Pandora’s Box – Talk and Film

To celebrate 10 years of the Croft Film Club we are holding a special event with Pamela Hutchinson talking about the film and the ground breaking actress Louise Brooks, before the screening. For those that like to do their homework, please see the Arena documentary. Fri 18 Jan Bar 7.00pm Show 7.30pm Tickets or Hungerford Bookshop

The Blue Bishops

Fri 25/1we have Haydn and on the Sat 26/1 The Blue Bishops diversity rules.

Blues but definitely on the rocky edge
Join us for one of our classic café evenings with great music. Over the years The Blue Bishops have built an outstanding reputation. Now acknowledged as one of the best live bands on the circuit, Radio 2’s Paul Jones has called their studio work ‘superb’ and the music press consistently praises the quality of their recordings and live shows.
The band consists of Geoff Grange (Bill Wyman, Kiki Dee, Thomas Dolby), Simon Burrett (Rabbit, Martin Barre, Nation of Strangers), Steve Rodford (The Zombies, Colin Blunstone) and Andy Hodge (Serious Blues, Sam Kelly Band, Geoff Downes and loads of top flight sessions).

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Tonight – Beast – Croft Hall Hungerford

Our first film on the New Year, “A smartly layered thriller” The Guardian 4/5

Start the New Year as you mean to continue, get out and enjoy

Moll (Jessie Buckley) is 27 and still living at home, stifled by the small island community. When she meets Pascal (Johnny Flynn) a free- spirited stranger, a whole new world opens
up to her. In love and breaking free from her family, Moll and Pascal move in together but when he is arrested as the key suspect in a series of brutal murders, she is left isolated and afraid. Choosing to stand with him against the suspicions of the community, Moll finds herself forced to make choices that will impact her life forever.

London Haydn Quartet 25 Jan

“The musicians imbued both works with myriad details of shading and contrast, and beautifully calibrated phrasing” New York Times

One of the world’s leading period instrument string quartets, the London Haydn Quartet have received invitations to many of the most important concert series, performing in major venues from the Wigmore Hall, to Carnegie Hall to Sydney Opera House. Their recordings for Hyperion have been met with international acclaim.

Players Catherine Manson, Michael Gurevich, John Crockatt and Johnathan Manson join us to present works from quartet masters Beethoven and Mozart as well as Haydn, in a varied programme promising drama, humour and eloquence wrapped up in the unmistakeable style of these great composers.

A rare opportunity to hear a chamber ensemble of this calibre in the beautiful, intimate setting of St Lawrence’s Church.

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Fri 13 – Sun 15 Oct – Hungerford Literary Festival

A weekend of literary events revolving around the theme of Journeys. Martin Bell has almost sold out and Alastair Sawday proving popular, but don’t miss…

Tom Fort on The Village News. The ‘thinking man’s Bill Bryson’ hops on his bicycle to explore the history of the village. “A witty, charming and informative book… full of shrewd insights peppered with nostalgia and humour” – Countryside magazine. Sat 14 Oct 11am, Croft Hall.

Jonathan Dean on I Must Belong Somewhere. The Sunday Times writer tells the stories of his great-grandfather and grandfather, each of whom was forced to flee his country and forge a new life elsewhere. During his journey he is struck by the parallels between past and present. Sat 14 Oct 1:30, Croft Hall.

Jules Mountain on Aftershock: The Quake on Everest, and One Man’s Quest. The incredible and inspirational story of how one man survived cancer, and also the deadliest earthquake in Everest’s history.  Sun 15 Oct 7:30, Town Hall.

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Sat 18 Nov – Classical Young Musicians Concert – Not to be missed to quote The Newbury Weekly News following the last concert, they really are “young, gifted and wow!”

A regular feature in the Arts for Hungerford diary, these concerts always provide a standard of performance that truly belies the players years. These friendly events give young musicians the perfect opportunity to polish pieces in preparation for auditions whilst showing a local audience what can be achieved with talent and a lot of hard work! Players this time include members of The Royal Academy and Royal College of Music’s Junior Departments, Berkshire Youth Symphony Orchestra and The National Children’s Orchestra. The concert will showcase pieces for flute, oboe, violin, double bass and bassoon; do come along and support  these local musicians.

