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Stratford One Act Festival – 2024

The Stratford One Act Festival is proud to be returning to the Bear Pit theatre again this year.  We have three nights of great performances brought to you by groups from Stratford upon Avon and the surrounding area. Over three nights, there are nine shows ranging from modern day family comedy to period dramas.  There […]

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Twelfth Night

A Second Thoughts Drama Group Production Twelfth Night Directed by: Amanda Laidler One of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies, Twelfth Night is filled with cases of mistaken identities- and gender- as twins Viola and Sebastian are split up after a shipwreck. While Viola decides to cross-dress to find work within high society, Sebastian tries to find […]

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What’s Wrong with Benny Hill?

Giles Shenton Productions proudly presents The hard hitting new comedy What’s Wrong with Benny Hill Benny Hill died alone in his spartan flat in 1992, he was 68. His body was undiscovered for several days. Benny was, had been and still is, one of the most successful comedians of all time. When Apollo Eleven landed […]

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The Scottish Play

A Phoenix Players Production Join the Shellsfoot Thespians as they attempt to put on theatre’s most celebrated, yet most cursed production.  But at what cost? Michael harbours an ambition to direct ‘Macbeth’ and gets his chance for the autumn slot with his local am dram group. He encounters many problems – the wrath of the […]

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Harlequin’s Busy Day

A new comedy by Tony Peters   Clarice is getting married in beautiful Venice, and it appears nothing can go wrong until Harlequin enters with devastating news. Always in search of his next meal and easy money Harlequin has just become the servant of two masters. There follows and series of comic mishaps and mix-up’s, […]

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Dark Side of the Ledge

Dark Side of the Ledge The Bear Pit welcomes back DARK SIDE OF THE LEDGE: an evening of classic Pink Floyd music performed by Warwickshire-based folk-rock favourites MEET ON THE LEDGE. The concert will feature songs from The Dark Side of the Moon – arguably the most influential rock album of all time – along […]

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The Spiderwick Chronicles

Stratford Youth Theatre Presents The Spiderwick Chronicles Stratford Youth Theatre are thrilled to present the first ever stage adaptation of ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ at The Bear Pit Theatre. Based on the international best selling and much loved children’s books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, The Spiderwick Chronicles is a series of children’s fantasy books […]

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The Importance of Being Earnest

A SWEET SORROW THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION Jack has a very useful fictional wicked brother called Ernest, as well as a very mischievous real friend called Algernon. When Algernon arrives at Jack’s country house claiming to be Ernest, only a handbag and a Governess can provide a solution to the ensuing confusion. In their first production […]

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Nightfall

A Phoenix Players Production Edgar Allan Poe stands alone in the flickering darkness of his mind, trying desperately to convince himself — and us — that he’s not mad. The spell he weaves brings us a highly theatrical adaptation of four stories Poe himself considered his best: “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of […]

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Pride & Prejudice

A Caramba Theatre Company Production Since its immediate success in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has remained one of the most popular novels in the English language. Jane Austen called this brilliant work “her own darling child”. Jane Austen’s radiant wit sparkles as her characters dance a delicate quadrille of flirtation and intrigue, making this the […]

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Blithe Spirit

A Second Thoughts Drama Group Production Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward Directed by: Nic Walsh When writer Charles Condomine needs to conduct research for his first novel about the paranormal, he sets up a séance with village psychic Madame Arcati, inviting along the village doctor and his wife. What could possibly go wrong? In the […]

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Meet on the Ledge – 2023

The Bear Pit Theatre welcomes back Warwickshire-based folk rock favourites Meet On The Ledge for their annual two-night extravaganza. Founder members Ron Holmes and Allen Maslen still remain from when MOTL began as a folk duo in 1992. Today they are a five-piece band, augmented by keyboard player Steve Bird, drummer Bo Davies and newest […]

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FORGING REMBRANDT

A Lanternfish Production FORGING REMBRANDT By Tony Peters THE STORY OF THE WORLDS GREATEST FORGER In 1936 Dutch artist Han van Meegeren sets out to be revenged on the Expert who has rejected his work. He begins a series of brilliant fakes of old master paintings. The highly successful sales of these fakes, all vetted […]

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Every Man out of his Humour

A SWEET SORROW THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCTION “Macilente is a grumpy, down-on-his-luck scholar, angry with a world where the most awful and corrupt people are able to succeed and flourish. He encounters a parade of these warped individuals; from a grain-hoarding farmer, a country lad trying to buy power and status, a law student more obsessed […]

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The Dismissal of the Greek Envoys

During the Shakespeare and Poland Festival, happening in Stratford June 24–25, you will have a unique opportunity to witness the staging of the first-ever drama written in the Polish language on the Bear Pit Theatre stage. This production, inspired by the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio, brings to life Jan Kochanowski’s […]

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Entertaining Angels

A Second Thoughts Drama Group Production Entertaining Angels by Richard Everrett Directed by: Jo Knight Since the death of her vicar husband Bardolph, Grace’s life has been fraught with problems, from troublesome parishioners to Bardy’s ghost. As she searches for forgiveness for past actions, and her sister Ruth returns with surprising revelations, Grace is forced […]

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THE MISTAKE

One of the successes at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and following a sell-out run at London’s trailblazing Arcola theatre, this urgent new play by Michael Mears explores the events surrounding the catastrophic ‘mistake’ that launched our nuclear age. 1942. On a squash court in Chicago a dazzling scientific experiment takes place, which three years […]

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Live at the Bear Pit

Live at the Bear Pit  Presents an exciting line up of talented musicians featuring Emily Browne       www.emilybrowne.co.uk Wes Finch             wesfinch.bandcamp.com …and special guests

