Heritage and culture

Your guide to arts, culture and history in Reading. Explore museums and attractions, Reading history, days out and cultural events, including art, film and theatre.

Your guide to Reading Fringe Festival 2019

Reading’s premiere theatre and arts festival is back for July 2019. Find out how to get tickets and which comedy, theatre, music and film events to see across Reading.

King Lear at the Abbey Ruins Review

Progress Theatre’s open air season has kicked off with a powerful production of King Lear in the Reading Abbey Ruins.

Top Girls Progress Theatre

Top Girls at Progress Theatre Review

Progress Theatre bring a their vivid production of Caryl Churchill’s 1982 feminist showpiece, Top Girls to the Reading stage.

The 39 Steps at Shinfield Players Theatre review

This parody of the Hitchcock espionage thriller is full of laughs, silliness, wit and glee. See The 39 Steps at Shinfield Players Theatre until 23 March.

A Doll's House

A Doll’s House at Progress Theatre review

Progress Theatre present Henrik Ibsen’s ‘scandalous-for-its-time’ domestic drama A Doll’s House.

Jerusalem play

Jerusalem at Progress Theatre review

Reading’s Progress Theatre take on Jez Butterworth’s award-winning state-of-the-nation drama about life in rural England.

Blood and Ice review at Progress Theatre

With ‘Blood and Ice’, Progress Theatre tell the story behind the creation of Frankenstein and bring the life of its creator, Mary Shelley, out of the shadows.

The Snow Queen theatre review

A youth theatre musical of The Snow Queen fairy tale from Bezerk Productions at Woodley’s Oakwood Centre.

A Christmas Carol from Reading Between the Lines review

Charles Dickens’ wintery classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ gets wheeled out a lot every December. The…

Birdsong at Progress Theatre review

Progress Theatre are commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I with a production of Sebastian Faulks’ Great War epic ‘Birdsong’, which has been adapted and condensed for the stage by playwright Rachel Wagstaff.