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The Watermill Theatre Newbury Announces Spring 2015 Season

Watermill Theatre NewburyThe Watermill Theatre is delighted to announce its Spring 2015 Season, with highlights including three world stage premieres; the first adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary, a new musical revue Tuxedo Junction compiled by Simon Slater, and E.H. Gombrich’s bestseller A Little History of the World. The Spring 2015 season goes on sale on Monday 10 November at 10am.

Agatha Christie’s The Secret Adversary a Tommy & Tuppence Thriller, adapted by Sarah Punshon and Johann Hari from Thursday 12th February to Saturday 21st March 2015.

Agatha Christie’s 1922 thriller The Secret Adversary will receive its world stage premiere at The Watermill Theatre prior to a six-week national tour. Introducing crime-fighting duo Tommy and Tuppence to the stage for the very first time, The Secret Adversary will be brought to life in a new adaptation by Sarah Punshon and Johann Hari. Tickets go on sale at The Watermill Theatre from 10 November 2014.

The Secret Adversary presents the first new stage adaptation of Christie’s work in over a decade. Agatha Christie Limited has chosen the award-winning Watermill Theatre to bring two of Christie’s most vibrant characters to life as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations in 2015. With a fresh and inventive theatrical approach, this production promises fast-paced action, shot through with comedy, romance and live music. Tommy and Tuppence are set to be the detective couple on everyone’s lips in 2015 when the glamorous pair will also feature in the new BBC television adaptation, Partners in Crime, starring David Walliams and Jessica Raine.

The Secret Adversary is directed by Sarah Punshon and designed by Tom Rogers, with original music and musical arrangements by Alex Silverman, lighting design by Howard Hudson, sound design by David Gregory and movement direction by John Nicholson. The Secret Adversary is presented by The Watermill Theatre in association with Eleanor Lloyd Productions.

LISTINGS
Thursday 12 February – Saturday 21 March 2015
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm
Tickets:     £14.50-26.50
Box Office: 01635 46044 | www.watermill.org.uk

Tuxedo Junction, compiled by Simon Slater from Tuesday 31 March to Saturday 11 April 2015
All aboard for a toe-tapping ride across America in the company of an eclectic band of musicians. It’s the 1940s, Hollywood’s booming, gasoline and nylon stockings are rationed, women are wearing their hair in Victory rolls, putting on red lipstick and jitterbugging with GIs. The music scene is booming with swing, jazz, crooners and everything in between and we’re on a train heading for… who knows? But wherever we’re going, it’s going to be one helluva ride!

Following last year’s sell-out show The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea, a company of Watermill trade-mark actor-musicians, including Simon Slater and Julian Littman, take us on another musical journey featuring songs of the period including Chatanooga Choo Choo, Take The A Train, You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To and Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby. Tuxedo Junction is compiled by Simon Slater with musical staging by Lee Lyford.

LISTINGS
Dates:        Tuesday 31 March to Saturday 11 April 2015
Performances:     Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm
Saturday 11 April – 1.30pm and 6.30pm
Press Night    Thursday 2 April, 7.30pm
Tickets:     £14.50 – £26.50
Box Office:     01635 46044 | www.watermill.org.uk

Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd, adapted and directed by Jessica Swale, from Thursday 16 April to Saturday 23rd May 2015.
When Bathsheba Everdene inherits a farm from her father, no-one expects her to take on its management herself. But our spirited young heroine will not be deterred and takes up the mantle with vigour. Yet, whilst she rises impressively to the challenges of sheep farming, it is the trials of the heart that threaten to undo her. Hardy’s much loved tale is both a thrilling romance and a joyous celebration of English rural life.

Far From the Madding Crowd is adapted and directed by Jessica Swale, a theatre director, playwright and co-founder of Red Handed Theatre Company. Jessica made her directorial debut at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2010 with Bedlam, the first play by a female playwright ever to be staged at the venue. Jessica adapted and directed The Watermill’s highly popular production of Sense and Sensibility, with other directing credits including The School for Scandal (Park Theatre), Sleuth (Watermill Theatre), The Busy Body, The Belle’s Stratagem (Evening Standard Award nomination) and The Rivals (all at Southwark Playhouse). Jessica’s first full length play Blue Stockings premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe in August 2013.

