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Market Pl, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5BD T: 01635 522733

Corn Exchange in Newbury

Corn Exchange, Newbury

The Corn Exchange is a 400 seat arts centre in Newbury, Berkshire. It presents a varied programme including dance, film, music, drama, children's events, comedy and an annual pantomime.

The building was originally a corn exchange which opened for trade in 1861, but after the decline in corn trading it was used for public meetings; in 1993 it was opened as an arts centre after a £3.5 million refurbishment. The building is now a Grade II listed building. On 1 June 2000 the operation of The Corn Exchange passed from West Berkshire Council to The Corn Exchange (Newbury) Trust, an independent charity, which also manages New Greenham Arts (an arts centre based at Greenham Common).

In 2004 The Corn Exchange produced the first Newbury Comedy Festival, which featured Linda Smith, the Comedy Store Players, comedy films, David Bensonís Think No Evil of Us: My Life With Kenneth Williams, Population:3ís The Wicker Woman, Tina C, Orchestra Southern Sinfonia, providing live accompaniment to Buster Keatonís Our Hospitality, Laughter Yoga, Arabella Weir, Ken Campbell, Paul Foot, Al Murray: The Pub Landlord, Mel & Sue, Peepolykus and Natalie Haynes. It also saw the launch of the annual comedy competition "You Must be Joking".

In the following years the festival has played host to US comedy legend Emo Philips, plus Jimmy Carr, Jo Brand, Russell Brand, Gervase Phinn, Simon Munnery, Lee Mack, Janet Street Porter, Jenny …clair, Alex Horne, Robin Ince, Rich Hall, Chris Addison, Alan Carr, Brendan Burns, Push - an Opera about Childbirth, Wil Hodgson, Laura Solon, Barry Cryer and much more.