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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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A Brand New Society

With the new name must also come new branding and this is way we turn to you, our members. We are launching a competition to find a new logo for the society that we will be able to use across our website, publicity and social media. So, if you're a great artist, a dab hand with Photoshop or even just mediocre with MS Paint then get to work. We are looking for a new logo that represents us and can't wait to see what our members can come up with. The logo may include the new name of the society 'Spread Eagle Theatre', but should not include the text 'Barclays Dramatic Society'. The winner will see their logo used by the society for years to come and will receive two free tickets to the group's first show back. Please submit your entries to committee@spreadeagleplayers.org.uk by 5pm on 29th May. Entrants may submit as many designs as they wish. We look forward to seeing your entries.
Posted 09/05/22

Spread Eagle Theatre

It's been a long couple of years and the Spread Eagle Players have been in hibernation for much of that time. We are delighted to say, though, that a small band of members have been working hard to bring the theatre back to you and have exciting plans for several shows this year.

As a society, we will be moving away from Barclays as we come out of the pandemic and will be exploring brand new opportunities and avenues. Don't worry though, our ethos of friendly rehearsals and high quality productions hasn't changed! But our name will. We are becoming Spread Eagle Theatre - a new name for our new lease of life.

We are also looking for a new logo for our new identity. If you are handy with a pen, a pencil or Photoshop then submit your entries for a new logo to committee@spreadeagleplayers.org.uk and not only will you get to see your logo emblazoned on our branding for years to come, you will also win yourself two tickets to Spread Eagle Theatre's first show back.
Posted 25/04/22


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