Progress Theatre
Progress Theatre
4.5
7:15 PM - 11:00 PM
Monday
7:15 PM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday
7:15 PM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday
7:15 PM - 11:00 PM
Thursday
7:15 PM - 11:00 PM
Friday
7:15 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
7:15 PM - 11:00 PM
About
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, as well as a state of the art hearing loop. 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.
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Sker
Reading13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just my 2nd time at Progress and certainly not my last. Great value all round and brilliant entertainment in an intimate setting. See you again soon.
Written February 25, 2014
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Gill A
Reading, UK17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
We watched 'Merry Wives of Windsor' at Caversham Court Gardens last week and it was a great night. Arriving about half an hour before the start, we set up our camping chairs on the front row. People were having their picnics all around us and the atmosphere was lovely.

The stage was set up so we were looking onto the river, a lovely backdrop as boaters and geese drifted past. The play was well acted, the narrator explained things well and the interval entertainment was beautiful. Plus we only got rained on for 10 minutes at the end!

A great night, will definitely be coming next year.
Written July 20, 2015
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Jean-Jacques M
Reading, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Friends
About once a month, Progress has a jazz evening with big and not so big names, but always very good groups. A pleasure and at reasonable price.
Written July 28, 2014
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G800UTpeterw
Devizes, UK74 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
I found this through a Terry Pratchett fan group so was not sure what I was expecting.
This was a wonderful little theatre that had everything. With a warm welcome when walking through the door to the reasonably priced bar.
The auditorium was a nice with seating designed so no one has an obscured view, the seats were very comfortable.
It is a theatre that I would recommend people locally support for a jolly good night out.
Written January 22, 2018
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Josebio
Reading, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
A wonderfully friendly welcome awaits all that enter. The Progress contributes an 'alternative' experience covering theatre, music and the arts. The theatre keeps-up the principles of one-time member and patron Kenneth Branagh and offers a range of performances and events that entertain and challenge. The theatre is a cosy 97-seater which keeps you in touch with the performers. The bar prices are affordable and the bar area provides a pleasant venue for socialising before and after the performances and during the intervals. Give it a try: you won't regret it!
Written March 30, 2014
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Northwind1
Swindon, England, United Kingdom124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
Went to Caversham Court to see the open air production of Midsummer Night's Dream which, heretofore,has been one of my least favourite Shakespearean plays, although it is my friend's favourite, and was a present for her birthday. So, feeling like I was there somewhat under sufferance, I did not expect to enjoy it. It was outstanding! Set in the stunning Caversham Court gardens, with a beautiful backdrop of the River Thames, the characters came to life and delivered the play with panache. The lines were delivered beautifully, with verve and passion; the costumes were fabulous and the actors so accomplished it is impossible to choose a favourite. If you can get to see it, I wholeheartedly recommend it.
Written July 17, 2016
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lynn h
Hampstead Norreys, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Friends
Have been to two plays this year.. Steel Magnolias which was superb, wonderfully acted and very very entertaining, then for variety Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams.. again mesmerising performance particularly by both the leading ladies.We go as a group of girlfriends and are planning our next trip even as I speak.
Written May 19, 2016
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Vawn K
Reading, UK313 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
Saw Three Musketeers- very well done for young actors. Very small theatre, but easily accessible for Reading day out. Drinks at bar very cheap. No drinks permitted inside theatre. Ticket prices very affordable. Would go back again!
Written April 26, 2016
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Hi Vawn, thanks for the great review! Just to clarify one thing for you: we do allow drinks inside our theatre, but we ask that they are transferred from glass into plastic cups (which we provide). It's purely a safety measure - but you're more than welcome to enjoy our cheap bar throughout the public areas!
Written May 4, 2016
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Chris R
Reading, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
Progress puts on a wide variety of productions (this season went from Trainspotting to Lady Windemere's Fan and everything in between) that are always good quality. Being a small venue, the performances are always intimate. As another reviewer said, they are amateur in name only!
Written July 16, 2014
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David L
Reading, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Friends
Quality of the acting and commitment either from the youth or the adults is amazing. Amateur theatre group in name only. Can't speak highly enough.
Written April 1, 2014
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