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Sat 2 Dec – Cloudbusting the music of Kate Bush

Cloudbusting: the music of Kate Bush

Hounds Of Love & the best of Kate Bush

It’s no wonder Kate Bush is consistently ranked as the most influential female singer/songwriter of modern times. Pioneering, challenging, unshackled by convention, Kate occupies a musical genre of her own. Following record-breaking ticket sales for her live concerts of 2014, she became the only female artist in history to score eight simultaneous entries in the UK album charts

There can only be one Kate Bush! But those who missed out on her live shows will love Cloudbusting, the UK’s longest running and most applauded tribute.

Cloudbusting take the concept of the ‘tribute band’ to the next level with richly detailed arrangements and stunning visuals letting Kate fans know from the very first note that her legacy is in safe hands. At no point ever pretending to ‘be’ Kate, vocalist Mandy Watson steps in and out of the emotions of each song, sharing her delight in, and respect for Kate’s music alongside an enchanted audience.

Join Cloudbusting for 2 hours of incredible songs taken from 12 albums and 26 top 40 hits spanning 4 decades, including a complete performance of Kate’s classic album ‘Hounds Of Love’. Whether you sit back and absorb the full audio/visual experience or get up and dance along to your favourite Kate song, this show is for you….


“If you missed out on seeing Kate Bush herself, Cloudbusting are the next best thing.” Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2.

“Absolutely, surreally brilliant.” Mick Wall, Classic Rock Magazine.

“The versions that Cloudbusting are perfomring are the closest by far from any tribute I’ve ever heard” – Del Palmer, Kate’s longtime musical collaborator

“Mandy’s vocals were so good, I could have been listening to Kate herself!” Preston Heyman – Kate Bush Band, Tour of Life 

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The 21 – 30 Sep – Visual Arts Trail

Welcome to our first Visual Arts Trail with over 30 artists showcasing in 16 venues. Take a walk around our marvellous town, discover venues and artists, experience beautiful and thought provoking works, or try your own hand at one of the workshops for adults and children.

Designed to showcase high quality art in a variety of mediums including paint, sculpture, textiles, ceramics and photography by national and local artists.

The festival will take place from Thursday 21st September – Saturday 30th September.

Event Diary

Working Artists on the Town Hall steps throughout the festival see for information
Fri 22  – Frida – Film on the life of Frida Carlo the painter a great night of entertainment
Sat 23  – Community Mural 10am-3pm Town Hall Steps
Sun 24  – Walking & Drawing Workshop 10.30-12.30 Town Hall. Tickets £10
Mon 25  – Drawing at Barrs Yard.10-1pm.Tickets £10
Wed 27  – Clay Workshop. 10-1pm. 25 The Croft.Tickets £15
Thurs 28 – Gainsborough.A Portrait. Book Talk.7.30pm.Corn Exchange. Tickets £6(includes glass of wine & £5 off book)
Sat 30 – Caricature Drawing. 10-12. High Street.
Portrait Workshop. 10-12.30.URC Church Hall.Tickets £10
Cartoon Workshop. 2-3.30pm. URC Church Hall. Tickets £5

For Workshop Details


For any queries please contact Tony Drewer-Trump on 07590 555 877 or email

Sculpture: Crouching Man by Jane Milne

Sat Sept 16 – Life & Art – 2 Operas in English- “aching cheeks after hilarious and entertaining night…”

Mozart’s The Impresario & Edward Lambert’s The Oval Portrait 

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A professional troupe of 5 young talented singers take part in this double bill of short operas at the Croft Hall, Hungerford.

The manager wrestles with the Arts Council’s funding cuts. Two sopranos battle it out for top billing – and the highest notes. All seems lost until The Impresario comes to the rescue.  Mozart’s sparkling chamber opera is an hilarious take on the dilemmas that face theatre companies when putting on a show. Set in the present day, Mark Burns’ new English version shows us just how much things have not changed in the 230 years since this piece was first performed.

 The Oval Portrait  is a new semi-opera by Edward Lambert based on Edgar Allen Poe’s short story which tells of a visitor at a remote castle who is disturbed by the portrait of a young woman: he learns that as her husband painted her, the picture came alive, while she lived on only in his art… A short story told through the medium of song.

