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The Watermill Theatre Spring/Summer Season 2020


Friends Priority Booking opens Friday 18 October at 10am General Booking opens Monday 28 October at 10am

A very warm welcome to our new 2020 season! This year, two Watermill productions make a very welcome return. Originally written for The Guardian, Craig Taylor’s One Million Tiny Plays About Britain is a kaleidoscopic series of snapshots into people’s lives and is back after a run in London. A Midsummer Night’s Dream also returns following a national tour and London run at Wilton’s Music Hall. It combines soul music with Shakespeare’s dreamiest of plays and it’ll be a joy to present on the atmospheric Watermill stage.

Our Senior Youth Theatre will bring the epic and heartfelt Goodnight Mister Tom to life, based on the much-loved novel by Michelle Magorian. Following this we present Camp Albion, a beautifully nuanced and fascinating new play by Danielle Pearson, our Playwright in Residence. It explores the gripping local story of the effects of the famous Newbury bypass.

Our talented Watermill Ensemble will also create a brand new production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet this spring. Audiences can expect to enjoy a radical and innovative version of the play, which seems to find new resonance in every era.

It’s a hugely exciting time at The Watermill with so much happening here and further afield. Last year alone saw eight productions transfer to London or go on a national tour. Thanks as always to everyone who makes it all possible.

We’re delighted to announce the world premieres of two new musicals: The Wicker Husband based on a short story by Ursula Wills-Jones and Our Man in Havana, based on Graham Greene’s spy novel.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Watermill soon.

We’ve got Sunday Sessions from The Boulevards and The Mistakable Sound of Ed MacArthur plus children’s theatre company Really Big Pants return with their latest production Wonky. We’re pleased to launch another programme of Take Part opportunities including our brand new Masterclasses.

Paul Hart Artistic and Executive Director

Front cover: Kiss Me, Kate. The Watermill is a registered charity no. 261430 and receives core funding from:

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Contents Wednesday 29 January to Saturday 15 February

One Million Tiny Plays About Britain

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Wednesday 19 February to Saturday 7 March

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Thursday 12 March to Saturday 4 April The Wicker Husband

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Friday 17 April to Saturday 23 May Hamlet

HAMLET

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Tuesday 26 May to Saturday 6 June Rural Tour

CAMP ALBION

Tuesday 26 May to Saturday 6 June Camp Albion

By Danielle Pearson

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…

CAMP ALBION

Newbury, 1996. Nine miles of ancient woodland under threat, and the local community bitterly divided over the proposed route of the new bypass. When Cassie returns home for the university holidays, she meets Dylan, a beguiling road protester who draws her into a world of rickety treehouses, lentil stew, druidic rituals and stoic resistance. But her mother has other ideas, and as battle lines are drawn, Cassie must face the personal cost of activism. In a time before smartphones, Twitter, Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion, the ‘Third Battle of Newbury’ was one of the definitive environmental campaigns of the 1990s. A new play with music, Camp Albion explores the heroism, humour and heated debate of this extraordinary moment in the town’s history.

Tickets All performances: £22 and £18. See pages 37-39 for Performance Diary.

Camp Albion is also touring to village halls, rural venues and arts centres. For a list of venues visit watermill.org.uk

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Our Man in Havana

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Wednesday 8 April to Saturday 11 April Senior Youth Theatre Goodnight Mister Tom

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Wednesday 29 January to Saturday 15 February The Watermill Theatre in assocciation with Jermyn Street Theatre presents

by Craig Taylor ‘Well, answer your own question. I did 1,800 miles in the caravan and drank three gallons of cider. So I’ll ask you whether or not it was a good weekend.’

Directed by Laura Keefe This production contains some strong language.

A couple peer into an estate agent’s window; two sports fans have a heart-toheart in the loo; a daughter has questions about her mother’s love life; and as a father helps his son tie his football boots, he realises they are growing apart. If you keep your eyes and ears open, there are a million tiny plays happening every day. Accessible Performance

Overheard conversations from across the country form Craig Taylor’s humorous and poignant look at modern Britain. Laugh-out-loud funny, and sometimes heartbreakingly moving, these miniature insights into other people’s lives reveal the triumphs, disasters, horrors and joys of life in the twenty-first century.

Saturday 15 February at 12noon.

Saturday 15 February at 1.30pm.

Tickets Monday to Thursday evenings and Thursday and Saturday matinées: £31, £28, £20. Friday and Saturday evenings: £33, £30, £22.

Originally published in The Guardian, this collage of scenes now form a hugely entertaining show. Following its premiere at The Watermill in 2016 and a hotly anticipated London transfer, One Million Tiny Plays About Britain returns.

First Week Special On the first Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, seats are £22 & £18 (no other discounts).

Praise for One Million Tiny Plays About Britain

See pages 37-39 for Performance Diary.

