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19 April 2017

EAT 2017-2018 Season Production Auditions

Following our very successful ‘One Day of Auditions’ last year, we are pleased to announce that the EAT Auditions Day for 2017 will be Saturday 1st July from 10am – 5pm, bar open from 12. Please join us in what will be an exciting, fun and productive day of auditions for our 2017-2018 Season.

The running order of the six production’s auditions times will be announced nearer to the date.

14 April 2017

Advertising in the EAT Production Programmes

We have had inquiries from companies and individuals in regards to advertising their services within our production programmes. We are more than happy to assist and have put together the following price list for advertising.

Per Programme

Full page - £50.00. Half page - £30.00

X 3 Programmes
Full page - £125.00. Half page - £75.00

X 6 Programmes
Full page - £250.00. Half page - £150.00

Should you wish to advertise with us please drop Kevin Coward (EAT Publicity Officer) a line at coward.kevin@gmail.com and he will be happy to assist.

2 April 2017

New Season Launch night - 20th May

Please join us at the Theatre on Saturday 20th May as we host the New Season Launch night. The six new productions for the 2017/2018 season will be announced on the evening and, once again, the director for each production will introduce themselves and tell us about their hopes and plans for the shows.

Audition date (one day auditions, as we did so successfully last year), for the new shows will also be announced during the evening. Please come along at 7.30 for an 8.00 start. The bar will be opened at 7.30.

28 February 2017

Director RICHARD SELF introduces the play SKELLIG, in performance 8th - 15th April 2017

24 January 2017

MISS JULIE Cast in rehearsal. Performances start from 11 February 2017

20 January 2017

Cast confirmed for 'No Sex Please, We're British':

Peter Hunter: Kevin Coward
Frances Hunter: Helen Quinnell
Eleanor Hunter: Viv Stapleton
Brian Runnicles: Steve Padgham
Leslie Bromhead: Paul Friett
Superintendent Paul: Tony Henson
Mr. Needham: Kevin Onley
Susan: Shirley Andrews
Barbara: Dorothy Holmans
Delivery Man: Tony Donnelly

14 January 2017

Credit Cards payments

We will no longer be accepting credit cards at the Theatre as this facility has hardly been used in the past. You will, of course, be able to pay by credit or debit card when booking your seats with Ticketsource.

22 December 2016

Thank you for joining us for the official opening of our new signage and Christmas Carols evening. Here are some pictures from this events.

21 Novemnber 2016

We are currently working through the list of proposed productions for the 2017-2018 season, however, it is not too late if you would like to put yourself forward as a director.

If this is something that interests you, then please contact Helen England, our Director Co-Ordinator at edwardalderton@hotmail.co.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you.

03 September 2016

** OPEN DAY *** 10TH SEPTEMBER 2016 ***

On Saturday 10th September we will be holding an Open Day for anyone who is interested in visiting our theatre to meet our members or would like a tour of the venue. Come along for a cup of tea and a biscuit, or if you prefer something a little stronger, then our bar will be open from 12pm onwards.

Members of our Management & Drama Committees will be on hand to answer any of your questions and to show people around.

Our Chair, Liz Gillett, will be holding a training session at 11.30am for anyone interested in Stage Management. This will include an overview of all duties/responsibilities and how to operate the SM box. Full training and support will be given if you decide you want to take on a production.

Come along and support your local theatre. We hope to see lots of you there!

12 July 2016

Work weekend 13th/14th August

10 am start

This is the weekend where we do all the little maintenance jobs , painting ,tidy garden props costumes and box office to spruce up our Theatre for the coming season

This is essential work so please help if you can even if it's only a couple of hours it will be very much appreciated

There will be a BBQ on the Sunday with a free drink and a chance to socialise

This will be proceeded by a fire drill we have just had a new system fitted and need as many Front of House and seat 11 people to attend it is also a stipulation of our lease.

23 June 2016

Calling All Ladies interested in Fashion and Costume.

