Angels in America – Parts I & II by Tony Kushner
20 June – 2 July 2022
In mid-1980s New York, AIDS spreads unabated and Reagan’s America is unwilling to help. Two couples’ lives intertwine through physical relationships and metaphysical encounters. Prior and Louis’ relationship comes under strain when Prior is diagnosed with AIDS and both struggle to cope with the harsh reality of the disease. Harper and Joe are unhappily married Mormons. Harper hides from her pain with Valium; Joe with long walks at night. A secret prevents them from being able to communicate. Angels in America interrogates sexuality, religion, race, and politics at the end of the last millennium in one of the most lauded pieces of theatre.
The story is told in two plays, over two weeks.
Socially distanced seating available.
This show will NOT be available to watch online.
Great Expectations - by Charles Dickens
20-30 July 2022
in the Open Air at Reading Abbey Ruins
This year, our open-air production takes a break from Shakespeare with a new, faithful, and fast-paced adaptation for the stage of Charles Dickens’ classic novel. As the sun sets over the ruins of Reading Abbey, see how orphan Pip comes into his Great Expectations. His journey from boy to man is packed with surprises and setbacks. Join Pip, fearsome Magwitch, haughty Estella, eccentric Miss Havisham, and a cast of memorable characters for a timeless tale of mystery, humour and redemption.