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  •  25/07/2024 20:00 - 25/07/2024 22:00
  •   The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall. TR19 6JU

Mon 22nd to Thurs 25th July. LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST by William Shakespeare. Book through Minack website at https://www.minack.com/whats-on/loves-labours-lost - - - Love’s Labour’s Lost is one of Shakespeare’s most beguiling comedies. The King of Navarre and three companions swear an oath to study and to create ‘a little academe’ which will be the ‘wonder of the world’. They must go into retreat for three years and give up worldly pleasures - including women. When a Princess arrives with her ladies-in-waiting, the whole scheme is placed in jeopardy. Human nature is soon at war with high-minded ideals. Hailed by Guardian drama critic Michael Billington as one of the 101 greatest plays ever written, Love’s Labour’s Lost shows the full flower of Shakespeare’s genius for the first time.

  •  07/09/2024 19:45 - 07/09/2024 22:00
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

Tues 3rd to Sat 7th September. The Sweet Science of Bruising by Joy Wilkinson. -------------- 1869. The Angel, Islington.------------------- Below the smog-filled streets of London, a new and violent revolution is taking place. Four women - disparate in background but united by patriarchal abuse and oppression - find freedom within the four ropes of an underground boxing ring. Competing for the title of Lady Boxing Champion of the World, the women become the talk of the capital. Blow follows blow in lightning succession as the contenders fight each other and seek to re-define 'a woman's place' in male-dominated Victorian society. The quintessential stiff upper lip is turned bloody in this tale of pugilism, subversion and female empowerment. An amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

  •  07/12/2024 19:45 - 07/12/2024 22:00
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

Tues 3rd to Sat 7th December. JACK ABSOLUTE FLIES AGAIN by Richard Bean and Oliver Chris. After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish. Back on British soil, Jack's advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms.

  •  08/06/2024 19:45 - 08/06/2024 22:00
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

Tues 4th to Sat 8th June. LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST by William Shakespeare. Love’s Labour’s Lost is one of Shakespeare’s most beguiling comedies. The King of Navarre and three companions swear an oath to study and to create ‘a little academe’ which will be the ‘wonder of the world’. They must go into retreat for three years and give up worldly pleasures - including women. When a Princess arrives with her ladies-in-waiting, the whole scheme is placed in jeopardy. Human nature is soon at war with high-minded ideals. Hailed by Guardian drama critic Michael Billington as one of the 101 greatest plays ever written, Love’s Labour’s Lost shows the full flower of Shakespeare’s genius for the first time.

  •  12/03/2024 19:45 - 16/03/2024 22:00
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

Tues 12th to Sat 16th March. VISITORS by Barney Norris. Tues 12th to Sat 16th March. A powerful tribute to love, family and gratitude for a life well-lived, this tender and uplifting play received the Critics’ Circle Award 2014. When Kate, a young blue-haired carer, comes into Arthur and Edie’s home, the three of them develop a surprising friendship. What follows is an intimate portrait of the love between an elderly couple, the confusion of youth and how one family, made strong by their shared memories of the past, navigates an uncertain present.

  •  14/12/2023 19:45 - 16/12/2023 22:00
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

BASED ON THE SCREENPLAY BY MARC NORMAN AND TOM STOPPARD AND ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY LEE HALL WITH MUSIC BY PADDY CUNNEEN. Penniless and indebted to two demanding producers, struggling young playwright William Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, whose fiery passion for poetry and drama leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Both are despondent when they learn that Viola’s father has promised her to the arrogant Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under the veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing – Romeo and Juliet. With opening night – and the wedding day – fast approaching, the plots race toward a parallel conclusion. Will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy? At Stamford Arts Centre Theatre from 5th - 9th and 14th - 16th December 2023. This amateur production of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

  •  05/12/2023 19:45 - 09/12/2023 19:45
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