We are looking for new members for our costume team.

If you can sew on a button ! shop at charity shops and like a natter, and have a few hours to give each month then come and join us.

For more information please contact

lizgillett212@aol.com or come along to our social evening every Wednesday apart from show week from 8pm

15 June 2016

Cast change: Lend Me a Tenor (Non-Musical Version), in performance 23-30 July 2016

Darren Cullen (Max), Charlotte Jacobs (Maggie Saunders), Kevin Coward (Tito Merelli), Van Corbould (Maria Merelli), Linda Gay (Diana), Viv Stapleton (Julia) and Seb White (Bellhop), Nicholas Hewitt (Henry Saunders)

Director: Nicholas Hewitt,
Stage Manager & Co-Director: Laura Cakebread
Lighting: John Gardner
Sound: Mick Taylor
Prompt: Louise Ody

World-renowned tenor Tito Merelli has signed on to play Otello at a Cleveland operacompany in the fall of 1934. He arrives late and, through a set of crazy circumstances, passes outafter mixing wine with a huge dose of tranquilizers. Believing that the divo is dead, the excitableopera manager taps his hapless assistant, an aspiring singer named Max, to suit up as the Moorand replace Merelli. Meanwhile, the tenor’s jealous wife, his ambitious female co-star, Max’s younggirlfriend and the flirtatious head of the opera guild are on the scene fighting—sometimes literally—for the star’s attention...

10 June 2016


Congratulations to the following people who have been successfully cast in our February 2017 production of ‘Miss Julie’.

Director: Suzanne Harris

Miss Julie: Clare Elizabeth Mcnamara-Ledger

Jean: Stephen Maylon

Kristin: Louise Ody

'Miss Julie' is in performance from Saturday 11th February 2017 to Saturday 18th February 2017
(No Sunday performance).

9 June 2016


Congratulations to the following people who have been successfully cast in our April 2017 production of ‘Skellig’.

Director: Richard Self

Ensemble cast as follows:

Chris Cole

Kevin Coward

Aisling Dunne

David George

Maureen Hardwen

Eleanor McEnery

Daniel O'Brien

Ciara O'Hare

Jennifer Walker

'Skellig' is in performance from Saturday 8th April 2017 to Saturday 15th April 2017
(No Sunday Show).

8 June 2016


Congratulations to the following people who have been successfully cast in our May/June 2017 production of ‘Bracken Moor’.

Director: Ian Welch

Edgar Pritchard/Eileen Hannaway: Aisling Dunne

Elizabeth Pritchard: Rachel de Silva

Harold Pritchard: Nigel Taylor

Terence Avery: Daniel O'Brien

Vanessa Avery: Eileen Warner

Geoffrey Avery: Kevin Coward

John Bailey/Dr Gibbons: Richard Self

'Bracken Moor' is in performance from Saturday 27th May 2017 to Saturday 3rd June 2017
(No Sunday Show).

Message from the Director:

'Congratulations to all concerned! There was an excellent turn-out for the audition, with a very high standard of acting and I was in the very privileged position as a Director of being spoilt for choice. Thank you to everybody concerned for all of their hard work and enthusiasm.' Ian.

7 June 2016


Congratulations to the following for successfully being cast in ‘Blithe Spirit’, our first production of the new season:

Director: Viv Stapleton

Charles Condomine: Ian Welch

Ruth Condomine: Rachel de Silva

Dr Bradman: Stuart Pinel

Mrs Bradman: Helen Quinnell

Madame Arcati: Maureen Hardwen

Elvira: Linda Gay

Edith: Ciara O'Hare

'Blithe Spirit' is in performance from Saturday 22nd October 2016 to Saturday 29th October 2016
(No Sunday Show).

6 June 2016


Congratulations to the following people who have been cast in ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.

Eric Whiting - Ebeneezer Scrooge


Curtis Boylan

Susie Clarke

David George

Liz Gillett

Melinda Hunt

Vivien McQuillan

Ciara O'Hare

Stuart Pinel

Gary Larnder

Directed by Keith Neville.

