Progress Theatre is a self-governing, self-funding theatre group founded in 1946, producing its first shows in 1947. It is governed and maintained by volunteers. The theatre building is on The Mount, Reading. 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 recently-installed hearing loop. Progress has a thriving Youth Theatre, and also hosts Reading Playwrights, a series monthly writing wokshops open to the general public.
Progress Theatre also stages the Reading Abbey Ruins Open Air Shakespeare in partnership with RBC each summer.
We are members of the Little Theatre Guild (LTG) and the National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) and we are registered in England as a charity (no. 1182798).