BASED ON THE SCREENPLAY BY MARC NORMAN AND TOM STOPPARD AND ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY LEE HALL WITH MUSIC BY PADDY CUNNEEN. Penniless and indebted to two demanding producers, struggling young playwright William Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he meets the beautiful Viola de Lesseps, daughter of a wealthy merchant, whose fiery passion for poetry and drama leaves her secretly longing to be an actor. Both are despondent when they learn that Viola’s father has promised her to the arrogant Lord Wessex in order to gain a title for their family. Under the veil of secrecy, Will and Viola’s passionate love affair becomes the basis of the very play he is writing – Romeo and Juliet. With opening night – and the wedding day – fast approaching, the plots race toward a parallel conclusion. Will it all work out in the end or are the two star-crossed lovers destined for tragedy? At Stamford Arts Centre Theatre from 5th - 9th and 14th - 16th December 2023. This amateur production of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

  •  05/09/2023 19:45 - 09/09/2023 22:00
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

By Martin McDonagh. A dark comedy thriller that crackles with emotional fire and the blackest of humour, The Beauty Queen of Leenane is at once hilarious and horrific. Trapped in a remote corner of Galway, in a love hate relationship with her manipulative mother, Mag, Maureen finally glimpses light at the end of a depressingly long tunnel. Mag, however, has different ideas. The Beauty Queen of Leenane fully earns its place alongside Martin McDonagh’s string of comic masterpieces - The Banshees of Inisherin, In Bruge and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Miss it at your peril. “This amateur production of “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk”

  • £12
  •  06/06/2023 19:45 - 10/06/2023 19:45
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

This sparkling, fast-paced, uproariously blunt 1970s comedy is divided into four parts. Each scene, set in the same suite in the Beverley Hills Hotel, offers an evening of razor-sharp wordplay filled with humour and bitter-sweet moments. A verbal jousting match between a New York workaholic and her laid-back ex husband as they bicker over custody arrangements. A conventional middle-aged businessman who wakes to find a stranger in his bed and his wife at the door. An Academy Award nominee hoping for the Oscar that will revive her flagging career. Two couples creating comedic mayhem as they end a disastrous vacation they should never have started. “Immensely funny and surprisingly moving, this is Neil Simon at his most humane and compassionate best...” Directed by Ann Stutz. This production is a reprise from September 2022, which was curtailed following the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

  •  07/03/2023 19:45 - 11/03/2023 22:00
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

A Gripping drama about Ruth Ellis. Ruth Ellis, was the last woman to be hanged in Britain. A divorcee with a young child, Ruth works in nightclubs where there’s more than just a drink on offer. The girls work hard, play hard - and dream of a movie-star life. When she meets David Blakely, a wealthy racing driver, she falls in love but her passion becomes an obsession. Fame comes - but not in the way she imagines. Why does their relationship end in murder? Why does she plead ‘not guilty’ but offer no defence? Why does she show no remorse? And who is she trying to protect? Amanda Whittington's gripping play takes a fresh look at the woman behind the headlines.

  •  06/12/2022 19:45 - 10/12/2022 19:45
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

RULES FOR LIVING, By Sam Holcroft We’ve all been there, the family Christmas Day from hell. Everyone tries really, really hard but there comes a point when something (or someone) snaps and all hell breaks loose. Edith is a matriarch who runs Christmas day like a military operation; her husband is recovering from an operation; her two sons and their respective other halves don’t get along; and her teenage granddaughter won’t come downstairs to Christmas dinner. But this play, first produced by the National Theatre in 2015, is much more than a gloriously riotous and uproarious comedy. Intriguingly, we get to see the characters’ motivations, their internal “rules”, via a real-time dashboard on the set. Book seats now to see what happens! Rules for Living is both genuinely touching and side-splittingly funny. It’s a seasonal tale of disharmony, ruined expectations, and overindulgence when an extended family gather for Christmas dinner. Premiered with great success at the National Theatre in 2015. Directed by Ken Walsh.

  •  06/09/2022 19:45 - 10/09/2022 19:45
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

This sparkling, fast-paced, uproariously blunt 1970s comedy is divided into four parts. Each scene, set in the same suite in the Beverley Hills Hotel, offers an evening of razor-sharp wordplay filled with humour and bitter-sweet moments. A verbal jousting match between a New York workaholic and her laid-back ex husband as they bicker over custody arrangements. A conventional middle-aged businessman who wakes to find a stranger in his bed and his wife at the door. An Academy Award nominee hoping for the Oscar that will revive her flagging career. Two couples creating comedic mayhem as they end a disastrous vacation they should never have started. “Immensely funny and surprisingly moving, this is Neil Simon at his most humane and compassionate best...” Directed by Ann Stutz.

