More Room with a View!

We are thrilled to announce that we will be installing raised seating in the Woodclyffe Hall from row seven to the back of the Hall.  This will ensure that audiences have a perfect view of the stage from every seat along with extra leg-room.  The raised seating will be ready in time for Jack and the Beanstalk.

Theatre Workshop is very grateful to Ann and Len Roberts for their hard work and exceptional generosity, which has made this possible. Ann and Len have negotiated with designers, suppliers and Wargrave Parish Council and worked closely with your committee. We are indeed fortunate to have two wonderful friends of the Workshop.

News

Jack and the Beanstalk

JATB-30022nd to 25th January 2015

Dame Dotty Dimple and her sons, Jack and Simple Simon, must sell Buttercup to prevent their electricity from being cut off by the horrible Snatchet and Scarper. Will they get top dollar for their beloved cow and be left full of beans?

Put the January blues “behind you” with Theatre Workshop’s ever-popular panto. With enthusiastic direction from Emmajane Hughes and musical direction by Rod Murray, it promises to be a fun-packed, singalong, family show.

There will be six performances in total: evening shows from Thursday to Saturday at 8pm, two matinees on Saturday at 1pm and 4pm, and one on Sunday at 2pm. Theatre Workshop members can use priority booking from 9am on 29th November and tickets will be on general release from December 6th.

Ticket Prices

Thursday – £9 full price & £8 concession.
Friday & Saturday night – £14 stalls & £12 balcony (no concession).
All matinees – £9 adult, £8 concession & £6 child.

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Oh What A Lovely War

OWALW-30015th to 18th October

Oh What A Lovely War was first performed at the Theatre Royal in March 1963. The chronicle of the First World War told through songs and documents of the period was created by Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop and featured popular songs from the period, many of which reflected the black humour of the ‘Tommys’ in the trenches.
The play is a series of humorous skits telling the story of the war, mingled with contemporary songs. The entertaining dialogue and songs are contrasted with increasingly harsh images and statistics projected onto the stage.
The film version, Oh! What A Lovely War, was released in 1969. It was loosely based on the stage production, but lacked the stark simplicity and cutting humour of the original.
Wargrave Theatre Workshop’s Oh What A Lovely War is firmly based on the original stage production. The setting and costumes are deliberately simple, but the production is technologically challenging.
Tickets are on sale to Wargrave Theatre Workshop members from 18th August and on general sale from 1st September. The opening show on Wednesday 15th October is a special performance in aid of The Royal British Legion. The curtain goes up on the evening shows at 8pm and there is also a matinee performance at 2.30pm on Saturday 18th.

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The Killing of Sister George

Sister-George-30014 to 17 May 2014

In Frank Marcus’ comedy, Sister George is a beloved character on a popular BBC soap opera, a cheerful nurse who bicycles about the countryside singing hymns and doing good. In private life, June Buckridge the actress, is a swaggering, foul-mouthed alcoholic.

Due to low ratings, cut-backs and June’s own bad behavior, the BBC decides to kill off Sister George on the series. A visit from Miss Mercy Croft, a no-nonsense network executive bearing the bad news sends “George” into meltdown.

Usually regarded as a parody of the killing of Grace Archer in The Archers, the 1964 West End production starred Beryl Reid as George.

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty-30016 to 19 January 2014

For our 2014 pantomime we present Beauty and the Beast by Alan P Frayn. The story begins in the small French village of Franglais de la Mer, a stone’s throw from Paris. A handsome Prince upsets an evil witch, is turned into a fearsome beast and banished to a magical castle in the woods. His only hope of becoming a Prince again is to get someone to love him, without revealing his true identity, before the last rose of summer dies. There will be six performances; Evening shows from Thursday to Saturday at 8pm and two matinees on Saturday 18th at 1:00 and 4pm and one on Sunday at 2pm.  Theatre Workshop members can use priority booking from 09.00 on 23rd November and tickets will be on general release from December 1st.

Ticket Prices

Thursday – £9 full price & £8 concession
Friday & Saturday night – £12 (no concession)
All matinees – £9 adult, £8 concession & £6 child

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Wedge Double Bill

Wedge2013-30028 to 30 November 2013

Wedge, the Theatre Workshop group for members aged 12 to 18, present a double bill of suspense and comedy.

Sorry, Wrong Number  is based on a 1948 American suspense film noir starring Barbara Stanwyck and Burt Lancaster. It tells the story of a woman who overhears a murder plot.

In A Fish in Her Kettle the lack of a door handle causes disaster as the cast find themselves trapped on stage when the door jams. This great comedy is one of the famous “Coarse Acting” plays.

Tickets are available now.

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WTW Juniors, It’s Christmas Come Early..

Juniors-2013-300Sunday 1st December

WTW Juniors will be presenting their annual mini-panto productions. These shows are always very entertaining so come along and spot the stars of the future.

Years 4 – 6 present Snow White and the Seven Aliens

Years 6 – 7 present Twas the night before Christmas

Performances at 2pm & 3.30pm. Each performance will be approximately 30 minutes.
Suggested donation on the door is £5.

WTW Juniors will also be performing in the Wokingham Living Advent Calendar during December.

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Plaza Suite by Neil Simon

Plaza-30016 to 19 October 2013.

In Neil Simon’s comedy three couples successively occupy a suite at the Plaza Hotel, New York. A suburban couple take the suite while their house is being painted and it turns out to be the one in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before. This wry tale of marriage in tatters is followed by the exploits of a Hollywood producer who, after three marriages, is looking for fresh fields. He calls a childhood sweetheart for a little sexual diversion who is now more than the match he bargained for.  The last couple are fighting about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom as Mother yells, “I want you to come out of that bathroom and get married!

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Down The Rabbit Hole

Down-The-Rabbit-HoleWargrave Village Festival

Junior Workshop present Down the Rabbit Hole.

Follow Alice on her journey down the rabbit hole to a strange world where the Queen of Hearts rules and anyone who upsets her loses their head. You will meet the always running late, white rabbit, the Cheshire cat who warns her everyone she meets will be mad. The Mad Hatter and his friends March Hare and Dormouse, where time stopped at 6 o’clock, so its always tea time. The naughty Knave of Hearts accused of stealing the tarts and many other characters along the way.

Come and join us on the green, where we will transport you off to Wonderland. Why not come early and have your very own family tea party in the lovely surroundings of the Green?

15th and 16th June at 2pm and 4pm both days. Adults £5 and children £3. Tickets are on sale on Festival Ticket Day, Saturday 20th April and after that online (fees apply when booking online).

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Love’s Labour’s Lost

Loves-Labours-300 Wargrave Village Festival

Shakespeare’s comedy of Man’s weakness, Woman’s deception and the travails of love. Open air on Wargrave Mill Green.

The pious resolution made by Ferdinand, King of Navarre and his three friends, to give up their riotous life and agree ‘not to see ladies, to study, to fast one day a week and to sleep but three hours a night’ is instantly broken with the arrival of the Princess of France and her entourage.

Please make sure you come early, bring a picnic to the lovely surroundings of the Green before the performance and bring your friends for a memorable evening.

Tickets are on sale on Festival Ticket Day, Saturday 20th April then by telephone on 07776 214455 for one week only up to Saturday 27th April. Book online from 27th April (fees apply when booking online).

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