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All the latest news and updates from across the arts, culture and heritage community in Reading.

Council Successful in Bid to Revitalise Hexagon and Central Library

Council Successful in Bid to Revitalise Hexagon and Central Library

READING Council has been awarded £19.1 million to revitalise Reading’s cultural offer by transforming the much-loved Hexagon Theatre and building a modern new Central Library. The Council is one of a number of local authorities to be awarded the money as part of the Government’s ‘Levelling Up’ funding pot, announced yesterday (Jan 18).

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Launchpad’s annual Pancake Race

On your yolks, get set, go!

Launchpad’s annual Pancake Race, Reading’s most egg-citing event is back, taking place on Shrove Tuesday 21 February, from 12:30pm and registration is now open. The charity is inviting local businesses and organisations to compete for the coveted frying-pan trophy – and entertain Reading shoppers and workers as they do so. Teams of four are asked to don their best fancy dress and flip pancakes as they race the legendary route on Broad Street.

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Anna Popplewell to make theatrical debut starring in Harriet Madeley’s queer adaptation of Hedda Gabler

Anna Popplewell to make theatrical debut starring in Hedda Gabler

Reading Rep and A Girl Called Stephen have announced the full cast and creative team for the world premiere of Harriet Madeley’s queer adaptation of the Ibsen classic Hedda Gabler. Anna Popplewell, who is best known for playing the role of Susan Pevensie in Disney’s The Chronicles of Narnia franchise, will make her theatrical debut starring in the title role.

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Hours of taped talks with Samuel Beckett get new home

Hours of taped talks with Samuel Beckett get new home

Private recordings of playwright, novelist and poet Samuel Beckett, hidden away for three decades, have been donated to the University of Reading’s Beckett archive, the largest collection of materials relating to the Nobel prize-winning author in the world.

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The Gin & Rum Festival is coming back with a few treats in store for all it’s attendees

The Gin & Rum Festival is coming back with a few treats in store for all its attendees

The UK’s largest touring Gin & Rum festival will be returning to The Great Hall in Reading on the 29th July - and they have some big plans for 2023, which doesn’t include rising their ticket prices! 

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Are You Listening? Festival 2023 First Line-Up Announcement

Are You Listening? Festival 2023 First Line-Up Announcement

The Are You Listening? Festival returns on Saturday 6th May 2023 and proudly celebrates its 10th Birthday. Leading the  first line-up announcement is Indie-Pop and Warner Records signed artist Thomas Headon, Brighton quartet Black Honey and many more local and national acts!

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Read College

New Artistic Director Steps Into The Spotlight At READ College

READ College, the UK’s leading performing arts foundation college, is delighted to announce that Clara Vaughan has now taken up her new position as Artistic Director at READ College. Following on from Jamie Read’s departure, one of the Founders of READ College, Clara has taken the role alongside Helen Read (who stays on as college Principal) at an exciting time in the college’s history.  

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Our Domain project submitted for planning approval

Our Domain project submitted for planning approval

The Our Domain Team is delighted to announce that the three-dimensional public artwork Mantlepiece is now being submitted for planning approval. The application represents the final stage in a collaborative and participatory art project that launched last October. 

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HRH Prince Edward, The Earl Of Wessex announced as Royal Patron for Reading Rep Theatre

HRH Prince Edward, The Earl Of Wessex announced as Royal Patron for Reading Rep Theatre

HRH Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, has today been announced as the Royal Patron for the multi-award-winning professional theatre Reading Rep. The Earl of Wessex joins the theatre as it celebrates its 10th anniversary and one year since the opening of its new 163-seat theatre and cultural hub, which was built and opened during the pandemic.

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Reading Council wins prestigious national accolade for Reading Arts & Venues

Reading Council wins prestigious national accolade for Reading Arts & Venues

READING BOROUGH COUNCIL’S Sports, Leisure and Cultural Service team has been announced as the winner at the APSE, Association for Public Service Excellence Service Awards.

The national awards recognises the best and most innovative local authorities, focusing on the delivery of frontline services and seeks to celebrate those councils who are achieving excellent results in a wide range of different service areas.

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‘Welcome to Reading’ Volunteer Ambassadors

Join the ‘Welcome to Reading’ Volunteer Ambassadors

The Welcome to Reading Ambassadors at Reading Station are looking for like-minded people to join them to help welcome visitors to Reading. Launched last July, the volunteer-led scheme provides a friendly welcome to visitors arriving by train and helps them with their onward journeys in Reading with local information and directions.

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