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July 2014 to January 2015 Calamity Jane Journey’s End Hamlet But First This - A musical homage to Radio 4 Twelfth Night Peter Pan

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Welcome to The Watermill We’ve also got a whip-cracking summer of music with Calamity Jane starring Jodie Prenger, christened ‘the nation’s sweetheart’ after winning the search for Nancy in BBC TV’s I’d Do Anything. Book now as tickets are flying out of the theatre faster than the Deadwood Stage is a-rollin’ on over the plains! And for something new, try But First This - A musical homage to Radio 4, a show that Watermill audiences will be the first to enjoy.

When I’m asked ‘what’s your favourite play?’ I hesitate for a moment before replying. But just for a moment. I have seen and read many wonderful plays, funny, intriguing, moving, but one that stays with me, and I will never tire of watching, is Journey’s End by R C Sherriff. So I am delighted to have been given permission to stage this great play at The Watermill, especially as we commemorate the centenary of World War I. If you’re familiar with Journey’s End, take the opportunity to come and see it again as its impact never fades. If not, let me share this extraordinary play with you for the first time and then let me know what you think.

As ever there are productions and events to suit a variety of tastes and pockets during the coming months. We often add events that don’t make it in to the brochure, so it’s always worth checking our website and keeping an eye out for information around the theatre and follow us on social media. We look forward to welcoming you to The Watermill soon. Best wishes

Hedda Beeby Artistic & Executive Director

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September 2013

Contents Main Theatre Productions Thursday 17 July to Saturday 6 September

Calamity Jane Page 4 Thursday 11 September to Saturday 11 October

Journey’s End Page 5 Monday 13 October to Friday 17 October

Hamlet Page 6 Thursday 23 October to Saturday 8 November

But First This RADIO


A musical homage to Radio 4

Other events Watermill Book Clubs


An Audience With... Kate Adie


Children and family events


Friends Of The Watermill


Take Part Children 16 Adults




Restaurant and bar


General information Supporting Your Theatre


Your Visit - Accessible Theatre


Ticket Prices


How to Book


Performance Diary


How to Find Us


Page 7 Wednesday 12 November to Saturday 15 November Watermill Young Company

Twelfth Night Page 8 Thursday 20 November to Sunday 4 January

Peter Pan Page 9

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Thursday 17 July to Saturday 6 September Adapted for the stage by Charles K. Freeman From a screenplay by James O’Hanlon produced by Warner Bros. Music by Sammy Fain Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster Original Orchestral & vocal arrangements by Philip J. Lang Directed by Nikolai Foster Musical Arrangements and Supervision by Catherine Jayes Designed by Matthew Wright Choreography by Nick Winston Lighting designed by Richard G Jones Sound designed by Sebastian Frost

The Watermill Theatre in association with Jamie Wilson, Paul Elliot and Duncan C Weldon present

Calamity Jane With Jodie Prenger as Calamity Jane

Jodie was the winner of I’d Do Anything on BBC TV, giving her the opportunity to play Nancy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End revival of Oliver! Calamity Jane can outrun and outshoot any man in Deadwood. Hard, boastful and desperate to impress, she travels to Chicago on the Deadwood Stage to recruit a star, Adelaid Adams. But things don’t go too smoothly for Calamity, as everyone in town favours the new girl and she struggles to keep her jealousy and pride in check. It takes her long standing enemy Wild Bill Hickok to make her see sense, and realise her Secret Love… With an Oscar nominated score that includes The Black Hills Of Dakota, The Deadwood Stage (Whip-Crack-Away), Just Blew In From The Windy City and the award-winning song Secret Love, this actor-musician production will follow in the tradition of The Watermill Theatre’s previous acclaimed musicals. We’ll be giving you a Wild West Watermill style welcome this summer… see you in the saloon!


Tickets Monday evening, Thursday matinée: £17.50 & £17 Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday evenings and Saturday matinée: £27, £25 & £17.50 Friday and Saturday evenings: £29, £27 & £18 First Week Special On the first Thursday and Friday seats are: £17.50 & £17 (no other discounts apply)

Saturday 2 August at 1.30pm

Saturday 2 August at 2.30pm

See pages 26-27 for performance diary and show times

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Thursday 11 September to Saturday 11 October Directed by Paul Hart Designed by Andrew D Edwards

Journey’s End By R C Sheriff ‘You don’t know him as I do; I love that fellow. I’d go to hell with him.’ Just before Germany’s spring offensive in 1918, British officers are in a dug-out on the front line. Keen young officer Raleigh joins the company and finds Stanhope, his old friend, much changed. Trying to create some sort of normality amidst the horror, are Trotter, who is furious about how the war has interfered with his meal times, Hibbert, who is trying to find a way to escape, and Osborne, who would rather be tending to his garden. Journey’s End is an unflinching portrayal of men facing the unbearable but finding the camaraderie to keep on fighting. R C Sherriff wrote this powerful, moving play based on his own experience in the trenches and The Watermill revives it in this First World War centenary year.

