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Summer Season Announced at the Corn Exchange

The Corn Exchange Newbury has revealed its summer season, packed full of events for everyone to enjoy, including workshops at the Learning Centre and exhibitions and classes at The Base.

If you’re looking for a laugh, Drop the Dead Donkey’s Andy Hamilton (25 Apr) will be making a special appearance with his Mystery Charity Preview Show in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer and Parkinson’s UK. Other top comedians, such as Matt Richardson (6 Apr), Seann Walsh (30 May) and Carl Hutchinson (26 Jun), will also be paying the venue a visit as part of their latest tours. For an eclectic evening of the best new names in comedy there is the popular monthly Corn Exchange Comedy Club (5 Apr, 3 & 31 May, 6 Jul) and Scummy Mummies (Sat 8 Jun), based on the hit podcast and best-selling book, will see Ellie and Helen donning their golden catsuits to celebrate the scummier side of parenting.

User Not Found (25 Apr) is the first live show to be presented at The Base, Greenham. This immersive, intimate and funny production tells a tale of contemporary grief, as a man is faced with the dilemma of keeping or deleting his late partner’s online existence. Other theatre highlights at the Corn Exchange include The Man Without a Past (1 May) which sees the lives of an eclectic community thrown upside down when a mysterious man arrives and The Handlebards, an all-female cycling troupe, bring a bicycle powered production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (5 Jun).

The hilarious Le Navet Bete makes a welcome return to the venue, this time with The Three Musketeers (12 – 14 Jun) bringing their trademark comedy adaptations which will have you rolling with laughter. Another England (4 Jul) tells the story of survival and companionship as two ‘undesirable’ citizens put aside their differences in order to escape the authorities and students of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School present Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (27 Jun).  

Kick-starting the season of music is An Evening of Marvin Gaye (27 Apr), featuring soul-singing sensation Wayne Hernandez as he presents some of Gaye’s greatest hits. Other musical tributes this season include The Magic of the Bee Gees (4 May), The Roy Orbison Story in Concert with Barry Steele (7 Jun), The Bob Dylan Story (29 Jun) and Someone Like You: The Adele Songbook (10 May). Mad About the Musicals (5 Jul) takes you on a whistle stop tour of favourites from the West End to Broadway, Rock For Heroes (13 Jul) will present the best in rock and pop from across the eras in support of Help for Heroes and The Magic Of Mowtown (19 Jul) will take you on a spectacular musical journey packed with back-to-back hits.

Back by popular demand is Dinosaur World Live (1 & 2 Jun), a roarsome interactive show for all the family. For young people ages 4 to 11 there is Ministry of Science (10 Jul), the ultimate science show full of entertaining and explosive fun. Aliens Love Underpants, based on the best-selling children’s book by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort, is a zany and hilarious family production featuring plenty of aliens and fun. Sing Along Concertini (29 May) is perfect for the whole family to sing along to popular music from stage and screen, including a special relaxed performance for families with babies and toddlers or children with SEND. There’s still time to join the witch and her cat in the musical adaptation of Room on the Broom (9 & 10 Apr) and fans of Tracy Beaker and keen doodlers alike can join illustrator Nick Sharratt in his Right Royal Drawalong (11 Apr).

It’s never too early to book for panto - this year’s favourite festive production is Sleeping Beauty (29 Nov 2019 – 4 Jan 2020) and will be written and directed by new team, Plested and Brown. Our ever-popular pantomime has become a fun-filled tradition for families of Newbury and beyond. 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 Open Studios: Insight Exhibition (3 – 27 May), Matisse: Drawing with Scissors (8 – 30 Jun) and Brick City (5 Jul – 8 Sep), as well as a wide range of arts and crafts workshops and courses.

For a full list of summer 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).

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