The Bear Pit Theatre

The Bear Pit Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon: Hours, Address, The Bear Pit Theatre Reviews: 5/5

The Bear Pit Theatre
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6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
1:30 PM - 10:00 PM
About
The Bear Pit Theatre is Stratford-upon-Avon’s first and only ‘little’ theatre in heart of Shakespeare’s historic Warwickshire town. We produce our own production under the banner of The Bear Pit Theatre Company but we also welcome other community theatre groups to hire our venue throughout the year. Our venue has a 100 seat auditorium and boast a relaxing Cafe Bar, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities. Parking is adjacent to the venue and is a 5 minute walk from the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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thescarywife
Melbourne, Australia16 contributions
Mar 2020
We saw one of The Norman Conquests at The Bear Pit Theatre on Saturday 7 March and had a great time - the cast were excellent, the theatre is a great space. This was a highlight of our trip to Stratford
Written 17 March 2020
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Mel H
2 contributions
Feb 2020
The Bear Pit never disappoints. An excellent production, cleverly produced, brilliantly acted in a super, intimate theatre.
All staff were very helpful.
We are so lucky to have such a gem on our doorstep.
Written 8 March 2020
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Alf M
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK17 contributions
Mar 2020
An intimate theatre (90 seats) which puts on quolity productions. The latest Alan Ayckbourn 'Norman Conqest' trilogy is a riot - see it whilst you can. Currently not sold out, (the Chinese haven't come to Stratford), so you can buy a ticket on the night.

Drinks in the bar before and interval are not expensive - which all adds up to an enjoyable evening.
Written 4 March 2020
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Many thanks for your comments. We note you’ve only scored at 4. We’d love to know where we can improve to gain a 5 from you. Judging from your review you clearly enjoyed your time with us.
Written 4 March 2020
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PWJL
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK21 contributions
Mar 2020
We went to the Beat Pit Theatre yesterday to see one part of the Norman Conquests trilogy by Alan Ayckbourn. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. The well-written play was superbly acted - professional standard performances by amateur actors. We are seeing the other two parts of the trilogy tonight and tomorrow night. [The only thing we don't like about the theatre is its name.]
Written 4 March 2020
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Many thanks for your positive review. Specifically what do you not like about the name of the venue? The venue is called The Bear Pit Theatre for a number of reasons: 1. The bear has been a symbol of Warwickshire since the middle ages, and it's first known use was in 1268, when the Beauchamps (beech-ums)became earls of Warwickshire. It has been used since then across Warwickshire, on coats of arms, signs, and as the crest of the county council. 2. The Pit is our performance space and a place where our actors brilliantly, bruisingly and beautifully tell their stories. 3. The Bear Pit is laid out in a circle making everyone who is sitting in the auditorium equal. In our in-the-round configuration this makes complete sense, with all audiences being up close a personal to the action and no bad seats in the house in terms of sight lines and audibility.
Written 4 March 2020
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Juliet G
1 contribution
Feb 2020
The Bear Pits own Company productions (as opposed to the visiting companies which also use this little theatre) rarely fail to impress and this production was super impressive. The Norman Conquests, by Alan Ayckbourn, may be a trilogy but each play stands on its own and can be seen by itself if you're only in town for one night. Luckily, we are locals and we've just seen the last of the trilogy and laughed through each and every one of the plays as the clever writing was used to it's absolute best by this excellent cast, steered by an imaginative and skilled director.... who has also worked for the RSC so they know when they're on to a good thing. Everything from the welcoming front of house staff to the friendly volunteers behind the stylish newly refurbished bar is done as professionally as possible, so if you're a tourist, check it out, you will be very welcome. If you're a local, you have absolutely no excuse not to be on the mailing list if you are a theatre lover. If you're not, on the mailing list that is, you will surely miss out on future treats..... And for very reasonably priced tickets too. The Norman Conquests is running for another 10 days, and the brave cast will be running the entire trilogy on the last day, the 14th of March. Don't miss it!!!!
Written 4 March 2020
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Chris B
Warwick, UK10 contributions
Mar 2020
Don't miss this terrific revival of Alan Ayckbourn's classic trilogy at The Bear Pit theatre. The audience were laughing out loud at Norman's antics, but all of the 'business' in this sparkling production made us smile. The new 'in the round' seating works well for this show, creating a great sense of involvement. Recommended.
Written 4 March 2020
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Colleen M
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK6 contributions
Feb 2020
The Alan Ayckbourn trilogy, The Norman Conquests is proving a great success with my friends and me. The new layout (in the round), makes the whole experience more intimate. The actors are superb. It's funny, with the timing spot on. Never a hitch, so congratulations to everyone involved in seemless productions. We are really looking forward to the final play in the trilogy this week.
Bookings can be made on line via the RSC Theatre, who accept credit card payments.
Written 1 March 2020
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Annedeg41
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK55 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We were very impressed by the performance of ‘Round and Round the Garden ‘ at the Bear Pit theatre. A huge amount of time and expertise has been invested . We really liked the theatre in the round which allowed so many people to have front row seats. Fortunately we do not have to wait long to see the next two plays in this trilogy.
Highly recommended.
Written 1 March 2020
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scooter61_8
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK11 contributions
Feb 2020
Went to see the final part - Round and Round the garden, directed by Nicky Cox, excellent production, the space has been transformed into the round, works exceptionally well, making this a great versatile theatre. Always a good standard here.
Written 1 March 2020
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StratauntyP
Stratford-upon-Avon, England, United Kingdom23 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We are regular visitors to the Bearpit and last nights performance of Living Together by Ayckbourn did not disappoint. The theatre production was ‘in the round’, this was a change from the usual layout and we all thought it was a great change that we enjoyed.
The acting was spot on, not a prompt in sight! The set was a little disappointing and props not quite right. We had a great evening and look forward to the next play from the Norman Conquests trilogy next week. The new cafe bar was a revelation and well worth a visit before the performance, congratulations to all that have worked so hard.
Written 29 February 2020
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Dear Stratauntyp, Many thanks for your positive review about Living Together. We are really pleased you enjoyed the majority of the show. I note your comment about the props not being “quite right”. At Bear Pit we like to get things right. We’d really appreciate it if you could let us know a few more details about which props weren’t quite right, so that we can rectify this for the remainder of The Norman Conquest run, which finishes on 14 March. Please do let us know. In meantime, we very much look forward to welcoming you back to the other two Norman Conquest shows: Round and Round the Garden and Table Manners.
Written 1 March 2020
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The Bear Pit Theatre is open:
  • Mon - Fri 18:30 - 22:00
  • Sat - Sat 13:30 - 22:00


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