Well done to all of you!

Performance dates 10th December 2016 to 17th December 2016
(no Sunday show).

10 April 2016

On behalf of the EAT Drama Committee, we are pleased to announce our new season for 2016-2017:

‘Blithe Spirit’ by Noel Coward – In performance 22nd October 2016 to 29th October 2016
(Director Viv Stapleton)

‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens – In performance 10th December 2016 to 17th December 2016
(Director Keith Neville)

‘Miss Julie’ by August Strindberg – In performance 11th February 2017 to 18th February 2017
(Director Suzanne Harris)

‘Skellig’ by David Almond – In performance 8th April 2017 to 15th April 2017
(Director Richard Self)

‘Bracken Moor’ by Alexi Kaye Campbell – In performance 27th May 2017 to 3rd June 2017
(Director Ian Welch)

‘No Sex Please We’re British’ by Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott – In performance 22nd July 2017 to 29th July 2017
(Director Roz Betts)

Auditions will be held on Sunday 29th May 2016. Times as follows:

‘No Sex Please We’re British’ – 10am-11am

‘Miss Julie’ – 11am-12pm

‘Blithe Spirit’ – 12pm-1pm

‘Skellig’ – 2pm-3pm

‘A Christmas Carol’ – 3pm-4pm

‘Bracken Moor’ – 4pm-5pm

9 April 2016

Launch Night & 40th Birthday Celebrations
What an amazing night! Our official Launch Night was an overwhelming success and it was wonderful to see so many new and old faces join us to celebrate our 40th anniversary! We hope that you all had an enjoyable evening and look forward to seeing you all again very soon. Remember, social nights are held every Wednesday and are open to all. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to get in touch and a member of our Drama Committee will be happy to help. Again, thank you to everyone for making last night such a special occasion.

28 February 2016

AGM summary
Our AGM was held on Tuesday 23rd February 2016 and we saw Sarah O’Hanlon, Mark Campbell & Roz Betts step down from the committee. We would like to extend our thanks to them for the outstanding service they have offered to the EAT over the years.

The rest of the committee were returned and two new members joined us. Timothy Webb joins us as a member without portfolio and Liz Gillett as our new Chair. I know they are both delighted to be on board and looking forward to starting their work!

In other news; our new 5 year lease is due to be signed in April and we are having all our auditorium seats renovated, along with a new fire alarm system installed. We are also looking into upgrading our external signage to make the theatre more visible.

Whilst we have had some difficult times recently (and this was reflected in the meeting overall), it was a fantastically positive evening! Everyone at the theatre is looking forward to a brighter, more stable future where we can build on the excellent work done over the past 40 years at the EAT.

12 February 2016

AGM on Tuesday 23 February
Our AGM will be held on Tuesday 23 February 2016 at 8.15pm. As many of you know, several members of our current committee are standing down and, as such, it offers an opportunity for those of you who would like the chance to serve on the EAT Committee either to put yourself forward or to nominate someone who you feel would be an asset to the committee (it is a good idea to check with them first!). The three committee members who are standing down are Sarah, our chair, and Mark and Roz, our Artistic Directors (this position has been replaced by the Drama Committee). Therefore there are three committee places available—the five other members are prepared to restand.

Serving on the committee involves attending meeting approximately six times a year to discuss all aspects of the theatre and make decisions based on those discussions. It has been a challenging time for the EAT in terms of the building works, lease negotiations, internal improvements and declining audience numbers and theatre members. We still have many challenges and no doubt will come across more in the future. But with the building works now completed and the council reopening active negotiations regarding our lease and our Drama Committee planning an exciting new season, this is a great time to join the EAT committee and help mould the future of our wonderful little theatre.

If you are interested, then please contact Karen Friett on 07976905437 or karenfriett@aol.com and she will be delighted to discuss it with you.

