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Shinfield Players Theatre


Reading
Whitley Wood Lane, Shinfield, Reading, Berkshire RG2 9DF
Box Office - 0118 975 8880

 

We were founded in 1956 by a local group of actors and enthusiasts who performed in Village and Church Halls . In 1971 the Shinfield Players purchased its current home at an auction held by the Ministry of Defence, when the Royal Air Force left the site to make way for the Met. College. The building had originally been a NAAFI , known as the Eagle Club.
It has been developed over the years into a fully equipped and progressive venue for the dramatic arts.
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Shining Lights


Thatcham

 

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Silchester Players

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Silchester, Basingstoke
The Silchester Players are an amateur dramatics group performing in Silchester, north Hampshire.
The Silchester Players is a vibrant, active amateur dramatics group in north Hampshire. This award-winning group perform a variety of productions every year from comedies and pantomimes, to thrillers and whodunnits, and revues and Old Tyme Music Halls. We have a varied membership from the local community and all sorts of backgrounds, and welcome anyone from 10 years upwards.
Amateur dramatics isn’t just about performing – a whole team of people with different skills come together to make a successful production. If you can act, paint, dance, do DIY, sing, sew, design or have technical skills then we have a place for you.
For Membership Information contact Sarah Oliver sarah@oliver.net or call 0118 9816431
Tickets Sales: 0118 9815600

 

Sonning Village Players


Reading

 

Pearson Hall, Pearson Road, Sonning on Thames, READING, Berkshire RG4 0UL
Mrs. Penny Feathers Secretary 74 Old Bath Road, Charvil, READING, Berkshire RG10 9QL
Telephone (Daytime) 0118 934 3193
Telephone (Evening) 0118 934 3193 Fax 0118 934 4601

 

SPOTLIGHTS MUSICAL THEATRE GROUP

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Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale area

 

SPOTLIGHTS MUSICAL THEATRE GROUP (formerly known as Sunningdale Savoy Chorus) is a friendly musical theatre society. We perform 1 main show each year, 2 autumn and 2 winter concerts and other concerts commissioned by local people and organisations. We perform our main show, usually in July, at the beautiful Rose Theatre at St.Mary’s School, Ascot. We perform inventive G&S every 3 years and non G&S musicals in between. Our recent productions have included The Merry Widow, The Godfather’s Gondoliers and Calamity Jane. Our next production is Salad Days.
Type: Musical Theatre
Age Range: All age ranges
Rehearsals: Mondays (and Wednesdays nearer our productions)
Cheapside Village Hall (rehearsal venue), Cheapside Road, Cheapside, Ascot SL5 7QH
on Monday nights at 20.00.
You’ll be made very welcome and have lots of fun!!
All are welcome and men with deep voices and young people are particularly welcome.
Contact valerie.ryalls@hotmail.co.uk
Email via website or 01344 291243

 

Starmaker Theatre Company

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Reading

 

Reading's premier youth theatre company. Many famous faces have passed through our doors over the last 25 years
Starmaker Theatre Company is a youth Theatre Company formed in 1988. It serves the young people of Berkshire by enabling them to gain experience in the performing arts. The Company enjoys a thriving acting membership of some seventy young performers ranging from ten to twenty-five years of age. Members meet three times a week to work on the current productions with additional workshops in dance, drama and song.
Starmaker Theatre Company is a registered Charity No. 801294
Contact costumes@starmakeruk.org
Box Office boxoffice@starmakeruk.org
carol@starmakeruk.org

 

Steppin Out


www.steppinoutstars.co.uk

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Wokingham

 

