The cultural life of Reading is at present undergoing enormous development, helped in part by the designation of 2016 as Reading Year of Culture. At the vanguard is an Abbey alumna whose establishment of the theatre company ‘Reading Between the Lines’ has shaken up the dramatic life of the town. Dani Davies, who set up the theatre company with husband Toby, wanted to see drama breaking out of the confines of the Hexagon and into some of Reading’s historical, religious and unusual spaces in order to engage a broader audience. The company’s latest production, ‘Henry I of England’, is currently running at St James’ Catholic Church. The play examines the life of the King who established Reading Abbey in 1121 and who is rumoured to be buried just yards away from the play’s venue. Described by its director, Beth Flintoff, as “a whizzy, accessible, non-reverential evening”, it promises to bring the ambitious and troubled royal to life for theatregoers.
Reviews are outstanding and the play won a Pride of Reading Award for its cultural contribution to the town as well as praise from The Guardian for its target of putting Reading on the cultural map. Congratulations to all at RBL on this triumphant piece of theatre.
‘Henry I’ runs until 19 November – book here http://readingbetweenthelines.co.uk/RBLProductionBookNow.php?identifier=200