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The Theatre is currently Closed

18th March until to be advised 2020

Theatre News- August 2020

We have been monitoring closely the announcements by Government concerning the Performing Arts and since our last bulletin at the beginning of August there has been some slightly positive news, albeit of limited application to non-professional theatres.

What is clear, however, is that at the moment there is no prospect of the GWT being able to mount live performances because, as we understand it, there would have to be a limit of 30 people allowed in the building and that includes the cast, crew and support team, leaving very little room for an audience!

So what are we doing?

Our plays

We have already announced, adopting the contingency plan which is in place, that the production of Pygmalion will now be postponed until the beginning of the 2021/2 season, with new production dates of 9-16 October 2021. The production of Birdsong, planned for this November, will also now roll over until next year and has new dates of 6-13 November 2021.


We remain positive about the possibility of holding auditions for part of the Season, using an appointment system, during the autumn. We have tentatively identified 4 October 2020 for the first set of auditions for our January, February and March productions. We believe that, with sensible precautions in place, to make the process Covid-secure, we will be able to capture some of the latent enthusiasm of our acting members. So if you are keen to audition, please watch this space (and the September edition of Whitwords) for further announcements.

Don’t’ forget that, if you have not already done so, click here to download and complete the audition form and email to the relevant director(s) and to the email address on the form. You'll find director's email addresses on their audition information here on the website.  (If you are interested in more than one play you can say so on the form).

Until we are back on Stage

Our fantastic Youth Group have now completed a Zoom recording of The Railway Children, and this is currently being edited for broadcasting, but on this occasion to members only.

We have started rehearsing a piece of new writing with a small group of members and we hope that the relaxed rules may allow this to be filmed on stage (in a socially distanced manner) and broadcast, in the autumn, via the website, to members and non-members.

We are also looking at the possibility of making audio recordings of some popular radio plays, for scheduled broadcast via the website. This would provide an opportunity to widen the involvement of our acting members and offer you all the chance to have some live drama from GWT back on the calendar.

Looking further ahead

Despite the fact that full scale performances on stage are on hold at GWT, and we are rolling plays over for twelve months, there is still a vital and exciting role for the members of the Drama Committee to plan for the future and to start the process, after the AGM in October, of selecting directors and plays to fill the available slots in 2021/22. And in the meantime the Trustees are looking to the Drama Committee to drive the process of getting live performance back on stage as soon as safely possible.

So now, as never before, we need to see a full complement of members on the Drama Committee and it needs members with experience and enthusiasm to step up to the plate to fill the three vacancies which will exist at the AGM. Your Theatre needs you!

Nominations for election to the Drama Committee should be made in writing with a proposer and seconder and signed by the nominee and sent to or to 4 Downs Valley, Hartley DA3 7RA by September 3rd 2020.

When can I book tickets?

We know that all our GWT audience members are anxious to know when the theatre will re-open and when they can start booking seats. Please be assured that we will let you know as soon as we are sure that we can open the theatre safely but if you have any queries about booking tickets in the meantime, please contact our Box Office Manager, Lesley Robins, on 0208 857 8664 or

And a message for our members who have requested vouchers for complimentary tickets.

We have a record of all your requests, with voucher numbers and what they are worth. 

As and when we are able to re-open we will be in touch about your vouchers and how you will be able to book your tickets.

26th August 2020