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The Watermill Theatre & Restaurant Bagnor, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8AE Administration 01635 45834 Facsimile 01635 523726 Email admin@watermill.org.uk

watermill.org.uk BOX OFFICE 01635 46044 Š The Watermill Theatre, 2018. All details in this brochure were correct at the time of going to press. The Watermill Theatre Ltd. reserves the right to make alterations where necessary.

The Watermill Theatre Spring/Summer Season 2018


Welcome to The Watermill We then turn our attention to Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s raucous restoration comedy The Rivals, directed by Jonathan Humphreys, in a bracing new adaptation to be presented in the round. Burke and Hare follows, and is a dark comedy set in Victorian Edinburgh about the infamous duo. It will go on tour locally before a two week run at The Watermill.

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Next in our programme, following on from our recent productions of Romeo +Juliet and Twelfth Night, we return to Shakespeare with our company of actors, the Watermill Ensemble, who will produce a brand new version of Shakespeare’s great theatrical celebration, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The final main house production of the season is Jez Butterworth’s epic masterpiece Jerusalem in its first UK revival since it took the West End and Broadway by storm. To see this play in such an intimate rural setting is going to be an unmissable experience.

Welcome to the first half of our 2018 season.

I’m delighted that the season will also include a new piece by our playwright in residence Danielle Pearson; Digging for Victory will be performed by our Senior Youth Theatre. We have live music from the Basin Street Brawlers, comedy music by Bounder and Cad and a magical show for young audiences called Sidney’s Shed.

It comes fast on the heels of a very successful 50th anniversary year in 2017. Last year, our work reached over 65,000 people and the support for the theatre has been overwhelming. We launch the new season with Teddy, a music theatre piece which tells the story of the rise and fall of teddy boys in 1950s London with a live rock ‘n’ roll band. It reunites many of the team from our hit 2016 production of Frankenstein and will open at The Watermill before touring the UK and transferring to London.

We look forward to welcoming you very soon. Paul Hart Artistic and Executive Director

Front cover image and others in this brochure were taken backstage during the run of our 2017 summer musical, A Little Night Music.

Contents Thursday 11 January to Saturday 10 February Teddy

Thursday 15 March to Saturday 21 April

The Rivals

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Tuesday 24 April to Saturday 5 May

Burke and Hare

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Thursday 10 May to Saturday 16 June

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Thursday 21 June to Saturday 21 July Jerusalem

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Wednesday 7 to Saturday 10 March Watermill Senior Youth Theatre Digging for Victory

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More at The Watermill Restaurant and Bar Take Part Accessible Theatre Backstage Tours Watermill Friends Support Your Theatre Your Visit How to Book How to Find Us Performance Diary

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Thursday 11 January to Saturday 10 February Sarah Loader for Snapdragon Productions in association with The Watermill Theatre present

Teddy By Tristan Bernays Music by Dougal Irvine Elephant and Castle, London. 1956. Saturday night.

Directed by Eleanor Rhode Musical direction by Harrison White Choreography by Tom Jackson Greaves Set design by Max Dorey Lighting design by Christopher Nairne Sound design by Max Pappenheim Costume design by Holly Rose Henshaw

Teddy and Josie are about to hit the streets of London for a good time. Hair quiffed. Red lipstick. Dressed toe to head in the latest threads. So what if it’s pouring down, they’re totally skint, and someone wants them dead? A little trouble never stopped a Ted from having a good time. Desperate times call for rock ‘n’ roll.

Interpreted Performance

From the writer - director team behind Boudica at the Globe and Frankenstein at The Watermill Theatre comes Teddy, an award-winning, punchy new musical that races through the dark and damaged world of post-war London: a brand new Britain bombed to bits by the Blitz, belts tight with austerity, but ripe and ready for revolution.

Saturday 10 February at 12 noon.

Saturday 10 February at 1.30pm.

Tickets Monday evenings, Thursday and Saturday matinées: £16.50 and £15. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings: £25, £23, £15. Friday and Saturday evenings: £26.50, £24.50, £16.50.

With electrifying original songs plus some of the hugest hits from the 1950s performed live on stage by Johnny Valentine and the Broken Hearts, Teddy is the ultimate story of teenage rebellion and the birth of a new musical era. Bursting with the energy of a live gig, this is theatre that leaves you on a high and jiving all the way home.

First Week Special On the first Thursday and Friday seats are £16.50 and £15 (no other discounts apply). See pages 37-39 for Performance Diary.

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Thursday 15 March to Saturday 21 April

Rivals THE

By Richard Brinsley Sheridan Adapted by Beth Flintoff Bath 1775.

Directed by Jonathan Humphreys Designed by James Cotterill

Lydia Languish is passionately in love with a dashing but penniless soldier with whom she plans to elope.

Principal Sponsor

Mrs Malaprop, her guardian, commands she ‘illiterate him’ from her memory and marry the rich and handsome son of a friend who is ‘the very pineapple of politeness’.

Interpreted Performance

Little do they realise that both poor Beverley and the wealthy Captain Absolute are one and the same young man.

Saturday 21 April at 12 noon.

Saturday 21 April at 1.30pm.

Tickets Monday evenings, Thursday and Saturday matinées: £16.50 and £15. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings: £25, £23, £15. Friday and Saturday evenings: £26.50, £24.50, £16.50.

