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May 2017

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, Corn Exchange Newbury Fri 26 – Sun 28 May

I reckon I’ve read Michael Rosen’s We’re Going On A Bear Hunt a gazillion times. And I challenge you to recite it word perfect after three large glasses of wine. Go on, you know you can! The kids are in for a treat now they you can see it live, direct from its smash hit run in the West End, on stage at the Corn Exchange Newbury. Join the intrepid family and their musical dog (bit of artistic license there) on their quest to find a bear. Expect a lot of noise, catchy songs and loads of audience interaction. There is a bar if you need a medicinal gin during afterwards. Tickets £12.


Insight 2017, Open Studios, New Greenham Arts Newbury, Thurs 18 May

Amazing art in open studios and private spaces across Berkshire and totally freeeee! Begin your journey at INSIGHT 2017 exhibition and decide which studios studios you wan to visit. Pick your favourites and then travel throughout the region to meet and talk to artists at work – with more than 100 participating you might need to clear your diary. This beautiful sculpture is by Hungerford-based artist Jane Corbett. She used to make very posh hats for private clients like the Duchess of Cambridge, but her passion now lies with mixed media artworks inspired by museum curiosities.


Don’t Dress for Dinner, The Mill at Sonning, Thurs 11 May – Wed 12 July


Don’t Dress For Dinner sound like Jamie Oliver’s swingers sequel to the Naked Chef. But it’s not that kind of show. This is a classic French farce of marital infidelity, misunderstandings and mistaken identities. With his wife out of town,, Bernard thinks he’s planned the perfect romantic weekend for his mistress, Suzanne. But when Bernard’s wife changes her plans, an evening of hilarious confusion ensues! Tickets are £46 and include a two-course meal. Clothes are NOT optional.


NT Live: Obsession, various location, Thurs 11 May

Hmmmm, Jude Law all muscly and moody. Yup he’s still got it and you definitely would. Sorry, relevance. Well, Jude (we’re on first name terms) is  starring in Obsession at London’s Barbican Theatre. It’s a new stage adaptation by Belgian director Ivo van Hove, based on Visconte’s 1943 film, that sees drifter Gino (Jude) start an affair with a married woman. Fuelled by passion they plot to murder the husband, but sometimes hot sex isn’t enough. Expect lots of naughtiness. So perhaps not one to see with your mum. Just saying.

The live screening from the Barbican Theatre can be seen at South Hill Park, Norden Farm and Corn Exchange Newbury as well as Vue, Odeon and Showcase cinemas


Worbey’s & Farrell’s Rhapsody, Corn Exchange Newbury, Tues 9 May 

Four hands, one piano and a lot of laughs. Musical comedy duo Steven Worbey and Kevin Farrell will move, delight and leave you utterly gobsmacked by their energetic, toe-tapping show. It’s one thing being able to reduce a room of people to a giggling mess but to do it while playing the piano is just showing off. Worbey & Farrell play everything from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. You’re in for a treat. Tickets £20.


Addictive TV: Orchestra of Samples, The Firestation Windsor, Fri 19 May

It’s a supergroup, but not as you know it. The Orchestra of Samples, involves 200 musicians from more than 25 different countries, who have never met. Electronic duo Addictive TV (Graham Daniels and Mark Vidler) bring their latest audiovisual extravaganza to The Firestation. Five years in the making, the pair filmed and recorded improvised sessions with musicians around the world, then sampled and spliced them together to create an on-screen supergroup. They’ll perform live alongside Paris-based fretless guitar specialist Alejandro de Valera. It’s a magical, unique musical journey without borders!


Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents Noisy Kids, The Hexagon Reading, Sun 21 May

Having kids often feels like you are dealing with wild animals as the stomp around the house, snarl at you over dinner, and pace around like they have been caged for months. So for the grown ups, Noisy Kids is pretty apt. Introduced by the Orchestra’s very own Dr Dolittle, Tim Steiner, you’ll hear musical romping, stomping wild horses to whizzy bumblebees, in this fab family-friendly introduction to concerts. Then you can let your monkeys go back to wrestling each other in the back of the car. Tickets £10.50.


Film On Wheels, WS Station Hill Bus Stop Reading, Sat 20 May

Cinema is getting in on the pop-up scene. We’ve done drive ins, outdoor film nights (in some cases with full immersive theatre), but a film on the No23 is new, even for me. Organised by Outrider Anthems’ Festival of the Dark and Reading Buses, you’ll board a double decker, drive down to Rivermead where you’ll  watch a secret film on an external screen, with personal headphones provided. Grab your bus from stop WS at the bottom of Station Hill at 7:30pm. Just don’t expect a list home… Tickets from £12.


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