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.


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 

"Sweet Charity" at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury

23 Aug 2018

Minibus 13.00 hrs

Musical 14.30 hrs

to be followed by cream tea

Coach from Haddenham Village Hall

"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

"Pinter at the Pinter" - a season of one-act plays

6 Sep 2018 - 23 Feb 2019   Discounted tickets available to U3A members

"The King and I" at The London Palladium

27 Sep 2018

Coach 11.30 hrs

Musical 14.00 hrs

Coach from Haddenham Village Hall



Group Notice   

Change of Organiser

Margaret Ackroyd has taken over from Sue Benwell as organiser of the Theatre Group. Our thanks go to Sue who enabled the group to restart its activities earlier this year

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).

Minibus from Haddenham Village Hall at 1.00pm.  2.30 pm show to be followed by a Cream Tea!

Cost £57.00 pp to include minibus, theatre ticket and cream tea

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:  £20.00 pp for theatre ticket
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.

Coach from Haddenham Village Hall at 11.30 hrs

Cost: £70.00 pp to include coach and theatre ticket (dress circle)

IOrganiser:  Sue Benwell on 01296 394101 or

"Pinter at the Pinter" a series of one-act plays running from 6 September 2018 - 23 February 2019

The Jamie Lloyd Company presents a complete season of Harold Pinter's one-act plays to celebrate the legacy of the Nobel Prize-winning British writer on the 10th anniversary of his death. This unique theatrical event will play at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 6 September 2018 to 23 February 2019, and promises an unforgettable celebration of the "most influential, provocative and poetic dramatist of his generation" (The Guardian).

U3A Members are being offered a £10 discounts on individual tickets for Thursday and Saturday matinees in September and October. This is NOT a U3A-organised event - members wishing to attend must apply directly themselves.

The offer applies to the following programmes 


THE LOVER / THE COLLECTION - 13 September to 20 October 2018

Each Pinter at the Pinter production will present two to four one-act plays and will be staged by a renowned company of actors, some of whom were Pinter’s close friends, including Danny Dyer, Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig, Jane Horrocks, Celia Imrie, Emma Naomi, Tracy Ann Oberman, David Suchet, John Macmillan and Nicholas Woodeson. 

U3A Individual booking link:




Joining the Group 

If you wish to join us, please contact:

Margaret Ackroyd (01844 292393) or email on