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Stand and Deliver Comedy with Paul McCaffrey

Stand and Deliver Comedy with Paul McCaffrey

14 Jul 2021

More al fresco comedy at the home of Reading's most famous beer garden. This month's show is headlined by Paul McCaffrey, a comic who has has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting new acts around, winning both The London Paper and the Latitude Festival new act competitions in 2009. Your opener will be local legend Iszi Lawrence.

Bridging The Digital Divide

Bridging The Digital Divide

24 Jun 2021

How can using video creatively support the re-engagement in activities of those excluded by the pandemic? This seminar and workshop from Real-Time will look at how video can be a positive tool to get people engaged in activities, support learning share ideas and develop new skills - particularly with vulnerable adults or in non formal settings. 



Matilda Jr Summer School - Auditions

Matilda Jr Summer School - Auditions

27 Jun 2021

For their summer school this year, PQA Reading are going to put together a one-hour musical - the official Matilda Jr - in just 2 weeks! And if you're aged 8-18 and love to act, sing and dance, you can be part of it! Auditions will take place on Sunday 27 June at Denefield School, split into two age groups, juniors and seniors.

    anusa Exhibition for Creatives

    Exhibition for Creatives

    11 Jul 2021

    ANUSA is creative collaboration of fresh emerging talent who invite you to feel the vibrational element of each piece for yourself. Their next exhibition takes place at The Roseate Reading, with 17 incredible creatives showing their work. And you're invited to come and support new emerging UK talent.

    Laugh-A-Lot Comedy Club with Ola the Comedian

    Laugh-A-Lot Comedy Club with Ola the Comedian

    8 Jul 2021

    Local comedian Preet Singh hosts the very best of UK stand up at Revolucion De Cuba. The latest show from Laugh-A-Lot Comedy Club is headlined by Ola The Comedian, a finalist in the FHM Search for a Stand Up Hero and renowned for his intelligent, edgy humour. Support comes from Canadian rising star Kate Herron, Jamie D'Souza and Katharyn Henson.

    Readipop At The Brewery 2021

    Readipop At The Brewery 2021

    10 Jul 2021

    Readipop have had to postpone their festival again this year, so they're bringing a taste of that experience to the Phantom Brewing Co tapyard with live music from the likes of The Showhawk Duo and Colours & Fires, plus creative activities for the kids and more!

    Whiteknights Studio Trail 2021

    Whiteknights Studio Trail 2021

    26-27 Jun 2021

    A free walking tour or trail of artists' studios in the university area of Reading - back to celebrate its 21st anniversary! It's a smaller event than originally planned for this anniversary year - but there will still be 26 artists in 13 venues, keen to show their work and bring back a little normality and joy to our lives.

    Comedian Ahir Shah

    Ahir Shah

    5 Feb 2022

    Featuring his signature blend of philosophical inquiry, personal examination, and sweet gags, Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Ahir Shah returns to South Street with a new show about significance, insignificance, and scurvy. 

    The Mill at Sonning: New Season

    The Mill at Sonning: New Season

    From 5 August

    Based just outside Reading, The Mill At Sonning has announced a new season of plays, musicals, comedy and magic nights - all including a two-course meal in their riverside restaurant before the show. Highlights include the Ray Cooney Farce "Two Into One" and Irving Berlin's beloved musical "Top Hat".

    Comedian Iain Stirling with a wood-paneled background

    Iain Stirling - Tour Warm Up

    23 Sep 2021

    BAFTA-winning comedian Iain Stirling is best known as the brilliantly funny voice of the hit reality show Love Island (ITV2). This show at South Street will be a warm up for his upcoming tour, so expect Iain to have a note pad on stage. Don’t worry though, you are in capable hands.

    NT Live: Follies

    NT Live: Follies

    28 Oct 2021

    New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical was directed by Dominic Cooke and filmed live on stage at the National Theatre in 2017.

    Comedy at Turtle with Headliner Bobby Mair

    Comedy at Turtle with Headliner Bobby Mair

    16 Jul 2021

    Mates Rates Comedy is proud to present Comedy @ Turtle with Headliner Bobby Mair (8 out of 10 Cats, Comedy Central's Roasts Battle), supported by Ria Lina, Tadiwa Mahlunge and Caitriona Dowden, with resident host and MC Carl Richard.


    The Big Comedy Bash

    23 Sep 2021

    Hosted by infinite Monkey Cage (Radio 4) co-host and stand-up comedian ROBIN INCE, the stellar comic line-up includes; JACK DEE, JO BRAND, ARTHUR SMITH and PIPPA EVANS all giving their time to make us laugh out loud and raise much needed cash in support of archive and classic comedy.

    Poster for The Darkness Motorheart tour featuring a sexy robot

    The Darkness

    26 Nov 2021

    UK glam rock giants The Darkness have announced their brilliant new album Motorheart, brimming with their trademark blazing guitar riffs and solos, soaring falsetto and immeasurable rock ‘n’ roll extravagance. To celebrate the news of Motorheart the band will be heading out on a full UK tour with a stop here at The Hexagon.

    Logo for Reading Town Meal

    Reading Town Meal

    25 Sep 2021

    The biggest "picnic in the park" that Reading has ever seen will return to Forbury Gardens - and you are invited to this fantastic celebration of local sustainable food. It's one of the events that makes Reading a special place. The date is fixed and planning is on track so now we need your help to make it all happen!

    Lucy Spraggan on an orange sofa

    Lucy Spraggan

    23 Nov 2021

    It’s been eight years since Lucy unknowingly wandered onto the X Factor stage in 2012 to what would be the beginning of an incredible journey, both professionally and personally. And now she steps back on the SUB89 stage with songs and stories that hit with great force, straight to the listener’s heart and emotions.

    Caversham Rock n Ale Festival 2021 logo

    Caversham Rock n Ale Festival

    04 Sep 2021

    Now into it's ninth year, The Caversham Rock ‘n’ Ale Festival is back for 2021 raising money for the Motor Neuron Disease Association. There are 3 local live bands, a bar provided by Reading’s iconic Purple Turtle, and the famous hog roast! As the festival is a family event, children’s entertainment is provided so mum and dad can enjoy the music.

    poster and logo for Antigone by SISATA open air theatre


    18 Jul 2021

    SISATA present a dynamic new adaptation of the Ancient Greek play, performed in the open air at Caversham Court Gardens. Antigone is set in the future, echoing the present, transporting us back to the roots of all theatre. Infusing Ancient Greek theatrical techniques with live music and singing throughout, audience interaction and a comedic Greek chorus commentating on the action.

    Soldiers with a flag

    Armed Forces Day

    26 Jun 2021

    Reading will once again be be paying tribute to its military veterans in the Forbury Gardens and Broad Street on Saturday the 26th June. The annual event begins at 11am in the Forbury Gardens with entertainment throughout the day, a host of family-friendly activities and stalls from military organisations. The day will culminate with the annual HM Armed Forces Veteran’s Badge Presentation from 4pm.