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A Very Curious Poison

A Consensus Opera Production It is the 1930’s in the sleepy English village of Little Piffling and six well-heeled guests have assembled at Piffling Hall, all bearing mysterious invitations and each one hiding a dark secret.  But soon, polite civility is shattered by the mysterious death of Lady Helena Handcart, a wealthy society socialite who […]

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Under Katyń

Copernicana & firstlight present a new play by Danny Masewicz. This production is supported by the Polish Cultural Institute and Stratford Town Trust A refugee searches for his brother who vanished during the Russian invasion of Poland in 1939. Based on a true story, this poignant drama sees a chance meeting of once deadly enemies. […]

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ARMS AND THE MAN

A Second Thoughts Production ARMS AND THE MAN by George Bernard Shaw Director:  Amanda Laidler With war raging in the Balkans, Raina Petkoff has recently become engaged to young officer Sergius. No sooner have her romantic ideals been shaken up by a Swiss mercenary, who seeks refuge in her bedroom, than her servant Louka takes […]

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Back Streets

A Street Arts Project “You see a homeless man. I see a man” When Dave, a violent young man with a troubled past, arrives on the streets with his abused girlfriend Emma, Lee, a world-weary army veteran, senses trouble and keeps a close eye on them. Will Emma see the truth behind her boyfriend’s lies […]

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Street Arts Project Concert

Street Arts Project Concert in aid of New Chapters. 8pm Friday 3 March 2023 Tickets £10 Tickets: RSC Box Office / Call 01789 333935 New Chapters will provide much-needed affordable drug and alcohol recovery for people in Leamington Spa and the surrounding area. www.newchapters.org.uk

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OLIVER TWIST

Follow the fortunes of the orphan Oliver Twist as he runs away from the Workhouse to London in search of a better life but falls in with Fagin’s gang of pickpockets and is drawn in to a life of crime. The production will feature popular Music Hall songs.

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Dark Side of the Ledge

DARK SIDE OF THE LEDGE To mark the 50th anniversary of PINK FLOYD’S legendary album THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON, we present an evening of Pink Floyd music, performed by Warwickshire-based folk-rock favourites and Bear Pit regulars MEET ON THE LEDGE. The concert will feature songs from The Dark Side of the Moon – […]

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The Clopton Ghosts

Stratford Youth Theatre Presents The Clopton Ghosts A ghost story for the February half term. A company of young actors from Stratford-upon-Avon have devised a chilling tale inspired by local legends. This is a story of young lives, intertwined with past tragedies and modern day events which culminate in a chilling ghost story. Join us […]

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Nana’s Knickers

A Phoenix Players Production A light hearted look at family life when it goes a bit wrong! With characters we’ll all recognise, this cheeky play is full of double entendre for all ages (16+). Has dating changed in 50 years or is it still the same? You’ll need to watch to find out!

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Humble Boy

HUMBLE PRODUCTIONS PRESENT A comedy by Charlotte Jones about broken vows, failed hopes and the joys of beekeeping. “My husband is dead and my only son, who has grown fat and strange, has just run away from his own father’s funeral. I’ll be fine. Fine. At least those bastard bees are gone.” Felix Humble is […]

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Wuthering Heights

A Caramba Theatre Company Production Caramba Theatre Company brings this haunting tale of love, family, betrayal, passion and heartbreak to The Bear Pit Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon from 2nd – 5th November. Adapted and directed by Kate Guest, this dramatic re-telling is performed in the round and follows the story of two families living on the […]

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Excess Baggage

Each of us carries some excess baggage every day…experiences, memories and plans. What is hidden in the suitcase of the protagonist of the monodrama, who returns to Poland after thirty years of emigration? It turns out to be as capacious as a heart, which stores the most beautiful treasures of a carefree childhood. The protagonist […]

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Marie Lloyd Stole My Life

Discrimination, sexual exploitation, domestic violence and press intrusion. Don’t seem such “good old days” now, do they…? Nelly Power, star of the Victorian Music Hall struck an early blow for women’s rights by owning her own properties and divorcing her husband. She was a household name and huge success. Until her hit song was stolen […]

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The Odyssey

A dramatisation of the epic story by Tony Peters Performed by Simon Kemp Odysseus a hero of Ancient Greece sails home to Ithaca after triumphing in the Trojan War. On his journey he must face many dangers including the one eyed Cyclops, the sirens, a shipwreck and battles before he is reunited with his wife […]

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Playing Dead

On a film set an actor is killed. Accident? Murder? Illusion?  Whodunnit and whydunnit in Paul Greenwood’s new thriller? Cast: James Burman, Dani Carbery, Mark Carey, Richard Derrington, Melissa Greenwood, Robert Lister, Malcolm McKee, Claire Nielson and Sunny Ormonde This is a rehearsed reading performed by a cast of nine whose credits include: Radio & Television (The Archers, Luther, […]

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Murdered to Death

A Phoenix Players Production In the mid-1930s, a wealthy widower invites several friends over for a dinner party, but things take a nasty turn when she’s murdered shortly before dinner. Now it’s up to the bumbling Inspector Pratt and the long-suffering Constable Thompkins to solve this crime, with the capable assistance of the local friendly […]

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Cosi fan Tutte

A Consensus Opera Production Two ordinary guys, one argument in a café and the chance to win £20,000 on a bet they just can’t lose.  And yet, within a few hours, four middle-class lives unravel in a blizzard of pantomime antics, deception and confusion in this perfect mixture of comedy and tragedy.  A timeless cautionary […]

