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The Theatre is currently Closed

18th March until to be advised 2021



The Rose and Crown – April 8th, 9th and 10th

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.  THIS LINK WILL BE ACTIVE FROM 6PM ON THURSDAY 8TH APRIL.

https://youtu.be/ahKf4cPvK9U

Our latest “virtual” production is The Rose and Crown, by J.B. Priestley.  Directed by Lawrence Watling and starring several GWT regulars, it’s a ghost story (hooray!) set in a pub (double hooray!) in North London in 1946. The locals are bemoaning their lot in life. Suddenly, a mysterious stranger appears - offering them all a choice – and we learn what these characters are really like. What is the stranger’s proposal? Who is the stranger? Want to know more?   So do we! 

Due to licencing restrictions the broadcast will be available from April 8th until April 10th only so there’s no time to waste!

Auditions – Save the dates!

We fervently hope, of course, that we will be re-opening in October with PYGMALION and proceeding through the rest of our 2021-2022 season without interruption!  We can’t wait. So we’re thinking positively and - all being well – we will be preparing for that by holding auditions for the 2021-2022 season at the GWT on

Sunday 27th June
Sunday 4th July
Sunday 11th July

We’ll be announcing further details soon so make sure you keep an eye on this page, your email inbox, and Facebook but, in the meantime, if you’re interested in auditioning (and we REALLY hope you are!) please pop these dates into your diary!

Season Update

We can confirm that the remainder of our planned 2020-2021 season has now been cancelled.  Our intention is that THE AUDIENCE and TWELFTH NIGHT will both now form part of our 2022-2023 season.

Theatres Trust

Members may remember that the installation of our accessible loo was supported by those lovely people at the Theatres Trust.  Well, they have done it again, and we’re the very grateful recipients of a grant for all the stuff we’ll need to ensure that we can re-open our theatre safely and responsibly.  For example, screens, masks, signage etc.  Theatres Trust Director, Jon Morgan, says “We are beginning to look forward to a time when theatres can reopen, welcome audiences back inside and continue to play a vital role in their communities. Following a difficult year, Theatres Trust is delighted to be able to support the Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre, a much-loved community theatre, with its plans for a safe reopening”.  Thank you Theatres Trust!

Previous online projects

If you’re missing the thrill of “live” performance you’re not alone.  So are we!  But in common with many other arts organisations our creative writers, actors and directors have found opportunities to continue to make theatre, with a series of projects which we’ve been delighted to share with you. 

Mrs Warren’s Profession

If you missed our fabulous serialised audio version of George Bernard Shaw’s “Mrs Warren’s Profession” you can catch up with all four episodes on our You Tube channel.  It will remain there for you to enjoy!

Earlier in 2020 the short pieces you can see here – all involving GWT members you’ll probably recognise - were submitted to the written voice new writing event, which formed part of an Arts Festival usually presented live at the Stag Theatre. To keep the event alive during 2020 written voice wanted to make films and recordings of the pieces instead.

The Devil you Don’t

Written by Alice Higginson-Clarke this short play stars GWT actors Catherine Addy and Hannah Holland in a story of two young women ‘doing their bit’ for the refugee crisis. It is a story of friendship, dodgy driving and uncomfortable realisations. Thank you for supporting our theatre in these troubled times. This project was filmed in Covid-Safe settings whilst observing restrictions.

Click here to view this play

Sitting in Silence

Written by Mike Higginson, this short play examines the devastating after effects of the First World War on people of all walks of life. The cast features GWT actors; Maurice Tripp, Paul Harris, Lisa Harris, Katie Webster, Alice Higginson-Clarke, Dominic Higginson-Clarke, Gaynor Griffin and Sue Higginson.  This project was filmed in Covid-Safe settings whilst observing restrictions.

Click here to view this play

Tortoise

This monologue is taken from the play Tortoise written by Lisa Whitbread and performed by Gerald Bishop. Peter lives alone, he says quite happily and then his daughter decides to make his decisions for him. 

Click here to view this play

Zoom; Dogs and Dinosaurs

Sue’s embraced ALL the technology to keep in touch with her friends and family. But where does a Romanian dog rescuer fit in – and who on earth are Nips, Lethal and Dyson? This funny and touching monologue is written, and performed, by Brenda Joyce.

Click here to view this play

written voice is run by GWT members Lisa and Paul Harris; find them at https://www.facebook.com/writtenvoicetheatre/

8th April 2021