Tickets Monday evening, Thursday and Saturday matinées: £15 and £14.50 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings: £24, £22, £15 Friday and Saturday evenings £26, £24, £16.50 First Week Special On the first Thursday and Friday seats are £15 and £14.50 (no other discounts apply)

Monday 29 September at 7.30pm

See pages 26-27 for performance diary and show times

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Monday 13 October to Friday 17 October Adapted by Beth Flintoff Directed by Justin Audibert Hamlet on tour is generously supported by The Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation Hamlet is touring to schools within one hours drive of The Watermill. If you would like to book a performance email The performance lasts approximately 75 minutes Workshops and an education pack available at Suitable for age 12 upwards


Tickets Monday to Friday evenings: £12.50 and £12, under 25s £10 Wednesday and Thursday matinées £8 and £7.50

By William Shakespeare When his father dies suddenly in suspicious circumstances, Hamlet returns home to find that his mother has married his uncle, who now rules Denmark in his father’s place. An ideal introduction to Shakespeare’s masterpiece as the original text is cut to a fast-paced 75 minutes. Performed by just three actors in a contemporary setting.

‘One of the best I’ve seen, in a lifetime of theatre going. It should be seen by everyone in the country.’ Audience member - Romeo + Juliet

Saturday 18 October at 7.30pm

The Bard Unbound

Members of our regular community groups and local performers enact their favourite Shakespearean scenes and speeches. From 8 to 88 a wonderful mix of ages and people, from professional actors to those for whom it is a passionate hobby. Fancy taking part? Anyone aged 8 and above can apply to perform. If you are interested please contact the Outreach Department before 11 August on 01635 570927 Tickets for the performance £7


The Bard Unbound is kindly supported by The Colefax Charitable Trust

Thursday 23 October to Saturday 8 November Directed by Michael Kingsbury



The Watermill Theatre in association with Act Productions Ltd present


But First This

Monday to Thursday evenings, Thursday and Saturday matinées: £18 and £16 Friday and Saturday evenings: £20 and £18

By Kathy Clugston and Desmond O’Connor

‘The actor playing me will obviously not be quite young enough or sexy enough.’

A musical homage to Radio 4 Along with the countryside, the monarchy and freedom of speech, Radio 4 is in the top seven of Best Things About Britain Today according to a recent poll. But a new Controller is out to destroy this cherished institution! Can the intrepid team of presenters foil her wicked plan? Co-written by BBC newsreader, Kathy Clugston, But First This is a witty and lovingly irreverent new musical set in the world of Woman’s Hour, The Shipping Forecast, The Today Programme, Big Ben and, of course, the Pips. Just a Minute, make sure you’re on the Front Row, Today, Saturday Live or Midweek, not at Broadcasting House but at The Watermill Theatre. It’s guaranteed to be livelier than Book at Bed-Time. Warning: an in-depth knowledge of Farming Today may be required!

John Humphrys, presenter Today

‘I feel a West End transfer coming on!’ Kirsty Young, presenter Desert Island Discs

‘Proper brilliant!’ Clare Balding, presenter Ramblings

See pages 26-27 for performance diary and show times

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Wednesday 12 to Saturday 15 November Directed by Seamus Allen Designed by Toots Butcher Lighting designed by Lawrence T Doyle The Watermill Young Company is generously supported by The Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation

The Watermill Young Company presents

Twelfth Night

Tickets Tickets £11 and concessions £6.50

By William Shakespeare Viola loves the Count Orsino, which is awkward because he’s her boss and he thinks that she’s a guy called Cesario. Orsino loves the Lady Olivia, which is awkward because she has sworn off men, but has fallen for his messenger boy, Cesario. This is awkward because, as aforesaid, Cesario is actually a woman in disguise. Andrew Aguecheek loves Olivia, which is less awkward and more wretched, and Malvolio is about to find out he loves her, which, as her butler, is not the done thing. The Young Company is delighted to present Shakespeare’s most famous comedy celebrating love and life in all its excesses and absurdity. Anarchy and music abound in this, the most complicated of love triangles. ‘...a highly entertaining evening of fun.’ Newbury Weekly News - Young Company, You Can’t Take It With You, 2013

See pages 26-27 for performance diary and show times

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Thursday 20 November to Sunday 4 January Directed by Robin Belfield Original music by Simon Slater Designed by Neil Irish Lighting designed by Mark Dymock By arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and Samuel French Ltd

Peter Pan By J M Barrie Adapted by Robin Belfield and Simon Slater When the mischievous Peter Pan swoops in with tales of a magical place far beyond London’s starlit sky, what child can resist? Dreaming of fun and tempted by the promise of adventure, Wendy and her brothers journey with Peter to the mystical world of Neverland where children never have to grow up. Together they explore a land with sparkling mermaids, swashbuckling pirates and a ticking crocodile. With the help of Peter’s band of Lost Boys and a sprinkling of fairy dust, they must brave the perils of Neverland and defeat the villainous Captain Hook. A classic story of magic, courage and friendship with original music to warm your heart, fly away for an unforgettable adventure in Neverland. ‘The Watermill... is a delight at any time of the year, but it has a special twinkly magic over the festive period.’ The Guardian Suitable for age 4 upwards

Tickets £19, £15.50, £10.50 Discounts are not available on Saturday or Sunday or after Friday 19 December. Christmas tea for magical adventurers Lost boys, pirates, mermaids and lots of flying - you must be starving after your adventures in Neverland! Enjoy a delicious tea with no ticking crocodile to steal it away. Available after all matinée performances £6.25. Please book your tea when buying your tickets.

