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Colder Than Here

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Myra is planning a big event. She’s choosing an outfit, selecting a venue and getting quite excited about the music choices. But Myra will only be there in spirit. As their story unfolds we follow relationships between Myra, her husband Alec and their grown-up daughters, Harriet and Jenna. Tender, […]

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Head & Heart

A Bear Pit Theatre Production Written and directed by Paul Greenwood, this play is a dramatisation of the process of creative writing. Eve is a writer who is struggling with ideas. She begins by bringing characters on to the stage/page and attempting to make them interact in some way so that she can create a […]

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James & the Giant Peach (Wood)

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production James and the Giant Peach by Road Dahl adapted by David Wood is directed by Emily Myerscough. James lives with his mean Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, they make his life miserable. Until …. one day, he meets a mystical man who gives him the most magical beans. James’ […]

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The Cherry Orchard

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Russia 1904, Mme Ranyevskya returns to her estate following a five-year absence to discover her property and beloved cherry orchard, a nostalgic childhood sanctuary, is to be auctioned off to pay the family debts. Lopakhin, the son of peasants now a successful businessman, offers to help the woman he […]

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Art

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production ‘Art‘ by Yasmina Reza translated from the French by the Christopher Hampton. Directed by Lynda Lewis The long term friendship of Serge, Marc and Yvan is shaken to the core when Serge buys an expensive contemporary painting without discussing it with the other two men. Marc reacts viciously to […]

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Roald Dahl’s The Twits

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Mr. Twit was a twit. He was born a twit. And, now at the age of 60, he was a bigger twit than ever. Mr Twit has a very hairy face. His beard is spiky and smelly. It also contains cornflakes, sardines and even some stilton. Mrs Twit is […]

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Neville’s Island

A farcical dark comedy and a hilarious evening out Four out-of-condition clueless middle managers are forced on the outdoor awayday from hell. Shipwrecked, wrapped in thick fog and cut off from civilisation with one cold sausage between them, Gordon, Angus, Roy and the hapless Neville‎ are about to experience the misadventure of their lives… From […]

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Confusions

Confusions, a series of plays for four-to-five actors, typifies Alan Ayckbourn’s particular brand of black comedy on human behaviour. The plays are alternately naturalistic, stylised and farcical, but underlying each is the echoing problem of profound loneliness. From a devoted and isolated mother, to her unfaithful travelling salesman husband, through a solicitous waiter to well-heeled […]

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Absurd Person Singular

A Bear Pit Theatre Production Three married couples. Three kitchens. Three Christmas parties. Sidney Hopcroft, a small-time tradesman, persuades his wife Jane to throw a Christmas party, hoping to find favour with a bank manager and local architect. As the celebrations get under way, class differences and naked ambition combine to hilarious effect as, one […]

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Deckchairs

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Four twist-in-the-tail playlets from the Deckchairs series, brilliantly written by Jean McConnell. Set in glorious gardens or on a seaside promenade, and a mix of funny and poignant, each delightful play runs approximately fifteen minutes. Directed by Lynda Lewis From Deckchairs, Doggies is a hilarious tale about two dog […]

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The Norman Conquests: A Trilogy of Comic Plays

Performance date:  Table Manners: 25, 26 February 3, 7, 10, 13 March at 7:30pm, 14 March at 10:30am Living Together: 27, 28 February 4, 11 March at 7:30pm. 7 March at 2:30pm. 14 March at 3pm Round and Round the Garden: 22, 29 February 5, 6, 12, 14 March at 7:30pm. 29 February at 2:30pm […]

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Snake in the Grass

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Alan Ayckbourn’s Snake in the Grass, a creepily, scarily, eerily enjoyable evening full of suspense drama about murder, blackmail and haunting. 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 […]

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Goodnight Mister Tom

Goodnight Mister Tom by David Wood. Adapted from the novel by Michelle Magorian A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production  Directed by Emily Myerscough Goodnight Mister Tom is a tale of two broken souls at very different ends of the age scale that celebrates the value of love and proves that friendship knows no barriers. Set […]

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The Pillowman

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Directed by Steve Farr A viciously funny, seriously disturbing tale about a writer in a totalitarian’ state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a number of child-murders that are happening in his town. A play by the writer of two […]

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On Golden Pond

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Directed by David Draper A touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and lovable elderly couple facing their twilight years. Ethel and Norman Thayer return to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 44th year. A work of rare simplicity and beauty. This production will be in support of […]