‘Touching, hilarious, upsetting, thought-provoking, pithy’ The Observer

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‘A life-affirming delight’ WhatsOnStage

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Pictures from the original 2018 Watermill production

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Wednesday 19 February to Saturday 7 March The Watermill Ensemble presents

By William Shakespeare Following huge acclaim from audiences across the country, The Watermill Ensemble’s magical production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns for a limited run at the end of a UK wide tour.

Directed by Paul Hart Designed by Katie Lias Movement by Tom Jackson Greaves Lighting designed by Tom White Sound designed by David Gregory Musical direction by Joey Hickman Arrangements and additional music by Joey Hickman and the Company

Enter a world of dreams and desire in this soulful, spell-binding comedy that combines wit and romance with a unique approach to Shakespeare. Fizzing with magic and a large dose of chaos in an enchanted Victorian music hall; secrets, love and mistaken identities collide. Fusing actormusicianship with one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, The Watermill Ensemble cast their spell, performing the intoxicating soulful sounds of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday live on stage.

Associate Director Robert Kirby Associate Movement Director Anjali Mehra Associate Sound Designer Richard Bell

Tickets Monday to Thursday evenings and Thursday and Saturday matinées: £31, £28, £20. Friday and Saturday evenings: £33, £30, £22.

The Watermill Ensemble create new versions of Shakespeare’s plays that are fresh, contemporary and bold. Since forming in 2017, they have toured to thousands of people nationally and internationally and now, direct from a run in London, the company return home. Praise for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

First Week Special On the first Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, seats are £22 & £18 (no other discounts).

★★★★★ ‘Full of music, laughter, heart, & soul. Dazzling’ Gyles Brandreth

See pages 37-39 for Performance Diary.

★★★★ ‘Fizzing with charm and humour’ The Stage

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Thursday 12 March to Saturday 4 April

Book by Rhys Jennings Music and lyrics by Darren Clark Based on an original short story by Ursula Wills-Jones ‘Once upon a withy on the edge of a deep damp swamp, nestled in the arms of a winding river, stood a pretty little town…’

Directed by Charlotte Westenra Designed by Anna Kelsey Musical direction by Pat Moran This production contains some strong language. Age guidance 10+.

A folk-inspired new musical, The Wicker Husband tells the timeless tale of the outsider. In a superficial world, where beauty is only skin-deep, meet the so-called ‘Ugly Girl’.

Accessible Performance

Ostracised by the shallow townsfolk because she doesn’t fit in, the Ugly Girl becomes the envy of her neighbours when the mysterious Old Basketmaker makes her a strong and loving husband woven from living wicker. As bitter rivalry and jealousy threaten to tear the community apart, the townsfolk embark on a cruel and destructive plan. Will the Ugly Girl’s happiness be ruined forever?

Saturday 28 March at 1pm.

Saturday 28 March at 2.30pm.

Tickets Monday to Thursday evenings and Thursday and Saturday matinées: £31, £28, £20. Friday and Saturday evenings: £33, £30, £22.

A captivating and powerful new musical, The Wicker Husband will have its world premiere at The Watermill. It was the winner of the inaugural MTI Stiles + Drewe Mentorship Award in 2016 celebrating new British musical theatre writers and was included in the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s 30th Annual Festival of New Musicals in New York.

First Week Special On the first Thursday, Friday & Saturday, seats are £22 & £18 (no other discounts). See pages 37-39 for Performance Diary. watermill.org.uk BOX OFFICE 01635 46044

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HAMLET BY WIL LIAM SHAKESPEARE


Friday 17 April to Saturday 23 May The Watermill Ensemble presents

HAMLET

Principal Sponsor

By William Shakespeare Directed by Paul Hart and Abigail Pickard Price Designed by Katie Lias

‘Frailty, thy name is woman…’

Accessible Performances

In a bold, innovative female-led production, The Watermill Ensemble breathe new life into Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy.

Tuesday 12 May at 7.30pm Saturday 16 May at 2.30pm. Integrated performances, see page 26 for details.

Saturday 23 May at 12noon.

Saturday 23 May at 1.30pm.

The King is dead. Absorbed with grief, Hamlet sees a ghostly figure who speaks of treachery and insists upon revenge. Hamlet’s mother Gertrude has hastily remarried, Ophelia is rebelling, and the new king Claudius is controlling proceedings from the shadows. As tensions mount and Hamlet’s personal turmoil increasingly conflicts with public duty, the lines between order and chaos in Elsinore begin to blur.

Relaxed Performance

Thursday 21 May at 2.30pm. Tickets £22 & £18 (no other discounts).

To book seats in the best position for access performances, call 01635 46044 or email boxoffice@watermill.org.uk Tickets Monday to Thursday evenings and Thursday and Saturday matinées: £31, £28, £20. Friday and Saturday evenings: £33, £30, £22.

Underscored with live music played by the cast, The Watermill’s resident company apply their daring, collaborative style to Shakespeare’s most enduring play, exploring contemporary themes of identity and authority from multiple points of view.