Cue confusion, romance, misunderstanding and a twilight duel. Taking place over one hilarious day, this classic comedy of desire, intrigue and romantic delusion, bursts onto The Watermill stage. An energetic ensemble perform a fresh, funny and fast-moving new version in the round directed by Jonathan Humphreys whose previous credits include The Mighty Walzer (Manchester Royal Exchange) and Romeo and Juliet (Sheffield Crucible).

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First Week Special On the first Thursday and Friday seats are £16.50 and £15 (no other discounts apply). See pages 37-39 for Performance Diary. watermill.org.uk BOX OFFICE 01635 46044 7


Tuesday 24 April to Saturday 5 May

Burke AND HARE A new version by Tom Wentworth Originally created by Jenny Wren Productions

1828, Edinburgh.

Directed by Abigail Pickard Price Designed by Toots Butcher

Two Williams, William Burke and William Hare, discover a money making scheme far more lucrative than hosting lodgers. The first rule of business? Supply and demand. In the leading city for medical research, there’s a huge demand for bodies and an inconveniently low number of deaths. The profitable solution? Murder, of course.

The Sackler Trust, Principal Supporter of Watermill Rural Touring

As the infamous pair flourish in their new found careers, the more they murder, the less they care but for how long will they get away with it? In a new black comedy that is as hysterical as it is historical, three actors tell the true story of the prolific duo.

Tickets Monday to Thursday evenings, Thursday and Saturday matinées: £18, £16 and £15.50. Friday and Saturday evenings: £20, £18 and £17.50.

Burke and Hare is also touring to village halls, rural venues and arts centres. For a list of venues visit watermill.org.uk or call the box office.

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Thursday 10 May to Saturday 16 June

By William Shakespeare Pity the fool who falls in love…

Directed by Paul Hart Designed by Katie Lias Lighting designed by Tom White Sound designed by David Gregory Movement by Tom Jackson Greaves

Following the great success of last year’s Twelfth Night and Romeo + Juliet, the Watermill Ensemble return with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, fusing actormuscianship with one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies.

Principal Sponsor

Four lovers escape the decorum of the royal courts, eluding tradition and etiquette on one fateful, intoxicating night in the Athenian woods.

Interpreted Performances

Secrets, love and mistaken identities collide with a fusion of rich and beautiful music inspired by the hedonistic soulful sounds of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday. Hermia is to be married to Demetrius. But she actually loves Lysander and after the lovers runaway to marry in secret, pursued by Demetrius, who has been told by Helena of their plan, all respectability begins to unravel.

Saturday 19 May at 1pm.

Saturday 19 May at 2.30pm.

Wednesday 13 June at 7.30pm. Saturday 16 June at 1.30pm.

Tickets Monday evenings, Thursday and Saturday matinées: £16.50 and £15. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings: £25, £23, £15. Friday and Saturday evenings: £26.50, £24.50, £16.50.

Enter an enchanted world of dreams and passion, where the powerful spirits of a midsummer’s night will put a spell on you.

First Week Special On the first Thursday and Friday seats are £16.50 and £15 (no other discounts apply).

‘This highly talented company… creates many magical and inventive theatrical moments’ British Theatre Guide

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‘A fresh and richly coloured take on a timeless tale’ The Stage (Romeo + Juliet) 10

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Thursday 21 June to Saturday 21 July

Jerusalem By Jez Butterworth England’s green and pleasant land.

Directed by Lisa Blair

St George’s Day. It’s the day of the Flintlock Fair and the day Kennet and Avon Council want to see the back of Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron for good. The new estate want the maverick local boy evicted, but Johnny has other plans.

‘A wonderful, rollicking, dark comedy about contemporary life in rural England’ Financial Times ‘Fantastic, shocking and fresh’ Daily Mail Jerusalem in the West End, 2011.

At his ramshackle caravan kingdom, the charismatic hellraiser entertains his band of ‘undesirable’ scallywags with outlandish tales, unbelievable antics and an ample supply of booze and drugs. Infamous for holding the most riotous parties this side of the Wiltshire border, Johnny is a hero to many but a villain to others. Pursued by the authorities, threatened by the local thug and reprimanded by his ex, Johnny is not a man to be beaten down.

This production contains especially strong language throughout. Age guidance 16 and upwards. Parental discretion advised. Interpreted Performance Saturday 30 June at 1pm.

Saturday 30 June at 2.30pm.

Tickets Monday evenings, Thursday and Saturday matinées: £16.50 and £15. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings: £25, £23, £15. Friday and Saturday evenings: £26.50, £24.50, £16.50.

Inciting his own special brew of anarchy, Johnny fights against the hypocrisy of modern suburban life and embodies the spirit of England’s legendary giants of myth. A raucous, earthy contemporary classic, Jerusalem paints a rebellious alternative vision of the idyllic English countryside.

First Week Special On the first Thursday and Friday seats are £16.50 and £15 (no other discounts apply).