Steppin Out was launched for children in Berkshire to develop and encourage their love of performing arts.
With the support of talented teachers we have classes in Drama, Street Dance, Jazz, Tap, Singing, Musical Theatre, an adult choir, Pop Singing and termly specialist workshops with leading industry experts. These have included Stage Fighting and Combat, Les Miserables, Shrek, Legally Blonde, Costume Making, Mamma Mia, acting for TV, Outreach projects from Read College and PPA and a workshop with Carl Tracy from Nickelodeon, to name some of our favourites!
Some of our Steppin Out students are currently performing professionally in the West End runs of Billy Elliot, Les Miserables and Matilda. We have also had children appear at Her Majesty's Theatre in London,the NSPCC advert, the DFS advert for christmas,the Great Western TV advert, for Sky TV, Microsoft and Ballooniville for Cbeebies, also our talented students are well regular performers at The Hexagon Theatre and South Hill Park Theatre professional productions and pantomimes.
We are consistently asked by local colleges to perform in their student final year films and many of our students have taken part in these.
This year is no exception with children performing at The May Fayre in Wokingham, The Woodley Carnival, The Ascot Races and filming for one of our patrons Matthew Stirling. This is for Matthew's one man show to be screened at the Fortune Theatre in London's West End and will be filmed at Beaconsfield Model Village.
We offer 1-2-1 coaching for students who excel or perhaps just need some extra help. We also offer an optional theatre trip several times a year and an annual show for all students.
Contact: 01189 774 258 | Mobile: 07970 034 488 or shelley@steppinoutstars.co.uk

 

SWMTC - Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead Theatre Company


536 Ipswich Road, Slough Trading Estate, Slough, Berkshire SL1 4EQ

 

01628 788997
Slough Windsor and Maidenhead Theatre Company (S.W.M.T.C.) has it's origins way back in 1953 when a group of like minded performers in the Slough area came together. The group first met at the Orchard school (now the West Wing Theatre) and the rest, as they say, is history! Some 57 years later we are still going strong and attracting performers from all over the East Berkshire and West London areas. We are a friendly and sociable group who put on two major musical performances a year.
Formerly Slough and District Operatic Society and laterly Slough Musical Theatre Company, as of November 2008, to reflect our work in the Maidenhead theatre community and also the diverse area our membership is from, we became ... Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead Theatre Company.
We welcome performers from the age of 16 to 60+ who have a love of theatre and want to learn and gain experience taking part in some very challenging shows. Alternatively, if you have an interest in backstage work, we would also like to hear from you too.
We currently rehearse on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 8pm to 10pm at 536 Ipswich Road, Slough Trading Estate, Slough, Berkshire SL1 4EQ
During "resting" periods between shows, we have a regular social scene with various activities being organised by various members of the committee and society. We also take part in community events in the local area taking musical theatre to different venues.
Simon Woodbridge (Chairman) : email or Bob Simpson (Secretary) : info

 

T.A.D.S. (Tilehurst ADS


TILEHURST VILLAGE HALL, 17 VICTORIA ROAD, TILEHURST, BERKS

 

T.A.D.S. is a brand new Amateur Dramatic Society. Co-founders, Pauline and Roger, have been involved in all aspects of AmDram for many years, previously in North Devon and in Tilehurst. They feel the time is right for a new, forward-looking AmDram Society where everyone is welcome. Its a great way of making new friends, so if you are interested in treading the boards, or helping out backstage in a variety of roles, or front of house, then do come and join us from Friday, 7th February 2014, 7.30 p.m.
T.A.D.S. will meet weekly on Fridays in the Tilehurst Village Hall which has been the venue for entertaining the residents of Tilehurst for many years and this is an exciting new venture in its history.
There will be four plays a year to include comedy plays and murder mysteries where the audience has an opportunity to work out who did it!
Contact: 07504 315 015 0118 942 9984 tads14@btinternet.com

 

The Basildonians


Upper Basildon

 

If you are interested in joining us to be involved on stage, back stage, building scenery, doing costumes, lighting and sound or just propping up the bar, please mail us on mpbaker@btinternet.com

 

The Faringdon Dramatic Society


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Faringdon

 

Faringdon Dramatic Society is an amateur theatre group that stages two formal productions and one pantomime each year.
Contact via website

