Saturday, 30 October 2021

Audition Announcement!

The Company is proud to present Jessica Swale’s Olivier award winning comedy “Nell Gwynn”. It’s 1660, the monarchy is back, pleasure is in vogue and you can even see a woman on the stage. The play follows Nell Gwynn’s meteoric rise from orange seller to mistress of the king as she navigates the bawdy world of restoration theatre and the treacherous royal court.
This is an amateur production presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Auditions for Nell Gwynn will be held on the following dates

All welcome, including Company newcomers - we always like to see new faces! You only need to attend one session. No prior preparation necessary although if you’d like to learn a bit more about Nell before auditioning then here’s a very helpfully timed podcast
If you have any questions please do not hesitate from getting in touch! We’re also on the lookout for crew members so please get in touch if you’d like to learn a new skill.
Available roles -

  • Nell Gwynn - F20s/30s - real star role, comfortable with romance and singing
  • Rose Gwynn - F20s/30s - Nell’s sister
  • Nancy - F age flexible - dresser in the theatre company and Nell’s friend
  • Old Ma Gwynn - F50s/60s - Nell’s mum (actress can be doubled with Queen Catherine)
  • Queen Catherine - F age flexible - married to Charles II, speaks entirely in Portuguese (actress can be doubled with Old Ma Gwynn)
  • Lady Castle-Maine - F age flexible - current mistress to Charles II (can be doubled with Louise de Keroualle)
  • Louise de Keroualle - F age flexible - Charles’ beautiful French mistress. Speaks entirely in French (actress can be doubled with Lady Castle-Maine)
  • King Charles II - M 30/50s
  • Charles Hart - M30/40s (some flexibility) - leading actor and Nell’s first lover
  • Thomas Killigrew - M age flexible - actor manager of the theatre company
  • Edward Kynaston - M age flexible - actor
  • John Dryden - M age flexible - playwright
  • Lord Arlington - M age flexible, Charles’ advisor
  • Ned Spiggett - M age flexible - actor

Erin Whyte and Alice Ravencroft (directors) x

The Company's 2022 season

Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale
February 16 to 19, 2022 at The Drama Studio
Arcadia by Tom Stoppard
June 8 to 11, 2022     at The Drama Studio
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
October 28 to November 1, 2022 at The Drama Studio

Saturday, 9 October 2021



The Hollow by Agatha Christie

You can buy your tickets now at

Showing Wednesday to Saturday 20th - 23rd October at The Drama Studio, University of Sheffield. Show starts 7.30pm, tickets £9.50 (£7.50 concessions).

More information on our website.

This amateur production of “The Hollow” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Sign up to be part of our Dore show

Message from the production team: Thanks for everyone who has filled out the form! We’ll be working on picking pieces and casting over the next couple of weeks so will be in touch (🤞) early April with a cast list and parts.

The form is now closed

We’re now formally starting casting our summer show at Dore (Wednesday 7th July 2021)!

Please fill in this form if you’d like to be involved (even if you’ve verbally expressed an interest already).

Please make sure you respond by next Wednesday (24th March).

Monday, 1 February 2021


To all Company Members,

Hope everyone is keeping well. It’s that time of year again where we need to think about our AGM. For obvious reasons this year will need to run a little differently so we will be holding an online AGM on the 1st March at 7.30pm (zoom link will be sent closer to the time).

The AGM is open to all members and is a chance to update everyone on our progress this year, decide how membership/production fees will work in the upcoming year, discuss any other business and hold elections to the committee.

The following positions will be up for election. If you are a member and would like to nominate yourself for any one of these roles then please contact any committee member or email Nominations are open right up to the vote itself so you can nominate yourself on the night if you prefer. If you’re unsure or would like to have a chat with current committee members about what the roles entail then please get in touch, we’re always keen for new faces on the committee!
Responsible for financial oversight of The Company including Box Office
Artistic Director
Responsible for maintaining artistic standards for our productions and supporting production teams
Responsible for overseeing the committee
Responsible for organising meetings and keeping minutes
Company Representatives (x 3 posts)
Act as a liaison between members and the committee to raise any concerns
We will also be appointing associate posts (wardrobe manager, technical manager, PR/social media co-ordinator).

In order to run for a committee position or to vote you need to be a paid member of The Company ahead of the AGM. Due to having to postpone multiple productions this year we haven’t been collecting membership fees. We are hopefully moving to an online system for this to streamline this process in the next couple of weeks. If you would like to remain an active member of the society then a link will be circulated closer to the AGM to allow you to make this payment. Due to the current situation we are not expecting you to pay in full, we’re asking for a small payment (exact amount up to you but we suggest £5 or under) - we will ask you to pay the rest once we’re back on stage.

Please also get in touch if you have anything you wish to raise at the AGM - we’re keen to make sure that all members have the opportunity to have their voice heard.

Finally the committee would like to thank you all for your support this year. It’s definitely been a challenging year for all of us but we’ve still managed some great successes and we couldn’t do it without our members!

Lots of love,
The Company Committee