Theatre Group

The Theatre Group aims to provide regular monthly trips to the theatre to see a wide range of plays, dramas, comedies and musicals. We try to use local theatres (eg in Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Oxford and Milton Keynes) as much as possible, but occasional trips further afield (eg London) may also be included.

The choice of event will be made by group members. The dates and costs will be subject to booking arrangements.

It may be possible to arrange for the group to read some plays before attending the performances, but the availability of scripts confine that to an occasional basis only.



The Best Man

24 May 2018


19 July 2018 

Sweet Charity

23 August 2018 


The Wiper Times

6 September 2018 


The King and I

27 September 2018

























Costs will vary from event to event, with ticket prices. We will try to find the most economical method of transport to each venue.

Payments may be made by giving a cheque to the event organiser or to Sue Benwell. Cheques should be payable to Haddenham U3A and have the name of the event written on the back.  However, we prefer payment by internet or telephone banking to the credit of Haddenham U3A at CAF Bank; sort code 40-52-40, account no. 00021010, with event quoted as reference. As soon as you have used one of these methods, please email or ring the Treasurer ( or 01844 292393) and the event organiser to confirm that the payment has been sent.  



Next Events 

"The Moderate Soprano" at Duke of York Theatre, London


3 May 2018 



"The Best Man" at The Playhouse, London

24 May 2018

 Coach 12.30 noon

Play 15.00 hrs 

Coach from Haddenham Village Hall   

"Birdsong" at Oxford Playhouse

19 Jul 2018

Play 14.30 hrs

Make our own travel arrangements to Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LW

"Sweet Charity" at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury

23 Aug 2018

Musical 14.00 hrs

to be followed by cream tea

Travel arrangements tbc

"The Wipers Times" at The Oxford Playhouse

6 Sep 2018

Play 14.30 hrs

Make our own travel arrangements to Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LW

"The King and I" at The London Palladium

27 Sep 2018

Musical 14.00 hrs

Travel arrangements tbc



Group Notice   

Thursday 3 May 2018 - The Moderate Soprano, Duke of York Theatre, London

This trip has been cancelled due to lack of numbers


Thursday 24 May 2018 - The Best Man, The Playhouse, London

Two opposing presidential party candidates are neck and neck in an unscrupulous battle for the nomination. The only thing that separates the ex-Secretary of State and his populist opponent is an endorsement from a respected ex-President. But where does compromise end and corruption begin? And who in the end will be proved to be ‘the best man’?

One of the UK’s best loved actors, Martin Shaw leads a star-studded cast. Best known for his TV roles in Judge John DeedInspector George Gently and The Professionals, he returns to the stage after his West End triumphs which include An Ideal HusbandTwelve Angry MenAre You Lonesome Tonight? and A Man for All SeasonsJeff Fahey, American movie star whose films include The Lawnmower Man and TV series Lost co-stars alongside one of Britain’s finest and best loved film, TV and theatre actresses Maureen Lipman (CBE). Best known on the big screen for roles such as Trish in Educating Rita and in the Oscar-winning film The Pianist. A prolific stage actress, Lipman is an Olivier Award winner (See How They Run) and has appeared in some 20 West End productions.

Joining them is Jack Shepherd, whose extensive career includes his celebrated roles in Wycliffe and Bill BrandHoneysuckle Weeks who starred alongside Michael Kitchen as Samantha Stewart in Foyle’s War and Glynis Barber, best known for Dempsey and MakepeaceNight and Day and EastEnders.

The Best Man is at The Playhouse, London, on the 24th May 2018 at 3pm.

Coach pick up is from Haddenham Village Hall at 12.30pm.

Tickets are £50 to include coach travel, driver’s tip and stall tickets (top theatre tickets).

Organiser:  Sue Benwell on 01296 394101 or  

Thursday 19 July 2018 - Birdsong, Oxford Playhouse

Marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Birdsong is the critically acclaimed hit stage show based on the world famous novel by Sebastian Faulks.

In pre-war France, a young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their world upside down.

As the war breaks out over the idyll of his former life, Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and through the sprawling tunnels that lie deep underground. Faced with the unprecedented horror of the war Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle as his world explodes around him.

A mesmerising story of love and courage.

Birdsong is at the Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford  OX1 2LW on 19 July 2018 at 14.30 hrs.

Please make your own travel arrangements by car, bus or train

Tickats are a very reasonable £20 per person

Organiser:  Sue Benwell on 01296 394101 or  

Thursday 23 August 2018 - "Sweet Charity", The Watermill Theatre, Newbury

You run your heart like a hotel - you got guys checking in and out all the time’

Charity Hope Valentine fantasises about three things in life: romance, luxury and escaping the questionable clientele of the Fandango Ballroom.

Lovable, gullible and spirited, she longs to find a lover who can sweep her off her feet but guided by the ‘fickle finger of fate’, Charity is always handing over her heart (and her earnings) to the wrong man. There’s Charlie tattooed on her arm, movie star Vittorio Vidal and then there’s Oscar. But will any of them be her one true love?

Charity’s romantic highs and lows entertain and dismay her fellow dancers but in trying to shake off the past, will she ever be able to live happily ever after?

West End lead Gemma Sutton plays Charity in this iconic musical comedy. Her credits include The Go BetweenGypsy and Strictly Ballroom

With a hit score including Big SpenderIf My Friends Could See Me NowRhythm of Life and I’m a Brass Band, this iconic musical comedy is brought right up to date in a modern reimagining by Watermill Artistic Director Paul Hart (Crazy For YouTwelfth NightRomeo and Juliet) and award-winning musical supervisor Sarah Travis (A Little Night MusicSweeney ToddMack and Mabel).

2.00 pm Show to be followed by a Cream Tea!

Cost and transport yet to be confirmed

Organiser:  Sue Benwell on 01296 394101 or

Thursday 6 September 2018 - "The Wipers Times", Oxford Playhouse

In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mis-pronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches, they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the front line.

Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity. 

“The Wipers Times” is on Thursday 6th September at the Oxford Playhouse at 2.30pm.
Cost to be announced.
Make own way to the theatre. 

Organiser:  Sue Benwell on 01296 394101 or

Thursday 27 September 2018 "The King and I", London Palladium

Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

With a superior score of treasured songs including; Whistle a Happy TuneGetting to Know You, and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre.

The greatest musical from the golden age of musicals. A once in a life time opportunity – book now for performances to 29th September.

“The King and I” is at the London Palladium on Thursday 27th September at 2.00pm.

Make own way to the theatre.

Cost to be announced.

I might try to include a theatre tour and/or lunch, depending on cost. 

Organiser:  Sue Benwell on 01296 394101 or




Joining the Group 

If you wish to join us, please contact:

Sue Benwell on 01296 394101 or