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Wednesday 7 to Saturday 10 March

Wednesday 28 February to Saturday 3 March

Digging for VICTORY

The Box Theatre Company presents

The Senior Youth Theatre presents

Separate Tables

By Danielle Pearson

By Terence Rattigan Directed by G. Wallace

Directed by Heidi Bird When sisters Joyce, Beryl and Vera Linnet arrive at Nott’s Farm in Kent to join the Women’s Land Army, they hope to find some respite from the danger and chaos of wartime London. But when their fellow Land Girl Mabel goes missing, leaving behind only a series of coded clues, it’s clear that all is not as it seems in the sleepy village of Witherington. Led by Joyce, with her insatiable appetite for mystery novels, the sisters vow to dig for the truth. But can they solve the code in time? And as they investigate the inhabitants of Nott’s Farm, what secrets of their own will be brought to light?

1956: The Beauregard Private Hotel near Bournemouth is a hotbed of repressed emotions and middle-class Englishness. Each of the staff and residents has their own reasons for seeking the solace of a quiet life, but hiding away from a growing wave of cultural change proves to be impossible. Things can’t go on as they were and nothing will ever be the same again. Today: 50 years on from the decriminalisation of homosexuality, this alternative version of Rattigan’s gently subversive two act drama (written by him for its American premiere) observes the challenges to the status quo of the changes in post-war British culture and puts a spotlight on the treatment of ‘difference’ within our society.

The Sackler Trust, Principal Supporter of The Senior Youth Theatre Tickets £12 and £11.50, concessions £7 and £6.50.

Tickets £12 and £8. See pages 37-39 for Performance Diary. watermill.org.uk BOX OFFICE 01635 46044

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Sunday 20 May at 3pm

Sunday 25 March at 3pm

Bounder & Cad

Sunday Sessions

Basin Street Brawlers The ensemble is led by trumpet player and singer Peter Horsfall from Kansas Smitty’s Big Four, who played at The Watermill in February 2017.

This band of master musicians swing and stomp their way through the most beautiful melodies and raucous rags of the 1920s and 1930s ‘with all the energy and assurance of a bunch of Kansas City veterans’ (The Sunday Times). Their debut record ‘It’s Tight Like That’ has garnered critical acclaim, with reviews describing them as ‘world class’ (BBC).

The Basin Street Brawlers have headlined the London Swing Festival and regularly perform at the UK’s most prestigious jazz and chamber music venues, including Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, the Pizza Express Jazz Club and the Holywell Music Room.

Their repertoire features the finest work of the master songwriters of the era, including Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and George Gershwin, delivered in a unique and powerful style.

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Bounder & Cad concoct wickedly witty songs, which have scandalised and delighted audiences from Downton Abbey to Downing Street (their song composed for the latter occasion was vetoed by the PM’s aides - but performed nonetheless).

You are invited to join the songster scoundrels for a unique cocktail of piquant parodies, tall tales, party games and hot new numbers in their critically acclaimed show. Not to be missed. ‘Kit & the Widow, Fascinating Aida… Every generation needs an original, stylish and witty cabaret act. Behold the next: Bounder & Cad.’ Gyles Brandreth

They have entertained princes, princesses, and Tim Henman... and now they’re coming to The Watermill! Backed by a sizzling jazz trio of piano, bass and drums, the raffish duo’s ‘laser-sharp’ lyrics lampoon everything from Brexit to the Bake Off, and everyone from the Royals to the Kardashians.

‘laser-sharp wit … tears of laughter’ BritishTheatre.com

Tickets £16 and £15.50.

‘intense … noirish … preternaturally talented’ The Spectator

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Saturday 2 June at 10.30am

Restaurant and Bar

Rhubarb Theatre presents

Before the show

After the show

Sidney’s Shed

Choose a mouth-watering selection from our salad bar, available as either a starter or main course. We also serve hot main courses and desserts. Each course is individually priced so you can choose to have one, two or three. The restaurant serves meals from 12.30pm on matinée days and from 5.30pm Monday to Saturday evenings. Our restaurant is very popular so please book in advance online or with the box office.

Sharing platters are also available to pre-order to enjoy after the performance from Monday to Thursday. Please contact the restaurant the day before the performance to place your order, call 01635 570920 or email restaurant@watermill.org.uk

Maisie is on the run and thinks she’s found the perfect place - Sidney’s Shed. But this is no ordinary shed, and Sidney Waffles is no ordinary gardener… The potty flower-potter has made some unusual improvements to his allotment. Sidney has created the world’s first time travelling shed!

Rhubarb Theatre present a brand-new family show for gardeners and adventurers of all ages - bursting with historical hilarity, songs, music and prize-winning rhubarb! Sidney’s Shed is a fun and fast-paced adventure through time for all the family. Suitable for 5 to 105 years.

Join Sidney and the bravest little girl in Windy-on-the-Hill on their time-travelling journey to dig up the past and weed out the bullies!

Cream teas are available after matinée performances and should be booked and paid for in advance with the box office. Dine after the show on Friday and Saturday evenings. Choose from one, two or three courses from our menu. Please make your selection from the menu before the show.

In the bar

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Chips & dips and sharing platters (please pre-order) are available in the bar and Lily Pond Conservatory up to 30 minutes before the show. Olives with breadsticks and balsamic dip can be ordered to accompany your interval drinks.

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Children’s Menu Available at lunch time on matinée days and before the show in the evenings, our children’s menu offers a selection of three main courses, followed by ice cream.

Private Hire

You can see the menu on our website watermill.org.uk/childrens_menu. Please reserve your seat in the restaurant when booking tickets for the show.

Our beautiful venue is available for you to hire. Weddings, parties, meetings and seminars may be held here during the day excluding Thursday and Saturdays.

