Arlington Arts News


We are very excited to annouce the launch of our Pay What You Think Scheme!


As commentators bemoan the increasing cost of accessing theatre (last week Mark Gatiss wrote in The Stage that “theatre tickets are priced for rich white people”) Arlington Arts Centre are launching a Pay What You Think scheme to help make some of their live programme even more accessible.

“We aim to keep our prices as fair as possible” explains Director Tony Trigwell-Jones “however, I feel that we have a part to play in ensuring that everyone can have access to live theatre.”

Pay What You Think offers have been trialled with some success for several years, this is the essence of street performance for example. However, it is the hugely positive experience of the Free Fringe in Edinburgh that convinced the team to give it a go here.

“It started officially eleven years ago, as an alternative to the larger commercial venues at the Fringe, though its current incarnation dates back to 2010,” outlines Tom Saunders, Sales and Marketing Officer at Arlington Arts. “It was initially seen as a poor cousin to the other festivals but it is now drawing some well known names from the worlds of comedy and cabaret and, more recently theatre too.”

Starting with Feast by Clout Theatre on Thursday 22 September, the scheme will apply to other dramatic performances for the rest of this year and, if successful, continue for the foreseeable future.  

For more details, call the box office on 01635 244246 or visit


Arlington Arts celebrate their 10 Year Anniversary


We ended the season with our 10th Birthday party celebrations, headlining the night were Rev Peytons Big Damn Band, with a night of American country blues. We were joined by 250 audience memebers to celebrate, with great music, fireworks and BBQ. 

A new season of live music kicks off with Graham Parker & Brinsley Schwarz on Friday 23rd September. Also joining us later in the season is blues guitar virtuoso Josh Smith as well as celebrated folk artist, Heidi Talbot, alongside a great comedy offering and some innovative theatre.

The season finishes off with Ballet Theatre UK's production of Romeo & Juliet on Friday 16th, Sat 17th & Sun 18th December -  an audience favourite and highlight of the festive season!

The new season is now available to book and The Sons of Pitches has already SOLD OUT for another time here in Newbury. Come and join us to enjoy great shows this Autumn and Winter!


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