Progress Theatre

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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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4.5
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Paul F
Caversham, UK202 contributions
Entertaining evening
Apr 2019 • Couples
Very amusing evening and some good acting from a young team. Must make the effort to support more often as proved to be a great night out.
Written April 3, 2019
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Tony Eldridge
5 contributions
Jesus Christ - Superstar
Sep 2018 • Friends
A small intimate theatre seating about 100 people. The who production was excellent, acting, singing, stage management.

Some of our group had seen other productions and spoken highly if them.

I would thoroughly recommend.
Written September 27, 2018
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G800UTpeterw
Devizes, UK65 contributions
Maskerade
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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Tania C
Reading, UK16 contributions
Wonderful local art and drama centre putting on diverse shows
Dec 2016 • Family
A lovely little place, showing different drama and theatrical performances given by amateurs both adults and children, with art work displayed in the foyer and a very friendly community. My son was in the youth group and acted in 3 plays, I have friends who love the theatre and I look forward to going to one of the jazz performances too. A real hub for the community to pull together and enjoy evenings of arts and music in a friendly atmosphere.
Written February 27, 2017
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Northwind1
Swindon, England, United Kingdom103 contributions
Absolutely amazing!
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, UK18 contributions
Intimate theatre with outstanding performances
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
affordable and close to home
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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Ian R
Reading, UK52 contributions
Excellent local theatre
Mar 2016 • Solo
Very good value for money and entertaining. Covering all sorts of genre, also good programs for the younger theatre goer
Written April 26, 2016
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John G
20 contributions
Creating excellent theatre!
Apr 2016 • Friends
Seating less than a hundred, this intimate venue regularly produces outstanding drama at reasonable seat prices. Tucked away in a leafy residential street, it is easy to miss. It has a small bar for interval drinks or before or after the show. Booking is advised for Fridays and Saturdays but other nights often have tickets available on the door.

The programme has great variety: plays for family audiences, hard-hitting dramas, avant-garde, side-splitting comedies, all performed to a high standard.
Written April 7, 2016
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Pam S
London, UK179 contributions
Neat little theatre
Sep 2015
Neat little theatre. Saw Two-Way Mirror here by Arthur Miller. The play was usual Arthur Miller, rather dark and interesting. The theatre was welcoming, easy to book and had a bar!
Written September 24, 2015
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