Edward Alderton Theatre

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The Edward Alderton Theatre is an amateur theatre venue in Bexleyheath, behind the Brampton Road Adult Education Centre next to Crook Log Leisure Centre. It was publicly licensed, built and financed in its entirety by drama students during the mid 1970s. The Theatre first opened its doors to the public on the 17 May 1976 with a production of Oh What a Lovely War, directed by Derek Goulding, the drama tutor who was to become the theatre's first artistic director.

The company, however, dates back a goodly number of years. Formed in 1951, it was part of the new Adult Education Centre in Brampton Road, Bexleyheath that had come into being a year earlier. In 1956, the group adopted the title The Brampton Players and began to make its mark among the other local drama groups winning one competition with an Orwellian style play entitled Nothing Will Come of Nothing, improvised and written by the group. During this period they also produced a play Acts of Farce, written by a member of the company with music composed especially for the play.

In addition to these original productions, the group performed two or three plays per season, trying always to improve the standard of production and thereby attracting a number of talented players to its ranks. The group continued to flourish, but always working within the confines of a small stage and school hall environment.

In keeping with the group's early experimental nature, the theatre staged an original play written by one of the company, Brian Warner - Bossenden portrays the peasant uprising near the village of Dunkirk in Kent in the year 1838 which was suppressed by the militia from Canterbury. The Alderton was the first non-professional company to stage Neville's Island by Tim Firth. Channel 4 filmed the theatre's production of Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell by Keith Waterhouse, which they transmitted in 1996.

On the competitive front, we have received our share of awards over the years, including those for individual acting, best production and technical achievement. The theatre has, since its opening, gone from strength to strength and, given your continued support, will hopefully continue so to do.


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Georgina Lithco
2019, The Beauty Sleeping, Tinkle Droopy
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Samantha Gibson
Samantha Gibson
Costume Supervisor
2019, NSFW- Not safe for work, Props and Company Stage Manager on the book cover
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Patrick Neylan
2019, NSFW, Director
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Carrie Breed
Carrie Breed
Actor
2019, Dad's Army, Mrs. Pike
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Georgina Lithco
2019, Charley's Aunt, Miss Ela Delahay
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Harry Wells
Harry Wells
Actor
2018, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown
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Patrick Neylan
2018, Whose Life Is It Anyway?, Peter Kershaw
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Harry Wells
Harry Wells
Actor
2018, Time and the Conways, Robin
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Clare McNamara
2017, Miss Julie, Miss Julie - Lead
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Samantha Gibson
Samantha Gibson
Costume Supervisor
2016, A Christmas Carol, Costume designer and coordinator
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Harry Wells
Harry Wells
Actor
2016, A Christmas Carol, Jacob Marley/Young Scrooge/Portly Gentleman
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Gary Heron
Gary Heron
Actor
2015, SOME MOTHERS DO 'AVE 'EM, Mr Lockwood / Mr Watson
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Robert Coble
Robert Coble
Actor
2015, Antigone, Haemon
Clare McNamara
2015, 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress, Tricia - Lead
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Charlotte Amoret
2014, Alice, Alice
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Clive Madel
Clive Madel
Actor
2013, Alice in Wonderland, The Caterpillar
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David Puckridge
2011, The Revengers Tragedy, Nencio
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Richard Banks
2011, The Revenger's Tragedy, Spurio
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Gary Heron
Gary Heron
Actor
2011, NEW YORK STORIES, EMIL (Lead)
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David Puckridge
2011, Get Carter, Albert/Peter the Dutchman
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