Brentwood Theatre Company

Brentwood THEATRE Company - a different approach
For most of the year, Brentwood Theatre is a 'hall for hire' which means that we have little input into productions, other than doing all we can to support and assist the many local groups and performing societies who call us 'home'. But at Christmas, we produce a run of around FORTY performances of a show of our choice.

Whilst the lack of regular arts funding may make our budgets very tight, we do try to find the time to make the audition process and, for successful actors, their employed time with us professional yet as fun as possible.

We are an open and honest company and will let you know as much about us before you audition so that you can decide if we are the right company for you. And even if we do not cast you, we will feedback the full reasons, should you wish.

As well as a wage for the two weeks of rehearsals and four weeks of performance, through our network of fabulous supporters, we can also provide free accommodation in their homes.

Finding our ideal cast is a two-way process : you need to know about us just as much as we need to find out about your performing skills AND your off-stage personality. A full information pack is issued to all those who express an interest in performing at Brentwood Theatre and we sincerely hope that it will help you to choose to come along and try out an audition with us. The information pack that was issued for those who auditioned for Through The Looking Glass can be seen here by clicking here

Christmas Productions
For Christmas 2017, auditions will take place on Sunday 10 September, you may be needed ALL DAY.

For further details please contact Bex by email by clicking here

New to Brentwood Theatre?
This video was our promotion for Alice in Wonderland from December 2016

For pictures of other past productions, please go to our Flickr Account.

We also have a developing YouTube Channel which you can view by clicking here

Reviews of past shows

For reviews of Through The Looking Glass, please click on the links below:

Michael Gray's Arts Blog

For reviews of The Wind in the Willow, please click on the links below:

Michael Gray's Arts Blog

Hornchurch Life

For reviews of Danny the Champion of the World, please click on the links below:

The Stage

Michael Gray's Arts Blog

For reviews of Hansel and Gretel, please click on the links below:

The Stage

Michael Gray's Arts Blog

For reviews of Peter Rabbit and his friends, please click on the links below:

The Stage

Michael Gray's Arts Blog

For reviews of Jemima Puddle-duck and her friends please click on the links below:

The Stage

Michael Gray's Arts Blog

Special Performances
Autism-Friendly Performance

Thursday, 19 December at 6pm

This relaxed performance is autism-friendly. For further information please visit Christmas 2017

A brief history
Brentwood Theatre Company was formed in 2002 when Mark Reed and David Zelly were appointed to manage the independent community theatre at Brentwood. The first show, selected and directed by Stephen Prater (who sadly passed away in early 2013), was David Wood’s Meg and Mog Show, which was a great success. When Mr Prater moved away, David Toltek was appointed Director and went on to direct three further David Wood musicals, The Nutcracker Sweet, The Gingerbread Man, and James and the Giant Peach.

In 2006, we were privileged to develop and perform a brand new show written by Simon James Green and John Trent Wallace, The Great Sleigh Robbery, which continued to build on the success.

In 2006, David Toltek also Directed Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens which brought together a company of nearly 100, and gave Brentwood Theatre Company its West End debut, with two well-received performances at The Fortune Theatre.

With David Toltek ‘retiring’ to Greece in 2008, we were very pleased to have persuaded Vernon Keeble Watson to direct Fantastic Mr Fox and The Twits, both very successful shows – in fact The Twits was our biggest ever with 4,100 tickets sold.

We were delighted to have worked with Ray Howes on The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner (2010), Jemima Puddle-duck and her friends (2011) and Peter Rabbit and his friends. (2012)

In 2013, Joseph C Walsh directed an innovative production of Hansel & Gretel.

Ray Howes then returned in 2014 to direct for another delightful David Wood adaptation of a Roald Dahl classic: Danny the Champion of the World, The Wind in the Willows in 2015, Through The Looking Glass in 2016.

We are delighted that Ray Howes will be directing Narnia in December 2017.

Brentwood Theatre is owned and maintained by Brentwood Theatre Trust, a registered charity. Whilst we pay neither rent (due to a special arrangement with Essex County Council) and receive a reduction in our rates (thanks to the generosity of Brentwood Borough Council) we do not receive any regular production funding and can only run projects which pay for themselves, therefore we rely upon an entire Company (both on-stage and off) which receives less-than-market rates, as well as a huge team of unpaid volunteers.

In recent years we have completed a major rebuild which now means we have proper backstage facilities including proper dressing rooms (replacing a collapsing ‘portacabin’), a new production office, a workshop and – most exciting of all – a new multi-use space which we have named The Audrey Longman Studio (named after a past chairman) which will be the Company’s home throughout the rehearsal period!

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