7 February 2016

Cast change for The Golden Age of Radio Comedy
With great sadness, Roz Betts has had to bow out of our February show due to a minor accident. In her place we are happy to announce that Viv Stapleton will be stepping into the shoes of the one-and-only Betty Marsden. Please click here to watch the trailer on YouTube.

20 January 2016

Casting announced for Lend Me a Tenor
Congratulations to the following people who have been cast in our July 2016 show: Darren Cullen (Max), Niti Williamson (Maggie Saunders), Kevin Coward (Tito Merelli), Van Corbould (Maria Merelli), Sara Bowers (Diana), Viv Stapleton (Julia) and Steve Padgham (Bellhop). The role of Henry Saunders is yet to be cast. Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig (the non-musical version) is directed by Nick Hewitt and is in performance 23-30 July 2016. Please note there is a minor cast alteration to Uncle Vanya: Ian Welsh is now playing Vanya, while Mark Campbell is Dr Astrov and Steve Hunt is Serebryakov.

07 December 2015

Carols evening
We will be holding our traditional evening of carol songs on Wednesday 16 December at the bar from 8pm—all welcome!

17 October 2015

Cast chosen for Radio Shows
We are delighted to announce the following cast for our February 2016 show The Golden Age of Radio Comedy. Congratulations to Ian Long, Kevin Coward, Steve Padgham, Mark Campbell, Michael Taylor and Roz Betts , who will be playing various roles in The Goon Show, Steptoe and Son and Round the Horne. The show is produced and directed by Sarah O'Hanlon and Mark Campbell.

10 October 2015

Drama Committee appointed
Following on from Roz Betts and Mark Campbell stepping down as joint Artistic Directors, it has been agreed that a group of EAT members will now work together as a Drama Committee. This committee consists of Liz Gillett, Steve Padgham, Helen Rowe, Richard Self and Viv Stapleton.

Helen Rowe says: “As a collective, we hope to bring a new and fresh approach to the productions that we put on at the theatre. We are currently looking for people to direct shows for the forthcoming 2016-2017 season and this is your chance to get involved. If you or anyone you know has a desire to direct, whether it is a musical, play or showpiece then please contact me about a script that you wish to put forward. On the other hand, if you fancy directing but are unsure as to what, then again, please feel free to contact me as we have a range of productions that we can hopefully offer you.

Our first committee meeting will be within the next few weeks. This will be our chance to bring all your ideas to the table and discuss the possibility of all forthcoming shows, in what we hope will be an exciting and diverse new season. I look forward to hearing from you all!”

If you would like to contact the Drama Committee, please send an email to edwardalderton@hotmail.co.uk.

16 January 2015

TicketSource to take over bookings
A sp
ecialist theatre booking agency called TicketSource will be taking over all bookings for the Edward Alderton Theatre from 1 March 2015. The current Box Office telephone number will apply until the final performance of Antigone, after which a brand new telephone number will be used for all future performances. That number will be publicised on all future publicity material, alongside this website and all social media platforms. Alongside that, for the first time, patrons will be able to book their own seats online, using TicketSource, with no additional fee. Telephone bookings will incur a flat £1.50 service fee which includes ticket delivery.

The Edward Alderton Theatre is a non-professional performance venue in Bexleyheath, Kent, founded in 1976. It has a raked auditorium seating 74, a proscenium stage, a fully licensed bar, a deaf loop, toilets and free onsite parking. Smoking is strictly prohibited anywhere on the premises. Performances commence at 8pm. Social evenings are held every Wednesday from 9pm, except during show weeks. Non-members welcome.

This Season

Blithe Spirit
by Noel Coward

22 - 29 October 2016


A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

10 - 17 December 2016


Miss Julie
by August Strindberg

11 - 18 February 2017


by David Almond

8 - 15 April 2017


Bracken Moor
by Alexi Kaye

27 May - 3 June 2017


No Sex Please We're British
by Alistair Foot & Anthony Marriott

22 - 29 July 2017