New – Croft Films Season

Screen Shot 2016-07-28 at 17.47.38.pngNew film season starting Fri 2 Sept and we have a terrific line up starting with a high action block buster the Revenant followed by a great family drama and love story with The Hundred Foot Journey Click Buy Tickets above or go to Hungerford Bookshop for tickets and a very special book service


Arts For Hungerford Overview

Arts For Hungerford is an exciting new not-for-profit CIC* providing a year round programme of high quality arts events for Hungerford and the surrounding communities. Our mission is to use both traditional and innovative new ways of connecting with and understanding each other through the arts.

We are proud and delighted to announce that, in association with the independent, award winning Hungerford Bookshop, we will be presenting the Hungerford Literary Festival on 21st and 22nd October 2016, one of Hungerford’s most popular events.

Other events will cover: Visual Arts (film, photography, drawing and painting, ceramics and other media, architecture), Literature and the Performing Arts (classical and contemporary music, theatre, dance and comedy

Our collaborative approach will see us engaging with other arts organisations to create enhanced experiences, as well as providing a single hub website, which will enable one-stop viewing of all arts events in Hungerford and the purchase of tickets.

This Friday – Oscar Wilde

The Happy Prince

The last days of Oscar Wilde

In a cheap Parisian hotel room Oscar Wilde (Rupert Everett) lies on his death bed. The past floods back, taking him to other times and places. He reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance, the ensuing reprisals of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the warmth and devotion of Robbie Ross (Colin Firth), who tried and failed to save him from himself. As Wilde relives his travels through England, France and Italy, the transience of lust is laid bare and the true riches of love revealed.

2018 Cert 15 1hr 45mins Bio/Drama7.30pm Croft Hall – Tickets £5

Tickets or Hungerford Bookshop

Faustus Sat 23 Feb

Classical, Rock and now Folk with the return of the amazing Faustus with their new album Cotton Lords. Get your tickets at or Hungerford Bookshop.

Vancouver, Edinburgh and Hungerford

The London Haydn Quartet playing this Fri 25/1 at St Lawrence’s Church – Hungerford such amazing quality and so convenient. Yet again world class entertainment in Hungerford. Programme Mozart K.575, Beethoven op. 18 no. 6, Haydn op. 77 no. 2. Tickets £15 or Hungerford Bookshop.

London Haydn Quartet Fri 25 Jan – Hungerford.

Listen to this world class quartet in the beautiful setting of St Lawrence’s Church. Raised Stage. Tickets £15 or Hungerford Bookshop.

Some of their others tracks not in this programme for you to enjoy

Saturdays Programme:  Mozart K.575, Beethoven op. 18 no. 6, Haydn op. 77 no. 2

London Haydn Quartet Fri 25 Jan – Hungerford

Listen to this world class quartet in the beautiful setting of St Lawrence’s Church. Raised Stage. Tickets £15 or Hungerford Bookshop.

Some of their others tracks not in this programme for you to enjoy

Saturdays Programme:  Mozart K.575, Beethoven op. 18 no. 6, Haydn op. 77 no. 2

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.

Tickets £15 Hungerford Book Shop or Buy Tickets More Info & Reviews

A Short History of Drunkenness Talk

Almost every culture on earth has drink, and where there’s drink there’s drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different.

It can be religious, it can beDrunkenness - book cover sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day’s work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle. A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankind’s love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to Prohibition, answering every possible question along the way: What did people drink? How much? Who did the drinking? Of the many possible reasons, why? On the way, learn about the Neolithic Shamans, who drank to communicate with the spirit world (no pun intended), marvel at how Greeks got giddy and Romans got rat-arsed, and find out how bars in the Wild West were never quite like in the movies. This is a history of the world at its inebriated best.

The author will be talking about his book at 7:30pm in Hungerford Town Hall (Magistrate’s Room)

Tickets £6 (entitles you to purchase the book for £10 on the night)

Call the bookshop 01488 683480 or buy here


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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