On Stage

Whether you’re keen to try your hand at acting for the first time, or you’re already experienced on stage, The Bear Pit Theatre productions are open to you.

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Getting started

Some of our plays have smaller and/or non-speaking roles that offer those who want a taste of the stage, or to gain experience.

Seasoned Actors

If you already have experience on stage, then The Bear Pit Theatre Company offers a range of productions that will offer new and different opportunities.


All of our auditions are open to anyone and are announced on our website, to our mailing list, and on social media. We try and make auditions enjoyable and there is usually nothing to prepare in advance. Auditions for plays tend to be a reading through of the play or key scenes.

The plays selected for 2019 are as follows. Audition dates for the first three productions of 2019 are listed below, further audition dates will be announced later this year.


House & Garden by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by David Mears

An unprecedented theatrical event—two linked plays performed simultaneously in adjoining performance spaces by the same cast! Alan Ayckbourn, one of the most celebrated contemporary playwrights, has crafted two critically acclaimed comedies. Whilst the plots of House and Garden are interlocking, each play stands by itself as an evening of side-splitting comedy. You could see just one, but we think you’ll want to hear both sides of the story…

It’s the day of the annual village fair, and the Platt’s estate in the English countryside is buzzing with activity. Up at the house, Teddy Platt has dreams of a bright political future as the new local MP. The only thing barring his path is an urgent need to clean up his private life before the Prime Minister’s special envoy arrives. Meanwhile, down in the garden, frenzied preparations are under way for the day’s festivities. Will the French film star arrive in time to open the celebrations? Will the young maypole dancers pull it off? Who is that lurking in the bushes? And exactly what does go on in the fortune teller’s tent? Once the curtain rings down, the fun continues in the Bear Pit Cafe Bar as the audience joins the actors at the village party.

This ambitious production has been postponed.  It is hoped that it will return in the Bear Pit’s 2020 season.

Snake in the Grass by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Lynda Lewis 

“A creepily, scarily, eerily enjoyable evening.” – Sunday Times

“It’s a suspense drama about murder, blackmail and haunting; there is depth and subtlety…” – Financial Times

“Subtle and powerful.” – The Guardian

Miriam has cared for her father in the family home during his vituperative last years with the help of a creepily polite nurse, Alice. On Father’s death, Miriam’s older sister, handsome, divorced Annabel, comes home after over thirty years in Tasmania to find Daddy has left the bulk of his fortune to her. Alice complains to Annabel that Miriam has sacked her and is intent upon blackmail, having evidence, she says, that Miriam did away with the old man. Miriam and Annabel join forces against Alice and the blackmailer’s body is soon hurtling down the well, but all does not end there.


There are three female characters in the play, they are:

Annabel Chester, fifty, was a successful married business woman, now divorced and her business collapsed

Miriam Chester, forty-four, Annabel’s younger sister, eternally house-bound to her late father’s house

Alice Moody, nurse for Annabel and Miriam’s father shortly before his death (aged forty in the published script, but the character in the 2008 revival was younger).

There is also a small voice-only part of a man’s voice

Auditions for this production:

When: Tuesday 14 May 2019 at 7.30 pm

Where: The Bear Pit Theatre Bar

Performing from 8 – 16 November 2019


Goodnight Mister Tom, based on Michelle Magorian classic award-winning novel and adapted to stage by David Wood, directed by Emily Myerscough.

One of the most uplifting stories ever written, Michelle Magorian’s stunning Goodnight Mister Tom is brought gloriously to life in this stage adaptation by David Wood – the UK’s ‘National Children’s Dramatist’ (The Times).

Set during the dark and dangerous build-up to the Second World War, Goodnight Mister Tom follows sad young William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley. All seems perfect until William is devastatingly summoned by his mother back to London.

The play won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Family in 2013.

Auditions for this production:

When: Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th April 2019 at 7.30 pm

Where: The Bear Pit Theatre Bar

Performing from 6 – 14 December 2019