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Spread Eagle Players

The Spread Eagle Players is a London-based amateur dramatics group which rehearses in Canary Wharf and performs at the Bridewell Theatre in Blackfriars. We do all that we can to maintain an ethos of high quality productions whilst making them accessible to all.

The group was started in 1889 as The Barclays Dramatic Society for members of Barclays Bank; the 'Spread Eagle' is in fact a reference to the spread eagle in Barclays Bank's old logo. These days, membership to the Spread Eagle Players is open to everyone over the age of 18, but the group still enjoys the support of the bank.



The Spread Eagle Players needs you! We are always looking for brand new members to help us out on the stage and off it.

Whether you've never set foot on the stage before, only dabbled in high school or are a professional, you are welcome in our group. We specialise in producing professional-looking shows whilst keeping everything relaxed and friendly. If you'd rather help out backstage, then there is a place for you in the Spreadies! If you love lighting, are sated by stage managing, delighted by directing or would perhaps be pleased with prompting, we have something for you.

Why not join us too if you want to usher for us or be a member of our audience - we will keep you up to date with all our latest news and shows. Sign up to our mailing list now to keep up to date with everything going on, or click below to find out more about getting involved in different areas.


Spread Eagle Players

The Spread Eagle Players produce around three shows per year at The Bridewell Theatre and we're always looking for directors, old and new, to come forward with proposals to fill the available slots. Each year we ask our members to come forward with proposals for shows and we're very open to different genres - we've previously produced everything from pantomimes and farces to dark comedies, dramas and Shakespeare.

If you're interested in directing with us, you can pitch a production using our handy online system by clicking the button below. If you're interested in finding out more about what it's like to direct with us, then hit the More Info button.

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Panto Audition Registration is Open

Audition registration for our January 2020 panto, Beauty and the Beast is now open! The show promises to be a lot of fun with big musical numbers, groan-worthy puns and spectacular special effects. Auditions will be held on Thursday 26th September in Canary Wharf, but if you can't make that date, don't despair - request an alternative date when you register and we'll try to see you another evening. Sign up now at https://spreadeagleplayers.com/Auditions?id=173.
Posted 14/09/19

Sweeney bubbling along nicely

The cast and crew of Sweeney Todd are rehearsing this Saturday for the show at the Bridewell Theatre in just a couple of weeks time. Rehearsals are coming along well and all are happy as pie. They look forward to delivering you this deliciously chilling tale of revenge. Will you be brave enough to take a bite? Tickets are on sale now from our box office.
Posted 01/06/19


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