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Under Milk WoodUNDER MILK WOOD by Dylan Thomas
26 April - 4 May 2024

In this inclusive production of Under Milk Wood, we meet a host of larger-than-life characters, some mournful, some comic, from a fictitious Welsh town Llareggub (spell it backwards). We see into their day and night dreams and secret desires.
Two voices narrate a night and a day in the life of these colourful characters, in the unique and memorable poetry of Dylan Thomas.

There will be reduced capacity/relaxed performances on Saturday 27th April and Tuesday 30th April shows.

This project has been supported by funding from the Reading Seed Fund, run by Reading Borough Council and Creative Lives.


Fourbears booksFOURBEARS FEST
2pm 19 May

Sci Fi and Fantasy fans!

We have a whole panel of authors talking about their books and the genre for Fourbears Fest. 

  • Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street and her brand new novel The Mars House.
  • Georgia Summers, author of City of Stardust
  • Grace Curtis, author of Floating Hotel. 
  • Esmie Jikiemir-Pearson author of The Principle of Moments.

This is going to be a brilliant event and perfect for fans of the genre.




12-15 June 2024

Two new plays in a double bill.

MOLES by Sarah Wright

Set in a London Underground bunker, Moles is a drama about the staff who supervise the railways during the Second World War. A new member of staff arrives, but as the action develops we learn that the station has a mole, but who can it be?

DIRT by Caroline White

A family of gravediggers encounter an extra corpse. The daughter seems to know who the new body is, but she’s acting cagily about it. Meanwhile, the brothers are concerned about rivals and the father has an eye on protecting the family business both from meddling governments and increased competition.




17-27 July in the open air at Reading Abbey Ruins

The Importance of Being Earnest is the most renowned of Oscar Wilde’s comedies. It’s the story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure. The elaborate plot ridicules Victorian sensibilities with some of the best-loved characters on the modern stage.

See this timeless classic in the shadow of Reading Gaol, where Oscar Wilde was himself imprisoned.



All the plays in our 2023-2024 Season

Including work by Oscar Wilde, Dylan Thomas, Terry Pratchett, Lucy Prebble and new writers. 

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