Celebratory Packages

All public areas are available to hire including the theatre and Lily Pond Conservatory, as well as the bar and restaurant.

Whether it’s for a small birthday party, a get-together with friends, or an anniversary, our celebratory packages are available before the show, or during the interval for parties of ten or more. We offer Prosecco and canapés, and for a little more, a chef’s celebration cake.

For private hire enquiries please call 01635 570920 or email restaurant@ watermill.org.uk

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Take Part - Young People Holiday Courses

Industry Insight

Our holiday courses are a great way to develop your skills and make new friends. No experience necessary, just plenty of enthusiasm! Devise, rehearse and perform your very own play:

Play in a Day

Backstage at A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Monday 12 February Ages: 8 - 11 (9am - 4.30pm)

Thursday 31 May 10am - after the matinée performance

Tuesday 13 February Ages: 12 - 16 (9am - 4.30pm)

Gain an insight into the creation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Work with a professional director from The Watermill to discover the creative process, explore a selection of scenes and then watch the performance in the theatre.

Price £35

Play in a Week Monday 9 to Friday 13 April Ages: 8 - 11 years (9am - 12noon) Ages: 12 - 16 years (1 - 4pm)

Ages: 11 - 18 years Price £38 (ticket for the matinée performance included). Please book before Thursday 5 April to guarantee the theatre ticket.

Price £95

Thursday 14 June For young people hoping to pursue a career in the theatre. Watch the matinée performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream before meeting the team to hear about their careers and get advice. Price £20 (ticket for matinée performance included) For schools discount rate please contact Outreach on 01635 570934 or email outreach@watermill.org.uk

Education

More opportunities to take part

We continue to offer an extensive education programme for schools including:

We have a number of regular theatre opportunities for young people aged 20 months to 25 years.

• Workshops on most aspects of theatre • Free education packs to support your visit • Dynamic CPD and INSET for teachers

For more information, please visit www.watermill.org.uk/take-part

For full details about our schools’ programme, or to download an education brochure, please visit the Take Part pages on our website watermill.org.uk.

All our take part activities can support young people in achieving their Arts Award.

Alternatively, for more information or an informal chat please call Heidi on 01635 570927.

Talk Backs

The Sackler Trust, Principal Supporter of The Watermill’s Core Education Programme.

Free post-show Talk Backs will be held on: Friday 2 February - Teddy Friday 13 April - The Rivals Friday 4 May - Burke and Hare Friday 8 June - A Midsummer Night’s Dream Friday 13 July - Jerusalem

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Take Part - Adults

Take Part - Professionals

Adult Courses

Watermill Choirs

The World of The Rivals

Spend the day with a group of like-minded people learning the songs, and then performing them in the evening in our beautiful tithe barn.

Saturday 17 March 10am - after the matinée performance Gain an insight into the creation of The Rivals. Work with a professional director from The Watermill to discover the creative process, act a selection of scenes and then watch the performance in the theatre.

Sunday 4 February Rehearsals 10am - 6pm. Performance at 7.30pm.

Price £50 (Top price ticket for the matinée performance and a light lunch included). Please book before Friday 19 January to guarantee your theatre ticket.

Sing songs from the era of our production of Teddy and get your toes tapping!

Scratch Choir The Rockin’ 50s

Booking opens Tuesday 5 December Price £30.

Shakespeare Skills Day

Monday 23 April 6 - 9pm

Saturday 26 May 10am - 1pm

Songs and Supper

Work with the creative team behind A Midsummer Night’s Dream to hone your Shakespeare skills.

Come to The Watermill for supper in our beautiful tithe barn followed by an evening of singing.

Price £25.

Booking opens Tuesday 6 February

Places for both these courses are open to 18+ beginners to experienced performers.

Price £25 per person

Fourth Wall For adults with learning disabilities to support their visit. Please visit www.watermill.org.uk/fourth_wall or contact Lixi on 01635 570918 for more details.

Raising Voices

Training for Businesses

The Outreach Department continues to support the work of new playwrights. Send your script to us and we will read and respond with constructive criticism and advice as part of our ongoing commitment to nurturing new writing talent. The fee for submissions is £33 per play (to cover reader’s fees).

Our bespoke arts-based training programme is flexible and highly cost effective. We offer dynamic training in communication and presentation skills, as well as unique team building activities. ‘Thank you once again for putting the laughter back into this team.’ Senior Manager and participant

Actors’ Forum

For more information please call Outreach on 01635 570934 or email outreach@watermill.org.uk

We run a regular group for local professional actors to exchange ideas and share skills. It’s free to join and monthly meetings are held at The Watermill. The Sackler Trust, Principal Supporter of The Actors’ Forum.

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Accessible Theatre We’re committed to making our theatre as welcoming as possible for everyone who joins us as an audience member or participant. We have a lot more information about access on our webpage www.watermill.org.uk/access. To book accessible facilities, or to ask questions, please contact our box office on 01635 46044.

Getting Around

When you book your seats, please tell us about any special requirements you have. Almost everywhere is wheelchair-accessible. However, please note circle seats are on the first floor, accessed by a spiral staircase. There is no lift, so if you need to be seated in the stalls, please let our box office staff know when you book. Subject to availability we can welcome two wheelchair users to every performance in the stalls. We also have our own wheelchair available on request. Guests with mobility concerns can reserve one of our accessible parking spaces, nearest the theatre entrance. Please call the box office to reserve a space.

