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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 is also 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, as seen at the recent North Essex Theatre Guild Awards. More info HERE

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 cast from open auditions, and more details can be found on the specific audition notice for each production. All productions are licensed for amateur performance.

HTP welcome expressions of interest from those who might want to take on backstage, costume or technical roles, act as rehearsal prompts or be involved in prop making/scenic painting.


A Monster Calls based on the novel by Patrick Ness

Wed 3rd – Sun 7th July 2024

Headgate Young Company. Directed by Paul T Davies.

Conor (evenings) – Alex Derrick
Conor (matinees)/Ensemble – Charlie Elsom
Mum/Ensemble – Beth Pearson
Dad/Ensemble – Seamus Maloney
Grandma/Ensemble – Finlay Dennis
Monster – Shola Osiyemi
Antonia/Ensemble – Juliette Berry
Harry/Ensemble – Reuben Franklin
Lily/Ensemble – Davida Adekanle
Sully/Ensemble – Sam Lagden
Miss Godfrey/Ensemble – Maddy Smith
Mr(s) Marl/Ensemble – to be cast within the company
Ensemble – Alfie Hester; Elizabeth Hood; Ellie Robinson Gearing; Jihane Benchama; Violet Ash and other members of the company

Click here for more information about A Monster Calls and to book your tickets

The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare

Wed 16th – Sat 19th October 2024

Directed by Sheila Foster

Duke of Milan – Malcolm Kimmance
Valentine, Gentleman of Verona – Rowan Donaldson
Proteus, Gentleman of Verona – George Deadman
Antonio, father to Proteus – David Cranwell
Turio, rival suitor to Sylvia – Nick Edgeworth
Sir Eglamour, aide to Sylvia – Ricardo Balson
Hostess of Julia/Sebastian’s lodgings – Rosemary Sturgiss
Speed, servant to Valentine – George Penny
Lance, servant to Proteus – Gordon Jones
Crab, his dog – Barnum or Eddie
Pantino, servant to Antonio – Jonathan Tann
Julia, young lady of Verona – Betsy Turner
Sylvia, daughter of Duke of Milan – Lucia Fox
Lucetta, maid to Julia – Maddy Smith
Outlaws – Jonathan Tann, Maddy Smith, Matthew Harrison, Rosemary Sturgiss
Party-goers – Rosemary Sturgiss, Matthew Harrison

Equus by Peter Shaffer

Wed 13th – Sat 16th November 2024

Directed by Toby Roberts & Sharon Carter

This interpretation of Peter Shaffer’s evocative and intense play will take the audience on an immersive and multi-sensory journey. Exploring themes of passion and sexuality, religion, society, loneliness, and personal conflict, the whole cast will be on stage (and visible) for the duration of the performance.

The play follows Alan Dysart, a child psychiatrist, who attempts to treat a young man who has a pathological religious fascination with horses.

Using a mixture of live and pre-recorded sound, backed by a stunning score of music, smells, and a focus on texture – this production of Equus will bring this gripping story to life.

Click here for more information about auditions for Equus

Nov 30th – Dec 15th (TBC) : Snow White and the Magnificent Seven

Check our social media and the News pages on the website for information about auditions coming up for all productions yet to cast.


HTP Auditions: Equus

HTP Auditions: Equus

The second of Headgate Theatre Productions’ autumn shows is Equus (Schaffer) Auditions: Monday 17th, Monday 24th or Wednesday 26th June…

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 Dawn King

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