 

The Grimm Players


Maidenhead

 

We are an amateur musical theatre company based in Maidenhead, Berkshire. We put on a variety of productions each year, with the aim of raising money for local charities, usually consisting of a large-scale production in February, a charity concert in the summer (Grimmbourne) and a small-cast musical revue in the autumn.
If you live in the Maidenhead area and think that you might like to get into showbiz, why not get in touch? Maybe you can't sing, act or dance... don't worry, you won't be alone! There's plenty to do backstage and front of house.
The Grimm Players are always looking to add new ideas and enthusiasm to our organisation. We are always looking to expand the group of helpers outside of the main committee, helping us through pre-production and backstage, planning and publicising our activities. Prior experience would be useful, of course, but far more important are energy and passion for musical theatre.
If you think you would like to help us in any way, please contact us via email

 

The Heidi Rhodes School of Dancing


Windsor

 

Principal Mrs Heidi Rhodes RAD RTS (ARAD)
A warm welcome to the Heidi Rhodes School of Dancing. As a school we teach Ballet, Modern & Tap. The examination boards are the 'Royal Academy of Dance' and the 'Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing' both Grades & Vocational. All children from the school are encouraged to enter for exams to achieve accredited qualifications. We have regular workshops in other genres of dance including Street, contemporary and Musical theatre! We also get involved in lots of activities outside of the normal syllabi and over the years we have performed at Sadler's Wells, Her Majesty's, The London Palladium, The Royal Albert Hall, Theatre Royal Windsor, Legoland Windsor and Disneyland Paris! As a school we were featured on the BBC Culture show and dancers from the school have appeared in Sound of Music (UK Tour), black Peter, English Youth Ballet, London Children's ballet, A Night at the Musicals, Berkshire Youth Ballet and Teletubbies Television. Over the years dancers from the school have attended or are attending full time and associate classes at The Royal Ballet School (White Lodge and Associates), Elmhurst School for Dance, Central School of Ballet, London Studio Centre, London Junior & Senior Ballet, Mountview Theatre School, Legat School of Dance & The Urdang Academy.
In September 2010 we opened our very own studios in Windsor. The studio was officially opened by the Principal of the Royal Ballet School along with Gavin Tsang who was a finalist on BBC's 'So you think you can dance'.
Our aims of the school are to provide a consistent high standard of teaching in a relaxed and happy environment, with the flexibility to respond to individual child needs, encouraging them to take pride in their dancing to achieve their best.
If you would like any further information or enquire on availability in the school then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Telephone: Windsor (01753) 855809
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The Peters Players

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Memorial Hall, Straight Road, Old Windsor SL4 2RN

 

The Peters Players normally stage two plays per year and at the end of the year we nominate a charity who have helped someone in our community and make a donation to them. Over the last few years we have donated thousands of pounds, predominantly to The Guide Dogs for The Blind Association, Riding for the Disabled, Thames Valley Hospice, The First Datchet Sea Scouts and we have made donations towards improvements of the Old Windsor Memorial Hall. We are always looking for suggestions for further local organisations to support.
The Peters Players were formed under the name of The Tapestry Players. In the early 1960's the Tapestry Players were renamed The Peters Players in memory of Captain Peters who had begun to help finance the shows.
When he died, Captain Peters left his house, which is now known as ICL Beaumont, to the local community and left a thousand pounds to The Peters Players, the interest of which went towards supporting The Peters Players' productions well into the 1980's. Most of the balance was spent on refurbishing the scenery at that time.
Contact: peterstplayers@gmail.com
Contact@thepetersplayers.co.uk
keith.bolam@actian.com
Box Office: 01753 530 355 peters.t.players@gmail.com

 

The Rep College

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The Rep College, 17 St Mary’s Avenue, Purley-on-Thames, Reading, Berkshire RG8 8BJ

 