Hearing impaired and Deaf audiences

Our infrared Sennheiser hearing system amplifies the on-stage sound for those using a personal headset that works with or without a hearing aid. If this would be helpful, please let us know when booking so we can reserve a free headset or loop for you. British Sign Language performances are sign integrated. This means that the sign performer is on stage translating alongside the actors. Look out for the BSL symbol on show information pages.

Visually impaired audiences

Audio Description paints a picture of what is happening on stage for audience members who are blind or partially sighted. The audio describer uses the natural pauses in the action to deliver a live narration to the listener’s personal headset. Before every AD performance at The Watermill, a free Touch Tour gives guests the chance to explore the production’s set, costumes and props. Look out for the symbols displayed on the show information pages.

Audio and large print copies of our brochure are available on request from the box office. Audiences with autism, dementia and learning disabilities

Relaxed Performances are designed to welcome audience members with sensory sensitivities or anyone who might find it challenging to be in a conventional theatre environment. Visitors with autism or other processing, learning or sensory disabilities can download our Social Story (a visual guide to The Watermill) from our website: www.watermill.org.uk/access

Assistance dogs

We welcome assistance dogs but please let us know when you book so that we can allocate appropriate seats for you in the auditorium.

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Backstage Tours The price includes a tour, one course meal with coffee and a ticket for that day’s matinée performance.

If you’re interested in what goes on behind the scenes at The Watermill, you might like to combine your visit to see a matinée performance with a backstage tour followed by lunch. You’ll get to meet the staff, see where the actors rehearse and visit the old and new buildings that make up The Watermill.

Booking is open to individuals and groups. Tours for school groups may be arranged on request through The Watermill Outreach Department on 01635 570927 or email outreach@watermill.org.uk

Tours will take place on the following afternoons starting at 12.30pm. The Rivals Thursday 5 April A Midsummer Night’s Dream Thursday 7 June Jerusalem Saturday 7 July

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Watermill Friends Become a Friend of The Watermill

Meet the Cast - open to all

By becoming a Friend of The Watermill Theatre your support goes to the heart of what we do - create exciting and memorable theatre for all to enjoy. Your donation will also help us to deliver an inspirational outreach programme to those in our local community.

Hosted by the Friends, an opportunity to meet the cast after the evening performance.

Throughout the year, the Friends Committee, run by a dedicated group of volunteers, organise a range of activities and events including a series of Lunchtime Talks and Supper Clubs with keynote speakers, Walks with Talks, fairs, Meet the Cast evenings, workshops and much more. Events are open to all, with Friends receiving priority booking.

Thursday 18 January Teddy

The Friends of The Watermill make an impressive financial contribution to the theatre, a registered charity. Last year, they generated over £80,000 from donations and organised events, which included summer and Christmas fairs as well as two antiques fairs, numerous talks and lunches with speakers who included Rageh Omaar, Lady Carnarvon and the directors of House and Garden and A Little Night Music.

Thursday 22 March The Rivals Thursday 17 May A Midsummer Night’s Dream Thursday 28 June Jerusalem

As a Watermill Friend, we offer: • Priority booking (wherever possible) • Regular events leaflet Typically, our Friends make a £30 donation as an individual supporter or £45 as a joint supporter (two people living at the same address). With your help, we can achieve so much. Join us now, and we promise to make the most amazing theatre for you to enjoy. To become a Friend, please go online and download a form at watermill.org.uk/the_friends_ of_the_watermill or call the Friends Secretary on 01635 45834. We look forward to welcoming you. Friends Gift Box If you would like to register someone as a Friend of the theatre, we have a gift box which includes information about being a Friend of The Watermill and also includes a special hand-crafted and hand-painted ceramic duck by local ceramics company Roelofs & Rubens. The gift box is £35 for an individual supporter, £50 for joint supporters. Please contact The Friends Secretary (details above).

The Watermill Summer Fair Sunday 3 June from 12 noon to 4pm Come and share the beautiful surroundings of The Watermill Theatre whilst enjoying all the fun of our annual Summer Fair. There’s plenty to entertain the whole family with live music, stalls, games, delicious food, a Pimm’s bar, an exciting raffle and a chance to back a winner in the duck race which takes place under the weeping willow tree on the crystal clear waters of the River Lambourn. Price Adults £1, 12 years and under FREE. No pre-booking is required. Free parking nearby but please consider car sharing. The revenue raised from this event goes to The Watermill Theatre, a registered charity.

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Support Your Theatre! Over the past 50 years, The Watermill Theatre has become one of the most admired and influential producing theatres in the country. We are proud that this tiny mill continues to delight audiences on stage and since our inception, we have grown exponentially. We have built a reputation for touring our shows home and away and over the years have performed in countries as varied as Nepal, India, the USA and Barbados.

Every pound you give will help us to achieve our ambitious artistic programme, support our education and outreach programme and keep ticket prices as low as possible. There are many ways in which you can support us. For example, becoming a Friend of The Watermill, making a regular or one-off donation, leaving a gift in your Will or becoming a Benefactor through our Individual Giving Programme.

Our sincere thanks go to the following people and organisations whose generosity makes a dramatic difference. Thank you.

