Q – How did The Bear Pit get its name?

A – Our name was inspired by a combination of Warwickshire’s famous bear (with ragged staff) with a stage or performance area, hence ‘Bear Pit’. Our logo shows the Bear surrounded by a circle – the performance ‘pit’.

Q – Who runs The Bear Pit?

A – The Bear Pit Theatre Limited is run by a board of seven directors, the majority of whom have been involved in the theatre in one way or another for many years. The Bear Pit Theatre Company is led by Artistic Director – David Mears, who has extensive experience as a performer, producer and director.  The Bear Pit Theatre Limited is a not-for-profit company and a registered charity no: 1156259.

Q – Who are the Directors of The Bear Pit?

A – The Bear Pit is led by Chairman – Simon Allen, Vice Chairman – Pamela Hickson, Treasurer – David Derrington and Artistic Director – David Mears. Natalie Danks-Smith, Charlotte Froud, Roger Ganner and Lucy Rose complete the company.

Q – How do you assist patrons with disabilities?

A – Patrons with special needs are encouraged to contact the box office in advance and plan to arrive early for seating assistance. Unfortunately, sign language interpretation and audio description are not yet available.

Q – Can I cancel my booking?
A – Unfortunately, unless a performance is cancelled, we can’t refund you for your ticket. But if you are able to get your tickets back to the RSC Box Office at least 72 hours before the performance we can exchange the tickets for another performance or offer you a ticket credit, subject to an administration fee. To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Q – I’ve lost my tickets, will I still be able to get into a performance?
A – Yes. You can still come to the performance, so long as you have your order number. On the day of the performance you’ll need to bring it to the The Bear Pit Box Office from hour before the performance, together with some ID and we will reprint your tickets. We cannot send out duplicate tickets before the day of the performance.

Q – I have opted to collect my tickets from the Box Office, when can I collect them.
A – Your tickets can be collected in advance from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Box Office or at The Bear Pit Theatre from one hour before a performance.

Q – How much do tickets cost and how can I buy them?

A – The price of tickets is variable dependant upon the event. Ticket prices, including any concessionary rates, are shown against the events featured on this website and can be purchased in a number of different ways:

  • – in person at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre Box Office
  • – by selecting the “Buy Tickets” on line facility against each event
  • – by telephone: 01789 403416
  • – or on the door on the day of the performance

Q – I love the plays I’ve seen at The Bear Pit. How can I keep abreast with new productions?

A – Go to the ‘Contact Us’ section within this website, submit your details to us and ask to be placed on the list to receive our monthly newsletter.

Q – How do I get to The Bear Pit Theatre?

A – You will find our address and a map on the ‘Contact Us’ section of this site.

Q – I’d like to play a part in helping The Bear Pit.  Where do I start?

A – Well we’d like to thank you for your interest for starters!

There are a number of ways to make a contribution to The Bear Pit depending on your availability, skills or preferences. Details of how you can help are to be found on the ‘Friends of The Bear Pit’ or ‘Sponsorship’ sections of this website.

Q – What are the best seats in the house?

A – One of the reasons we are proud of our ‘little theatre’ is that it is very intimate. In addition, the seating is raked and therefore every seat offers a clear unobstructed view of the stage and the performers.

Q – How can I hire the theatre – the space sounds ideal for my purposes?

A – The Bear Pit Theatre lends itself to a number of different uses and a description of the facilities we offer are outlined in ‘The Venue’ on this site. Please email us at info@thebearpit.org.uk to discuss your requirements.