Monday, 16 July 2018

Don’t look now, it’s summer...

THERE seems to be a strange case of a revival of Jekyll And Hyde going down this summer.

THERE seems to be a strange case of a revival of Jekyll And Hyde going down this summer. The third Reading summer prom season kicks off next Wednesday with a rendition of the Broadway musical adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale by the Saisbury Singers at the Hexagon. The show runs until Saturday, May 18. Box office 0118 960 6060 or visit www.readingarts.com

MEANWHILE, down at the Watermill Theatre near Newbury, young theatre company Rhum and Clay are breathing new life into the gothic tale. Chris Harrison, joint artistic director, said: “I’m hesitant to give too much away and ruin the surprise, but this show is going to be very silly, very funny and occasionally quite dark. Expect elements of penny dreadfuls, Hammer Horror and shadowy gothic styles.” The show runs from May 14 to June 22. Box office 01635 46044 or visit www. watermill.org.uk

SUMMER’S here, it’s nearly time for the regatta and Wimbledon, and of course, a dose of open air Shakespeare. This year, the Garden Players are staging As You Like It on the lawns of Stubbings House, an 80-acre estate near Burchett’s Green. Since their first production in 2009 the company has raised more than £36,000 for charity. This year’s proceeds will go to Child Bereavement UK, a charity based in Buckinghamshire which supports bereaved children and parents. The show runs from Wednesday to Saturday, June 19 to 22. Picnics in the grounds are positively encouraged. Box office 01628 522854 or www.thegardenplayersweb.co.uk

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