Thursday, 18 October 2018

Mill theatre to host events in ‘new’ bar

THE Mill at Sonning has refurbished its bar and will host new events there.

THE Mill at Sonning has refurbished its bar and will host new events there.

Storytelling and entertainment for children will run during the week, as well as a book club on some afternoons.

The refurbishment of the bar, which included stripping back oak beams to their natural state, was finished in April and there will be new entertainment on selected evenings.

The Waterwheel Bar will host performances from West End star Glyn Kerslake, who has played Phantom in

Phantom of the Opera
, and singer-cum-guitarist Elaine Glover, who has recently performed at the O2 Arena and the Royal Albert Hall.

These will be on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from August 11 to September 23. Tickets are £7.50, with two performances a night â?? one at 8.30pm and one at 9.40pm.

The duo will perform, to a crowd of about 50, a selection of classic hits and show tunes including

Fly Me To The Moon

Make You Feel My Love

The Winner Takes It All

Sally Hughes, managing director at The Mill, said: “I feel people now want to spend more time in the bar. I go down and do work in the bar because it’s gorgeous to sit by the river. It’s not as dark and cold as it used to be.”

Tim Valentine, a pianist who plays by ear rather than by reading music, will be performing on Friday and Saturday evenings. Entry is free of charge.

Every Wednesday from September 23 at 10.30am the bar will host a children’s storytelling session, including dress-up costumes, aimed at pre-schoolers. Snacks and a drink are included in the £3.50 entry fee.

Readings will be performed by actors appearing in shows at the theatre at the time.

At 2pm on the same day the bar will host a book club, with free entry, where people will be able to discuss their favourite novels.

This will run on the first Wednesday of each month, starting on October 7.

Mrs Hughes said: “After the first month we can set up a list of books that people want to read.

“We’re thinking about starting on Peter James’s new novel

You Are Dead
because we’re planning on doing one of his plays,

A Perfect Murder
, next year.”

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