Our provision goes far beyond the shows performed on stage. We are deeply committed to providing a range of opportunities which engage and involve our local community and we actively encourage thousands of people to take part in all aspects of our work.

Businesses also contribute to the financial success of the theatre by becoming sponsors. If your company is interested in raising its profile in West Berkshire and increasing its brand awareness, we can help you! Sponsorship provides an opportunity for business partners to enjoy a direct association with the theatre and its audience.

• Saica Pack

Please consider supporting The Watermill by calling 01635 570928 or donating online at watermill.org.uk/support_us

It costs in the region of £3million to run the theatre, produce the shows you see on stage, and deliver our participatory programme. As a registered charity, a significant percentage of our income is earned through ticket and restaurant sales but for the remainder, we rely on the generosity of people like you to help keep this wonderful theatre running.

Your gift, helping us to inspire young people.

Watermill Sponsors

• PGCT

• du Pré

• The Sackler Trust

• Heritage Financial Advisers

• The Spencer Wills Trust

• Horsey Lightly Solicitors

• The Stanley Foundation

• Neal’s Yard Remedies

Platinum Benefactors • Mr James Rees

• Sheepdrove Organic Farm & Eco-Conference Centre

• Sir Trevor Chinn CVO and Lady Chinn • Sir Christopher and Lady Gent

Trusts and Foundations

• Michael and Harriet McCalmont

• Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

• The Hon Christopher and Mrs Sharples

• The Arbib Charitable Fund

• Anonymous

• The Arts Council, England

• Anonymous

• Cardy Beaver Foundation

Gold Benefactor

• Greenham Trust

• Anthony Harris

• The Colefax Charitable Trust

• Anonymous

• The Dyers’ Company • C E Eliot-Cohen Charitable Settlement

Designer?

• Fuller’s

Actor?

• The AW Gale Charitable Trust • Gamlen Charitable Trust • The Garfield Weston Foundation • The Headley Trust • The Iliffe Family Charitable Trust • The Male Family Charitable Trust Director?

Stage Manager?

• The Englefield Charitable Trust

• The Patricia Routledge Charitable Trust • Miss W E Lawrence 1973 Charity For further information on ways to support The Watermill please contact Jo Bycroft, Development Director jobycroft@watermill.org.uk or call 01635 570928.

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Your Visit

S1 O1

S9

BB AA

STAGE AREA

Band C

Teddy, The Rivals, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Jerusalem First Thursday and Friday, Monday evenings, Thursday and Saturday matinées £16.50 £16.50 £15 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings £25 (£23) Friday and Saturday evenings

£23 (£21)

£15

£26.50 £24.50 £16.50

Burke and Hare

O22

Monday to Thursday evenings, Thursday and Saturday matinées

£18 £16 £15.50

Friday and Saturday evenings

£20 £18 £17.50

A1

A12

B1

B12

C1

C12

D1

D12

E1

E12

F1

F12

G1

G12

H1

H12

J1

J11

K1

K12

L1

L12

M1

M12

£12 (£7)

£12 (£7)

£11.50 (£6.50)

The Box Theatre Company

Separate Tables All Performances

For A Midsummer Night’s Dream rows AA and BB will not be our usual theatre seating. They will be cabaret style seating. The Rivals will be performed in the round. Rows O and P are galleried with two posts on either side. These seats offer a side or overhead view of the stage and are priced according to visibility.

P22

CIRCLE

R6

Concessions

Digging for Victory All Performances

Please note that rows A, AA, B, BB, CC, DD and S are not available for all productions.

N11

N1 R1

The Watermill Senior Youth Theatre

Band A Band B Band C CIRCLE SLIPS

Band B

CIRCLE SLIPS

Band A

AA BB

CC

Ticket Prices Performance

P1

DD

£12 £12 £8

Concession prices are applicable to top two price bands and are shown in brackets where applicable. There is no booking fee. Only one discount applies. Discounts are not offered retrospectively. Proof of eligibility required. Eligibility criteria on page 33. Parental Guidance - As a general rule, no babies or children under three will be admitted into the auditorium for any production unless it is a children’s show aimed at very young children. If an age limit is considered appropriate guidelines will be published.

performances of main house shows.* Offer not applicable to first Thursday and Friday evenings or matinées. Free teacher’s ticket with every 15 seats booked, excluding matinées. £8.50 tickets on Thursday and Saturday matinées. No other discounts apply. Proof of status required. Book with the box office. Subject to availability.

Concessions are available on Tuesday to Thursday evenings for Senior Citizens, Job Seekers, people with disabilities and their companions, Equity members, students in full-time education and under 18s. Excluding Burke and Hare and Separate Tables. All concessions and discounts are subject to availability. Only one concession applies. Proof of identity required. Concessions are not offered retrospectively.

Groups of 10 or more

10% off top two price bands for performances on Tuesday to Friday evenings. Book 15 tickets or more and get an additional free party organiser ticket. Call the box office to book your tickets.

£10 tickets for 16 to 25s

Limited number available for all performances of main house shows.* Subject to availability. Book with the box office and collect tickets 30 minutes prior to the performance. Tickets cannot be posted. Proof of status required.

West Berkshire Green Card

Student and under 18s standby

10% off top two price bands on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings on selected shows and dates: 20 to 22 March for The Rivals, 15 to 17 May for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and 26 to 28 June for Jerusalem. Call the box office to book your tickets.

