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Cold War Experience to return to Greenham Control Tower

Greenham Control Tower is proud to welcome the return of a multi-set Cold War-themed drama performance from Saturday 18 May. This follows the sell-out success of the play in 2018 by creative production company Fete Day and playwright Beth Flintoff.

The two hour performance by professional actors aims to dramatically represent some of the historical aspects of the operation of RAF Greenham Common during the tenure of the 501st Tactical Missile Wing which commanded the 96 Ground Launched Cruise Missiles at the Berkshire US Air Force base between 1983 and 1991.

The event also allows visitors a very rare chance to enter the decontamination rooms in building 274 at New Greenham Park which was formerly the 501st Tactical Missile Wing Headquarters building. This is a preserved area where airmen would have had highly-restricted access to a hardened command post via a chemical or radioactive decontamination process which forms part of the performance. This immersive theatre event also includes a representation of one of the protest camps that emerged during the missile deployment.

The Control Tower itself is also a centrepiece for one of the acts. Its panoramicobservation room will feature an actual live set and performance that will allow you to travel back to the tense days of the Cold War at this Grade 2 listed building which has now been sensitively restored and reopened as a visitors centre in 2018.

The three scenes are linked by a guided walk across the Common that will outline the history of the base and consider what remains and a question and answer session will follow. Don’t miss this chance to travel back to the explosive days of the Cold War and consider how Greenham Common formed part of the front line in a divided world.

From Saturday 18 May to Bank Holiday Monday 27 May inclusive, there will be Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday performances for the public (18/19/25/26/27 May). Special weekday performances have also been arranged for schools on 22/23/24 May. The events are suitable for secondary school students of drama and history, but also for older primary groups.

Tickets and schools’ bookings are now available via the Corn Exchange Newbury Box Office. Box Office 0845 5218218 or

Ticket Prices - £12.50, All Concessions £7.50, Schools £3.

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