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.

Bear Pit Theatre Company 2017 Season

2017 Season Audition dates:


If you are also interested in joining one of the Bear Pit production teams which will support each of these shows, then please also come along to the following audition dates for:

Quartet by Ronald Harwood

Quartet was first performed in Guildford in 1999 and moved to London the same year. The cast was, Stephanie Cole, Alec McCowen, Donald Sinden and Angela Thorne.

It was famously made into a film in 2012 when directed by Dustin Hoffman. The stellar cast comprised Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Billy Connolly.

The play is set in the music room of a country house in Kent that operates as a retirement home for ageing musicians. The story revolves around the friendship and shared history of Cecily, Reginald, Wilfred and Jean. At the height of their powers they had made famous their recording of Verdi’s Rigoletto and, in particular, the quartet Bella Figlia dell’Amore. Now they struggle to find the means to reprise the piece for a charity in-house gala concert to celebrate the anniversary of the birthday of Joe Green (Giuseppe Verdi). Can they ever sing together again?

Performance dates Friday 22 September – Saturday 30 September, 2017. Cast will need to be available for rehearsal throughout August and September.

Audition dates Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 January 2017 at The Bear Pit Theatre.

Playing age c.70

A Note about the Director:

Kevin has been involved with Stratford’s community theatre scene since 1983 when he moved to Stratford. Productions include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead for Second Thoughts, The Boy Friend for SMTC and ‘Allo ‘Allo for The Phoenix Players. He made his acting debut for the Bear Pit as Henry Ormonroyd in Vanessa Comer’s production of When We Are Married.

 Updated November 2016