Reading Rep are staging the charming A New Coat for Christmas by Anna Glynn, directed by Owen Jenkins, with sprinklings of festive fizz and a magical musical score by Robin Colyer, directed with zest by Catriona Mackenzie. It is based on a true tale of finding friendship by Harriet Ziefert.

We are snugly seated amid festive red and green cushions while outside snowflakes are falling and Anna (the endearing Sophie Bradley) needs a coat to keep her warm. But times are hard, so Anna and Mummy (the warmly humorous Josephine Timmins) set out to make a new coat – assisted by the delightful diminutive audience, who proffer precious things they have found in special tins to serve as payment!

As winter warms into spring, they visit the Farmer and his flock of charmingly fluffy sheep to ask for wool. Spring turns to summer, and a Spinner and Weaver transform it into cloth. Autumn arrives, and the Tailor makes it into a beautiful red coat with six gleaming gold buttons – just in time for the cosiest Christmas ever 😀.

Reading Rep enchant us with this heartwarming tale, bringing us music, fun and a flock of irresistibly fluffy sheep. It is the perfect festive treat – for children and adults alike!

The Reading Rep is performing A New Coat for Christmas at the Reading Studio of Dramatic Art, Reading College, Kings Road, Reading RG1 4HJ until Sunday 30 December. Tickets can be bought online.


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