Far From the Madding Crowd is adapted and directed by Jessica Swale and designed by Philip Engleheart, with lighting design by James Whiteside. Original music is by Catherine Jayes.

LISTINGS
Thursday 16 April to Saturday 23 May
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm
Saturday 23 May – 1.30pm and 6.30pm
Tickets: £14.50 – £26.50
Box Office: 01635 46044 | www.watermill.org.uk

The Deep Blue Sea By Terence Rattigan from Thursday 4th June to Saturday 4th July 2015
Hester abandons the security and respectability of life with her distinguished older husband, throwing herself into a passionate affair with former RAF pilot Freddie. His raffish charm wears thin, but Hester remains infatuated. With overpowering feelings for Freddie and with her husband ready to forgive, Hester finds herself caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. Terence Rattigan’s 1950s masterpiece portrays the emotional turmoil of a woman defying convention and the destructive power of love.

The Deep Blue Sea is directed by Douglas Rintoul, whose work includes State Red (Hampstead Theatre), All My Sons and Of Mice and Men (Watermill Theatre), ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas (Unicorn Theatre), As You Like It (UK and European tour) and Touched for the Very First Time (Trafalgar Studios). He is also the artistic director of international touring company Transport.

LISTINGS
Thursday 4 June to Saturday 4 July
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm
Saturday 4 July – 1.30pm and 6.30pm
Tickets: £14.50 – £26.50
Box Office: 01635 46044 | www.watermill.org.uk

A Little History Of The World by Toby Hulse from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 25 July 2015
This new stage adaptation of the international bestseller, available in twenty-five languages, takes us on a whistle-stop tour through the centuries from the big bang to the present day. Discover great works of art, meet colourful historical figures, learn of wars, scientific discoveries and the extraordinary achievements of mankind, and its frailties. Ernst Gombrich takes us with infectious enthusiasm through the fascinating, entertaining and heart-warming story of the world.

A Little History of the World is based on the work by E.H. Gombrich as translated into English by Caroline Mustill. It is directed by Paul Stacey and produced in association with Reading Rep, who join the Watermill Theatre as an associate company in 2015.

This production will also tour to village halls, rural venues and arts centres as part of the Watermill Outreach touring initiative. Watermill Outreach is generously supported by The Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation. For a list of tour venues visit www.watermill.org.uk/ontour.

LISTINGS
Tuesday 14 to Saturday 25 July
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm
Saturday 25 July – 1.30pm and 6.30pm
Tickets:  £16 – £20.00
Box Office: 01635 46044 | www.watermill.org.uk

OTHER EVENTS
The Watermill Senior Youth Theatre presents The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase By Joan Aiken from Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th March 2015.

It’s 1832 and wolves roam freely around a dark and wintry England. Left alone after her parents go abroad, Bonnie and her orphaned cousin Sylvia are looking forward to spending time together in their huge, rambling home, Willoughby Chase. But the arrival of the sinister governess Miss Slighcarp and a mysterious stranger on a train leads them into a frightening series of mysteries. The Senior Youth Theatre brings this classic adventure story to life with its trademark sense of humour and ensemble style.

The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase is adapted for the stage by Russ Tunney and directed by Beth Flintoff. The Watermill Senior Youth Theatre is generously supported by The Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation.

LISTINGS
Wednesday 25 – Saturday 28 March 2015
Wednesday to Friday 7.30pm, Saturday at 6.30pm
Saturday 28 March – 1.30pm and 6.30pm
Tickets:  £6 – £11.50
Box Office: 01635 46044 | www.watermill.org.uk

Primary Schools’ Production Directed by Heidi Bird from Wednesday 8th to Saturday 11th July 2015.
The Federation of Rural Primary Schools in West Berkshire again collaborates with The Watermill Theatre in this remarkable project. Featuring over a hundred children from six local village primary schools, this is the performance of a new play, specially written for the children.

LISTINGS
Wednesday 8 to Saturday 11 July 2015
Wednesday to Friday at 7.30pm, Saturday at 6.30pm
Tickets: £7 – £6.50 (£4.50 under 12s)
Box Office: 01635 46044 | www.watermill.org.uk

The Watermill Theatre has been recognised as one of the most welcoming venues in the UK, shortlisted twice in the UK Theatre Awards ‘Most Welcoming Theatre’ category.

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