Progress Theatre

Progress Theatre
Progress Theatre
The Mount, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5HL
  • Telephone 0118 960 6060
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  • Website www.progresstheatre.co.uk
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Progress Theatre is a self-governing, self-funding theatre group founded in 1946 and maintained by volunteers. As a registered charity we are committed to promoting education in the performing arts as well as producing a programme of varied, interesting and challenging drama to the highest standard.

Our intimate 96-seat venue has a fully licensed bar and is the oldest producing theatre in Reading. There is wheelchair access to the theatre with a seat for disabled patrons and their carer.

Progress has a thriving Youth Theatre, a Writers’ Group, the Friends of Progress and the Members themselves.

Progress Theatre enjoys good relations with the Arts and Leisure department of Reading Borough Council, and used to stage the 350-seat Reading Abbey Ruins Open Air Shakespeare in partnership with Reading Borough Council each summer before the Abbeys Ruins was closed for refurbishment. We now produce the Reading Open Air Shakespeare annually in the enchanting settings of Caversham Court Gardens during July.

We are members of the Little Theatre Guild (LTG) and the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) and we are a registered in England as a charity (no. 205440).

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Buddy Cop 2

Two cops…in the kind of quiet little town where a kid dreams of growing up to be a fireman. Or a racecar driver. Where the only question you ask yourself at the end of the day is if you're gonna knock back your cold one at Swanky's, Spanky's, or Zingers. A town where neighbors pitch in to help neighbors in need, and where…

Mon 13 Nov

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Tue 14 Nov

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Wed 15 Nov

£12 / 0118 960 6060

…and 3 more dates until 18 Nov

A Clockwork Orange

IAlex and his vicious teenage gang revel in horrific violence, mugging and gang rape. Alex also revels in the music of Beethoven. The Gang communicate in a slang language that is as twisted as their outlook on life. When a drug-fuelled night of fun ends in murder, Alex is finally busted and banged up. He is given a choice…

Mon 19 Feb 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Tue 20 Feb 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Wed 21 Feb 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

…and 3 more dates until 24 Feb 2018

Hamlet

William Shakespeare’s most famous play is given a new twist on the Progress stage. In a world which parallels our own, Hamlet mourns the loss of her royal father whilst her uncle seizes the throne and takes her newly-widowed mother as his Queen. An encounter with her father’s ghost drives Hamlet to agonies of despair and…

Thu 12 Oct

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Fri 13 Oct

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Sat 14 Oct

£12 / 0118 960 6060

…and 6 more dates until 21 Oct

Happy Jack

By John Godber 11-16 June 2018, performances at 7.45pm Matinée at 2.30pm on 16 June Doors open 30 minutes earlier Happy Jack is a funny and touching play about Jack and Liz, a couple inspired by John Godber’s own grandparents. Weaving through 60 years of marriage, the pair introduce us to the characters they have…

Mon 11 Jun 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Tue 12 Jun 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Wed 13 Jun 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

…and 3 more dates until 16 Jun 2018

Jazz In Reading

Live Music, Jazz.

Fri 27 Oct

£18 (£16) / 0118 960 6060

Live Music, Blues.

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Little Gem

By Elaine Murphy Kay’s husband, Gem, has suffered a recent stroke and so is emotionally and physically distant from her, requiring home care and is unable to feed or dress himself. Lorraine has experienced something of an emotional break-down in work and has been encouraged by her employers to seek therapy, and Amber…

Mon 16 Apr 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Tue 17 Apr 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Wed 18 Apr 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

…and 3 more dates until 21 Apr 2018

Maskerade

By Terry Pratchett. Adapted by Stephen Briggs 18-27 January 2018, performances at 7.45pm with matinées at 2.30pm on 20 and 27 January. Doors open 30 minutes earlier. All is not well in the Ankh-Morpork Opera House. A ghost stalks the dark corridors, leaving strange letters for the management and … killing people.

Thu 18 Jan 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Fri 19 Jan 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Sat 20 Jan 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

…and 6 more dates until 27 Jan 2018

Mother Courage And Her Children

By Bertholt Brecht Translated by Tony Kushner Remaining a powerful indictment of war and social injustice, this is an epic drama set in the seventeenth century during the Thirty Years War. We follow the resilient Mother Courage who survives by running a commissary business that profits from all sides. As the war…

Mon 19 Mar 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Tue 20 Mar 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Wed 21 Mar 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

…and 3 more dates until 24 Mar 2018

The Picture Of Dorian Grey

bring Oscar Wilde's famous novel to the stage with this new adaptation. Dorian is a good-natured young man until he discovers the power of his own exceptional beauty. As he gradually sinks deeper into a frivolous, glamorous world of selfish luxury, he apparently remains physically unchanged by the stresses of his…

Tue 12 Dec

£8 / 0118 960 6060

Wed 13 Dec

£8 / 0118 960 6060

Thu 14 Dec

£8 / 0118 960 6060

…and 2 more dates until 16 Dec

Poetry Of War

3-7 July 2018, performances at 7.45pm Doors open 7.15pm An evening of performance poetry to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. Progress Youth Theatre, the creative talent that devised The Hidden Truth brings you a story of personal, political and social conflict through the medium of verse.

Tue 3 Jul 2018

£8 / 0118 960 6060

Wed 4 Jul 2018

£8 / 0118 960 6060

Thu 5 Jul 2018

£8 / 0118 960 6060

…and 2 more dates until 7 Jul 2018

Progress Premieres

Progress brings more new writing to the stage with two new one-act plays: Sh!t by Liz Carroll Edie is in a wheelchair unable to speak or move. She is helpless apart from her one weapon - sh!t which she uses against the abusive charge nurse. Tom is a trainee therapist - eager to use his communication board. He stirs…

Wed 16 May 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Thu 17 May 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Fri 18 May 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Sat 19 May 2018

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Ray Gelato & Alex Garnet “Tough Tenors” Quintet

Ray Gelato *tenor sax Alex Garnett tenor sax Gunther Kurmayr piano Manuel Alvarez bass Matt Home * drums Ray Gelato is best known as the leader of “Ray Gelato Giants” a band which regularly plays to full houses around the world and which has been a favourite at the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London…

Fri 27 Oct

£16–£18 / 0118 960 6060

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