Saturday 13 December at 2.30pm

Saturday 3 January 6pm

Saturday 3 January 7pm

See pages 26-27 for performance diary and show times

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Watermill Book Club We are delighted to welcome back scientist, writer and broadcaster Rita Carter whose last Book Club event, Ten Ways to Keep Your Brain Young, was a huge success. Rita will give three insightful talks about different aspects of the brain. Tickets £6 for each event Our Book Club events are a great opportunity to indulge your love of books. There’s no joining fee and no need to read the books in advance. The restaurant will be open from 12 noon so that you can have lunch before the Book Clubs. Please make a reservation when booking your tickets. Cream teas are available after the Book Clubs and should be booked and paid for at the same time as your tickets.

Friday 19 September at 1.30pm

Zap! Supercharging The Electric Brain As the promise of pharmaceutical cures for conditions such as depression and chronic pain evaporates, a new generation of electrical brain stimulants is being hailed as the magic bullet. And they come with a bonus: the same technology can enhance our skills and sharpen our perceptions. Rita Carter will tell you what these magic devices are, how they work, and demonstrate an electrical stimulation technique which can be used by anyone at home.

Friday 10 October at 1.30pm

Can You Think Yourself Well? We tend to take it for granted that a healthy mind makes for a healthy body. Scientifically, though, most of the evidence is about the effect of negative thinking: stress hormones, produced by anger and misery, eat away at our organs. But does this mean that positive thinking can do the opposite? Rita Carter examines the complicated mechanisms that link positive emotions to physical health.

Friday 7 November at 1.30pm

Being Good Is Good, But Is It Good For You? The latest research indicates that being good can reduce your risk of dying in any one year by 20%. But it’s not the acts themselves that matter but some complicated social interaction that goes with them. Rita Carter looks at the desire and benefits of being good and at the minority of people who do not share the desire to be good. Do they have a choice about how they behave? To book call the box office on 01635 46044 or


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Tuesday 7 October at 2pm

An Audience With... Kate Adie

Kate became the BBC’s chief news correspondent in 1989, and has reported from war zones around the world. She has won numerous awards including three Royal Television Society awards, the BAFTA Richard Dimbleby Award, and the Broadcasting Press Guild’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting. Kate also presents From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4 and is the author of four bestselling books. She was awarded an OBE in 1993. Join Kate and hear about her extraordinary career and life experiences. Kate will also talk about her new book, Fighting on the Home Front, a story of the First World War years through the eyes of women. Meet Kate afterwards in the bar for tea and cake. Tickets £30 The restaurant is open from 12 noon for lunch. Please make your reservation with the box office or online.

Backstage Tours 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. Tours will take place on the following afternoons starting at 12.30pm. Thursday 21 August Calamity Jane £32.50 Saturday 27 September Journey’s End £30 Thursday 6 November But First This A musical homage to Radio 4 £33 The price includes a tour, one course meal with coffee and a ticket for that day’s matinée performance. For a tour of the theatre and one course meal with coffee excluding a ticket for the show, the price is £16 per person. Booking is open to individuals and groups and you can reserve your space by calling the box office on 01635 46044. Tours for school groups may be arranged on request through The Watermill Outreach Department on 01635 570927 or email


Children and Family Events Monday 11, Tuesday 12, Wednesday 13, Friday 15 and Sunday 17 August at 11.30am and 2pm

The Hunters Grimm A sensory spectacle performed in the gardens and around The Watermill. Following the success of Adventures in Wonderland last summer, Teatro Vivo returns with a bucolic frolic that puts you in the midst of the action.

Wanted: Story Hunters for a life saving mission... The famous Brothers Grimm invite you to become hunters and track down tales to feed their insatiable appetite for stories. As you adventure, you will dance with the musicians of Bremen, help a frog find a Princess and try on a slipper for a Prince. You’ll hear stories of love and laughter, poverty, and longing that will make familiar characters strange and strange characters funnily familiar. For families with active imaginations and a sense of adventure! Who knows where these stories will take us... Suitable for age 6 upwards. The performance lasts for approximately one hour with no interval. Be prepared to be on your feet throughout. In the event of bad weather, the performance will go ahead around the theatre buildings. Tickets Adults £10, children £8 ‘What a lot of fun Adventures in Wonderland was today!’ ‘The children absolutely loved it and got totally into the whole experience.’ Audience members, Adventures in Wonderland, 2013

Tea for Intrepid Story Hunters Mission accomplished! Now it’s time to relax and enjoy a themed tea. Available after morning and afternoon performances, price £6.25 each. Please book in advance when buying your tickets.