First Week Special On the first Friday & Saturday, seats are £22 & £18 (no other discounts). See pages 37-39 for Performance Diary. watermill.org.uk BOX OFFICE 01635 46044

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CAMP ALBION

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Tuesday 26 May to Saturday 6 June

CAMP ALBION By Danielle Pearson ‘I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…’

Directed by Georgie Staight Designed by Isobel Nicolson

Newbury, 1996. Nine miles of ancient woodland under threat, and the local community bitterly divided over the proposed route of the new bypass. When Cassie returns home for the university holidays, she meets Dylan, a beguiling road protester who draws her into a world of rickety treehouses, lentil stew, druidic rituals and stoic resistance. But her mother has other ideas, and as battle lines are drawn, Cassie must face the personal cost of activism.

Camp Albion is also touring to village halls, rural venues and arts centres. For a list of venues visit watermill.org.uk This production contains strong language.

New ng Writi

In a time before smartphones, Twitter, Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion, the ‘Third Battle of Newbury’ was one of the definitive environmental campaigns of the 1990s. A new play with music, Camp Albion explores the heroism, humour and heated debate of this extraordinary moment in the town’s history.

Tickets All performances: £22 and £18. See pages 37-39 for Performance Diary. watermill.org.uk BOX OFFICE 01635 46044

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Graham Greene’s

Our Man in

Havana

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Thursday 11 June to Saturday 18 July

World e ier Prem

Graham Greene’s

Our Man in

Havana

Principal Sponsor

a new musical version by Ben Morales Frost and Richard Hough

‘Half the civilian population is cowering in fear, the other half is dancing in the streets. But not you. You’re different... you’re English’ It’s 1958 and Havana is on the brink of revolution. All day and night, the streets are filled with dancing and the shadows are filled with criminals. In the midst of the warm tropical air, an English vacuum cleaner salesman lives a quiet life running a modest business, raising his teenage daughter Milly and collecting miniature whisky bottles.

Accessible Performance

Saturday 11 July at 1pm.

Saturday 11 July at 2.30pm.

Tickets Monday to Thursday evenings and Thursday and Saturday matinées: £31, £28, £20. Friday and Saturday evenings: £33, £30, £22.

Just as Milly’s love of shopping reaches new heights, James Wormold receives an offer from the British Secret Intelligence Service that is too good to refuse. What Wormold lacks in sleuthing experience, he makes up for with imagination. Nothing stays quiet for long in Havana and his life is soon turned upside down when the fictional events of his intelligence reports start to come true!

First Week Special On the first Thursday, Friday & Saturday, seats are £22 & £18 (no other discounts).

A roller coaster comedy full of colourful characters and uplifting Cuban inspired songs, this new musical is based on Graham Greene’s iconic novel that cleverly satirises the fine line between truth and lies.

See pages 37-39 for Performance Diary. watermill.org.uk BOX OFFICE 01635 46044

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The Watermill Senior Youth Theatre presents

Adapted by David Wood From the novel by Michelle Magorian

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Wednesday 8 April to Saturday 11 April The Watermill Senior Youth Theatre presents

Goodnight Mister Tom Directed by Heidi Bird Designed by Zoë Brennan With Britain at war and an attack on London more likely every day, young William Beech is sent away from the dangerous smog-filled capital to live with elderly Tom Oakley in the safety of the idyllic English countryside.

Saturday 2 May at 11am Really Big Pants Theatre Company presents

Wonky

Haunted by troubles from their past, William and Tom soon find they have a lot in common and form a remarkable friendship that helps them both look to the future. But just as life is starting to make sense for these two lost souls, William’s new world is torn apart by a letter from home.

by Joe Bromley and Willow Nash Really Big Pants are back and cooking up a storm with their new show! Can you help Olive and Messy Jesse save the day as they encounter top chef Monsieur Nincompoop, cool rapper Rapper Scool Yo, and the enigmatic pop star Solar Pa’nelle - as Olive’s so-called best friend Trixie tries to thwart them at every turn?

The Senior Youth Theatre tell this uplifting story full of unexpected twists and turns that show how the most powerful friendships can be found in the most unlikely of places. This amateur production of Goodnight Mister Tom is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD. a Concord Theatricals Company.

There’s cooking! There’s dancing! There’s rapping! Not all at the same time. A fun 55 minute family show for children age 7+

Tickets £14 and £13, concessions £7 and £6.50. See pages 37-39 for Performance Diary. The Sackler Trust, Principal Supporter of The Senior Youth Theatre

Tickets £8 and £7.

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Sunday Sessions

Sunday 22 March at 3pm

The Boulevards are a 1950s rock and roll band performing the greatest hits from the golden era of music.

The band features a line-up of some of the UK’s finest rock and roll musicians, comprising a wealth of television and West End theatre experience. They have performed in productions and shows such as Dreamboats & Petticoats, The Buddy Holly Story, Sister Act, The X Factor and All Together Now.

From Elvis Presley to Chuck Berry; Cliff Richard to Little Richard; Jerry Lee Lewis to The Everly Brothers, The Boulevards deliver an authentic, uncompromised and electric performance of the greatest feel-good music of all time.

