get to know us

Whatever your interest in our society, this page will answer all of your questions... probably... If it doesn't please feel free to contact us and we'll see what we can do to help.

 
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meet our committee

As well as acting, working backstage and greeting our audience members front of house; some of our members also form our committee that makes all of the "day to day" decisions that keep the society running throughout the year.

 

Josh

Chair | Business Manager

Emma

Vice Chair

Kayleigh

Secretary

Ritchie

Treasurer

Charley

Publicity Manager

Judith

Box Office Manager

Jade

Social Secretary

Ellie

Committee Member

Graham

Committee Member

our history

 

Est. 1932

Founded as a play reading group in 1932 and meeting in one another's houses, the group started to perform shows a few years later in the Jubilee Hall (now the Masonic Hall) and called themselves The Little Theatre Club. The inaugural meeting of The Little Theatre Club was in 1939 but shortly after had to close for the duration of The Second World War.


After the war, the group reformed and began to produce two plays a year and this has continued to this day.


In 1968, the Jubilee Hall closed and LTC's new venue was to be Bishop Auckland Technical College on Woodhouse Lane. Plays were performed there until 1977 when King James I School had a new complex built that would include a stage and auditorium. It was felt that this would be a better venue for LTC as it was closer to the town.


In 1994, Bishop Auckland Town Hall was renovated and a theatre was part of the reconstruction. LTC made the move to the Town Hall and we are still performing there today!


Over the years, as well as two plays a year, the club has frequently done pantomime, these have been both enjoyable and successful. We have even performed a "pantocrime" at Bishop Auckland Police Station!


In 1993, 60 years after the club first met, it was decided that the LTC would change its name. It was changed to Bishop Auckland Theatre Society - BATS.


We are a small, friendly society and over the years have had a very enjoyable social aspect to the club, many of us making lasting friendships.

 

our previous productions

 
 

2020 - Present

Sleeping Beauty #1
Sleeping Beauty #2
Sleeping Beauty #3
Sleeping Beauty #4
Sleeping Beauty #5
Sleeping Beauty #6
Sleeping Beauty #7
Sleeping Beauty #8
 

2020 | Original Works

Sleeping Beauty

 

2010 - 2019

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2019 | Original Works

Death & The Departed
The Lady Varnishes
Murder With In-Tent
Robin Hood

2018 | Original Works

The Final Curtain
Put That Light Out!
Beauty & The Beast

2017 | Original Works

After Eleanor Died
Aladdin

2017

Robinson Crusoe

2015 | Original Pantomime

What I Did at School Today
Cinderella

2014

The Cat's Away
Sleeping Beauty

2013

A Fish Out Of Water

Smalls Talk
Singing In The Wilderness
Goldilocks & The Three Bears

2012

Alter Ego

2011

Hello, Is There Anybody There?

2010

Out Of Focus
The Adventures Of Robin Hood

 

2000 - 2009

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2009

Fairway To Heaven
Wait Until The Ghost Is Clear

2008

RolePlay
I'll Get My Man

2007

Love Begins At 50
A Tomb With A View

2006

Flying Feathers
There Goes The Bride

2005

Inspector Drake & The Time Machine
Pardon Me, Prime Minister

2004

Inspector Drake & The Perfekt Crime
Fly Me To The Moon

2003

CounterCrime
Sleepers Awake

2002

The Cat & The Fiddle
Secondary Cause Of Death

2001

Something To Hide
Out Of Focus

2000

A Fish Out Of Water
Relatively Speaking

 

1990 - 1999

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1999

The Dancing Princess
One For The Pot
Table Manners

1998

Chase Me Up Farndale Avenue S'il Vous Plait
The Edge Of Darkness

1997

Robinson Crusoe
Murdered To Death
Uproar In The House

1996

Cinderella
Cat's Cradle
Living Together

1995

The Wizard Of Oz
And This Was Odd...
Blithe Spirit

1994

Jack & The Beanstalk
We Found Love & An Exquisite Set Of Porcelain Figurines Aboard The S.S. Farndale Avenue
Aladdin

1993

Who Says Murder?
Let's Kill Agatha Christie!
Dick Whittington

1991

Look Who's Talking
Frankenstein
Aladdin

1990

Intent To Murder
Wanted: One Body

 

1980 - 1989

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1989

Mankind
Pen Friends

1988

Pardon Me, Prime Minister
Beyond A Joke

1987

Cats Cradle
My Friend Miss Flint

1986

Table Manners
A Tomb With A View

1985

I'll Get My Man
House Guest

1984

Post Horn Gallop
Boeing, Boeing

1983

Every Other Evening
Murder At The Vicarage

1982

Hobson's Choice
When We Were Married

1981

The Edge Of Darkness

1980

On Monday, Next

 

1970 - 1979

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1979

Driven To Murder
Doctor In Love

1978

Sailor, Beware
The Irregular Verb To Love

1977

Hans, The Witch & The Gobbin

1976

The House On The Cliff

1975

Big, Bad Mouse
Intent To Murder

1974

Wild Goose Chase

1973

The Militants
Candied Peel

1972

The Shop At Sly Corner
An Evening With The LTC

1971

Running Riot
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime

1970

Spring & Port Wine
As Black As She's Painted

 

1932 - 1969

Wanted: One Body
The Woman In White
Life's A Luxury
The Blue Goose
A Play For Ronnie
Winter Sunshine
 

1969

Winter Sunshine
An Evening's Entertainment

1968

The Woman In White
Wanted: One Body

1967

Love's A Luxury

1962

The Blue Goose

1956

Waggon Load O' Monkeys

1953

A Play For Ronnie

 
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Box Office: CLOSED

12 Grey Street, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7BQ

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