Watermill Theatre

Watermill Theatre

From its beautiful riverside home on the outskirts of Newbury, The Watermill Theatre produces award-winning work that is recognised throughout the UK and abroad. The very best artists and creative teams, both established and at the early stages of their careers, are the theatres' lifeblood, earning it a reputation as one of the very best regional producing theatres in the country.

Almost all our productions are 'Made in Berkshire', with actors, directors and designers living on-site throughout the creative process. Our setting makes a real difference to the work we create, enabling creative teams to immerse themselves completely in the project, fostering a true sense of ensemble that is visible on stage.

We aim to present a programme of live theatre that is both inspiring and entertaining. Our artistic programme is at the heart of what we do and is incredibly varied, from Shakespeare and classic plays to new writing and the reimagining of traditional musicals, as well as bold new musicals.

In a typical year over 61,000 people visit The Watermill to see a show on-site and in recent years our touring ambition has been rapidly growing, with rural tours, school tours and medium sized UK tours occurring throughout the year. In the past four years our touring work has been seen by a staggering 525,267 people around the UK.

Our work on stage is complemented by an exciting education and outreach programme, which is inextricably linked to the theatre's productions. Our belief that everyone should have the opportunity to experience and participate in the arts has led to approximately 19,000 people engaging with us annually through our youth theatre, early years sessions, adult wellbeing workshops, partnerships with local schools and much more.

The Watermill also runs a series of drama projects working with people who may be considered at risk or disadvantaged, using the arts as a tool to improve inclusion and participant wellbeing. In addition, we are proud to offer a range of accessible performances e.g. BSL Sign Integrated performances for D/deaf audience members, and Audio Described Performances and Touch Tours for people who are blind or partially sighted, to help ensure that as many people as possible can access and enjoy our productions.

Unfortunately, in March 2020 the Covid-19 pandemic forced The Watermill Theatre to close and temporarily suspend all performances, events and in-person outreach and education activities. The financial impact was colossal. Despite more than six months of closure, we were determined to bring new work to our audiences in the months between lockdowns, staging 5 productions for socially distanced audiences, as well as providing regular online drama and behind-the-scenes workshops to help our community stay connected throughout the year.

By donating to Simon’s 2000-mile challenge fundraiser you will make an extraordinary difference to The Watermill and its community. Your support will help us to get the theatre back on its feet, so we can safely bring our community back together and focus on creating uplifting and inspiring theatre for everyone to enjoy.

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