Tickets £22 and £18. watermill.org.uk BOX OFFICE 01635 46044

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Sunday 5 July at 3pm DugOut Theatre presents

The Mistakable Sound of Ed MacArthur Join award-winning Ed MacArthur in this madcap, multi-instrumental, one-man musical comedy. As heard on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Scotland and the Nicholas Parsons show, he’s the star of hit shows Murder For Two (★★★★ The Telegraph), Ed MacArthur: Humoresque (★★★★ Broadway Baby), Inheritance Blues (★★★★ The Scotsman), Swansong (★★★★ The Stage) and Stack (★★★★ Fest). The Mistakable Sound of Ed MacArthur will delight audiences with its razor-sharp wit and stunning musicianship. Join us for a hilarious hour of piano, guitar, accordion, ukulele and more from this charismatic, multi-talented performer. ‘MacArthur, straight-backed and deadpan, has talent in spades’ Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph ‘MacArthur has natural charm and considerable skill’ ★★★★ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

Tickets £22 and £18. watermill.org.uk BOX OFFICE 01635 46044

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Restaurant and Bar Before the show Choose from a mouth-watering buffet selection of delicious salads and cold meats, 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 matinĂŠe days and from 5.30pm Monday to Saturday evenings.

In the bar The bar serves a wide selection of wines from around the world, locally brewed beers and soft drinks before, during and after the show. Chips & dips and sharing platters are available up to 30 minutes before the show and during the interval (please preorder before the show). Please note, reusable plastic cups will be provided to take drinks into most areas of the auditorium.

After the show Sharing platters are available to enjoy after the performance. Please preorder your platter before the show. Cream teas are available after matinĂŠe performances. Please preorder before the show. Dine after the show on Friday and Saturday evenings. Choose from one, two or three courses from our menu. Please collect a menu from the bar before the show to make your selection.

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Children’s Menu

Our restaurant is very popular so please book in advance with the box office on 01635 46044 or online at watermill.org.uk

Choose from a selection of three main courses, followed by ice cream. Available at lunch time on matinĂŠe days and before the show in the evenings. To see the menu, visit watermill.org.uk/childrens_menu

Private Hire Our beautiful venue is available for you to hire for weddings, parties, meetings, seminars and other events. The restaurant, bar, gardens and conservatory are available for evening hire on Sundays and daytime events may be held every day except Thursdays and Saturdays. A variety of menus can be provided including hog roast, barbeque and buffet. For further information about Private Hire, please call 01635 570920 or email restaurant@watermill.org.uk

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Take Part - Holiday Courses Young People under 12 Create, rehearse and share an original performance. A great way to make new friends and develop your skills with a professional from The Watermill.

Story Adventures

Musical Theatre Day

11.30am - 12.15pm: a session especially designed for young people with a disability

Join us for a sensory adventure exploring a story or theme. 10.30am - 11.15am: under 5s

Monday 17 February Ages: 7 - 11 (9am - 4.30pm, flexible drop off available from 8.30am) Price £38

Play in a Day

Join o us for tw ine b m o days! C sical both Mu a D y and Theatre Day Play in a for £70

Price £5 per child

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Wednesday 19 February A morning filled with fairies, potions and fantastical forests.

Tuesday 18 February

The Velveteen Rabbit

Ages: 7 - 11 (9am - 4.30pm, flexible drop off available from 8.30am)

Wednesday 8 April

Price £38

Explore the classic story of The Velveteen Rabbit.

Play in a Week

Secret Spies

Tuesday 14 to Friday 17 April

Wednesday 27 May

Ages: 7 - 11 (9am - 3.30pm, flexible drop off available from 8.30am)

Become a brave agent following clues and solving puzzles.

Price £128

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Young People 12 to 18 Masterclasses

More Opportunities to Take Part

Join us during the school holidays to work with leading theatre professionals to develop and learn new skills. All abilities are welcome.

The Watermill Theatre offers many opportunities for young people of all ages to take part. We have regular youth theatre groups who meet throughout the week. From sessions for under 5s and their families to aspiring young professionals, including specialist groups for those who are D/deaf, have autism, or have complications in life.

Ages: 12 - 18 (9am - 4.30pm, flexible drop off available from 8.30am)

Writing and Performing Songs for Musical Theatre Thursday 20 and Friday 21 February

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

An exciting two day masterclass with a professional musical director exploring how to write and perform songs for musical theatre.

Like our Outreach page on Facebook Watermill Theatre Outreach

Price £70

Physical Theatre Monday 6 April This unique theatre technique emphasises the use of movement. Learn this new skill and discover how it’s used in performance.

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

Join us April r fo both sses la rc Maste for £70

Price £38

Performing with Puppets Tuesday 7 April Explore the art of being a puppeteer and discover how to interact with puppets. Price £38

To book a course or for more information about how to take part, call Outreach on 01635 570934, email outreach@watermill.org.uk or book online.

