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High Society

Enjoy a Swellegant, Elegant Musical

29 November - 20 January

Evening shows Tue - Sat
Sat matinees every week
Sun matinees from 3 Dec, excluding Xmas Eve and New Year’s Eve
Special New Year's Eve Gala


Restaurant open and serving lunch from 12.15pm – 2pm
Performance starts 2.15pm
Restaurant open and serving dinner from 6.15pm – 8pm
Performance starts 8.15pm

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter

Book by Arthur Kopit

Additional Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead

Based on the play “The Philadelphia Story” by Philip Barry

Also based on the Turner Entertainment Co. motion picture “High Society”

Directed by Joseph Pitcher


You’re invited to the wedding of the year, and what a swell party it’s going to be!

Long Island socialite Tracy Lord is planning her lavish High Society nuptials with 700 guests and oceans of champagne. But who exactly will be the groom? Her fiancé – the self-made but boring George? Or her glamorous and dangerous ex-husband Dexter who turns up on the scene determined to win her back. Or maybe news reporter Mike Connor, who has been sent to cover the wedding for his tabloid paper and who falls head over heels in love with the captivating Miss Lord. Come and enjoy this swell party and find out which suitor she chooses.

Cole Porter’s classic feel-good musical is based on THE PHILADELPHIA STORY and the 1956 film starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra. Full of songs you know from True Love to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, it is a Christmas extravaganza not to be missed.

On Friday and Saturday nights there will be live music in the bar after the show, with cocktails and champagne flowing. We encourage our audience to dress up and join in this swellegant, elegant party. And if you are booking for our special New Year’s Eve Gala glamour is derigeur.


We’re partnering with Stanlake Park Wine Estate on some exclusive festive discounts during the run of HIGH SOCIETY! Read below to see what offers are available…

  1. From 29th November to 20th January 2024, if you spend £150 or more at our box office then you will receive a 20% discount with Stanlake Park which you can redeem against a case of their popular Heritage Brut! What’s more with your purchase, you will be able to claim two free glasses of Heritage Brut at Stanlake Park’s stunning wine bar!

*This exclusive offer will need to be redeemed with Stanlake Park by 20th February, 2024, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional discounts or offers from Stanlake*


2. From 29th November to 20th January 2024, if you buy a case of Heritage Brut from Stanlake Park Wine Estate, you will receive a 10% discount for any show at the Mill.

*This limited time offer will need to be redeemed within 12 months from the date of purchase and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer*


3. From 29th November to 20th January 2024, anyone who purchases our exclusive High Society 75 Cocktail will be eligible to enter a competition to win an incredible prize!

The prize includes a Wine tour for 2 at the Stanlake Park Estate and 2 tickets for a show of your choice at The Mill until the end of our 2025 season. Alongside this you will also receive 2 free glasses of Stanlake’s popular Heritage Brut after the Wine tour, plus a free bottle to take away. And if all of that isn’t enough, you’ll also receive an Afternoon Tea and Tour for two at The Mill!

All you have to do to enter is leave your contact details once you’ve purchased your High Society 75 Cocktail at our Waterwheel Bar and keep a copy of your receipt!

DirectorJoseph Pitcher
ChoreographerJaye Elster
Set DesignerJason Denvir
Costume DesignerNatalie Titchener
Musical Arranger/SupervisorJerome van den Berghe
Co-Lighting DesignerNic Farman
Co-Lighting DesignerHector Murray
Sound DesignerChris Whybrow
Assistant DirectorKirsty Malpass
Assistant ChoreographerGeorge Lyons
Music & LyricsCole Porter
BookArthur Kopit
Artistic DirectorSally Hughes
CastingPearson Casting CDG

Cast List
Matt Blaker - Dexter Haven
Tosca Fisher - Mavis
Samuel How - Edmund
Heather Jackson - Mother Lord
Matthew Jeans - Mike Connor
Kurt Kansley - Uncle Willie
Jennifer Jones - Alternate Tracy Lord
Bethany Rose Lythgoe - Polly
Katlo - Dinah Lord
Will Richardson - George Kitteridge
Joe Press - Mario
Callum Train - Chester
Victoria Serra - Tracy Lord
Russell Wilcox - Seth Lord
Laura Tyrer - Liz Imbrie

Tom Noyes - Musical Director
Danny J Grant - Double Bass Player
Tom Harrison - Trumpet/Flugel Horn
Callum White - Drums / Percussion


"Another fabulous in-house musical on a scale that has to be seen to be believed. A trip to The Mill at Sonning Theatre is an absolute must this Christmas!"

Theatre Reviews Design

"Delivered with high-class perfection and impeccable style by the entire cast"

Theatre and Art Reviews

"A 'swellegant, elegant' treat - what a swell party this is, to quote one of the score of Cole Porter standards that punctuate this breezy, ebullient musical like jewels on a Cartier necklace"


"The Mill at Sonning Theatre is inviting you to the High Society wedding of the year and you would be a fool to decline the invitation. It's guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and hum Cole Porter’s classic songs for the foreseeable future!"

Adventures in Theatreland

"The Mill at Sonning continues to offer a uniquely delicious theatrical experience that nourishes its audience with classic song and dance that sparkles with sophistication"

BroadwayWorld UK

"Sometimes a show comes along that is so joyful and engaging that you just want to jump on stage and join in: High Society at the The Mill at Sonning Theatre is one such musical - it oozes energy, with a dynamic cast that barely pauses to catch their breath"

Theatre and Tonic

“A slick, nostalgic trip into the golden era of classic Jazz standards and Cole Porter showstoppers. A sparkling Christmas hit!”

Curtain Call Reviews

"Joyously fun, and a true testament to Hollywood musicals. It’s a celebration of the genre and a hoot to watch. And it’s an even greater joy to see such a production outside the West End"

The Reviews Hub

"Very uplifting - just the job for a dreary old December afternoon!"

Fairy Powered

"High Society at The Mill at Sonning Theatre doesn’t disappoint. Utterly joyful, it showcases an exceptionally talented cast in a fantastically feel good production, filled with heart, nostalgia and just a little bit of saucy fun!"

West End Best Friend

"The Mill at Sonning’s High Society is a fun, lighthearted, and joyful production. With a Christmas meal before the show, it’s the perfect festive delight!"

Lost in Theatreland

"A Christmas treat that you can’t afford to miss. An elegant production. A swell party indeed. What a swellegant, elegant party this is!"

Spy in the Stalls

"The Mill at Sonning have done it again! If you are looking for a slice of musical theatre heaven this festive season, High Society is the perfect production"

All That Dazzles

"What an elegant, swellegant production of High Society at the Mill At Sonning - I left the show with a smile on my face. What more could you want?"

London Born and Bred


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ONCE PURCHASED THE TICKET MAY NOT BE EXCHANGED NOR MONEY REFUNDED (EXCEPT AS IN RESALES BELOW) The management reserves the right, in combination with any other statements or directives which may be shown on the ticket or as displayed on the premises to:-
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  6. cancel or abandon the performance/event for reasons beyond its control without notice and without being liable to pay any person any compensation or damage whatsoever other than at the Management's discretion, a possible percentage or maximum refund to the ticket holder of the value of the ticket.


In common with general theatre practice, tickets for the theatre cannot be exchanged or money refunded. If patrons find that they are unable to use their tickets, the Box Office will endeavour to resell on the understanding that the sale of the theatre's own available seats must take priority. A fee of 10% will be charged for successful resale. The Mill at Sonning Theatre Ltd Sonning Eye Reading RG4 6TY (0118) 969 8000 admin@millatsonning.com Registered in England No. 1367251


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