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The Cripple of Inishmaan

The Cripple of Inishmaan Play by Martin McDonagh A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Directed by Vanessa Comer A hilarious comic tale in the great tradition of Irish storytelling; packed with colourful eccentric characters that you’d find in a Father Ted episode. Brilliant bookish Bill is brought up by his ‘aunties’ on the isle of […]

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Visitors

Visitors by Barney Norris A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Directed by Tony Homer A beautiful and sharply funny love story, Visitors takes a haunting look at the way our lives slip past us. The play is an extraordinary understanding of the stresses and strains of old age. This production will be in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia […]

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The 39 Steps

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Written by John Buchan, adapted for stage by Patrick Barlow, Directed by Nicky Cox Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony® […]

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Blackadder Goes Forth

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Written by Richard Curtis & Ben Elton Directed by David Mears To commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War, The Bear Pit Theatre Company presents three episodes of the BAFTA award winning BBC sitcom Blackadder Goes Forth. Written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, and […]

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Sex Cells

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Written by Anna Longaretti Directed by Olivia Jane Parker In a busy call centre, the four female employees of Aphrodite, a sex toy manufacturer, take telephone orders for Teasey Maids, Titivators and rotating pearl g-strings. Beneath the cheerful customer service and easy banter, however, these very different women nurse their […]

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Hay Fever

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Written by Noel Coward Directed by Colin Lewis Edwards Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with some guests, David Bliss, a novelist and his wife Judith, a retired actress, find that an impossible dream when their high-spirited children Simon and Sorel appear with guests of their own. […]

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Lilies on the Land

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Originally devised and performed by the Lions part Directed by Lindsey Allwork A revealing, funny and wonderfully moving portrait of women who sign up to join the Women’s Land Army during World War II. The play was devised and first performed by the Lions part. Based on one hundred […]

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Habeas Corpus

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Written by Alan Bennett Directed by Vanessa Comer The antics at the Wicksteed home are a satirical merry-go-round. Family, friends and the sexual satisfaction of the “corpus” (body) are the ruling passions in this farcical comedy of ill-manners. Through a dance of mistaken identities and carnal encounters, one motto […]

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The Bald Prima Donna

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production The Bald Prima Donna written by Eugene Ionesco Translated from the French by Donald Watson Directed by Steve Farr This is a hilariously maniacal assault on the banality of English suburbia. A family is discussed, every member of which is called Bobby Watson; a young couple is alarmed to […]

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The Witches

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Roald Dahl’s The Witches, adapted for the stage by David Wood. Directed by Bear Pit Artistic Director David Mears This is a faithful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story in which Boy and his Grandmother defeat the Grand High Witch and her followers, who are holding a Conference in […]

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Quartet

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Quartet by Ronald Harwood directed by Kevin Hand & Estelle Hand Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred reside in a home for retired opera singers in Kent, England. Each year, on the tenth of October, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, […]

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Dinner

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Dinner by Moira Buffini directed by Associate Artist Steve Farr It’s my creation – like Frankenstein’s monster. An artist, a scientist and a sexpot are coming to dinner. Paige, hostess extraordinaire, is celebrating the publication of her husband’s bestseller. The arrival of Mike, marooned in the foggy lane after […]

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One Man, Two Guvnors

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean directed by Associate Artist Nicky Cox TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR ALL PERFORMANCES Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is […]

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Present Laughter

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Noel Coward’s comedy Present Laughter, directed by  Vanessa Comer Actor, charmer and diva, Garry Essendine is determined to disregard his advancing years by revelling in endless tantrums and casual affairs. About to depart for Africa, he finds himself besieged by a bevy of wouldbe seductresses, not to mention his long-suffering […]

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Toad of Toad Hall

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Toad of Toad Hall by A. A. Milne: A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Directed by Nicky Cox The Wind in the Willows is one of the most beloved books of all time. Written by Kenneth Grahame, it is the nostalgic, quintessentially English tale […]

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TWO

A Bear Pit Theatre Production A bickering husband and wife and the dozen regulars who pass through their pub in an evening are played by two actors. Each vignette skillfully combines pathos and humor. When a little boy is left behind by his father, a fragile reconciliation occurs as their own dark tragedy is revealed. […]

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation

A co-production between the Royal Shakespeare Company and amateur companies across the UK. In 2016, the RSC and amateur companies around the UK, including The Bear Pit Theatre Company, take you on a very special Midsummer adventure with a unique production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The nation’s favourite Shakespeare play is performed as never before; […]

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Ladies in Lavender

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Ladies in Lavender, adapted for stage by Shaun McKenna. Based on the film written and directed by Charles Dance from a short story by William J. Locke Based on the hit film screenplay by Charles Dance starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, and on the original short story by William […]

