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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Accidental Death Of An Anarchist

Inspired by the real-life events surrounding the death of Italian railwayman and anarchist Giuseppe Pinelli, who fell – or was thrown – from the fourth floor window of a Milan police station in 1969, Dario Fo’s classic farce sees The Maniac outsmarting the dim-witted Inspector Bertozzo before impersonating a judge in…

Mon 20 Feb

Tue 21 Feb

Wed 22 Feb

…and 3 more dates until 25 Feb

Betrayal

Shown in reverse chronological order, Betrayal explores and explodes the classic love triangle in Harold Pinter’s unconventional fashion, opening with the end of the seven year-long affair between Emma and Jerry - lifelong friend of her husband Robert - and heading back to its roots. Inspired by Pinter’s real-life affair…

Mon 12 Jun

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Tue 13 Jun

£12 / 0118 960 6060

Wed 14 Jun

£12 / 0118 960 6060

…and 3 more dates until 17 Jun

The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet Plus Special Guest Martin Shaw

Derek Nash saxes Martin Shaw trumpet & flugelhorn Dave Newton piano Geoff Gascoyne bass Sebastiaan de Krom drums Derek Nash – saxes Derek is a featured soloist with the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and has been a full-time member since 2004. He is leader of the British Jazz award-winning Sax Appeal and…

His Dark Materials (Part 1)

Travel between the worlds with Lyra and Will in this epic adaptation of Philip Pullman's famous trilogy. There's plenty of adventure, with angels, daemons, harpies, spectres and armoured bears, but also thoughtful insights on parenthood and religious authority. Spread over two plays, you can watch parts 1 and 2 at…

Thu 23 Mar

Fri 24 Mar

Sat 25 Mar

…and 2 more dates until 1 Apr

His Dark Materials (Part 2)

Travel between the worlds with Lyra and Will in this epic adaptation of Philip Pullman's famous trilogy. There's plenty of adventure, with angels, daemons, harpies, spectres and armoured bears, but also thoughtful insights on parenthood and religious authority. Spread over two plays, you can watch parts 1 and 2 at…

Sat 25 Mar

Sun 26 Mar

Thu 30 Mar

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Jazz In Reading

The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet plus special guest Martin Shaw: Derek Nash is a featured soloist with the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and has been a full-time member since 2004. He is leader of the British Jazz award-winning Sax Appeal and also co-leader of funk/fusion band Protect the Beat. 2013 and 2014 saw…

Fri 27 Jan

£14–£16 / 0118 960 6060

Murder, Margaret & Me

Agatha Christie didn’t want Margaret Rutherford to bring her fabled spinster to life - and Margaret was mortified at the prospects of sullying her reputation with something as sordid as murder… Murder, Margaret & Me is the story of the real reason why the acting legend and “the funniest woman alive” didn’t want to…

Mon 22 May

Tue 23 May

Wed 24 May

…and 3 more dates until 27 May

No Naughty Bits

Telling the true story of when Monty Python sued American television station ABC for unauthorised cuts to their final series - removing all of the naughty bits - Steve Thompson’s No Naughty Bits sees Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam pit their wits against a pair of humourless TV executives with hilarious results. A delight…

Progress Premieres

Following on from the success of ten years of WriteFest, and as part of its commitment to supporting local writers and directors, Progress Theatre is proud to present an evening of two one-act plays - The Writer Bird by Reading’s Emily Goode and* The Swastika Party* by Paul Levy, with local directors - both WriteFest…

Mon 24 Apr

Tue 25 Apr

Wed 26 Apr

…and 3 more dates until 29 Apr

The Tempest

Summoning a storm, the magician Prospero - rightful Duke of Milan - shipwrecks his usurping brother Antonio and King Alonso of Naples on his island exile. Surrounded by his menagerie of spirits and monsters, the vengeful Prospero takes control, punishing his spiteful, scheming brother and matching lovers Miranda and…

Tue 11 Jul

£8 / 0118 960 6060

Wed 12 Jul

£8 / 0118 960 6060

Thu 13 Jul

£8 / 0118 960 6060

…and 2 more dates until 15 Jul

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