Bedford Drama Company’s production shines a spotlight on community theatre

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife…”

Bedford Drama Company will be staging history’s most famous rom-com, Pride and Prejudice from Tuesday 28 June – 2 July at Trinity Arts and Leisure Bedford.

With less than three weeks to go until this sparkling Regency comedy rides into Bedford, it’s time to grab your bonnets and book a ticket for what promises to be the society event of the Summer.

Bedford Drama Company has been producing high-quality local theatre in the heart of Bedford for over 90 years.

During that time generations of budding thespians have trodden the boards in over 260 productions.

However, isn’t just about stepping into the limelight.

Many community theatre groups such as BDC offer much more to so many people. Whether you’re a young person trying to build their confidence, a new mum looking to take up a hobby or an elderly widow wanting to make new friends, there will always be a warm welcome for you at your local community theatre group.

If stepping into the spotlight isn’t for you then there are lots of other ways you can get involved. From backstage, makeup and costume to marketing and front of house there is something for everyone to do and an extra pair of hands is always welcome come show week.

It’s no secret that the global pandemic has taken its toll on the arts industry as a whole and local theatre groups have felt the strain more than most.

The majority were not eligible for government grants and with the loss of smaller regional venues many groups across the country were forced to dim their lights forever.

It is for this reason that supporting your local theatre group is now more important than ever.

Bedfordshire alone is home to several excellent community theatre companies such as the Bedford Marionettes, Swan Theatre Company and Sharnbrook Mill and there are hundreds of others across the UK.

For most people, a visit to a local theatre such as The Place, The Quarry Theatre or Sharnbrook Mill will mark their first exposure to live arts and it is for that reason that we must continue to support these grass-root organisations so that they can continue to entertain and inspire the local community for generations to come.

If you would like to find further information about the group and to book tickets for Pride and Prejudice visit Bedford Drama Company’s website bedforddramacompany.org.uk.

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