  •  07/06/2022 19:45 - 11/06/2022 19:45
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

Winner of the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. David Harrower’s Blackbird is a hard-hitting and challenging exploration of a forbidden relationship. At his workplace, 55-year-old Ray is shocked to be visited by a young woman, 27-year-old Una. Fifteen years earlier, the two had a sexual affair, for which Ray was arrested and imprisoned. As they recollect their experience from both sides emotions of guilt, rage, shame, anger, hurt and love are exposed. Without moral judgments, the play’s mesmerizingly natural script never shies away from the brutal truth. Contains strong language and adult themes, including descriptions of sexual activity. Suitable for ages 16+. Running time 75 minutes no interval.

  •  08/03/2022 19:45 - 12/03/2022 22:00
  •   Stamford Arts Centre

1930s Berlin. Decadence. Excess. Ambition. All under Hitler’s rising star. Christopher Isherwood’s novel ‘Goodbye to Berlin’ is brought to vivid, moving and satirical life in ‘I am a Camera’. The musical ‘Cabaret’ was based on the same book. A rich cast of characters inhabit the play, from Sally Bowles, outrageous, outspoken yet vulnerable cabaret artiste determined if necessary to sleep her way to the top through conflicted German Jews and a wealthy American to an amusing and empathetic German landlady who is convinced that Hitler will prove Germany’s salvation. "I am a Camera" was written by John van Druten.

  •  16/12/2021 19:45 - 18/12/2021 22:15
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

By Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by John Mortimer. Directed by Heather Wass and Liz Cullum. An intriguing and entertaining version of Dickens’ classic tale.

  •  11/12/2021 14:00
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK
  •  08/12/2021 19:45 - 11/12/2021 22:15
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

By Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by John Mortimer. Directed by Heather Wass and Liz Cullum. An intriguing and entertaining version of Dickens’ classic tale. A large cast of 23 will be bringing this classic tale to life in John Mortimer’s lively witty version of the famous story. There have been many adaptations of Charles Dickens’ novel, but this one was originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the dialogue is very faithful to the original story. It is also full of music and laughter, thrills and chills, and promises to be ideal family entertainment for the Christmas season. Two weeks in December is a new departure for Shoestring. On 12 to 14 December, when we are not performing, the Arts centre cinema will be operating.

  •  06/09/2021 19:45 - 11/09/2021 22:00
  •   Stamford Arts Centre

"My Mother Said I Never Should", directed by Estella Todisco. Charlotte Keatley’s award-winning play, "My Mother Said I Never Should," is the most commonly performed work by a female playwright worldwide. A story about the difficult relationships between mothers and daughters, the play explores the lives and relationships of four generations of women: Doris, Margaret, Jackie and Rosie. Their loves, expectations and choices are set against the huge social changes of the twentieth century. Keatley says of her work, "I think it’s a play that anyone - any age or gender - can relate to. It’s about family… and love, how we show it or withhold it; ambition, what that means for each generation. It’s both funny and moving, so it’s a play that makes us react… When I’m writing plays I think about this: I want the audience to laugh and cry and be truly moved, in one evening."

  •  19/07/2021 19:45 - 24/07/2021 22:00
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

By Dion Boucicault, adapted by Richard Bean. Dion Boucicault, the Irish genius of London theatre in the age of Dickens, wrote the brilliantly funny "London Assurance" in 1841 and thereby created, in Sir Harcourt and Lady Spanker, two of the great comic roles of the English stage This new version of the play, revised by Richard Bean, who wrote the hilarious “One Man, Two Guvnors”, was an outstanding success at the National Theatre in 2010.