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Wednesday 29 October

Peter Pan Fun Day 10am to 11.30am or 11.30am to 1pm

Family Storytelling These family storytelling sessions are ideal for children aged 4 to 7 years.

Saturday 5 July at 10am and 11am

Visit The Watermill with your family and enjoy some fun-filled activities together.

Swashbuckling Tales

Celebrating the magic of Peter Pan, this year’s Christmas show, the morning will feature treasure hunts, stories in the theatre, pirate and fairy themed arts activities, drama games and the chance to dress up in a wonderful array of costumes from past Watermill shows. Refreshments are available.

Tales of daring and adventure from pirates to musketeers, these stories will keep you on the edge of your seat! Come along and hear about the terrible daring of Baddies in times long gone, when arguments were solved with swords and pirates ruled the high seas.

Ideal for children up to 10 years.

Join Polly as she weaves some magical stories of sorcery and witchcraft. See what happens as she cackles and gurgles over a witches brew and help make a potion that might just save the day.

Tickets £5 for children, adults £1

Saturday 13 September at 10am and 11am

Witches and Wizards

Children to be accompanied by an adult. Sessions held in the Lily Pond and last approx 40 mins. Bring a cushion. Chairs also provided. Tickets for either session £3

Magic Workshop 2012 Polly Highton Photo courtesy of Newbury Weekly News


Become a Friend of The Watermill 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. As a Watermill Friend, you will receive: • priority booking (wherever possible). • free exchange or resale of tickets (restrictions apply)* • invitations to drinks parties • invitations to a whole host of events, including supper clubs, theatre trips, walks with talks, workshops and much more

Meet the Cast Parties An opportunity to meet the cast in the bar after the evening performance. Thursday 24 July Calamity Jane Thursday 18 September Journey’s End Thursday 30 October But First This A musical homage to Radio 4

• regular Friends events information Typically, our Friends make a £30 donation as an individual supporter or £45 as a joint supporter (two people living at the same address). As an added incentive to join the Friends scheme, the Arts Council has promised to match fund each Friend donation if you join now. This means an Individual Friend donation of £30 will be worth nearly £50 to the theatre and at no extra cost to you!** To become a Friend, please call The Friends Secretary on 01635 45834 or go online and download a form *Individual Friend: 2 exchanges or re-sales per year, Joint Friend: 3 exchanges or re-sales per year. **Match funding applies to new members only, and is available until June 2015. The Friends of the Watermill make an impressive financial contribution to the theatre (a registered charity), last year we raised over £90,000, through annual donations and organised events of the Friends and helped the theatre sustain its high quality, first class performances. We look forward to welcoming you.

The Watermill Christmas Bazaar Friday 14 November from 12 noon to 4pm Come to our Christmas Bazaar - the best place to buy all your Christmas gifts. Once again, you can see new and exciting stalls offering an exquisite selection of gifts and stocking fillers for all the family. From handmade jewellery, Italian leather handbags and scarves, interior and life style decor to men’s accessories and children’s gifts. You can enjoy stress-free Christmas shopping in beautiful surroundings. Light lunches and mulled wine will also be served. Tickets £2.50 on the door, children free (prams restricted to bar area only), organised free parking. No pre-booking is required and everyone is welcome.


A Selection of Friends’ Events

Tuesday 1 July at 2.30pm

A Visit To Rooksnest Garden A private opening of the gardens at Lambourn Woodlands for Friends of The Watermill. Please make your own way to Rooksnest Garden for a 2.30pm start. Wheelchair access available. Tickets £17.50 Tea with homemade cakes included.

Monday 14 July

Supper Club Prof. Richard Fortey FRS Survivors: The animals and plants that time has left behind Professor Richard Fortey FRS is a British palaeontologist, writer and television presenter. The subject of Richard’s talk will be a journey around the world in search of “living fossils”.

Monday 8 September

Supper Club Rageh Omaar

Rageh Omaar is a Somali born British journalist and writer. He was formerly a BBC world affairs correspondent where he made his name reporting from Iraq. He is now ITV’s International Affairs Correspondent.

Tuesday 21 October

Supper Club Paul Simons (McCurdy & Co.) The Sam Wanamaker Theatre at The Globe, London.

Paul Simons will present the research which informed the design of the creation of the second historic reconstructed theatre in Southwark, London.

Tickets for Supper Talks £19.50 includes the talk, a one course supper and coffee. Please note, If you have any special dietary requirements, please call the box office on 01635 46044. Supper Clubs are unreserved seating unless you are in a party of six or more. For all Supper Clubs the bar opens at 6.30pm, supper served at 7.30pm and talk at 8.30pm.


Take Part - Children To find out more about how you can take part in activities at the theatre visit or call Heidi on 01635 570934. The Watermill’s core education programme is supported by The Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation.

Summer Holiday Courses

October Half Term

A great opportunity to make new friends and develop performance skills.

