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Headgate Theatre Productions (HTP) was established to ensure that the theatre programme included a wide range of drama to complement the plays produced by our hirers. It also is a means of generating revenue to help run the building. HTP is rightly proud of its growing reputation which is reflected in positive audience feedback and extensive nominations and awards. We aim to attract a diverse and talented range of directors and as a minimum the annual programme will always include a ‘classic’ , a contemporary play, a comedy, and a pantomime.

HTP runs open auditions and all of the technical creative activity is undertaken by volunteers.


March – I Love You Because (Musical) Directed by Shannon Hannah
May – Titus Andronicus, Adapted by Maggi Fisher, Directed by Andrew Hodgson
June – Mosquitoes by Lucy Kirkwood Directed by Wendy Smith
August – A production by Headgate Young Company, Directed by Richard Bland
October – She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, Directed by Jenny Burke
November – Frankenstein Directed by Dr. Paul Davies
December – Cinderella, directed by Sarah Young



Friends, Romans, thespians! FRANKENSTEIN – COME AND AUDITION!! You may think you know the story. You may think you know…


We are thrilled to announce that Paul T. Davies will direct the classic Gothic horror story Frankenstein as part of…

January 2022: Director Call out HTP 2023 Season

Headgate Theatre Productions, an amateur group,  welcomes expressions of interest from potential directors for the 2023 season (January – December).…

January 2022: Headgate Theatre Director’s Workshop

Sunday 20th February, 11am – 4pm Many people are keen to direct a play but maybe unsure of where to…

Latest News: Mosquitoes auditions go online

There is a further change to audition plans for Mosquitoes. Auditions are now being held on Zoom to make this…

January 2022: Full cast list for Titus Andronicus announced

The full cast list for our Headgate Theatre Production of Titus Andronicus, scheduled to be performed in May 2022, is…

December 2021: Audition for Mosquitoes postponed until January 2022

Following the recent warnings about the Omicron variant and forthcoming changes in the Government's COVID restrictions, we have decided to…

November 2021: Audition Notice – Mosquitoes by Lucy Kirkwood – directed by Wendy Smith

Do you think that you might find the Higgs Boson in the Headgate Theatre? Well we are going to look…

October 2021: Open Auditions – I Love You Because – 27th October

The first Headgate Theatre Productions musical show. Music by Joshua Salzman, Lyrics & Book by Ryan Cunningham. A Contemporary Musical…

September 2021: Open Auditions – Titus Andronicus – 3rd, 6th & 24th October

“In a world of chaos and disorder, “Titus Andronicus” feels chillingly contemporary.” “Titus” is one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays; his…

We welcome interest from performers, directors and those who might help with technical support (lighting, sound, stage management).


We run open auditions for most Headgate Theatre Productions and tend to audition around 6-9 months in advance of a planned production. All auditions are advertised on our Facebook page, and in our What’s On monthly newsletter, with detailed information – character requirements/rehearsal plan etc. made available on this website.

We endeavour to make the auditions as non-threatening as possible. In certain circumstances we reserve the right to limit the numbers auditioning.


We welcome expressions of interest from new and experienced directors. Our programme of plays is usually developed from May – October of each year.

Following consideration of proposals by a small sub-committee, directors are allocated a “champion” to ensure that there is good communication, a budget is developed (over which the director exercises significant control) a rehearsal programme is agreed, and technical support is identified.


The technical support for Headgate Theatre Productions is drawn from our team of volunteers.

We always welcome new people with an interest or skills in lighting, sound, scenic design/painting, costume making or stage management (including making or sourcing props). Preparation for our annual pantomime requires lots of input and usually starts in the late summer. We are open to discussion with students (16+) who need to produce props or items as part of their studies.

To express an interest or find out more about directing or providing technical support for Headgate Theatre Productions, please contact David or Dawn King on 01206 530257 / 01206 366041 or email

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