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IMPROBABLE FICTION

A Second Thoughts Production It’s the scheduled monthly meeting of the Pendon Writers Circle tonight, but as it’s nearly Christmas attendance is down a bit.  And those who do manage to get to chairman Arnold’s house are down a bit, too:  the dreaded writer’s block.  They each reveal their progress (or rather, embarrassing lack of […]

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The IT

‘The IT’ by Vivienne Franzemann. I feel…a presence. A gnawing. A squirming. It’s small. Like a cherry pip. Or a baby shrimp. It is really small. Whatever it is. But it’s here. It is definitely here. Grace Freemantle has something growing inside her.  She doesn’t know what it is, but she knows it’s not a […]

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Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope

Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope is a solo show which debuted to rave reviews at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival. It immediately transferred to a run at the off-West End St. James Theatre, and has toured the UK ever since, visiting Greenwich, Dundee, Cardiff, Belfast and Brighton amongst many others. Naked Hope depicts the legendary Quentin Crisp at two […]

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Scratchy Beard

After hitting the folk scene in 2018, Scratchy Beard entranced audiences with their Anglo-Celtic songwriting set to klezmer/gypsy-jazz-infused and stomping beats. Their upcoming 2nd album also draws from blues, creating a British-Roots-Folk sound.

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Moscow Station

A Lanternfish Promotions Production presents MOSCOW STATIONS By Venedikt Yerofeev Performed by Simon Kemp Directed by Tony Peters Music performed live by Mhairi and Tony Peters Follow Russian dissident, semi vagrant, literary spouting, totally inebriated Venya, on the Moscow to Petushki train line. Discover how to make the cocktail “Spirit of Geneva,” learn how to bribe a Moscow ticket […]

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Stratford One Act Festival – 2023

TICKETS NOW ON SALE Come and support the best of community theatre with our One-Act Festival at The Bear Pit Theatre. Wednesday 24 May, 7:30pm Intelligence – Phoenix Players A Long Time Dead – Beezer Productions Brighton On The Rocks, written by Georgina Monk D Day Pals – Phoenix Players, written by Roger Gowland Thursday […]

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Arabian Nights

An In2theatre Production By Tony Peters COMEDY, MAGIC, ROMANCE Our brand new show brings together all the well-known characters from Tales of One Thousand and One Nights including Sinbad the Sailor, Aladdin and Ali Baba as well flying carpets, genies, monsters and most important of all – a magic lamp. The production explores different ways […]

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Second Thoughts Production A zany, contemporary production of Shakespeare’s famous comedy, set in his home town and surroundings.   Please note: This performance is in-the-round and seating is unreserved.

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The Nutcracker

A Caramba Theatre Company Production Based on the E.T.A. Hoffman story, this is a new dramatised adaptation. Made famous by the Tchaikovsky ballet, it is the story of Maria Stahlbaum and her adventures with a Nutcracker doll who comes to life and their fight against the evil Mouse King.

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Meet on the Ledge

Warwickshire-based folk rock favourites Meet On The Ledge celebrate their 30th anniversary with two concerts at the Bear Pit Theatre. Founder members Ron Holmes and Allen Maslen still remain from when MOTL began as a duo in 1992. Today they are a four-piece band, augmented by keyboard player Steve Bird and drummer Bo Davies. Keyboardist […]

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Believe

A Phoenix Players Production Marcus and Callum were childhood friends, now reunited. Marcus is an atheist destined for Hell, Callum an angel on a mission to save him…what could possibly go wrong? Believe is a two act play written and directed by Baz Stilinski, author of the award winning play “Hey Li’l Man”. A poignant […]

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Keep Me Posted!

With song writing inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan and harmonies worthy of the Eagles, comes home-grown Americana from Keep Me Posted.  Celine Dommart (vocals/bass), Cris Tolley (vocals/guitar) and Rob Payne (drums) emerged from the ashes of Bear Pit favourites ‘Montparnasse’, to indulge their love of classic country, blues and rock with a new […]

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Why Will You Say that I am Mad?

A Fred Theatre Production Join us for a journey through the dark landscape of Edgar Allan Poe – the man, his life and his works.  Featuring readings from the acknowledged master of American Gothic, including The Raven and The Tell-Tale Heart, the evening will delight and surprise in equal measure, both old and new fans.  […]

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A Chorus of Disapproval

A SECOND THOUGHTS DRAMA GROUP PRODUCTION Second Thoughts Drama Group brings Alan Ayckbourn’s riotous and brilliantly intricate comedy to life this October at The Bear Pit Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. A shy and awkward widower, Guy Jones, finds himself joining his local amateur operatic society in a bid to beat his loneliness. By accident (and partly because […]

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Three One Act Comedies

A SECOND THOUGHTS DRAMA GROUP PRODUCTION Whisking Eggs By Jackie Lines Directed by Ian Mclean Miss Behave, a menopausal dominatrix, unexpectedly finds her new lodger is the vicar’s wife who doesn’t believe in God. Librarian Linda is having imaginary conversations and the eccentric and outrageous Lady CS is threatening to reveal all. A hilarious, fast-paced […]

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A Phoenix Night

A Phoenix Players Production An evening of theatre: drama, comedy sketches, songs, laughs and lots of fun Showcasing the diverse and talented group of actors and singers that are the Phoenix Players. This show includes comedy sketches and songs from across the years, also our very own Lighthorne Festival entry ‘Sarah and George’ an emotional […]

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Little Women

A Second Thoughts Drama Group Production The classic American story of the March Sisters, each with their own individual talents, personalities and dreams, coming of age in Civil War America. We follow the sisters, Meg, the Romantic, shy Beth, wilful Amy and fiery Jo, on their journey through youth, coping with love, life and loss […]

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Hancock and Co

Following James Hurn’s sell out tour of 2018, he is back with his popular one-man, many voices, celebration of radio comedy classic Hancock’s Half Hour. James – a multitalented actor and impressionist – will be performing Hancock and Co, a new programme which includes one lost episode of Hancock’s Half Hour, and two episodes he […]

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DO YOU THINK THAT’S WISE?