Part of the Family Arts Festival 2014

Monday 28 July to Friday 1 August

Stage Combat for all ages

Grimm’s in the Garden Create, rehearse and perform a site-specific play, based on Grimm’s Fairy Tales, in the beautiful Watermill surroundings. Ages: 5 - 7 years (mornings) Ages: 8 - 11 years (afternoons)

10am to 12noon or 1pm to 3pm Work with a highly trained stage combat director to discover how fights are convincingly created onstage without causing any actual injury! Open to anyone aged 8+.

Price £95

Family groups (adults and children) are very welcome.

Monday 4 to Friday 8 August

Price £14 per person

Play in a Week Ages: 8 - 11 years (mornings) Ages: 12 - 16 (afternoons) Price £95

Monday 18 to Friday 22 August

Musical in a Week 10am to 4.00pm Ages: 11 - 16 years Price £155 To book email or call her on 01635 570934.


Tuesday 28 October

Pinocchio Fun Day


Take Part - Adults Play in a Day for Adults

The Watermill Scratch Choir

Sunday 6 July and Sunday 9 November

Our fantastically popular Scratch Choir is back, offering the opportunity to 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.

Due to popular demand, our adult Play in a Day is back. A chance to work on your acting skills with a trained professional from The Watermill. During the day you will create, rehearse and perform a new play, all in one day. Suitable for all levels from 18+ beginners to experienced performers.

Rehearsals 10am to 6pm, performance at 7.30pm.

Price for each event £33

Sunday 14 September

Adult Drama Groups

Booking opens Tuesday 22 July

Gospel Greats

We run a weekly adult drama group, Upstage, and a group for retired adults, Encore, both on a Monday. Please contact Heidi for more information.

Come and sing some soulful Gospel songs, including Joyful, Joyful and Down by the River Side that are sure to have you swaying and clapping along.

To book a place on our courses or Scratch Choirs, or for more information about our adult drama groups email heidi or call Heidi on 01635 570934.

Sunday 23 November

Cole Porter Booking opens Tuesday 30 September To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Cole Porter’s death, come and sing some of your favourite songs by this highly acclaimed composer, including tunes from Anything Goes and Kiss Me Kate. Price each event is £29 per person

Encore Adult Acting Group

March 2014


Take Part - Professionals Raising Voices

Actors’ Forum

The Outreach Department continues to support the work of new playwrights. Send in your work to us and we will read and respond as part of our ongoing commitment to nurture new writing talent. A professional writer/director from The Watermill team will read and respond with constructive criticism and advice.

We run a regular group once a month for local professional actors to exchange ideas and share skills.

The fee for submissions is £33 per play (to cover reader’s fees). Email or call 01635 570934 for more information.

The Actors’ Forum is supported by The Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation.

To become a member of the Actors’ Forum please visit the Take Part pages on our website, call Heidi on 01635 570934 or email

Training for Businesses Our bespoke arts-based training programme is flexible and highly costeffective. We offer dynamic training in communication and presentation skills, as well as unique team building activities. Please contact Beth on 01635 570927 or email ‘Thank you once again for putting the laughter back into this team.’ Senior Manager and participant

Presentation Skills Training - Open Workshop A chance to spend time developing your personal presentation and communication skills under the guidance of one of our actor-facilitators. Spaces on this course are limited to 16. Price £40


Interview Skills Workshop,


Restaurant and Bar

Before the show A tempting selection of salads, smoked fish and cold cuts, plus hot dishes using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Available at lunch time on matinée days from 12.30pm and in the evenings Monday to Saturday from 5.30pm.

In the bar Enjoy a drink before the show with our sharing platters, including Cheese Lovers’ platter and Antipasti Assorti. We also serve chips and dips and olives with home-baked Thyme bread. Available in the bar and Lily Pond up to 30 minutes before curtain up and after the show.

After the show Cream teas are available after matinée performances and should be booked and paid for in advance with the box office. On Friday and Saturday evenings you can dine after the show. Choose from one, two or three courses from our menu. Please make your selection from the menu before the show. Restaurant bookings should be made in advance with the box office on 01635 46044 or online.


Celebratory Packages

The Watermill Insiders’ Lunch

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 in the interval for parties of ten or more. You may have a glass of Prosecco and canapés, and, for a little more, chef’s homemade celebratory cake.

Our fundraising lunches are special social events and include a unique talk about the activities behind the scenes at The Watermill, shedding light on the creative process, the team and the running of the theatre. You will receive a glass of wine on arrival to enjoy during the talk. This is followed by a light lunch, coffee and a matinée performance. These exclusive events are held in the Lily Pond from 12.30pm.

For further information and to book call the restaurant on 01635 570920.

Christmas Meals and Parties The Watermill is a lovely place for you and your friends, or your colleagues to celebrate the festive season. Our Christmas menu is available to groups from 20 November to 4 January 2015. Call 01635 570920 or email for further information and to book.

Special Family Teas Christmas Tea For Magical Adventurers Lost boys, pirates, mermaids and lots of flying - you must be starving after your adventures in Neverland! Enjoy a delicious tea with no ticking crocodile to steal it away. Available after all matinée performances of Peter Pan for £6.25. Please book your tea when buying your tickets.