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featuring rising young professional singers

Jennifer Witton & Elizabeth Karani (sopranos), Daniel Joy (tenor),
Samuel Pantcheff & James Schouten (baritones)

Director – Mark Burns
Musical Director – Edward Lambert
Lighting Designer – Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson
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running time about 1 hour 40 minutes including interval

pre-show meal at 7pm can be ordered online in advance

Sat 23 Sept Jericho Comedy

Alex and the team are returning for a great comedy night

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Jericho Comedy brings you the the best of the Oxford stand-up circuit from inside and outside the University. A variety of comedians and styles to suit all tastes come see why we’ve had sell out shows twice a month in Oxford since September.
Line up to be announced shortly
Why are we called “Jericho Comedy?”. Jericho Comedy started in the Jericho area of Oxford packing out the Jericho Tavern and the Jericho Cafe sometimes with as many as 4  shows in the same evening! It is the creative brain child of Alex Farrow and Harry Househam.
About Alex Farrow, host of Jericho Comedy. Alex is also founder of Stand-up History, which sold out with Arts for Hungerford last year. Alex has been invited to perform comedy everywhere from the National Museum of Scotland, the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Mervyn Stutter’s pick of the Edinburgh Fringe, the Oxford and Cambridge Unions and comedy clubs through out the UK
A recent review of Jericho Comedy: “the recipe for an enjoyable evening” ://
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Fri 16 Jun -Little Men

Bar Opens 7.00pm Screening 8.00pm – Croft Hall Hungerford


Review Kermode
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer September 2, 2016
As in the films of the French New Wave’s Eric Rohmer, nothing cloying happens here, nothing plainly engineered to elicit emotions. But emotions are elicited – moral and ethical concerns are addressed, examined, defined.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle August 10, 2016
The movie is as interesting as spying on your neighbors during the most interesting 85 minutes of their lives, as well as a sensitive look at what it’s like to be 15 years old and have no control over anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Rotten Tomatoes 71%
Critics Consensus: Little Men takes a compassionate look at the ways in which adult problems impact childhood friendships — and offers another affecting New York drama from director Ira Sachs
When 13-year-old Jake’s (Theo Taplitz) grandfather dies, his family moves from Manhattan back into his father’s old Brooklyn home. There, Jake befriends the charismatic Tony (Michael Barbieri), whose single mother Leonor (Paulina Garcia), a dressmaker from Chile, runs the shop downstairs. Soon, Jake’s parents Brian (Greg Kinnear) and Kathy (Jennifer Ehle) — one, a struggling actor, the other, a psychotherapist — ask Leonor to sign a new, steeper lease on her store. For Leonor, the proposed new rent is untenable, and a feud ignites between the adults. At first, Jake and Tony don’t seem to notice; the two boys, so different on the surface, begin to develop a formative kinship as they discover the pleasures of being young in Brooklyn. Jake aspires to be an artist, while Tony wants to be an actor, and they have dreams of going to the same prestigious arts high school together. But the children can’t avoid the problems of their parents forever, and soon enough, the adult conflict intrudes upon the borders of their friendship.

A new pair of best friends have their bond tested by their parents’ battle over a dress shop lease.
Director: Ira Sachs
Writers: Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias
Stars: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina García | See full cast & crew »

A new pair of best friends have their bond tested by their parents’ battle over a dress shop lease.

TYPE Feature


RELEASE DATES 23/09/2016

BBFCINSIGHT mild bad language, infrequent mild violence

GENRE(S) Drama


CAST INCLUDES Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle, Paulina Garcia, Alfred Molina, Theo Taplitz, Michael Barbieri

SUMMARY LITTLE MEN is a US coming-of-age drama about the friendship between two boys whose parents are involved in a financial dispute.

CUT All known versions of this work passed uncut.

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Sat 17 Jun – Young Classical Musicians – Programme

We have the final programme for Saturday’s concert a chance to hear some very talented young musicians
Come and support Local, Young Talent

8.00 pm at the Croft Hall – Hungerford, Tickets £10 Pre-show food available

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Conrad Spencer – Bassoon
– Concerto in A minor RV497 – Antonio Vivaldi

Yi-Ann Yeung – Cello

Gavotte No. 2 in D major, Op. 23 – David Popper
and The Swan – Camille Sain

Matthew Prior – French Horn
Concerto No. 2 in Eb major – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Emily Ambrose – Recorder The English Nightingale – Jacob van Eyck
Music for a Bird – Hans Martin Linde
Sonata in F major, movements 1 and 2 – Arcangelo Corelli

Joseph Willis – Trombone

Four Sketches for Trombone, 1. Blues, 3. Pastels – Tony Cliff
Morceau Symphonique – Alexandre Guilmant

Noam Rosenbaum – Flute
– Sonatina – Eldin Burton and Fantasia – Gabriel Faure

Accompanist – Hayley Tull