Barton Theatre Company - Theatre in Eccles


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We do not accept unsolicited scripts by email, nor have any jobs, internships, apprenticeships nor facilitate/source actors for media/student projects/tv/film/rent a crowd as we are an amateur theatre group.


Rehearsal Venue Location

Above Smiths Restaurant at the top end of Church Street in Eccles.

Eccles railway station is adjacent. There are two doors from the car park. The right hand side one leads upstairs. Ring the bell labelled BTC for entry.

See the About page for a map.

Current Productions and other news


The Thrill Of Love

by Amanda Whittington

Ruth Ellis was the last woman to be hanged in Britain, convicted of the coldblooded killing of her unfaithful lover. Directed by Marit Schep, this gripping play by the author of the hugely popular Be My Baby (also performed By BTC back in March 2007) takes a new look at the real woman behind the headlines and at the events that drive her to murder.

A divorcee with a young child to care for, Ruth works in the kind of nightclubs where there’s more than just a drink on offer. The girls work hard, play hard and dream of a movie-star life. Then she meets the wealthy, womanising David, a racing driver with whom she becomes obsessed. Fame comes but not in the way she imagines.

Why does their relationship end in murder? Why does she plead not guilty but offer no defence? Why does she show no remorse? And just who is she trying to protect?



Salford Arts Theatre
Kemsing Walk
Off Liverpool Street
M5 4BS



£7.50 / £6.00 concessions

How to book

  •  Book tickets at this link (credit/debit card) - there is a charge for this that outside the control of Barton Theatre Company
  • Visit the theatre (cash) or call 0161 925 0111 and make sure you specify "Barton Theatre Company The Thrill Of Love"

Congratulations to Elaine McCann for writing "Like There's No One Looking" performed by Barton Theatre Company which won the Best Production at Wilmslow Guild Festival Of One Act Plays 2016.

Also congratulations go to Val Ridings for winning the Best Senior Individual Performance award for Barton Theatre Companies production of "Like There's No One Looking" by Elaine McCann at the Wilmslow Guild Festival Of One Act Plays 2016.

Director Eric Atkinson was also nominated for Best Director category for his direction of Like There's No One Looking" at the Wilmslow Guild Festival Of One Act Plays 2016.

Congratulations to Elly Hayton for winning best supporting actress award for our production of Dracula at the Wakefield Drama Festival 4th June 2016.

The festival comprised 7 separate productions from 7 societies.

The Barton Theatre Company nominations for the festival were:
Best Stage Presentation -BTC
Best Supporting Actress - Alison Blakeson, Elly Hayton (won)
Best Supporting Actor - John Orr ('he never said a word')
Adjudicators Award - BTC for production (costume, wigs, makeup, set, props, lights, sound, stage management)
Best Actress - Mags Ridings, Marit Schep
Best Actor - Eric Atkinson, Scott Harrison, Brad Clarke