DO YOU THINK THAT’S WISE? THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN LE MESURIER In this affectionate tribute to one of Britain’s best-loved comedy stars, leading impressionist Julian Dutton (BBC1’s The Big Impression, BBC R4’s The Secret World, co-creator & co-star of BBC2’s Pompidou with Matt Lucas etc.) brings to life the man behind the wry […]

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Charity Concert

Stratford Concert Band perform a mix popular music in aid of: The Butterfly Tree Charity Find out more about the United Reformed Church      

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Strictly Ann: An Evening with Ann Widdecombe

Sailing dangerously close to National Treasure status, one of the most outspoken politicians of our time embarks on her first ever national tour. Entertaining, enlightening and as controversial as you would expect, Margaret Thatcher and Craig Revel Horwood collide as Ann lifts the lid on life in Westminster and shares behind-the-scenes gossip from some of […]

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change

A Rogues & Vagabonds Production I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE This witty revue celebrates the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum know as ‘the relationship.’ It explores the dating game, love, and marriage, as well as the  the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up […]

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A Night at the Musicals

Amy Gardyne and Naomi More are running the Bristol half-marathon on 23 September to support Macmillan Cancer Support and the Alzheimer’s Society.  Both musical theatre actors, they have put together A Night at the Musicals to raise even more funds for their chosen charities.  All proceeds will be split between these two very worthwhile causes. […]

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An Evening with Sunny Ormonde

Sunny has been playing the “outrageous and raunchy Lilian Bellamy” in Radio 4’s The Archers for the past 17 years and has become one of the listeners most favorite characters! Her antics have kept the nation gripped and entertained, whether it be riding round Ambridge on a Harley Davidson, drinking the Bull and Cider shed […]

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Peter Knight’s Gigspanner

TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR TONIGHT’S EVENT. PLEASE VISIT THE BEAR PIT THEATRE BOX OFFICE FROM 6PM TONIGHT TO PURCHASE TICKETS IN PERSON. TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE TO BOOK IN ADVANCE ONLINE OR THROUGH THE RSC BOX OFFICE FOR THIS EVENT. “Peter Knight’s Gigspanner were amazing. I can only think of a handful of […]

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THE FARNDALE MURDER MYSTERY

A PHOENIX PLAYERS PRODUCTION THE FARNDALE AVENUE HOUSING ESTATE TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD DRAMATIC SOCIETY MURDER MYSTERY Mrs Reece, Chairman: “We hope you have a super evening with our Murder Mystery; it’s jolly exciting, and Mildred Braithwaite’s husband did the set, despite that rather uncomfortable problem of his that flared up in the middle of it. We’ve […]

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Steptoe & Son Rides Again

A Caramba Production Following on from their previously popular production of steptoe & son, caramba are bringing back the famous rag & bone father & son of shepherd`s bush for another 3 classic episodes: – “men of letters”  / “the three feathers” / “the holiday” Find out more about Caramba Theatre Company

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Parrots of the Caribbean

A comic adventure by Tony Peters A valuable diamond comes into the possession of a group of explorers, but the treasure comes to attention of band of pirates and a wild chase ensues! But ownership of the diamond comes with a deadly curse unless it is returned to the eye of a Tiki God on the beautiful […]

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Time Masons

A Second Thoughts Production Medieval England – the masses are kept in their place. Glorious cathedrals are built. One man speaks out against accepted belief, with dire consequences. Two modern women view this world as medieval and modern stories entwine, and culminate in a shocking conclusion. Time Masons provokes a roller-coaster of reactions, from laughter […]

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Much Ado About Nothing

A Second Thoughts Production Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. This production uses Shakespeare’s words, but in a contemporary setting, and one that Stratford residents – and visitors – may well recognize. Find out more about Second Thoughts

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Cabernet

A one woman cabaret “Cabernet”. Jessica Friend plays Louise, a bar singer. Through laughter and tears Louise explores our perfect expectations. “Friend’s performance steals the show with her strong vocal ability and holds the audience in the palm of her hand as she provides comedy and deep emotion throughout…” – Andrew Exeter, Theatre Blogger

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The Mezzos in Concert

The Mezzos are a vocal duo that specialise in creating a performance that blends the genres of classical, jazz, musical theatre and contemporary repertoire, accompanied by endearing humour, this is set to be a fantastic evening of music. Both classically trained, Jessica Friend and Sophie Kearns have a variety of performance experience with 20 years […]

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Flo Smith-Now and Then

It`s 1969 and a woman looks back on life in London.From the Boer War to the Summer of Love, Flo Smith, daughter, sister, wife, mother, widow and grandmother recalls with horror, humour, tears and joy those turbulant times at home, and, in the world beyond her front door. “feisty, funny and frank” Stratford-upon-Avon Herald “Ursula […]

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Celine Dommaert & Montparnasse

NOT TO BE MISSED. Jazz, French Café, and Latin rhythms from Parisian singer Celine Dommart and her quartet. Prior to recording her second album, Celine will be touring new material during Spring 2018 with her quartet, ‘Montparnasse’.  Since the release of ‘Dans Les Cafes Voisins’ in 2016, the group has gone from strength to strength […]

