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.



Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

31 January 2019




A Comedy about a Bank Robbery

13 March 2019

Calendar Girls The Musical

17 April 2019


























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 

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

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

Matthew Bourne's "Swan Lake" ballet at Milton Keynes Theatre

31 Jan 2019

Coach 12:30
Start at 14:30

Coach from Village Hall

"The Comedy about a Bank Robbery" at Aylesbury Waterside

13 March 2019



"Calendar Girls The Musical" at New Theatre, Oxford

17 Apr 2018





Group Notice   

"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:

Thursday 29 November 2018 - Witness for the Prosecution

Join us for a unique courtroom drama in the magnificent chamber of County Hall where the audience can experience all the drama and intensity of a real life courtroom.

Leonard Vale is accused of murdering a widow for her wealth. Can he convince you of his innocence or will witness testimony send him to the gallows?

You have been summoned!


Coach leaves Haddenham Village Hall at 11.00 am

Performance starts at 2.30 pm

Coach departs County Hall at 5.45 pm

Cost £63.50

Organiser:  Margaret Ackroyd (01844 292393) or email on

Thursday 31 January 2019 - Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake ballet

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake returns with a fresh look for the 21st century.

Retaining the iconic elements of the original production loved by millions around the world, Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (Set & Costumes) and Paule Constable (Lighting) will create an exciting re-imagining of the classic production.

Thrilling, audacious, witty and emotive, this Swan Lake is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered conventions, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm.

Collecting over thirty international accolades including an Olivier Award in the UK and three Tonys on Broadway, Matthew Bourne’s powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is a passionate and contemporary Swan Lakefor our times.

Venue:    Milton Keynes Theatre

Time:      Performance 2.30pm

Cost:      £49.50

Travel:    Coach from Village Hall, Haddenham at 12:30pm. Coach leaves for return at 5:30pm

Organiser:   Margaret Ackroyd (01844 292393) or email on

Wednesday 13 March 2019 - The Comedy about a Bank Robbery

Ocean’s Eleven meets the Marx Brothers in this dynamite new comedy now in its third year in the West End!

Following the phenomenal sell-out success of their multi-award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre return with their latest smash hit, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery.

A priceless diamond has been entrusted to the city bank, an institution so corrupt that even the security guards are on the take. Can it be safely stored or will it all go horribly wrong? Don’t miss this smash-and-grab hit comedy, guaranteed to deliver swag loads of laughter.

Book now, it’d be criminal to miss it!

Venue:    Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Time:      Performance 2.30pm

Cost:      tba

Travel:    tba

Organiser:   Margaret Ackroyd (01844 292393) or email on


Wednesday 17 April 2019 - Calendar Girls The Musical

Calendar Girls The Musical by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth is the award-winning production based on the true story of the calendar girls - a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary.  This marvellous musical comedy which received fantastic five star reviews in London's West End is now touring around the UK!  

Starring Fern Britton, Anna-Jane Casey, Sara Crowe, Karen Dunbar, Ruth Madoc, Rebecca Storm and Denise Welch.

The Times described Calendar Girls the Musical as 'pure gold'.  Don't miss your chance to see this glorious production straight from London's West End. 

Venue:    The New Theatre, Oxford

Time:      Performance 2.30pm

Cost:      tba

Travel:    tba

Organiser:   Margaret Ackroyd (01844 292393) or email on




Joining the Group 

If you wish to join us, please contact:

Margaret Ackroyd (01844 292393) or email on