Robert Ball (1968-2020)

We are deeply saddened to have to announce the death of the founder of FRED Theatre, Robert Ball. Robert started FRED in 2012 and since then has been its guiding light and principal director. The company has produced nearly thirty shows, most of them directed by Robert. Robert’s love of theatre and education through theatre,…

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Notice from artistic director

In order to protect the future of Fred Theatre Limited, the company has been mothballed from the beginning of April. Staff have received notification of furlough, and are subsequently unable to respond to any communication for the time being. Please be assured, these measures have been undertaken with the sincerest hope that the company can…

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Fred Theatre schools’ tours 2019-20

In these testing times life is challenging. For all of us.With the Government’s decision to close schools from today Fred Theatre has cancelled the remainder of this year’s tours. We had hoped to run through till Easter as planned.This is disappointing all round, but understandable.The past couple of years have brought various challenges of their own, but…

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A great message from ATG

We’ve just spotted this timely new advert from our friends at the Ambassador Theatre Group. We think it’s a wonderful message for everyone — the shows will go on. We’re working hard to still be here when the world gets back to normal. However, that work is only worthwhile if you can support us at…

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Covid-19 Statement from artistic director:

Fred Theatre takes the health and wellbeing of its team and audiences very seriously. We are constantly monitoring the current coronavirus pandemic, listening to the Government’s advice and consulting with schools and members of our team. At present, whilst schools remain open, we continue to tour. Our team travels by car, minimising exposure to other…

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Actors: A Christmas Carol (schools’ tour)

Fred Theatre is embarking on its fourth year of touring schools with accessible 90-minute productions based on GCSE texts. The production forms part of a two-hour session, the remaining time being filled with additional pedagogical elements. In the autumn term of 2019 the company is touring with A Christmas Carol. Fred Theatre is seeking to…

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Why Will You Say That I Am Mad? – review

The reviews are in… Fred Theatre’s recent production of Why Will You Say that I Am Mad?, devised and directed by Peter Malin, has been reviewed in today’s Stratford-upon-Avon Herald (01/08/19). Describing the play as a “remarkable insight into life of troubled genius”, reviewer Charles Essex is full of praise for the entire cast and…

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The Comedy of Errors

Not a Fred Theatre production, but a show you won’t want to miss this autumn: Ketterer’s Men present The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare. This fabulous local company exists to raise money for the excellent Liz Ketterer Trust, and everyone gives their time for free—including our very own artistic director, Robert Ball, who is…

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Why Will You Say that I Am Mad?

Stories and poems by Edgar Allan Poe, devised by Peter Malin July 2019 The Bear Pit, Stratford-upon-Avon Director/Designer: Peter Malin Composer: Dewi Dankmeyer Cast: Kelley Costigan, Dewi Dankmeyer, Peter Malin, Louis Osborne, Abigail Rokison-Woodall

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Gumption

Jonathan DW Lloyd July 2019 The Bear Pit, Stratford-upon-Avon Director/Designer: Jonathan DW Lloyd Cast: Jonathan DW Lloyd

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