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Take Part - Adults Scratch Choir

Adult Courses

A professional Musical Director will guide you through a selection of music, revealing tips and techniques for all singing levels. Together you will create a concert to perform to friends and family. All abilities welcome, the emphasis is on having fun!

NEW! One Act Join us once a month for a masterclass with a Watermill professional. 6.45pm - 8.30pm Wednesday 29 January Improvisation

Sunday 29 March

Scratch Choir: Famous Folk

Wednesday 19 February Physical Theatre

Sing classic songs from famous folk musicians including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Carole King.

Wednesday 11 March Acting for Musical Theatre

Rehearsal 10am - 5.30pm Performance at 6pm

Wednesday 15 April Performing Shakespeare

The bar will be open after the performance for drinks and a light supper.

Wednesday 27 May Exploring Scripts

Price £30

Wednesday 10 June Sign Language On Stage Price £15 per session or book all 6 sessions for £60. Everyone aged 16+ welcome.

Fourth Wall Thursdays from 2 April to 21 May 10.30am - 12noon A group for adults with a learning disability exploring Shakespeare’s Hamlet every Thursday for 8 weeks, watching the Watermill show together and performing our own adaptation for friends and family. Please visit www.watermill.org.uk/fourth_wall or contact our Community Associate on 01635 570918 for more details.

To book a course or for more information, call Outreach on 01635 570934, email outreach@watermill.org.uk or book online.

Price £36, this includes your ticket to the theatre. Bursary places are available.

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Take Part Professionals & Education

Schools

Free post-show Q&As

We offer an extensive education programme for schools including workshops, free education packs and dynamic CPD and INSET for teachers. For more details, please visit the Take Part pages on our website or call Heidi on 01635 570927.

Find out more about the creative process and how our shows are brought to life. See page 37-39 for dates.

We offer a range of opportunities that can assist your school’s Artsmark application.

Raising Voices A script reading scheme for budding playwrights. Send your script to us and one of our professionals will provide constructive feedback. The fee for submissions is £33 per play (to cover reader’s fees).

For more information visit watermill.org.uk/take-part Like our Outreach page on Facebook Watermill Theatre Outreach

Actors Forum 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 Watermill’s Core Education Programme.

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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. Here’s an overview of accessibility at The Watermill. For more information, please visit our website or get in touch: www.watermill.org.uk/access Box Office 01635 46044 email boxoffice@watermill.org.uk

Getting around Almost everywhere is wheelchair-accessible with the exception of Circle seats (on the first floor) which are accessed by a spiral staircase, there is no lift. Subject to availability we can welcome two wheelchair users to every performance in the stalls (on the ground floor) and can reserve one of our accessible parking spaces. Essential companion tickets are free of charge, see page 33 for more details.

D/deaf and hearing impaired audiences British Sign Language performances are sign integrated. This means that the sign performer is onstage translating alongside the actors. Look out for the BSL symbol on the show information pages. If you would like to make the onstage volume a little louder, you’re welcome to borrow a personal headset that works with or without a hearing aid.

Visually impaired audiences Audio Description paints a picture of what is happening onstage 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.

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 can download our Social Story (a visual guide to The Watermill) from the website.

Assistance dogs We welcome assistance dogs. Please let the box office know they’ll be with you so we can offer a seat with space for you both.

Familiarisation visits If you have not come to The Watermill before, you might like to contact the box office to arrange a time when it is less busy to have a look around and get your bearings.

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Access Diary

Backstage Tours

Audio Described Performances

Go behind the scenes, enjoy lunch and watch a show in the theatre.

One Million Tiny Plays About Britain Saturday 15 February at 1.30pm

Find out more about the unique history of this once derelict mill and its transformation into a vibrant producing theatre. Discover how and where our shows are created before enjoying lunch and a matinée performance. Booking is open to individuals and groups. Tours start at 12.30pm on the following dates. To book, call the Box Office on 01635 46044.

The Wicker Husband Saturday 28 March at 2.30pm Hamlet Saturday 23 May at 1.30pm Our Man in Havana Saturday 11 July at 2.30pm Sign Integrated Performances

The Wicker Husband Thursday 26 March

Hamlet Tuesday 12 May at 7.30pm Saturday 16 May at 2.30pm

Our Man in Havana Saturday 27 June Price £50 (includes tour, lunch and a ticket for the matinée performance).

Relaxed Performance Hamlet Thursday 21 May at 2.30pm

Tours for school groups may be arranged on request through the Outreach department on 01635 570927 or email outreach@watermill.org.uk

To book seats in the best position for access performances, call 01635 46044 or email boxoffice@watermill.org.uk

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Supporting Your Theatre! Through our work on and offstage we seek to share the joy of theatre, welcoming people of all ages, abilities and from all walks of life to enjoy our shows and take part. Alongside the creation of onstage productions, our activities include touring work, community, education and youth participation opportunities. It costs in the region of ÂŁ3 million to run the theatre, produce the shows you see onstage and deliver our outreach and education programme each year. A significant percentage of our income is earned through ticket and restaurant sales but for the remainder, we rely on the generosity of our wonderful supporters, people just like you: kind individuals with a passion for theatre, local businesses wanting to support their community, trusts and foundations keen to invest in the future of the arts.