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Comedy Chekhov

Bridge Theatre Company in association with Everyman Cheltenham Showcasing local actors Richard Derrington, Mark Carey, and Dani Carbery in a variety of roles, this new version of three short Chekhov plays by director Alison Sutcliffe is full of laughs, as well as telling the poignant tale of an old actor’s final performances in the last piece, […]

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Brief Lives

A CARAMBA PRODUCTION Adapted by Patrick Garland Directed by Kate Guest John Aubrey (1626-97) has come to be recognized as England’s first serious biographer. Patrick Garland’s adaptation of Aubrey’s writings represents a day in the latter part of Aubrey’s life. “It is as if one is paying a visit to the house of an old […]

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ROMEO AND JULIET

A NuWORKS PRODUCTION This is pure Shakespeare, heavily edited but otherwise unchanged to produce a piece of theatre that will appeal to younger and older audiences. It is complemented with a number of contemporary songs from Pink, Coldplay and Muse. The largely up tempo songs are accompanied by choreography. Suitable for audiences above 10 years […]

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Snow White

A NuWORKS PRODUCTION This is our brand new musical adaptation of the tale. Not exactly a panto, it’s a little more sophisticated. It is faithful to the original in most respects: there’s Snow White, the Wicked Queen, and the Huntsman. The seven dwarves have morphed into the Hip Hop Brothers and there’s a few extra […]

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ELECTRA

A Nuworks Production This is our own faithful adaptation which includes all of the elements of the original. It is highly theatrical and we have written a complete music score that accompanies, amplifies and underscores the dialogue. For inspiration we have taken the style of Nick Cave to write the songs. These have been overlaid […]

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Peter Knight’s Gigspanner ‘Big Band’

As a trio, Gigspanner, formed by Steeleye Span’s erstwhile fiddle player Peter Knight, has built a massive reputation for dismantling traditional music and song and reassembling it into “music of intelligently crafted brilliance” (Songlines). BBC Folk Award winners (Best Duo) Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are described by The Guardian as being “Subtle, bravely original…a combination of virtuosity, […]

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The Emigrant

A Rogues & Vagabonds production A new musical following the adventures of a young woman emigrating to Canada from Scotland in the 1920s. Find out more about Rogues & Vagabonds

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Hey Li’l Man

A Phoenix Players Production A journey of family life told through the eyes of a stranger who becomes involved when tragedy strikes. An original play, the Phoenix Players present a thought provoking, heart warming (and in some parts heart breaking) show. Join the two families who experience life’s twists and turns, laughter and tears, happiness […]

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Mitch Benn

Mitch Benn: Don’t Fear The Reaper UK TOUR 2017 WINNER of BBC 2’s Celebrity Mastermind. It’s been a morbid time for “the country’s leading musical satirist” (The Times); he’s turned 46 – over the hill by anyone’s standards – his personal life is in turmoil, and his childhood heroes are dropping like flies. At times […]

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ONCE UPON A LABRADOR

A collection of whimsical verses written by Charles Garland, with illustrations by Harry Venning. Performed by Charles Garland Recorded cameo music by Rick Wakeman Directed by Sam Snape “Once Upon a Labrador” is an evening of humour with Charles Garland and featuring his best friend and star of the show, Alfie the Labrador. Recorded cameo music […]

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Little Shop of Horrors

Performed by Dynamik Theatre Ltd From the company that bought you Rent the Musical in August 2016, Dynamik Theatre return to the stage bringing you the exciting, fierce, comical but much loved Little Shop of Horrors. spend an evening laughing and wowing as this semi professional cast stun you with sensational vocals all about a […]

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SMTC Presents: Choir in a Day

SMTC PRESENTS – CHOIR IN A DAY • discover what harmony group you belong to, are you a soprano, alto, tenor or bass? • learn to sing in harmony with a choir in just one day • learn the techniques of following a conductor and holding your harmony • learn several numbers and perform then […]

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Arlecchino

The Prologue. Maggie Rose presents Arlecchino’s debut in 16th century Europe, thanks to the early actors who played the role, most notably Tristano Martinelli, Domenico Biancolelli and Antonio Sacchi.   Giorgio Strehler’s incredibly vibrant, long lasting Arlecchino, 1949 to today After centuries when Arlecchino had fallen out of sight, in 1947 Giorgio Strehler and Paolo […]

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Commedia dell’arte Workshop

Join us at The Bear Pit Theatre for two exciting workshops about Commedia. Participants will learn about the beginnings of Commedia dell’Arte, its use of mask, body and voice, and its reworkings in the present. The Commedia dell’arte represents the beginning of modern theatre. Its basic plots actually inspired so many of the theatrical forms […]

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THIS EVIL THING

‘For God’s sake! This protest of yours – is it really worth losing your lives over?’ January 1916: Bert Brocklesby is a young schoolteacher, and preacher at his local Methodist church; Bertrand Russell is one of the greatest philosophers of his time. With the advent of military conscription their worlds are about to be turned […]

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Mel Harvey and Friends

Mel Harvey makes a welcome return to The Bear Pit Theatre following his hilarious guest spots in our Christmas production “Did we tell you about the free mince pies” Mel has been appearing on luxury cruise ships for the last few years but his main love is the theatre and he is hoping to take […]

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BARD HEADS

A FINDING THE WILL production Written and performed by Jules Hobbs and Richard Curnow. Bard Heads takes an updated look at some well-loved characters from six of Shakespeare’s most popular plays and imagines what might have happened next. Each 50 minute one man/woman show is full of laughter, tears and quite a few surprises. Two […]

