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Progress Theatre


Formation 1946
Type Theatre and Registered charity
Location Reading, England
Membership 150
Chairman Patrick Keys
Website http://www.progresstheatre.co.uk

Progress Theatre is a ground breaking theatre company[1] formed in 1946 and staging their first production in 1947. The company opened their own theatre in 1951, which still operates today and is the oldest operating theatre in Reading, England.[2] The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... A charitable organization (also known as a charity) is a trust, company or unincorporated association established for charitable purposes only. ... Reading is a town, unitary authority (the Borough of Reading) and urban area in the English county of Berkshire. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Reading is a town, unitary authority (the Borough of Reading) and urban area in the English county of Berkshire. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ...


The theatre presents a programme of popular as well as challenging theatre[3] and is the only venue in Reading dedicated entirely to theatre.

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Details

Progress Theatre seats 97 people and is located in The Mount, close to Reading University. They are a registered charity (no. 205440) and are members of the Little Theatre Guild (LTG) and the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA).[2] The University of Reading is one of the older established UK universities. ... A charitable organization (also known as a charity) is a trust, company or unincorporated association established for charitable purposes only. ...


History

Progress Theatre was established in 1946 by a young group of Reading people as a voluntary theatre group in Reading to present new and challenging productions.


The first production was staged in 1947 and for five years performances were in Palmer Hall, West Street, Reading. The Mildmay Hall in The Mount was found to be available for rent from the Co-operative Society who agreed to its use as a theatre. The members together with families and friends, converted it into a working theatre and the first production was in October 1951. 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ...


Since the 1950s a Student Group for 14 to 18 year olds has existed. It offers instruction in many aspects of theatre twice a week during term time. From time to time, beginning with William Baines' Smugglers Bay in 1957, the group has presented a Christmas play as part of the main offerings of the Theatre.


In 1964, after a massive fund raising campaign, the freehold of the building was bought. The basis of the present foyer was built at that time together with other, then modern, facilities. With other alterations and extensions over the years, productions are still staged in the same building.[4] 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Fee simple, also known as fee simple absolute or allodial, is a term of art in common law. ... A lobby is a room in a building which is used for entry from the outside, Sometimes referred to as a foyer or an entrance hall. ...


Present day

The theatre has a membership of approximately 150 people and puts on a regular menu of classic and contemporary theatre at its dedicated theatre. All of these productions are managed by volunteer members of the theatre.


Progress Theatre also produces a yearly outdoor Shakespeare production in Reading Abbey Ruins.[5] This annual production is a large undertaking, managed in co-operation with Reading Borough Council, who permit the use of the grounds in and around the 11th century Abbey grounds and facilities. As with in-house productions, this production is totally self managed. Reading Abbey Reading Abbey is a large, ruined abbey in Reading, Berkshire, founded by Henry I in 1121 for the salvation of my soul, and the souls of King William, my father, and of King William, my brother, and Queen Maud, my wife, and all my ancestors and successors. // History...


Past productions

A statue of Bertolt Brecht
A statue of Bertolt Brecht

Progress has presented contemporary plays since its founding and the first performances in England of The Good Woman of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht and Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O'Casey were produced at the theatre[6] in 1952 and 1958 respectively.[7] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... < die gute Person des i>The von Sezuan, auch bekannt als die gute Frau von Setzuan, ist ein Spiel durch [ [ Deutschland|Deutscher ] ] [ [ playwright ] ], [ [ Dichter ] ], Theater [ [ Kritiker ] ] und [ [ Theoretiker ] ] [ [ Bertolt Brecht ] ]. Es wurde innen [ [ 1943 ] ] w�hrend der Autor in tempor�rem self-imposed politischem exile innen lebte [ [ die Vereinigten Staaten... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Sean OCasey Sean OCasey (March 30, 1880 - September 18, 1964) was a major Irish dramatist and memorist. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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Recent years have also seen productions of notorious plays such as Blasted by Sarah Kane[13][14] while the more public-friendly yearly open-air Shakespeare productions have come to represent a highlight of Reading's cultural calender.[15] Mort is a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett and also the name of its main character. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Stephen Briggs is, in his own words, a civil servant who dabbles in amateur dramatics. However, through his drama work, he has become heavily involved with the subsidiary works and merchandise surrounding Terry Pratchetts Discworld. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... James and the Giant Peach is a childrens book by Roald Dahl, originally illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert, first published in the USA in 1961 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. ... Roald Dahl (IPA: ) (13 September 1916 – 23 November 1990) was a Welsh novelist, short story author and screenwriter of Norwegian descent, famous as a writer for both children and adults. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Blasted is a 1995 play by British author Sarah Kane and one of the prime examples of in-yer-face theatre. ... Sarah Kane (February 3, 1971 – February 20, 1999) was an English playwright. ...


