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Keep up to date with the latest from WT, including details about auditions, reviews, and theatre news below.

Our 2022/2023 Season

We’re thrilled to announce details of our upcoming 2022/2023 Season, coinciding with WT’s 75th Anniversary! Incoming Artistic Director Alan Long writes: Pulling together a season is always a challenge and a great pleasure, and my thanks go to my script-reading team Janice Everett, Jerry Radburn, Dave Wood, and Clare Bray, for their continued support over the past few months. My aim for this season has been to put together a collection of shows that focusses on encouraging audiences back into the theatre as we continue our post-COVID recovery. As such, I believe we’ve put toge

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Introducing: Write@WT

WT are thrilled to announce the launch of our dedicated group for writing for performance led by Hedda Bird, whose recent writing credits include a celebrated new adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby produced at Oxford Playhouse. The group will be open to all those who are interested in writing for theatre, and will meet in-between productions at WT. Write@WT will give those involved a chance to share work and develop ideas, with an aim to produce regular rehearsed readings. The first meeting will be on Wednesday 18th May at Wokingham Theatre from 7:45pm. If you’re interested in coming or wo

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AUDITION NOTICE: A Bunch of Amateurs

WT is committed to being a diverse and open organisation. Auditions are open to anyone, regardless of background or experience, and we particularly welcome those who have been traditionally under-represented in theatre. Synopsis Jefferson Steel is an arrogant, fading, Hollywood action hero with a recent run of flops to his name. No longer as young or attractive as he thinks he is, he desperately needs a boost to his career. His agent receives an appeal from a theatre company in England who want to invite a famous name to play King Lear in their next production. They are in deep financial strai

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Remembering Richard Coleman

A few weeks ago, WT lost one of its most active, talented, and well-respected members, Richard Coleman. Any of our patrons that have seen a show at WT over the last 10-20 years will have seen his work on stage, with his talents as a scenic painter most often being deployed to design and paint all the floors of our sets. He also regularly helped design and coordinate sets, with recent highlights including the intricate and celebrated set for Hobson’s Choice and earlier in the season, The Government Inspector. Richard’s passing will have such an impact on the whole WT team, but none more so than

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Assistant Director Heather Maceachern introduces ‘The Father’

Having worked with Wokingham Theatre’s current Artistic Director David Stacey and Claire Lawrence on A Christmas Carol as Assistant Director in 2019, I jumped at the chance to work with David again to bring the tragi-comic mystery of The Father to life this spring. The Father, or Le Père, in the original French version, is one of a trilogy of plays created by the extraordinary mind of playwright Florian Zeller. You may well have seen the recent screen version starring two powerhouses of British acting talent, Olivia Coleman and Sir Anthony Hopkins. Sir Anthony went on to win a highly des

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AUDITION NOTICE: Daisy Pulls It Off

WT is committed to being a diverse and open organisation. Auditions are open to anyone, regardless of background or experience, and we particularly welcome those who have been traditionally under-represented in theatre. Please note that these auditions have now closed. Synopsis Welcome to Grangewood School for Girls! One of the most famous educational establishments in the country. It’s 1927 and our heroine, Daisy Meredith is the first scholarship girl from an elementary school, to be allowed access to these hallowed halls. Enthusiastic and plucky to the last, Daisy finds herself struggling ag

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Behind the Scenes on ‘Sweeney Todd: The Shock’n’Roll Show’

No production would go ahead if it were not for the team of people backstage.  We talked to a few of that team about the joys and challenges of staging a youth theatre production. How many costumes? Sue Daykin Indigo: “Well there are 19 actors” Sue: “– ok, so manageable.” Indigo: “Yes, but they each play multiple roles and some of those roles have more than one costume.” Sue: “So how many costumes?” Indigo: “…..um, 56.” That was better news than the 96 required for Alice in Wonderland, so off I went. Relatively straightforward, as no animals unlike Alice in Wonderland and The Lion, The Wi

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Cast Announcement: The Father

From the Director, David Stacey: We had a great turn-out for the auditions. Thanks to all those who attended. We are very excited to welcome three brand-new members to the Theatre! Andre – Clive ChaferAnne – Jess HadleighWoman – Nadia StrilciwPierre – Nick PriestMan – Antal NagyLaura – Francesca Galla-Taylor Tickets for The Father are now on sale – performances run Thursday 28 April – Saturday 7 May 2022.

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Q&A with ‘Apologia’ director – Adrian Tang

Another gem originally planned for our 2019/20 season, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s ‘sharp, funny, raw’ Apologia opens in January 2022 at WT, and we caught up with director Adrian Tang to get a taste of the show and find out what audiences can expect. Thanks for chatting Adrian, and congratulations! Is Apologia your WT directorial debut? Yes and it’s been a long time coming!  Apologia was one of the plays that was postponed from two years ago and sometimes I pinch myself to make sure we’re actually going ahead with it this time.  I won’t tempt fate anymore now that I’ve sa

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Cast Announcement: Hobson’s Choice

Thank you to everybody who auditioned for Hobson’s Choice. We are pleased to announce our cast: Henry Hobson – Julian HirstJim Heeler – David RileyTubby Wadlow – Neil HodgsonMrs Hepworth – Lydia MasseyDr MacPherson – Mike PatersonAda Figgins – Jo ColeMaggie Hobson – Charlotte DruryAlice Hobson – Gemma BurgessVickey Hobson – Chloe CollinsWill Mossop – Chris WestgateAlbert Prosser – Dave WoodFreddy Beenstock – Nathan Galpin Tickets are now on sale, with performances from Wednesday 16 March – Saturday 26 March 2022.

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