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The BANCROFT THEATRE GUILD has been providing the North Hastings region with high-quality community theatre for more than thirty years. From its beginnings in the early 1970s as the Bancroft Little Theatre, the Guild has grown and thrived through the years.

With more than 90 plays produced over the years, the Guild has featured the works of some of the greatest playwrights in the world (Edward Albee, Woody Allen, Agatha Christie, Noel Coward, George Bernard Shaw, Neil Simon, Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams) some of the funniest Canadian writers (Norm Foster, Don Harron) and a number of local playwrights as well (Rory McRandall, Pippa Strachan, Ron Tarrant, Agnes Waterton).

The BANCROFT THEATRE GUILD has hosted four festivals featuring the productions of community theatre groups who participate in the Eastern Ontario Drama League (one-act festivals in 1979, 1988 and 1991 and a full length festival in 1998).

Since the Village Playhouse was renovated and opened as a fully appointed venue for live theatre, the Guild has been very active at the Playhouse.

In 2006 the BANCROFT THEATRE GUILD will bring the 10th Annual Random Acts festival of one-act plays to the stage. Random Acts is an event which is growing in popularity, has helped bring many new actors to our stage and been a testing ground for plays written by local authors.

In addition to the Random Acts Festival, the BANCROFT THEATRE GUILD also produces a full length play each spring and, in conjunction with CBC Radio and the North Hastings Community Choir, has produced readings of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” for the past three years.

The BANCROFT THEATRE GUILD has also worked in concert with other local theatre groups and companies to bring productions to the stage, including Laugh Lines Theatre and November Theatre. In addition, the BTG has also shared the talents many actors who have appeared on stage with the very popular Theatrics Summer Theatre.

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Bancroft Theatre Guild


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Past Events


BTG pic 2

The Love Course

Sam Gosse
Harold Eastman
Wendy Travis
Chris Burbidge

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The set of
Agatha Christie’s

The Mousetrap

BTG pic 5

Opening Night

Jody Didier
Dave Rattle
Chris Johnson



Following is a partial list of plays produced by the
Bancroft Theatre Guild over the past 30+ years:

The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie
9th Annual Random Acts featuring
A. Amicable Parting by George S. Kaufman & Leueen MacGrath
B. Heat Lightning by Robert F. Carroll
C. NHHS Improv Team performance
D. Flight Partners by Pippa Strachan
E. Crisscross the Fence by Ron Tarrant
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (readings with music)

Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring
Here on the Flight Path by Norm Foster (co-produced with Laugh Lines Theatre)
8th Annual Random Acts featuring
A. The Love Course by A.R. Gurney
B. Going In and Coming Out by Rory McRandall
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (readings with music)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
7th Annual Random Acts featuring
A. Scruplies by Jon Jory
B. No Problem by Catherine Butterfield
C. The End of the World As We Know It by Rory McRandall
D. Holy Cats by Agnes Waterton
E. Flop Cop by Lema Cunningham
F. One Naked Woman and a Fully Clothed Man by Diana Amsterdam
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (readings with music)

6th Annual Random Acts featuring
A. A Marriage Proposal by Anton Chekov
B. Reduced For Quick Sale by Kent R. Brown
C. Cherry Blend With Vanilla by Le Wilhelm
D. The End of I by Diana Amsterdam

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
The Cemetery Club by Ivan Menchell
5th Annual Random Acts featuring:
A. Phone Sex by Rory McRandall
B. The Battle of Bull Run Always Makes Me Cry by Carole Reid
C. Pizza: A Love Story by Julianne Berstein
D. The Man Who Couldn't Dance by Jason Katims

Dads in Bondage by Robert More
4th Annual Random Acts, entitled Death Defying Acts, featuring:
A. An Interview by David Mamet
B. Hotline by Elaine May
C. Central Park West by Woody Allen

Opening Night by Norm Foster
3rd Annual Random Acts featuring:
A. John's Ring by Jason Milligan
B. The Eulogy by Rory McRandall
C. Way Deep by Katherine Burger
D. Reservations for Two by Lori Goodman

Love Letters by A.R. Gurney
Talk Radio by Eric Bogosian
2nd Annual Random Acts featuring:
A. Who's Looking After the Atlantic? by Warren Graves
B. The Cave by Tim Kelly
C. Nothing in Common by Jennifer Fell Hayes
D. Movie of the Month by Daniel Meltzer

Olly Olly Oxen Free by Charles Johnson
1st Annual Random Acts featuring:
A. Louis and Dave by Norm Foster
B. Awkward Silence by Jay Reiss
C. Family Names by Edna Pelonero
D. Death Knocks by Woody Allen

Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn
Graceland by Ellen Byron

Wally's Café, by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, by Ed Graczyk
Godspell, by John-Michael Tebelak
Blood Relations, by Sharon Pollock

Strange Snow, by Stephen Metcalfe

Breath of Spring, by Peter Coke

And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little, by Paul Zindel
Murder at the Howard Johnsons, by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick CANCON
Bell, Book and Candle, by John Van Druten

Dracula, adapted by Warner Crocker from the Bram Stoker novel
Harvey, by Mary Chase

Wait Until Dark, by Frederick Knott
Zoo Story, by Edward Albee
Red Carnations, by Glenn Hughes

Blithe Spirit, by Noel Coward
The Man With the Plastic Sandwich, by Roger Karshner

Arms and the Man, George Bernard Shaw
The Shipbuilder, by Ken Mitchell CANCON

The Rainmaker, by N. Richard Nash
Butterflies Are Free, by Leonard Gershe

Dirty Work at the Crossroads, by Bill Johnson, A British Comedy Revue
Come Blow Your Horn, by Neil Simon

Sweet Bird of Youth, by Tennessee Williams
Night of the Iguana, by Tennessee Williams
Augustus Does His Bit, George Bernard Shaw

Anne of Green Gables, musical based on work of Lucy Maud Montgomery, written by Don Harron, Norman and Elaine Campbell
The Hand That Cradles the Rock, by Warren Graves
The Private Ear/ The Public Eye, by Peter Shaffer
How He Lied to Her Husband, by George Bernard Shaw
Puss'n'Boots, by Robert Williams

Fumed Oak, by Noel Coward
Not Enough Rope, by Elaine May

Our Town, by Thornton Wilde
Long Short Division, by E. Nesbit


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