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The Watermill Theatre announces autumn season: A Christmas Carol, Bloodshot, Lone Flyer

The Watermill Theatre in Newbury has announced an autumn season of socially distanced shows.


The venue has revealed plans to reopen its doors and present an autumn season of work featuring shows with smaller cast sizes, reduced capacity inside the auditorium and socially distanced seating.

The season will feature…

BLOODSHOT (Tuesday 22 September to Saturday 17 October) – a tantalizing film noir inspired thriller starring Simon Slater, written by Douglas Post and directed by Patrick Sandford – returns to the Watermill nearly a decade after its first critically acclaimed run there in 2011.

LONE FLYER – THE LAST FLIGHT OF AMY JOHNSON (Wednesday 21 October to Saturday 21 November) – Revived after its original production in 2001, Ade Morris’ powerful play about one of the most inspirational women of the twentieth century will be directed by Watermill Associate Lucy Betts.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Thursday 26 November 2020 to Saturday 3 January 2021) – Audiences will be able to enjoy a new festive production of A Christmas Carol by Danielle Pearson and directed by Georgie Staight. The production will be performed by two actor musicians.

The originally planned 2020 Christmas production of The Jungle Book has been postponed, with performances rescheduled to 18 November – 31 December 2021, a

Artistic Director Paul Hart said, “After a hugely successful, outdoor summer season we’re delighted to announce plans for reopening our indoor space this autumn. I think what we’ve all missed is the opportunity to share stories – something that’s always been pretty magical in The Watermill’s beautiful auditorium.

“We return to two fantastic pieces of writing from Douglas Post and Ade Morris, as well as commissioning a new version of perennial classic A Christmas Carol from our playwright-in-residence Danielle Pearson.

“I’m also thrilled that we have Georgie Staight and Lucy Betts making their directorial debuts for us. We genuinely can’t wait to open our doors again and welcome audiences back to the theatre.”

All productions will follow the latest government advice with social distancing in place, tickets sold in bubbles from 1 to 5 seats and face masks required for audience members.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.