School and Youth Groups

*Excludes Digging for Victory, Separate Tables and one-off events.

All tickets £5, available from the box office from midday on the day of the show. Proof of status required. Subject to availability. watermill.org.uk BOX OFFICE 01635 46044

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How to Book

How to Find Us

Please tell us about any special requirements you, or anyone in your party, may have when you book your seats.

By car or coach

In person

Opening Times - 10am to 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday. Bank Holidays: 12 noon until 6pm (6.30pm if there is an evening show). Non-performance days: 10am to 6pm.

Box office 01635 46044

During busy times, you may hear a message. Please leave your name and number and we will call you back as soon as we can.

Book online watermill.org.uk

There is no booking fee. We do not currently provide e-tickets but you will receive email confirmation of your booking.

From the M4, junction 13 or A34, turn off at the junction signposted Newbury, Hungerford (Donnington, Speen) and take the first exit at the roundabout. If travelling from the south, go straight over the second roundabout. Turn left at The Hare and Hounds public house (brown sign post for The Watermill Theatre), turn left at the end of the road and next right into the village of Bagnor and left at the sign for The Watermill.

By bus Kennections, service 4, runs Monday to Saturday from Newbury bus station to The Hare and Hounds, Station Road, Speen, approximately 20 minutes walk to The Watermill. The last bus leaves Newbury Bus Station at 17.45 and arrives at 17.55. The last bus to central Newbury leaves Station Road at 18.55. Please check the times before travelling.

By train An hour from London Paddington to Newbury station. Taxi rank at Newbury station.

How to Pay

Car and bike parking

Tickets can be paid for by credit or debit card, or they can be reserved for up to three days while you send us a cheque or gift vouchers. We can post your tickets to you for a charge of £1.30 (postage and administration) or you can collect your tickets from the box office up to 30 minutes prior to the performance. Cheques should be made payable to The Watermill Theatre Ltd. Please check your tickets carefully upon receipt to ensure you have the right number, performance date and time.

Please be aware that car parking space is limited. Please car-share whenever possible and help reduce the impact on the environment too. There is a bicycle rack alongside the restaurant.

Exchanging tickets

All tickets are non-refundable. However, we are happy to exchange tickets for another performance of the same production, subject to availability, up to 48 hours before the performance. We charge £2.50 per ticket plus £1.30 postage and administration.

Reselling tickets

We will try to resell your tickets (after all other tickets have been sold) and will credit your Watermill account which will be valid for one year. We charge £2.50 per transaction. For ticket exchanges and resales, you must return your original tickets to the box office by return of post. We do not update you on the progress of resales, but please call the box office if you need an update on whether your tickets have sold.

Upgrading tickets

Within 48 hours of the show, if you wish to upgrade your tickets, you will need to purchase the new ones and offer your old ones for resale. Original tickets will need to be returned to the box office.

Gift vouchers

Watermill vouchers can be purchased from the box office and online and can be used to buy tickets only. Vouchers are valid for one year only. We are unable to accept expired vouchers. Gift vouchers are non-refundable. 34

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Keep in touch For behind the scenes news, the latest event information, or to subscribe to our e-newsletter, visit our website watermill.org.uk Read our online blog: watermill.org.uk/blog facebook.com/thewatermilltheatre watermilltheatreoutreach twitter.com/@WatermillTh instagram.com/thewatermilltheatre youtube.com/user/TheWatermillTheatre See production photos on Flickr

Data Protection

Recycling

When processing your booking, our box office staff will ask for your name, address, telephone number and email address. This information may be used to keep you informed of forthcoming events, fundraising activities, special offers and social media advertising. If you do not wish your details to be used in any of these ways, please inform the box office when booking. We will not share your information with any other organisations unless you give us permission to do so.

This brochure can be recycled and is wrapped in biodegradable polythene.

Credits Design and print by: Kingsclere Design and Print 01635 299507. Photos and images by: Tom Broadfoot, Will Corder, Jim Creighton, KDP, and Philip Tull.

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Performance Diary JANUARY Thursday 11 Friday 12 Saturday 13 Monday 15 Tuesday 16 Wednesday 17 Thursday 18 Friday 19 Saturday 20 Monday 22 Tuesday 23 Wednesday 24 Thursday 25 Friday 26 Saturday 27 Monday 29 Tuesday 30 Wednesday 31

Teddy 7.30pm Teddy 7.30pm Teddy 2.30pm & 7.30pm Teddy 7.30pm Teddy 7.30pm Teddy 7.30pm Teddy 2.30pm & 7.30pm Teddy 7.30pm Teddy 2.30pm & 7.30pm Teddy 7.30pm Teddy 7.30pm Teddy 7.30pm Teddy 2.30pm & 7.30pm Teddy 7.30pm Teddy 2.30pm & 7.30pm Teddy 7.30pm Teddy 7.30pm Teddy 7.30pm

FEBRUARY Thursday 1 Friday 2 Saturday 3 Monday 5 Tuesday 6 Wednesday 7 Thursday 8 Friday 9 Saturday 10 Wednesday 28