Tea For Intrepid Story Hunters Mission accomplished! Now you’ve helped the Hunters Grimm to find their stories it’s time to relax and enjoy a themed tea. Available after morning and afternoon performances of The Hunters Grimm, price £6.25 each. Please book in advance when buying your tickets.


Calamity Jane Thursday 28 August Journey’s End Thursday 2 October But First This Thursday 6 November Tickets from £38 Please call Amy on 01635 570915

Supporting Your Theatre Creating memorable theatre for all to enjoy is our raison d’être and over 69,000 people see our shows each year. We also run a packed outreach programme which offers participatory opportunities for all to enjoy. 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 alive. 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, joining our exclusive Watermill Circle or becoming a Benefactor. If you feel able to help, please contact Jo Bycroft on 01635 570928 or Businesses also contribute to the financial success of the theatre by becoming sponsors. We remain grateful to the following people and organisations who help us make inspiring ideas come to life. Thank you. Watermill Sponsors

Trusts and Foundations

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Accenture Cricketts Estate Agents duPré plc Fullers Brewery Horsey Lightly Solicitors Regent Lettings • Sheepdrove Organic Farm

The Arbib Foundation The Arts Council, England Cardy Beaver Foundation The Carr-Gregory Trust The Colefax Charitable Trust The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust The Dyers’ Company C E Elliot-Cohen Charitable Settlement The Englefield Charitable Trust The AW Gale Charitable Trust Gamlen Charitable Trust Payne Gallwey Charitable Trust The Garfield Weston Foundation The Greenham Common Community Trust Ltd The Guild of King Alfred Players The Iliffe Family Charitable Trust The Male Family Charitable Trust Miss W E Lawrence 1973 Charitable Settlement Newbury Decorative and Fine Arts Society Philip Oppenheimer Foundation The Patricia Routledge Charitable Trust The Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement The Stanley Foundation The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation

• West Berkshire Council

Life Lessons March 2014


Supporting Your Theatre Just 14 months left of match funding! The Watermill Theatre recently received a Catalyst grant from the Arts Council which promises to match fund any new or increased donation made to the theatre. We are delighted to announce that so far we have raised £75,000 of our £110,000 target. We can only claim match funding for another 14 months so we would love to hear from you if you feel able to help in any way. Donations made now will unlock Arts Council money at a level of £1.50 raised, £1 matched. We are very grateful to many individuals who have supported our Catalyst Campaign and in particular, thanks are due to our benefactors. Platinum Benefactors • • • • • •


Mr James Rees Sir Trevor Chinn CVO and Lady Chinn Sir Christopher and Lady Gent Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous

The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea January 2014

Your Visit Accessible Theatre Please tell us about any special requirements you, or anyone in your party, may have when you book your seats. The Watermill Theatre premises are 90% accessible to wheelchair users and people with mobility difficulties. There is a spiral staircase to our circle seats on the first floor and no lift, so if you need to be seated in the stalls, please let our box office staff know when you book. There are reserved disabled parking spaces near the theatre entrance which should be requested when you book your tickets. We can accommodate two people in wheelchairs per performance, subject to availability. We also have our own wheelchair available on request. There is a reduction of £2 off each ticket for both a person with disabilities and their companion on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings only.

Infrared Sennheiser hearing assistance system For people with impaired hearing, subject to availability. To ensure you are seated in areas where this is effective, please let us know you would like to use the system when booking.

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

British Sign Language Interpreted, Audio Described and Touch Tours

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Acclimatisation visits

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If you have not been to the theatre before, we are happy to arrange for you to come and have a look around to get your bearings when it is not busy.

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Parental Guidance

As a general rule, no babies or children under 3 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 for specific shows, guidelines will be published. TheWatermillTheatre See production photos on Flickr

Join our mailing list You can find out what’s going on at The Watermill by joining our mailing and email list. Call 01635 46044, visit our website and complete the form online or email Some events are arranged after the brochure has been published. We announce these in our monthly e-newsletter or by sending an e-flyer. If you want to be sure to hear about these events please let us have your email address with permission to contact you.

Audio and large print copies of our brochure are available on request from the box office. Pinocchio December 2013


Ticket Prices Performance

Band A

Calamity Jane First Thursday and Friday / Monday evening and Thursday matinée Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evening and Saturday matinées Friday & Saturday evening

£17.50 £17.50 £17 £27 (£25) £25 (£23) £17.50 £29 £27 £18

Journey’s End First Thursday and Friday / Monday evening, Thursday & Saturday matinée Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evening Friday & Saturday evening

£15 £15 £14.50 £24 (£22) £22 (£20) £15 £26 £24 £16.50

Hamlet Monday to Friday evening Wednesday & Thursday matinée

£12.50 £12.50 £12 £8 £8 £7.50

The Bard Unbound Saturday evening

All seats £7

But First This - A musical homage to Radio 4 Monday to Thursday evening, Thursday & Saturday matinée Friday & Saturday evening

£18 £18 £16 £20 £20 £18

Watermill Young Company - Twelfth Night Wednesday to Saturday evening

All tickets £11 (£6.50)

Peter Pan All performances Discounts are unavailable on Saturday, Sunday and after 19 December

£19 (£18.50)

Band B

£15.50 (£14.50)

Band C


Concession prices shown in brackets. Only one discount applies. Discounts are not offered retrospectively. Proof of identity required.

