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.
Once a year, community theatre group Progress Theatre play host to Progress Premieres, a display of writing from local talent. This year’s plays are Recovery Position by Anthony Travis, previously a set designer for Progress and Sh!t, written by Liz Carroll and directed by Aidan Moran.
How did View Island, a scrubby patch of land along the Thames in Reading, go from a junk-filled boatyard into a riverside nature park?
Explore View Island, a peaceful spot for nature along the River Thames, and only a five minute walk away from Reading train station.
See Bertolt Brecht’s powerful 20th Century anti-war drama Mother Courage and Her Children, performed by an energetic cast at Progress Theatre.
Matthew Farrall browses for antiques and rummages for bargains at Reading’s monthly auction house, held in the historic Reading Cattle Market.
Progress Theatre takes on A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess’ iconic tale of violence, crime and punishment in a dystopian world.
Reading Between the Lines brings our town and the role of women to the forefront of English history with this powerful tale of Henry 1’s daughter Matilda, staged in Reading’s iconic St James’ Church.
Megan Turnell brings a raw and nimble energy to the role of a female Hamlet in Progress Theatre’s bold, modern, production.
Watch The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, A Fantastic Woman, feminist cinema and powerful foreign-language films at Reading’s only independent cinema in 2018.
Find out which authors to see, highlights to look out for and how to buy tickets in our guide to the Henley Literary Festival 2017.