Autumn Season announced at the Corn Exchange
The Corn Exchange Newbury will be keeping Newbury entertained as another packed season has been announced for autumn, including live events at the Corn Exchange, workshops at the Learning Centre and exhibitions and classes at The Base.
Kick-starting the season in the summer holidays is Aliens Love Underpants (2 – 4 Aug), based on the zany and hilarious storybook by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, which is wonderfully brought to life on stage for families with children aged 3 and over. In October half term, join The Tiger Who Came to Tea (31 Oct & 1 Nov) for magic and mayhem in this musical play based on the book by Judith Kerr. Grab your tiny dancers for a vintage inspired family concert as Vintage Concertini with the Polka Dots (20 Oct)brings a retro twist to your favourite songs while Bearface Theatre will be transporting families into far-off lands in search of the best stories in Marvellous Musical Storytelling (28 & 29 Oct).
Fans of comedy can enjoy this season’s stand-up from Stewart Francis, who sets off on his final tour Into the Punset (6 Nov), and Milton Jones, who will be testing his jokes on Newbury in a warm-up performance ahead of his tour Milton: Impossible (23 Nov).Other comedy nights include An Evening of Eric and Ern (21 Sep) in a homage to Morecambe and Wise, Jon Culshaw and Bill Dare bring an evening of unscripted spontaneous comedy and conversation with The Great British Take Off (3 Oct) and Dillie Keane will be sharing her cheerfully sour take on life in Songs of Love and Other Bad Ideas (15 Nov).
Back by popular demand is Fastlove: A Tribute to George Michael (26 Sep). Other music choices this season include Crooners (14 Sep), a new rip-roaring comedy music show that brings much-loved Big Band hits to the stage, The Cavern Beatles (19 Oct),who will take you on a Magical History Tour through the works of the greatest pop phenomenon, The Beatles, and an evening of rockabilly and country with the rock ‘n’ roll legend, Joe Brown (13 Nov).
Tangomotion (20 Sep) will be bringing an electrifying evening of traditional tango dance, featuring world class dancers, stunning costumes and original music, and Russian National Ballet present an enchanting production of The Nutcracker (28 Sep).
Following their successful run of Sherlock Holmes earlier this year, Blackeyed Theatre returns to the Corn Exchange with a brand new stage adaptation of Jane Eyre (24 & 25 Oct). Other theatre highlights include the first theatre production by West Berkshire Youth Theatre with Great Expectations (6 & 7 Sep) and the original comedy of friendships and First Aid in Thunder Road (7 Nov).
Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy the tales of BBC Radio’s voice of cricket, Jonathan Agnew, in An Evening with Aggers (19 Sep), and Loose Women’s Andrea McLean (16 Oct) will be sharing hot gossip and insider stories from her 20 years of television. Other dates for your diary include Anima (15 Oct), a blend of dance and acrobatics, and Circus of Horrors (8 Nov), a firm favourite for audiences in Newbury with their thrilling night of circus like no other.
Tickets are flying fast for this year’s festive production, Sleeping Beauty (29 Nov 2019 – 4 Jan 2020). The Corn Exchange’s ever-popular pantomime has become a fun-filled tradition for families of Newbury and beyond and this year it will be written and directed by Plested and Brown. Expect a spell-binding production bursting with magic and sparkle, so set your alarms now – to miss Sleeping Beauty would be a nightmare!
The Corn Exchange Newbury has also announced brand new workshops and activities at the Learning Centre. Exhibitions at The Base include Brick City (5 Jul – 8 Sep) and The Wonderful World of the Ladybird Book Artists (20 Sep – 15 Dec), as well as a wide range of arts and crafts workshops and courses.
For a full list of autumn events you can either pick up a brochure from the Box Office or visit the Corn Exchange website. To book tickets visit www.cornexchangenew.com or call the Box Office on 0845 5218 218 (calls cost 2p per minute plus your telephone company’s standard access charge).