Theatre reviews

Discover the best plays and stage performances in Reading from both professional and community theatre companies, including Reading Between the Lines, Reading Rep and Progress 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.

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.

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.

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.

Much Ado About Nothing at Reading Abbey review

Progress Theatre bring an entertaining take on Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Much Ado about Nothing to the Abbey Ruins for their annual open air theatre.

Recovery Position

Progress Premieres theatre review

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.

Mother Courage

Mother Courage and Her Children at Progress Theatre review

See Bertolt Brecht’s powerful 20th Century anti-war drama Mother Courage and Her Children, performed by an energetic cast at Progress Theatre.

A Clockwork Orange at Progress Theatre review

Progress Theatre takes on A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess’ iconic tale of violence, crime and punishment in a dystopian world.

Matilda the Empress

Matilda the Empress from Reading Between the Lines review

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.