Newbury's The Watermill Theatre unveils 2021 autumn season of shows

The Watermill Theatre. Photo Eden Harrhy.

Newbury’s The Watermill Theatre has unveiled the full details of its 2021 autumn season.

Following its recent outdoor summer season, the venue is set to reopen its auditorium for the first time in nearly 9 months.


The season will include Lone Flyer (10 – 25 September), Poirot and More, A Retrospective (5-7 October), Little Women (8 – 9 October), Brief Encounter (14 October – 13 November) and The Jungle Book (18 November – 31 December)

Artistic Director Paul Hart said: “It’s a symbolic moment to be able to welcome audiences back inside our beautiful auditorium after such a long hiatus and another successful outdoor summer season.

“Our staff have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to find inventive ways of creating work for audiences and I’m so thrilled to be reopening with the return of Lone Flyer which audiences were enjoying hugely before the run was cut short last year. We cannot wait to welcome you back.”

Find out more about the venue’s autumn season below!

Watermill Theatre autumn season

Lone Flyer

10 – 25 September
Lone Flyer, a powerful drama about one of Britain’s greatest female pilots, will return to The Watermill with Hannah Edwards and Benedict Salter reprising their original roles. Hannah plays ‘Amy Johnson’ and Benedict supporting her playing a series of other male roles.

Since its forced closure at The Watermill in November 2020 due to the autumn lockdown, it played at the Jermyn Street Theatre as part of their Footprints Festival, achieving 5 Off West End Nominations for Best Production, Sound Design, Director, Leading Performance and Supporting Performance. Lone Flyer is co-produced with Hull Truck Theatre and will be playing in Amy Johnson’s home city of Hull from 7 – 31 October.


Poirot and More, A Retrospective

5 – 7 October
Sir David Suchet makes his eagerly awaited return to UK stages in Poirot and More, A Retrospective this autumn, following a successful tour of Australia and New Zealand in early 2020. Launching the tour at The Watermill, David will retrace his steps as a young actor, visiting more than 20 theatres across the UK. Sir David Suchet performed at The Watermill early in his career and is a long-standing supporter and patron of the theatre.

Poirot and More, A Retrospective looks back fondly at David’s illustrious career, sharing some of his most beloved performances in a new and intimate light. Geoffrey Wansell, journalist, broadcaster, biographer and co-author of Poirot and Me, will be joining David as interviewer in this unmistakably unique event.


Brief Encounter

14 October – 13 November
A new production of Emma Rice’s stage adaptation of Noël Coward’s epic love story, based on the critically acclaimed 1945 film. Brief Encounter will be directed by Robert Kirby, with design by Harry Pizzey, Movement by Anjali Mehra, compositions and arrangements by Eamonn O’Dwyer and Lighting by Ali Hunter.


The Jungle Book

18 November – 31 December
Originally scheduled for Christmas 2020, and then postponed, The Jungle Book is directed by Tom Jackson Greaves, full casting and creative team will be announced later in the autumn.


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Picture: The Watermill Theatre. Photo Eden Harrhy.

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