Progress Theatre

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0118 384 2195

Progress Theatre, The Mount, Christchurch Road



Welcoming youth and adult new members to our Group.

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, a Writers' Group, the Friends of Progress and the members themselves.


Progress Theatre enjoys good relations with the Arts and Leisure department of Reading Borough Council including working with them to stage 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).


Join Progress Theatre

Becoming a member of Progress Theatre gives you the opportunity to become fully active in the theatre's activities, including:

  • Acting on stage

  • Helping back-stage, with props or stage management

  • Producing or directing shows

  • Operating lights, sound or special effects

  • Designing the lighting

  • Writing

  • Making costumes

  • Helping out with Front of House

  • Serving behind the bar

  • Running the box office

  • Designing a set

  • Building a set

  • Designing posters and publicity material


Progress Theatre is also a lively social environment, with events for members organised through the year.


Being a member of Progress Theatre gives you:

  • The opportunity to take part in Progress Theatre productions

  • The opportunity to attend the theatre's members-only events

  • The opportunity to join Progress Theatre's Writers' Group, for aspiring scriptwriters

  • E-mail bulletins on Progress Theatre events and news

  • A subscription to Curtain Up, Progress Theatre's in-house magazine

  • The right to vote at our AGM and any other members meetings

  • Eligibility to take a role on our management or programme planning committees


Our auditions are open to members and non-members alike. If you are cast in a production we require you to become a member - this will cover your Progress activities under our insurance policy. Please note that we expect all members to take a turn at front of house duties, otherwise our shows can not go on!

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