14th to 17th October
2015 is a remarkable year of anniversaries. It is 1000 years since the Viking invasion of Britain, 800 years since the signing of Magna Carta, 600 since Agincourt, 200 since Waterloo, and 70 years since VE/VJ Day. So Wargrave Theatre Workshop’s autumn production is A Year To Remember, a light hearted canter past these and other milestones of history and a celebration of our own 40th Anniversary.
This revue offers a wide mix of comic and serious performance opportunities, so there really is something for everyone. There will be songs, parodies, poetry readings and excerpts from classic plays. This is a great chance for new members to give it a go on stage, alongside our established talent.
11th to 13th June 2015
Following on from the fantastic success of Wind in the Willows and Down the Rabbit Hole. The Juniors and Wedge members will be performing a production of “We’re off to see the Wizard”. Dorothy Gale is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. Things in Oz are strange and beautiful, but Dorothy just wants to get back home. She’s helped by the Good Fairy, of the North, but she’s also in trouble with the Wicked Witch of the West, who seeks revenge for the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, for which she blames Dorothy. While searching for her way home she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who needs a heart, and a cowardly lion who needs courage.
Open air on Wargrave Mill Green. Directed and produced by Jane Jordan.
Thursday 11th & Friday 12th June at 4.30pm, Saturday 13th June at 2pm and 4pm.
Performance lasts about one hour. Adults £3.50 and Children £2.50 – book online.
Macbeth. 10th -13th June 2015.
First performed in 1606, MACBETH was written for James 1st, to celebrate his accession as the first king of England and Scotland. Considered by many to be Shakespeare’s darkest work, the play reflects James’s fascination with witches and is a topical study of a revolutionary coup and its aftermath with all the pace of a modern thriller.
This year will be our fifteenth ‘Shakespeare on the Green’. Set on beautiful Mill Green, Wargrave with St Mary’s Church forming the backdrop, this is an event not to be missed. For a memorable evening, come and enjoy a picnic on the Green with your friends before the performance. We will be providing covered seating to ensure an excellent evening’s entertainment, even if it rains!
Our outdoor production of Macbeth will open the two week long Wargrave Village Festival. Produced and directed by Joe and Joy Haynes. Tickets are available online (on the right of this screen) from Monday 27th April.
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.
22nd 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.
Thursday – £9 full price & £8 concession.
Friday & Saturday night – £14 stalls & £12 balcony (no concession).
All matinees – £9 adult, £8 concession & £6 child.
15th 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.
14 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.
16 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.
Thursday – £9 full price & £8 concession
Friday & Saturday night – £12 (no concession)
All matinees – £9 adult, £8 concession & £6 child
28 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.
Sunday 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.