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Archway Theatre

With Dame Judi Dench as their patron, the company's origins date back to 1939, although it was not until 1952 that performances were given under the arches of Horley railway station. Over the years they have built up an enviable reputation for high quality productions. They produce ten plays every year, each running for ten performances, plus a 'Panto' each January.

The Archway's youth workshop members perform a special production each June. Their new Studio Theatre now has an exciting programme over the year. The group is constantly looking for new members to take part in all aspects of the theatre. If you have what it takes to become part of this progressive, non professional theatre, please get in touch with them.

Membership of the Archway Theatre Club entitles you to receive newsletters, providing details of each production and to purchase tickets. It contains booking details and other information about the theatre. Membership for Club Members is £10.00 per year.
Membership of the company for acting and working backstage is £30.00 per year. Ticket prices are £12.00 for non-members and £10.00 for members. New members are always welcome. For further information please call 01293 784398 or email membership@archwaytheatre.co.uk.


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The Barn Theatre

The Barn TheatreThe Barn Theatre, purpose built as a local community theatre, was opened in 1924. It is largely constructed of timbers from a local 15th Century saw-mill barn and still serves its original purpose of linking the town of Oxted and the village of Limpsfield to provide a venue for social events. It now hosts plays, musical evenings and a variety of other entertainments by resident and non-resident local societies.

The Barn TheatreThe 244 seat theatre has a stage 24' x 18' which can be dressed with black curtains or accommodate a stage set, a 48 channel lighting control desk with a range of lanterns and two follow-spots and a 24 channel mixer to control the sound. There is a public address system, a tannoy, a backstage net, a hearing-aid loop, CCTV, dry-ice and smoke machines, a hazer, radio microphones, orchestra stands and lights and an electric piano. To the rear of the stage are four dressing rooms and a fully fitted kitchen and FOH is a bar and Green Room and a sweet-shop.

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Betchworth Operatic and Dramatic Society (BODS) was established in 1936. Since then, the Society has presented a wide range of operettas, musicals, plays and revues, with performances generally in May and November. Members are drawn from all over the borough and beyond, and recent productions have included 'MixedDoubles', 'Yeomen of the Guard' and 'The Beggar's Opera'.

There are also regular social events. Auditions for principal roles are open to all, whilst anyone is welcome to join the chorus without audition.

The society normally rehearses and performs in Betchworth Village Hall, just off the A25 between Reigate and Dorking. It's a fairly small but friendly group, where newcomers are always very welcome, BODSeither as performers or for backstage roles.

For more information please contact the chairman Stephen Tickell, 01737 760330, or mail info@bodsweb.com


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Chipstead Players

The Chipstead Players came into being in 1924 with a small group of people who enjoyed play readings, and has gradually grown into the organisation which flourishes today.

The society’s beautiful 94 seat Courtyard Theatre, with its own bar as well as great backstage facilities, was once a stable block and has now been lovingly restored by virtue of much hard work and enthusiasm from its members.

Since 1995 the society has been performing seven productions every year and it enjoys membership of around 300, including a thriving Youth Theatre. They would be delighted to welcome new comers as a member of the audience, or if they were interested in getting involved more actively, in any capacity with the group itself.

The Chipstead Players

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Gatton Community Theatre

Gatton Community Theatre Ltd is a registered charity that exists to create large scale, participatory theatre events by and for communities in Surrey. Its productions take place once every eighteen months. The use of unusual or unexpected locations plays a key part in GTC productions and it operates a truly representative community organisation.

The Gatton Community TheatreIn previous productions performers aged in range from 4 years to over 80 years and actors and musicians came from many diverse backgrounds. The company seeks to expand members’ professional training and development in a wide range of theatre skills and employs professional artistic directors to workshop, devise and direct its productions with a professional technical team. There are no restrictions on membership of the company, we do not charge a fee to belong or participate and it is open to all who are interested in performing arts and would like to become involved - either as cast member, backstage support or steward.
Contact Maggie Kippen, tel: 01737 832757

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Merstham Amateur Dramatic Society (MADS) was founded in 1930 (when rehearsals were conducted in evening dress!) and revived very successfully after the Second World War. They went on to become one of the foremost amateur societies in the area, performing at least twice a year at their home, the purpose-built little theatre which is Merstham Village Hall.

The opening of the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill brought new challenges and it is always a valuable experience for amateurs to perform on a professional stage. They have presented a number of productions there including 'Tom Jones' and 'The Heiress' by Henry James. They don't neglect their roots, however, and also perform at the refurbished Merstham Village Hall. 