The only drama college in the world to guarantee a professional acting job with an Equity contract.
We believe in a personal approach so why not call and speak to one of our directors David Tudor or Elizabeth Lane.
By phone: 01189 42 11 44
By email: contact@repcollege.co.uk

 

The Riverside Players

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Pangbourne

 

07799 840599
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Riverside Players is an amateur dramatics group based in Old Windsor, Berkshire, UK.
If you are in the area and interested in drama or music then you should be speaking to us!
We usually perform a play in March, a musical in June/July and a pantomime in December.
We are always keen to meet new members, whether you have a desire to perform on stage or want to help out with backstage, scenery painting, sound, lighting or costumes.
If you are looking for entertainment from a dedicated and fun group of people then why not come along to a performance?

 

The Sainsbury Singers

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Reading
Leighton Park Theatre, Leighton Park School, Reading, Berkshire, RG27ED

 

Ticket Officer Anne Jones 0118 9882510
No, nothing to do with the well known supermarket chain, but named after our founder, Frank Sainsbury, the Sainsbury Singers are a group who perform high quality musicals twice yearly in Reading. Our home, for many years, has been the Hexagon - Reading's premier theatre.
If you are interested in joining the society to offer your services in any way, please contact either our membership secretary via membership@sainsburysingers.org.uk or telephone Anne Lowder on 0118 972 4464.
We produce two shows at The Hexagon each year as well as performing in local concerts.
Rehearsals are on Monday and Wednesday evenings in Southcote, Reading. A great way to make new friends.
To join, simply come along to a rehearsal or two to get to know us and, when your ready, perform a private audition comprised of singing a piece of your choice and reading/acting a very short set piece.

 

The Sinodun Players


www.sinodunplayers.org.uk

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Wallingford

 

The Sinodun Players are owners, managers and operators of the 176 seat Corn Exchange in Wallingford. The theatre was created by members from the derelict shell of a Grade II Listed Building.
The theatre is maintained and operated through the voluntary efforts of members and friends bringing theatrical productions and cinema to the historic town of Wallingford.
The Sinodun Players perform at least four plays annually and a Pantomime in January as well as an annual Drama Festival competition for local amateur drama groups.
Contact: 01491 825000 or committee_at_drama.sinodunplayers.org.uk

 

The Tarrystone Players


Cookham Dean

 

The Tarrystone Players are Cookham's very own amateur dramatic society.
The Society were formed in 1965 by a group of local residents who decided they wanted to submit a play to the Maidenhead Drama Festival.
Their production of "The Fish" by Yves Cabrol won the whole Festival, and made the Society winners of the British Drama League. Thus, the Tarrystone Players were born!
Dramas, comedies, one act drama festivals, musical revues and brand new plays
Since this early success, the Tarrystone have been entertaining Cookham audiences every year at Pinder Hall to the enjoyment of all.
The Tarrystone today are a friendly society with many links to the local community.
We look to provide a production every Spring and late Autumn. When we are not rehearsing for these varied and challenging shows, we are entertaining at local fêtes, staging musical and comedy revues or simply getting together for play readings, barbeques, pub quiz nights and other sociable events.
Come and be a part of our enthusiatic society!
Age Range: Any age
Rehearsals: Usually Tuesdays and Thursdays, depending on the availability of the cast of any play
Contact:
For more information about our shows, or becoming a member of this active and sociable society, please contact:
Jonathan Yates (Chairman)01628 533217 or email
Ann Greenwood (Secretary)01628 529988 or email
Lynne Smith (Committee & Box Office) 01628 520989 or email

 

The Theatre Academy


Windsor

 

The Theatre Academy, a young performing arts school in Windsor who brought Oliver!, The Sound of Music and Annie to The Theatre Royal Windsor are now holding open auditions for their next production – Cats.
In-line with our ethos to provide a professional platform for aspiring performers, we engage the services of some of the very best creative talent within the industry, giving unrivalled teaching and insight.
This in turn affords our members the best guidance and teaching to achieve and maintain the highest standards of performance and theatre discipline; a prerequisite to enable a successful future within the industry as an amateur or professional.
In addition we have an administration and child welfare structure which ensures all aspects of The Theatre Academy are run with the welfare of the member in mind at all times.
Our Dream Team are volunteer parents of our members, whom we have incorporated into our running and planning. We are grateful for their dedication and support.
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Triangle Players

