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Kiss Me, Kate, Assassins and The Prince and the Pauper feature in The Watermill's new season

The Newbury venue has announced three musical offerings for the coming year

The Watermill Theatre
The Watermill Theatre
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The Watermill Theatre has announced new programming for the remainder of 2019.

The Newbury venue's artistic director Paul Hart will oversee a new actor-musician production of Cole Porter's hit musical Kiss Me, Kate, which runs from 25 July to 21 September. With design by Frankie Bradshaw, choreography by Naomi Said and sound design by Tom Marshall, the piece features numbers including "Too Darn Hot" and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare". Casting is to be announced.

Chinonyerem Odimba will present a musical version of Mark Twain's The Prince and The Pauper from 14 November to 4 January. With music and lyrics by Tarek Merchant and direction by Abigail Pickard Price, the play is about two young dreamers wanting to change their lives.

In September, the theatre will host a previously announced new production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Assassins, alongside Nottingham Playhouse. Directed by Bill Buckhurst, the multi-Tony Award-winning show runs from 26 September to 26 October and follows a series of individuals who tried to murder the President of the United States.

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will be transformed into a 75-minute three-person show by Danielle Pearson, entitled A Mini Summer Night's Dream. The piece is directed by Robert Kirby and will tour to schools after opening in Newbury. The Young Company will also present Cyrano de Bergerac between 30 October to 2 November.

The Watermill will continue to offer £10 tickets for 16 to 25s to all main house productions.