A friendly Society, with a 'professional' outlook on their productions, MADS always strives for a high standard. For more information please contact: Chairman Ann Weaver on 01737 763320 or email ann_weaver@icloud.com.
MADS on the MOVE is the part of Merstham ADS which provides daytime live drama performances. Since the summer of 2002 they have been taking rehearsed one act play readings, sketches, etc. out into the community and this has provided a two-fold benefit. It entertains people who are unable to go to the theatre and it gives their members a chance to act without having to learn lines! New participants are always welcome but must be available in the daytime to rehearse and perform.

For more information please contact Barbara Garton on 01342 713061 or email barbara@glencourt.co.uk

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Orbit ShedORBIT Shed was established by the world famous Chickenshed in 2004. The aims of the charity are to advance education in the performing arts in the Borough, in particular but not exclusively targeting young people who are from a disadvantaged background, ethnic minority group or who have a special need.

All children are welcome. They will not only learn performing arts but also will learn teamwork. Their self-confidence and self-esteem will also increase when they see what they can achieve. The productions that are put on belong to the children and young people, they are the ones who come up with the ideas of what they would like to do, or how they are going to perform a particular piece of drama.

Orbit ShedThe sessions are run by Chickenshed trained workshop leaders and volunteer practitioners, and they are always looking for volunteers to help run the workshops. ORBIT Shed hold sessions during term time, at St Luke's Church, Church Road, South Park, Reigate on Tuesday evenings. There are three sessions each Tuesday between 4.15pm and 8.45pm for children aged 4-7, 7-11 and 11-17. They try to give a public performance at least once a year.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or to attend one of their taster sessions, which must be booked in advance, please contact Sharon Scotton on 07961 948804 or orbitshed@hotmail.co.uk.

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Oxted Players - TOPS

The society was formed under the name of the Student Players in 1946 and changed to the Oxted Players in 2000. They perform at the Barn Theatre, Bluehouse Lane, Oxted and produce at least two plays each year, plus a popular pantomime in January.
They are members of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association and in recent years have received three separate NODA awards for their plays. The society also regularly participates in the Southern Counties One Act Drama Festival, held annually at the Barn Theatre in February and they have had achieved notable successes over recent years. Open to all, membership spans ages 8 to 80 plus.

The Barn TheatreThe younger members can participate in professionally run workshops in the February half term and August holidays, when the children rehearse and perform their plays at the end of the week. In alternate years there is also a youth production. The group welcomes anyone interested in all areas of theatre including the technical and production side. For information please contact Pat Brown on secretary@oxtedplayers.co.uk or 07768525778.

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Polesdon Lacey Shakespeare

A registered educational charity, staffed by volunteers, the group performs Shakespeare’s comedies at Polesden Lacey with simple staging in the open air, just as Shakespeare intended, with tickets priced to make performances attractive to families, with all under 16s going free.

The society is committed to making The Bard’s plays as exciting and innovative as they were in his day, expanding interest in Shakespeare and providing educational opportunities in the form of free master classes, workshops and specially adapted plays for schools. From beginnings in 1951 the company draws on the very best amateur, semi-professional and professional actors from a wide area to produce Shakespeare to the very highest standard.

Polesdon Lacey ShakespeareThe main play takes place in July, over two weekends, and a recent addition to the repertoire is Pop Up Shakespeare, which takes place in June, again over two weekends. Short family friendly scenes and a mini-play are staged around the gardens, with audience participation (especially from children) positively encouraged.

For more information please contact Franki Gray, Marketing Director on 0781 843 8502 or communicando@hotmail.com, or see them on Facebook or Twitter.


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Prospero Theatre

Prospero TheatreProspero makes theatre and delivers projects that set out to engage, enrich and enable.

You can find them in schools and theatres, and the most unlikely of other places. They create experiences you will remember and lend you eyes to see new stories in new ways.

The Prospero umbrella includes Prospero Theatre School, Youth Arts, Inclusive Arts and Community Theatre Company. Their tag is 'exceptional art that speaks with the voice of an inclusive society' and their aim is to challenge their students (currently ages 6-61) in a safe and nurturing environment.

All participants are given the opportunity to perform in a variety of theatres and performance spaces, and to work with professional actors, directors and practitioners.

To find out what, where and how, contact Director Beth Wood on bethwood@prosperotheatre.com or call 07956 674 966.

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St. Mark's Players

St Mark's Players are based at St Mark's Hall, Alma Road, Reigate RH2 0DA, where they are often to be found rehearsing on Monday and Wednesday evenings from September through to May.

The group aims to stage at least two productions every year, one of which is likely to be a popular supper show.

In recent years productions have featured plays by Noel Coward, Willy Russell, J B Priestley, John Godber and Alan Ayckbourn.

There's plenty of opportunity to contribute, whether on stage, backstage or front of house. So if you would like to be involved with a friendly group of people in putting on a play, contact the Chairman Maureen Peacock on 01737 223272.


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