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Tilehurst

 

Triangle Players Amateur Drama Group Tilehurst has been producing plays for nearly 70 years. We meet on Wednesdays and Fridays 7.30pm to 10pm in the Hall behind the Methodist Church, 26 School Road, Tilehurst, RG31 5AN
We perform one play each May, another in October and a pantomime in January/February.
Under 16s are encouraged to join us for the pantomime, with parental permission, as a stepping stone to full adult membership. We perform comedies, 'who-done-its?' and even sing in the pantomimess! We aim to entertain and also to have fun!
We welcome new members, especially younger adults and men of any age. If you don't fancy acting, come and help us back stage - building sets, making props and costumes - or help at 'front of house'. When not rehearsing or performing we have a programme of social events. This enables potential new members to meet the group socially before the auditioning and rehearsing gets under way!.
Please email triangleplayers@live.co.uk OR tel: 07703 905138

 

Twyford & Ruscombe Theatre Group

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Twyford

 

For membership enquiries e-mail membership

We also have a group answerphone 0118 932 1224, but please note that we do not check this regularly so it could be some time before we listen to your message. You can contact us on this number during rehearsals however.
We are a small and friendly village drama group who have great fun putting together some fantastic local stage productions.
We have been doing this since 1967, and over the years we have built a reputation in the village for offering a really good night out. Yet tickets cost as little as £6 !
Every year we present three shows in Loddon Hall, Twyford. In January we offer a family pantomime, then typically we present a light-hearted play in May and finally something a little more challenging in October.
Box Office Number 0845 45 01308.

 

Wargrave Theatre Workshop
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Wargrave
Woodclyffe Hall, Wargrave, Berkshire

 

Wargrave Theatre Workshop, a thriving amateur theatre group in this delightful Thames Valley village. We stage three or four major productions each year, and run weekly workshops for Junior and Youth members, as well as a range of social events. We also offer a well-stocked wardrobe hire service and the use of our stage extension at the Woodclyffe Hall. New members are always welcome whether you want to tread the boards, join the backstage team, or just enjoy the social side, do get in touch.
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Theatre Workshop box office: 07786 425479
eral enquiries (not tickets) wargrave.theatre@gmail.com

 

Watermill Youth Theatre


Newbury

 

Our youth theatre is designed to be welcoming and friendly to all, whoever you are, no matter whether you\’ve done lots of drama or if it\’s all a bit new to you. We don\’t hold auditions for places in the youth theatre, but we do ask for commitment and enthusiasm.
Our Junior and Senior Youth Theatres have long been full, but please don\’t despair! By joining the waiting list you automatically become a member of the Associate Youth Theatre, which means that you\’ll get the opportunity to take part in all sorts of workshops, projects and courses.
Contact Heidi Zimmerman, Outreach Assistant, Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8AE Telephone: 01635 570934 Fax: 01635 523726
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Windsor Globe


Windsor

 

The Windsor Globe is a not-for-profit company who aim to include as many community actors as possible. We are funded by our tickets sales.
We welcome applications from everyone, we are very keen to hear from actor-musicians and singers this year! People who consider themselves disabled can also apply - we have full wheelchair access!

 

Windsor Theatre Guild


Windsor

 

The Windsor Theatre Guild is one of the leading community theatre companies in the country with a rich history of talented performers. As a registered charity, our sole purpose is to 'promote interest in all aspects of the performing arts'.
Membership is open to all ages, and ranges from amateur actors and directors through to backstage supporters such as stage managers, costumiers, set builders, lighting and sound operators. We also have several members trained as professional teachers of drama and dance/choreography.
The Young Windsor Theatre Guild offers drama classes for children aged 8 years and above on Saturday mornings; their termly fee incorporating the membership fee.
YWTG members are able to audition for roles in our summer matinee production and learn all aspects of drama including mime, voice production, character exploration, improvisation, speech work and choral speaking, creative movement and performance skills.

