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.

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.

Overheard in Reading

Overheard in Reading in October

The silliest, weirdest, funniest things people say on the streets of Reading. This month we spend time in the Turtle basement, smelling our sweat and doing our shoelaces.

The Mountaintop at Reading Rep review

See the breathtaking Olivier Award-winning two-hander about Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s last night on earth at Reading Rep theatre this week.

Henry II from Reading Between the Lines review

Reading Between the Lines theatre return with the much anticipated final installment in their ‘Conquerors’ trilogy told in Reading Minster church.

Overheard in Reading The MERL

Overheard in Reading in September

Our Overheard column is back to share the silliest, weirdest, funniest things I’ve heard people say on the streets of Reading. This month featuring The MERL and The Abbey.

Jesus Christ Superstar at Progress Theatre review

Progress Theatre present a superstar of a production for their first musical in years. See rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar at the Reading community theatre this September.

Six events to see at Reading-on-Thames Festival

Splash into Reading’s riverside history at Reading-on-Thames Festival, a week of cultural events based around our wondrous waterways.

Carmen the Gypsy at Reading Rep Theatre review

Reading Rep Theatre present Carmen the Gypsy, a furious, stripped-down musical set in a cage fighting British travelling community. Is it a knock out or a feint? I went to find out.

Preview: Les Pisserables at Reading Fringe

Reading-born writer, performer Martin Jakeman talks about two man parody musical and twisted homage to Les Misérables, at Reading Fringe Festival 2018.

One Woman Alien

Q&A: One Woman Alien at Reading Fringe

Cast Iron Theatre retells Ridley Scott’s iconic 1979 sci-fi thriller film with only one woman, some comically budget props and a stuffed cat.