  •  19/05/2021 20:00
  • Online Event

Following on from Stamford Shoestring’s animated reading of extracts from Widows by Ariel Dorfman, Amnesty’s Chile Coordinator, Carla Torres hosts a Q&A session about the current unrest in Chile and ‘Eyes on Chile’ report. - She is joined by Chile Solidarity Network founder Carole Concha Bell and Amnesty members Nina Patel and Jorge Diaz-Munoz. - ________________________________________ You can register for Chile in Focus here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9178058278031949072 ________________________________________ For more information contact: stamfordandrutlandamnesty@outlook.com

  •  19/05/2021 19:00
  • Online Event

Launching for one night only for the Festival of Social Justice, Stamford Shoestring Theatre company will stream a filmed animated reading of extracts of Widows by Ariel Dorfman with Tony Kushner. - This powerful, haunting and deeply poetic play tells of the impact on the families of Los Desaparecidos, The Disappeared, in Chile after Pinochet seized power in 1973, but could just as easily apply to many countries around the world and the events happening today in Burma or China. - Followed by Chile Awakens Q&A. - (This event is split into two parts with a short interval in-between. Keep your screens on and take a break!) ________________________________________ You can register for Chile in Focus here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9178058278031949072 ________________________________________ For more information contact: stamfordandrutlandamnesty@outlook.com

  •  05/03/2021 19:45 - 09/03/2021 19:45
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

05-09 March 2019 By Rory Kinnear

  • £10
  •  03/03/2020 19:45 - 03/07/2020 22:00
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

by Anton Chekhov in a new version by David Hare. Set in late 19th century Russia, where people are experiencing change and facing an uncertain future, Chekhov’s great comedy is very relevant today. David Hare’s new version was premiered at Chichester in 2015 and transferred to the National Theatre in 2016 to great acclaim. On a summer’s day a young writer named Konstantin puts on his bold new play starring his beautiful neighbour, Nina. The assembled family audience includes his mother, a selfish fading star of the provincial stage, and her lover a famous novelist. What happens during and after the performance will change not just the course of the summer, but the lives of everyone involved for ever. 3rd-7th March, 2020 Tickets £10 (£8)

  • £10
  •  03/12/2019 19:45 - 07/12/2019 07:45
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

Love or knowledge: which would you choose? This was the dilemma faced by university women students well into the 20th Century. Girton College, Cambridge, was one of the first colleges in Britain to admit women. The ladies match their male peers grade for grade but they are not allowed to graduate. They leave university stigmatised as ‘blue stockings’ – without degrees and unmarriageable; regarded as ‘unnatural, educated women’. The year is 1896 and the lively play tells the story of Tess Moffat and a group of ‘first-years’ determined to win the right to a degree. Their story is followed over one tumultuous year as they encounter the many hurdles in their way - the class divide, misogyny, and the university opposition – not to mention the distractions of love. Finally the whole issue is put to the vote… Tickets £10 (£8 concession)

  • £10
  •  10/09/2019 19:45 - 14/09/2019 07:45
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

Zoë wants a baby. Maggie wants her mum to follow her halfway round the world. Steve wants his mother-in-law to sell her Lincolnshire home. Hugo wants to get to know his new family. And Muriel? She has ideas of her own, but nobody’s bothered to ask her what they are. This wry and fast-moving comedy exposes the ties that bind us together – and how easily they start to fray.

  • £14
  •  15/07/2019 20:00 - 19/07/2019 23:00
  •   The Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, Penzance TR19 6JU

We are lucky enough to be part of the roster of visiting companies to the beautiful Minack Theatre in Cornwall, and will be performing our highly successful play The Roses of Eyam in July 2019. This remarkable true story tells of a village in Derbyshire stricken with plague through the arrival from London of a box of clothing. The villagers make a heroic decision, persuaded by the present and former Rectors, to prevent its spread by remaining within the village and containing the disease at the certain risk of their own lives. As the plot unfolds, we experience the human tragedies and even comedies that ensued and the idealism and the courage required to live within that idealism. Live music is played throughout this production to set the scene and to create the authentic atmosphere of 17th Century England. Traditional English folk songs have been chosen to fit with the action of the play. There are tunes particularly associated with Derbyshire and tunes from the collection of John Playford, a 17th Century collector and publisher of dance music.