 

Wokingham Theatre

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Wokingham Theatre, Twyford Road, Wokingham, Berks RG40 5TU

 

Wokingham Theatre is a thriving amateur group. The theatre presents 8 'main' shows each year in a season that runs from mid-September through to the end of July. Each show normally runs for nine nights, opening on Thursday and running to the following Saturday. In addition there may be other 'extra' shows in between; there is the Youth Theatre production and the Theatre is also let for concerts or events or to other theatre companies.
We have around 200 members. Some are very active both 'on the boards' and in backstage and technical roles but we are also very dependent on a significant body of the membership who help out from time to time with a host of unsung tasks behind the scenes. For each night of each show we need a front of house manager together with a staff of at least six to run the various FOH duties including bar, coffees, programme, sweets and of course box office - that's over 60 people for every show.
That's in addition to those actually involved on and around the stage and in technical duties. These include the lighting and sound operators, properties, a team to look after wardrobe as well as stage management and production management. To produce our sets we have a hard working team who regularly work during the day each Tuesday and Thursday (they are most of them retired!). At other times you will find members rehearsing, working on lighting or sound, looking after our wardrobe or perhaps checking stock ready for the next production.
Then there is publicity, producing and printing programmes, producing and printing our monthly newsletter 'Prompt' - and so it goes on.
If you would like to join the Theatre and lend a hand, whatever your talents may be we can use them!
Contact information:
auditions@wokinghamtheatre.org.uk
For the Box Office please e-mail boxoffice@wokinghamtheatre.org.uk or telephone 0118 978 5363 and leave a message on the answerphone

 

Wooburn Singers

Wooburn Singers
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Beaconsfield

 

One of the leading chamber choirs in Buckinghamshire, founded in 1967 by Richard Hickox. Wooburn Singers is an auditioned chamber choir of about 50 singers in South Buckinghamshire. Rehearsing in Beaconsfield, we perform four or five concerts per year in the area, ranging from a cappella works to large choral pieces with orchestra. The choir goes on tour in Europe every other summer.
We welcome amateur singers with some choral experience and good sight-reading skills.
Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings and also on the Monday before a concert from 8.00 pm – 10.00 pm at The Beaconsfield School, Wattleton Road, Beaconsfield HP9 1SJ.
Membership is by audition. Contact us for more details, or to arrange to visit for a few rehearsals prior to audition.
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Woodley Light Operatic Society - WLOS

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Woodley

 

Woodley Light Operatic Society is an amateur musical society in Woodley, Berkshire, performing two musical shows each year. This is usually a summer musical and a winter operetta - everything from Cole Porter to Gilbert and Sullivan.
WLOS has been putting on shows since 1968, and, with loyal audiences coming back each time, continues its tradition of combining high standards with lots of fun for its members.
Membership is made up of people of all ages and occupations, with a wide range of experience from beginners to those with many years of doing shows.
Whilst most members are performers, many too get involved in numerous other aspects of putting on a show - such as marketing and publicity, wardrobe, sets, props, box-office, backstage, make-up, ushering at the theatre on show nights, etc.
Contact: Email: secretary@wlos.co.uk
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Woodley Theatre

Woodley Theatre
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Woodley

 

Woodley Theatre is based at the Oakwood Centre, Woodley, near Reading, Berkshire.
We are an amateur theatre company that aspires to set high standards for our productions, whilst still having fun.

We typically mount 5 or 6 productions each year.
We have an associated Youth Theatre that also mounts 1 or 2 productions each year.
Contact: woodleytheatre@hotmail.com

 


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