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Mon 8 – Thurs 11 May 2017

Romeo & Juliet, The Watermill Newbury, Wed 10 – Sat 13 May

The Bard is back! Parting was such sweet sorrow but Romeo & Juliet returns to The Watermill Newbury and it should not be missed. I saw it last year and loved it. The inventive staging and brilliant young cast make an old, familiar play feel like it had pumped for of botox and given the elixir of life. The UK and international tour of Twelfth Night and Romeo + Juliet will culminate in a two-week run at The Watermill from Tues 18 July. Tickets from £15.


Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor Castle, Wed 10 – Sun 14 May

Giddiup! The Royal Windsor Horse Show’s one of the hottest horsey events in the UK. Her Maj and Prince Philip are almost guaranteed to make an appearance (well, it is in their backyard), and the many of the Royal famalam drop in. Expect to see top flight show jumping, dressage, fun kids events, with a bit of pomp and ceremony from the Household Cavalry. It”s a fun, family affair, so trot on and grab a ticket. Entry is FREE on Wednesday and then tickets are from £14.


The life And Death Of Buildings, Englefield House, nr Theale, Thur 11 May at 3pm

Beeb veteran Dan Cruickshank is to battered old architecture what David Attenborough is to animals. He’s the leading expert on historic buildings, so it’s pretty damn exciting that you can enjoy a cuppa and a slice of Batternberg at Englefield House (Richard Benyon MP’s pad) and hear about the conservation of Spitalfields, Wentworth Woodhouse, Euston Arch and Palmyra in Syria, from a fella who knows stuff.  Part of the Newbury Spring Festival, the tea and talk, £22 (just the talk £16).


Vinyl Frontier – Charity Shop Vinyl, Norden Farm Maidenhead, Fri 12 May

Vinyl records are having a renaissance, so you have to be pretty stealthy these days to pick up anything good at car boot sales and charity shops. Vinyl Frontier has challenged 12 volunteers to rummage through charity bargain bins and return with some choons for under £5. The records hit the wheels of steel and you choose your faves. The winning charity shop then wins load of  dosh. Expect the good, bad and the ridiculous in the mix. Tickets £8.


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. Yup he’s still got it and you definitely would. 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


Babe The Sheep Pig, The Hexagon Reading Mon 8 – Wed 10 May

Squeals of excitement as Babe The Sheep Pig arrives at The Hexagon Reading. And it’s your last chance to see in Berkshire. Who can forget the Oscar-winning 1995 film, based on Dick King-Smith’s best-selling book? Now the story of a little pig who dreams big is brought to life by a cast of West End performers in a show full of laughter, stunning puppetry and live music. Adapted by Olivier Award winner David Wood (James And The Giant Peach and The BFG), you will follow this little piglet’s rise to become a world famous sheep-pig. Shows are at kid-friendly times – Mon 8 May at 4.30pm; Tues 9 May at 11am and Weds 10 May at 6.30pm. Tickets from £20.

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