Monday, 23 October 2017

Theatre makes new friends

ACTOR Simon Williams helped launch a new fund-raising group for the Mill at Sonning.

ACTOR Simon Williams helped launch a new fund-raising group for the Mill at Sonning.

The Friends of the Mill is raising money for renovations at the riverside theatre, which is housed in an old flour mill and opened more than 30 years ago.

It wants people to sign up as “friends” and in exchange they will receive money off tickets and food and drink at the theatre.

More than 70 people attended the launch on Friday, including actors Wendy Craig and Peter Egan, the theatre’s first artistic director, radio presenter Debbie McGee and Penny Cole, widow of George Cole.

The guests were served champagne and canapés to the accompaniment of live music. A draw for free tickets to a show was won by Len Roberts, from Wargrave.



Mr Williams, who is the first president of the Friends, said: “All my plays have gone on after starting here and both my children have played here.

“There are so few new plays in London, it’s all musicals and 20 years of whatever. Here there is easy parking, good food and good plays.

“Its great virtue is the loyalty of the audience. If it wasn’t any good you wouldn’t get someone like George Clooney moving in next door!”



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