  •  04/06/2019 19:45 - 08/06/2019 19:45
  •   Stamford Arts Centre Theatre

A cast of 40 actors and musicians tell this remarkable true story of a 17th Century Derbyshire village stricken with plague through the arrival of an infected box of clothing from London. The villagers make a heroic decision, persuaded by the present and former Rectors, to prevent its spread by remaining within the village at the certain risk of their own lives. As the plot unfolds, we experience the human tragedies and even comedies that ensue, and the idealism and the courage required to live within that idealism. Live music is played throughout our production to set the scene and to create the authentic atmosphere of 17th Century England. Traditional English folk songs have been carefully chosen to fit with the action of the play.

  •  11/12/2018 19:45
  •   Stamford Arts Centre 27 St Mary's Street Stamford Lincs. PE9 2DL

Written by David Haig | Directed by Kay Roberts A play to commemorate the end of World War One in November 1918. Rudyard Kipling’s determination to secure a commission for his short-sighted son to fight in the Great War triggers a bitter family conflict, leaving the world-famous author devastated. Kipling is torn apart by his love for his son, his family and his devotion to King and Country. Please see the Gallery page for photographs of rehearsals and costumed characters.

  •  09/11/2018 22:10
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

A very silly tale of not much at all! The play is newly created comedy about evergreen characters, known and enjoyed by several generations; it’s a romp of great silliness involving multiple role playing and enormous energy. Bertie Wooster is unwisely co-opted by relations to help achieve various things: obtaining a cow creamer; resolving romantic conundrums; and other similar frivolities. He is patiently assisted by his long-suffering butler, Jeeves.

  •  10/03/2018 19:45
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary's St, Stamford PE9 2DL, UK

The idealistic Dr Stockmann discovers dangerous flaws in the new spa development that promises huge rewards for his home town and its inhabitants. As he battles against vested interests, important questions are raised about personal loyalty, press freedom and the greater good. With wit and considerable humour, the play explores these moral complexities, while still honouring the dark heart of the original. This fast-paced, pared-down version of Ibsen’s classic by Rebecca Lenkiewicz packs a powerful punch in its treatment of a story with continuing relevance today.

  •  11/12/2017 19:30 - 15/05/2017 19:30
  •   Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

Kindertransport was written by Diane Samuels. Separated from her German Jewish parents at the age of nine, Eva is brought to England on the Kindertransport with the promise of a new life. Under the care of her kindly foster mother Lil, the young Eval slowly acclimatises to her new life and, at length, believing her parents to have perished in the camps, tries to re-invent herself as English. But memories and fears are not so easily erased. When her own daughter starts to question the story her mother has woven over the years, the protective shell that Eva, now calling herself Evelyn, has built around herself begins to crack. This modern classic about one woman’s struggle to come to terms with her past is told with tenderness and warmth, across the generations and the years. The issues explored remain as pertinent to us today as when the events of the late 1930’s unfolded in Germany and England.

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2023 A milestone year
Stamford Shoestring celebrated 80 years of amateur drama!

History
In 1943 a new Stamford drama group performed 'Man of Destiny' in the High School Hall. Membership of Stamford Music & Drama Club was 7/6d for adults and 3/6d for junior members. The group performed two plays each year at a variety of venues - Stamford School, George Hotel Gardens, Bourne Corn Exchange before finally working mainly from the Darby & Joan Hall in Stamford’s Broad Street.

In September 1959 Stamford Music & Drama Club became Stamford Amateur Stage, performing up to five productions a year. In March 1963 the company's name was changed again to Stamford Shoestring Theatre because it seemed that every production was run on a shoestring budget! Shoestring finally established a permanent home in the delightful Georgian Stamford Theatre in 1978 where it remains to this day as the resident company at Stamford Arts Centre.

Today
We offer a wide range of drama from classical to contemporary and try to incorporate a rich variety in our annual programme. We stage four productions a year together with occasional roadshows, workshops and play-readings. We are lucky enough also to be part of the roster of visiting companies to the beautiful Minack Theatre in Cornwall, and in summer 2019 we had a sell-out run with our 40-character play set in the plague village of Eyam, The Roses of Eyam. We look forward to being back at Minack in the fourth week of July, 2024.