Your support really does reach every corner of our work. You help us to provide development opportunities for artists at the beginning of their career, including those talented creatives who work behind the scenes. With your help, we are able to nurture emerging costume makers, lighting designers, stage managers, directors and so many others who work alongside our professional team. You help to spark imaginations, inspire creativity and delight and surprise audiences of all ages. We are incredibly grateful and promise to spend every donation you make wisely, where it’s needed most, and with respect. Find out more at watermill.org.uk/support_us

Make a difference, dramatically!

Here are just a few ways you can support us: Become a Benefactor or Watermill Circle Member

Make a regular or one-off donation

Become a Friend

Name A Seat Sponsor a performance or production Join as a Corporate Club Member

Leave a gift in your Will

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Our sincere thanks go to the following people and organisations whose generosity deserves a round of applause. Thank you.

Watermill Sponsors

Trusts and Foundations

• du Pré

• Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

• Heritage Financial Advisers

• The Arbib Charitable Fund

• Horsey Lightly Solicitors

• The Arts Council, England

• Saica Pack

• The Colefax Charitable Trust

• Sheepdrove Organic Farm & Eco Conference Centre

• Doris Field Charitable Trust • The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust • The Dyers’ Company

Platinum Benefactors

• The Englefield Charitable Trust

• James Rees

• Fuller’s

• Sir Trevor Chinn CVO and Lady Chinn

• The AW Gale Charitable Trust

• The Hon Christopher and Mrs Sharples

• Gamlen Charitable Trust

• Anonymous

• Greenham Trust • The Iliffe Family Charitable Trust

Gold Benefactors

• Miss W E Lawrence 1973 Charity

• Anthony Harris

• The Patricia Routledge Charitable Trust

• Jen and Ali Grimstone-Jones

• PGCT • The Sackler Trust • The Sheepdrove Trust

For further information on ways to support The Watermill please contact Jo or Charlotte in the Development team for a friendly chat on 01635 570928 or 570915 or email development@watermill.org.uk The Watermill Theatre is a registered charity, no. 261430

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Watermill Friends

ds Frien e T f o h

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. Your donation will also help us to deliver an inspirational outreach programme to those in our local community. 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, workshops and much more. Past speakers have included Libby Purves, Deborah Puxley, Stewart Hofgartner and the directors of Kiss Me, Kate and Assassins. Events are open to all, with Friends receiving priority booking. The Friends of The Watermill make an impressive financial contribution to the theatre, a registered charity. Last year, they generated over £105,000 from donations and organised events. As a Watermill Friend, we offer: • Priority booking (whenever possible) • Regular events leaflet Typically, our Friends make a £30 donation as an individual supporter or £45 as joint supporters (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 visit watermill.org.uk/friends or call the Friends Secretary on 01635 45834. We look forward to welcoming you.

The Early Bird Catches The Show! Would you like priority booking for Watermill shows? Become a Friend of The Watermill for early access to your favourite seats! Visit watermill.org.uk/friends or call 01635 45834

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Christmas Fair

The Watermill Summer Fair

Friday 8 November 2019 9.30am - 2.30pm

Sunday 31 May 2020 12noon - 4pm

The annual Christmas Fair offers a diverse range of festive gift ideas for all the family. New stalls have been included this year alongside old favourites. Light lunch and seasonal refreshments will be available to buy and enjoy during the day.

Come and share the beautiful surroundings of The Watermill for our annual Summer Fair. Enjoy live music, Punch and Judy, stalls, games, delicious food, a Pimm’s bar, raffle and a chance to back a winner in the duck race.

Entry £3.50

Entry Adults £1, 12 years and under FREE. We are on the lookout for volunteers to help at the Summer Fair. If you are interested in getting involved and are able to offer a few hours of your time, please contact the Friends Secretary on 01635 45834 for further information.

Please visit watermill.org.uk or call the box office on 01635 46044 for more information.

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Your Visit Ticket Prices Performance

Band A

Band B

Band C

One Million Tiny Plays About Britain, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Wicker Husband, Hamlet, and Our Man in Havana: First Week Special

£22 £22 £18

Monday to Thursday evenings and Thursday and Saturday matinées Friday and Saturday evenings

£31 (£29) £28 (£26) £20 (£18) £33 £30 £22

Camp Albion

£22 £22 £18

Senior Youth Theatre

Goodnight Mr Tom

£14 (£7)

£14 (£7)

£13 (£6.50)

Concession prices are shown in brackets. S1

Band A Band B Band C

O1 BB AA

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

A1

Parental Guidance

As a general rule, no babies or children under 3 will be admitted unless it is a children’s show aimed at very young children or a Relaxed Performance. If an age limit is considered appropriate, guidelines will be published.

