Rugby Theatre
Get in on the act

Join Rugby Theatre and play your part in our successful productions.

Want to join? You don’t have to be an actor or actress to join Rugby Theatre, we have many other Groups that perform essential duties to help keep our theatre running smoothly and new members are always welcome. Here is a brief guide to the groups:

Wardrobe Group
Costumes are an important part of any production. They help to complete the illusion we are trying to create. It is essential for the enjoyment of the audience that the actors look and feel like the characters they are portraying.


Lighting Group
Members of the Lighting Group are involved in activities such as design, rigging and operating of the lighting, special effects for stage shows; preparation, setting up and projection of films; maintenance, testing and modifications to the mains & low voltage electrical systems and equipment within the three buildings.


Front of House Group
This group aims to ensure that all the audience needs are met, from showing people to their seats to selling programmes and supplying refreshments. They also help to keep the theatre clean and tidy. The Box Office team also come under this group – they are the first point of contact with the theatre for the audience and sell tickets, give advice about future shows, times and prices.

Email: frontofhouse@rugbytheatre.

Drama Group
Open auditions are held for all shows – no shows are pre-cast. Auditions are advertised on the website and at Central Hall. Members of this group are also encouraged to join other groups when they are not involved in a show giving you the advantage of getting you involved more quickly, getting your face known and getting to know and work with other theatre members.


Make Up Group
A friendly bunch who help out as much or as little as they need to depending on the show. They may be involved in both hair and make up for each show. You don’t need to be a hairdresser or a make up artist to join – just be willing to help and learn.


Stage Management Group
This is a group for those who like a challenge and want to work in a team to put on a show. From building the set to running the show there is something for everyone.


Scenic Design Group
This is where we ‘set the scene’ for all our theatre productions. We design the set, make it in our scenic workshop and then build it on stage. There is always something to be done for people of all skills.


Audio Visual Group
This group is responsible for sound effects for plays and sound reinforcement for musicals. We have 12 microphones and a 32 channel Allen & Heath mixing desk and run most shows from a PC. A knowledge of sound equipment and computers would e a distinct advantage to joining this group.


Properties Group
This group is responsible for finding all the furniture and room decorations that are needed on stage for each performance. We also supply the actors with their personal props. We also help behind the scenes each night to make sure scene changes  go smoothly.


Show Directors Group
The Show Directors group consists of all the directors of our plays, musicals and Pantomimes. To become a Director you need to complete a Directing Course to enable you to understand how our Theatre works.

Email: showdirectors@rugbytheatre.

Bar/Catering Group
The Theatre Bar is an important part of our theatre and is open to Theatre members most evenings. It is open to the public on show nights from 6pm to 11pm. New members are welcome when they have been a member of the theatre for 6 months or more.


Promotions Group
This group handles the theatre promotions as well as the shows put on here. We help design graphics for shows, help out with the website, source advertisers for the programmes and much more.

Email: promotions@rugbytheatre.


How to apply
Download our groups leaflet by clicking here. Please print and fill out the form on the back and send it to the address provided on the leaflet. We will ensure someone contacts you.

Contact us
Box Office: (01788) 541234

Rugby Theatre
Henry Street, Rugby
Warwickshire CV21 2QA
Rugby Theatre
Professional Performance, by Volunteers
We set the standards for amateur theatre across the midlands. From the classics to compelling modern drama and farce to big budget musicals. Our visiting performers include opera, children's dance, brass bands and celebrity speakers. Our intimate theatre is the place to be in Rugby for live entertainment. Over 100 days a year of live action as well as all the latest movies.