Current season

Productions during the 2006-2007 season include:

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Membership details

Members of Progress Theatre have the opportunity to:

  • Take part in Progress Theatre productions
  • Attend the Theatre's members-only events
  • Join Progress Theatre's Writers' Group, for aspiring script-writers
  • Help in practical ways such as: Front of House, Bar or Box Office staffing, costumes, set building and promoting the theatre and its shows

Alternatively, Friends of Progress provide support through attending performances and optionally helping in the theatre's many activities.


Being a Friend of Progress provides:

  • Reduced seat prices throughout the season (£1 off adult ticket prices for indoor productions)
  • Regular newsletters with information and news on events
  • Invitations to special events at Progress Theatre
  • The opportunity to help in practical ways such as: Front of House, Bar or Box Office staffing, costumes, set building and promoting the theatre and its shows

Famous members

Kenneth Branagh made his earlist theatre appearances with Progress Theatre in the 1970s, including one minor role as "second policeman".[6] Dame Judi Dench is also a member of the theatre. The pop singer and actress, Marianne Faithfull, was a member of the Student Group in the early 1960s Kenneth Charles Branagh (born December 10, 1960) is an Emmy Award-winning Northern Irish-born British actor and film director. ... Template:A year The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Dame Judith Olivia Dench, CH, DBE (born 9 December 1934), usually known as Dame Judi Dench, is an Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony, three-time BAFTA, and six-time Laurence Olivier Award-winning English actress. ... Marianne Faithfull (born 29 December 1946) is an English singer and actress whose career spans over four decades. ...


References

  1. ^ Reading Lives: Reading Museum Service's Oral History Collection. Retrieved on 18 March 2007.
  2. ^ a b Progress Theatre: profile. Retrieved on 18 March 2007.
  3. ^ Progress Theatre Mission Statement. Retrieved on 18 March 2007.
  4. ^ Progress Theatre: A Brief History. Retrieved on 18 March 2007.
  5. ^ BBC Berkshire "Winter's Tale" Feature. Retrieved on 18 March 2007.
  6. ^ a b Branagh News Archive: July 2003 - December 2003. Retrieved on 18 March 2007.
  7. ^ Progress Theatre productions since 1946. Retrieved on 19 March 2007.
  8. ^ Discworld Monthly - Issue 9: January 1998. Retrieved on 19 March 2007.
  9. ^ Discworld Monthly - Issue 10: February 1998. Retrieved on 19 March 2007.
  10. ^ Discworld Monthly - Issue 11: March 1998. Retrieved on 19 March 2007.
  11. ^ Today you can:... The Telegraph. Retrieved on 19 March 2007. "Bypass panto: see the stage version of Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach"
  12. ^ James and the Giant Peach: reviews. Retrieved on 19 March 2007.
  13. ^ Blasted: BBC Berkshire review. Retrieved on 19 March 2007.
  14. ^ Blasted: reviews. Retrieved on 19 March 2007.
  15. ^ Progress Theatre Open Air Shakespeare. Retrieved on 14 March 2007.

External links

  • Progress Theatre Site

 
 

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