Student and under 18s standby

Schools and youth groups

Groups of 10 or more

All tickets £5, available from the box office from midday on the day of the show (subject to availability).

Tuesday to Friday evenings 10% off top two price bands, applicable to school groups of 10 or more. Free teacher’s ticket with every 15 seats booked, excluding Monday, Thursday and Saturday matinées. Thursday and Saturday matinées all seats are £7. Excluding Calamity Jane and Peter Pan. Hamlet £10 tickets for under 2s - Monday to Friday evening.

Tuesday to Friday evenings 10% off top two price bands. Book 15 tickets and get an additional free party organiser ticket. Call the box office on 01635 46044 or email

£10 tickets for 18-25s For performances from Tuesday to Thursday. Proof of status required (subject to availability). Collect tickets from the box office 30 minutes prior to the performance (these tickets cannot be posted). Available from the box office. Excluding Calamity Jane and Peter Pan.


West Berkshire Green Card 10% off top two price bands on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 16 -18 September Journey’s End and 28 -30 October But First This - A musical homage to Radio 4.

Seating Plan

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





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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.



Band A Band B Band C Please note that rows A, AA, B, and BB are not available for all performances. 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.

Agents Tickets can be bought from the Tourist Information Centre, Town Hall, Market Place, Newbury. There is no booking fee.

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

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

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

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 p&p.

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 plus £1.30 p&p. For ticket exchanges and re-sales, please return your original tickets to the box office.

Gift vouchers Watermill vouchers can be purchased from the box office and used to buy tickets, meals, drinks or merchandise. Data protection: 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 and special offers. If you do not wish your details to be used in any of these ways, please inform the box office when booking.


Performance Diary Fri 22 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Storytelling 10am & 11am Sat 23 Calamity Jane 2.30pm & 7.30pm Calamity Jane 7.30pm Mon 25 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Calamity Jane 7.30pm Tue 26 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Calamity Jane 2.30pm & 7.30pm Wed 27 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Calamity Jane 7.30pm Thu 28 Calamity Jane 2.30pm & 7.30pm Calamity Jane 7.30pm Fri 29 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Calamity Jane 7.30pm Sat 30 Calamity Jane 2.30pm & 7.30pm Calamity Jane 2.30pm & 7.30pm Calamity Jane 7.30pm SEPTEMBER Calamity Jane 2.30pm & 7.30pm Mon 1 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Calamity Jane 7.30pm Tue 2 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Calamity Jane 7.30pm Wed 3 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Calamity Jane 7.30pm Thu 4 Calamity Jane 2.30pm & 7.30pm Calamity Jane 2.30pm & 7.30pm Fri 5 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Sat 6 Calamity Jane 1.30pm & 6.30pm AUGUST Thu 11 Journey’s End 7.30pm Fri 1 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Fri 12 Journey’s End 7.30pm Sat 2 Calamity Jane 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sat 13 Storytelling 10am & 11am Mon 4 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Sat 13 Journey’s End 2.30pm & 7.30pm Tue 5 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Mon 15 Journey’s End 7.30pm Wed 6 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Tue 16 Journey’s End 7.30pm Thu 7 Calamity Jane 2.30pm & 7.30pm Wed 17 Journey’s End 7.30pm Fri 8 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Thu 18 Journey’s End 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sat 9 Calamity Jane 2.30pm & 7.30pm Fri 19 Rita Carter - Book Club 1.30pm Mon 11 The Hunters Grimm 11.30am & 2pm Fri 19 Journey’s End 7.30pm Mon 11 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Sat 20 Journey’s End 2.30pm & 7.30pm Tue 12 The Hunters Grimm 11.30am & 2pm Mon 22 Journey’s End 7.30pm Tue 12 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Tue 23 Journey’s End 7.30pm Wed 13 The Hunters Grimm 11.30am & 2pm Wed 24 Journey’s End 7.30pm Wed 13 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Thu 25 Journey’s End 2.30pm & 7.30pm Thu 14 Calamity Jane 2.30pm & 7.30pm Fri 26 Journey’s End 7.30pm Fri 15 The Hunters Grimm 11.30am & 2pm Sat 27 Backstage Tour 12.30pm Fri 15 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Sat 27 Journey’s End 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sat 16 Calamity Jane 2.30pm & 7.30pm Mon 29 Journey’s End 7.30pm Sun 17 The Hunters Grimm 11.30am & 2pm Tue 30 Journey’s End 7.30pm Mon 18 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Tue 19 Calamity Jane 7.30pm OCTOBER Wed 20 Calamity Jane 7.30pm Wed 1 Journey’s End 7.30pm Thu 21 Backstage Tour 12.30pm Thu 2 Journey’s End 2.30pm & 7.30pm Thu 21 Calamity Jane 2.30pm & 7.30pm Fri 3 Journey’s End 7.30pm JULY Sat 5 Thu 17 Fri 18 Sat 19 Mon 21 Tue 22 Wed 23 Thu 24 Fri 25 Sat 26 Mon 28 Tue 29 Wed 30 Thu 31