O22

A12

B1

B12

C1

C12

D1

D12

E1

E12

F1

F12

G1

G12

H1

H12

J1

J11

K1

K12

L1

L12

M1

M12 N11

N1 R1

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CIRCLE SLIPS

Please note, reusable plastic cups will be provided to take drinks into most areas of the auditorium.

P1 AA BB

CC

STAGE AREA CIRCLE SLIPS

Rows O and P are galleried with two posts on either side (• denotes posts). These seats offer a side or overhead view of the stage and are priced according to visibility.

S9 DD

CIRCLE

R6

P22


Concessions

Discounts

Concession prices are shown in brackets on page 32.

Young people aged 16 to 25 A limited number of £10 tickets are available for all performances of main house shows*. Book with the box office and collect 30 minutes prior to the performance. Subject to availability. Proof of status required.

We offer concessions to senior citizens, under 18s and full-time students in higher or further education, Equity members, people in receipt of income support benefits and people in receipt of disability benefits.

Standby tickets for under 18s and full-time students £5 tickets for main house shows are available from the Box Office in person from midday on the day of the performance.* Subject to availability. Proof of status required.

Concessions are not applicable to First Week Special prices. All concessions and discounts are subject to availability and are not offered retrospectively. Only one concession or discount applies per ticket. Proof of status is required.

School and Youth Groups 20% off tickets on Monday to Thursday evening performances of main house shows.* Free teacher’s ticket with every 15 seats booked. Tickets for matinée performances are £8.50. Offer not applicable to First Week Special prices. Groups of 10 or more 15% off on Monday to Thursday evening and matinée performances of main house shows.* Book 15 tickets and receive a free organiser ticket. Offer not applicable to First Week Special prices. Free Essential Companion ticket For audience members with additional needs who cannot attend without assistance. Contact the box office to book. West Berkshire Green Card 10% off tickets on Monday to Thursday evening for One Million Tiny Plays About Britain 3 to 6 February, A Midsummer Night’s Dream 24 to 27 February, The Wicker Husband 16 to 19 March, Hamlet 20 to 23 April and Our Man in Havana 15 to 18 June. *Excludes Goodnight Mister Tom, Wonky and Sunday Sessions.

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How to Book Please tell us about any special requirements you, or anyone in your party has when you book your seats. Our box office team will be happy to advise.

In person

Opening Times: 10am to 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday. Non-performance days: 10am to 6pm. Bank Holidays: 12noon until 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 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 us a cheque payable to Watermill Theatre Ltd or call us to arrange payment. 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. Please check your tickets carefully upon receipt to ensure you have the right number, performance date and time. All tickets are non-refundable. For exchanges and resales, it is the customer’s responsibility to return original tickets to the box office within three days.

Exchanging tickets

For an admin fee of £2 per ticket, we are happy to exchange tickets for another performance of the same production, subject to availability, up to 48 hours before the performance.

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 per transaction. We do not automatically 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 and will only be re-sold after all other tickets have been sold.

Gift vouchers

Watermill vouchers can be purchased from the box office and online and can be used to buy tickets. We are unable to accept them in our bar and restaurant. Vouchers are valid for one year and are non-refundable. We are unable to accept expired vouchers.

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How to Find Us By car or coach 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 then second 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.

By train Approximately an hour from London Paddington to Newbury station. There is a taxi rank at Newbury station.

Car and bike parking There is free parking at the theatre but please be aware that space is limited. Please car-share whenever possible. There is a bicycle rack alongside the restaurant.

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Keep in Touch Join our mailing list

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You can find out what’s going on at The Watermill by joining our free mailing list. Visit our website and complete the form online, email boxoffice@watermill.org.uk or call 01635 46044.

For behind the scenes news, videos and the latest event information:

When processing your booking, our box office staff will ask for your name, address, telephone number and email address. This information will be used to process your transaction and to keep you informed of any important details relating to your booking.

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From time to time we will send information to you about season announcements, shows, events and offers, fundraising, dining and opportunities to Take Part. If you do not wish to receive information by post, please inform the box office when booking or select ‘Go paperless’ in your online account.

By email If you would like to receive information by email about season announcements, shows, events and offers, fundraising, dining and opportunities to Take Part, please inform the box office when booking or select the relevant option in your online account. You can change your contact details and preferences online at watermill.org.uk or by calling the box office.

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Credits Design and print by: Kingsclere Design and Print 01635 299507. Photos and images by: Tom Broadfoot, Jim Creighton, Feast Creative, Pablo González-Trejo, Eden Harrhy, KDP, Gemma Leggett, Philip Tull, Pamela Raith and Scott Rylander.

