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The trials of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The trials of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The trials of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

07 August 2012

IN 2010, Katherine Gibbons, aged 31, an actor and playwright, originally from Bucklebury, took on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with her first-ever scripted…


Cropredy weather report

Cropredy weather report

Cropredy weather report

04 August 2012

SHOULD you see a bearded chap standing in Chipping Norton square with his head turned towards the heavens, don’t imagine that he is a lost soul looking…


Film review: The Dark Knight Rises

Film review: The Dark Knight Rises

Film review: The Dark Knight Rises

02 August 2012

CHRISTOPER Nolan’s imposing Batman trilogy reaches its conclusion with The Dark Knight Rises, a masculine and rather grim-faced action movie of a type…


Folk, jazz, rock fusion

Folk, jazz, rock fusion

Folk, jazz, rock fusion

31 July 2012

YOUNG, upcoming five-piece Mawkin will be performing an evening of new music while maintaining the mystique of ancient folk music from around the world.…


Youth theatre at its best

Youth theatre at its best

Youth theatre at its best

28 July 2012

THE critically-acclaimed award winning Newbury Youth Theatre perform their new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories at the Corn Exchange, Newbury,…


Our boys at the Proms

Our boys at the Proms

Our boys at the Proms

26 July 2012

THAT very British institution the BBC Promenade Concert season is upon us and Newbury is well represented, by a bow maker, conductor and trumpeter.Philip…


Don't give up the day job

Don't give up the day job

Don't give up the day job

26 July 2012

Magic Mike (15)Review rating **Channing Tatum stars as Magic Mike, a thirty-something builder and odd-job man who works at a male strip club on the side.Mike…


Harry Hill heads up autumn bill

Harry Hill heads up autumn bill

Harry Hill heads up autumn bill

19 July 2012

THE Corn Exchange and New Greenham Arts have today launched their new season of theatre, dance, comedy, family events and live music and we can reveal…


Depressingly familiar

Depressingly familiar

Depressingly familiar

19 July 2012

Friends with Kids (15)Review rating **Actress Jennifer Westfeldt makes her directorial debut with this agonisingly unfunny romantic-comedy. Despite employing…


A fine finale

A fine finale

A fine finale

16 July 2012

Ten years or so ago a girl trying to break into the jazz singing game was performing in the open air to handfuls of diners outside a restaurant in Marlborough,…


A day to remember

A day to remember

A day to remember

15 July 2012

Bill Hall on day 2 of Marlborough Jazz FestivalThe organisers of the 26th Marlborough Jazz Festival had every reason to be hugging themselves with sheer…


Winner of You Must Be Joking is crowned

Winner of You Must Be Joking is crowned

Winner of You Must Be Joking is crowned

15 July 2012

SEAN Doyle was crowned winner of this year’s You Must Be Joking comedy competition at the Corn Exchange last Tuesday evening. The judges for the final…


Jazz on

Jazz on

Jazz on

14 July 2012

Bill Hall reports from Marlborough Jazz FestivalGiven the lousy weather and the generally gloomy outlook, the arrival of Marlborough's annual Jazz Fest…


Improv comedy night

Improv comedy night

Improv comedy night

13 July 2012

There are sketches, songs and general silliness, all based around audience suggestions, at New Greenham Arts tomorrow night (Saturday, 8pm). Be it a song…


This one's got legs

This one's got legs

This one's got legs

12 July 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man (12A)Review rating ***Does anyone still care about Spider-Man? It’s the question that first came to my mind when I saw the trailer…


Champions and Clowns

Champions and Clowns

Champions and Clowns

10 July 2012

Arlington Arts brings an international flavour to Newbury Comedy Festival tomorrow (Tuesday) as it hosts a double bill featuring two comics due to become…


School's out at Ace Space

School's out at Ace Space

School's out at Ace Space

09 July 2012

SCHOOL is almost out for the summer and Ace Space in Newbury wants you to go along to their end of term party. The evening will celebrate the end of another…


Vamping up American history

Vamping up American history

Vamping up American history

05 July 2012

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (15)Review rating ***You have to admit, it’s a good title. Sadly though, we’ve been here before as far as genre “mash-ups”…


The man behind the Tambourine Man

The man behind the Tambourine Man

The man behind the Tambourine Man

04 July 2012

The man largely responsible for Bob Dylan’s interest in folk music is coming to Arlington Arts on Saturday, July 14. Spider John Koerner was a contemporary…


Figaro Figaro Fiiiigaaaaro...

Figaro Figaro Fiiiigaaaaro...

Figaro Figaro Fiiiigaaaaro...

28 June 2012

AFFORDABLE opera in the open air comes to Newbury this weekend when Opera Brava return to the Racecourse for the fourth year, to perform Rossini’s The…


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