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Reading Rep Theatre announces tenth anniversary season for 2022/23

RR 10. Credit. Muse Creative
RR 10. Credit. Muse Creative

Reading Rep Theatre has announced its landmark tenth anniversary season.

Titled Reading Rep: 10, the season will feature a mixture of bold new work, reimagined classics and family favourites.

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As part of the season, 10% of tickets will be free, all tickets will be priced under £20 and £5 tickets will be available for under 30s.

The season will launch with the world premiere of Gary McNair’s stage adaptation of Jekyll & Hyde (10 – 29 October 2022). The captivating and comic adaptation turns Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story on its head, revealing the depths of one man’s psyche and the lengths people will go to hide their deepest secrets.

Reading Rep will then remount their 2021 sell-out production of A Christmas Carol (30 November – 31 December 2022), written by Beth Flintoff (The Ballad of Maria Marten, The Rivals) and directed by Paul Stacey, which relocates Charles Dickens’ seminal story to Reading.

A Christmas Carol. Credit. Muse Creative
A Christmas Carol. Credit. Muse Creative

Next up, the theatre will co-produce a new queer adaptation of the Ibsen classic Hedda Gabler (22 February – 11 March 2023) with Associate Company A Girl Called Stephen. Harriet Madeley’s new adaptation is steeped in queerness, repression and suburban monotony and explores how the most famous female character of all time is trapped within a life that’s chosen for her. Annie Kershaw (Artistic Director and co-founder of A Girl Called Stephen) will direct.

Reading Rep will then revive Robin Belfield and Simon Slater’s musical adaptation of J M Barrie’s Peter Pan (6 – 29 April 2023) with the actor-musician production marking the company’s first musical production in their new venue.

The season will close with the return of locally lauded writer Helen Eastman who will bring her interactive workshop The Rumble Under the Rug (31 May – 3 June 2023) to the theatre.

Each production will be accompanied by a community project as part of ENGAGE, Reading Rep’s programme to connected audiences underserved by the arts. As part of the ENGAGE programme, the 2022-23 season will also see the first ever ENGAGE festival, running over the weekend of 19 – 21 July 2023.

Further to the in-person shows, the new season will include Reading Rep’s first full scale digital project Reborn in Film.

For more information and tickets, visit www.readingrep.com.

Reading Rep Theatre. Cred. Simon Kennedy
Reading Rep Theatre. Cred. Simon Kennedy

Members of the newly launched Reading Rep Friends scheme will receive priority booking for one week ahead of general on-sale on 4 May 2022.

Paul Stacey, Artistic Director of Reading Rep Theatre said: “It has been an extraordinary ten years of making theatre in Reading, and this upcoming season celebrates every artist, audience and team member who got us to this point. Accessibility and connection is at the heart of Reading Rep.

“We refuse to let the price point of our tickets be a barrier for our audiences, especially when the cost of living across the UK is so excruciatingly high. All tickets for all shows will be under £20. 10% of all our tickets remain free for those underserved in the arts, and there will be 210 £5 tickets per show for Under 30s. This season promises to radically engage with our future, whilst memorialising our decade long past.”


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