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Peter Knight’s Gigspanner

  Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has established their reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene, garnering along the way a reputation for dismantling […]

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Macbeth

A Fred Theatre Production Fred Theatre brings Shakespeare’s tragedy of greed, lust and betrayal to life in a new and intimate production for 2018. Back for a second run after selling out in 2017. Across an action-packed 90 minutes, six actors present this timeless classic in a minimal and contemporary setting. The production asks who, […]

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The Goons

FRED THEATRE LIMITED PRODUCTION Relive the lunacy as Seagoon, Eccles, et al uncover dark secrets in THE HOUSE OF TEETH, while a devilish case of government misspending reveals a seemingly impossible invention in THE JET-PROPELLED GUIDED NAAFI. Birmingham Comedy Festival and Fred Theatre present a rare chance to see two classic Milligan radio scripts on […]

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HIAWATHA

An in2theatre production Based on the epic poem by Henry Longfellow. By the shores of Gitchee Gumee, By the shining big sea water, At the doorway of the wigwam, Stood and waited Hiawatha. Our exciting new production tells the story of the Native American Indian – Hiawatha as he is called on to unite all […]

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Four Plays and an Interval

A Phoenix Players Production Four Plays and an Interval An evening of light-hearted plays presented by the Phoenix Players.  Four contrasting shows, by turns funny, poignant and heart-warming, brought together by this experienced group, featuring Phoenix stalwarts such as Graham Robson and Roger Gowland and many new players, to create a delightful evening of entertainment. […]

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Into the Silence

A Second Thoughts Drama Group production Based on the life and times of Sophia Duleep Singh (1876-1948), the play covers nearly 100 years of Anglo-Indian history. Grand-daughter of Ranjit Singh, “The Lion of the Punjab” and a god-daughter of Queen Victoria, Sophia was born and raised in England. The play opens with Sophia’s father, Duleep […]

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The Winter’s Tale

A Second Thoughts Drama Group Production An adaptation of The Winter’s Tale, exploring Shakespeare’s extremes of tragedy and comedy, through a modern setting with original music.  

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Time and the Conways

A Second Thoughts Drama Group Production This amateur production of Time and the Conways is arranged by special arrangement with Samuel French One of Britain’s leading writers of the inter-war years, J B Priestley was fascinated by the concept of time. As the play opens, and in Act 3, it is 1919 – just after the end […]

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JUST LIKE THAT! THE TOMMY COOPER SHOW

Hambledon Productions present Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show Tommy Cooper was a true comic genius. His impeccable timing, misfiring magic, trademark fez and quick-fire gags made him an international star. Click Here to visit our Photo and Video Gallery This ALL-ENCAPSULATING SHOW features John Hewer giving “a remarkably faithful performance” (Time Out) as […]

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The Secret Garden

A Rogues and Vagabonds Production The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Lucy Simon, Marsha Norman This enchanting classic of children’s literature, written by Frances Hodgson Burnett has been turned into a brilliant and moving musical by composer Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman.  Orphaned in India by a cholera epidemic, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns […]

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DOROTHY

DOROTHY (The Airings of an Archers Actor’s Aunt ) Presented by The Beechcroft Broadcasting Corporation The indomitable Dorothy is the mainstay of Neighborhood Watch and scourge of litter louts. After losing her slot on hospital radio, due to an unfortunate incident with a golf ball and a pair of tights, she’s seized control of a […]

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Ron Holmes and Friends

After twenty-five years as front man for award-winning folk-rock band Meet On The Ledge, Ron Holmes celebrates the release of his first solo album with a series of intimate gigs. Accompanied by keyboardist Steve Bird and guitarist Allen Maslen, Ron sings the songs he loved when he was growing up and learning his trade, from […]

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Straight and Narrow

A Phoenix Players Production A comedy by Jimmie Chinn The cosy domesticity of couple Bob and Jeff is threatened by Jeff’s crisis. Jeff is considering leaving Bob…. but for a woman, so that he can become a father. Meanwhile Bob contends with meddling family members who are ignorant of his living situation. His mother, a domineering […]

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Montparnasse in Concert

Please note that there are only single seats left for this event. ‘An evening of unique French Jazz’ Described by critics as ‘tremendous’ and ‘outstanding’, Montparnasse bring a little bit of Paris to Stratford. Fronted by Paris born singer Céline Dommart, the band breathe new life into timeless French classics by the likes of Edith […]

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Emma

A Caramba Production Based on Jane Austen’s novel This November, Caramba Theatre Company present their production of Jane Austen’s timeless classic Emma at The Bear Pit Theatre. One of Austen’s most popular novels, the story centres around the self appointed match maker Emma Woodhouse and her attempts at pairing off her friends with often comic, […]

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Songs of War and Peace

An SMTC Concert A concert of song reflecting the themes of War and Peace: featuring music from Oh What a Lovely War, Miss Saigon and Les Miserable,  while also including such calls for peace  as expressed in John Lennon’s Imagine and Bob Dylan’s Blowing in the Wind. Find out more about SMTC

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Robin Hood

An in2theatre Production A Comedy by Tony Peters The Sheriff of Kenilworth is up to his old tricks again, robbing from the poor to give to the rich. But deep in the Forest of Arden lives a hero determined to stand up for the poor peasants of Olde Stratford. Robin from Loxley lays plans to […]

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She Stoops to Conquer

A Consensus Production Mr Hardcastle wants his daughter Kate to marry Marlow, who isn’t so sure, so Kate stoops from gentility to barmaid to conquer her reluctant suitor, who is helping his friend Hastings elope with Constance, whom Mrs Hardcastle wants to marry off to her son Tony, who is trying to steal Constance’s jewels […]