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God of Carnage

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Yasmina Reza’s black comedy, God of Carnage What happens when two sets of parents meet up to deal with the unruly behaviour of their children? A calm and rational debate between grown-ups about the need to teach kids how to behave properly? Or a hysterical night of name-calling, tantrums […]

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Body Double

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Body Double is a new play by local playwright Mark Carey. Body Double is first and foremost a Thriller, a play that keeps its audience guessing, but it is also a play about pretence.  It is a drama about the different roles people assume in life, about the dangers of […]

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Noises Off

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Michael Frayn’s, Comedy Farce, Noises Off Lloyd Dallas is the director of a theatre company. He is desperately trying to pull his latest production together considerably hampered by cast and crew. We follow the production from final rehearsals. through opening night and on tour. As with any group of people […]

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Did We Mention the Free Mince Pies?

The Bear Pit’s contribution to the festive season. Join The Bear Pit Theatre Company’s finest performers comics and singers for a light-hearted look at Christmas. With your free mince pie, a festive drink and general Christmas cheer, what could possibly go wrong? Tickets available from the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Box […]

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Educating Rita

Willy Russell’s play Educating Rita is a modern classic. It tells the story of hairdresser Rita, who feels that life has passed her by. She wants an education. But does Open University lecturer Frank have anything to teach her?   Educating Rita is a hilarious, and often moving, story of a woman’s determination to change […]

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The Ladykillers

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production   By Graham Linehan. From the motion picture screenplay by William Rose. And by Special Arrangement with StudioCanal and by Special arrangement with Fiery Angel Ltd, London. This production is presented by Special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD   This production is kindly supported by Arden Garages   The Ladykillers tells […]

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Relatively Speaking

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production By Alan Ayckbourn directed by Vanessa Comer A COMIC MASTERPIECE!    With a delightful tangle of deceit and misunderstanding, a quartet of crafted characters and an agile plot, Relatively Speaking is the theatrical masterpiece that established Alan Ayckbourn’s name as synonymous with theatre. Originally written in 1965, Relatively Speaking […]

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Brief Encounter

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter, adapted by Emma Rice Your heart dances. The world seems strange and new. You want to laugh and skip and fall forever… You are in love. You are in love with the wrong person. Laura, the respectable suburban wife, and Alec, the idealistic, married doctor, meet in […]

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Blithe Spirit

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Written by Noel Coward and directed by Colin Lewis Edwards   Researching for his new novel, Charles Condomine invites the implausible medium Madame Arcati to his house for a séance. Whilst consumed in a trance, Madame Arcati unwittingly summons the ghost of Charles’ dead wife Elvira. Appearing only to […]

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April in Paris

A Bear Pit Theatre Company Production Written by John Godber and directed by David Derrington.   Al and Bet’s relationship is on the rocks. He has recently lost his job, she works in a shoe shop and can only dream of a better life, but things are about to change.   When Bet wins a […]

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Hancock

Hancock’s Half Hour written by Galton & Simpson. Adapted and Directed by David Mears Performed at The Bear Pit Theatre from 17 – 22 September 2012 Three classic BBC scripts, The Bedsitter, The Radio Ham & The Poetry Society, brought to the stage for the first time in these new adaptations

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Stepping Out

Directed by Martin Cosgrif Mavis – Niki Baldwin Andy – Margaret Lowe Vera – Steph Surrey Mrs Glenda Fraser – Shirley Allwork Dorothy – Lisa Maxwell Sylvia – Lily Lyppard Geoffrey – Gareth Bernard Rose – Kathy Crawshaw Maxine – Lindsey Allwork Lynne – Katharine Bayley Sugar Plum fairies – Jen Franey & Gill Butler

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Confusions

Confusions written by Alan Ayckbourn Performed at The Bear Pit Theatre from 16 – 21 April 2012 A collaboration between The Bear Pit and Second Thoughts Drama Group. Five one-act plays written originally for a company of five actors to tour. A Talk in the Park & Drinking Companions Directed by David Mears Mother Figure & […]

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Christmas Pudding Concert

The Bear Pit’s contribution to the festive season. The Bear Pit finest performers and the hugely talented Stratford based Amicantus choir take a light-hearted look at Christmas. Tickets £8.

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The Vicar of Dibley

Written by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer Directed by David Mears EXTRA PERFORMANCE ADDED: Thursday 4th December at 7:30pm Following the sell out success of The Bear Pit’s production of The Vicar of Dibley in March 2013, these eccentric villagers return once again for a very special Christmas outing. Alice and Hugo are back from […]

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