidou, Athens & London Wednesday 5 March, 1pm Chris Bragg, Glasgow Wednesday 30 April, 1pm Richard Brasier, Germany & London Wednesday 2 July, 1pm A Student from Eton College

EVERY SATURDAY Bayeux Tapestry Tours Enjoy a guided tour of the famous full-size facsimile Tapestry – no need to book. All ages, 2.15pm - 3pm. Suggested donation £2, drop in EVERY WEDNESDAY Tales for Tots: Story-time for the under 5s Drop in and catch a story using objects from our collection. Under 5s, 10.30am - 11.30am. Free, drop in EVERY THURSDAY Museum Surgery Visitors can discover more about the collections, or ask for help in identifying interesting objects (NB no valuations can be given). 12pm - 4pm. Free, drop in

Tickets for each recital £4.75

CENTRAL LIBRARY 3rd Monday of the month, 10.30am – 11.30am Coffee Morning With a different speaker every month. Free event, just drop in. Last Wednesday of the month, 2nd Floor, 3pm–4pm Craft and Chat Bring along your own knitting, sewing and craft. Relax, meet people and share ideas. Free event, just drop in. Third Thursday of the month, 5pm – 7pm Play Reading Group A group of people who enjoy reading plays but don’t want to perform them. No dramatic experience is needed. For more information e-mail – info@readinglibraries.org.uk Or phone Ann Smith on 0118 901 5955

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EDUCATION Education in the Arts Reading has a varied programme of activities for children and adults that give them insight into arts and culture. Reading Museum & Town Hall Reading Museum has been offering learning opportunities to schools for over 100 years. We have hundreds of fascinating loan boxes for schools to borrow. We also offer a variety of interactive education sessions for children of all ages. For more information or advice please see our website www.readingmuseum.org.uk or email education@readingmuseum.org.uk

PARKS & OPEN SPACES

Spring Events We are responsible for the managing and maintaining Reading’s parks and open spaces estate, comprising of over 100 parks, lakes and playgrounds. Here are just a few of the activities happening at Reading’s parks this spring. John Davis Fun Fair Hills Meadow Friday 7 to Sunday 23 February* *dates subject to change Biodiversity in Berkshire Forbury Gardens Sunday 23 March, 12noon - 4pm Thames Valley Branch of the British Science Association are inviting the public to participate in hands on activities to search for wildlife in the Forbury Gardens with the assistance of local experts, learning about ecological monitoring and conservation techniques.

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

British Heart Foundation London to Reading Bike Ride Finishing at Christchurch Meadows Sunday 23 March Setting off from Kempton Park Race course the 40 mile route will take you through the outer fringes of London into the beautiful countryside and open roads beyond. Until you reach Christchurch Meadows in the heart of the bustling town of Reading. London to Reading is ideal for those looking to get fit, training for another event or just wanting to get a bit more active in 2014. For full details of Reading Parks and Open Spaces, please contact the Parks team on 0118 937 3848 or visit: wwwreading.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. Storme Gibson 0118 937 2011 or email storme.gibson@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 £1.20 per ticket fee for tickets up to and including £10 and £2 per ticket fee for tickets greater than £10. Tickets with a face value of up to and including £5 are subject to a fee of 25p per ticket. 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.

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venue ation inform The Hexagon Queens Walk, Reading RG1 7UA Box Office: 0118 960 6060 www.readingarts.com Café 6 is open Mon-Fri 10am – 4pm and 1 hour before a show and 1 hour before a show Sat & Sun. 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 Palmers Café is open Mon – Sat 10am – 3pm South Street 21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU Admin: 0118 937 3456 www.readingarts.com The Box Office and bar at South Street are not open full time and will usually open 1 hour before any evening performance, except when the show is advertised with a “doors” time. Reading Museum Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH Admin: 0118 937 3400 www.readingmuseum.org.uk Reading 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

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