About us

About us

Set majestically on the banks of the River Thames, the Mill at Sonning Theatre now celebrates more than 30 years of entertainment. Uniquely, as the only dinner theatre in the United Kingdom, it has gained unrivalled praise both nationally and internationally.

Directors, designers, actors, musicians, of the highest quality help maintain its exceptional reputation. Many new plays premiere here from established to young up-and-coming writers. All productions are created on the premises. Nothing is ‘brought in’. Rehearsal rooms buzz with activity. Sets are built in our workshop.Costumes designed and made in our wardrobe.

In our kitchens, fresh food is prepared daily. And we proudly say “with not a microwave in sight”.

The intimate theatre seats 215 in the semi-round allowing the audience to feel involved in the performance. The elegant restaurant, separate from the theatre but within the premises, with views over the sparkling Thames has the friendliest young staff of waiters and waitresses. A spinning waterwheel features in the cosy bar. 

The Mill is completely self-sufficient. No sponsors, no grants – not a penny of tax-payers' money supports us. We live on your patronage at our box office.

The atmosphere is welcoming. The setting is beautiful. The standards are high.





Upon arrival you will find ample space in our car park which is just a few steps from the entrance.

You will find your table number displayed in the foyer. Make your way to the Water Wheel Bar for pre-lunch or dinner drinks. (The bar is open from 12 noon for matinees and 6pm for evening performances). From 6.30pm (12.30pm for matinees) food is available in the upstairs restaurant.RestNew500wide

Food is served in a buffet style. Make your way to your table our front of house staff will be more than happy to assist you. Your programme and tickets will be waiting at your table. The rest of your dining experience is waiter serviced; and our waiting staff will take your drinks, dessert, coffee and interval drink orders.

The stage management will inform you when to take your seats in the auditorium for the performance.

During the interval you may return to your table for interval drinks and/or coffee (interval drinks will be served in the bar during a matinee performance). The stage management will inform you when to retake your seats for the second half.
Following the performance the bar is open and on Friday and Saturday evenings there is live music for you to enjoy.