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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.


Oct 4th – 7th: The Haunting of Hill House, Directed by Elly Kent
Dec (first two weeks): Dick Whittington, Directed by Charlie Davison
Feb 21st – 24th: Snake in the Grass by Alan Aykbourn. Directed by Chrissie Kettle (now cast)
Mar 27th – 30th: A Man of No Importance. Directed by Wade Ablitt. Auditions November 2023
Apr 24th – 27th: Ghosts by Richard Eyre, Adapted from Ibsen. Directed by Andrew Hodgson (now cast)
Jul 3rd – 6th: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Directed by Paul T. Davies for Headgate Young Company
Oct 16th – 19th: Two Gentleman of Verona by William Shakespeare. Directed by Sheila Foster
Nov 13th – 16th: Equus by Peter Schaffer. Directed by Toby Roberts & Sharon Carter
Nov 27th – Dec 7th: Snow White and the Magnificent Seven

Watch our social media pages and website for information about auditions coming up for all productions yet to cast.


OPEN AUDITIONS: A Man of No Importance

OPEN AUDITIONS: A Man of No Importance

A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE Book by Terrence McNally, Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens Based on the…

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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