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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Art Themen’S New Directions Quintet
Art Themen soprano and tenor saxes Steve Fishwick trumpet and flugelhorn Gareth Williams keyboard Arnie Somogyi bass Winston Clifford drums Art Themen, described by jazz writer Dave Gelly as, ‘One of the tiny handful of undeniably perfect jazz musicians’, formed his New Directions Quintet to showcase some of the lesser…
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…
Jazz In Reading
Live Music, Jazz.
Murder, Margaret and Me
A comedy about the relationship between Agatha Christie and Margaret Rutherford.
PARTIKEL Duncan Eagles | saxophones | Max Luthert, double bass | Eric Ford, drums and percussion Partikel take a unique and fresh look at the saxophone trio format and have established themselves as 'one of the best and most consistent of contemporary British jazz groups' (Ian Mann). In 2016 Partikel toured throughout the…
Partikel With Ant Law: The Counteraction Tour
Max Luther bass Eric Ford *drums Duncan Eagles * sax Ant Law guitar Jazz in Reading is very pleased to have * Partikel * as guests on the 5th May. The band has always been an acoustic trio in a chordless setting with an intimate, rhythm driven signature and released their first album ***Partikel ***in their post bop…
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…
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…