Teddy 2.30pm & 7.30pm Teddy 7.30pm Teddy 2.30pm & 7.30pm Teddy 7.30pm Teddy 7.30pm Teddy 7.30pm Teddy 2.30pm & 7.30pm Teddy 7.30pm Teddy 1.30pm & 6.30pm Separate Tables 7.30pm

MARCH Thursday 1 Friday 2 Saturday 3 Wednesday 7 Thursday 8 Friday 9 Saturday 10 Thursday 15 Friday 16 Saturday 17 Monday 19 Tuesday 20 Wednesday 21 Thursday 22 Friday 23 Saturday 24 Sunday 25

Separate Tables 7.30pm Separate Tables 7.30pm Separate Tables 6.30pm Digging For Victory 7.30pm Digging For Victory 7.30pm Digging For Victory 7.30pm Digging For Victory 6.30pm The Rivals 7.30pm The Rivals 7.30pm The Rivals 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Rivals 7.30pm The Rivals 7.30pm The Rivals 7.30pm The Rivals 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Rivals 7.30pm The Rivals 2.30pm & 7.30pm Basin Street Brawlers 3pm 37


Monday 26 Tuesday 27 Wednesday 28 Thursday 29 Friday 30 Saturday 31 APRIL Monday 2 Tuesday 3 Wednesday 4 Thursday 5 Friday 6 Saturday 7 Monday 9 Tuesday 10 Wednesday 11 Thursday 12 Friday 13 Saturday 14 Monday 16 Tuesday 17 Wednesday 18 Thursday 19 Friday 20 Saturday 21 Tuesday 24 Wednesday 25 Thursday 26 Friday 27 Saturday 28 Monday 30 MAY Tuesday 1 Wednesday 2 Thursday 3 Friday 4 Saturday 5 Thursday 10 Friday 11 Saturday 12 Monday 14 Tuesday 15 Wednesday 16 Thursday 17 Friday 18 Saturday 19 Sunday 20 Monday 21 Tuesday 22 Wednesday 23 Thursday 24 Friday 25

The Rivals 7.30pm Saturday 26 The Rivals 7.30pm Monday 28 The Rivals 7.30pm Tuesday 29 The Rivals 2.30pm & 7.30pm Wednesday 30 The Rivals 7.30pm Thursday 31 The Rivals 2.30pm & 7.30pm JUNE Friday 1 Saturday 2 The Rivals 7.30pm Saturday 2 The Rivals 7.30pm Sunday 3 The Rivals 7.30pm Monday 4 The Rivals 2.30pm & 7.30pm Tuesday 5 The Rivals 7.30pm Wednesday 6 The Rivals 2.30pm & 7.30pm Thursday 7 The Rivals 7.30pm Friday 8 The Rivals 7.30pm Saturday 9 The Rivals 7.30pm Monday 11 The Rivals 2.30pm & 7.30pm Tuesday 12 The Rivals 7.30pm Wednesday 13 The Rivals 2.30pm & 7.30pm Thursday 14 The Rivals 7.30pm Friday 15 The Rivals 7.30pm Saturday 16 The Rivals 7.30pm Thursday 21 The Rivals 2.30pm & 7.30pm Friday 22 The Rivals 7.30pm Saturday 23 The Rivals 1.30pm & 6.30pm Burke and Hare 7.30pm Monday 25 Burke and Hare 7.30pm Tuesday 26 Wednesday 27 Burke and Hare 2.30pm & 7.30pm Burke and Hare 7.30pm Thursday 28 Friday 29 Burke and Hare 2.30pm & 7.30pm Burke and Hare 7.30pm Saturday 30 Burke and Hare 7.30pm Burke and Hare 7.30pm Burke and Hare 2.30pm & 7.30pm Burke and Hare 7.30pm Burke and Hare 1.30pm & 6.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2.30pm & 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2.30pm & 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2.30pm & 7.30pm Bounder & Cad 3pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2.30pm & 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm 38

JULY Monday 2 Tuesday 3 Wednesday 4 Thursday 5 Friday 6 Saturday 7 Monday 9 Tuesday 10 Wednesday 11 Thursday 12 Friday 13 Saturday 14 Monday 16 Tuesday 17 Wednesday 18 Thursday 19 Friday 20 Saturday 21

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2.30pm & 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2.30pm & 7.30pm

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm Sidney’s Shed 10.30am A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Watermill Summer Fair 12noon - 4pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2.30pm & 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2.30pm & 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2.30pm & 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 7.30pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream 1.30pm & 6.30pm Jerusalem 7.30pm Jerusalem 7.30pm Jerusalem 2.30pm & 7.30pm Jerusalem 7.30pm Jerusalem 7.30pm Jerusalem 7.30pm Jerusalem 2.30pm & 7.30pm Jerusalem 7.30pm Jerusalem 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Jerusalem 7.30pm Jerusalem 7.30pm Jerusalem 7.30pm Jerusalem 2.30pm & 7.30pm Jerusalem 7.30pm Jerusalem 2.30pm & 7.30pm Jerusalem 7.30pm Jerusalem 7.30pm Jerusalem 7.30pm Jerusalem 2.30pm & 7.30pm Jerusalem 7.30pm Jerusalem 2.30pm & 7.30pm Jerusalem 7.30pm Jerusalem 7.30pm Jerusalem 7.30pm Jerusalem 2.30pm & 7.30pm Jerusalem 7.30pm Jerusalem 1.30pm & 6.30pm

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