August News Update

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I am delighted to give you the very exciting news that we will be back at Stubbings in 2019 following our break this year. Just a reminder that the proceeds from A Midsummer Night’s Dream have taken our overall charitable donations from our summer productions over the last nine years to in excess of £97,000 ( excluding our 2005 Variety Show ) – the target now is to reach £100,000.

Our 2019 Production

Our 2019 production will be a new production of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, the wonderful The Tempest to be directed by John Timewell. The play will be staged over one week from 18th – 22nd June 2019.

Prospero, the true Duke of Milan is now living on an enchanted island with his daughter Miranda, the savage Caliban and Ariel, a spirit of the air. Raising a storm to bring his brother – the usurper of his dukedom – along with his royal entourage, to the island, Prospero plans his revenge.

Please note that we are planning to do five nights again next year and possibly a matinee on the Saturday. As usual, we will be using the Penguin edition and copies can be ordered here :

Other key dates for your diaries are :

Wednesday 21st November – Preview at Storrington over drinks and nibbles at which John will outline his thoughts on the production.

Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 10th January 2019 – Read throughs/auditions will take place in early January.

Thursday 21st March – Rehearsals commence for The Tempest. All rehearsal dates to be notified.

Chairman’s Circle

We have been invited to join The Chairman’s Circle, an ever expanding group of local theatre companies. The aims include helping each other out on props, scenery, costumes, advertising members’ shows, discounts for member groups etc. As an example, attached is a list of forthcoming local shows.

Forthcoming Musical Events

Our very good friend Graham Barker has commenced his year as High Sheriff of Berkshire for 2018/19. There are three musical events which he is sponsoring/ promoting in this capacity before the end of this year and Graham would be glad of our help with the promotion of any of them:

1. On Tuesday 11th September at 7.00pm the London Mozart Players will be performing at the Concert Hall in Reading Town Hall, Blagrave Street. The programme will include Mozart (naturally!), Elgar, Barber and Tchaikovsky. This concert is part of the Reading-on-Thames Festival of Culture 2018. Tickets are £10. To book please go to

2. Saturday 29th September: Beethoven’s 9th – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Windsor and Eton choir – Eton 7.30p . Tickets are £25.50 – £35.50

3. On Friday 14th December at 7.30pm there will be a Carol Service, in aid of the Thames Hospice, at Eton College Chapel. I am delighted that Sir Thomas Allen will be singing and Bill Bryson will give one of the readings. Canapés and drinks will also be served afterwards in Eton School Hall. Tickets are £30 and can be booked on :

King Charles lll

Fourways are performing this terrific play from 2014 at the Lancaster Arts Centre, Wycombe Abbey 25th – 27th October. A number of members of The Garden Players will be in the cast of King Charles lll ( see cast attached ).

Mike Bartlett’s wonderful, Tony nominated play is part political thriller, part family drama and a timely examination of contemporary Britain. More details at