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Patrick Marley: Wilde at Heart

Patrick Marley’s critically acclaimed show. Patrick Marley presents a scintillating one-man show revealing the triumphs and tragedies that characterised the flawed genius of Oscar Wilde. Those who think they know all there is to know about Wilde, and those who know next to nothing, both stand to gain much from this account of a man […]

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Out of Focus

A Phoenix Players Production A play by Peter Gordon and by arrangement with Joseph Weinberger A heart-warming story of a beleagured and downtrodden vicar’s wife who unfortunately makes a complete bodge-up of the hall bookings. This brings together (though perhaps not from choice): The Brownies (who are happy to go and ransack the car park instead) The […]

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Friend or Foe?

A FRED production Three shorts, exposing raw emotions and deeply held convictions. Friend or Foe? presents authentic voices from the first world war.Three one-act plays, written during the conflict, each passionate and exposing raw emotions and deeply held convictions. These powerful plays demonstrate the playwrights of the war have a voice which was equal in […]

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Private Lives

A Second Thoughts Drama Group Production An Intimate Comedy by Noel Coward. Performed by Second Thoughts Drama Group. An amateur production presented by special arrangement with Samuel French. Amanda and Elyot can’t live together and they can’t live apart. When they discover they are honeymooning in the same hotel with their new spouses, they not only fall […]

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Daisy Pulls It Off!

A Second Thoughts Drama Group Production Grangewood School. Some privileged students are determined to make life uncomfortable for Daisy. Find out how she cracks a secret code, scores the winning goal at hockey and saves the lives of sneaky Sybil and toady Monica! Based on Enid Blyton this is a spoof of the English school […]

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Bedroom Farce

A Second Thoughts Drama Group Production The mayhem unfolds as high-maintenance Trevor and Susannah blunder their way through the lives of long-married Ernest and Delia, endearing Malcolm and Kate, and long-suffering Nick and Jan. The critically-acclaimed Bedroom Farce is full of Alan Ayckbourn’s customary wit and arch observation of human nature. A sparkling comedy! Performed […]

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Stratford Literary Festival

Celebrating its 12th year in 2019, the Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is an exciting mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour. Alongside this is a programme of education events in Stratford and local schools involving favourite authors, poets and illustrators, entertaining and inspiring children from 2 to 18. The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is the […]

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Meet On The Ledge

Stratford-based folk-rockers Meet On The Ledge return to the Bear Pit for two concerts, which will be their first theatre gigs since the untimely loss of drummer Phil Vickers, who passed away in November 2017 after a long, brave battle with cancer. Armed with a new EP release featuring material written by Phil, MOTL are […]

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Sparrows in a Hat

A Second Thoughts Drama Group Production SPARROWS IN A HAT By Steve Farr Love’s Last Chance One hundred shows and counting! More than just a story of two fifty year olds desperately seeking real love in a world that seems to have something against them, Sparrows in a Hat is a story about last chances. […]

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Monkey: A Puppet Show

John Roberts and PuppetCraft (Suitable for ages 4+) TO BOOK TICKETS for Children’s Day, please call the Box Office on 01789 207100. Tickets £20 per child for events all day £35 for two children and £15 each subsequent child OR £5 per session Adults attending events: £3

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Seymour Stiffs: The Undertaker

SEYMOUR STIFFS – a darkly funny original one man show Seymour Stiffs is the anti-clown, the ageless undertaker who is dying to meet you, but dare you spend an hour in his company? Out of the darkness this minister of mirth and mayhem emerges. Charming, disarming, mysterious. Step into Seymour’s chapel of unrest but be […]

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Mumbo Jumbo by Sean Hughes

Multi award winning comedian Sean Hughes is back with a new show called Mumbo Jumbo. Sean talks about slipping into middle age and keeping on the right side of sanity. Throughout his life he has been battling to stay on the right side of sanity. This is because in middle age he has realised that […]

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Jungle Book

An in2theatre Production A new adaption of the Rudyard Kipling story by Tony Peters. A retelling of the classic Rudyard Kipling story of Mowgli the man child. The production includes a cast of wolves, monkeys and jungle animals interrupted by a flock of colourful and cheeky bird puppets.Songs, chants and live percussion are included in […]

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Amicantus: Songs for an Autumn Evening

An evening of music and songs brought to you by Amicantus and their Musical Director, Maddy Evans. Amicantus are delighted to return to the Bear Pit for an evening of varied musical items, including songs from the classical, musical theatre and pop genres. Amicantus is a group of 20 talented singers and close friends, and […]

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Robert Douglas-Fairhurst: The Story of Alice

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst: The Story of Alice Following his acclaimed life of Dickens, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst illuminates the tangled history of two lives and two books. Drawing on numerous unpublished sources, he examines in detail the peculiar friendship between the Oxford mathematician Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) and Alice Liddell, the child for whom he invented the Alice […]

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Successful self-publishing

Successful self-publishing with Joanna Penn This course is run in partnership with Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival 2015. The festival’s programme offers a range of events of all different styles encompassing talks, panel debates, workshops, in-conversations and readings for both adults and children, from 27 April until 2 May in Stratford-upon-Avon. Self-publishing is an empowering way for […]

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Frank: Just another Brother

A New Stuff Theatre Company Production Frank: Just another Brother. (Some of) The Life and Times of Francis of Assisi. By Ian Harris & Mark Spriggs. With Mark Spriggs as St Francis of Assisi. Sinner. Soldier. Saint. If, as history tells us, he was all of these things, what are we to make of the […]

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The Flying Ship

Presented by Popinjay Productions Written by J. Freeborn Our adaptation of the charming Russian folk tale ‘The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship’ is kindly supported by Arts Council England. Peter is a poor boy with a big imagination who dreams of adventure. The Tsar of Russia wants a Flying Ship in exchange […]

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HAMLET!