British Sign Language

Audio Described

Touch Tour

Journey’s End 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sat 22 Peter Journey’s End 7.30pm Mon 24 Peter Kate Adie - An Audience With... 2pm Tue 25 Peter Journey’s End 7.30pm Wed 26 Peter Journey’s End 7.30pm Thu 27 Peter Journey’s End 2.30pm & 7.30pm Fri 28 Peter Rita Carter - Book Club 1.30pm Sat 29 Peter Journey’s End 7.30pm Journey’s End 1.30pm & 6.30pm DECEMBER Hamlet 7.30pm Mon 1 Peter Hamlet 7.30pm Tue 2 Peter Hamlet 2.30pm & 7.30pm Wed 3 Peter Hamlet 2.30pm & 7.30pm Thu 4 Peter Hamlet 7.30pm Fri 5 Peter The Bard Unbound 7.30pm Sat 6 Peter But First This 7.30pm Mon 8 Peter But First This 7.30pm Tue 9 Peter But First This 2.30pm & 7.30pm Wed 10 Peter But First This 7.30pm Thu 11 Peter But First This 7.30pm Fri 12 Peter Peter Pan Fun Day 10am & 11.30am Sat 13 Peter But First This 7.30pm Mon 15 Peter But First This 2.30pm & 7.30pm Tue 16 Peter But First This 7.30pm Wed 17 Peter Thu 18 Peter NOVEMBER Sat 20 Peter But First This 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sun 21 Peter Sat 1 Mon 3 But First This 7.30pm Mon 22 Peter Tue 4 But First This 7.30pm Tue 23 Peter Wed 5 But First This 7.30pm Wed 24 Peter Thu 6 Backstage Tour 12.30pm Fri 26 Peter Thu 6 But First This 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sat 27 Peter Fri 7 Rita Carter - Book Club 1.30pm Sun 28 Peter Fri 7 But First This 7.30pm Mon 29 Peter Sat 8 But First This 1.30pm & 6.30pm Tue 30 Peter Wed 12 Twelfth Night 7.30pm Wed 31 Peter Thu 13 Twelfth Night 7.30pm Fri 14 Twelfth Night 7.30pm January Sat 15 Twelfth Night 6.30pm Fri 2 Peter Thu 20 Peter Pan 10.30am & 7pm Peter Sat 3 Fri 21 Peter Pan 10.30am & 2.30pm Sun 4 Peter Sat 4 Mon 6 Tue 7 Tue 7 Wed 8 Thu 9 Fri 10 Fri 10 Sat 11 Mon 13 Tue 14 Wed 15 Thu 16 Fri 17 Sat 18 Thu 23 Fri 24 Sat 25 Mon 27 Tue 28 Wed 29 Wed 29 Thu 30 Fri 31

Friends Meet the Cast

Talk Back

Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan

2.30pm & 7pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 2.30pm & 7pm

Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan Pan

10.30am & 2.30pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 2.30pm & 7pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 2.30pm & 7pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 2.30pm & 7pm 1.30pm & 5pm 2.30pm & 7pm 2.30pm & 7pm 10.30am & 2.30pm 2.30pm & 7pm 2.30pm & 7pm 1.30pm & 5pm 2.30pm & 7pm 2.30pm & 7pm 1.30pm & 5pm

Pan Pan Pan

1.30pm & 5pm 2.30pm & 7pm 1.30pm & 5pm


How To Find Us From the M4 and the north From the M4, junction 13 (or A34 from Oxford), follow signs for Winchester and Southampton (A34). Ignoring the first turning signposted Newbury, turn off at the next junction signposted Newbury, Hungerford (Donnington, Speen) and take the first exit at the roundabout. Turn left at The Hare and Hounds public house (brown sign post for The Watermill Theatre), turn left at the end of road and next right into the village of Bagnor and left at the sign for The Watermill.

From the A34 and the south From the A34 (Winchester and Southampton), follow signs for Oxford (A34). Ignoring the first two junctions signposted Newbury, turn off at the third junction signposted Newbury, Hungerford (Donnington, Speen) and take the first exit at the roundabout, then straight over the second roundabout. Follow the instructions from the Hare and Hounds public house above.

Car Parking Please be aware that car parking space is limited. Please car-share whenever possible and help reduce the impact on the environment too.

Bicycle Rack A rack is available for bikes to park alongside the restaurant.

By bus Newbury Buses, service 4, out and return runs every two hours, Monday to Saturday from Newbury bus station to Station Road, Speen, approximately 20 minutes walk to The Watermill. The last bus to central Newbury leaves Station Road at 19.30.

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

Contact Us The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8AE Administration 01635 45834 Facsimile 01635 523726 Email

BOX OFFICE 01635 46044

Designed and printed by kdp 01635 299507 Photographs and images

Christopher Burke, KDP, Philip Tull and Colin Willoughby Š The Watermill Theatre, 2014 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.

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