Season's Greetings

17 Jan - 19 Jan @ The Bridewell Theatre

By Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Sylvia Finnimore

Half-a-dozen relatives and friends come together to celebrate Christmas with Neville and Belinda. As with any family Christmas, petty and not so petty squabbles break out and Christmas presents are thoroughly rifled. With surprise, seasonal guests, and even a looter, will all be well in this Yuletide offering? Or will it all end in tragedy? Hilarious highlights include a chaotically incompetent puppet show as well as a midnight love scene that is sure to leave your ribs aching!

We are currently looking for people to crew this show. There are plenty of ways to get involved, whether that be with lighting, set, props, costume, make-up or something in-between. You can apply to be part of our crew by clicking here

Take advantage of our early bird offer until 18/12/2018 to get your tickets at a discount.
Early Bird Tickets: £14.00 Adults / £10.00 Members / £10.00 Concessions

Tickets: £15.00 Adults / £10.00 Members / £11.00 Concessions

Next Social

Spread Eagle Players Christmas Party & Awards Evening

14 Dec 7:00 PM

The red carpet is rolled out and the spotlights are brushing the evening sky as we welcome you to our 2018 annual Christmas Party and Awards Evening.

This year we will be holding the event at Jamies Wine Bar, Minories where we will have our own private room and bar. You will receive a glass of prosecco on arrival followed by a sumptuous three course Christmas dinner. After dinner our MC will take to the stage to announce the winners of the 2018 Spread Eagle Players awards and there may even be a little karaoke later in the night. We welcome all members, non-members and partners alike to join us for the evening.

Dress Code: Black tie preferred
Carriages: Midnight
Transport: Nearest tube stations are Tower Hill, Tower Gateway, and Aldgate

  • Crispy fried pumpkin ravioli (v)with marinara sauce, watercress salad
  • Kiln smoked salmon pâté lemon & caper cream, blinis, crispy shallots
  • Roasted parsnip & celeriac soup (v, gf) parsley oil, vegetable crisps 
  • Roast duck lollipops (gf) beetroot & horseradish purée 
  • Brussels sprout & roasted fennel salad (ve, gf, n) cranberries, pecans, orange maple dressing

  • Roast turkey stuffed with cranberry, sage and sausage meat and wrapped in streaky bacon, served with roasted potatoes and gravy 
  • Stuffed butternut squash (ve, gf*, n) roasted and stuffed with peppers, spinach, quinoa, toasted walnuts, olives, cranberries and spring onion with a toasted pine nut dressing and crispy shallots 
  • Roasted cod loin (gf*) parsnip & celeriac purée, crispy bacon and a thyme cream sauce
  • Camembert & bacon beef burger cranberry chutney, lettuce, tomato, skin-on fries 
  • 4oz Ribeye steak (gf*) horseradish mashed potato, wild mushroom cream sauce 
  • Christmas pudding trifle (v) brandy custard, Christmas pudding, orange cream, red currants 
  • Banoffee tart (v) shortcrust pastry, salted caramel, vanilla cream, caramelised banana, vanilla ice cream 
  • White chocolate mousse (v, gf) raspberry sauce, caramel popcorn 
  • Apple tarte tatin (v) salted caramel sauce, cinnamon ice cream 
  • Coconut & orange rice pudding brulée (ve, gf) red currants, toasted coconut flakes 

About Us

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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Pub Quiz Success!

Our first event of the new social calendar was a huge success yesterday evening. Four teams took part in an evening of trivia and pizza eating and the game was hotly contested! Eventually after rounds on the 19th century, colours and of course theatre, The Office Flops beat off the competition by 3 points becoming the inaugural Spreadies Pub Quiz champions.
Posted 23/08/18

Much Ado About Rehearsals

Rehearsals for our next production, 'Much Ado About Nothing' are now well under way and we are working with an excellent cast, who are bringing both outstandingly comic and wonderfully dramatic performances to the rehearsal room. This really is a production not to be missed and tickets are on sale now. Book now to take advantage of our early bird offer!
Posted 14/04/18


December 18

Friday 14th - 7:00 PM
Spread Eagle Players Christmas Party & Awards Evening

January 19

Thursday 17th - 7:30 PM
Season's Greetings
Friday 18th - 7:30 PM
Season's Greetings
Saturday 19th - 5:00 PM
Season's Greetings

June 19

Wednesday 19th - 7:30 PM
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Thursday 20th - 7:30 PM
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Friday 21st - 7:30 PM
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Saturday 22nd - 5:00 PM
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

October 19

Wednesday 9th - 7:30 PM
In Basildon
Thursday 10th - 7:30 PM
In Basildon
Friday 11th - 7:30 PM
In Basildon
Saturday 12th - 5:00 PM
In Basildon

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