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We're looking for a local "Jim" to join the cast of The Railway Children

See below for more details

Broadway World article on Swanage Rep 2018 Launch 

Swanage Rep Season 2017 Bapta Finalists

Swanage Rep mentioned on Front Row, radio 4. Listen here

 STAGE article Rep returns to Swanage

Another article from the wonderful Dame Judi Dench, on the importance of rep theatre for budding actors

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Are you a budding actor who would like to gain the first taste of working in professional theatre?

On the 8th July from 12 noon, the team will be hosting open auditions at the Mowlem Theatre for local young people interested in gaining experience of working with a professional rep theatre company. 

One of the selected youngsters (MALE) will play the role of JIM, who appears at the end of THE RAILWAY CHILDREN when the character is rescued after falling on to the train track. The other will play roles (FEMALE) in the ensemble. 

Both actors will also be given some Assistant Stage Manager duties. They will have the opportunity to work alongside the experienced company of actors and crew, and learn all about the different aspects of rehearsing and staging a professional play. 

The auditions are open to young people between the ages of 16 and 21, and no theatre experience or training is needed. A good singing voice will be useful.

The successful candidates will be rehearsing from Wednesday August 8th to Saturday August 11th. Technical rehearsal is on Monday August 13th and Dress rehearsal on Tuesday August 14th. Performances are from Tuesday August 14th to Saturday August 18th at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday August 18th at 2.30pm If you would like to be considered for either of these roles, please come to The Mowlem Theatre, Swanage, on Sunday 8th July. Registration is 12-12.30pm and individual auditions will be taking place in the auditorium until 4pm

Please download and print off your script to prepare below

A True Revival

Swanage Rep Season at the Mowlem Theatre is a perfect treat for locals and holidaymakers alike. Many theatres across the UK are now bringing back repertory, the traditional training ground for British actors, and Swanage is the latest addition to this rising trend. It has been over 25 years since The Mowlem hosted such a season.

Swanage rep 2018 Season Plays

Waiting For God

by Michael Aitkens the writer of the hit TV Sitcom. 

This new, hilarious and touching stage adaptation is set in Bournemouth

Tuesday August 7th to Saturday August 11th 7.30pm 

(Plus 2.30pm Saturday)

Tickets: Full price £15, Concessions £13, 

Book tickets online by following the links below. Alternatively, please ring the Box Office on 01929422239

Tuesday August 7th 7.30pm

Wednesday August 8th 7.30pm

Thursday August 9th 7.30pm

Friday August 10th 7.30pm

Saturday August 11th 2.30pm

Saturday August 11th 7.30pm

The Railway Children

by Edith Nesbit

adapted as a stage musical by Dave Simpson

Music composed by Katherine Mount, arranged by Teresa Barlow

This brand new musical version brings family magic to one of the homes of steam railway

Tuesday August 14th to Saturday August 18th 7pm

(Plus 2.30pm Saturday)

Tickets: Full £15, Concessions £13, Children £11

Book tickets online by following the links below. Alternatively, please ring the Box Office on 01929422239

Tuesday August 14th 7.30pm

Wednesday August 15th 7.30pm

Thursday August 16th 7.30pm

Friday August 17th 7.30pm

Saturday August 18th 2.30pm

Saturday August 18th 7.30pm

Communicating Doors

by Alan Ayckbourn

A murderous time traveling romp by the master of observational comedy

Tuesday 21st to Saturday August 25th 7.30pm

Tickets: Full £15, Concessions £13, 

Book tickets online by following the links below. Alternatively, please ring the Box Office on 01929422239

Tuesday August 21st 7.30pm

Wednesday August 22nd 7.30pm

Thursday August 23rd 7.30pm

Friday August 24th 7.30pm

Saturday August 25th 2.30pm

Saturday August 25th 7.30pm

Yes, Prime Minister takes us back to the hilarity of the much loved sitcom from the 80s set in current times. The Secret Garden is a wonderful opportunity for all the family to enjoy live theatre and a beautiful tale, with The Game’s Afoot bringing the season to a close through mystery, splendour and laughs from the 30s.

All our shows feature classic stories that everyone is sure to enjoy as a perfect summer activity.

Click here to find out more about each of the plays.

Take a look at this page when planning your holiday, to ensure your summer trip to Dorset is a memorable one.

Discover local attractions, a variety of brilliant nearby accommodation, and helpful information on local transportation and events. 

Contact us in Swanage, Dorset, to discover more about our repertory season

Our Mission

We aim to put the Mowlem Theatre at the heart of the community by creating an open and relaxed hub of entertainment where local people can get to know this professional company. Also, visitors can enjoy quality live theatre with a great price tag.

About Us

Delight in the return of repertory theatre. Our company in Swanage, Dorset, offers a 3-week season in August 2017 with 3 exciting theatre shows available for the whole community to enjoy. We strive to bring the delights of theatre back into the heart of the town and help you to discover the joys of rep season by witnessing the same company of actors and the theatre set transform for every show. Offering only competitive prices, we also have a dedicated family show to help entertain the young ones during their long summer break.

The Theatre

The Mowlem Theatre opened in 1967 and holds a glorious position on the water’s edge, right in the centre of the vibrant tourist town of Swanage, Dorset. The restaurant upstairs overlooks the sea with wonderful views, and the comfortable auditorium houses 400 seats for your viewing pleasure. Visit our other website to find out more about our company Hordern Ciani Ltd.

Mowlem Theatre

Shore Road, Swanage


BH19 1DD

Email : info@swanagerep.com

Mowlem Theatre

Shore Road, Swanage


BH19 1DD

Email : info@swanagerep.com