During the Covid lockdown we did a rehearsed reading of extracts from Under Milk Wood via Zoom in March and another Zoom film based on extracts from Ariel Dorfman’s play, Widows for the launch of the Stamford Festival of Social Justice on May 19th 2021

Our first live theatre production after the lockdown was Richard Bean’s version London Assurance, performed to sell-out socially-distanced audiences from 19th-24th July 2021. In September 2021 we returned to full-capacity with My Mother Said I Never Should by Charlotte Keatley. Our production of A Christmas Carol by John Mortimer ran for two weeks in December 2021. In March 2022 we produced I Am a Camera by John Van Druten and in June, Blackbird by David Harrower. Our September 2022 production, curtailed by the Queen's death, was California Suite by Neil Simon, and our pre-Christmas production was Rules for Living by Sam Holcroft.

The productions for 2024 are: March – Visitors by Barney Norris; June – Love's Labour's Lost by William Shakespeare; September – The Sweet Science of Bruising by Joy Wilkinson; December – Jack Absolute Flies Again by Richard Bean and Oliver Chris

We like to ring the changes and our public seem to like it too: the leading actors in one production will often be found selling programmes or sweeping the stage in the next. We are proud of the wealth of talent amongst our members; not just in acting, direction and stage management but also in stage design, set construction, lighting, sound and costume. To find out more about Shoestring email us at stamfordshoestring@gmail.com
You could be part of a future production

You could be part of a future production

Theatre needs not just actors, but design, costume, lighting, music and more, and we encourage members to get involved in all aspects. We nurture the talent both in front of and behind the curtain. Have a Go - See "Membership" below for details.

How it works!

How it works!

For each of our productions, a play reading evening is held some four to five months before the production opens. Auditions are normally held on a Tuesday or Friday evening in the Arts Centre a few weeks later. The director and members of the production team will be on hand to welcome you and answer any questions you may have. An Audition Notice is sent to members in the Newsletter. but is also available for downloading from this site via the link on this page. The Audition Notice contains a synopsis of the play, a description of the characters and relevant dates and contact details. It may also contain a list of audition pieces so that any potential cast members can prepare for their audition. Scripts and audition pieces will be available to borrow at the Reading.

You too can contribute.

You too can contribute.

Auditions are open to anyone, irrespective of membership or experience. We pride ourselves on being a company of skilled individuals, encouraging our members to take on roles in all aspects of theatre. Technicians in all disciplines are as crucial to a production as any actor. An ASM (assistant stage manager) can become a star, likewise a star can become an ASM in consecutive productions!

It is a Commitment!

It is a Commitment!

There are usually 12 weeks rehearsal of three evenings per week (Mon, Wed & Thu) in the Arts Centre, plus occasional Sundays for large cast shows, depending on the role. Get-in, technical rehearsal and a dress rehearsal take place on the Sunday prior to the production week. There will be a full-dress rehearsal on the Monday of the production week. All cast and crew will be expected to attend the final week of rehearsal, then both Sunday and Monday of Performance week. Lack of availability must be advised to the Director as soon as possible to avoid wasted rehearsal time. If successfully cast, and not a current member, you will be expected to pay your Membership Subscription before full rehearsals begin. It’s still only a fiver!

Readings and Auditions

Readings and Auditions

Readings, auditions and rehearsals are announced here or on our Facebook Page. Click LEARN MORE to see current openings.

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Membership

To support Shoestring or participate, join Stamford Shoestring Theatre as a member... ...and gain the opportunity to take part on stage or behind the scenes. Make friends and socialise with people who share a common passion for theatre. Members receive regular newsletters, giving details about productions, invitations to other non-Shoestring events and special offers to Stamford Arts Centre shows. Members can take part in productions. To join, fill in the online form below (under construction!). Or click on LEARN MORE to reach and download the membership form. Or email the Membership Secretary at membership@stamfordshoestring.com

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  • Stamford Arts Centre, Saint Mary's Street, Stamford, UK

Performance history

Information about past productions can be found under EVENTS / PAST EVENTS and images can be found in the GALLERY. To navigate to a list of every play Shoestring has ever performed click on "Read more"

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