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‘Play Your Part’ and secure the future of The Bear Pit.
Support Stratford’s ‘Little’ Theatre

Thank you for bearing with us during these difficult times.

As we write this, The Bear Pit Theatre is in a critical financial state. Our limited reserves have kept us going since we closed our doors in March 2020 and this has been made possible by the help of the United Reformed Church. With no income, we have continued to keep our costs to a minimum but it has reached a point where these costs can no longer be met.

During our closure, we have been planning for the re-opening of The Bear Pit Theatre and had looked forward to welcoming our audiences back for socially distanced evenings in December. However, since Stratford and the rest of Warwickshire, went into Tier 4 and subsequently lockdown since January, these restrictions continue to hinder any chances for us to return and welcome back our audiences.

Under government guidelines, our professional theatre colleagues can continue to rehearse and perform during this period of lockdown but community arts venues have not been afforded the same status. This means that The Bear Pit Theatre Company cannot even consider performing in our venue to a virtual audience.

We have made significant strides to obtain grant aid but only with very limited success, as we fall below the radar of the larger, mainly professional organisations, who have received substantial recovery grants. Our efforts continue unabated but even as a Registered Charity we cannot rely on our luck with grant applications alone.

Never before, has it resonated so powerfully amongst us the many things we love and have perhaps taken for granted. Never before, have we collectively realised that we didn’t know what we had, until it has been taken away from us.

Now, more than ever, this community venue needs your support to ensure our doors don’t permanently close. With no sign of lockdown restrictions easing, we ask that you please consider supporting your ‘little theatre with big ideas’ by making a donation to our fundraising campaign.

Please donate any amount you can, in order to keep your community theatre alive.

For alternative ways of donating, please email or call 07825 576933

Thank you

David Mears

Artistic Director

Simon Allen


The Bear Pit Theatre is a registered charity and a voluntary organisation. If you would like to make charitable donation, it would be gratefully received. The easiest way to donate is via our JustGiving page.

The Bear Pit Theatre Limited is a not-for-profit company and a registered charity no: 1156259. As a charity we are able to claim 25p for every £1 donated if you are a UK tax payer.

Please note that JustGiving minus their fees of 2.9% +0.25p per donation before transferring the funds.