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EDA Hitchin

Hitchin is a market town in the North Hertfordshire District in Hertfordshire, England, with an estimated population of 33,350. In March 2013 a poll in The Times voted Hitchin the 9th best town in the UK in which to live.

Hitchin can be seen in the BBC series "Dr Foster" where many of the programmes scenes are filmed.

Dr Foster Hitchin EDA

The town is renowned for St Mary’s Church, the largest parish church in Hertfordshire and one whose tower dates back to 1190. Boosted by the wool trade along the nearby Icknield Way the prosperity of the town flourished in the 17th century and it became a staging post for those travelling to and from London. The advent of the railways in 1850 further strengthened the town as a commercial centre.

In terms of architecture Hitchin offers a range of delightful examples. The Market place is cobbled and surrounded by old traditional buildings dating back to the 15th century. Tudor and Georgian buildings surround the town creating the beautiful look that Hitchin is so famous for.

Hitchin hosts an annual Arts & Music Festival in July which in previous years included Rhythms of the World. Hitchin Festival includes picnics, concerts, theatre, ghost walks, art exhibitions, comedy club, talks, summer fetes and fireworks.

Hitchin offers a vibrant shopping area with many independent retailers, some deliciously quirky boutiques and many shops that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Restaurants and cafes throughout the town provide welcome meeting places and rest stops for the weary shopper. The market is an attraction to the town every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. As well as general stalls, there is a specialist antiques and bric-a-brac theme on Friday, a local produce and crafts market on the last Saturday of each month in a riverside setting and on Sunday mornings bargain hunters flock to the car boot sale. For those who are into sport there are plenty of different clubs to join, including football, rugby, hockey, running, cycling, and swimming, with a choice of leisure and fitness centres.

The town offers a vibrant nightlife that is regarded as one of the best in the county. Pubs, bars and restaurants attract people of all ages to the town and Hitchin certainly knows how to have a good time. With a large variety of restaurants from chic urban to Mediterranean cuisine, Italian to Chinese and Indian, you can almost eat your way around the world. The traditional pubs and lively bars attract a large number of people every weekend and there is always something for those who want a relaxed evening or those hoping to party into the early hours.

60 Wilbury Way, Hitchin,
Hertfordshire, SG4 0TP

01462 677 808
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We hold auditions throughout the year and offer places as we go. Audition numbers are limited and we have a secure Covid-19 environment. Our auditions take place across full days (finish times vary) and the fee is £40. Degree applicants are required to prepare two monologues of your choice, and two musical theatre songs with sheet music. BTEC and Gap Year applicants are required to prepare one monologue of your choice and two musical theatre songs with sheet music. All applicants will take part in an open jazz class. Remember that we are looking for trainability. You do not have to be perfect. The audition fee is £40.00 which you can pay online after filling in the form below. The audition fee is non-refundable.

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