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Our 2017-2018 programme of plays

Our 2017-2018 programme of plays

We are proud to announce an exciting progreamme of plays for our 2017-18 season. Two of Shakespeare's plays - one tragedy on stage and one comedy in the open air, eight new works, two classic novels brought to the stage, more comedy, more drama and some poetry - there really is something for everyone.

A riverside welcome from Sir Kenneth Branagh

A riverside welcome from Sir Kenneth Branagh

Our patron, Sir Kenneth Branagh, welcomes you to Caversham Court Gardens for Wind in the Willows Hello everyone, and welcome to a fresh chance with a classic story, to do some ‘messing about on the river’. There was never a more apt tale to present in the open air than The Wind In The Willows, given that most of the characters extol the virtues of [...] Read more

Progress are Nominated in Cultural Awards

Progress are Nominated in Cultural Awards

Progress Theatre and Progress Youth Theatre have both been nominated in the inaugural Reading Cultural Awards. These awards were instituted following Reading's Year of Culture: "Reading’s brilliant cultural scene reached new heights during Reading Year of Culture. The Reading Cultural Awards will provide an opportunity for Reading’s cultural [...] Read more

Agatha, Margaret, Murder and Kate

Agatha, Margaret, Murder and Kate

Director Kate Shaw tells us how she came to Murder, Margaret and Me, staged by Progress 22-27 May 2017. I first became aware of this play in the Spring of 2015. I was working on my dissertation and desperate for any form of distraction – adept as I am at procrastination. My dissertation was on the nature of unreliable narration and the concept of [...] Read more

Golden Compass, Subtle Knife, Amber Spyglass

Golden Compass, Subtle Knife, Amber Spyglass

Louise Banks explains the key props she made for His Dark Materials. With the rise of eBay and online shopping the world of props sourcing has been turned on its head and what used to take weeks of visiting every charity shop you could find and calling in favours now takes a few minutes and a search engine. The art of prop making however has not [...] Read more

Dario Fo and the Anarchist

Dario Fo and the Anarchist

Director Eva Marchetti gives us some background on Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist 20-25 February 2017 at Progress “Sempre allegri bisogna stare Che il nostro piangere fa male al re Fa male al Ricco e al Cardinale Diventan tristi se noi piangiam" (“We must always be happy Because our weeping is bad for the King It hurts the Rich and [...] Read more

Game of Theatre

Game of Theatre

Progress Theatre presents The Game of Theatre Workshop Monday 24th - Friday 28th July 2017 10 am to 4 pm + 6pm performance on the Friday Ages 8-14; £135 per child Join Progress Theatre for a week of fantasy as we open our doors during the summer holiday to children from 8-14 to craft a performance the likes you've never seen before. Offering [...] Read more

WriteFest 2017 is open for entries

WriteFest 2017 is open for entries

Calling experienced or aspiring playwrights! Our short play competition, now it's 12th year, is open for entries. We are looking for short plays, 10-20 minutes long. Chosen entries will be assigned to directors and presented at the theatre in September. This is your chance to get your work staged. Deadline for applications: midnight 1st April 2017 [...] Read more

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