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Performance Diary NOVEMBER Friday 8

Watermill Christmas Fair

JANUARY Wednesday 29 Thursday 30 Friday 31

One Million Tiny Plays About Britain 7.30pm One Million Tiny Plays About Britain 2.30pm & 7.30pm One Million Tiny Plays About Britain 7.30pm

FEBRUARY Saturday 1 Monday 3 Tuesday 4 Wednesday 5 Thursday 6 Friday 7 Saturday 8 Monday 10 Tuesday 11 Wednesday 12 Thursday 13 Friday 14 Saturday 15 Wednesday 19 Thursday 20 Friday 21 Saturday 22 Monday 24 Tuesday 25 Wednesday 26 Thursday 27 Friday 28 Saturday 29

One Million Tiny Plays About Britain 2.30pm & 7.30pm One Million Tiny Plays About Britain 7.30pm One Million Tiny Plays About Britain 7.30pm One Million Tiny Plays About Britain 7.30pm One Million Tiny Plays About Britain 2.30pm & 7.30pm One Million Tiny Plays About Britain 7.30pm One Million Tiny Plays About Britain 2.30pm & 7.30pm One Million Tiny Plays About Britain 7.30pm One Million Tiny Plays About Britain 7.30pm One Million Tiny Plays About Britain 7.30pm One Million Tiny Plays About Britain 2.30pm & 7.30pm One Million Tiny Plays About Britain 7.30pm One Million Tiny Plays About Britain 1.30pm & 6.30pm 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 2.30pm & 7.30pm

MARCH Monday 2 Tuesday 3 Wednesday 4 Thursday 5 Friday 6 Saturday 7 Thursday 12 Friday 13 Saturday 14 Monday 16 Tuesday 17 Wednesday 18 Thursday 19 Friday 20 Saturday 21 Sunday 22

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 The Wicker Husband 7.30pm The Wicker Husband 7.30pm The Wicker Husband 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Wicker Husband 7.30pm The Wicker Husband 7.30pm The Wicker Husband 7.30pm The Wicker Husband 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Wicker Husband 7.30pm The Wicker Husband 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Boulevards 3pm

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9.30am to 2.30pm


Monday 23 Tuesday 24 Wednesday 25 Thursday 26 Friday 27 Saturday 28 Monday 30 Tuesday 31

The Wicker Husband 7.30pm The Wicker Husband 7.30pm The Wicker Husband 7.30pm The Wicker Husband 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Wicker Husband 7.30pm The Wicker Husband 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Wicker Husband 7.30pm The Wicker Husband 7.30pm

APRIL Wednesday 1 Thursday 2 Friday 3 Saturday 4 Wednesday 8 Thursday 9 Friday 10 Saturday 11 Friday 17 Saturday 18 Monday 20 Tuesday 21 Wednesday 22 Thursday 23 Friday 24 Saturday 25 Monday 27 Tuesday 28 Wednesday 29 Thursday 30

The Wicker Husband 7.30pm The Wicker Husband 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Wicker Husband 7.30pm The Wicker Husband 1.30pm & 6.30pm Goodnight Mister Tom 7.30pm Goodnight Mister Tom 7.30pm Goodnight Mister Tom 7.30pm Goodnight Mister Tom 6.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 2.30pm & 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 2.30pm & 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 2.30pm & 7.30pm

MAY Friday 1 Saturday 2 Saturday 2 Monday 4 Tuesday 5 Wednesday 6 Thursday 7 Friday 8 Saturday 9 Monday 11 Tuesday 12 Wednesday 13 Thursday 14 Friday 15 Saturday 16 Monday 18 Tuesday 19 Wednesday 20 Thursday 21 Friday 22 Saturday 23

Hamlet 7.30pm Really Big Pants - Wonky 11am Hamlet 2.30pm & 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 2.30pm & 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 2.30pm & 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 2.30pm & 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 2.30pm & 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 2.30pm & 7.30pm Hamlet 7.30pm Hamlet 1.30pm & 6.30pm

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Tuesday 26 Wednesday 27 Thursday 28 Friday 29 Saturday 30 Sunday 31

Camp Albion 7.30pm Camp Albion 7.30pm Camp Albion 2.30pm & 7.30pm Camp Albion 7.30pm Camp Albion 2.30pm & 7.30pm Watermill Summer Fair 12 noon to 4pm

JUNE Monday 1 Tuesday 2 Wednesday 3 Thursday 4 Friday 5 Saturday 6 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

Camp Albion 7.30pm Camp Albion 7.30pm Camp Albion 7.30pm Camp Albion 2.30pm & 7.30pm Camp Albion 7.30pm Camp Albion 1.30pm & 6.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 2.30pm & 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 2.30pm & 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 2.30pm & 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 2.30pm & 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 2.30pm & 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm

JULY Wednesday 1 Thursday 2 Friday 3 Saturday 4 Sunday 5 Monday 6 Tuesday 7 Wednesday 8 Thursday 9 Friday 10 Saturday 11 Monday 13 Tuesday 14 Wednesday 15 Thursday 16 Friday 17 Saturday 18

Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 2.30pm & 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 2.30pm & 7.30pm The Mistakable Sound of Ed MacArthur 3pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 2.30pm & 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 2.30pm & 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 2.30pm & 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 7.30pm Our Man in Havana 1.30pm & 6.30pm

British Sign Language Integrated Relaxed Performance

Audio Described Post-show Q&A

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Touch Tour Backstage Tour


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