HAMLET! by William Shakespeare A CoIn Theatre Company production. CoIn Theatre Company’s “Hamlet!” examines human nature through the lens of Shakespeare’s rough black humour, and introduces a clown stunt in a new take on the classic. The international cast invites you – audience members who follow Hamlet as Horatio on his lurid journey – for […]

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Cyrano de Bergerac

A Second Thoughts Drama Group Production A play by Edmund Rostand and directed by Kate Sutcliffe The classic tragi-comic storyIn the annals of chivalry and love the name of the larger-than-life Gascon soldier and lover Cyrano de Bergerac stands tall.   Thwarted by his outer lack of grace Cyrano woos Roxanne by proxy through the […]

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Loveplay

A Second Thoughts Drama Group Production   Loveplay by Moira Buffini and directed by Alex Kapila One place…10 stories … 2000 years…   Are we destined to repeat mistakes in love, or can we learn from our past and find fulfilment? Often funny, sometimes melancholy and always quirky, Loveplay explores the relationships between love, sex, […]

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Agatha Crusty

A Phoenix Players Production An Hilarious whodunnit spoof presented by the Phoenix Players. Can Agatha Crusty solve the mystery before anyone else dies?   Written by Derek Webb and directed by the wonderful Paul Holtom it is sure to be an evening of hilarity!    Click here to find out more about the Phoenix Players

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Mrs Shakespeare

(Mrs) Shakespeare returns to life in female form after 400 years! Following a year of success for writer Ian Wild and actress Irene Kelleher, their eagerly awaited  play, ‘Mrs Shakespeare’, will be performing in Stratford Upon Avon’s  Bear Pit Theatre Theatre July 18th -July 23rdth 2016. ‘Mrs Shakespeare’ has achieved much critical acclaim receiving FIVE ★★★★★reviews and the Argus […]

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Meet On The Ledge

MEET ON THE LEDGE have spent two decades playing all over the UK and Europe with their unique mix of powerful original material and supercharged arrangements of traditional British folk classics. The band celebrated their 21st anniversary recently with the release of their fifth studio album, Long Shadows, which has had rave reviews in the […]

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Reaping Death & Seymour Stiffs

Reaping Death Anthony is a ‘rookie’ grim reaper who is eager to start his first day in his newly promoted role; he has his Death Incorporated Instruction Manual to hand and a winning smile, what more could he possibly need?  Well a mentor might help, oh and maybe if he knew which of the four […]

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Shakespeare’s R & J

Shakespeare’s R & J Written & Adapted by Joe Calarco Presented by Chapel Lane Theatre Company Four young prep school students, tired of going through the usual drill of conjugating Latin and other tedious school routines, decide to vary their very governed lives. After school, one breaks out a copy of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and […]

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Shadowlands

Shadowlands By William Nicholson Presented by Second Thoughts Drama Group Shadowlands is a biographical play (and also a film starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger) about the love-relationship between Oxford academic C. S. Lewis and American poet Joy Davidman, her tragic death from cancer, and how this challenged Lewis’ Christian faith. Lewis was perhaps most […]

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Ed Prosek

ED PROSEK with support from Linzi of Daisy Chain Quartet Ed Prosek is a Californian-born singer/songwriter now living in Brighton. Ed‘s first two EPs have earned widespread acclaim and a strong online following. He reased a double A-side single this summer and plans to release his latest ’Home’ EP this October. Ed will be bringing […]

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The Macabre Tales

The Macabre Tales is an original series of short plays paying homage to Rod Serling’s ‘The Twilight Zone’, and in celebration of the show’s 50th anniversary of being off the air. The production consists of four separate plays. Writer Kathryn Bakewell has carefully selected what she feels to be the most memorable and iconic moments from […]

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Possible Dreams International Choir

  This remarkable choir is composed of young people from the most remote and rural areas of the Lubombo Mountains of Swaziland, some of them are orphans, some of them HIV positive, and some amputees: all of them are united by a single purpose – Compassion. The young choir ranges in age from 16 to […]

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Snuffnuff’s Emporium & Slavery

  Bear Pit Theatre is delighted to be able to play host once again to Nuworks, the Australian Theatre Company as they stop off in Stratford upon Avon on their UK tour. Nuworks Theatre is a small and tight-knit ensemble based in Melbourne. They have performed consistently for the past twenty three years under the […]

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Tarantara Concert – United Reformed Church

TARANTARA is a mixed choir comprising over 50 enthusiastic singers whose aim is to enjoy performing a very mixed repertoire of music to the highest standard. The choir was formed in 2003. The group is regularly invited to perform its concerts to organisations and charities at venues across Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, on this occasion […]

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Fashionably Late

Ruth Rich and her family are planning a joint birthday party for Dad`s 60th and Fred`s 18th when tragedy strikes. Can the party go ahead? Should it? With a Will (actually despite the Will) the family find a way to celebrate family, love and all that matters in a unique fashion. Ginny Davis returns to […]

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Into the Breach

Written & performed by Mark Carey George Crocker is keen to liven up his dull life so he decides to join the Village Drama Club. What happens then turns his world upside down. Set during the Second World War this nostalgic, funny and moving story will appeal to all, from ten years and up. It is […]

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